Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Novella’ Category

THE SHIELD-MAIDEN by Michael “Tinker” Pearce and Linda Pearce

June 3, 2013

The Shield-Maiden is part of the Foreworld saga and focuses on the Vikings. In particular, the story focuses on Sigrid Pettirsdottir, a Viking maiden who fights in battle beside the male warriors. She’s noticed by Halldor, one of the Shield-Brethren that tend to take center stage in the Foreworld novels. Halldor has the Vor – […]

GODS OF RISK by James S. A. Corey

April 19, 2013

I’ve been seeing the James S. A. Corey name on science fiction books for a few years and just hadn’t had time to take on one of those monster doorstoppers. After reading this novella, I’m more inclined to pick one up as soon as school lets out for the summer and I have more time. […]

DEAD AIM by Joe R. Lansdale

February 17, 2013

Joe Lansdale’s latest book snuck up on me. I didn’t know it was already out until I tripped across it yesterday on Amazon. I downloaded the ebook and tucked in, instantly transported to East Texas crime noir with series heroes Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. I’ve been reading the Hap and Leonard books for a […]


January 9, 2013

Black Sun Reich: The Spear of Destiny: Part One of Three by Trey Garrison is a thrilling return to the halcyon days of pulps and Saturday matinee serials. You know the ones – where you’d show up for a Saturday, watch your heroes go through a whirlwind of adventures fighting the bad guys, then end […]


January 4, 2013

Hopefully this first review is a sign of interesting things to come for the year. This novella, an original ebook of 40,000+ words, is the start of an interesting sojourn across an apocalyptic world. We seem to have plenty of those types of books out there these days, but this one is special to me […]

LEGION by Brandon Sanderson

December 30, 2012

Legion was an interesting novella with a truly great conceit. Brandon Sanderson has created his version of Sherlock Holmes and introduced him in a whimsical, yet thought-provoking investigation. Stephen Leeds is a genius and a mental case, a man with gifted personalities that appear, disappear, are masters of innumerable skillsets – and they tend to […]

THE SILVER ALIBI by James Reasoner

December 26, 2012

Years ago, James Reasoner created the character Judge Earl Stark, a U. S. Circuit Judge roaming the Old West who dispensed justice with a courtroom gavel and a rather large LeMat pistol, which fired a shotgun blast as well as nine bullets. Reasoner wrote three well-received books about the judge, the Stark appeared to vanish […]

ALLANON’S QUEST by Terry Brooks

August 27, 2012

I couldn’t resist the allure of a 99-cent Terry Brooks story for my iPad. Bought it and read it almost in one move. Overall, I think it was money well-spent. For 99 cents, I was transported to another world and took up a quest with Allanon, Brook’s fabled druid. That environment came alive around me […]

UNSTOPPABLE by Laura Griffin

August 25, 2012

Laura Griffin is new to me, but she’s got plenty of books to dig into once you discover her. I’m convinced that if you’re a romantic suspense lover and haven’t found her before, you’ll be glad you did. Unstoppable is a novella in her Tracers series. The Tracers are an elite group of people with […]


August 5, 2012

“That Thing At The Zoo” is a novella about occult bounty hunter Deacon Chalk. Chalk is a man that won’t be stopped, a warrior of Herculean proportions who has been forged in the fires of personal loss, a man that has nothing else to lose and lives for the enemies that fall within his grasp. […]