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Posts made in September, 2013

Book Review: Liane Merciel’s The River King’s Road

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Book Review: Liane Merciel’s The River King’s Road

This is  exactly the kind of fantasy I love: a potentially epic setting but with “low fantasy” focus on the actual people within it. Peasants have the chance to determine fate for a change. Like Saladin Ahmed, I also want “fewer kings and starship captains, more coach drivers and space waitresses” in my spec fic. Beyond class diversity, the spec fic genre also needs progress in racial diversity. It’s something I try to do in my own writing and also something...

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Book Review: “Blood of Kings” by Billy Wong

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Book Review: “Blood of Kings” by Billy Wong

I received a free ebook copy through a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I signed up for the giveaway because I’ve followed Wong’s short fiction casually for years (not least because we’ve frequently wound up in the same places, such as Firefly in Amber etc etc). While his style is fine for short fiction, where it’s of the essence to be concise, I struggled through this novel. An in media res opening perplexed me, especially because the characters...

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Book Review: Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker (Aspect-Emperor trilogy)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Book Review: Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker (Aspect-Emperor trilogy)

I mentioned this one in my review of The Skybound Sea–where I hoped for the sake of Aeon’s Gate fans Skyes goes on to write a sequel trilogy like this. I cannot remember enjoying a sequel so much in years! Although the worldbuilding behind what Bakker is now calling The Second Apocalypse is beyond complex, and a lot has happened in the 20 years since the close of the Prince of Nothing trilogy, I still felt able to dive right back into this world. I hadn’t realized how...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #4: Aeon’s Gate: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #4: Aeon’s Gate: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

I have a confession to make: I already took one review copy (Edge of Oblivion), but I couldn’t resist snagging this one, too. I picked it up and meant to page through it to pass the time before the auction, but then I could not put it down. The opening lines beat out a hypnotic rhythm. Gliding past them, I found myself in an oceanside slum near the home of an eldritch abomination. My inner Cthulhu fan’s tentacles twitched pleasantly. I found I liked the characters at once....

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Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

CreateSpace is one of the most popular POD (print-on-demand) choices for self-publishing authors and small presses. Each time a book is ordered through Amazon or another retailer, CreateSpace prints the book and ships it. Each month, CreateSpace sends the author accrued royalties, after it takes its printing and distribution costs. The author doesn’t need to worry about managing an inventory of unsold books-all one needs to do is write the book and upload it with proper formatting. And...

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