The problem with short stories, both in reading them and trying to get them published, is that they’re so subjective. As they say about Beauty, Story and Character are also in the eye of the beholder.
My favorite in this reading pile was Carol Berg’s Song of the Beast, closely followed by Brandon Sanderson’s debut novel, Elantris. They’re both standalone traditional fantasies, with rich detailed worlds, complex characters, twisted plots, action, and politics. I chose both because they were traditional fantasy, but unashamedly standalone. Perhaps because these books didn’t attempt to […]
Sorry for the huge post, but this is a wrap-up of the reading I’ve done through our Colorado winter (I can see the plants coming up, yah spring!). Soulless, by Gail Carriger (published by Orbit), is described as "a comedy of manners set in Victorian London," and "a novel of vampires, werewolves, and parasols." One […]