Book Review: The Tube Riders, by Chris Ward

Rating: Center Centaur

Book Review: The Tube Riders, by Chris Ward

The Tube Riders is a near-future novel set in a fictitious Great Britain that has been cordoned off from the rest of the world by a corrupt government for purposes of achieving the powerful Governor’s secret agenda (which eventually you do get to find out, but I’m not going to tell).

The story revolves around a group of youngsters who have bonded around a hobby, tube riding, which provides them with an adrenaline rush and with a diversion from the plight of their hard lives, but even more important, tube riding gives them an identity: they are the Tube Riders. Tube riding allows them to find a sense of family, and, in their own small way, to fight back against the system that has denied them opportunities to do more than find abstract diversions like, well, tube riding. However, fighting back doesn’t stay “in their own small way” for long. Continue reading Book Review: The Tube Riders, by Chris Ward

Literacy Word of the Day: An Interview with John Daulton

A week or two ago, I got a message through Facebook from Peri Craig who runs a new reader’s community site on Facebook called “Literacy Word of the Day.” The page is dedicated to reading and writing, and seems to me to be evenly weighted in its appeal to both readers and writers, which I think is probably the best thing. I’ve found a number of the writer-focused sites, at least on Facebook, that tend to turn into linkfests with everyone spamming their book links on Amazon and screaming, “HAY COME BUY MY BOOKS THEY IZ AWESOME OKAY THANKS.” And I have found on some reader-focused sites, it turns into a contest for who can prove that they have read the most books. I like the balance going at Literacy Word of the Day. Continue reading Literacy Word of the Day: An Interview with John Daulton

A Declaration of Pronoun Independence

In MY STUDY. May 19, 2012 

A Unanimous DECLARATION of PRONOUN INDEPENDENCE 

When in the Course of writing, it becomes necessary for one pronoun to describe the similarities in subject that connect one person with another, and yet still assume the shared experience among all the people of the earth, despite the separate and equal genders to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God assigned those people, a decent respect to the opinions of literary convenience requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation from the use of He or She in favor of simply They. Continue reading A Declaration of Pronoun Independence

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

Rating: Center Centaur

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

I realize I am really late to this party (the book came out in the 1990s), but I usually am with everything reading related—there’s just so much to read, and so little time to keep up, and school set me back on my fantasy reading quite a bit. But I wanted to read it, so I finally did. And I enjoyed this book very much by the end. It was actually pretty tough to decide what rating to give it, because for many parts of it, especially in the first half, I was really annoyed and fully anticipated I wouldn’t be able to finish it (I thought I was going to have my first Caw-Caw Crow review), but the end was fantastic, and would have been worthy of an Epic Dragon rating had there not been some of the things that, at least for me, work against the over-all experience. Continue reading Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

First Draft Done: Round One Revisions Underway

I got to type “The End” on the first draft of the second book in the Galactic Mage Series on Saturday. It felt great. Saturday was a pretty hardcore writing day, too, nearly 9,000 words in one sitting. I was on a tear and really wanted to get it finished, and now it is. (Happy dance!)

For anyone who wants to follow along on progress easily, I’ve added a page in the Bookstore (menu on left) for Rift in the Races too. I mostly put it there so that people who come to the site looking for the sequel can find info about it that doesn’t require slogging through my blog or finding info on Facebook, but it also makes a neat and tidy place to pop in for the short version updates. Continue reading First Draft Done: Round One Revisions Underway