Deadline: January

I have been hemming and hawing too long. It’s time to make a real dive into my writing career, to really give it a go and see if I have what it takes. So to that end I am setting myself a deadline of January. By then I will have my writings ready to go, covers designed, advertising plotted, and release strategy developed.

The tentative plan as of today is that each year I will release a trio of ebooks in the spring, and a trio in the fall. They will be shorter, novella length roughly, and will then be bundled together into a full length print book. Some will be chained novellas, others will be collections of short stories. In the summer, I will release at least one novel or novella, something not tied to the fall or spring releases.

I have a huge back log of work begging to see the light of day, enough to put out stuff for about the next three years under this schedule. And now it is time to finally pull the trigger on it. Wish me luck!

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Book Review: Orconomics

I have been blessed of late to read a number of funny fantasy novels. The Palace Job, The Dungeoneers, and now Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike.

First and foremost, this is a very timely satire. Unlike a lot of satire however, it is actually accessible to people. It is humorous almost always, at times biting, and in a few choice moments, heart wrenching. Its a book that you start for the humor, and stay for the deftly woven characters.

Pick it up here.

Books, Beards, Booze News

Here is a round up of all the relevant goodness you need to know!

  1. If you missed it, we are reading this story for the Short Read, Tall Glass episode that comes out this Friday.
  2. Season Two has begun! We polished off Season One with a fun little recap, and then on Sunday (our new release day) turned S2 Episode 1 loose on the world!
  3. As always, we are looking for your input! Let us know what you are liking or not liking, what you want us to talk about, book battle ideas, or contest ideas (we are planning some contests, but would love your thoughts).

Book Review: The Riyria Revelations

So when I recently got my Audible account, the first books I used my credits on were this trilogy and it was one of the best choices I have made in recent memory!

The first trilogy by Michael J. Sullivan (though its technically six, paired books), I’ve read that he self-published these bad boys, and they were later picked up by a major publisher. Once you have read/listened to them you will see why. This trio is fantastic, leaving me on the edge of my seat frequently, which is perhaps not the safest when driving!

If you enjoy heists, these novels are full of them. While none of them center around heists exactly, they are often instigating events or the like, so for fans of the Lies of Locke Lamora, there is a enough there to keep you happy in that regard.

The overall plot takes many pages to develop, a constantly unfolding flower of excitement. The characters are intriguing, with well developed arcs, and the risks feel real. It all serves to leave you guessing right up to the very end, with all manner of twists and turns.

The voice acting is quite well done as well, should you opt to go the audiobook route as I did. Tim Gerard Reynolds does an impeccable job, and I won’t hesitate to pick up anything he reads from here on out;

In short, get them. You won’t regret it! Scope them out here!

Book Review: Embassytown

China Mieville is a smarter man than me.

I say that all the time, but it seems like every time a read one of his books I am taken aback by just how much. With most writers I feel like, craft aside, if I had the time I could come up with a story equal to most of what is out there today. Maybe not on a prose level, but on a plot level, sure.

With Mieville, that is never the case. And Embassytown is no exception.

This sci-fi novel is about the power of language, of truth, of friendship. It’s a thing of depth and beauty that left me with a hollow ache of longing to see those alien vistas. At times difficult, that difficulty was always rewarded.

I can safely say the portrayal of the alien Hosts was one of the most ‘real’ presentations of an alien I can recall having read. The human dynamics were painfully real at times as well. The cultures felt lived in, which is an incredibly difficult aspect to manage.

This book is not for everyone. If you love words, and the ideas behind them, then you will enjoy this book. Its cerebral sci-fi, dense in meaning at the expense of conventional action.

China Mieville is a smarter man than me.

Pick up proof of that here: https://amzn.to/2urgp6v

Book Review: Kings of the Wyld

This book is a damn treasure.

One of the many things I have to thank the Reddit Fantasy community for is turning me onto this amazing book. It get a fair bit of hype there, and even won its award for best debut novel, a well deserved prize.

The premise, a world where mercenary bands are treated as and act similarly to rock and roll bands, sounds a bit silly at first. And this book could have quickly descended into Pratchett-esque levels of tomfoolery. But the strength of this book comes from it’s heart and deep, deep belly laughs.

Following the exploits of Saga, the land’s greatest band long since retired, as they try to get the band back together, this story is filled with compelling characters. The plot itself, while spelled out in its goals early on, will leave you constantly guessing. And the frequent moments of humor are perfectly accented by the very real risk, and losses that are experienced.

I can not recommend this book highly enough. Do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy here: https://amzn.to/2m7c18s

Book Review: The Dungeoneers!

I had the absolute delight of reading The Dungeoneers by Jeffrey Russell.

In the finest tradition of humorous fantasy, Russell follows in the footsteps of the likes of Terry Pratchett and Robert Asprin, two authors I am very much fond of. In this book, the first in what I hope will be a long series with numerous entries, we meet Durham the city guard and the eponymous Dungeoneers. This organization is comprised of a group of expert dwarves who specialize in dungeoneering. The human Durham, who was never meant to be assigned to the group (a misspelled order sets the tone for the shenanigans to come), ends up sticking with the adventure regardless.

At its core the book is a heist novel, as the group has set out to recover the cleverly titled Mace of Guffin. As dwarves and heists are two of my favorite things, pairing them in a book together is a recipe for success. Along the way we meet the eccentric members of the organization, get hints at Durham’s ability, and explore a narrow slice of what has proven thus far to be an interesting take of a fantasy world.

I will be reading book two in the very near future!

You can get it here, and trust me, it’s worth every cent: https://amzn.to/2K7BkW6