Play Judge a Book with Ty the Bull!

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Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have Ty the Bull by Brenda Perlin, Rex Baughman and K.D. Emerson.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on sunday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Fresco!

 

The Chronicles of Carter Blake Gets Four Cups of Tea!

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Ok, let us start with Carter, the main character- sometimes I liked him but sometimes I thought he was an insufferable know it all.

As a 14 year old kid he kept asking impertinent and, to my mind, occasionally unrealistic questions.  He also measured everything he saw in centimetres.  Where short, tall, or hulking would have done as a description, he introduces the dimensions of almost everything in centimetres.

I don’t know why this bothered me so much, but it did.

Carter is also very knowledgeable about a great many things and gives very long and in depth descriptions.

He also didn’t act like any typical 14 year old boy, but Carter is the walker of worlds, although we don’t really know what this entails yet, it seems to give him certain powers and a great deal of wisdom.

There are glimpses of the 14 year old and it was an interesting to see the juggling act between what seems to be a demi god and a 14 year old boy.

As for the rest of the story, there was always something happening, and there was never a dull moment, which made it more engaging to read.

There are parts of the story that aren’t made as clear as they could be and parts that are a little over explained, however it didn’t detract from the overall story.

There are many beasties and demons, friends, foes and fights- I would recommend this to any fantasy reader who loves beasties.

I award this 4 cups of tea:

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Play Judge a Book with The Chronicles of Carter Blake

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   Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have The Chronicles of Carter Blake by R.W.Foster.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Ty the Bull.  I think you’ll like Ty.

 

Neverwhere Wins a Golden Biscuit Award!

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I’ve been wanting to read something by Neil Gaiman for a long time but never got round to it.

I decided to start with Neverwhere and was not disappointed.

I think I’ve found a new favourite author.  It was the right mixture of compelling, exciting and graphic.

Neil very cleverly takes the well known London above and warps it into something dark and intriguing.

I don’t think there was a character or chapter that wasn’t compelling, gripping, and terrifyingly real.

As a result I’m going to keep this review short or it could end up being very long and gushing.

Suffice it to say you’ll never look at London the same way again, or any city for that matter, for who knows what lurks beneath?

 

I award this book Five Cups of Tea

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Tying your story together (aka nailing jelly to the ceiling)

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I read an article recently about writing your novel from the middle.

I thought it sounded insane; how can you start in the middle?

If you have a really solid story line that’s set in stone I guess it’s possible, but my story only started because I tried to write a short story. (It’s now set to be a trilogy, so I think I need to relearn the term ‘short’.)

From a short intro I decided where I wanted my story to go and how it should begin and end and I knew roughly what my characters should do in the middle.

But of course my characters  had their own ideas. They decided they didn’t like the middle at all and avoided it at all costs.

The middle became this gaping hole that gradually began to be filled in; the more filling I had the more ideas I had for the rest of the story.

To conclude, I don’t think I could ever START from the middle, however I do agree that sometimes, in order to write a story more believably, you need to have reached the middle in order to know your characters. To know where they’ve come from, where they’ve been and how they think.

One of my MC’s in particular has not been very forthcoming about who he was, and that was frustrating, but now he has told me I have so much more to add to the story.

To get to know him I had to develop his character more and that included getting to  the halfway point.

So yes, in theory writing your story from the middle makes sense, you know all your characters so much better and you have a pinnacle to reach so your story doesn’t droop in the middle, but in practice writing from the middle is a statistical impossibility; for me anyway.

I guess the moral of the story is there is no right way to write a story.

I think I’ll have more success nailing jelly to the ceiling than picking a one size fits all writing technique.

Play Judge a Book with Neverwhere

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   Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere .

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for The Chronicles of Carter Blake by R.W. Foster.

Clone 3 Gets Four Cups of Tea!

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What can I say about Clone 3? The story, the concept, the characters. All check.

Meet Clone 3, AKA Trio, she doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or how she got there.

All she knows is she’s woken up in a dystopian world full of children, who fight to survive, in a world without adults and dwindling resources.

Add to that there are groups of children who seem to have been mutated into terrifying creatures by a deadly virus called the sick.

So what’s a girl to do when she find herself in this world, but follow her instincts?

I have to say that I will be reading the next in this series, I can’t wait to see how it unravels, I loved all the characters and the detail of this book.  I could clearly picture every character and really got to know them and root for them.

The only thing I’m uncertain about is Clone 3’s age.  I imagined her to be the only woman in a world full of kids, but Spoiler (she ends up kissing one of the older kids.)

That span me out no end. End Spoiler.

Also every time Trio found herself in dire straits I kept thinking she was more than capable of kicking her way out. She often did, but there were a few times she refrained for no apparent reason.

All in all, I award this book Four Cups of Tea

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Interview with Davide Cuccia

Originally posted on JRBarker101:

David Cuccia Illustrator of: There’s A Crazy Dog Under the Palace, mythology, Ferrum and Dark Of The Sun

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m 56 years old, married for 33 years and I’m basically a raccoon trapped inside of a man’s body…or at least that’s what I’ve told my wife all of these years!

That only means I have a sense of playfulness that I try to bring out in my work!

When a young child asked me one day what I did for a living, I told him I make something out of nothing…which is basically what every artist does.

You’re looking at the world with a different set of eyes than most people, and it’s that different vision and the way you translate it for others, that makes it so intriguing.

When did you start drawing?

I’ve been drawing since the age of 6…I can clearly remember sitting down with the

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Play Judge a Book with Clone 3!

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   Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have Patti Larson’s Clone 3 .

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

 

The Whale Whisperer’s of Ensorclea gets Four Cups of Tea!

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This was one of those books that took you on a journey. Before I knew it I was half way through.
I was introduced to a whole new world with ease and skill. Ed Drury is very rare in that he is able to create a believable world, people and history without info dumping.

The world felt so real it left me feeling that I could visit it and I feel slightly disappointed that I can’t.
The story follows two races; one a peace loving tribe, who commune with their ‘ancestors’ and live from what nature provides, the other a sprawling and materialistic empire that is now slowly sinking into decay.

When internal struggles and a quiet war strikes the empire the two worlds collide.

In an interesting twist it is the empire that has to seek help from tribesman, but can the two worlds integrate or see eye to eye?
There are many rumblings and struggles in this book that are very subtle yet very compelling.
I look forward to reading more and learning more about the tribesmen, specifically Tsabai and Rawrk.

I Award this book Four Cups of Tea

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