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Fantasy Faction => Fantasy Book & Author Discussion => Topic started by: Eclipse on October 26, 2018, 04:23:48 PM

Title: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on October 26, 2018, 04:23:48 PM
I’m looking for active members with a book to their name, I will be reading f-f forum member books in 2019

I have requirements  😀

1)Have 150 posts
2)Posted or online in the last month
3) Give me a blurb

Thank you


LIST (see blurbs in posts below, member with >150 posts):

Eli Freysson -- The Call, A Clash of Shadows, Firemoon; The War of the Usurper series
Justan Henner -- Death's Merchant
Ryan Mueller -- Empire of Chains
Ned Marcus -- Young Aina
T. Eric Bakutis -- Tales of the Five Kingdoms series, Supremacy's Shadow
Cameron Johnston -- The Traitor God
David MacPherson -- Here be Dragons
W.G. Saraband -- Shattered Sands
Anna Stephens -- Godblind, Darksoul
G.R. Matthews -- The Forbidden List series, Coryn Hayes series
Marc Aplin (editor) -- Fantasy-Faction Anthology
Mark Lawrence -- Broken Empire series, Red Queen's War series, Book of the Ancestor series
Jen Williams -- The Copper Cat series, the Winnowing Flame series
Daniel Olesen -- The Prince of Cats
E. L. Knox - Mad House, Goblins at the Gates, A Child of Great Promise
J.R. Darewood - anthology "Gifts from the Dark" (story "The Killer 10") and poems in "Hearts and other dead things"
S.K. Inkslinger - The Knight of Chimera, anthology Cirsova #9 (story "The Bejeweled Chest")
Christian Abresch - anthology "Fictional Times"
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Lu Kudzoza on October 26, 2018, 06:50:57 PM
I'll join you in your reading FF authors... but I'll warn you that I've already got a head start. I've read the following:

@Eli_Freysson  -- The Call
@The Gem Cutter   -- Work in progress (don't know the title)
@Justan Henner  -- Death's Merchant
@Ryan Mueller  -- Empire of Chains
Eric Fomley  -- Forsaken
@NedMarcus  -- Young Aina

I enjoyed all of them for different reasons. What is interesting is how the styles vary. Eli and Ryan write straight forward (to the point) fantasy while Gem Cutter and Justan use more words which makes the prose very satisfying. I can't remember Eric and Ned's writing style off the top of my head, but it's probably because they were both short works (I think).
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: tebakutis on October 26, 2018, 07:50:13 PM
What's this? An F-F author promotion thread? I LOVE F-F Author Promotion Threads!

Anyway, I always feel self-conscious about self-promotion, but if you like, you could give Supremacy's Shadow a try. It's mainly for people who enjoy grimsnark and/or explosions followed by feelings (and then more explosions).

"Half Han Solo, half Deadpool, Hayden Cross tries to stop an interplanetary war while relentlessly mocking everyone involved."

Ragdoll Reads called it "violently explosive nonsense" (YAH!) and Analog Science Fiction and Fact said "Hayden Cross covers his inner turmoil with the kind of devil-may-care banter that we're accustomed to hearing from the mouths of Humphrey Bogart, Harrison Ford, or Bruce Willis..." among other nice things.

https://www.amazon.com/Supremacys-Shadow-Dueling-Planets-Book-ebook/dp/B078QHT83N (https://www.amazon.com/Supremacys-Shadow-Dueling-Planets-Book-ebook/dp/B078QHT83N)

Also I'd recommend @CameronJohnston 's The Traitor God and @Eli_Freysson 's The War of the Usurper, both of which I enjoyed. The other authors/books already mentioned are also on my TBR!
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on October 26, 2018, 08:38:46 PM
On top of those already mentioned, there's also

@OnlyOneHighlander - Here be Dragons

(maybe my next read hehe)

"A mid-life crisis, a castle gardener, an unfaithful steed, a dastardly hero, a merciless king, and a dragon that needs saving. With heroes this bad who needs villains...

When Orus graduated from the Cromalot School for Heroes he was ready for a life of glory and adventure. But after being seduced by his first damsel in distress, he quickly learns the heroing life doesn't bring in the steady income required to raise a family.

Twenty years later, with his son all grown up and his waistband all grown out, a favour for a friend gives Orus one last shot at the life he always wanted. But any old hero can slay a dragon, this old hero has to save one.

Perfect for fans of authors such as Sir Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, Here Be Dragons is an action packed, comic fantasy full of unexpected heroes, dastardly villains, chases, escapes, questionable employment practises, ill-fitting trousers and an ill-tempered donkey (as if there was any other kind)."
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Rostum on October 26, 2018, 10:07:10 PM
So Anna Stephens, Anna Smith Spark, Jen Williams(Congrats on the BFC win) & Mark Lawrence are not very active on the Forums but perhaps its due to deadlines and word count.

GR Matthews does a fine line in submarine noir, but SPFBO probably takes all his Time at the moment.(well that and just finishing a book) but posts from time to time

Didn't Overlord write something as well and edit and produce the FF anthology with AutumntoMay?
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on October 26, 2018, 11:28:02 PM
W.G Saraband (Shattered Sand)

Why no one has mentioned this lovely book is beyond me.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eli_Freysson on October 27, 2018, 12:07:42 AM
Since the OP asked for blurbs:

The Call:
Quote
Rowdy tomboy Katja has always been haunted by premonitions that she will face terrible foes and a lifetime of violence. Her dreams finally come to a frightening reality when she faces a marauding demon and meets Serdra, a mysterious warrior woman, who introduces Katja to the supernatural gifts they share – and the responsibilities that come with them. Together they venture out and heed the Call, as an old evil stirs in Katja‘s homeland.

For three hundred years the battle for the world of mankind has stayed in the shadows. But the old terrors merely slumber and bide their time, while men squabble and forget what awaits them.

The Silent War cannot be won, but the torch can be passed on. The world cannot be saved but it can be preserved.

The War of the Usurper:

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The interstellar Realm of the Glorious Dawn has endured for eight centuries, providing stability and law in the wake of the Long Darkness. Now the assassination of King Tunus has plunged the Realm into civil war, and through the years eleven very different people get caught up in major events.

An ageing royal guard, an opportunistic rogue, an inscrutable mystic, an ambitious mercenary, a weary partisan fighter... all these and more find themselves in a spot where great events must turn on their actions.

As the Realm burns, young Princess Maraka, sole rightful heir to the throne, must weather tragedy, assassins, and the pressure of being a living lynchpin for the loyalist war effort. Before her lies a monumental task: Becoming more than a mere symbol. She must become the leader her battered subjects need.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on October 27, 2018, 07:51:06 AM
*peeks around the corner* I do have a WIP at hand, but this will probably the first time anyone here maybe reading it, hahah. I guess here is the blurb.

"For thousands of years, the Karasu Tengu had been mankind's protector against the race of giants, the Onis. Now the Tengus are shattered and assimilated into the Imperial guards, and the threat of giant kind loomed over humanity once more. A lone Tengu, Murasa, must discover the purpose of his order once again, and at the same time strive to protect those he hold dear."

I have the short story part (prologue?) of it here: https://www.booksie.com/517958-crows-amidst-giants
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on October 27, 2018, 08:40:54 AM
W.G Saraband (Shattered Sand)

Why no one has mentioned this lovely book is beyond me.
:-[  :-[ sorry M!
(calling @Saraband come give us a blurb)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: CameronJohnston on October 27, 2018, 05:41:31 PM
Oh hello :)

Here is the blurb off the back of The Traitor God:

After ten years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magician Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend. Lynas had uncovered a terrible secret, something that threatened to devour the entire city. He tried to warn the Arcanum, the sorcerers who rule the city. He failed. Lynas was skinned alive and Walker felt every cut. Now nothing will stop him from finding the murderer. Magi, mortals, daemons, and even the gods – Walker will burn them all if he has to. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s killed a god...
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Quill on October 27, 2018, 06:50:39 PM
I don't post so often (so I accept if you want to disqualify me on that criteria), but I am online most days, just to check what's new. And I happen to have a new book coming out next month that might be of interest to people. The title is The Prince of Cats; it has best been summed up by Mihir Wanchoo of Fantasy Book Critic, who read an ARC and gave this preliminary description/recommendation:

“Daniel Olesen weaves an incredible tale with an Arabian Nights setting and the gritty outlook of The Lies Of Locke Lamora. Jawad the jewel thief is a gem of a character and I hope the writer writes more in this setting. The Prince Of Cats is my new favorite crime fantasy story that outdoes the reader’s expectation with a twisted ending”

The cover was recently revealed over at the Fantasy Inn, which also has the blurb and all relevant info. In case your interest has been piqued: https://thefantasyinn.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/cover-reveal-the-prince-of-cats-by-d-e-olesen/
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Justan Henner on October 27, 2018, 07:26:13 PM
@Justan Henner  -- Death's Merchant

Thanks for the mention @Not Lu. Say, that's a funny name. Wonder where that comes from...

