Tin Men by Amalie Jahn /REVIEWED BY: S.D. Curran

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Book Review: Tin Men by Amalie Jahn

By S.D. Curran

In Amalie Jahn’s The Clay Lion, we were introduced to Brooke and her boyfriend, Charlie. In Tin Men, the narrative switches to that of Brooke’s boyfriend, Charlie. When Charlie’s father, a U.S. Senator, dies in a freak mountain climbing accident, Charlie suspects foul play. Without evidence, however, he feels as though he is wasting his time. As his world unravels, Charlie learns that his mother is not his real mother; his father had an affair, and his real mother has recently died from a drug overdose. Much like in The Clay Lion, Charlie decides to journey to the past to learn the truth about his real mother, despite protests by his girlfriend, who fears the future she has created with Charlie will be disrupted. Despite Charlie’s best efforts not to change the future, he does, and must deal with the repercussions. This is the second book in the Clay Lion series; the third, A Straw Man, was recently released. A beautiful character-driven science-fiction story that relies heavily on science to formulate its plot, but without the overwhelming jargon employed by most science-fiction writers. A must read (After The Clay Lion, of course!)


Book Review: The Clay Lion (Book One of The Clay Lion series) by: Amalie Jahn/ REVIEW BY S.D. CURRAN

Book Review: Amalie Jahn’s The Clay Lion (Book One of The Clay Lion series)

Have you ever wished you could go back in time and change things? Change how you responded to a situation, change a terrible conversation with your parents, retaliate against a bully? Have you ever dreamed of altering your future by marrying someone different, or not marrying at all?

Have you ever dreamed of going back in time and trying to save a loved one from dying?

In Amalie Jahn’s The Clay Lion, Brooke Wallace knows the rules of time travel – in traveling, she cannot alter the timeline, meaning she is forbidden from interfering in her brother’s ultimate fall to cancer. However, despite the potential consequences of being imprisoned, she decides to do just that, attempt to save her brother. In this Butterfly-Effect type scenario, however, instead of simply disrupting her own life, she ultimately disrupts the lives of those around her. Can Brooke Wallace go back in time again and undo the damage she has done, even if it means she cannot ultimately save her brother?

This was a beautifully written novel, the first of a series of three. Instead of focusing on the science of the story, which is believable in many regards, Amalie Jahn focuses on developing the relationships between characters. Look at this not simply as a ‘light’ science-fiction novel, but a novel that examines the potential consequences of time travel.

Book Review: Memoirs of a Starving Artist by Kenneth Rosenberg /REVIEW BY S.D. CURRAN

Book Review: Memoirs of a Starving Artist by Kenneth Rosenberg

Thousands of books a year are written by writers about writing, about the challenges they face, the lectures by parents of a life filled with rejection letters, and the inability to settle down and get a ‘real’ job, as society defines them.

Few are special. Like this one.

Part memoir and part travel diary, Memoirs of a Starving Artist chronicles Kenneth Rosenberg’s writing career, filled with rejection letters and that inevitable feeling of failure that comes from a writer’s life. Rather than spending his time in his bedroom, crying in his pillow, however, Kenneth travels the world and documents his journeys through Hungary, Budapest, Australia, accepting odd jobs such as a ski instructor, and even works on a boat as a degreaser (The name is exactly what it is; he degreased the engines of the ship, among other things).

Writers of all ages will benefit from Kenneth’s wit and wisdom as he travels from country to country, discussing the plight of writers and wondering how famous writers like Hemingway would survive in today’s fast-food, consumer writing culture that leaves people full but not enlightened. Throughout the book, he asks the same question, not necessarily of himself, but of his readers: Is literary fiction dead?



S.D. Curran is an author, blogger, and professor of English at Quincy College and Liberty University. He holds a M.A. in English from National University in La Jolla, CA. He earned his doctorate in 2014 from Jones International University in Centennial, CO. His second novel, For None of Woman Born was published on January 1st, 2015 and is available from Amazon.com. He lives in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife, Bethany, and their neurotic cat, Lancelot.


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