Review: Master Of Crows By Grace Draven


A ROMANCE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

EQUAL PARTS FANTASY AND ROMANCE THIS MUST READ TALE SKILLFULLY BLENDS EVERYTHING THAT’S GOOD ABOUT BOTH GENRES

 

Book CoverMaster Of Crows
(Master Of Crows, Book 1)

Grace Draven

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published (Createspace)
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

There has long been a stigma attached to self-published books. It is generally assumed that such works are of poor quality, and of lesser merit for lacking the validation of a publishing house behind them. In other words, a self-published author is a writer who wasn’t good enough to get an agent let alone a publishing contract. This attitude isn’t entirely unjustified. There is an abundance of material out there that isn’t fit to be published, and the advent of the ereader and the associated ebook marketplaces (most notably Amazon’s Kindle Store) has exacerbated the quantity of dreck available. However, the automatic assumption that self-published books are less worthwhile has started to shift. An increasing number of self-published gems are being unearthed by readers prepared to look, and among them is Master Of Crows.

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Indie Focus: Interview With Self-Published Author K.S. Villoso


YOUR FUTURE FAVOURITE FILIPINA FANTASY AUTHOR!

K.S. VILLOSO IS A FASCINATING WRITER ON A ONE WOMAN MISSION TO OUTDO BRANDON SANDERSON IN THE WORD COUNT STAKES

 

ImageI’m so pleased to have dragged another victim interviewee into The Interrogation Room here on Another World; I don’t get to do it nearly often enough. Today it’s the turn of a fellow participant in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off organised by Mark Lawrence.

Originally hailing from the Philippines, before emigrating to Canada in her teens, K.S. Villoso is an independent fantasy author who you may not be familiar with today, though that’s certain to change in the not too distant future.

It’s not often I find myself fascinated by someone (most people bore me, truth be told) but following Kay on social media over the last few weeks and months has given me a glimpse of a woman who intrigues me greatly. I feel very fortunate that Kay agreed to be interviewed as it has provided me with just a little more insight into a writer who is creative, passionate about her craft, and very funny. (Not to mention she is insanely prolific.)

Now all you lucky readers, please enjoy the interview. You, too, will learn more about Kay’s life and experiences, her writing and influences, her thoughts on self-publishing, why she loves fantasy, what drives her to keep writing, and her hopes for the future. I’m sure you’ll find her as intriguing as I do.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Exercise Of Vital Powers By Ian Gregoire


AN #SPFBO 2017 PLUCKY ALSO-RAN

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE SURPRISE PACKAGE ENTRY CLOSEST TO MY HEART…BECAUSE I WROTE IT

 

At this time of writing, close to half the original 300 entries for this year’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off have been eliminated from the competition. So far, one of the ten judges has already chosen a finalist from the 30 titles assigned to him, while eight of the other nine judges are currently whittling down there piles to a shortlist of semi-finalists from which they will chose their finalist.

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Review: Club Dead By Charlaine Harris


SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLUBBED TO DEATH

A BOOK EVERY BIT AS VAPID AND VACUOUS AS ITS SIMPLE-MINDED PROTAGONIST

 

Book CoverClub Dead
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0575117044
ISBN-13: 978-0575117044

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

From the outset, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries has been a series that is best approached as a guilty pleasure of the “so bad it’s good” variety; for most readers this is the only hope of getting any enjoyment from reading the books. But even the adoption of this mindset is not enough to make book three, Club Dead, anything other than an awful read.

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Review: Superman Red Son By Mark Millar


NATURE OVERCOMES NURTURE

IN THE ELSEWORLDS ALTERNATE REALITY YOU CAN RELY ON SUPERMAN REMAINING THE SAME OLD MAN OF STEEL

 

Book CoverSuperman: Red Son
(An Elseworlds Story)

Mark Millar

Genre: Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback, 168 Pages
Date: 15th April 2014 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 1401247113
ISBN-13: 978-1401247119

 
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Despite being unarguably the world’s most recognisable superhero it is much harder to make a case for Superman being the most popular; certainly it’s far from being the truth today in the 21st century. The principal reason for this obvious discrepancy is the all too apparent reality that the Last Son of Krypton just isn’t perceived to be cool any more (if he ever was) in the way other comic book characters such as Batman, Spider-man, and Wolverine are. As for why Kal-El lacks the cool factor that many of his rivals possess, it’s entirely down to two things: firstly, he is such an unambiguously flawless personality whose virtuousness makes for a boring character; secondly, he is generally always depicted as being so overpowered that nothing and no one ever genuinely poses a threat to him (which again makes him less than interesting).

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On Faithless By Graham Austin-King


IS THIS THE EVENTUAL WINNER OF #SPFBO 2017?

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO A POTENTIAL WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S SPFBO COMPETITION

 

It’s been approximately two months since this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off commenced, and it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of the early favourites to win the contest. Faithless is (for the time being) a stand-alone novel by British indie author Graham Austin-King that has very recently made it on to my TBR list. If the early reaction to the novel is any indication I suspect it will end up on many more readers’ TBR lists in the coming weeks and months.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Heart Of Stone By Ben Galley


A CONTENDER FOR #SPFBO 2017

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO AN INTRIGUING NOVEL WITH A GREAT PREMISE AND EVEN BETTER FRONT COVER

 

It’s time for another spotlight on one of the indie books competing in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off that has caught my attention. The novel in question is The Heart Of Stone by British born independent author, Ben Galley. As someone who generally isn’t drawn to a book by its front cover, I have to say that the art work for Ben’s novel is certainly attention grabbing. I’m sure it has persuaded many a reader to add it to their TBR list.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On Winter’s Reach By Craig Schaefer


A CONTENDER FOR #SPFBO 2017

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ONE OF A SELF-PUBLISHED FANTASY QUADRILOGY FROM AN ESTABLISHED INDIE AUTHOR

 

Those of you with an interest in the indie publishing scene will probably be aware of the ongoing Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off contest organised by acclaimed fantasy author Mark Lawrence. If you aren’t yet familiar with the competition you can read A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off to find out what it’s all about. Of the three hundred books entered into this years #SPFBO there is approximately two dozen titles that have caught my attention, so over the next few days (weeks?) I’m going to do a spotlight for each of those books.

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