Here’s another Year of Accountability post! A day late, but it’s been a wonderful weekend of relaxing! Now, on to the post!
In Short: Auxiliary: London 2039 is a fast paced murder mystery thriller that hammers home the challenges of our changing world and how technology can both help and hurt society. Fans of Black Mirror or other cyberpunk media will love this novel. Relevant and timely, it definitely makes the reader wonder “what if…”
Just a quick post today, wanted to share how my first session of D&D using google hangouts went the other day! In these challenging times, using Google Hangouts to provide distraction and distance D&D can be a fun and relatively simple way to do your Dungeons and Dragons Campaign!
Today we have a special feature for one of my best author friends – Hazel West. Hazel and I have worked together before, beta reading for several of my and her novels. So of course I offered to help her out on her book tour for her latest novel, Scars of War! It’s the 3rd novel in her Modern Tales of Na Fianna series.
If you’re interested in seeing what others have to say about Iron Tribune, check out this awesome review by Philipp Kessler, a gentleman who has reviewed both of my earlier novels, and liked them both (Strange, I know!).
My personal favorite quote…
With all due respect to the genre of historical fiction, Ottalini’s Steampunk revisioning of the Roman Empire will keep you wanting more.
Primus Seneca has lived most of his life in exile. Ten years ago his father led an army against the ruthless dictator Tiberius–and was crushed. Now the general plans his revenge from the snowy heart of the Boreal forest, and sixteen-year-old Primus is eager to join his father’s legion. But once he is sworn in, Primus begins to unravel family secrets that will shake his faith in the cause, his father, and the very nature of the gods.”
Disclaimer: I received a review copy free from the author. Generally, I say no to review requests, only because I fear I won’t have the time to do them properly. This story, being a novella, I considered short enough to take a chance on. I’m glad I did.
I just wanted to share the news that Copper Centurion received a 4 1/2 star review (or 4 & 1/2 airships out of five review) over at GNostalgia, a fellow wordpress blog that focuses primarily on steampunk novels. I am so very thankful to him for taking the time to review the novel. You can check out the review here.
I also wanted to remind everyone that I don’t pay for reviews, but I will send out my books for reviews if I think I may have a chance of getting one. In my opinion, buying a review is not worth it. But I won’t beat a dead mechaniphant to death over the matter.
In other news, I just approved the final cover and formatting for Roma Aeronautica. I’m looking to release the novella late summer most likely, so be on the lookout. Here’s a look at the final cover art!
I’m doing my first blog tour here and featuring Marissa Carmel’s novel iFeel. I know what many of you are thinking – Daniel, you write historical alternate history with a decidedly non-magical flair, what are you thinking? – Well first, I wanted to review something different, and two, just because I write that now doesn’t mean I always write that. Plus, I enjoy reading a variety of novels, so this one was a good pick for me.
Alivyanna Christianni is one of those people with too much emotion and too little control. As she slides between one near-breakdown to the next, fate throws a new wrench into her otherwise isolated and lonely life. As though she needs a new problem. Liv is being hunted by a spirit walker, a big-old-nasty thing that enjoys sucking souls out of people for food and fun. After a terrifyingly near-death attack, she meets her savior and protector, Justinian, or Justice. As Justice tries to get Liv to realize who and what she really is, she fights her own battles on the inside, waging between love, hatred, disgust, and acceptance, leading up to an excellent stopping point for the next novel in the series.
The Good: The novel was quick and had little downtime, the scenes were well described and the world was both involved and believable. The characters are realistic, even if the story behind them is somewhat supernatural. I’ll admit, I figured, for a while, that vampires would feature prominently into this story. But they don’t, barely being a blip on the radar screen. I really liked the Seraphs, semi-angelic humans who are supernatural and have gifts, as well as the involvement of other types of supernaturals. Too often we focus on one type in a story, when mythology and history are full of many, many different types of supernatural entities.
The Bad: There are times when you go “what just happened?” and you go back to reread and it still doesn’t make sense. The flow throws you out and you get confused. Also, some of the sayings the author uses are just… Here’s a good example “It was like an A/B conversation she could C into.” Liv’s mind is sarcastic, but it’s a tad bit overdone in this aspect. Oh, I admit I also didn’t really like how some words were emphasized like THIS but in completely different font. Maybe I’m a finicky reader, but little things like that detract from a story’s experience. Liv is never really the master of her emotions and lets them lead her around by the nose, but that’s what happens when you are an Empath and that’s your skill, so I can’t fault her for it.
Overall: Good story, engaging. Definitely for the fans of supernatural books and shows. People Who enjoyed Vampire Diaries or Twilight will enjoy this book, but don’t read it expecting vampires, and Liv at least has some capacity to think for herself when she isn’t overwhelmed by emotions. 3 1/2 stars in my book.
Most of you probably don’t know this, but if you go WAYYYYY back in Modern Papyrus’ history you’ll find a bunch of book reviews. Why? Because I love books! (Still do!) However, now that I’m a self published author, I’ve realized how hard it can be to get decent book reviews nowadays.
So I figured I’d start offering book reviews to self-published authors for free (for now – if I get a million people asking me to do it, maybe I’ll charge money – like a ‘buy me lunch or else’ type thing? Good idea? No, you say? Darn)
But there is a catch. I don’t have a million hours of free time. So at this time, it’s open to the FIRST FIVE PEOPLE who contact me about getting a review. To contact me, you simply click the contact button at the top of the page. First five by time stamp win! Everyone else… maybe next time!
What do I get? Content for the blog, and readers that come to me to see the reviews of your book because you’ve done your homework and promoted your book, right? Oh you didn’t? Click here to start that now while I read your book!
What do you get? I thought this would be obvious. An honest review that I’ll willingly post on Amazon and Nook and Goodreads should you request it. Plus, maybe this will lead to collaboration and author interviews and all that fun jazz.
I’m open to any fiction that’s not romantic or erotica. If your book has romance in it but is more action or adventure or whatnot, then sure, I’ll check it out. I’ll make the final call, but I’m pretty open to most other book types.
Ready… Set… Go!
UPDATE: As of July 15th, I have two books lined up. I’d love to get five done. So keep emailing me people!
Greetings all! A long time ago I did a few book reviews, and since I’d like to mix things up here on the blog, I’ll continue to do some more during this summer. In addition, read through to the bottom of the story to see a special offer to self-published and indie-published authors.
The Son of Neptune is the second novel in Rick Riordan‘s The Heroes of Olympus series. It also happens to be one of my favorite of Rick Riordan’s novels. Personally, I’m a fan of Roman mythology and culture (As evidenced by my own novel!), so this ‘flip side’ of the Percy Jackson world was a long time coming. (Warning, the story contains some spoilers, but then again, you already knew that.)
Percy Jackson has amnesia. On the run from monsters who don’t seem to stay killed, and armed only with his own wits, skills, and trusty pen/blade Riptide, he follows the directions of Lupa, guardian she-wolf of Rome, towards safety. In his rush to reach a safehaven, he makes a fateful choice – Carrying the goddess Juno (i.e. Hera from the Greek Mythological World) in a archetypical ‘journey’ into the lands of Camp Jupiter, Rome incarnate in the Western Hemisphere.
In this strange new world, Percy seems out of place. Everything is neat and tidy and organized down to the last component. There are daily roll calls and official inductions for new recruits. Another big change – while readers of the rest of the Percy Jackson series will understand that only demigods can stay at Camp Half-Blood (With a few exceptions), Camp Jupiter is open to all with demigod blood or ancestors. Indeed, a vibrant community with ‘Roman’ citizens of all ages exists alongside Camp Jupiter in “Little Rome”.
I really liked this component, as it opens up a whole new range of possibilities for the characters. Before this, the reader was left to wonder – what do demigods do when they grow up? How do they get married and where do they live? Riordan provides the answer. So Percy gets his tour of the camp and the city, joins the 12th legion – the last official Roman legion that has existed unbroken since the time of the empire.
With his new friends, Frank, son of Mars (not Ares, but the roman aspect of Ares, Mars Ultor) and Hazel, daughter of Pluto and ‘sister’ of Nico Di Angelo – yes, that Nico from the other books – Percy is assigned to assist Frank on a quest after some judicious Roman head bashing in their version of capture the flag.
Setting north to rescue Death (capital D) from the clutches of Gaea, earth goddess with a major case of revenge, and her supremely powerful giant children, they demigods encounter a world where death is reversing itself, and once eliminated enemies are returning. Oh, and they find time to rescue a foretelling harpy, a rainbow goddess with a penchant for organic food, and discover the truth behind internet seller Amazon (Think literal), as well as a nice stop at Frank’s own house in Canada. We learn about Frank’s gift, but also his curse, throughout the book. No longer does Riordan focus on the naivety of his characters as in his earlier novels, but rather on their challenges forced upon them. Every hero has a weakness, but we learn our character’s weaknesses off the bat, and they must strive to find their strengths.
Finally blasting through these challenges, they arrive to find that rescuing death is about more than simply bashing down the front door, but must take sacrifice on one member’s part to bring balance to the situation.
I have to give the book five stars. I really enjoyed it and loved the characters, although Hazel should probably be on some meds for all the blacking out she does. The plot and follow through with the action and humor that Riordan twists into mythology helps younger readers blend the gap between fantasy and realism. It also helps us get past such incredibly tough names to pronounce (Say Laistrygonians three times fast – and that’s an easy one!). I truly enjoyed the book and can’t wait for Mark of Athena, the conclusion to the series, to come out this fall!