A Review of Dominion of Blades and doing social issues in fiction

Tl;dr:  Four stars.  Hits all the marks, but suffers from pacing issues and some bloat in areas that undercut the novel.  Audio narration is on point, highly recommend listening to it. Long Review, Spoilers So, this is a review that isn't going to be so much about the book.  It's going to be the elephant… Continue reading A Review of Dominion of Blades and doing social issues in fiction

Short follow-up reviews: Delvers LLC 3, Viridian Gates 4, Ascend Online 3. Or 2. Because Canada

Some quick reviews and updates for series I've been following.  At a glance:  Delvers 3:  5 stars.  Viridian Gates 4: 4.5 stars, Ascend Online 3/2(?) 4.5 stars.  I'd heartily recommend getting the books and their predecessors, they're all fantastic. These are all quick reviews since I've already done the main reviews of these books before,… Continue reading Short follow-up reviews: Delvers LLC 3, Viridian Gates 4, Ascend Online 3. Or 2. Because Canada

Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

This article starts off with this review: Geek Dad Reviews The Land I enjoyed the land a lot more than he did, but his review hits most of the same complaints that I had with it. Needless prompts and redundant information. Some of the later books give you the same information back to back to back.… Continue reading Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

Artificial Rankings

You may remember this from another story, where the author of "Handbook for Mortals" got caught, (or her publishing company got caught), pre-ordering thousands of copies of the book then cancelling them to boost the sales rank. Then getting swatted down after the community found out. I have nothing against ARCs, beta readers, and other… Continue reading Artificial Rankings

Dungeon Lord: The Wraith’s Haunt by Hugo Huesca

Dungeon Lord (The Wraith's Haunt - A litRPG series Book 1) Tl;dr: 4.5 stars. Great setup to a new series with some caveats. This is not a dungeon core or monster core novel, and some of the initial setup doesn't have a direct payoff in this novel. Sub-genre: Creamy Action/Adventure LitRPG with small dungeon building.… Continue reading Dungeon Lord: The Wraith’s Haunt by Hugo Huesca

Before you ask me to join your business

Business Talk I get offers to join some LitRPG business or group and become a writer for them all of the time.  None of these have yet gone anywhere.  Let me break down some business talk for you so before you send me a request about joining your group, you can read through the following… Continue reading Before you ask me to join your business

How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories

The Gartner Hype cycle is one of those simple graphs that shows a lot of important information. The downside to the Gartner Hype Cycle is that while it has great ad hoc and post hoc explanatory power, it doesn't have great predictive power.  In other words, it's not scientific in any sense.  It's still a useful ad… Continue reading How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories