Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Review: The Beyond Now Device by Mark Hollock


Media Type: Ebook
Title: The Beyond Now Device
Author: Mark Hollock
Publisher: Mark Hollock
Pages: Ebook; 338
Release Date: January 15, 2018
Source: Author
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Genre: Speculative Fiction

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy books that really explore our place in time and space.

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We are all fated to die and the earth will continue to circle the sun. Of this, we can be sure. Yet when four people sharing an apartment happen upon a device that transports them three weeks into the future, they care less about the grand scheme and more about their own lives in the time to come. During their brief episodes they are cast as key players in a crime. One will grow physically attracted to the man she is to blackmail, annoying her boyfriend. One will fire two bullets into the chest of an attorney he doesn't know, growing to like the power of the gun, while his friend tries her best to stop him.

Both wanting and not wanting the seen future to unfold, they contact the maker of the device who is convinced only a true understanding of time will help them. From Plato to quantum physics, religion to common sense, immediacy and anticipation to the gravity of elephants, the maker expresses time from a variety of perspectives.

The author solicited help through email correspondence with graduate students and professors at major universities in the departments of physics, philosophy, and theology to enrich the characters' evaluation of free will at odds with determinism as they try to control their futures and answer the question 'Does the future already exist?'

Realizing that physics, philosophy, and theology hold no consensus on the nature of time, or on the existence of the future, the characters' day of destiny arrives, affirming and refuting the power of choice to smooth the road beyond now.

Before I get into the grit of this review, I have to share that Mark Hollock's book falls outside the norm of what I generally read. I've been attempting to branch out into more speculative and science fiction, and get lost in stories that really make me think about our world. I can tell you, The Beyond Now Device definitely fits that bill. This is a book that takes a hard look at how we fit into the "now" that we inhabit, and how the past makes us who we are. I found myself fully immersed in the lives of the characters, as they tried to find out how their actions really affected the future, and I'll admit it was a little jarring. So take my review with a grain of salt, because I'll be the first one to honestly say that this isn't my general cup of tea.

On the positive side of things, I thought the characters in this book were really well drawn. They each felt like whole individuals, and watching them interact with one another was like watching real life unfold. As I grew to know them better, and understood their quirks, I realized how well their personalities played off of one another. The four main characters are as diverse as any reader could ask for, and I loved watching them interact. It was a pleasure to read a book that contained real people, and their real flaws.

What I could have done without, and kept me really enjoying this book as much as I wanted to, was the use of Niko and his creation as a plot device. While the actual movements forward in time were interesting and vital to the story, the device that created those movements felt forced. That, and Niko as a driver of the story felt even more forced. His brief appearances felt like mini info dumps instead of blending in with the overall story. I just wanted the characters to have to figure things out themselves. Watching time creep ever closer to the events that they had experienced through the device, and watching them try to figure out how to change things, was fascinating. Such clever characters, with such human flaws. It was great.

My only other issue with this book, and it is a small one, was the fact that the actual device itself is never really explained. I know that this book is more in the speculative, rather than science, fiction realm. However I couldn't help but feel like I'd missed out on an opportunity to really understand how the "time travel" really took place. Granted, the focus here is on the idea of time/space and our place in it. My inquisitive mind wouldn't let that small hole go though, and it bothers me even as I write this.

Overall though, I though that The Beyond Now Device was a pretty solid book. There were portions that felt a little slow, or a little forced, but the concept was fascinating and the characters were great. Anyone going into this book should keep in mind that this is a very character heavy book. If that's your type of read, you'll enjoy this too.




FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review: The Truth Hunters by Emilia Zeeland


Media Type: Ebook
Title: The Truth Hunters
Series: STAR Academy book 2
Author: Emilia Zeeland
Publisher: Self
Pages: 328, ebook
Publication date: May 26, 2018
Source: Author
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Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

5 Keys to My Heart: Recommended for readers who enjoy science fiction and young adult.
For Yalena Russo, peace was never an option.
Pushed out of the spotlight and into obedience, Yalena returns to a STAR Academy that has changed. In fact, the near worlds have changed, forcing her to walk the thin line between politics and mayhem.
Determined to find out why the Fians claim to be connected to her, Yalena has to track down whoever gave her up as a baby. But thetruth can be elusive. Yalena must employ her friends' talents—and her own—on a shadow quest to hunt down the answers. And all the while, she weaves herself deeper into the web of Fian lies. But what if some of them aren’t lies at all?
Throw in some grueling training, a few inconvenient affections, as well as a pair of mischievous freshmen, and second year at the Academy just got tricky.
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Hang on to your hats friends, this is a roller-coaster ride. If you're looking for a page turner, then look no further. The STAR Academy series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The Truth Hunters is book 2 in the series and you'll want to read book 1 before starting it.

We pick right back up with Yalena and her friends as they return to STAR Academy for year two. Lots has changed as they prepare for whatever it is the Fians are up to. Yalena struggles to find her new place since she lost her leadership role, but eventually finds her footing again. With a few new freshmen to make things interesting, we follow the same cast from last year through their trials and tribulations. Except this time, there is even more at stake.

In true trilogy fashion, this book gets to the heart of the issues. There is so much information to uncover about Yalena's past, and trust me when I say it will leave you speechless. A roller-coaster of emotions is the only way to describe her story. You will want to keep reading till the last page and then you'll want more.

In addition to a personal quest for answers, we learn a lot about the nuances of the space world and everything really comes to life. Zeeland does a wonderful job of bringing you into the moment and making you feel like part of the story. There is a threat from the Fians that can't be ignored, but understanding the history makes it even harder to cope.

I wish book 3 was already out, but alas, we will have to wait for the next installment. Grab this fantastic sci-fi story now.

Emilia Zeeland is a Young Adult sci-fi writer and author of The STAR Academy Series. Even though she holds an international business degree and two Masters, Zeeland’s heart is full of love for speculative fiction.

Behind the Emilia Zeeland pseudonym, Em (as her friends call her) speaks six languages, loves to try on—and, sadly, also buy—dresses, and is a bit of a foodie.

Her own stories include coming-of-age tales, detailed worlds, unimaginable consequences, deep friendships, and romances that sneak up on you. She’s not afraid to push her characters to their limits and give them a depth that firmly plants them in readers’ hearts. In Zeeland’s writing, readers will be transported to another world, where they are not alone, but part of a tightly-knit, perfectly imperfect family.










FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Slowly, so slowly.


It's been a month, y'all.

I'm coming up on my birthday weekend, which has made me realize that June is almost over and WOW it's flown by. Work has been so insanely busy, sickness overtook me, books have been slowly (very slowly) read, and I haven't had the motivation to write a review. All of my intentions to stockpile reviews posts have been thwarted, and so this blog sits empty more than it should. *sigh*

The good news this year is that I haven't fallen into a horrible reading slump like I normally do around this time. I've still been enjoying what I'm reading, taking it slow, and just trying to enjoy it. I think picking up gardening, and embroidery, has been good for me too. It's been all about balance this year and, true to form, that means some things will suffer for others to even out.

I love this blog. I'll keep writing in it, and keep reading. I'm just not going to apologize for when it slows down. That's life, guys. There are only two of us, and we're both busy people. We still books, we still love all of you, and we're here. When we can be.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Escape Forbidden by Ruth Silver

Hot off the presses we have a fabulous new release for you today! This prequel to the Aberrant series is sure to be a great addition to the series. Grab it today, or win a copy! Keep scrolling for the giveaway.


Escape Forbidden
Ruth Silver
(Aberrant Prequel)
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Fight to stay alive.
The Gravelands are a dangerous place.
In a world of uncertainty, Cora Manning knows one thing without a doubt: getting into Genesis will offer her a brighter future.
When the intake coordinator agrees to let her in because of her genetic makeup, Cora discovers the promised city of utopia is nothing like she imagined.
The rebellion has begun.
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“What do you want?” I didn't dare ask how he got inside the facility. Based on his clothes and the fact he could easily be my father, I knew he didn't belong inside our walls. Had the fence fallen? The office had no windows; I didn't have a clue as to the hour or how long I'd been asleep.

“You, pretty girl.”

