4 of 5 stars
Read in February, 2015
Pretty good book. A lot to wade through initially as the
explanations are abound for what the Areht does. Some parts of it seemed
a little complex for the average reader to follow.
Once the action picks up, it us full throttle from there on. Then, you see how the characters interact and why.
I found a few if the scenes jumbled but for the most part I found this book ocerall enjoyable.
—Thanks Brien. Love the "full throttle" bit.
Hi. Barb here. At home in Somerville, MA, but venturing to Maine early next month.
My experience is that, if you write fiction, whether you are a new
author, or a mid-career author adapting to the brave new world of
publishing, there are people around who will give you incredibly
I don’t mean your mom. (“Why don’t you go on Oprah, dear?”
“Gee, thanks. I never thought of that.”) I mean people who make their
living publicizing books. Publicists you pay, “experts” in the field,
even your assigned publicist at your publisher. And since these people
have conversations with your editor who has conversations with your
agent, there are many, many channels through which bad advice can reach
Of course, I don’t mean all publicists, experts, editors and agents
give bad advice. Many will give you great advice. Others will give you
honest advice–i.e. they will say, “I have no #$%^ing idea.”
Most of the people who give bad advice don’t mean you any harm. They
All I'm saying is, with creative people like this, stop giving money to do Indiana Jones and Ghostbuster reboots—not to mention other weak titles. There are some seriously bad ass and creative people out there doing awesome work. Show them some love.
By Walter Rhein "Walter Rhein
"This is the kind of science fiction novel that
you have to surrender yourself to completely. There is a ton of world
building going on here, the author has clearly mapped out whole
histories of a complex and fascinating world. When you don't know an
author, it's difficult to commit fully to the task of learning
everything that must be comprehended to enjoy a novel like this. In
this case, however, it is worth it.
This isn't the type of novel
for casual readers. The writing is very well done and the book is
clearly professionally edited. That being said, the sentence structures
are probably too complex for the average reader. If you're a fan of R.A.
Salvatore, for example, you're going to be lost if you attempt this
Dune, I believe, is the best comparison. I felt that the
plot was forwarded more by ambiance than traditional episodes. There's a
lot of important action that tak…
You’re going to need to spend a lot of time alone.
I recently left a teaching
position in a master of fine arts creative-writing program. I had a
handful of students whose work changed my life. The vast majority of my
students were hardworking, thoughtful people devoted to improving their
craft despite having nothing interesting to express and no interesting
way to express it. My hope for them was that they would become better
readers. And then there were students whose work was so awful that it
literally put me to sleep. Here are some things I learned from these
Writers are born with talent.
Either you have a propensity for creative expression or you don't.
Some people have more talent than others. That's not to say that someone
with minimal talent can't work her ass off and maximize it and write
something great, or that a writer born with great ta…