Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer



I’m Mel Odom, a professional novelist (  I’ve loved books since 3rd grade when I picked up a book on Greek mythology.  I grew up in small towns throughout Oklahoma, but I read about worlds and galaxies in the works of Andre Norton and Robert Heinlein.  I picked up Doc Savage and the Shadow when I was 13, then read everything Louis L’Amour wrote.  Since that time I’ve read thousands of books.

 I started this webpage to share some of them with you, to give you my opinion and to maybe help other authors get their books out to readers.  You might not like everything that I do, or even for the same reasons, but I bet you find something that we share a common interest in.

9 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi All!

    I’m Pearce Hansen, the author of STREET RAISED from Point Blank Press. I was in SF but came up in the East Bay. I walked some crazy roads back in the 70s & 80s, but I’ve been with my wife for two decades and am now putting my son through college. This book is not autobiography, or memoir – but the feeling of authenticity it inspires in the reader is not coincidental, I’ve “been there, done that,” and it shines right through in the writing.

    STREET RAISED has been blurbed by Ken Bruen, Joe Lansdale, Ed Gorman and Allan Guthrie. It’s in submission for the 2006 Edgar Award for Best First Novel – Ken seems to believe it’s a shoo-in to win. Eddie Muller (author of THE DISTANCE, and Founder/Host of SF’s Annual NOIR CITY FILM FESTIVAL) is going to review STREET RAISED soon. Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Arizona will shortly include it as one of their Book Club Selections, and Craig’s Book Club has it in their 2006 Top Ten List. Oh, yeah: the movie rights have already been optioned, and Christian Slater “expressed interest” (whatever THAT means in “Hollywood Speak”). Aldo Calcagno of Mystery Dawg, Neil Smith of Plots With Guns, and Jennifer Jordan of Crimespree Magazine have all been championing it. Its for sale at Amazon, Borders, Barnes&Noble and Target – its selling like hotcakes in Germany, and in over a dozen stores in the UK (just do a google on “pearce hansen”+”street raised” and see for yourself). This is from a small indie publishing house, with no promotional budget, and was only released Nov 1, two months ago – its all been word of mouth, along with awed comments from known, successful writers.

    I think STREET RAISED is worthy of your review, because some people who should know think it’s a good book. Please advise if you’d like a review copy.

    I thank you for your time, I hope this message finds you and yours doing well, and I hope all your endeavors are bearing fruit.

  2. Hi There,

    I’m writing to ask you this creative book review “blog” you have here. I’ve noticed that some of the books you review are S&S titles, most recently The Watchman by Robert Crais. If you’re interested, I would love to send you more of our titles. Our upcoming catalogs for 2007 can be browsed here: if you’d like to take a look: . Also, I’d be glad to add you to our catalog list if you’d like to receive a physical copy of it in advance.

    I don’t want to bombard you with a hundred books you don’t want, and the Simon & Schuster list runs the gamut, so please let me know if you’d like to hear from us in the future. I’m happy to send titles you’d be interested in discussing your way.



    Andi Sider
    Simon & Schuster Trade Publicity

  3. Wonderful blog!


  4. Dear Sir, Thank you for putting together your review site. I have a 12 year old boy who loves to read and I am always on the quest to find books for him and I have found many that I think he will enjoy. But I do not see the Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, which my son feels is better than Harry Potter. Just thought you may try it out.

  5. Hey I was just referred to your post about Green Lantern: Rebirth(Jan,11 2008), while I was googling “how to get started with green lantern,” and I was wondering, since you’re a real person not a search engine, if you could give me some ideas about which comics to read. I always thought the Green Lantern was cool but these days with so many series out I feel like I have to talk to someone who really knows their stuff to get a good grasp of what I should be doing. I plan on buying Rebirth but I was wondering if you could give me some recommendations about where to go from there.

  6. Hi there,

    You offered to read other peoples’ writing. How does one go about sending you a manuscript to read? And once you do, what kind of help can you give to new unread authors?


  7. Hi,

    My name is Anna and I work at Hachette Book Group. I’m handling web publicity for Chuck Fischer’s new book, IN THE BEGINNING and I found your review for his previous book “Christmas Around the World.” I was hoping I can interest you in reviewing IN THE BEGINNING.

    Here’s more information about the book:

    IN THE BEGINNING is a beautiful pop-up book for the whole family. An ingenious series of three-dimensional spreads with fold-outs and narrative booklets, IN THE BEGINNING shows how the timeless narratives of the Book of Genesis have inspired artists for thousands of years and continue to do so today.

    This spectacular gift book features Chuck Fischer’s original artwork on intricate pop-ups representing the classic stories from the first chapter of the Bible. With spreads that range from a medieval-inspired Garden of Eden to a stunningly tall tower of Babel to a magnificent diorama depicting Jacob’s dream of a stairway to Heaven, IN THE BEGINNING is destined to become a treasured keepsake and perennial favorite on every family’s shelf.

    If you would like a copy of IN THE BEGINNING, please let me know.

    Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Anna Balasi
    Associate Web Publicist
    Hachette Book Group

  8. Hi,

    Please let me know if you accept paid guest posts on your site,Book Hound. I work with freelance writers to create posts on sites like yours that link to a clients page within the context of the post. These are never reviews or advertisements for the link, just informational posts that are tailored to fit the content and audience of the site they are written for.

    Is that something you are interested in discussing? If you are, what are your guidelines for this type of agreement?


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