Book Review: Limbo by Marko Pandza – e105s3

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Book Review and sneak Peak into this incredible horror story, Limbo by Marko Pandza

Limbo Book Review

Hey there, it’s me, Valerie Moss, todays is a follow up show to yesterdays interview with Marko Panza and his book Limbo, we’re going to review the book and get a sneak peak at chapter 1. Now that you met the author let’s meet Grim the Reaper and his love Dora and see what other readers have to say about the book.

Again, this isn’t a family friendly episode, soooo….there’s swear words that I do not beep and other scary language.

Here’s the retail…

First when you get his book, it’s not the average paperback size it’s slightly large, the cover is ominous with a dark figure, and white orb surrounding it – you can’t really tell if it’s walking away or towards to you, colour greyscale. Also the print is a dark black, on white paper again not your typical paperback colour.

Marko has laid the book out in a today time slot, the present and then a yesteryear time slot, way in the past, however in limbo you aren’t really sure about the timing of anything.

Those of you who like to get into a good scary story, not like a mystery more like a horror, this book will put your detective skills to the test and those that like a movie director like Tim Burton and or Rob Zombie, this will lend itself nicely.

When he goes back and forth in time, and introduces you to these two worlds the living and the dead…

Marko has a way of perpetuating your ideas of the characters in the book, like Dora she is so sure of herself it even scares her assistant, poor RAMBO who’s always yelling you root for him and people do the strangest things to him…the people in limbo are being watched by….. well I can’t give that part away.

The love story portion of this book, probably hits home to almost anyone who reads it because…it’s sort of envious if you were Jekle and your partner was Hyde.

The redest of red hair and smashing of canvas paintings always struck me as an interesting side story that I was intrigued by. Here’s a glimpse of Dora

One of the places in the book that has sat with me is when Caitlin and Grim are walking…

They stopped talking and continued their slow walk, Caitlin periodically swallowing the threat of nausea. Grim was impressed to see her side-stepping knee-high piles of petrified chicken bones and mummified bread littering the path as if she were on a track, further evidence of her tenure in the Den. 

Here’s a few reviews on amazon:

1. I don’t usually read horror novels especially…

2. Truly gripping from start too finish, a perfect blend of humour….

3. Loved it, loved the imagery, loved the symbolism…..

And here’s my review as the producer we always read the book first then we get into the production of it. When I read this book, it was an instant page turner because of the two universes and the time shifting between current and past, love and hate the have’s and have-nots. It kept me wanting more and trying to figure out Grimm’s plan and his relationship with the cop.

Thanks for listening to the show today, links to Marko and is book Limbo are in my show notes and we will close this episode with a listen to chapter 8. Appetite in it’s entirety to tempt you further. Buy the book Limbo by Marko Pandza here

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Interview Author: Amanda Steel & Ghost of Me – e102s3

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Hey Everyone, it’s Valerie here, todays show is an interview with The Author of Ghost of Me, Amanda Steel. She is an author and copywriter living in Manchester, UK. Ghost of Me is her second novel to be converted into an audiobook. She also has a third in production. As the co-host of a book review podcast, she has become an avid listener of audiobooks, to ensure that she always has enough books to review each month. She finds she can often listen while doing some more mundane tasks, which don’t require a lot of thinking, can’t we all agree with this?

1. Intro 1:13.0 todays show I have a special guest, Amanda Steel author of Ghost of me a book I had the pleasure of producing, it was my first fiction book and it had a character named Valerie, how fitting right? Well we will get to know Amanda and the goods behind this story, the characters and her love of writing..

2. Speakeasy have you ever been to a spoken word night? I’ve been to an open mic night with muscian which would be a similar theme when I checked out their fb page (link in show notes)… it’s a large living room setting and has a great vibe by the pictures anyway…

3. We are going to touch on covid, before we do though I just want to let you know that I originally recorded this in June you know in the middle of this pandemic — this show was edited late in 2020 when the 2nd wave is in full swing across the world and currently calgary where I live is in a semi lockdown state – we cannot socialize with any one out of our cohorts – yes weird word I know but we cannot socialize with anyone out of our home residence – at the time of this editing, the world has reached 76, million covid cases and 1.6 million fatalities –  it has touched the world. It’s interesting listening to Amanda and how she knows people. And the discussion about masks is so suprising – especially mid pandemic. 

4. Amanda lives in Manchester UK which has a population of 2.7 million and their case count as of today in late dec 2020 is 35,000 active cases.

End, well thank you to Amanda Steel for taking the time to be interviewed on my show, I loved talking to her about her book and getting to the know the author, the first author who I read a fictional book for – it was such a great experience for me…to conclude I thought I’d play you chapter 1 and if you’re interested in hearing more, please let me know and I can give you a free download credit to the complete audio book.

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Paris by the Book – e97s2p1

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Liam Callanan is my guest – discussing this book…Paris by the Book

In this episode my guest, Liam Callanan and author of this amazing read, Paris by the Book is our topic for discussion today on the show.


  • Cover Design is this the face of a real bookstore?
  • A reading with Liam, one of my favourite parts of the book, Leah is needing help emotionally and her friend a well-to-do man lifts her up and gives her some advice she needs at that moment
  • These two stories The Red Balloon and Madeline – their places in the stories and Liam’s life
  • Liam’s recomendations of his favourite books (one of them is a Canadian Author)
  • His incredible website…

This is a two part interview, p2 will be released tomorrow so please stay tuned and enjoy this discussion with an author who is humble, loves to tell stories and made my day! I feel like I’m in the big leagues now with this feather in my cap interviewing a best seller..

Also I have 2 give-a-ways

Leave a comment or tag me on IG or FB with your favourite book and why it’s lingered – how did it attach to you so strongly and made an impact. Your name will be entered in to win one of two books, Paris by the Book (my copy because Liam send me a hard copy to replace mine) and a copy he sent as a second giveaway….

Liam Callanan, as my guest on the show today…discussing Paris by the Book

Toni Morrison’s Book called: Jazz

Alix Ohlin’s Book called: Dual Citizens

Christina Clancy’s book called: the Second Home

Isabel Allende’s book called: Daughter of Fortune

Part 2 will be released tomorrow, thanks for listening and enter your name to win a copy of the book and a bookmark – tell me your favourite book and you’ll be entered!