Monday, December 28, 2015

REVIEW: Obsidian Worlds (+$15 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Obsidian Worlds
Author: Jason Werbeloff
Series: Obsidian Worlds
Pages: 246
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Kindle
Genre: Sci-Fi
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Jason Werbeloff’s short stories have been downloaded over 20,000 times. Obsidian Worlds brings together his 11 best-selling sci-fi shorts into a mind-bending philosophical anthology.
~My Thoughts~
I absolutely LOVE sci-fi and this was a fantastic anthology. I've never read Jason Werbeloff before, but you can bet that this won't be the last time!

Each story had a different tone, a different life, and a different feel, yet Jason maintained his writing style throughout, deftly dashing from hilarious to dark, gritty to fluffy and back again, making for one dynamic read.

The stories being as short as they were, I would normally never pay to buy them. However, these are bound together and give a great science-punch for your money which is totally worth it. I loved how fun the stories were in their own ways and loved getting to know a new author!
~Try an Excerpt!~
(from The Cryo Killer):

“Inesa and Paul, good to meet you. Who referred you?”

“Mr. Camfrey’s wife.”

Paul’s hands are working. Picking at each other. At the cuticles.

“Ah yes, I was sorry to hear about his passing.”

“I think,” she lowers her voice, “that it was professionally done. Heart attack, I hear.”

I lean forward. “You’d like a similar package, ma’am?”

Paul speaks up for the first time. “Is it quick?”

If I had a penny for every time a client asked me that question. “Painless,” I say, “or your money back.”

Paul harrumphs.

“Excellent,” says Inesa, beaming. “You’ve been doing this a while?”

“Best in the business,” says Janet, striding over to us. She places a hand on my shoulder. “You’re safe with Barker.”

“So, you’re wanting the double package?”

Inesa squeezes her husband’s arm. Every carat on her ring finger catches the sunlight. His nod is miniscule.

“Yes,” she replies after a moment.

“Those are difficult.” I lean back in my chair, weighing the ring out of the corner of my eye. “Coroner looks closely at doubles. Need a plausible cause of death. Right now all I have in stock are gas leaks and home invasions. Invasions can get messy – brings down the property value. I suggest the gas leak. Although …” I glance at Paul. “Home invasions are on the rise.”

Paul scratches the skin over his knuckles. His lips have taken on a bluish tinge. I’ve seen all manner of manners displayed in the chairs on the other side of my desk. Clients respond to their impending deaths in all sorts of ways. Paul’s reaction isn’t unique.

“Gas leak,” says Inesa definitively.

Paul nods, a quick jerk up and down. “When’ll it happen?” He can’t meet my gaze.

“I could probably fit you in next week. Any preferences?”

“I’m writing an exam on Tuesday,” says Inesa. She looks to Paul, “And I’m sure you’d like to finalize that merger?”

He groans.

“Late next week?” she asks.

“Let’s see … Janet, check my availability, please.”

“Could do Friday next.”

“Excellent,” says Inesa.

“But …” Paul is fading to a paler blue by the minute. Droplets dot his forehead. “I just can’t live with the thought of this hanging over me for the next ten days. I just …” He swallows. “I just can’t.”

I reach out a hand and touch the man’s shoulder. His golf shirt is saturated. “Not to worry, sir. A memory wipe is included. You’ll never know you were here.” I offer him my warmest smile. Janet calls it the Big Daddy. “In fact, you may’ve been here before, and you wouldn’t know.”

Paul eyeballs me. “Have we been here before?”

“I couldn’t tell you.” I wink.
~Meet Jason!~ 
Jason Werbeloff is a novelist and philosopher. He loves chocolate and his Labrador, Sunny. He's interested in the nature of social groups, personal identity, freedom, and the nature of the mind. His passion is translating philosophical debate around these topics into works of science fiction, while gorging himself on chocolate. Jason will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. "Gorging on chocolate" doesn't sound bad to me! There are worse things in life, LOL!

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  4. Thank you for reviewing my book!

  5. I like the idea of an anthology of sci-fi stories.

    1. Thank you, Mary. It's interesting you say that. Conventional wisdom in publishing circles is that short story anthologies don't sell. But that hasn't been my experience so far. Hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Thank you for the giveaway :)
    (Ana M on Rafflecopter)

  7. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

    1. Great question! It would have to be Kevin Spacey. I've never forgotten his performance in K-PAX. Haunting. Who would you choose?

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    1. Thank you, Kim! Hope you enjoy it.

  9. Great excerpt, thank you! LOVE the cover and title!

    1. Thank you, Betty! So glad you like the cover. James Egan is the designer - super-talented.

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    1. Good luck for the giveaway, Anna!