Friday, January 06, 2012

A Pub and some Reviews

My last post featured a giveaway and I'm going to let that run a little longer, so if you haven't yet entered the drawing for a copy of Strange Worlds, just leave a comment on the post HERE.

In the meantime, though, I thought I'd go ahead and post a couple of things of interest (at least to me) that have come up. First, an article I wrote about Sword and Planet fiction, and which Steve Servello expanded, is up online at ERBzine, volume 3566. If you'd like to know more about that genre, you can find it here.

I've also gotten some very nice reviews on Amazon for Days of Beer. I thought I might copy them here. Thanks very much to Steve, Randy, Travis, and Kent. I much appreciate it.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Frothy Adventure, January 3, 2012
By Travis D. Erwin "Travis Erwin"
A quick, enjoyable read as tasty as a cold one on a hot summer day. Reading this book is like sitting down and with great friends on a Friday night. The stories will make you smile, reminisce, and forget all about the hangovers that went along with them.

4.0 out of 5 stars great fun, January 2, 2012
By Kent Westmoreland
I love this book. It reminds me of my own mis-spent youth, but in North Carolina. Charles is a great wit; he'll keep you in stitches.

5.0 out of 5 stars How well I remember . . . well maybe not, December 31, 2011
By Pleasure Reader "Steve"
Charles has created a wonderful coming of (drinking) age tale set in rural Arkansas. Growing up in Oklahoma, may of the images and events he describes bring back vague memories for obvious reasons. Charles tells his stories with such self-deprecating humor and a wonderful descriptive voice that pulls you into each successive tale even if they do not always turn out successful for him. Great fun.

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!, December 31, 2011
By George R. Johnson "Randy Johnson"
Charles' humorous look at his "love affair" with beer, from his first taste to his first drunk to various adventures he went through over the years. Some eerily mirrored things that happened to me. Maybe it's a universal male thing.

Had quite a lot of fun reading this. He mentions not liking Budweiser. Same here and I used to love to infuriate "Weiser drinkers by saying I'd rather have a Blue Ribbon.



Anonymous said...

You've reawakened my interest in this genre. I enjoyed the article and learned a few things. Great reviews, too!

Chris said...

I've been reading the Beer book late at night and have startled Julia awake a couple times with guffaws. Hopefully I've have a review to add to the list come Monday. Great stuff.

I intend to write some Sword & Planets stuff of my own sooner than later.

Cloudia said...

You speak to lots of folks!

Aloha from Waikiki
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Prashant C. Trikannad said...

5 out of 5...well almost. A great start, Charles! May your stars keep rising...

Charles Gramlich said...

Jack, thanks, man. Glad you enjoyed.

Chris, thanks. Glad you are enjoying. I have found S & P just the most sheer fun to write of anything. But experiences do differ, I suppose.

Cloudia, thank you. I appreciate that.

Prashant, I'm glad to see those good reviews. Makes me feel like I did get the kind of work I was hoping for.

Deka Black said...

Congratulations ;)

Btw: i hope your wife is recovering well, if not 100% recovered ;)

Carole said...

I loved the reviews. Sounds like a great read. You seem extra busy and still have time to post. That is amazing.

BernardL said...

That was an exceptional article. There are definitely some stories referenced I never heard of. I doubt I've read anything more complete on the genre.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the reviews!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, she's going to be starting physical therapy soon. It takes several months to completely recover apparently, but she is making good progress. Thanks for asking.

Carole, well I still have some reserve energy from the Christmas break, perhaps. It'll run out soon.

Bernardl, it could be expanded some and probably will be at some point. For a book maybe. But we were pretty comprehensive.

Alex, thanks, they were nice.

Don, a fan, I take it? :)

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Oh, yeah, over the weiser anyday!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Have to download the book right away. In January, we need a few laughs.

ivan said...

I'll drink to that!

Deka Black said...

Good luck then ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on the positive reviews!

Charles Gramlich said...

Don, absolutely.

Patti, I do think it's funny. Does that make me immodest? :)

Ivan, you probably have, man. you probably have.

Deka, thank you.

the walking man said...

Ahhh yes now ... clear credit card!

Charles Gramlich said...

Mark, always a nice thing to have. The ERB article is free, though!

A Beer for the Shower said...

Days of Beer, eh? Something tells me I need to go check this baby out.

laughingwolf said...

grats on all the good stuff, charles

will check the link in a bit :)

lana: you have a struggle, but you'll make it!

Charles Gramlich said...

Beer for the shower, It would seem to be right down your alley! Thanks for dropping by.

Laughingwolf, Lana is feeling much better today after sleeping well last night.

laughingwolf said...

good to know, charles :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf, for me too, man.

Mary Witzl said...

'Days of Beer' sounds great -- and I know a lot of beer drinkers who'd go for it. I'm going to order this. (Love that review 'How well I remember...well, maybe not'.)

Sadly, my own beer-drinking days are over. The last time I have DESPERATELY wanted a beer was during my last labor, when I wanted a Dos Equis so badly I kept ranting about it between contractions. After having my last baby, beer has never tasted the same. Strange, isn't it? (Though not likely to happen to many men, I'm guessing...)

Charles Gramlich said...

Mary, I've heard that specific biological events like that can indeed change people's tastes. It happens with men as well, though not through childbirth! :)

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