5 out of 5 stars. I happened upon M.K. Hobson’s The Native Star quite by chance, and as a steampunk fan and steampunk writer, I gave it try. Then I fell in love — with the world, with the main character, with the contagonist, with the plot… Emily is a California backwoods witch trying to […]
I am in the FLOW with my revisions. C’est fantastique! Je ne peux pas arrêter! In fact, I have a new theme song that’s keeping me rocking and motivated as I wrap up The Spirit-Hunters for the Great Agent Hunt.
5 out of 5 stars. Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall is amazing, amazing, amazing. One of the most powerful book I’ve read this year, and easily the most satisfying ending of the year. It’s Donnie Darko meets Groundhog Day. I know — you’re thinking WTF? How does that work? Well trust me. It works.
5 out of 5 stars. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It was a read-in-one-sitting, stay-up-until-3-AM book. Though it’s classified as science fiction, it’s more a survival tale than anything else. A survival tale where I really didn’t know if the main character and her family would live or die.
5 out of 5 stars. If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. Well, since it’s my rubric, I suppose I can. So make that 6 out of 5 stars. Not since Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn has a book touched me in quite the same way as Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. […]
4 out of 5 stars On Anne Osterlund’s site, she describes her novel Academy 7 as Stars Wars meets The Outsiders. I like The Outsiders; I obsess over love Star Wars; and I thought “cool, I’ll read that next.” Yeah, it’s not like The Outsiders. It’s nothing like Star Wars. I’m not entirely sure where Osterlund […]
Rebel Tales — better stories for better readers. If you don’t know who Holly Lisle is, then be sure to check her out. She is one of the best writing instructors I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from, and the communities she’s created for writers (you may have heard of a the one called […]
4 out of 5 stars The first of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Vampire Academy, was a highly entertaining, fast-paced read. I’m not big on vampires, but I enjoyed this vampire world — Mead did a good job making it unique, tangible, and dark, but still 100% high school. Rose Hathaway is a 17-year-old Dhampir […]
5 out of 5 stars Bitter Seeds, a debut novel by Ian Tregillis, takes you to WWII, but to a WWII in which Hitler has a super-hero fighting force. Klaus (my favorite character) is the invisible man with some arrogance issues and a down-right terrifying sister named Gretel. Gretel’s power? She can see into the […]
The thing about researching for a novel is this: it’s critical. Unless, of course, your novel takes place in A completely fantasy world you made up. (Now your concern isn’t research but in-depth, consistent, and believable world-building). Your story is basically your own life (i.e. your character has the same job as you, lives at […]