Today’s an extra special day. I’ve reset my body clock be completely backwards! I could have posted this blog live at 8 a.m. instead of using the schedule function but that would be the actions of woman still within shouting distance of sanity. Also – the “In The Absence of Famine” book cover is done!
I’ve been dealing with a seeming avalanche of bad news. The kind of news that has nothing whatsoever to do with writing but definitely puts a crimp in my schedule none the less. In these circumstances, it’s a good thing I’ve got a few ebook reviews up my sleeve!
There’s a few things I always worry about when I do a review. I worry that I’ll come across as one of those who can’t do and therefore is left with nothing but criticism. I worry that I’ll end up giving a gushing review when I really didn’t like the material. I worry that I’ll be forced to give away too much of the plot while doing the review. And finally I worry that I’ll have nothing good to say about something someone I admire made.
Welcome to my personal nightmare.
Jack Killborn is J.A. Konrath’s pen name. J.A. Konrath is a legend among indie novelists. One of the first to step away from the traditional publishing industry and one of the loudest supporters of indie publishers, I’d read Konrath’s blog religiously while I was still working for FetishMovies.com dreaming of the day when I’d finally feel strong enough as a writer to strike off on my own. So it’s with a heavy heart that I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy his novel Endurance (A Tale of Terror) at all.
There’s a lot not to love about it: the way the story opens with a character who almost immediately seems to die (they don’t but it’s several hundred pages before the reader knows that for sure) the use of rape and mutant freaks as tools of terror, the fact that the strongest women in the world are the targets for all these horrors. But mostly it’s just the way that I felt reading it, page after page of a story that failed to terrify but certainly managed to disgust me.
I’d say that Endurance (A Tale of Terror) is ready made to become a movie of the torture porn variety. I’m not a fan of that type of horror and up until I’d read this book, I had been blessed with thinking it didn’t exist in written form. Suffice it to say I’m not happy I was wrong.
That said, I’ve got other Konrath books in my Kindle library waiting for me to get some free time and give them a read and I’m hopeful that they’ll take the bad taste of Endurance (A Tale of Terror) out of my mouth.
It’s that time again, time for me to take a break from all the writing and worrying if my own work is up to snuff and look at someone elses creation. In short: it’s time for an ebook review!
Snow White by the Safina Deforge team (there’s actually two writers credited in these works Safina and Mark Williams) is both a cute story with it’s elements that hark back to the classic tale of Snow White (the pomme rouge aka red apple, Queenie, Detective Cassandra “Red” Rose, etc) and a gritty, gripping detective tale.
I’m currently sicker than I want to admit but the blog must go on! Which makes it about time for another ebook review, this time it’s B.V. Larson’s Amber Magic, the first book in the Haven Series.
Described as a short introduction to the epic fantasy series, I must say that I totally agree with that description. The fantasy world of the series is definitely one of the most complex, dense and vibrant fantasy worlds I’ve ever seen. The old staples are there, dwarves, elves, magic and dragons but it’s the little differences that really shine. In the world of Amber Magic the elves are more like Shakespear’s Peachblossom than Tolkien’s Arwen, and that much variety really comes through well.
That said I have to honestly admit I’ve never been more disappointed with a book purchase as I was in this particular novel.
As described this book is short – too short. The world is rich, the cultural history dense and just when you’ve gotten enough of it in to have a basic grasp of the situation the book is over. This is a fantasy that gather’s a group together to go on an epic quest and manages to end right when they’re starting their journey?
At the time I bought this book it was priced at .99 cents, the next book in the series was prices at 1.99 (which I admit I grabbed before I realized what I’d really bought) the third book in the series was then priced at – 2.99! When I reached the end of Amber Magic and realized I’d already shelled out as much money as I planned on for any whole ebook on what was likely not even a complete story…
Let’s just say I wrote about 5 really angry one star reviews which I decided not to post. There’s never a great way to write a bad review but when you’re actually still angry about the issue it’s definitely not the best time. I felt cheated. Lead into a honey trap where they played on the reader’s likely picking up the “first book” at a reasonable price – only for the reader to find out that by the time they actually read the whole book that they’d actually spent enough for a good hardback copy of a single novel.
The book is well written, the world dense and intriguing, I even liked the cover – but there’s no way I can recommend it to anyone.