Tuesday, April 11, 2006

On Reviews

A heads up on the reviews you will find on this site:

1. Not every book is going to be my favorite. If I dislike a book, I will explain why.

2. When I read a review, I want a general idea of what to expect from the book and the reviewers opinion on the work. I do not want to read a novella. My reviews will be succinct.

3. I will never, for any reason, give spoilers. Look elsewhere for such.

4. Questions are always welcome. Review requests are always welcome. Any input at all will always be welcome.

5. I will give a numeric score to each book between one and ten. Such systems are always questionable, but I'd rather have a solid number than have people guess at my opinion.

Comments on "On Reviews"

 

Blogger Neth said ... (5:37 PM) : 

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Blogger A.R.Yngve said ... (8:38 AM) : 

OK, here goes...

This is a review request.

My novels have been published in my native country of Sweden, and my short fiction has appeared in various professional, semi-professional and unprofessional publications across the world....

...but I've got a website too, where some of my writings are available in English: early novels, and several short stories.

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If you're interested, why not start with the podcast of my short story "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Valhalla"...

 

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Blogger Skatebomb said ... (2:43 PM) : 

Hello:

If you are interested in what is largely considered a great debut fantasy novel, then check out Wayfarer's Dawn by Nate Llerandi.

 

Blogger Michael Travis Jasper said ... (2:19 AM) : 

This novel promotes equality and self-esteem by featuring heroic gay characters………..Please note this book is not appropriate for younger minors as it includes some adult content.

Universal appeal for progressive, adventurous readers…..Be among the first to fall in love with, then champion this controversial new novel.

Soon to be reviewed by Out In America for its huge network of highly popular websites.

I am a downtown Kansas City resident, and I have just published (Oct. 2007) my first novel…It is set mostly in metropolitan KC, and the cover was painted specifically for the book by a local tattoo artist…My hope is that you will agree that it belongs in your library or store, or should by featured in an article in your paper or website…Contact me for further information or with any questions.

My publisher will provide a free media copy to any legitimate news outlet if you contact Kathleen at accounts@wheatmark.com.

Thanks so much,

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Book Press Release







“To Be Chosen”

A novel

By

Michael Travis Jasper



[424 pg. trade paperback]



--Retailers receive standard industry discounts & returnability—

--Distributed by Ingram—



ISBN: 158736896X

ISBN-13: 9781587368967



Brief Author Bio, Cover & Author Images Below

(There are a total of 4 pages.)





To Be Chosen is a controversial novel based on the oft quoted, but rarely upheld concept that all human beings are equal and individuality has value. It has special appeal for a very large niche audience, but will also please a much more general mass readership.



The 424 page story contains and contrasts material as varied as: Christianity/paganism, gay/straight/bisexual characters, magic/mythology/spirituality, action/romance/suspense, and humor/tragedy.



While profound thoughts are provoked, the action on every page provides a glimpse at the hardest and sweetest human truths. Engaging distraction from one’s real life. A sexy parable about destiny, choices, and the true nature of God’s love.



There are three main characters: a father whose materialism is erased by grief, a lovely witch parted from her minister husband, and a gay college boy who finds love and learns sacrifice. They are united by newfound supernatural powers and an ever-morphing spiritual guide to battle demons from another world and Earth’s past. A motley group of friends and even the ghosts of loved ones join these outcasts, chosen to be God’s Hammer, as they fight in city streets and farmyards to save mankind and each other.



While the book is completely “pro-Christian,” some ultra-religious people will not like the fact that gay people are treated as equal in the eyes of God. Also, the spiritual subject matter mixed with some graphic content (including: language, violence, gay and straight sex scenes) could scandalize some less liberal readers. The book is intended for a general adult (teenaged & above) audience.



Fans of every genre will be entertained. The alternative/fantasy view of our real and current world will appeal to readers of S.M. Stirling and Lord of the Rings. The Sci-fi aspects will please fans of Dune, Battlestar Galactica, and BBC America’s popular Torchwood. The mythological references will appeal to fans of The Davinci Code and TV’s Stargate. There is magic for lovers of Harry Potter, Laurell K. Hamilton, TV’s Heroes and Charmed—definitely Charmed. There are a few horrific moments for the Stephen King fan as well. Even Nora Roberts’ readers will be sucked in by the romance as will the lovers of Anne Rice. Catchy pop-culture infused dialogue will please the viewers of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and followers of the trendiest blogs. There is much here for the extensive gay reading audience especially. Fans of William J. Mann and Michael Thomas Ford will delight in this. Viewers of Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Queer As Folk, and even Will & Grace will be hooked. Please also note that musical devotees dedicated to the band Evanescence will be drawn to a haunting story that evokes the same atmosphere as Amy Lee’s ethereal voice and poignant, intense lyrics.



