I recently reviewed NO RETURN, the debut novel from Zachary Jernigan. The short review for those on the fence is that Zachary has thrown down his gauntlet on this Fantasy, Space Opera mashup. His characterization was exceptional, and the combination of intriguing characters and a rich setting is why I’m championing for a sequel. If you’ve read NO RETURN, read on and then share why you think he should or shouldn’t write a sequel. Due to the latest Night Shade Books legal issues, it’s important to spread the word about this book so sales help it get a chance at a sequel.
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No Return by Zachary Jernigan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my review fresh off of finishing today. A more polished review will appear on SF Signal sometime in the future.
NO RETURN displays the kind of prose, worldbuilding and depth of characterization that place Zachary Jernigan securely within the top tier of Fantasy authors. The prose pulls you in like a piece of art, forcing you to slow down and observe. The worldbuilding makes you imagine maps, bar room brawls over differences in customs, shop keepers making lists of what supplies to buy from where, kids praying to the god who lives on the moon, women making sex spells, warriors becoming one with their self-controlled, mutating body suits… all in a way that separates the world in NO RETURN from generic fantasy–this world is alive! Continue reading
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I’m mixing things up a little from my normal schedule on AudioTim. First, I’ve donated the last three panels from Chicon 7 to Adventures in SciFi Publishing. “Disaster Response in Science Fiction” will post shortly. I’m giving them more shows than those three, so I’m not sure when the next episode will hit this feed. Maybe it will be next month’s NAF writer update, similar to this one. For the last, almost, two years, I’ve been a Feature Author over at New Authors Fellowship, blogging once a week about my writing journey. I’ve recently combined my desire to share my journey with other writers on a podcast, and this is it. This episode went a little longer than I anticipated, but since it’s the first one of this format, it made sense to spend a little time introducing ourselves, and two of us signed book contracts, so that was exciting news! Continue reading
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My first panel recorded from World Science Fiction Convention #70, Chicon 7, is, “Write What You Don’t Know.” Stay connected for future podcasts on the AudioTim page, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher Radio. In two weeks, Tom King, author of A ONCE CROWDED SKY, will be my guest, and in four weeks, I’ll post another panel from Chicon 7.
We remember English teachers lecturing: “Write what you know.” Well, we think you ought to write what you don’t know. How else can you write about space travel and alternate history and fire-breathing dragons and vampire detectives? We’ll discuss how a little research and common sense can give you just enough background to really write what you don’t know.
Howard Andrew Jones, Louise Marley, Rachel Neumeier, Jack Skillingstead, Lynda Williams ORU
My recording of Hugh Howey reading his Kindle Single, “The Walk Up Nameless Ridge,” is now up over at SF Signal. I was in his panel at ChiCon7 and recorded most of the story there, but because he ran out of time we had to finish the rest on Skype. I think it turned out great, and it’s another gem from Hugh, so go check it out! If you’d rather read it, it’s only $.99.
The second recording, a panel with him, Robin Sullivan (Ridan Publishing) and Lane Diamond (Evolved Publishing) discussing Kindle Singles, Kindle Serials, and Amazon’s Pre-Order system, will also be hosted on SF Signal (the blog, not the podcast). I’ll let you know when that is up as well. It’s great info for authors, and great news for the short fiction market.
While I’m mentioning indie authors, here are some freebies to check out: Continue reading
Moses Siregar III, author of The Black God’s War, kept me in my chair reading for like twelve hours straight to finish his book. In this third part of my video interview, I ask him about the two very different magic systems he used in his book. You can view all of the interviews on my You Tube channel. If you haven’t read The Black God’s War, I heartily recommend picking it up (my 5 star review). The ebook version is only $.99 at this time. Continue reading
Moses Siregar III, author of The Black God’s War, kept me in my chair reading for like twelve hours straight to finish his book. In this second part of my video interview, I ask him about his approach to pacing that was so successful in capturing an entire Saturday. You can view all of the interviews on my You Tube channel. If you haven’t read The Black God’s War, I heartily recommend picking it up (my 5 star review). The ebook version is only $.99 at this time. Continue reading
Moses Siregar III, author of The Black God’s War, shares his thoughts on what it was like to pen the story of a war where the reader sympathizes with both sides. I tease him about it being torture, but really it was a compelling, unique read that kept me in my seat for twelve hours to finish. This is the first of five video interviews, each around 15 minutes, that you can view on my You Tube channel. If you haven’t read The Black God’s War, I heartily recommend picking it up (my 5 star review). The ebook version is only $.99 at this time. Continue reading