Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"I need your intention"...

...is what my son just told me.  Intention, attention, same difference, right?  The nerf darts have now been found and all is well with the world.

Bankers, Brokers and Charlatans by Jamie d'Antioc.  A novel to introduce readers to ideas of business and finance?  No, awful idea.  A novel is to connect with readers, to tell a story about people.  The characters are the driving reason to write.  Facts support the story and add realism.  If the facts are the reason the books being written, that's nonfiction.  Fudging together some shallow characters won't make people interested in stocks.
The writing has a very firm sense of time... that's all wrong.  Based on how the characters talk and act, I'd believe this if it were set anywhere between the '40s and '60s.  These characters are not today's college students.

For the Love of Honey by C.G. Morgan.  The voice in this novel is good, and consistent throughout, but very difficult to read for long.  There is a reason we have standardizations in grammar and speech.
The story is good but the telling is a hurdle.

The Rise of Cain by Michael Koogler, Jed Q. Peterson, and Jaren Riley.  The description on the entry label is idiotic, juvenile, and not actually helpful.  Step it up.  Is that the first impression you want to make?  (here it is for you):

[instructions:] Describe this book in 75 words or fewer (printed or typed) and indicate the targeted audience.
[entry:] Target audience: Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Fallon, Lebron James... and anyone else that enjoys apocalyptic fiction. 
Description: Best.  Book.  Ever.

For real?
The writing is very true to the fantasy genre in every way.  The topic/focus will likely appeal to only a few.
This is the second in the series, but the reader can follow along well enough that reading the first is not required.

The Unification Symphony by Philip Rhyu.  This has good characters, but there are problems with the writing.  The author uses terms and turns of phrase that sound too modern for the time period.  There are also too many punctuation and proof-reading errors.

The Rat-boys of Karalabad by Zulfiqar Rashid.  The writing is good, with no major flaws and with a good sense of place.  This is the second in a series, though, and the reader cannot just jump in with this one-- there are too many people and the set-up is not clear.

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