The few people that have had the chance to read this book before it was published often reported that though they thought the book was outside their usual preferred genre, they couldn’t put it down and enjoyed it very much.



A recent poll suggested that as many as 80% of people judge a book by its cover. That is a huge plus for this book. The author commissioned a local tattoo artist (much of this story is set in metropolitan Kansas City) to do a painting specifically for this novel. The resulting cover is spectacular. Almost everyone will be compelled to pick it up to see what it is about. Mr. Jasper admits with some embarrassment that he often chooses or rejects books based on the beauty of their covers.



While To Be Chosen has elements for drawing comparison to all of these wildly popular books, authors, and TV shows; the unusual intermix of content tells the story in a very original way.



One educated, early reader told Mr. Jasper when she read the novel, she felt as if she were watching a movie. This is the ideal type of reading experience to appeal to the modern culture’s fast-paced, movie-raised generations that are accustomed to the speed and style of endless cablevision and the internet.



The surprising bonus is that the thrilling action on every page is a reminder that even a freak like you is loved without limit. Ask yourself what you would do if you were chosen to better humanity…because you were.









Author Biography-----



Michael Travis Jasper is in the middle of his life, but at the beginning of his career as a novelist. “To Be Chosen” is his first book. Though raised in the small town of Troy, Kansas, he now resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Media and friends may contact him at jasperswords@yahoo.com.



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Michael Travis Jasper

Author of the novel “To Be Chosen”





Michael Travis Jasper

author of the novel To Be Chosen

jasperswords@yahoo.com

 

Blogger WitchEmber said ... (4:35 PM) : 

I would like to submit a review request, but this doesn't seem to be the proper forum.

Is there an email we can use?

author@witchember.com
www.witchember.com

 

Blogger Cindy Lynn said ... (3:24 PM) : 

Hello!

My name is Cindy Lynn Speer, and I am the author of a new full length fantasy-romance novel, Blue Moon, coming this February from Zumaya Otherworlds. It is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Moon-Cindy-Lynn-Speer/dp/1934135720/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202241004&sr=8-3.

Once, our world was a mixture of technology and magic, but as these two forces began to destroy each other, it was decided to split the world into two, creating one for the creatures who needed magic, and one for technology. When the worlds were split, some creatures stayed behind voluntarily, but two beings whose acts were so vile that even the memory of their names were taken from the minds of all living creatures were left, and now they have awakened, and are determined to reunite the worlds no matter what the cost.

To complete this task, they need to take the Merlin Stone from Libby Halstead. Fortunately, she has more allies than she realizes…Alex, a man who is in search of his memory, Sierra, who wants to leave this world for the world of magic, and Zororvin, a dragon who has entered our world in the hope of finding his son.

I would be honored if Blue Moon was reviewed on your site. If you would like to read an excerpt, please visit my website: http://www.apenandfire.com/?page_id=4. This link will take you right to the excerpt and book trailer. It is available as a .pdf or, in a few weeks, as a hard copy. Please let me know what you would prefer.

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Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Cindy Lynn Speer (clspeer at gmail)

 

Blogger amuletts said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Hi, I am the creator of a new comedic fantasy webcomic called Epic Fail. I was wondering if you'd be so kind as to do an announcemen or even a review on your site. I'd be happy to answer any questions. Thankyou.

 

Blogger amuletts said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Oh I should probably have mentioned Epic Fail can be found at http://www.comicofepicfail.com

 

Blogger literarywanderer said ... (9:24 PM) : 

As I cannot find any other way to contact you, I shall pathetically try to via comment.

I was writing to offer an e-copy of my novel, Proxies of Fate, for review on your site. A mixture of classic pulp, golden age comics, and mystical sci-fi, it's an excellent read for your site's readers. What follows is a synopsis:

In the decade of the 1930s, no nation is spared the ravages of the worldwide Depression. Confronted by fear and confusion, the world teeters on the brink between hope and despair.

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Chris Donner, a jaded veteran of the Great War, will be granted the divine powers of the Theria and set out towards California altering the lives of Depression era America as he searches out answers and strives to understand why he has been given such a gift.

