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Should authors write book reviews?

Some people say writers shouldn’t review books (because reasons), but I’ve also heard it said that non-writers shouldn’t review books: “I’m not a writer. I don’t even know how to write a book, so I’m not qualified to say whether … Continue reading

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Really, really short “reviews”: Dead Boys and City of Stairs

I have recently finished reading both Gabriel Squailia’s Dead Boys and Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs. They’re well-written. The characters are interesting and very relatable, the plots are complex without being confusing, and the settings are amazing. Worldbuilding without info-dumping — … Continue reading

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trying to catch up: book reviews

I am so far behind on writing more pseudo-reviews that it’s scary.  These are some of the books I’ll write real pseudo-reviews on later as I attempt to get caught up: Bless Your Mechanical Heart, edited by Jennifer Brozek: recommended … Continue reading

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a (pseudo)review of Nat Russo’s novel Necromancer Awakening

So here’s my honest opinion of this novel: The writing, in terms of stringing words together into sentences, was done well:  no wonky punctuation, no bizarre grammar, no confusing misspellings.  The author did misuse the word decimate (twice), but that’s a … Continue reading

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review: Dead Weight: the Tombs, by M. Todd Gallowglas

(Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this story ARC.) Loved the nonlinear (but not confusing) narration.  An epilogue before the first chapter — and even before the prologue?  Somehow, it works. Of the various parts of the story, it was the … Continue reading

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review: The Cestus Concern, by Mat Nastos

(Disclaimer:  I received a free digital copy of this novel.) I wanted to like this book. The premise, from the description given on Amazon.com, sounded promising:  The protagonist wakes up in the operating room of a secret government installation with … Continue reading

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review: The Rebel Within, by Lance Erlick

(Disclaimer:  I received a free digital copy of this book.) I dislike present-tense narration, which is how The Rebel Within is written. I should not have allowed that dislike to delay my reading this novel.  After a few pages, I … Continue reading

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