Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. Fantasy.
A novella that was pleasing to read but left me disappointed because it could have been so much more. (Even while remaining a novella, yes: I’ve read some incredibly evocative novellas and short stories.) The prose is aesthetic, but lacking in any unexpected detail and self-contradiction which would make the setting and the characters feel real.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather. Science Fiction.
In this quick novella, the Sisters (as in nuns) who crew the Our Lady of Impossible Constellations provide ministry to the outer systems. Unfortunately, their Mother Superior is suffering cognitive decline, and their liveship has fixated on a mate. The situation gets vastly (*pun intended*) more complicated as they are pulled into larger events.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast by Eugie Foster. Fantasy.
It’s an unfortunate fact that sometimes great writers come to one’s attention only because they have died. If this work is any indication, the world has indeed lost a great writer. There is absolutely nothing nice in this novella about a society in which identity is, let’s say, flexible—but it is exquisite.… >> Read more
I am overjoyed to announce that I have another novella available on Amazon!
You Made My Heart a Hunter is an unusual work for me in that it’s not written for humor, but has a more spiritual and anthropological bent. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say it’s about magic, and nature, and faith, and society and the individual, and friendship, and change – in other words, all of the good things that most stories are about.… >> Read more
Just a note to let you know that my fantasy novella, “To Hell and Back Again…With a Little White Dog” is available for FREE on April 2nd and 3rd, 2013 (ending at 11:59am PST on the 3rd). You can grab it on Amazon. And no, you don’t need a Kindle to read it.
If you know someone who might want to read it, I believe you can send it as a gift, too.… >> Read more
Let me explain to you this murdered pomegranate, in a roundabout way. Some years ago, you see, I wrote a story –
No. Starting over.
Many years ago, I began a story. Then I got stuck, so I stopped.
About four years ago, I finished it.
(This is the way I write. It works, okay?)
It sat on my hard drive until a couple of months ago, because when it comes to submitting things to publishers, I am lazy, lazy, lazy.… >> Read more