Showing posts from March, 2012

An Aversion to Sequels

47,500 words and counting, that's how far I've got with writing and editing the sequel to Divide by Zero. My main character's finally told me how the story ends, so now I've just got to set all the pieces in place and avoid that insidious urge to race too fast to the finish line. When the author of Fezariu's Epiphany told me the title to his guest post today it sounded just perfect. He doesn't like sequels and I'm writing one. I'm also reading, of course, and have just finished reading his unsequeled novel, Fezariu's Epiphany. He's created a huge and fascinating world, filled with social and geographic history, great characters, curious nations and much much more. But perhaps I should let him tell you about it. Click here for my review of Fezariu's Epiphany , and read on to learn of author David M. Brown's aversion to sequels. Thank you David for visiting my blog. An Aversion to Sequels When I published Fezariu’s Epiphany back

One of my favorite books of the year so far, free on kindle

Just for Saturday, free on kindle, James Conroy's Literally Dead . Click here for my review of Literally Dead , and hurry over to Amazon to get your copy!

Paper and Words

I cancelled the newspaper a few days ago. Yes, I know--as a writer I really ought to support my fellow writers. But the cost kept going up and up and I'd rather read a book. Two days later we had a phone call from the newspaper distributors. For half the price we could reinstate our order. Two months later the fees would start to climb. And eventually they'd be less than they were when we stopped. Really? Not only that, but if we didn't like the new price, we could always phone and get it reduced again. I guess the moral of the tale is remember to complain. And the impetus to my writing it here is I've read four books in the last four days, all of which were printed on paper. It was kind of nice, relaxing and comfortable, and I didn't have to worry what would happen if I dropped the book 'cause paperbacks don't break. So, if you want some fictionpaper reviews, grab a coffee and read on... Isaac, by Ivan G. Goldman , comes out in April from the Perman

Not quite paradise

I'm delighted to feature Aubrie Dionne on my blog again today. Author of Paradise 21 and the new book Tundra 37, Aubrie has imagined a fascinating future earth, and colonists who venture on centuries' long journeys to distant stars. The following is the prologue from Tundra 37, where the fascinating beings who pilot the spaceship Expedition to Paradise 18 are introduced. Prologue The Seers I’m losing her. Abysme guides the vessel in silence, her blind eyes rolling as she senses our course, two hundred years away from Paradise 18. She’s scattered her thoughts among the stars, and her mind drifts farther from the sister I once knew. I fear the machine has engulfed her individuality. She’s forgotten the meaning of our goal, the oath we took three centuries ago. Most of all, she’s forgotten me, creating an emptiness inside me more profound than the desolation surrounding us. If I had my arms, I’d reach out to comfort her and usher her back from the black abys