I'd like to second Gem Cutter's as an excellent book that I'm very much looking forward to seeing published some day, and add that Eli's War of the Usurper books are well worth the read.


Here's a quick blurb for Death's Merchant, written by my lovely assistant (heh):

Quote
Should there be a god of Death?
Trin is cursed by Fate to bring a god of Death to the world.
Jem has a list of people he’s got to kill.
Trin just met Jem. What could go wrong?

Find out in Death’s Merchant.

And even a nice cover just for you, Eclipse.

(http://www.justanhenner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/DeathsMerchantCover.jpg)

If anyone wants a copy, send me a PM and I'd be happy to send you one. Or it's free in kindle unlimited, if you've got it. For those that have read the Rift and Elyse stuff I've posted to the writing group, this is sort of the other side of the story.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Lu Kudzoza on October 27, 2018, 11:18:32 PM

Thanks for the mention @Not Lu. Say, that's a funny name. Wonder where that comes from...


I stole it from a book. :o
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Lanko on October 28, 2018, 01:00:51 AM
W.G Saraband (Shattered Sand)

Why no one has mentioned this lovely book is beyond me.

Because I only found this thread now  ::)

Some random author called T. Eric Bakutis also wrote a fantasy trilogy, the first book, Glyphbinder, was even a book club chosen here, and I enjoyed it pretty much.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: NedMarcus on October 28, 2018, 03:07:32 AM
@Not Lu Thanks for the mention.

@Eclipse Can mere godlings apply?  :)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on October 28, 2018, 06:00:03 AM
@Not Lu Thanks for the mention.

@Eclipse Can mere godlings apply?  :)

Yes I regard you as active , as you post everywhere and not just in the self published sub forum.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on October 28, 2018, 09:10:16 AM
I've been interfering and added the list (which keeps getting updated) to the first post, so make sure you check that :)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Mark Lawrence on October 29, 2018, 03:31:55 PM
Pretty sure I fail to qualify under the "posted in the last month" rule.

Social media seems to have done away with forums in the main. Which is a shame.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on October 29, 2018, 03:54:43 PM
Pretty sure I fail to qualify under the "posted in the last month" rule.

Social media seems to have done away with forums in the main. Which is a shame.

Haven’t you just requalified by posting just now 😛
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Rostum on October 29, 2018, 03:56:14 PM
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Pretty sure I fail to qualify under the "posted in the last month" rule

and now you don't!

If I can Get @Anna Smith-Spark , @sennydreadful  and @G_R_Matthews to post I shall consider my work here done.

Edit Damnations @Eclipse

@ScarletBea if you can find how to Geoff to summon please amend
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: NedMarcus on October 30, 2018, 08:32:03 AM
The short version blurb for my novelette Young Aina:

Aina and her father are pursued deep into the ancient forest by a deadly enemy. To her father’s concern, the forest speaks to his daughter, awakening a natural magic within her. Will Aina’s magic awaken in time to save the lives of both her and her father?

It's free on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Young-Aina-Ned-Marcus-ebook/dp/B077KBXCZR/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1511156321&sr=1-1&keywords=young+aina+ned+marcus (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Young-Aina-Ned-Marcus-ebook/dp/B077KBXCZR/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1511156321&sr=1-1&keywords=young+aina+ned+marcus)
on Kobo https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/young-aina (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/young-aina) and everywhere. And I have no idea why the links are so long.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on October 31, 2018, 09:59:27 PM
@Skip

Do I read Mad house before or after Goblins at the Gate?

