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Review: Carter Ward, Space Rat

January 7, 2019

Carter Ward, Space Rat,
by Gregory K. HG. Bryant
Review 1/6/19

For many years Gregory K. H. Bryant contributed essays to my zine Musea. Later I found out what an accomplished artist and photographer he was. Now add author to that list with the release of his big trade paperback, “Carter Ward, Space Rat”

The 500 pages here introduce us to the adventures of Carter Ward; but it’s far from his last adventure as his story continues online.

Carter Ward is a crusty loner that survives in the outback of space between Mars and the Asteroid Belt, where the laws there are seldom followed!

His ship, 08-111 is a one of a kind marvel with all the necessary, rigged up, extras like his visual companion and a favorite character of mine, Dimara, who helps him out of scrapes more than once!

Besides Dimara, others intrude on his life more than he wants! There’s lots of characters here from the evil Mokem Bet and his Scroungers, to little Emily that has a crush on Carter.

All this adds up to lots of close calls – like the time he died – and even some tender moments when he lets down his guard – slightly!

Lots of space opera adventures here, that are not only fine writing, but fun reading!
I recommend this.

Tom Hendricks
Editor of Musea since 1992.

Lift a Finger – literally!

December 2, 2017

Lift a finger, literally!

Right now no artist outside the corporate few, is getting fair reviews. Time for you to give your review by lifting a finger – literally. How?

Lift a finger and click on ‘LIKE” on the music, videos, books, art, film, that you like.

By literally lifting a finger you help a lot. You help the artist know that he is being recognized for his work, you acknowledge that you appreciate his effort, and you further his career.

So come on, lift a finger. That is NOT asking too much. Like 10-50 times a day, every day. It will do you good, and help the artists you like, a lot!

For those who want to go further:

Here’s some other things you can do.

1. Pass the word that about 6 giant media companies have done great harm to all the arts. Example: music, radio, concerts, music media, and music online. Just talking about it helps all artists everywhere.
2. Support the Dallas arts and media revolution, or anyone else that is actively against all this.
3. Contact your favorite news site and ask why they won’t talk about the arts revolution.
4. Support Pennies for Play, a way for any musician to stream music for pennies on his website without any middlemen.

Thanks, from all artists everywhere.
Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

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Library Planet Review 5 of 5 Stars – Faridah Nassozi

July 23, 2015

Musea Readers,

Recently I got more reviews for LIBRARY PLANET. There are 3 that I would like to share – they are two with 5 of 5 stars, and one 4 of 5 stars. Here is the first.

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Library Planet by Tom Hendricks is a gripping mystery with a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and even a bit of romance. I was amazed at how Tom Hendricks managed to bring out a story so deep on so few pages.

Title: Library Planet
Author: Tom Hendricks
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite

In Library Planet by Tom Hendricks, with his immeasurable wealth, bibliophile Street and Smith could afford to buy anything. Because of his passion for reading, he decided to buy a library. Not just any library, but the Library Planet. A massive library where precious writings from all other planets were kept. What started out as a simple museum for all the
planets’ major publications had grown to be too big; it took over a whole moon. However, when conflict broke out the library came up for grabs, hence with his immense wealth, Street and Smith bought it. For years he lived alone, enjoying his solitude in the Library Planet. Then he was woken up by a strange noise; a noise that did not belong. His routine,
though not boring, had been monotonous until that noise. Then off he set to see what/where the noise had come from, and that is how he discovered he was not the sole occupant of the Library Planet. Thus begins a thrilling adventure across the Library Planet. Will he succeed in the quest?
Library Planet by Tom Hendricks is a gripping mystery with a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and even a bit of romance. I was amazed at how Tom Hendricks managed to bring out a story so deep on so few pages. This profoundly captivating short story brilliantly comes to life through an intricate setting and a writing style that feels both philosophical and poetic, adding more edge to the thrill of reading the story of the Library Planet. The thought of being the sole occupant of a gigantic library should be eerie. Well, not if you live in the Library Planet.
Creepy? Yes. Boring? No. Definitely not boring.