My stomach lurched at the man's tone and his icy touch as he inched the barrel of the gun away only to caress my cheek with the pads of his fingers.

“Get away from me,” I said through clenched teeth and sat up, backing off the cot as I tried to out maneuver him and slip out of the room.

Faster and closer to the door, he blocked my escape. My heart raced and I wiped my sweaty palms against the front of my pants. “Let me go.” I held his stare and refused to show him how afraid I felt.

“Now why would I do that?” he asked, his smile crooked with his left front tooth missing.

My eyes scoured the desk, trying to find something I could use to defend myself against this monster. Did he do something to Noelle and Toby or had they gone home? I felt hot but I knew it was the adrenaline coursing through my veins.



Ruth Silver enjoys reading, traveling, writing, photography, boardgames, and playing with her dogs.
REFUGE FORBIDDEN (Aberrant Book 4) by Ruth Silver will be available June 29, 2018.
She also writes adult romance under the name Allison West.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (6/18/18)


Happy Monday, friends! I'm not going to write a long intro today, because I'm tired and not feeling super inspired. I did want to share my reading progress with you though, so...

On to the books!




It's been a great run of reads lately. Like, insanely good, to be honest. I haven't disliked a single thing I've powered through. My most recent three reads all garnered at least 4 stars, with Kiss the Ground coming in at a 5 star rating because of how fascinating it was! If you're at all interested in learning about our agricultural system, I highly recommend it.



I'm so slow at reading lately, but it's mainly because I'm trying to slow down and enjoy the books I've been excited for. Which is why I just started Spymaster by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes, and plan to focus exclusively on this until I'm done!



I started this book, accidentally deleted it off of my Kindle, put it back on, and haven't finished. So I'll be finishing this up next as well.


That's it for me! What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Review: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King


Media Type: Audio Book
Title: Sleeping Beauties
Authors: Stephen King, Owen King
Publisher: Scribner
Pages: Hardcover; 702
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Library Borrow
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Genre: Horror, Thriller

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a mildly dystopian story, set in a small town.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze.

If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?

Ah, this book. I make no apologies for the fact that I will read all things Stephen King, regardless of what the subject matter is. He's one of my favorite authors and, across the board, I've been enamored enough with his writing that he's essentially an auto-borrow/auto-buy for me. When this dark story, featuring his son as a co-writer, came out I was intrigued. It went straight to the top of my library hold list and I waited patiently for my turn. All the while, I secretly hoped I would be blown away at this.

As it turns out, Sleeping Beauties didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. The concept of the story I did very much enjoy. Imagine a world where almost all women are out of the picture. Oh, they haven't disappeared but, worse still, they've simply ceased to function. They lie dormat, as a reminder to the men in their lives of what they've lost. I loved the idea of a world where men were left to fend for themselves. I think the Kings really took the time to ponder over what kind of madness would ensue and, for the most part, I think they hit it right on the head. Not one bit of what the men in this book did when "the Aurora virus" hit surprised me. In all its darkness and brutality, it felt right.

I also loved the idea between Evie Black's character, and the choice that she presents to the women in this book. As a gender, women have come to begrudingly accept the fact that men continue to make the rules that govern our lives. What if that wasn't the case though? What if there was a chance to start over, without that fact in place, and do things differently? This whole idea just felt so perfect to me. Watching these women choose between a new world, and the men and boys they left behind felt... right. I don't know how else to explain it. Honestly.

What really lowered my star rating of this book though was just the god awful length of it. It drags, and drags, pulling out things that could have easily been resolved in a chapter or two. Although I appreciated the time to get to know the characters, after a while I began to hate them for how human they all were and how long it took them to make decisions. Everyone was always so blind to the needs and wants of everyone else. I suppose that's real life, and that's probably why it was so frustrating. I'm not going to lie, I almost gave up on this book multiple times for how slow it was moving.

However at the end of it all, I'm glad I finished. The message here is actually one that I think is really important. One of my respected reviewer friends referred to this as a "smart book" and I'm apt to agree. This story isn't being told to be entirely easy to read and mindlessly entertaining, it's being told to make a point. I think it does that, so 3 stars are totally deserved.

