Review: The Waste Lands

The Waste Lands
The Waste Lands by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last member of Roland’s companions is gathered and now they move on to the quest. The collection of the companions seemed like a sideline but he makes more progress with them then he did by himself. Roland grows by learning the value of teamwork, and the action picks up at the conclusion. Only King could get away with spending so long gathering the members of the quest. Very few people could pull it off.

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Review: Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories

Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories
Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories by Angela Booth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book very inspirational and can’t wait to try out its suggestions. My favorite was the thought of using short stories to try out new genres before committing yourself to writing a novel length work. See if you like the genre, how long it takes to write it and whether you get the kind of response you want from readers. It’s a good idea.

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Review: Bleak House

Bleak House
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This work is best approached as a historical document rather than a light pleasure read. It’s a legal novel regarding a protracted court case involving an inheritance. A modern legal novel would have a clearcut villain not petty embezzlers and legal sharks extracting as much money as they can out of the estate or at the very least the greed of these people would’ve escalated to the point of murder. It’s an indictment on the inefficiencies of the English legal system of the time. We get exhaustive slices of life regarding the people affected by the case and the resolution, when a will is finally found, feels like one subplot among many when a modern legal novel would’ve made it the driving focus of the story. I

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Review: In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954

In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954
In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954 by Isaac Asimov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isaac Asimov is one of the few people who can make their autobiography interesting. He may sound like he’s bragging but there’s no escaping a fact he’s a Master of Science Fiction and denying it would be ridiculous. It’s interesting for writers to see his mind at work and will answer any questions fans of what happened behind the scenes while he was writing his stories.

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Review: Dr. Oronhyatekha: Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values

Dr. Oronhyatekha: Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values
Dr. Oronhyatekha: Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values by Keith Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting autobiography of a mostly forgotten Victorian celebrity. A good reference for Native history and Victorian history. It has some details that may help writers of steam punk if you like obscure details. I’m Mohawk myself and felt obligated to read this book for the sake of being informed of my people’s history, and found it enjoyable.

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Review: A Madness So Discreet

I’m debuting a new feature and crossposting my weekly Goodreads reviews here.

A Madness So Discreet
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the best young adult’s book I’ve read. I liked it because the protagonist did more than try to find and maintain a romance or love triangle though some fans of the genre may consider this a drawback. She had an asylum to escape and a mystery to solve and I preferred this over her mooning over a love interest.

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