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I am having such a moment here.  Finals start Thursday which means I’m going to be busy studying rather than reading or posting around online or sleeping.  Then Christmas which is going to be great, because family, but will also pull me away from reading and the internets, not a bad thing there.  And my reading list is still growing steadily out of control.  I’ve got a stack of books knee high or better that I need to get read and a slightly shorter stack that need reviews, and I am terrible about time management so I don’t have anything for today because my computer decided to freak and I hadn’t saved the review I was working on.  All that said, I’m going to have a review posted tomorrow and I’m going to make time to get all my studying done and still wrap my parents’ Christmas presents and that’s just going to have to work.

 

I’ve also had Roxette’s “Dangerous” on the brain all day.  It feels funny.

Welcome back everybody!  As you guys know, I’ve had a give away for Mike Saxton’s 7 Scorpions Rebellion running for most of the week and today lovely readers we’ve got a guest post from the author himself.  So, here we go I’ll see you guys again tomorrow with a review!

I wanted to first thank Lauren for allowing me to invade her blog. For my post, I wanted to give you all a little peak inside the head of an author: me. That might be a scary trip so make sure you’re not reading this before going to bed, otherwise, you may have nightmares. I want to give a disclaimer up front that the purpose of this is not to whine or complain. It’s simply to give you a glimpse at what not only drives me, but a number of other authors as well.

 

I like writing. For me, it’s a form of artistic expression, and the only artistic expression I’m capable of doing even halfway decently (I draw like a chimp, sing like a frog, dance like a 3-legged dog, and play musical instruments like a platypus). That’s why I do it. That’s why a lot of authors do it.

 

There are a number of people out there who have written creative works that have never seen publication. I have some myself. Matter of fact, the 7 Scorpions Trilogy was originally going to join that pile of things that I wrote just for the sake of writing. Unlike much of the other material I’ve tried my hand at; this trilogy has been a part of my life for 17 years, starting with the dreams that inspired them. I admit to having an attachment and I wanted more for it than just taking up space on a hard drive.

 

The publishing arena is not easy to get into and is even more challenging to remain in. There are over a quarter million books published in the United States alone every year, and that number is increasing. Over 98% of them never sell more than a hundred copies (fortunately, I passed the 100 copy mark). So for many authors, it all starts and ends with the first published book. It’s expensive, even if you’re traditionally published. It’s time consuming. Trying to market in an environment that is a veritable ocean is much like trying to go from your high school football team to the NFL.

 

Some of you may be aspiring writers. It is a wonderful thing. I’ve heard some people adamantly put their foot down saying that it is okay to get into this industry to make money. Personally, I feel that is one of the most unhealthy things you can do to yourself. It’s so easy to beat yourself up when you’re not making money. It’s also much easier to get frustrated and quit. For me, as I mentioned, the 7 Scorpions trilogy is important to me on a level that is beyond monetary compensation. Would I like to see it become a huge success? Of course. Does it matter to me if it doesn’t go any further than it already has? Nope. I published it because I want to share it. Because my true goal as an author is to have my work read, not make money. That doesn’t mean I’d turn my nose up to money but having cash never made me happy before, it certainly won’t now. Heck, I even had the eBook price dropped to 99 cents several months ago because I was more interested in having it read than attempting to rake in riches with my first book (or any book thereafter).

So I may never become Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Jack Higgins, Dan Brown, or any number of millionaire authors. That’s okay (in some ways, it saves a lot of trouble). I followed my dream and put something near and dear out there for the world. What the world does with it now is up to them, not me. I will accept the decision, whatever it may be.

Just a quick post to prove that Slendy hasn’t hugged me yet I’m still alive.  There’s going to be a review on Saturday even if I have to post it at midnight to get it done.  I’m also going to see if I can use some of my older review copies as part of a couple of prize packs for the next giveaway hop I join.  There will also be more ranting about DCNU in a few weeks along with more of me being a hopeless nerd (and loving it I might add).  Don’t really have any thing else to say at the moment.  Good night everybody.

Delays Again

I’ve switched computers for a while because my Mom borrowed my laptop for a class, I’ve been getting everything switched over to my  desk top and left a few files out that I needed.  This last Saturday’s review will go up no later than midnight tomorrow and I will be posting a review this coming Saturday computer or not.

Hopefully I’ve got a couple of really big books coming soon for review in July, and if one of them arrives in time for me to review it before it’s release date I’ll be doing a giveaway to celebrate.  Got another review coming up for the next Deadworld book The Vengeful Dead that’s going up sometime soon and a couple of copies of a book that I’ve been looking really forward to that I’m hoping to be able to share with you guys.

I’ll also probably be posting more regarding DC’s new reboot as it gets closer though most of my concerns were addressed in my last post about that.  I’ll probably start talking more about stuff I’ve noticed out book shopping and things that I question regarding what gets put on shelves.  I may try for more discussion if anyone’s up for that.  But that’s all for now, gotta go write reviews and read books.