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Secret Lives of Royals by Shalini Dua

Happy Monday lovely readers! Need a little pick me up to get through the day? Look no further than this fabulous new release (TOMORROW). If you're like me, you've always had a morbid fascination with royalty. This exciting new fairy tale is sure to be a fantastic read. 



The Secret Lives of Royals
Shalini Dua
Publication date: June 12th 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, New Adult, Romance
Olivia can’t take it anymore. She’s had enough of the big city and it’s lack of fulfilling her dreams. Then, just when she’s about to give up and move home, out of the blue, she is offered her dream job. Olivia is suspicious but that could just be the New York in her. She decides not to pull at threads. Despite her best efforts to remain blissfully oblivious, the secret to her life upgrade is soon uncovered when she finds herself invited to be part of a secret society.
Olivia learns that there is a thin curtain separating our world from theirs. Just beneath the surface, an entirely different one exists. One that is controlled by those of Royal lineage. The chosen ones, the Royals, hold the fate of the world in their hands. Will Olivia be able to bear the weight of the crown?
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I’m getting a very weird feeling. I consider turning around and leaving, but getting a cab on a cold rainy night before 2AM is going to be tough as they don’t begin frequenting the area until the bars start to close, and the nearest Uber appears to be 25 minutes away. Plus, I did go to all of this trouble to get my lazy self dressed and over here.

There is a crest engraved in brass metal on the front of the red door, an intricately designed crown and some lettering. I tilt my head to read it all the way around. ‘Alea iacta est memores acti prudentes uturi modus operandi’ I read aloud, and below, ‘Posteriori’. I recognize the language as Latin from the three weeks we spent on it during Intro to Languages, which was designed to help us choose one to focus on during our tenure at the university

Against my better judgment, I push on the heavy door, which creaks open. I enter into a cold stone-walled hall with a stone slab floor, lit by what appears to be a row of fire lanterns on each side. I guess this place is a bit behind the times in converting, or maybe they think it’s super ironic and hipster to not jump on the modernization bandwagon. Or maybe it’s me. I’m not exactly the authority on architectural trends. Maybe converted vintage is over and re-vintaged vintage is back in. Ugh, I can’t wait until I’m old and have an excuse not to be hip.

I walk down a windy stone hallway that seems straight out of a period film. Wow, they are really taking this theme seriously. How cool would it be if this stuff was authentic? I take a few pictures with my phone just in case. I mean as Cultures Editor, it’s always nice to be the one to discover the next big thing, like Connor said.

As I round the corner I hear, before I see, a British male mumbling to himself, apparently in debate.

“It’s so bizarre. But it couldn’t be. Could it? Stranger things have happened.”

I find myself face to face with a short-ish man, though taller than me, with glasses, wearing a sports coat with suede elbow patches. I scream in surprise and jump about five feet in the air. He seems slightly taken aback as well but less jumpy than me, or at least less vocal about it. He’s good looking in an intellectual sort of way and his dark floppy hair is conservatively combed back. I’m not sure if he’s startled by our unexpected encounter or my scream, but he does a bit of a double back.

“Sorry,” he recovers charmingly, “I didn’t see you there.”

“No, me either.” I try to breathe. I feel like I know him from somewhere.”

“Stuart Stephens.” He proffers his hand in greeting.

“Olivia Grace Thorpland.” I shake his in return. “But you can call me Gigi.”

“Hello, Gigi. Nice to meet you.” He is impeccably mannered even after our near death collision. Must be the British thing.

“So are you here for the party too?” I inquire. “Do you know where it is?”

“Party?” he asks, confused. “No, I just had a meeting here.”

“Ah, I see,” I say, although I don’t, given the hour. I definitely know him from somewhere. Got it, he’s a comedian.

“Well, care to join me anyway?” I offer politely. After all, he’s British, I’m being a good ambassador. He appears a bit bewildered.

“No, thanks. I best be going.”

“Are you sure? My friends are in there.”

“Really? Your friends are in there?” He seems surprised to see where I’m gesturing.

“Yup,” I tell him confidently.

“Oh, well, thanks for the invite, but I’m completely sure. Thanks anyway,” comes his nervous reply. “But, can I ask you a question?” I nod. “Is this all, um, kosher?”

