Review time!

REVIEWS-Help-Authors-760x760Hey everyone. It’s time for me to push on y’all a little bit. Many of you have left reviews for Ours Is the Storm, and for that I thank you. Others I’ve asked not to post reviews, as you’re personal friends and I didn’t want all my reviews to be from folks who know me. That time has passed, and now I want to get everyone who’s read the book to post a review*. Whether you’ve got only good things to say, or bad, please post either way. I’ll only grow if I hear the hard stuff, so don’t let that stop you.

*Even if you’re just going to leave stars and a word or two, it helps.

There are a couple of places you can review. Feel free to copy your review, post different ones, or post in only one spot. Everything helps.

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Liking the reviews of folks you agree with helps move those reviews to the top, where potential readers will be most likely to see them.

Last of all, tell a friend about the book!

Thank you all ever so much for your continuing support.

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Moving ahead with the Victorious Death

So this is the first time I’ve seen it all printed out:manuscript

Yep, that’s the full, printed manuscript for The Victorious Death of Eliza Warden. It’s huge. Plenty of space for me to fill with red ink.

Coming up is the difficult process of trying to separate myself and my own knowledge from the experience of someone picking up the book sight-unseen. I’ve had some great input from beta readers (thanks! You know who you are) and more coming in (keep it coming!), as well as my own ideas about what needs to change.

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Ours Is the Storm makes top 25 list!

Hey all, I ran across this yesterday which was a pretty cool find. BestFantasyBooks.com compiles several lists every year of their favorite works, and for 2016 Ours Is the Storm made their top 25 best indie fantasy books list! (You have to scroll down quite a bit, but there are a bunch of other great books to check out on the list too.)

It’s a great honor to be on there with a number of the top fantasy writers working outside of the big traditional publishers. There are a lot of us and I’m humbled that Ours Is the Storm  is so well-regarded.

Check out BestFantasyBooks.com for great fantasy recommendations and new books.

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RAZE

I’m pleased to announce the beginning of a new project. RAZE is a fantasy fiction web serial I will be writing for free on my website, dthoursonpalmer.com, and updating weekly. It is the story of RAZE, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest warrior. Born Heshim, the son of poor grain and poppy farmers, Raze is taken from his home and begins the journey of a lifetime, frought with violence and tragedy, but also love and a search for wisdom and purpose.

In a prison cell, held by the enemies who first set him on his journey, facing execution at the hands of the woman he loves, Raze tells of his life, his travels, the wisdom he gained, and how he came to be known as the one whose name means “to destroy completely.”

My name is Raze, but my name as it was given by my mother and father was Heshim il-Naban, and I have been called by many others in many lands. Raze is the name I have chosen for myself, after some thought and time, and it is the name by which I’ve come to be known. It is true. It is destruction, to completeness. It is unmaking.

I am greatest warrior the world has ever known.

Hear the tale of RAZE at dthoursonpalmer.com/raze

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Writing Updates!

The Victorious Death of Eliza Warden, Part One of the Wardens Trilogy, is out with beta readers. So far the feedback has been both great and very helpful. The entire trilogy was originally planned as a single volume, but came in around 320K words, more than three times as long as Ours Is the Storm, so it got split into three volumes.

I had to do some looking around to find out, but apparently this was the product of about four years of work. Soon I’ll move onto the process of searching for an agent or publisher, or simply decide to keep on self-publishing. All of that will be after I get my reader feedback and then go back through and make sure I used all the right words.

After that will be another fun part – ARC reading! If you or anyone else is interested, I’ll be giving out free Advanced Reader Copies of tVDoEW so that I can generate reviews in advance of the book release. Alert your reader/reviewer friends, direct them to this site, and get them to sign up for updates, and I’ll be ever grateful.

In other news, I’m nearly done with the first draft of the first book of my Mona series. Some of you read the short stories recently which were the genesis of this character, but Mona is an ass-kicking petty thief, vigilante, and reluctant hero. She resides in the frontier city of Canifar, where she’s on the run from a dangerous past in her home of Ria Vancha. Look for more news about that one going forward.

 

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Review – Crimson Peak

I love Guillermo Del Toro.

Watching this yesterday, I found myself trying to find the right adjective for his work, and I came to “lush.”

Decadent is wrong; nothing he does is extraneous, unneeded, crass. Rich is close, but implies a sweetness or savoriness that’s again, not quite right.

Crimson Peak is a great expression of his style and ability; it’s lush. The costumes, dialogue, sets, story, violence: all of it is full, brimming over, so good you can’t get enough. This is a blood-soaked, gothic, romantic horrorshow, but not a horror movie. It has its moments of classic scare, but the terror permeating every scene, the wait, the anticipation, is what distinguishes Del Toro from others who wish they had half his skill in engaging an emotion.

Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain are particularly fantastic – but I won’t spoil anything by telling you why.

Once again, I want to stress that this isn’t a horror film. It’s a Del Toro film, much more about human horror and nastiness than that of cheap evil spirits or motivationless monsters. Don’t go expecting to jump out of your seat every ten seconds only to laugh at it. This is awesome storytelling, amazing visuals, and creepy, Mary Shelly-like gothic horror, meant to hold up a mirror instead of zoom in on the machete blade. Awesome, 9/10 would be creeped out again.

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Review – The Lies of Locke Lamora

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Here I am, procrastinating on actually working on my new projects (The Festival of Masks, a Mona Scrap, and RAZE, a fantasy web serial) or old projects (The Victorious Death of Eliza Warden) but sort of doing something useful by blogging a little.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is funny, brutal at times, clever, and fresh. It’s Ocean’s  Eleven meets Dungeons and Dragons, Catch Me If You Can meets Lord of the Rings. It’s a fine long read and stands well enough on its own, but is also part of a planned seven (I think) part series. Settle in and enjoy the creative profanity, teeth-knocked-out fights, and witty banter. I wouldn’t suggest it if you’re squeamish about any of those things, but if you are you may have found the perfect modern expression of fantasy thievery and con-art.

Locke resides in the canal-lined city of Camorr, which shares a lot with Terry Pratchett’s Ankh Morpork, Lieber’s Lankhmar, and renaissance Venice. He works for the Capa, sort of a Don-like crime boss, in a city that regulates its crime right along with its nobility. He leads the Gentleman Bastards, a con-artist group without peer, as they scheme and steal and pull one over on just about everyone else in the city. Things grow more complicated, however, as their latest job takes a few unexpected turns, and meanwhile a mysterious gray figure begins stalking the city’s criminal elite.

I will say that I felt a few parts of the book had a little too much room to breathe; a few pacing missteps and a little bit of forced dialogue aside, , this is a fun, engaging read, written in a modern style that makes the characters, events, and wildly imaginative setting easy to relate to. If you’re a fan of modern fantasy, crime stories, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, this might be for you. Want to get away from fantasy involving worldwide wars, the fate of humanity, and esoteric magic systems? This will be your thing.

This and other goodreads reviews here.

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Review – The Book of Merlyn

The Book of Merlyn

I’m not certain that this volume is quite as necessary as the back matter suggests. That said, it has the wit and beauty you’d expect, and includes one of my favorite segments (the geese) from The Sword in the Stone. Some of the segments about communism vs. capitalism, property – the more political topics – detracted for me. Then, however, those segments would be interrupted by the poignance and emotion that made me love The Once and Future King so much, and I was glad I’d picked it up. If you’ve read the rest of the Once and Future King, it’s worth it, but only as the capstone to the series.

4/5 magic talking hedgepigs

Some other goodreads reviews here.

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