Reading Radar – Lore of the Aos Sí, The Stolen, and The Gods are Bastards

All right, it’s time again for what I’m reading & what I think you should be too!

InksharesThe Lore of the Aos Si by Christopher Lee

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I preorded this book both because Christopher Lee is very active and helpful on Inkshares, and because this book looks cool. The Lore of Aos Si is about a brewing war between Man and Fae in 3002 B.C.E. At first glance, it may seem like there’s a lot of, well, lore and backstory to get through, but the narrative starts right in the action. What I’ve read so far from the previews shows me a well-paced narrative with lots of lore worked into it. I wish the best for the fundraising campaign – you can help make sure this book gets published by pre-ordering here.

JukepopThe Stolen, from The Law Unto Herself Chronicles by Jennifer L. Barnes

This is an urban fantasy that’s very popular at Jukepop, and I decided to check it out and see why. With a huge cast of characters, it can get confusing to follow, but the fast-paced dialogue keeps it moving briskly. I just started in on the first  chapters, and I’ll definitely be reading more this week.

Web SerialThe Gods are Bastards by D.D. Webb

Another serial with multiple characters to follow, and in a humorous story, too. This is labeled as a ‘Fantasy Western’, but even in the first few chapters there are hints of other genres woven into the plot. Each character sees the world in their own way, which makes the characterization stand out wonderfully. Certainly worth a shot!

That’s what’s on my “to-read” list this week!


 

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#amwriting – Far Flung Part 11 is Up!

In the middle of A-to-Z blogging, I finally got the next part of Far Flung out!

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William Flynn and Asar go to the Eunda ship to meet with these new aliens. It seems the Eunda really do want to help – they show Flynn a map of the pair of galaxies known as the Crucible, and try to locate Earth. Even with the help of these seemingly benevolent aliens, can the crew of the Tereshkova ever find Earth again?

Go read Part 11 of the story here, and it shouldn’t be too long before part 12 is out!

“Lessons From My First Year in Serial Fiction” by Adam Sherman | Tuesday Serial

Today’s reblog comes from the Tuesday Serial Collector, and has some valuable lessons on the sort of thing I am attempting with Far Flung:

“Lessons From My First Year in Serial Fiction” by Adam Sherman

Several months into 2015, I realized I had screwed up. I had begun writing my web serial, Nowhere Island University, in February. Ever since, I had been writing chapters of varying lengths and posting them one at a time on two sites at least once a week. Sometimes, I even needed to pull all-nighters to finish a chapter or side-story. To top it off, my views were minimal and the lack of comments on both versions were disturbingly low. Finally, before a family vacation, I realized that this couldn’t continue. I needed to make changes.

The first thing I’d need to do, as suggested by other authors, would be to create what is called a buffer: that is, to make a certain amount of pre-written chapters that I could upload at my leisure. That way, I could still upload content at the appointed time even if I was occupied. It also allows you to work at whatever pace you need, as long as you can keep to schedule.

However, if you’re like me, you need to build momentum in any way, shape or form. The first comment, the first view, the first post… these need to happen soon or eventually you lose interest. I posted the first two installments (I call them tracks because I am a somewhat stupid special snowflake) to the Spacebattles forum. It was the same post where I keep the table of contents. Then, I began to work on the next installment, oblivious to the fact that I’d soon be spending multiple all-nighters, even though I was not working full time. This was solved in a way easier said than done by writing more than one installment a week. Eventually, I was able to get a backlog of over ten chapters.

Read more at http://tuesdayserial.com/?p=5172