Little Orphan Anvil: The Complete Trilogy
by Joseph Beekman
The first, a Tale of Magic and Metal, centers around the epic journey of an old blacksmith aided by two children and a robot named Anvil to free an orphanage from the machinations of a witch. Fifteen years after is the second tale, the Shades of Fate, where the children of the first adventurers release the witch back on the world and the race is on again to get control of things. The robot, Anvil, features greatly in all three tales and personifies the magic of the land of iron and anvil. The third installment villains are further into the paranormal creep arsenal with hideous northern crones, bats with poison injectors in their tongues and zombies.
I enjoyed this story and Joseph’s telling of it. It is a fantasy with plenty of descriptive writing to paint the reader into the Land of Iron and Anvil, where volcanoes are mined for the magic iron for the making of robot-droids. The entire concept came to life in my head in much the same flavor as one of Tim Burton’s movies.
I don’t know about all authors but I can state that I really don’t do well with crowds. Starfest was as I have known Starfest to be based on three years of consecutive attendance. That being said I’m considering taking next year completely off or cutting back to a one day attendance. The reason being that even though it might help my presence as an author the economic reality is it costs a lot and you really don’t get much back. Memories of talking with people one on one are my most cherished memories but I will follow that up with the noise level in the Atrium and the dealers room is so high that at times it is down right painful to be there. The programming was pretty stale from my viewpoint and I think I will enjoy MileHiCon better when it comes to that sort of thing.
As a place where you can hang out and hand out promo copies of your books to try and interest potential fans it ranks really high.
I enjoyed Dr. Horrible once more with feeling, with my wife and daughter. I enjoyed gaming with my son on Friday night at the Hilton. Those were excellent memories. I choose to close this installment in my blog with these in mind.
I have encountered a very strange species with in the last two weeks and I couldn’t believe that I had attracted such ire. The dreaded reviewer of reviewers. Elusive beast, totally incapable of original thought but feeds by critiquing the POSITIVE reviews of others original work.
I am thoroughly patting myself on the back at the moment because that means that my reviews get so much attention that people feel inclined to throw fecal matter.
Any way, I do positive reviews. If a work has flaws I still strive to find three to four positives to say about it out of pure respect for the fact that someone put a lot of work in to the product.
I absolutely love that haters are squirming in their seats when I do this.
Be original guys. Write your own reviews and respect the reviews written by others as their views and not needing your contributions. Trust me, you will feel better about yourselves.
Be Still My Lover’s Heart
by Lisa Hannah Wells
A tale of two strong women who are the aggressive crew of a spacecraft built for fighting for the Union against marauding pirates in the colony worlds. Intrigue and betrayal run within their command and they are rescued by the leader of an ancient race called Vatamp. There are many erotic scenes, a story of suffering due to love and injury and the beginnings of epic adventure as Shea, Tempest, Rivera, Aveal and Cami bridge the boundaries of species. These are things I enjoyed of this work.
by Laura Taylor
The story of two people imprisoned during conflict in an unnamed middle eastern country. Not only do they escape the prison in which they’ve been starved, interrogated and tortured but they also escape the prisons they built for themselves. Both Emma and David had suffered through failed relationships before their imprisonment but drawing on their combined strength they seize the opportunity when it comes to escape with and into each other. The editing is top-notch and the descriptive writing did its job in painting imagery into the mind of this reader.