Book Review of “Skin Traders: A 224-Verse Book”

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Cover art for Gregg Cunningham’s novelette “Skin Traders”

I just finished reading Gregg Cunningham’s short novelette Skin Traders: A 224-Verse Book.

Gregg and I share a table of contents in a number of anthologies including Raygun Retro and World War Four and we know each other somewhat online. He was one of the people who turned me on to the 224-Verse to begin with, so I was anxious to read this tale.

It is a short and violent story about a hostile planet Portia where cybernetically enhanced Lawmen are sought after for their implanted technology along with their skin, organs, muscles, and everything else. Life is brutal and Dark Orbit affiliated gangs of pirates plunder the seas and skies.

A Lawman sky ship is shot down by the pirate vessel Skin Trader and those Lawmen (men and woman) unlucky enough not to die immediately are captured and viciously brutalized. Sergeant Bayker is as helpless as the rest of the survivors but desperate to find a way for he and the crew to escape.

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More Social Media Dabbling: Video Reviews and Commentary

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Okay, fine. I’ve made another two TikTok videos. The first is a three-minute whimsical review of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s 2018 science fiction novel Children of Time. My written review of the book is more straightforward and detailed. TikTok videos are brief by design, so I had to compress everything into a max of three minutes. As I wrote my script, I realized there was no way I could deliver anything serious in such a short time period, so I punted and this is the result.

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I’m doing a series of three-minute SciFi book reviews. Today, it’s Adrian Tchaikovsky’s 2018 novel “Children of Time.” These are fast and whimsical reviews. To tead longer versions. Go to https://poweredbyrobots.com/book-and-film-teviews/ #bookreview #sciencefiction

♬ original sound – James

This morning…

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“Repent, Old Indie Writer,” Said The TikTok Man

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So I’m trying to expand into different areas of social media to see how they work for book promotion. To that end, I created a TikTok account (yes, I know, it’s for really young people to make short, humorous videos). But Richard Paolinelli has been using it, so I figured I’d give it a try.

I haven’t had the nerve to actually make a video showing my face yet, but I suppose I’ll get there. I really should watch some of Richard’s videos since he’s a geezer like I am.

Oh, I’ve revived my old Instagram account just for giggles.

If you are on either or both of these platforms, feel free to find and follow me.

Here’s my promotional TikTok video. It’s pretty short:

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