Bottle thrown, later guys.

Turn the Page Closing

I posted earlier in the year about a big sale at a local bookstore.  As of right now, they are closing at the end of the month.  For the rest of the month Turn the Page, formerly the Book Rack, will be offering 50% off of their entire stock.

Robopocalypse

So, as I said yesterday, I’m looking at posting more often maybe about those odd bits that I’ve noticed while reading maybe just about books in general.  Who knows.  On to the review though.

The robots took over.  They knew where we lived and how we acted.  They knew how much we relied on them and how vulnerable we were.  They didn’t count on us putting up a fight when our backs were to the walls.  The robot war is over, we won.  But what happened leading up to zero hour?  Who struggled to survive a world run by machines gone mad?  These are stories of those who fought for humanity as recorded by big Rob itself and transcribed by one of the heroes of the robot war.

I wanted to review Daniel Wilson’s Robopocalypse because it sounded a lot like Max Brooks’ World War Z but with robots and I do love a good end of the world party.  Wilson’s concept is fairly solid, let’s tell the world about what happened before, during, and at the end of a robotic apocalypse.  He gives a good lead up to the actual stories, Cormac and the rest of Bright Boy company find what is apparently Archos’ memory box and Cormac tries to talk to it.  The stories themselves are fairly well written, though more could have been done with each set of characters.  This is where I start having problems.  Even with the brain box, how does Cormac know everything that he does about the other survivors whose stories he’s telling?  He shouldn’t be able to know the contributions made by the little old Japanese guy or what the British punk was doing before contacting Archos if he’s talking to the brain box right after it’s dug up.  He shouldn’t be able to speak for the other survivors in first person either, it’s sometimes unclear whether he’s using interviews or just working from the box.  What about the timeline?  He can’t have the interviews used if the box just came out of the ground.   Cormac also made a number of references to things that don’t seem to have happened yet, or rather things that were mentioned once and then ignored.  These should have been covered before the last page ended. The tense used was also rather awkward, why is so much in present tense?  I can’t see the woman running to save her kids narrating everything she does and why for the robot that’s chasing her, but apparently she does.  Wilson seems to contradict his timeline a good deal by having Cormac know things that shouldn’t have traveled that far or that quickly.  I can understand that many of the less plausible bits of information are important to the main story, but how does Cormac know about them beyond hearsay? He’s in a tent in the Alaskan wilderness, not in one of the survivor settlements, and traveling for large parts of the book.  How can he know anything beyond his own sections of the plot and exactly what the brain box showed him?  This is too big of a logic bomb for willing suspension of disbelief to hold.  Also, why does the robot think and info-dump like the humans?  According to Cormac there were “dozens” of people that Archos decided were good enough to remember, what happened to them?

The good news is that I enjoyed most of the book despite its messed up logic and shaky tense use.  I really only started having the problems I did after I stopped to think about it for an hour or so.  Robopocalypse is definitely a book to read and enjoy but not think about too much.  Because of that and how easy it is to over think, I give Robopocalypse a three out of five.

I’ve probably said it before but I love a good book store, an independent one even more so than a chain.  For the Lee County area Turn the Page (previously The Book Rack) has got to be my favorite due to its friendly staff, great selection, and awesome prices.  This Friday and Saturday they’re having their biannual 50% off sale on the entire stock.  It’s definitely worth looking into if you want to check out some new authors or start a new series.

Best!

I’m sorry!

I know that I’m late on the new review, it’ll be up today after my classes finish.  There’s also going to be a review this Saturday, so there’s that.

Yes, this is happening again.  Here are a few giveaways I’ve found on other blogs.  They look pretty interesting.

Reading Between the Wines Monthly Giveaway: http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/2011/01/reading-between-wines-book-club-monthly.html?zx=49d510361a67897a

AwesomeSauce Book Club Succubus Blues Giveaway: http://awesomesaucebookclub.blogspot.com/2011/01/feb-book-of-month-giveaway-succubus.html

LovLivLife Reviews: On My Hit List Giveaway of winner’s choice Warprize or Warcry: http://www.lovlivlifereviews.com/2010/12/on-my-hit-list-12810-giveaway.html

Merry (Late) Christmas Everyone

So, the holidays are over and everyone is headed back to work/school/ the inferno and I’m back on a normal posting schedule as of this week.  At the moment though, I have a question to the internet and all you lovely people on it. I got an e-reader for Christmas, a nice one too, and I’m wondering if anyone else thinks that it would be a better strategy for publishers to offer their e-books at a fairly steep discount to their print books.

An example here: I was looking at the book that comes before one of my review books so that I could read them in order, the publisher had set the price as $6.99 for the e-version as opposed to $7.99 for the print.   Had it been something like half the print price I’d have bought it right then, as is I’ll probably wind up ordering it from one of the local stores.

I’m interested in you guys’ thoughts on this.  So, talk to me, should e-books be less expensive than print books?