Porous, Chapter Four: Oil-Slick Colors

“How do you like your new wilderness group?” “I really like them. Well, not all of them. But Paul is great – he’s new, you might not have met him yet. He’s really funny. And I like Clara, too, although she’s a little bit stiff.” “Stiff?” “She’s hard to talk to. She can be very…

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What’s The Deal With Genres?

Genres are incredibly important things. The best books, of course, will transcend genres – I think of my favorites Catch-22 or the Brothers Karamazov when I think of books that transcend genres and become simply ‘great books’. But when we as writers or publishers are in the process of writing and marketing our works, it’s…

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The Birth Of A Book

Dear readers, Over the last few months, you’ve put a lot of faith in me. You’ve read and commented on my posts, followed my blog, retweeted my tweets, and followed me on the strange and errant journey that befits any adventurer. You’ve supported me and encouraged me and I could not ask more of any…

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What Does Your Rating Scale Say About You?

So I finally figured out a way to properly define book ratings so that they make sense to me, and (hopefully) will make sense to my readers. I’ve always struggled with the traditional five-star rating system, because there’s so much room for misinterpretation. For instance, if someone rates something four stars, does that mean it…

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Book Review: “Disconnect” by Imran Siddiq

I’ve been going on a bit of a YA reading spree lately, but I’ve been fairly disappointed by the fact that so many of the protagonists in this genre are female. I have nothing against female protagonists, but the imbalance in the genre is overwhelming. Where are the books for boys? Where are the coming-of-age…

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Book Review: “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi

I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I bought the first book in Tahereh Mafi’s new series, SHATTER ME, which was released in November of 2011 by Harper/Harper Collins. Her second book, UNRAVEL ME, was just released on Feb. 5, which made me think, “Oh, how easy it will…

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Book Review: “Ready, Player One” by Ernest Cline

READY, PLAYER ONE is a vivid and compelling story: a fast-paced sci-fi novel that takes place largely in virtual reality, with a double helping of 1980s pop culture references and video game trivia. Centered around the quest to find an “egg” hidden inside this virtual world that contains the key to the largest private fortune…

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Book Review: “Days of Blood and Starlight”

In June of this year, I read and reviewed the first book in Laini Taylor’s bestselling series, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”. I called it–and I was not alone in this–“young adult fiction”, for its fantasy elements, its playful and inspired prose, and its plot-driven, fast-paced machinery. This second book, however, defies that categorization. Maybe…

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Book Review: “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth

We’re back this week with a review of INSURGENT, the second book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I reviewed DIVERGENT, the first one in the series, last week, with an ish-ish review explaining that I wasn’t terribly fond of that one, but it was worth it to read the second. In INSURGENT, we…

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Book Review: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Hello to all my … loyal … readers! Wow, it’s been a long time since I blogged. I went from doing a post a week, to a post every two weeks, to … a post a month … well, at least I’m writing one now, right? That makes up for it, doesn’t it? Well, anyway.…

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