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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Book Review: The Book of Joby
By Mark Ferrari

So, I just finished a big fat fantasy novel. I know what your thinking, the farm boy found out he's the chosen one, and he leaves all he's known to go on a quest with a new found mentor, who later dies, but he continues on...yeah yeah, I know; but that's not this novel. What if I told you this fantasy novel put out by Tor takes place in modern times? Right in California to be exact; and it all starts with a bet between God and the devil. Ringing a bell? There is also the reincarnate of King Arthur, Lancelot,Guinevere, and even Merlin! Then there are the angels, demons, and they all interact in very fun and interesting ways. This is no novel stuffed with padding of exposition, it's all super fun story! Which is why you'll swear it read more like a novella than a 638 page book. Check out to read a couple sample chapters and even hear the author read the prologue in the Excerpts area if you don't believe me. Trust me, this is one brick of a fantasy novel you'll be glad you picked up.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Writing Podcasts Worth Listening To

One of my favorite podcasts, Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, is back in production! For their first episode back they featured Greg Van Eekhout, author of Norse Code. It was gone for four months while the main host Shaun Farrell was busy moving his family and starting a new career. If you go and listen to the podcast, you'll join me in saying we're all glad he and his co-host Sam are back!

Let me take this opportunity to list my favorite writing related podcasts. I have learned a whole lot about the craft of writing, the publishing world, and what being an author is really like for some by listening to these great podcasts. I recommend finding all of these podcasts in iTunes, it's much easier than downloading each podcast manually. But it's also fun to look at their sites so here they are:

Writing Excuses
Get Published
Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing
The Secrets
Holly Lisle On Writing
I Should Be Writing
The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
Writers Talking
The Writing Show
The Creative Penn

Enjoy! You'll thank me later :)