Lisa Cron’s “Wired For Story” explores the psychological reasons why readers love stories. This well-researched book explains how writers can craft better plots and create better characters by meeting the audiences’ expectations. Stories provide a means of answering the question “what if?” without placing the reader in actual peril. That’s why, Cron asserts, story tellers must never be lazy. It only looks like entertainment; stories actually help us chart a safer path through an unpredictable world. Continue reading
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Fans, friends, well-wishers, and internet vagabonds, allow me to invite you to check out the anthology “Out of Time.” It features a story of mine, as well as stories by Paul Siluch, Janet Guy, Teresa Robeson, and by the collection’s editor, horror novelist Russell James. It’s a bargain at 99 cents and proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. I hope you’ll buy it and I know you’ll enjoy the stories – modesty forbids me from embellishing my own efforts overmuch, but I can honestly say that the other four authors are among the very best writers I know. I have learned a great deal from each of them, and this collection showcases some of their best work.
The anthology is available on Amazon as well! Kindle owners, get your copy now!
A little scouting on Amazon lead me to discover a free Kindle version of Shelley Adina’s “Lady of Devices.” Partway through, I’m not ready to offer up a review just yet, but I wanted to post the link to it on Amazon in case anyone else wanted to check it out while it’s free. This is one of those cases where I’ll buy the next book in the series because, if the beginning is anything to judge by, I’ve just found a new favorite author. I think authors are wise to offer up a book for free – given how deep my to-read pile has grown, I can’t justifiably buy more books unless I know for sure I’m getting something I’ll enjoy. With Adina’s work, so far, it’s looking a safe bet for subsequent books in this series.
With football season underway, I decided it was the best time to listen to Scott Sigler’s podiobook “The Rookie.” As a sci-fi fan, I couldn’t resist the premise: futuristic, inter-galactic football teams (comprised of alien and human players) battle, sometimes to the death, in their pursuit of triumph. As an only casual spectator of the present-day sport, I worried that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the action. (I also worried that it would be more sports-focused than my love of adventure could go along with.) My faith in Sigler was well-rewarded however. Continue reading
As a fan of good childrens and YA writing, I’d like to encourage book lovers to check out Rick Riordan’s latest in the Kane Chronicles series. ‘The Throne of Fire’ follows ‘The Red Pyramid,’ which introduced brother and sister Carter and Sadie Kane in their exploits with the pantheon of Egyptian gods.
Author Scott Sigler delivers an adventure on par with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ but with a focus on anthropology instead of archaeology, and with a backdrop of mining instead a race for historic artifacts. Genre-wise the compare/contrast gets a little tricky. ‘Earthcore’ is present-day sci-fi horror, while ‘Raiders’ is… erm… historical… ah…? Your guess is as good as mine. (Historical-science-fantasy? How else does one sum up: “Fire. Lightning. The power of God or something.”) The point I’m trying to make here is that ‘Earthcore’ is every bit as compelling, as fast-paced, and the only thing it lacks is Harrison Ford.