Monthly Archives: July 2012

Explanation for Lack of Updates and a Bit of Rambling

Just wanted to make a quick post so any visitors can see that this blog is not dead, despite any appearances. I took a week off of work, and when not cooling my jets a little I was very focused on working on my novel. In addition, I read a couple of review submissions and got a good way through them before deciding they weren’t quite for me. Kind of a bummer, but it happens; if I’m going to recommend books I really think are worth reading, I can’t let the time I’ve sunk into a book already bias me toward it.

The good news is, I’m definitely enjoying the book I’m reading now and will post a review when I’m finished. For everyone else who has sent me a book to review, I appreciate your patience. Unfortunately, I’m never going to be able to read everything in my “queue” because too many of the books are 400+ pages long, and I have too many new submissions coming in every day. Such are the perils of being loquacious! I don’t want to lecture anyone and tell them to write shorter stuff; maybe that’s just how your art needs to be expressed, or maybe you feel it’s better to give readers more value for their money. But, it’s a fact that there is a severe deficit of people willing to (honestly) review books as compared to the number of self-published writers, and our time is finite, so that’s a trade-off to consider when planning your next novel (and yes, I’m aware that some people don’t plan novels at all and just keep writing until they feel they’re done–but that’s a topic for another time).

Book Review – The Troubleshooter by Bard Constantine

Title: The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues
Author: Bard Constantine (Website, Twitter, Facebook, Blog)
Length: Approximately 57,000 words
Purchase Link: Amazon

Now listen good, you ugly mugs–this here is a review of a book going by the name of The Troubleshooter. Subtitle? Well that’d be New Haven Blues, no relation to Connecticut if that’s what your beancan is pondering. It just happens to be the story of a private dick with the name Mick Truble, and how he travels the mean streets of the far future, cracking off lead and putting the moves on beautiful dames in a tangled stumper of a caper.

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Spoiler Alert: An Interview with Christopher Ruz

One of the fringe benefits of doing reviews is that if I come across a book that I really like, I may have the chance to speak to the author and do a little information gathering from a fan’s perspective. So, I’m going to kick off a series of “book-based” interviews with Christopher Ruz, author of the recently-reviewed Century of Sand. Christopher is in Australia and I’m on the East Coast of the USA, but thanks to the wonders of Skype we were able to talk in real time and inject a little spontaneity into the proceedings.

Warning: as the title states, this interview contains many spoilers for Century of Sand. So, you’d better hurry up and finish it before you read onward…

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EPIC FANTASY 0.9b on Nook & 50% Off Sale

Quick update: as promised, EPIC FANTASY 0.9b is now available directly from the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Celebrate e-reader diversity!

Also, in case you haven’t noticed (and if you’re anywhere near New Jersey, trust me you’ve noticed), it’s summer, which means the Smashwords Summer Sale is in effect. If you go to the EPIC FANTASY 0.9b page on Smashwords, you’ll see a coupon code for 50% off the book, and while you’re there you can also check out thousands of other books also available for 50%+ off. So get reading, people!

Book Review – Century of Sand by Christopher Ruz

Title: Century of Sand
Author: Christopher Ruz (Website, Twitter)
Length: Approximately 120,000 words
Purchase Links: Amazon, Smashwords

As Century of Sand opens, we are presented with a chilling scene: a man, clutching the limp body of a young girl, escapes a castle by cover of night. Nothing is said about who he is or where he is going, but through the language of well-chosen details we sense the seriousness of his crime and the precious nature of his cargo. A glance back over his shoulder makes us feel his anxiety; we are in his shoes now, facing the guards ahead with feigned assurance, knowing that any break in our resolve will spell certain disaster.

And that’s just the first two paragraphs.

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