PLOT – 5

Cendrillon (Children’s Novel) Review by Melinda Hills

June 25, 2015

Here’s a 2nd 5 out of 5 Star review for my kid’s book, CENDRILLON. This one by Melinda Hills

My children’s novel CENDRILLON, the True Story of Cinderella, has gotten some favorite reviews – 2 with 5 of 5 stars. This is the 2nd one. Cendrillon is available on all main streamingbook sites for $1.99streamingbook sites for $1.99.


The True Story of Cinderella engages the reader with just enough differences to the traditional version to make it quite enjoyable.

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
Beginning with the discovery of old letters in a secret compartment in an  ornate chest, Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella by Tom Hendricks  relates a new version of the beloved fairy tale. Written by Queen  Cendrillon to her son, Prince William, the letters describe the life  Cendrillon knew as the daughter of a hard working woodcutter who  remarried after the death of his wife. The stepmother, Rachel, and her  two spoiled daughters, Phillis and Marsha, resented Cendrillon and reduced her to the position of servant after the death of her father.  Unable to attend the ball because of the demands of the others,  Cendrillon wished she could have gone and up popped a fairy godmother!  Of course, the Prince was not at all interested in any of the young ladies  until Cendrillon arrived and, as they say, the rest was history. A lost  slipper, a country-wide search, and a happy ending lead to the arrival of a  new, young Prince.

Tom Hendricks uses a unique historical perspective to bring new life to the  tale of Cinderella. Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella engages the  reader with just enough differences to the traditional version to make it  quite enjoyable. Alternative explanations for events add to the interest,  and taking the story past the wedding contributes even more to the  historical flavor. Hidden within the story are lessons about love, loss and  acceptable behavior, not to mention the definition of true beauty.  Intended for children but refreshing for older readers as well, Cendrillon:

The True Story of Cinderella is a delightful version of a favorite fairy tale.

Title: Cendrillon
Subtitle: The True Story of Cinderella
Author: Tom Hendricks
Children – General
Appearance – 5:
Plot – 5
Development- 5
Formatting – 5:
Marketability – 4:
Overall – 5


March 19, 2015

Today I received my first book review, for my sci fi book

The reviewer is from Reader’s Favorites a website that reviews books.
I have included the review, plus my response.
At the end is a link to the online review.
Thanks Readers Favorites (check them out.)


Reviewed By Cheryl Schopen for Readers’ Favorite

Being a bookworm and lover of libraries, I was instantly drawn to this short story and its distinctive title. I saw Library Planet and thought what a wonderful place this might be. An entire planet full of books sounds amazing. However, I could only give it 3 stars after reading it.

Honestly, I had a hard time following it. Although I appreciate the uniqueness of the writing style and the way the characters communicate, it also made it difficult to understand and stay interested in at times. I also found it challenging to get into the plot. There just wasn’t enough of a storyline in my opinion. I kept expecting something more exciting to happen, especially within the science fiction genre.

In addition, I didn’t really get the ending. Cous is the man’s wife? And I feel like the bolt has some kind of significance, but I wasn’t really sure. Was it booklet? It seemed a bit vague, which can be great for a lot of short stories, but I was kind of left scratching my head, a bit confused.

That being said, I absolutely love the idea behind the book. One man collecting all books, texts, and writings from everywhere imaginable and creating basically a planet for them is just such an interesting concept. I just think that there could be more of a conflict or more engaging characters to keep readers hooked and wanting to read more. And if it’s going to be centered on one character, I think readers should feel attached to him or at least think of him as a relatable character.

My Response

Part of the writing style, is what I imagine it to be in the future – so that, though not spelled out, is why the text is so compact and full.
The ending is there, though subtle. Booklet as was her people, was a match maker, and part of the quest was to find him a wife.
This is a ghost story / sci fi novel, where the planet is a major story. I sure had fun imagining all the federation libraries that Street and Smith bought (note his name is the major pub of pulp magazines).
I didn’t want a life threatening episodic piece, because in this time most live long lives – they are more concerned for small noises like bolts falling off a shelf.
I purposely left many things up in the air, because that is so much fun.
Thanks for reading it. All my best, Tom.

[For the most part, most of my work, whether writing, music, art, or other ideas, gets a similar response of “it’s not what is usually done, it’s not what is expected, Why is it different? And I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t get it.]


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