Review: Swan Knight’s Son

Swan Knight's Son
Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a modern day chivalrous romance. Lovers of epic fantasy while like this though its courtly anachronisms won’t to everyone’s taste. It treats elves as capricious at best and malicious at worst, which may surprise Lord of the Ring fans who expect elves to act like the ultimate paladins. It’s not a light read but rewards effort if you have the stamina to apply yourself. I recommend this if you’re in the mood for something meaty yet short since it isn’t as long as most epics.

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Cutting Down to One Blogpost a Week

This is a notice I will cut down to one blogpost a week on Thursdays.

I will rotate the regular features. There will be one blogpost a month each on the scifi and fantasy story prompts each, or, if the source material merits it, they may be combined into one blogpost in a given month.

The other weeks of the month the weekly blogpost featured will be a book or movie reviews, commentary.

When I have a release or a publication credit announcement I will have a separate blogpost for that, and still have a weekly feature blogpost.

I realize I need to do more than driveby spamming, but doing all these features and keeping on top of my other online venues, while plugging away at upcoming releases every week when I already have a full time job  was getting fatiguing.

Review: Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells

Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells
Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells by James Scott Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Scott Bell’s writing technique books speak to me. This is worth adding to any writer’s reference collection. His writing is clear, well reasoned and he’s got enough experience writing best selling fiction to make his techniques more than dry theory to him. Any writer is sure to pick up some useful techniques from this book even if they don’t follow all his methods.

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Machine Learning: Two Short Reads is Live Today

Let’s see if I can bring out one Khiatons Short Read a month starting today! The Khiatons Short Reads are meant for Kindle Select readers but is also available for purchase on Kindle.

What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)

Review: Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between

Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between
Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is enough to convince me James Scott Bell deserves his reputation as an excellent writing teacher. He came up with an intriguing technique of use to both plotter and panster writers. His premise is that you can organize your work around the crucial moment in your story, usually in the middle. You define the middle and you can create the build up in the beginning and fallout of it in the ending. If you are a plotter this is the starting point of your outline. Even if your a pantser you still need to organize your story once your done and this can can become the basis of a revision plan. Thanks to this book I have my eye on more of his writing instruction books.

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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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