“I, I, don’t know.” I hesitate. Is he Jewish and British? Is that a thing?

“Well, I’ll let you get on “he says. “Have a good night.”

“You too. Bye,” I reply. And with that, we walk off in opposite directions.

Finally, I reach a semi-circled entryway that has the option of five doors, one straight ahead and two on either side. These are not your ordinary doors either. They are heavy, arched, rustic, dark brown, slated wooden doors. I’m not really in the mood to crash a wedding reception, murder, or worse, a live band performance; and, given that anything could be behind these doorways, I’m about to give up on this expedition completely, when one of the doors, the entryway smack dab in the center, starts to creak open, apparently of its own accord. A feeling of unexpected dread overtakes me. I brace myself, unsure of what to expect to find behind it.


An international upbringing and a love of stories laid the foundation for wanderlust. Shalini aspires to spend her time country-hopping and consuming pop-culture, comedy and good food but the reality is often frantically downing coffee, meeting deadlines at exactly the last second and working her un-glamorous corporate job to fund all of the other pursuits. The Secret Lives of Royals is Shalini's debut novel. Her other work includes published poetry and scripts only she has read.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Small Business Spotlight: Bookish Apparel

Happy Friday, my bookish friends!

I'm here today to give you some fabulous Friday feelings, with another Small Business Spotlight. In case this is the first one that you've seen, this is a post where I share with you all of the amazing bookish finds I've stumbled across on the web. You can find the rest of them right up there (*points to the nav bar*) under "Features".

This week's theme is APPAREL, because what's better than wearing your love for reading on your sleeve?

** note that all photos are the property of the store owners **

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Jane Austen Inspired Tee - New Vintage Embroidery ($26)

Love Pemberley, and want to shout it from the rooftops? This elegant "gardening club" tee caught my eye for just that reason. I wish this was a real thing. I'd join in a heartbeat.



Library Circle Skirt - RoobyLane ($58.33+)

If shirts aren't your thing, but you still want to rock your bookish obsessions, how about a skirt? Plus side is that this skirt is full, and screaming for a petticoat! What a great way to celebrate a bookish brunch!


Sirius Black Hand Painted Shoes - HeartandSolesShop ($45)

Can we all just take a minute to stop and stare in awe? This is hand painted, friends. 100% original, on a pair of shoes. I am in LOVE! Check out all the shoes in this shop, and you can even request your custom pair!

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That's it for today! Did I cause you spend any money? Rest assured, I'm not sorry ;). Until next time...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Book Review: A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay


Media Type: Ebook
Title: A Single Stone
Author: Meg McKinlay
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: Hardcover; 272
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Source: Publisher
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Content Screening: Mild Action Violence

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who are looking for a MG friendly dystopian novel.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
In an isolated society, one girl makes a discovery that will change everything — and learns that a single stone, once set in motion, can bring down a mountain.

Jena — strong, respected, reliable — is the leader of the line, a job every girl in the village dreams of. Watched over by the Mothers as one of the chosen seven, Jena’s years spent denying herself food and wrapping her limbs have paid off. She is small enough to squeeze through the tunnels of the mountain and gather the harvest, risking her life with each mission. No work is more important. This has always been the way of things, even if it isn’t easy. But as her suspicions mount and Jena begins to question the life she’s always known, the cracks in her world become impossible to ignore. Thought-provoking and quietly complex, Meg McKinlay’s novel unfolds into a harshly beautiful tale of belief, survival, and resilience stronger than stone.
What first drew me to A Single Stone was the fact that this is essentially a younger version of the YA and Adult dystopian novels that I love. I was so excited to see how Meg McKinlay would bring Jena's sheltered world to life, and how she would address the society as a whole. I won't lie, I had pretty high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it failed to reach quite as high as my expectations were set.

To start with the positives, I can say that Jena's society is fairly well laid out in this book. The reader quickly understands that the mountain, and the harvest, are the focal point of life in this small society. Status in Jena's world is based on how much one is able to contribute to the community, and that means that the girls who can descend into the mountain are the elite. I loved this concept, and especially loved the fact that Jena's backstory didn't allow her to be too proud. Her life hasn't been an easy one, and so Jena takes nothing for granted. Which is important in this story.

