Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Overending by Rick Johnson - Review and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Rick will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
You can click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Overending is nonstop, fast-paced, mind-bending fantasy. Fantastic and quirky, exhilarating and addicting, this entertaining adventure takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Ridiculous, but deadly serious. Hits you hard in the funnies, while turning your mind inside out.

The Overending continues the unfolding epic saga of the Wood Cow Chronicles—a fantastical, magical, completely unexpected world that swallows both kids and adults whole!

MY Review:
This is the second book in the series about Helga and her friends as they fight against the tyranny that has taken over their land. While it can be read as a standalone, I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read the first book in the series. I'm planning on getting it before reading the NEXT book in the Wood Cow Chronicles.

The book is very character driven-- it was easy for me to forget that they were animals. I was caught up in their struggles and rejoiced in their successes. I definitely want to read the next episode in their adventure.

Good job, Mr. Johnson. 4 stars.
Enjoy an Excerpt:

Seeing that she had won the first round in this contest of wills, Bem leaned back, pulling away from the face-to-face staring match. “To catch Yii Strikers, you’ve got to sleep in the open in their territory. Lie very still and let them slither up across your body. Don’t move, or you’ll spook them—and that’s the end of you. They like the warmth of a body and they especially like the warmest part of your body, the head. Wait long enough, and be still enough, and they will coil up right on your face and go to sleep. This is the most important part. You’ve got to leave your mouth open wide and breath through your mouth. The Yii Striker likes that warm, moist air. The ol’ snake will just curl up around your open mouth and let its head hang down right into your mouth. You wait until you’re sure as sure can be that the snake’s asleep, and then you slam your jaws shut on the snake’s head. He can’t bite you. You just let him flail his body around until he wears himself out, then you take a knife and cut the body away from the head. Then, you can spit out the head. And that’s how you capture a Yii Striker.”

About the Author
I am a native of the Great Plains, having grown up on a farm in the Platte River Valley of western Nebraska. I love the wild beauty of the Plains and nearby Rocky Mountains--the too hot, too cold, too empty, too full of life extremes. Typically, the awesomely diverse and the awesomely stark are much the same, even as they are different. Although I have lived in Michigan, North Carolina, and British Columbia, the western plains, mountains, and desert are in my heart.

As my day job, for over thirty years I have been a faculty member and administrator in higher education. Teaching broadly in the liberal arts, including creative writing, in addition to my novels, my professional publications include educational materials, poems, and 28 stories for young readers. I am a member of SCBWI.

As an author, I'm drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. I tell unusual stories that take readers to worlds they never imagined—definitely a whole new ride.




  1. great review and very fun excerpt.

  2. Nice Excerpt! I hope to read this book.
    Thanks for the giveway!

  3. Thanks to Books in the Hall for hosting, and for reviewing The Overending! Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks also to the kind comments from Valerie, Lisa & MomJane -- I would love to connect with any of you -- so if your inclined in that way, click on any of my contact links above. Volume #3 of the Wood Cow Chronicles will be released in November, so stay tuned. There is a sneak peek chapter of #3 up over on Wattpad, where you can read it for free.... http://www.wattpad.com/51868442-sneak-peek-preview-chapter-wood-cow-chronicles-3

  4. I enjoyed the review and excerpt, thank you.


  5. This really sounds fun!


  6. Wow! This sounds so different from your day job! What a marvelous imagination you have. Your books will open up a whole new world for readers. Best of luck with your writing!

  7. The previous comment is from Catherine DePino. I forgot to sign.

  8. Thanks Rita, Vitajex, and Cathering for stopping by! I appreciate your interest in my work. If you get a chance to read it, I'd appreciate hearing what you think. You can always contact me through any of the links above and I'd love to hear from you. Thanks again for stopping by!

  9. I will need to read the first book. Great review thank you.


  10. Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Appreciate your interest!

  11. Enjoyed the excerpt, I think I'll enjoy this book. Thank you brown_angel 123at) yahoo (dotcom

  12. Sounds like a wonderful adventure!

  13. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Yuck! There is no way that I would try catch a Yii Striker. LOL

    I agree - it was easy for me to forget that they were animals too!

    I voted for The Overending on the following Goodreads Listopia list:

    Imaginative Books - Books that you love because of their creativity and imagination. The worlds and characters in these books are so fully realized, even though they are really nothing like the real world.