Li Chen, an idealistic teenage peasant from Manchukuo, will be chosen by the Krush; his body gradually twisted until it resembles that of a serpentine titan. Hailed as the fabled
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Blogger David said ... (1:46 PM) : 

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New science fiction explores reality of intergalactic space travel

David Schramm’s Black Market Memories tells the story of a community struggling to find the meaning of endless life in deep space

RIVERVIEW, Fla. – Black Market Memories by David Schramm depicts a realistic scenario of how humans become intergalactic space explorers and settlers in a compelling tale of science and adventure.

Black Market Memories records significant events that happen in the third and fourth millennium, 250 light years from Earth. The new community of Jamestown is established and is attempting to understand and adjust to its new life in deep space. The government and its citizens work to establish an economy and stable politics while wrestling with technological, environmental and social challenges as a criminal underworld emerges.

Schramm describes Black Market Memories as a piece of history from our future in deep space. Frustrated by other intergalactic adventures that rely upon fantasy science such as Faster Than Light and Warp Drives, Worm Holes, and Star Gates, Schramm shows us a future based on real physics and achievable engineering. Black Market Memories also stresses the importance of emotional relationships among humans and the vital connection we have with all life on Earth.

Black Market Memories is available online at Amazon.com and other channels.
ISBN1452863091
EAN-139781452863092

About the Author
David Schramm studied physics and mathematics at Rutgers University. After a career with IBM, he invented milestone artificial intelligence software and went on to work for NASA until 1986. He then created large-scale computer system architectures for many of our largest corporations. Since retiring, Schramm has been traveling the world on his boat, Jenny.

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Blogger Talliston: said ... (9:01 AM) : 

Hi ,

I am a UK author and launched The A-Men earlier this year. I am now trying to get reviews/mentions for a wider audience and readying for publishing the second novel in March 2011. I was recommended your site as a good place to go for a review. I have attached some PR material and PDF, and can send a copy of the novel, too if requested.

Also: we are currently serialising the novel as a dramatised audio podcast on iTunes or at the feed:

http://trevillian.libsyn.com/

Even if nothing else, I hope you'll enjoy listening to this.

Regards and hope to hear from you soon,

JeT.
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John Trevillian • www.trevillian.com
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Blogger xenomike said ... (3:33 PM) : 

Hi,

I would like to submit my ebook Xenoform (a dark urban sci-fi) for possible review. I am a British indie author and this is my first release.

If interested, you can find more details at:

http://xenoform.yolasite.com

Hoping to hear from you soon!

 

Blogger Dan O'Brien said ... (1:23 PM) : 

Greetings,

Reviewing a novel is a very personal adventure, and certainly is taxing on your time. My novels have been professionally edited and have been well-received by my readership. I would be grateful if you would consider reviewing one of them (or all four if you were so inclined). It is always my desire to offer a PDF to review, but I understand the need for a physical book in hand and gladly oblige such a request. If you wished to read excerpts from the novels before considering them for review, please visit my website at www.thedanobrienproject.com for chapters, or contact me so I can provide them for you. I am also open to author interviews and giveaways. As the author of the novels, I have provided the pertinent information below.

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Dan O’Brien
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www.thedanobrienproject.com

 

Blogger Eric Diehl said ... (8:59 AM) : 

I'm contacting you in the hope that you might consider accepting my SFF novel 'Water Harvest' , published by Double Dragon, for review. My novels are not 'hard' scifi, but more what I'd characterize as science fiction with a goodly dose of fantasy stirred in.

I would not mind being put at the end of a long queue. If you think you might be interested but want a little more background before committing, the link below will take you to my website, where there are review excerpts, samples from the novels, etc.
www.ericdiehl.com

If you are interested I would be more than happy to send you a copy, in whatever ebook format you request.

On a side note, I am trying to grow a new guest blog of SFF reviews. If you'd like to make a contribution, including links to your own blog, I would be happy to post your review and tweet it.

Thanks for considering,
Eric Diehl
writer -at- ericdiehl -dot- com
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Blogger VORPAL said ... (9:00 PM) : 

Hi, my name is Andrew Kozloski. I'm writing to see if you'd like to read/review a novel written by a close friend of mine, Matthew Mather.

His first book, The Atopia Chronicles, was in the top 5 on science fiction at Amazon for several weeks. This new novel is less hard science fiction, more like a techno-thriller about cyber war.

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