Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train

Hobo Pete and the Ghost TrainBy Sandy PheatPublished by Freebird Publishers, P.O. Box 541, North Dighton,MA 02764; (2014)ISBN 9780991359103Available as Ebook and paperback through Amazon. Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train represents a victory for Freebird Publishers, a growing multi-media entity dedicated to serving a sometimes forgotten segment of American […]

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25 Best YA Sci-Fi Novels

By Christopher Zoukis /

Bored out of your mind with video games?  Got over 500 channels in hi-def and nothing’s on?  Here’s a novel idea:  read a novel!  You know the things with pages and printing and an enticing picture on the cover.

Sci-fi for Young Adults is mega-popular.  In fact, Young Adult fiction is all the rage even among adults.  And Hollywood has caught the virus big-time.  Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game have all hit the big screen and enjoyed massive popularity.  Image courtesy

Some guy named Shakespeare said, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”  Fortunately for you, the poison has been filtered out of this list.  This list is all meat.  So if you’re looking for a good sci-fi novel, here are twenty-five sure bets.

Instant disclaimer:  these are not – that’s a big negative – ranked in any type of order, i.e. good to bad.  They’re all good!

  1.  Harry Potter series.  This series has everything, except for explicit sex.  Magic, good wizards, bad wizards, and a chick named Hermoine.
  2. Twilight series.  Hunk-O-Rama vampires and werewolves, along with oodles of tear-jerking teen angst.  Great stuff!
  3. Feed, by M.T. Anderson.  This novel takes today’s obsession with mobile devices to a whole new level.  Instead of Girls Gone Wild, this is iPhones On Steroids Gone Wild.
  4. A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L’Engle.  Three geeks accompanied by incarnate stars battle Universe-devouring evil.  “Tesseract me up, Scottie.”

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The Last Watcher Series

By D. B. Clinton           

Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis           

Ever since J. K. Rowling decided to put the Harry Potter series of books to rest, the publishing world has been seeking for a successor.  Mind Wings Audio may have stumbled across Rowling’s descendant.  The author’s name is D. B. Clinton, and Clinton has written an exciting new series of books called The Last Watcher.

The series is composed of The Last Watcher, The Night of the Shield, The Lady and the Shield, and The Shield and the Shadow.  They’re a cross between Harry Potter and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Which is to say they’re well-structured and cerebral, yet at the same time they’re spellbindingly visceral.  In other words, they punch the reader right in the stomach.

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By Larry E. Huddleston

Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis

At the present juncture, vampire novels are in vogue.  The guy who started the whole thing was Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.  Hollywood got a hold of the book and went crazy, producing many different movie versions of Dracula, from Bela Lugosi’s vampy depiction to Gary Oldman’s creepy, love-starved bloodsucker. 

Next up was Anne Rice, who wrote any number of bestselling vampire tales.  Hollywood, forever eager to jump on the bandwagon, came on board once more.  They hired Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst to make the movie go.  And it was a hit.

Then along came Stephanie Myers, with her sensual, angst-ridden interpretation of the undead.  Bestseller-city followed by mega-movie hits. 

All that to say this.  Vampires are hot stuff.

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