What I missed, mainly the further I got into the book, was real character development. Although Jena definitely learns the dark secrets that her society hides, she never really grows as a person. I think, and this is completely my opinion, that the lack of real dialogue in this book is really what sets it back. We see what Jena thinks. We see what she does. We never see her really stand up for herself, or her beliefs, though. It made really falling in love with her as a character, and therefore with the characters around her, a lot more difficult.

In fact, I think what this book really needed was just more time. More pages to bring Jena into her own. More opportunity for interactions with her fellow community members and, especially, more time for adventure in the mountain. The book flew by, but I was left at the end feeling like something was missing. I loved the concepts presented in this book, but I feel like they weren't as fleshed out as they could be. So I'm sitting at a three star rating.



FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guest Post: R.J. Corgan - The Character in the Flaw

Good morning everyone, and happy Wednesday!

You've made it through half the week, so congratulations on that! Hopefully I can keep the content flowing, and give you some distraction to help you get through the day. In my opinion, today's guest post definitely fits that bill. R.J. Corgan is here, talking about his characters in Cold Flood. I think you'll enjoy this!

For geologist Kea Wright, when a volcano erupts under an ice cap, it isn't just a good time, it's a living.

Camped at the base of an icecap in southeast Iceland, geologist Kea Wright and her team are investigating landforms created by catastrophic floods. With only days left in the field season, bad weather on the way, and the volcano due to erupt at any time, the team is struck by a tragedy that threatens to shut down the entire project.

As the team rushes to complete their work, the expedition continues to be plagued by setbacks, leading Kea to wonder if the initial tragedy was an accident after all. During her reluctant - and inept - attempts to investigate, Kea inadvertently stumbles upon a secret. One so valuable, someone is willing to kill to keep it hidden.
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The Character in the Flaw

Asked to read a first draft, a beta reader informed me: ‘It’s okay, but your main character doesn’t have enough flaws.’ A second reader said of the same draft replied, ‘She has too many flaws!’ This led me to ask the question: When is your lead character sufficiently flawed enough to be interesting, but not too much that it alienates the reader? In the case of Sherlock Holmes, the character does heroin for a little while, either for undercover work or for fun/addiction, but only enough to make him dark and edgy. Watson, the reader’s relatable guide, dries him out. You can make you character an alcoholic, but at some point the character has to remain vertical long enough to solve a crime.

During the first character designs for Kea Wright in Cold Flood, I threw an awful lot of potential flaws at her, including alcoholism. However, the more I spent time with Kea, her overly dramatic flaws fell away. At her heart, she is just a scientist who loves glaciers, geology, and being outside. What she doesn’t love is having to play den mother to a bunch of volunteers who are using her expedition to play out their petty rivalries.

Kea faces the same things we all do: irritating coworkers, an ex who just won’t pick up the phone, and a craving for chocolate hazelnut spread. It’s when she’s placed in a situation with people determined to test her limits that her patience begins to fray. When someone is murdered, she finds herself falling apart. It’s only when she finds herself fighting for her life that she discovers the strength hidden inside her. I think all of us are main characters in our own lives: genuinely nice people, with some flaws, just trying to get through the day. It’s when you put us in exceptional, and often terrifying, situations that you may discover the heroes/heroines from the ones who just curl up into a ball and go ‘eeep.’

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Thank you to R.J. Corgan for this wonderful guest post! Make sure you check out his book, and stay tuned for a review of Cold Flood very soon!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mortal Engines - First Look!


Friends. Gather around, and let me share my complete and utter excitement about the upcoming Mortal Engines movie! I know that those of us out there who have read Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles might be the minority, but I can promise you that once you see this trailer you'll be just as excited as I am! Imagine a world where resources are scare. In Reeve's world, cities travel on rolling tracks and smaller cities are eaten by the larger ones for scrap. Intrigued yet? Oh, you should be.

I'll stop rambling now, and just put this trailer here:


See, I told you. Now you're excited, right? Fantastic!

Mortal Engines will be out in the world on December 14, 2018.

Mark those calendars!

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