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Book Review: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big —

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don’t generally read self-help books, or books on how to be a success, but I made an exception for this one because it was written by Scott Adams. […]

Review of “The Bands of Mourning” —

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars There is much to love about this book. And speaking of love, this story completes a story arc for Waxilliam Ladrian (a.k.a. Wax) in a most satisfying way. Wax has never been able to love anyone since the death of his first […]

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story —

Lou Anders (editor of Pyr books) recommended the book “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” at a writer’s workshop I attended. It took me a while to get to it, because I’ve read a number of books/articles on story structure and I wasn’t eager to hear the same old thing again. However, it turns […]

Review: Cold Days —

Cold Days by Jim Butcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars Harry’s problems escalate as enemy after enemy decides to focus its attention on him. Any one of them would be enough to challenge the powers of the wizard who wears the mantle of the Winter Knight and carries the power of soulfire, but the […]

Book Review: Ill Wind —

Ill Wind is an Urban fantasy that contains wardens (basically wizards capable of using one or more of the four basic elements) and djinns and demons. The unique element of the fantasy component comes in the form of the detailed descriptions of weather control and how the wardens manipulate the elements of meteorological science. While […]

Book Review: Curse of Chalion —

Curse of Chalion is beautifully written, funny (though it’s not a comedy), and deeply interesting book. The religions in the book were interesting and believable enough that I found myself identifying with one of them over the other, feeling that it was more “right.” In fact, the story is largely the tale of a spiritual […]

On Combat —

I recently read the book “On Combat” by Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen. I read it because, as a writer of fantasy and science fiction, I wanted to understand combat better. I was not prepared for just how much interesting information I would receive. First, there are a lot of interesting perceptual distortions that […]

The Little Guys… —

Sometimes life gets out of control and a lot of things happen. When you get past it, if you do, you question who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what’s important. Then you put all your sorrows and regrets in a little box and take time out to appreciate the good things you have left, […]

Dreamfever —

I recently finished reading Karen Marie Moning’s “Dreamfever.” I’m still trying to figure out how she does it. It usually takes me about a month to read a book, but I don’t think any book in the fever series took me longer than a week. Because I write novels myself (but am not yet published) […]

California Demon —

I just finished “California Demon” by Julie Kenner. It is a humorous fast-paced story of a mom who hunts demons while her toddler is in day care. I think I liked it even better than the first book, “Carpe Demon.” Things I liked: Solidly plotted and entertaining story with engaging characters. The heroine, Kate Conner, […]