I’m going to read yours first , we got to stick together the people who dislike the Potter books.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Skip on November 01, 2018, 12:19:04 AM
*snort*

It really doesn't matter. Goblins takes place centuries before Mad House. They all take place in the same world. By the time you read A Child of Great Promise and my upcoming Into the Second World, you will be all caught up. Oh, and don't overlook The Garden of Hugo Vuerloz (available to subscribers). And the two free short stories (see the web site).

But how do my stories qualify? I'm nowhere close to the required minimum number of posts. Pretty sure. I would, of course, be delighted to be included.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on November 01, 2018, 01:51:55 AM
I lowered the post count 😛
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on November 01, 2018, 09:27:30 AM
Please note that in the first post list I write the true author name, not the forum name.

After all, it will make finding the actual books online much easier ;)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: JMack on November 01, 2018, 10:07:36 AM
@Quill, I love that cover!
@Justan Henner , That May be the best blurb ever.  ;D
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: G_R_Matthews on November 01, 2018, 11:38:46 AM
Quote
Pretty sure I fail to qualify under the "posted in the last month" rule

and now you don't!

If I can Get @Anna Smith-Spark , @sennydreadful  and @G_R_Matthews to post I shall consider my work here done.

Edit Damnations @Eclipse

@ScarletBea if you can find how to Geoff to summon please amend

What... who... what... how... erm... how did I get here?
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on November 01, 2018, 12:15:54 PM
Quote
Pretty sure I fail to qualify under the "posted in the last month" rule

and now you don't!

If I can Get @Anna Smith-Spark , @sennydreadful  and @G_R_Matthews to post I shall consider my work here done.

Edit Damnations @Eclipse

@ScarletBea if you can find how to Geoff to summon please amend

What... who... what... how... erm... how did I get here?
You wrote great books and you're a member, hence you're in the first post list ;D

@Quill, I love that cover!
Me too, it's great!
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Skip on November 01, 2018, 04:48:54 PM
So, evidently I qualify. How can I get added to the list? It'd be great to have a reference. Something like

Author
list of books

Author 2
list of books

...

that included all those from the initial post plus additions.

I'd be glad to compile. Pull my weight and all that.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on November 01, 2018, 05:13:57 PM
I've added you this morning, didn't you notice?
Let me know if you prefer something other than 'Altearth series' as I wrote.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on November 01, 2018, 05:43:37 PM
I’m sure Christian Abresch had an anthology...
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Quill on November 01, 2018, 09:06:45 PM
@Quill, I love that cover!
@Justan Henner , That May be the best blurb ever.  ;D

Thanks, I'm quite happy with it too. The artist did a great job capturing the setting and tone of the book, I think. :)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Skip on November 02, 2018, 04:21:06 AM
I've added you this morning, didn't you notice?
Let me know if you prefer something other than 'Altearth series' as I wrote.

Thank you so much! And now I shall appear ungrateful and nit-picky, for Altearth isn't a series. So far, all my books are standalone, though all do occur in Altearth. The book titles are:
Mad House
Goblins at the Gates
A Child of Great Promise

Geez. Authors.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on November 02, 2018, 07:56:04 AM
No problem, names changed/added.

And if you think this is you being picky, you still don't know me very well ;)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Alex Hormann on November 02, 2018, 02:09:49 PM
Oooh, nice idea.

I haven't read Supremacy's Shadow (yet) but I can recommend @tebakutis other series, Tales of the Five Kingdoms, starting with Glyphbinder. I'm generally not a fan of the YA end of epic fantasy, but that trilogy was pretty good.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 04, 2018, 01:47:08 AM
Oooh, nice idea.

I haven't read Supremacy's Shadow (yet) but I can recommend @tebakutis other series, Tales of the Five Kingdoms, starting with Glyphbinder. I'm generally not a fan of the YA end of epic fantasy, but that trilogy was pretty good.

I'm a tebakutis fan as well! I love his snarky scifi!!! Loose Circut was badass and what I've read of Supremacy's Shadow is very exciting.



Most of my official publication writing creds are from my non-fiction writing alter-ego, but as far as fiction goes... Idk if this qualifies or not, but I've got some short stories published in a couple of charity anthologies (tho I reprinted my fav one on my website if anyone doesn't feel like paying to read it). 

I'm the very last story in Gifts from the Dark "The Killer 10"

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27392732-gifts-from-the-dark

And I've got several poems and stories in this one, including "the number" about calling the phone number scrawled in a public toilet stall

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29077215-hearts-other-dead-things

...if that counts at all anyway.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 08, 2018, 03:10:03 AM
I could take that post down if those don't count...
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on November 08, 2018, 06:45:17 AM
I could take that post down if those don't count...

It counts, be more confident in yourself  you handsome devil and besides I’m the OP.



Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on November 08, 2018, 08:02:47 AM
Soz, forgot...
(and eclipse, you said that but you didn't update the list!)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on November 08, 2018, 09:30:10 AM
Alrighttt *breathes in deeply to calm my jittery nerves*, I've got my fleeting novella The Knight of Chimera (don't read it, I wrote this wayyy back and it kind of sucks), and a short story, "The Bejeweled Chest" in Cirsova #9.

The Knight of Chimera: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38588158-the-knight-of-chimera

Cirsova #9: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41583774-cirsova-9
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on November 08, 2018, 09:38:13 AM
I’m sure Christian Abresch had an anthology...

Bea add Xiagan little book to the list.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on November 08, 2018, 11:09:06 AM
I’m sure Christian Abresch had an anthology...

Bea add Xiagan little book to the list.
I need details ;D
(@xiagan?)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 08, 2018, 11:49:32 AM
I could take that post down if those don't count...

It counts, be more confident in yourself  you handsome devil and besides I’m the OP.

Awweeee (blushes, and runs off to preen his feathers and polish his beak)

Soz, forgot...
(and eclipse, you said that but you didn't update the list!)

wait... were you trying to distract me with flattery, eclipse?


Alrighttt *breathes in deeply to calm my jittery nerves*, I've got my fleeting novella The Knight of Chimera (don't read it, I wrote this wayyy back and it kind of sucks), and a short story, "The Bejeweled Chest" in Cirsova #9.

The Knight of Chimera: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38588158-the-knight-of-chimera

Cirsova #9: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41583774-cirsova-9

Congrats on the Cirsova story Inkers!!!
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on November 08, 2018, 09:39:27 PM
I’ve read the killer 10 by Mr Darewood , I bought the anthology.

I liked the chemistry between Joe and Mike

I had to Google to see who Betty White is haha.

After listening to Joe I would have put snacks in my car and an empty bottle to pee in so I wouldn’t get out of my car until The journeys end Or more likely I would have gone on a different route.

You sold Phoenix to me  ;) very descriptive


I loved the line why would terrorist come to Arizona to have a shit it made me laugh in the context of the story.

I did like the twist at the end but I did work it out  just before the reveal.

Okay “ a low grumble faintly registered in Mike’s ears “  Mike’s stomach  faintly grumbled would have been better.

Female cashier says “on the lose” should it be loose?

I enjoyed the story and I think you portrayed a  man with the runs  perfectly, mind you he should have relieved himself at the jobsworth female cashier building for not letting him use the restroom when he clearly needed to go.

Oh and the homeless man was scary.

Being British I did wonder why he was putting his pants back on then I realised you meant jeans.





Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 09, 2018, 08:25:42 AM
I’ve read the killer 10 by Mr Darewood , I bought the anthology.

I liked the chemistry between Joe and Mike

I had to Google to see who Betty White is haha.

After listening to Joe I would have put snacks in my car and an empty bottle to pee in so I wouldn’t get out of my car until The journeys end Or more likely I would have gone on a different route.

You sold Phoenix to me  ;) very descriptive


I loved the line why would terrorist come to Arizona to have a shit it made me laugh in the context of the story.

I did like the twist at the end but I did work it out  just before the reveal.

Okay “ a low grumble faintly registered in Mike’s ears “  Mike’s stomach  faintly grumbled would have been better.

Female cashier says “on the lose” should it be loose?

I enjoyed the story and I think you portrayed a  man with the runs  perfectly, mind you he should have relieved himself at the jobsworth female cashier building for not letting him use the restroom when he clearly needed to go.

Oh and the homeless man was scary.

Being British I did wonder why he was putting his pants back on then I realised you meant jeans.

Aweee thanks Eclipse!!!! I could have sent you the story for free you know, but all the money from the anthology is donated to charity.

Phoenix *is* charming and this is actually based on a true story. (I actually stopped in the middle of the night and wrote most of this in my car at a rest stop on the border between CA and AZ)  I'll let you guess which parts actually happened....

British people don't have pants???
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: xiagan on November 09, 2018, 08:27:56 AM
Haha, oh yeah. I published an anthology of short stories a few (maybe closer to ten) years ago.

-> Fictional Times - a fabulous anthology of wondrous stories (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fictional-Times-fabulous-anthology-wondrous-ebook/dp/B0052YQHCY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541751577&sr=8-1&keywords=fictional+times+christian+abresch) (amazon.co.uk link) + (smashwords-link (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/65679))

It never took off (<50 sales), but I got two nice reviews (both four stars).

Quote from: F. Fawcett
After finishing these short stories, I was left with the same sense of satisfaction that I used to find when I first discovered science fiction many years ago. They do what sci fi is supposed to do: explore an alternative world which ultimately causes you to look at the real world in a new way. The stories examine how the characters cope with bizarre and unsettling situations which have pulled them from their normal routines. Most of them deal with the relationships of people to time - time gone awry in a variety of ways. People respond with a range of emotion from desperate grief to resignation to a kind of ironic detachment. The situations are touched on gracefully, leaving the reader's imagination to fill in many of the details.

The author has introduced several extremely likable characters, with whom it would be a pleasure to spend more time... I enjoyed two of the stories particularly, and would like to see them expanded, "Time traveling gone wrong," and "Time and again." The writing style is humorous and engaging and for the most part very smooth, but in a few places could benefit from editing by a native English speaker - these are minor and do not detract from the overall experience.

All in all these stories are an enjoyable read, and they leave you quite thankful that, in your ordinary life, time behaves as expected.

Quote from: D. Vonk
At the start of this neat short fiction anthology, the author Christian Abresch quotes Albert Einstein "The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science." It's surprising Einstein said it, as he's known for making things less mysterious by thinking up rational theories to explain them and put the mysterious into words.
How ever that may be, the quote pretty much grasps the entire tone of the collection. Abresch spends little time explaining the reason why several incredible phenomena happen(often involving time travel), but rather likes to keep it mysterious and focuses on the experiences of his characters.
With a fresh new look at the grandfather paradox, a story about christmas, and one about magic mushrooms Abresch manages to keep the stories interesting, despite most of them having an overlap in themes.
My favourite story is definitely 'Last one standing', this short story as well as commentary brings a M. Night Shyamalan like revelation (something Christian Abresch seems to have a talent for as he does the same in several of his stories) and has to be read twice to really experience well.
It was a great read, entertaining stories, nice ideas and fun twists. With 8 stories it was just a bit too short for my taste.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: DrNefario on November 09, 2018, 04:13:29 PM
Well, I have written 8 or 9 short novels (for NaNoWriMo, over the years), but no-one will ever see them.

I did get a couple of people to read the YA SF novel, when I was thinking of self-publishing it just to see how the system worked, but the feedback made me realise it needed more revision than I was willing to do.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Lu Kudzoza on December 24, 2018, 07:30:31 PM
I went back and refreshed my memory of Young Aina by Ned Marcus. It's a nice mix of SciFi and Fantasy with likable characters and a quick pace. There's plenty of action for those who love action scenes. It's a novella and a quick read that looks like it will be a good setup to the next book. Extra bonus, it's free on Amazon.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: NedMarcus on December 25, 2018, 12:46:22 AM
Thanks, Not Lu. Appreciate the mention.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: JRTroughton on December 26, 2018, 10:57:20 AM
Am I active? At times! Only have short stories to my name as things stand... But maybe I'll finish a book in 2019...

Maybe!
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Lu Kudzoza on January 01, 2019, 05:55:41 PM
Finished Mad House by Ellis Knox. I really like Ellis's writing style in this book, which is in first person with a very strong character voice. This is a novella so it's a very quick read, but it was a fun story anyway. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to fill an hour or so. I liked it enough that I'll check out his full length books... after I've read some of the other authors in this thread.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on May 27, 2019, 09:46:35 AM
I've read the The Bejeweled Chest by S.K. Inkslinger

Nice little story were you inspired by   Stephen King Gunslinger novel?
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on May 27, 2019, 09:51:16 AM
Death's Merchant (Common Among Gods #1) by Justan Henner

This book is amazing don't be put off by the page numbers the story does indeed need it. This novel for me is on par with Malazan with all the intrigue and politics going on between different groups of people and the history of the Gods and their aspects are fascinating.

I loved all the characters with all their own unique personalities one of my favourites is the mysterious Not Lu I just loved reading about him.

From what I've read so far off his work Justan Henner is a most talented writer and I will be looking forward to his next book.

Only one minor thing that annoyed me with the book is that there needs to be more variety in swear words felt like every character that swore only know the word butcherin.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on May 27, 2019, 12:02:02 PM
I've read the The Bejeweled Chest by S.K. Inkslinger

Nice little story were you inspired by   Stephen King Gunslinger novel?


Wowww you really have read my story, Ecplise!  :D For the question, yeah, I wrote the story right after I've read The Drawing of the Three (Dark tower 2), which is definitely among one of my favorite novels.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Bender on May 27, 2019, 02:35:22 PM
Death's Merchant (Common Among Gods #1) by Justan Henner

This book is amazing don't be put off by the page numbers the story does indeed need it. This novel for me is on par with Malazan with all the intrigue and politics going on between different groups of people and the history of the Gods and their aspects are fascinating.

Wow, wow. Hold on. Malazan is the peak of fantasy for me and any comparison to that better be good. You have me hooked by that comparison and now I have to see for myself.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on May 27, 2019, 04:07:45 PM
@Justan Henner , come see this high praise :D
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Mark Lawrence on May 27, 2019, 08:48:11 PM
I've got … counts on fingers ... eleven … and number 12 is due out tomorrow.

Even to me that seems a lot.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on May 27, 2019, 08:58:45 PM
I've got … counts on fingers ... eleven … and number 12 is due out tomorrow.

Even to me that seems a lot.
Mark, you don't count because you're famous ;D
I think this thread is mostly for the 'small minions', hehe - you're royalty 8)

(but eeek, another one to add to my already-quite-big pile of unread books at home!)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: xiagan on May 27, 2019, 09:00:06 PM
I've got … counts on fingers ... eleven … and number 12 is due out tomorrow.

Even to me that seems a lot.
What will you do, when number 13 is out? Start counting with fingers and toes? ;)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Justan Henner on May 27, 2019, 10:58:20 PM
Death's Merchant (Common Among Gods #1) by Justan Henner

This book is amazing don't be put off by the page numbers the story does indeed need it. This novel for me is on par with Malazan with all the intrigue and politics going on between different groups of people and the history of the Gods and their aspects are fascinating.

I loved all the characters with all their own unique personalities one of my favourites is the mysterious Not Lu I just loved reading about him.

From what I've read so far off his work Justan Henner is a most talented writer and I will be looking forward to his next book.

Only one minor thing that annoyed me with the book is that there needs to be more variety in swear words felt like every character that swore only know the word butcherin.

I'm flattered, Eclipse. Thanks for the high praise.  ;D
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Rostum on May 28, 2019, 12:03:29 AM
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Mark, you don't count because you're famous ;D
I think this thread is mostly for the 'small minions', hehe - you're royalty 8)

Yeah, lets exclude published authors after all it would be terrible if they posted on the forum.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on May 28, 2019, 05:52:14 AM
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Mark, you don't count because you're famous ;D
I think this thread is mostly for the 'small minions', hehe - you're royalty 8)

Yeah, lets exclude published authors after all it would be terrible if they posted on the forum.
You know I didn't mean it like that! They're on the first post list anyway :)

Edit: I created a separate thread on the Book Releases section by way of apology...
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: isos81 on May 28, 2019, 12:19:23 PM
Death's Merchant (Common Among Gods #1) by Justan Henner

This book is amazing don't be put off by the page numbers the story does indeed need it. This novel for me is on par with Malazan with all the intrigue and politics going on between different groups of people and the history of the Gods and their aspects are fascinating.

I loved all the characters with all their own unique personalities one of my favourites is the mysterious Not Lu I just loved reading about him.

From what I've read so far off his work Justan Henner is a most talented writer and I will be looking forward to his next book.

