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On The Dark Divine

Dark divine

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As I’ve mentioned before, I listen to a podcast called Writing Excuses. Now, I never mentioned that I listen to it regularly. That I’m obsessed with it. That, should the last episode air tomorrow, I would DIE! But that’s irrelevant.

(I promise I’m going somewhere with this…)

On Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Back in 2012 I opened my Amazon account and took a look at the top New York Times best sellers. I wanted something to read and had no good recommendations. I figured I would let all of America tell me what was good.

I had never heard of Fifty Shades of Grey before. I considered its “romance” branding and classy cover as it smiled at me from the number one spot.

“I like chick-flicks,” I thought, “maybe I’ll like a romance novel.”

Mistake. Big Mistake with a capital M.

Bonus: On Evil Robot Monkey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Responding to1111

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Before reading this post, I suggest you read Evil Robot Monkey on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog. It’s only about 5 minutes long!

I’ve decided to add in a bonus short story discussion at the end of every month. Why? Because short stories are often neglected in the literary world, making way for Best Selling Novels. Short stories are great! Quick and smart, they’re the perfect way to fit reading into an uber busy lifestyle. But enough about short stories, let’s talk about Evil Robot Monkey!

I’ve not yet read a short story that I’ve engaged with as much as I have with Mary Robinette Kowal’s Evil Robot Monkey. Of course, I should know better than to doubt a Hugo-award winning author when she says “I will write a story called Evil Robot Monkey and it will make you weep.”

On Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson


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I can’t make up my mind with this book. I picked it up from Amazon after listening to Janci’s guest appearance on my favorite Podcast, Writing Excuses. The plot sounded interesting and I do like YA, so I gave it a try. However, as I said… I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Unlike a lot of YA I read, this one sounded really… young. I enjoyed Ricki’s voice and found her to be an interesting character. Her obsession with lists is fun and the way she reports on the world as though she’s writing an unbiased report introduced some really interesting and creative ways to tell the story. Ironically this was my favorite way to experience Ricki’s emotions.

What bothers me is this: As we will discuss on Wednesday, the protagonist in young adult fiction is often a couple years older than the target audience and either acts a little younger than they are or a little older. Ricki managed to act both.

On Nightingale by David Farland


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On Wednesday, April 10th, I just happened to open up my Feedly (which, admittedly, I don’t do often). Mary Robinette Kowal’s most recent post was titled “Book Bomb to Help Dave Wolverton’s son.” Hm… intriguing, What in the world is a Book Bomb?

Apparently David Wolverton’s son had recently been in a long boarding accident, broke most of the bones in his body. Being a full-time writer often means having not-so-great health insurance. Or, as in this case, none at all. So a bunch of Daven’s writer friends got together and decided to spike Dave’s most recent book’s popularity on Amazon. Higher rank, more sales, less debt. Plus, he got 7% from whatever people purchased from Amazon if they used his affiliate link! And, hey, the book was only $7.99.

So I bought it.

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