Titanborn by Rhett Bruno

May 18, 2018: Update on this post!!!

Rhett Bruno has recently published his first fantasy novel with a co-author! I’m really excited about it – Web of Eyesthe first book in The Buried Goddess Saga


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Titanborn

by Rhett Bruno

This fun new space drama/thriller, Titanborn by writer, Rhett Bruno, was published this year by Hydra (an imprint of Random House – not the evil organization trying to take over the world and destroy S.H.I.E.L.D….you’re safe folks). Mr. Bruno kindly gifted me a copy in return for an honest review. And I am so honored that he did!

Malcolm Graves is a bounty hunter employed by one of the ruling corporations in the known galaxy. Earth has been crippled by a meteorite and colonies of humans have taken to the stars. Now – 300 years later – two major corporations vie for the top of the hierarchy while people born on and off Earth are mere pawns in their games. Malcolm lives in a world of his own. Hopping from planet to planet and looking for the next assignment that will get him paid.

Unfortunately for Graves, the powers that be see fit to pair the veteran with a new partner, a Cogent. Graves, who has worked mostly on his own his entire career, is extremely unhappy about the new arrangement and more than a little curious about the corporations newest recruits. With the new partner, Zhaff, comes the frustrations Graves expected, some perks he didn’t, but also more questions than he could have anticipated and more answers than he wants.

Graves is mostly reliable, if not a bit on the grumpy side. Flawed and, for the most part, honest about it.  Zhaff is an interesting character to read. He is a rigid rule-follower where Malcolm is a loose, moved-by-his-gut loner. A by-the-book rookie who is young, strong and extremely intelligent, Zhaff is a thorn in Grave’s side.

I thought this was a really fun read. I was surprised in all the right places. When I finished the novel, I was so stunned that I immediately emailed Mr. Bruno and tried to express my immediate “feels” – so many!!!! But I don’t do spoilers!

What I do like to do —-interview the author! Here are a few questions for Rhett:

SR: When did you start your first novel? 4115521
RB: My first novel was actually a fantasy epic called ISINDA that I started writing at 15 or 16. It’s hard to remember which, but that was the first time I decided to try putting together an actual story,
SR: Is your favorite genre to read sci-fi? What do you like about writing science fiction? 
RB: It is. I actually didn’t really discover sci-fi until college, and I think that’s what turned me into the writer I am today. High school never really pushes you to read what you’re interested in, so I lost faith in reading for a long time. I love the imagination involved. I can never get into contemporary fiction because I live in that world, but scifi takes familiar things and pushes them to extraordinary limits. I suppose that’s what I love most about it. As far in the future as it takes us, good, relevant scifi draws from current events in a way that makes you think.
SR: What was your favorite book as a kid – say around 10 or 11? 
RB: At that age, I have to say it was some Merlin book series about a wizard. I honestly can’t even remember what it’s called, maybe simply MERLIN, but I do remember absolutely loving the books.
SR: What is your favorite part about the writing process? Least favorite? 
RB: Finishing it. There’s nothing better than typing END at the bottom of a manuscript. Of course there’s still a ton of editing and work to do, but the satisfaction is real. Least favorite has to be getting stuck. I’m a perfectionist, so I can’t keep writing and save a part I couldn’t figure out for later, so I obsess over it until I can make it work. Being a better outliner might help…
SR: If you could choose any fantasy/sci-fi world to live in, which one would it be? 
RB: That’s tough because so many are pretty deadly ha. I’d have to say Star Wars. No world has ever captured my imagination like it, and the chance at having the force + the ability to travel between planets seamlessly is tough to deny.
SR: Do you have any words of advice to offer beginning writers? 
RB: Yes. Don’t make the same mistake I did early on. Keep reading! Try to focus on the genre you want to write in and you’ll learn a ton. Another bit of advice, don’t forget about editing. To me, it’s the largest determining factor in wanting to be traditional published vs. self published. Good editing is expensive, and not every publisher has good ones on staff. Publishing a book in the best possible condition is a team effort. Send your MS out to betas and friends, get feedback. One set of eyes is never enough to determine if a story works.
SR: Can you give us a little blurb about your Circuit series? 
RB: Sure. On the outside this is an epic space opera rife with space-battles, but the heart of The Circuit Series is it’s flawed characters. This is a story about how their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, taking each of the four POV characters to places they never thought they’d go. These are broken people who have lost someone or something, and long for it back. In the end, The Circuit is about them coming to grips with their fates within the backdrop of a terrible war caused by one man’s blind lust for vengeance.
SR: What is your current favorite book? 

RB: It’s a tough call, but out of anything I’ve read in recent years I think it still has to be THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. He’s just such an incredible writer, and a lot of reading for me is research.

Thank you, Mr. Bruno for sharing your book with me.

You can follow Rhett C. Bruno on goodreads and on insta @rcbruno44!

** Check out a new addition to the Titan universe!

Movie Monday

**DISCLAIMER** Clearly it is NOT Monday. However, I began this post on Monday with every intention of finishing said post ON MONDAY. Unfortunately, 2 of my little sprites came home from school sick – and since all magical creatures need nurturing and care, I was called away from my writing duties.  Soooooo, let’s try again.

Mondays will heretofore be known as “Movie Monday”! Who wouldn’t rather think movies on a Monday than….well, than anything that usually occurs on Monday.  You’re welcome.

When I was a kid, I spent lots of time with my dad engrossed in Star Trek and Star Wars. I know, I know. Most nerds out there want to be one or the other, Trekkie or Jedi, Marvel or DC, monsters or aliens…do we really have to make a choice? On this forum, NO! We don’t! We are going to embrace it all – from the “Trouble with Tribbles” to A New Hope. That’s how my dad raised me – to treat all syfy entities the same.

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY…

And so, it is with great enthusiasm that I embark on this discussion about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I know some fans were less than pleased with the new installment, however, I found it enjoyable, fun, exciting, memorable and an excellent tribute to the original Episodes IV, V and VI.

BB8 found its way into our hearts as the lovable android sidekick. And following in the footsteps of R2D2 and C3PO, almost stole the show.  Everyone is happy that Epi VII didn’t experience another mishap like JarJar Binks…

The filming itself was simple and understated.  It seemed that with the newer installments of Epis I-III that filmmakers were trying to awe the audience with over the top special effects. Star Wars has no need for special effects – IT HAS LIGHT SABERS! ….and a Wookie.

I was super excited to have Chewie back in the game. Harrison Ford and Ms. Fisher were spot on.  Their presence made the film endearing and almost like coming home.  Thank goodness no one let slip any spoilers before I was able to see the show – otherwise I wouldn’t have nerded out with a shout of excitement and joy when the Millennium Falcon made its first appearance.

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The acting was on par with previous Star Wars features.  No one is going to win an Oscar for the series, but he or she will certainly find an incredible fandom previously unknown.  Daisy Ridley was memorable as Rey and portrayed a remarkable, budding young Jedi. She was strong willed and persistent without being offputting as a character. John Boyega’s character Finn was a great complement to Ridley’s Rey. The two played well off one another and both are characters I look forward to seeing more of in future episodes.

So what are your thoughts? Did you like the new installment? Or not? Either one is perfectly acceptable. Jump on in with your thoughts. Oh, and may the force be with you.

(Star Wars images from: Rey: hitfix.com / Finn: thesource.com)