Only one minor thing that annoyed me with the book is that there needs to be more variety in swear words felt like every character that swore only know the word butcherin.

on par with Malazan? That's a Must Immeadiately Read Book :)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Lu Kudzoza on June 01, 2019, 09:02:54 PM
Death's Merchant (Common Among Gods #1) by Justan Henner

This book is amazing don't be put off by the page numbers the story does indeed need it. This novel for me is on par with Malazan with all the intrigue and politics going on between different groups of people and the history of the Gods and their aspects are fascinating.

I loved all the characters with all their own unique personalities one of my favourites is the mysterious Not Lu I just loved reading about him.

From what I've read so far off his work Justan Henner is a most talented writer and I will be looking forward to his next book.

Only one minor thing that annoyed me with the book is that there needs to be more variety in swear words felt like every character that swore only know the word butcherin.

on par with Malazan? That's a Must Immeadiately Read Book :)

Wow, wow. Hold on. Malazan is the peak of fantasy for me and any comparison to that better be good. You have me hooked by that comparison and now I have to see for myself.

@isos81 and @Bender I can second Eclipse on his review stating it's on par with Malazan. Several people have mentioned it in reviews of the book.

I think the comparisons between Death's Merchant and Malazan come from a few things. First, it's a huge book -- like 1300 pages. It's a big story told from 10 or 15 points of view (and has probably 25 important characters). Like Erikson, Justan uses the very personal stories of the characters (many of which don't know they're pawns in a war between gods) to tell the big overall story.

The other thing is that it's a dark story (fight over the ascension of a god of Death), but told in a lighthearted way (think Tehol, Bugg, Krupp, etc.).

Where Justan differs a bit from Malazan is that Death's Merchant isn't grim. Most of the characters are optimistic and the world isn't just a set of obstacles to overcome.

@Eclipse you must have missed all of the swearing like, "for Order's sake", "blooding fool", "filthy blooder", "butcherspawn", and "whorespawn". And those are just the curses I could think of off the top of my head. :)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Bender on June 04, 2019, 07:08:53 AM
Thanks @Not Lu. I just started the book and about 50 pages in. Love the concept so far.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Justan Henner on June 04, 2019, 01:47:28 PM
Don't trust him, he's a plant. And he's not Not Lu, either.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Brand J Alexander on June 04, 2019, 05:14:21 PM
Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: dhreiss on June 05, 2019, 12:07:27 AM
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
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Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Brand J Alexander on June 05, 2019, 04:37:43 PM
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
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Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...

I've looked for a few posts to join in on. I've even begun writing a few. But have deleted more than I have clicked post.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: ScarletBea on June 05, 2019, 05:03:01 PM
You can post anywhere, even really old stuff if you think it's interesting!
We like new posts 8)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on June 05, 2019, 05:16:19 PM
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
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Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...

I've looked for a few posts to join in on. I've even begun writing a few. But have deleted more than I have clicked post.

Post we don't bite apart from when I turn into a werewolf.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: J.R. Darewood on June 06, 2019, 02:06:25 AM
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
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Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...

I've looked for a few posts to join in on. I've even begun writing a few. But have deleted more than I have clicked post.

Post we don't bite apart from when I turn into a werewolf.

This is what eclipse looks like after his transformation

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/twilightsaga/images/7/7f/Jacob-555644_429620497081182_285483444_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: JMack on June 06, 2019, 05:30:16 PM
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
Quote
Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...

I've looked for a few posts to join in on. I've even begun writing a few. But have deleted more than I have clicked post.

Post we don't bite apart from when I turn into a werewolf.

This is what eclipse looks like after his transformation

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/twilightsaga/images/7/7f/Jacob-555644_429620497081182_285483444_n.jpg)

How did you get a picture of me?
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on June 25, 2019, 08:05:05 AM
I’ve Started Goblins at the Gate.

I’m wondering why Marcus is so respected by the troops ? I’ve read the first 100 pages and still waiting for him to show a bit more oomph/Initiative .Slightly disappointed with this character so far hope he turns it round for me.

Is the Old man nickname a nod to Glen Cook’s Black Company ?

I thought the first chapter with the scout was very strong and I like the double act between the two leads.
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: Eclipse on March 30, 2020, 05:40:09 PM
Any books to be added on?
Title: Re: Active members with novels
Post by: isos81 on March 30, 2020, 09:51:19 PM
It could be better if you add usernames to the list on the first page :)