Starred reviews for Kunati and Top Ten Crime Debut

I’m pleased and proud to announce fellow Kunati author, Joshua Corin’s, wonderful Nuclear
Winter Wonderland
was awarded as one of the TOP TEN CRIME debuts from
American Library Association’s Booklist

From Booklist: Nuclear Winter Wonderland. By Joshua Corin. 2008. Kunati, paper,
$15.95 (9781601641601).

After his twin sister is kidnapped by a strange man with plans involving a
nuclear device, Adam Weiss joins forces with a former Mob enforcer and a
Croatian female clown (who only speaks Spanish) to track down the maniac. This
richly comic thriller is surreal without being silly and wonderfully playful in
its use of language.

Nuclear Winter Wonderland also scored a rare STARRED REVIEW from the same
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Darrin, John (author).
May 2009. 416p. Kunati, hardcover, $24.95 (9781601641687).
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2009 (Booklist).

It was only a matter of time before someone took that next step in the digital
world: murder, broadcast over the Internet for all the world to see. First a
drug lord goes down, then a pedophile, then a mobster. The public is at once
incensed and intrigued; the vigilante aspect-the victims are bad guys, after
all-somehow makes the spectacle less appalling and adds to the sicko
entertainment factor. When the killer announces that he will accept bids for the
right to pull the cybertrigger for the next execution, the online world ponies
up. The only ones who can stop the madness, apparently, are disgruntled FBI
investigator Karen, freelance journalist Seth, and gifted but overlooked
scientist Dr. Sicals. The unlikely trio joins forces to prevent further
killings, and the pursuit keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The central
question of whether killing one for the greater good of many should be tolerated
is treated with a bit of a heavy hand, but the author’s message doesn’t distract
overmuch from what is a satisfying debut thriller.

— Mary Frances Wilkens BOOKLIST

by Kathy-Diane Leveille
Let the Shadows Fall Behind You Kathy Diane-Leveille
Brannagh Maloney, a young woman who has fled her New Brunswick home for
university and a new life, is hired as a cataloger on a naturalist expedition in
northern Ontario. She has a lot to leave behind. Her childhood was marked by a
series of family disappearances and two murders. In a far from normal home
environment, her grandfather treated mental patients on the top floor of their
house and there was a hint of madness in her own family. The delight and
fulfilment she finds in her new wilderness life despite its physical challenges,
falls apart when her lover Nikolai disappears. Has he abandoned her, or is his
disappearance the result of foul play?

Distraught, she reluctantly returns to St John for a reunion with three close
women friends who pledged undying love and support for each other in childhood
as the Tuatha-de-Danaans (the faeries of Ireland). However her return and the
interaction with her friends revive the emotional trauma she had hoped to leave
behind. Brannagh’s current sense of abandonment by her lover makes her even more
vulnerable to the unresolved mysteries surrounding the deaths of her parents and
the nature of the family madness.

The novel is more about the past than the present as it navigates back and forth
through time. Brannagh is tempted to run away again as the reunion with her
friends proves more challenging than comforting. She stays and answers
concerning the past eventually emerge as she deals with the complex
interrelationships between her friends and surviving family members

Leveille’s descriptive writing evokes the beauty of nature and she creates an
interesting cast of characters. For example, Brannagh who is really quite a
feisty woman is also an artist whose bird sketches are an important contribution
to the naturalist survey. Annie, perhaps her closest friend, had been one of her
grandfather’s patients and herself becomes a doctor. On the other hand, the
“shadows” really take over in this book. There are almost too many aspects of
the story to follow, particularly when dealing with the past. And the last
minute resolution of the present mystery seems almost too good to be true. It is
the quality of the writing that makes the read worthwhile.

SHADOWS is Leveille’s first novel. As a well written but convoluted Gothic tale
involving a complex list of characters, it is a very promising debut.

Reviewed by Ann Pearson, April 2009

Five Stars on Aeclectic

Review by Solandia
The Touchstone Tarot is the second deck from Australian artist, Kat Black. She
and Kunati, the publishers of the mass-market edition, have done the impossible
and equalled – even surpassed – the high benchmark set by the Golden Tarot.

This is a thoroughly people-focused deck – its apt catchphrase is `78 friends
you hold in your hand’. Drawn from historical portraits and Baroque and
Renaissance paintings and melded into tarot scenes, the people are individual,
immediate, and subtly expressive, displaying a range of emotion and instantly
recognisable feeling.

The Devil is, well, devilishly seductive, inviting you to give in to temptation.
The pain and dissatisfaction in the face of the Five of Cups is palpable. The
Queen of Swords is perfect, a richly dressed, regal and intelligent woman, but
she looks tough and unforgiving, even a little cold. I particularly like the
High Priestess, who has an otherworldly look (pale skin, large light eyes, Mona
Lisa smile), as though she is the physical bridge between the real and spiritual
worlds. There is a such a mix of faces across the deck, all with their
individual and appropriate characters – some even look just like people I know
in real life.

Some cards give an interesting spin on the typical symbolism. The Emperor looks
competent, but a bit grim, as though responsibility lies heavily on his
shoulders. The Ten of Wands is the opposite: she looks accepting of her burden
and is apparently carrying it without difficulty. The woman in the Three of
Swords (not a card that normally shows a person) looks shocked and dazed, like
she’s just received terrible news but is it yet to sink in. The Page of Swords
especially is unusual; he looks bored and uninspired rather than sharp and
snappy (perhaps he’s just bored of being inside).

Opening the shrink-wrap on the Touchstone Tarot set, there is a solid matte box
that opens from the front like a book. Inside lies the companion book, and
underneath are the gilt-edged cards. There are 80 cards included in the set: the
78 standard cards, the Happy Squirrel card, and the Touchstone Tarot artist card
(not for reading).

The gilt-edged cards are big, not quite 9cm by 13cm, much bigger than the cards
in Kat’s original limited edition run of the Touchstone. These cards are also
lighter and the colour slightly less saturated, which means it is easier to make
out details in the shadows.
More here…

“A grippingly original thriller” BOOKLIST


Sleepers Awake.
McNulty, Patrick (Author)
May 2009. 272 p. Kunati, hardcover, $22.95. (9781601641663).

“Adapted from his unfilmed screenplay, McNulty’s first novel takes on the
familiar horror conventions of ghosts and demons and spins them into a
grippingly original thriller. In the remote Alaskan village Danaid, an epic
battle between the undead and an evil creature known as the Zijin is about to
reach a climax. Bishop Kane is an undead bounty hunter, rescued from the grave
decades ago by departed spirits called Wraiths. When the Ministry of Wraiths
learns that the Zijin’s parasitic leader, the exotically beautiful Petra, is
holed up in Danaid, Bishop hurries to the town fully armed. Yet Petra is not
only Bishop’s longvanished daughter but the wife of Danaid’s sheriff, Sean
Berlin. After Sean witnesses Bishop’s foiled attack on Petra, it will take many
dead townspeople before Bishop can convince Sean to join forces with him.
McNulty’s debut hits more than a few rough spots in keeping the story line
afloat above nonstop flashing knives and claws, but readers who enjoy gore-laden
horror will relish it.”

Kunati Books
“A publisher to watch.” Booklist