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Welcome to the longest-running* yet least-read** blog on the internet! Here you'll find me writing about all the things that I write about, which strikes me, just now, as somewhat recursive. In any case, enjoy :)

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1)Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I gotta be honest. Sometimes this book gave me the feeling that the paint was still wet and the glue wasn't set. Why the five stars, then? Because I actually gave a crap about what happened next, what twisted bit of ultraviolence was about to be smacked down, and what wisecrack was going to be snapped out and by who.

You don't read Sandman Slim to be entered into the Mysteries of Plot. You read Sandman Slim to find out what kind of damage is going to be unleashed by a guy who, after eleven years, crawls out of the bowels of hell and into the arguably worse pit that is L.A. It doesn't have to make sense all the time. It just has to go fast fast fast and leave an exploded, bloody corpse.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The next thing

You ever see the movie 'Better Off Dead'? No? Go watch it right now. I'll wait.

Ok, the part where Monique tells Cusak, more or less, "Once you get a small taste of success, I think you will find it suits you" describes how I feel right about now. When I put out 'Thief Who Spat' I had no expectations. None. Zero. As much as I want to believe in the promise of self-publishing, I'm a realist. Success, if it happens at all, isn't going to be quick.

So being in the top ten of any list counts as a success. Being #1 in four countries, even in a sub-sub genre, even in the despised 'free' category, counts as a small taste of success.

It's pushed me to continue work on my other Amra and Holgren novel, The Blade That Whispers Hate. And I've managed to break down the plot blockage that stopped forward progress on it.

Today I'm a happy writer, though I have no idea what tomorrow holds.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'The Thief Who Spat in Luck's Good Eye' is kinda popular

iTunes Epic Fantasy Chart (free):

#1 in the US (52 reviews, average 4 stars)
#2 in Canada (11 reviews, average 4.5 stars)
#2 in the UK (11 reviews, average 3.5 stars)
#3 in Australia (15 reviews, average 4 stars)
#7 in Germany (no reviews, no stars)
#8 in Spain (no reviews, no stars)
#9 in Italy (no reviews, no stars)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

RIP Darrel K. Sweet

Before I ever started reading 'genre', I was pushed down the path to read 'The Hobbit' as literature. (Tolkien not literature? The boy from the South Side of San Antonio was reading an Oxford don; close enough.)

Anyway, that's where I first encountered Darrel K Sweet's art - from Tolkien.

The next place I ran into Sweet's artwork - consciously, at least - was Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series.

Rosenberg and Sweet are both moved on now.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Writing Updates

  • The Trigger Reflex is now available as a trade paperback as well as in ebook form.
  • My flash fiction story 'Shift200' has been shortlisted at Daily Science Fiction. I'll hear back in 2-4 weeks about the final disposition.
  • If we continue to have daily thunderstorms, my dog is likely to die of dehydration due to fear-drooling.
  • Melanie Nilles, author of Legend of the White Dragon thinks she can come along and knock 'The Thief Who Spat In Luck's Good Eye'  out of the top spot in Epic Fantasy on iTunes. She thinks that mainly because she, you know, did it and stuff.
And now, your moment of zen: