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Offline xiagan

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Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #45 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 (amazon.co.uk link) + (smashwords-link)

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.

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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.
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Offline DrNefario

Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #46 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.

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« Reply #47 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.

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Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #48 on: December 25, 2018, 12:46:22 AM »
Thanks, Not Lu. Appreciate the mention.

Offline JRTroughton

Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #49 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!

Offline Not Lu

Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #50 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.

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« Reply #51 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?
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« Reply #52 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.
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* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

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« Reply #53 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.

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« Reply #54 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.
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Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #55 on: May 27, 2019, 04:07:45 PM »
@Justan Henner , come see this high praise :D
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« Reply #56 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.

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« Reply #57 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!)
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Re: Active members with novels
« Reply #58 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? ;)
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« Reply #59 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