The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Review – The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson.
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson continues the story of Vin and Elend in the aftermath of the Lord Rulers fall.
The Bad Stuff: The only criticism I have of this story is that the explanation of the magic system was repetitive and overdone. Aside from the fact that I knew about it from the previous book, it seemed too explained more than required in this novel.
The Good Stuff: I really enjoyed this book. It continues seamlessly from book one with all the much loved characters and a full introduction to the Koloss, who were only breezed over in book one. The complexity of the plot seems to get deeper and deeper, with multiple sub-plots taking you through a maze of story questions that keep you reading. I would say this series was well mapped out before the first book was ever written, and what a great job Brandon Sanderson has done.
This is another great fantasy novel that has hooked me into reading the 3rd novel in the series, which I’m sure will not disappoint.
I’m giving this an allomantic, page pushing 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks.
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I have been spending a lot of time of marketing lately, looking for ways to build the awareness of my books. This has prompted me to take a look at the things I have done to try and work out what is working and what is not. In the process I had a realization around my fantasy series ‘Blood Rage’ that has raised a question in my mind. The question relates to a strategy I implemented a while ago. It was to release a novella and a novel in the series, and release a boxed set with an exclusive short story that preludes the novella. The problem I have is that the short story is effectively book 1, the first in the series, and is only available in the boxed set. This boxed set is cheaper than buying the novella and the novel, and I was thinking it would be a value add, but now I’m wondering if this is putting people off buying. The question is would you buy a boxed set from an unknown author, and if not, would you want to buy the second book in the series to try them? I feel that people would want book 1. So I thought I would ask you, do you have any thoughts around this?
Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon
Book Review – Art and Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon.
The Bad Stuff: It’s a pretty short book and a lot of the information has been covered before.
The Good Stuff: I have been writing for some time now and I’m always looking for new information. There were one or two nuggets in this book for me, but mainly it was that Victoria looks at things from a slightly different angle and explains them in a slightly different way. This resonated with me and I will keep this book on hand for reference in the future.
Overall this book is put together from the authors most popular blog posts. In my opinion it is worth a read, you may not new information from it, but you may look at things with a new found appreciation and understanding. This one gets 4 golden bookmarks from me.
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We need your help! That’s right, you have the power to help us authors out. If you’ve ever wondered how you can help your favourite author, I’ll give you a few tips here.
Firstly: Buy their books (this always seems to help, no matter how often you do it).
Tip 2: Reviews are king. If you read a book and you enjoyed it, leave a review! Leaving a review to say how much you enjoyed the book will make the author feel warm and fuzzy. But more than that, readers like to know what other people thought (which may prompt them to go on to buy the book themselves). It also helps with an authors ranking on places like Amazon.
Tip 3: Ain’t got time to write a review? Then leave a star rating – It all helps.
Tip 4: Share and like posts about their books. Your friends will see your post and may be interested in reading the book too.
Aside from purchasing an authors books, these little things will help out. I can also say, hand on heart, that most authors also have a day job. And, if they could just earn a little more from their book sales they might be able to reduce their hours and… write more books!
So if you can, blog about it, share your thoughts on social media, write a review on Amazon or Kobo or wherever else you can. What are you waiting for… Go help your favourite author.
Supersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing career by Steve Turnbull
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Supersize Your Subscription List by Steve Turnbull is a quick read that looks at the techniques used by authors to build a subscription list.
The Bad Stuff: There is not much bad stuff in here to be honest. I knew most of the information in the book, but I have researched this topic and for those that have not, it is a little gem of a book. Could it have been longer? Possibly, but then you would need more content, and in my opinion there is not much that was not covered.
The Good Stuff: The book was short, but it was concise and covered everything that it needed to. I love that the author did not fill up his pages with guff, unnecessary wordage just for the sake of it. He is to the point and summarizes the process well. I learnt a little more about things I was not sure on too, so for me, the book was worth it.
Overall this was a quick and informative read that gave me a little bit more knowledge than I already had. That’s a win in my mind. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.
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