Inkshares preview #2 – Human Resources by Robert Batten

When I last previewed Human Resources by Robert Batten, it was still in funding.

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How things have changed!

Human resources is now a pending novel, slated for release early next year. It won the Launch Pad Competition in 2016 and several other awards – check out Batten’s blog to see all the distinctions.

The premise seems nice at first – in the future, direct editing of the human genome is possible. Unfortunately, there’s a little side-effect – it leads to the Blight, which turns the infected into bloodthirsty monsters. Humanity nearly becomes extinct, but some are allowed to survive – as long as they remain viable food.

Check out the Inkshares page here, and be sure to pre-order a copy from there or grab one from your favorite bookstore when it’s released.


Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 75 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now. Everyone who has critiqued and proofread it has thoroughly enjoyed it.

I need your support to make sure I come out in the Top 3 on Inkshares. Your support means a lot to me, my family, and my writing career.

Is there a book or project you want promoted? When you pre-order, let me know what I can review on my blog and share with my Twitter feed!

Inkshares Preview #1 – The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

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What can I say about Tal M. Klein‘s novel that hasn’t already been said?

There’s an awful lot of buzz about The Punch Escrow these days, what with a film adaptation forthcoming. Well, let’s shoot down one tagline that’s going around – this isn’t “The next Ready Player One” or whatever that quote was. There are 80’s references, aye, but it isn’t a jam-packed mess of 80’s nostalgia with a bit of a plot underneath.

No, what you get with The Punch Escrow is a funny and thoughtful exploration of one little tiny problem with teleportation. Geeks know the question – is the Captain Kirk that appears with a team of expendable redshirts on the planet surface the same one who stepped on the transporter pad? Does Kirk die every time Scotty beams him up? The Punch Escrow answers that question With Science! through the misadventures of a sarcastic hero, Joel Byram.

With a quick and fun narrative, it’s easy to get into the book and see why there’s been so much buzz. And when I say With Science! I mean it – the narrative is clearly well-researched. There’s a lot of attention to detail, but the narrative still manages to move quickly.

The Inkshares page where it all started is here, and of course you can grab it at Amazon and everywhere else!


 

Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 75 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now. Everyone who has critiqued and proofread it has thoroughly enjoyed it.

I need your support to make sure I come out in the Top 3 on Inkshares. Your support means a lot to me, my family, and my writing career.

Is there a book or project you want promoted? When you pre-order, let me know what I can review on my blog and share with my Twitter feed!

Reading Radar – City of Masks by Ashley Capes

This week’s edition of Reading Radar features a book I got through an Amazon promotion.

City of Masks by Ashley Capes

51q8tuxl6nlThis epic fantasy starts with the former mercenary, Notch, in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He escapes from prison and meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco. Sofia, however, has her own problems. She becomes the first female Protector in a hundred years when her brother is proclaimed dead at sea. The person she is supposed to protect, the prince and heir to the throne, makes it clear he does not want her services. She discovers that her noble House is under threat from enemies within as a war begins to brew in the world beyond her kingdom.

I found the world-building in the opening chapters very well-written, and I have to applaud the author for following three very different POV characters. These three character threads seem rather disjointed at first, but I could tell from the beginning that the threads intersect later on. I appreciate the author’s fairly crisp narrative, and I found the characters to be very fascinating. I look forward to reading the rest of the story, and I think you will too.

 

 

That’s it for now. I should get back to reading – and writing, of course!

 

 


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First Impressions – Conviction by M. Howalt

My attention turns to Conviction, another serial on Jukepop

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The author, M. Howalt, frequently replies to posts here (Hi! Always a pleasure to see you here!), so how could I not?

I’m now somewhere in the 5th installment of Conviction, and this post is about why you’ll want to check more of it out after the first chapter.

This story establishes a mood and a character very quickly, with the protagonist Iliya Radov trying to recover his memory in a horrible jail cell. As his cell is described, there are great little lines like “The paint and the plaster of his mind were crumbling, and it would be only a matter of time before he broke” that get the reader into this man’s head. At the end a bit of hope, a man who knows Iliya, and whom Illiya seems to have some fractured memory of. What does this man want? Illyia is an ‘Infantry Assault Wizard’? Such tantalizing clues!

It’s a lot to take in, but I think most readers will be drawn in by exactly that! I’ve kept on reading because of the mysteries and the simple narrative that navigates them quickly. That’s why I encourage you, dear reader, to check this out. Be sure to post your thoughts – let me know if you enjoyed Conviction as well!

First Impressions – Flocked by Ryan Watt

Hello everyone!

It’s high time I made another content post, even if it is a short one.

As a writer on Jukepop and Inkshares, I’m discovering new works all the time as I write my own. I’ll be using posts like this one to give my first impressions of new works that I discover – like my earlier reviews, but quicker and aimed at getting readers interested in discovering new authors.

If you want your serial featured here, just send me a message. I am always looking for new reads!


 

Today’s First Impression — “Flocked” by Ryan Watt.

At time of writing, this story has … wait, let me check … whoa, 77 chapters! Oh, and it’s one of 3 stories maintained by this author!

In the first chapter, the reader gets an introduction to the fairytale world shared by Heroes of the Fabled Age (which may also get a First Impression writeup later on). Right from the start there’s a very fairytale  setup, with princesses, curses, and an honourable quest. We learn that Cyril, intrepid member of the Guild of Feathers, has taken the King’s challenge to resolve the strange curse on his beloved daughters. Cyril, however, is not a typical knight in armour – he has his own curse to live with.

The prose is fairly sharp – I think the writing was cared for and well-edited. From the start, I get the impression of a world that follows some of the fairytale conventions, and yet hides twists and nuances behind the familiar. There’s a clear sense of mystery – more than enough to get me interested in reading the next chapter and beyond.

Flocked will go on my Jukepop bookshelf, and I think it should be on yours too. Go check it out!


 

 

Oh yeah, Far Flung. It’s coming! I’m working on the 5th part now – I think 2 entries per month will be my comfortable output for this tale.