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Review: Namaste: The Whole Story

April 28th, 2016 Comments off

Namaste: The Whole Story
Namaste: The Whole Story by Sean Platt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I pounded through this book in one afternoon. It’s not because it was short, or simple but because it was just so fun to read.
If you ever watched the old TV show Kung Fu with David Carradine, you have an idea of the feel of this book.
Amit is a monk from an order referred to as shadow monks. He has perfect control of his body and has mastered fighting arts that make him more than a match for anyone on Earth.
He has issues from being taken in as a child when his parents were murdered. His anger makes him less skilled than he should be but his teacher keeps helping him try to use the anger to become an even greater warrior rather than try to remove the anger as the abbot would prefer.
When a woman seeks sanctuary at the monastery he falls in love with her and she is soon brutally murdered by hired goons. Amit embraces the way of anger and red vengeance to follow the trail through the ranks of the mob bosses to find the ultimate architect of her death.
It’s a wild ride circling the globe with action that brings memories of the old Destroyer novels to mind.
I LOVED IT.
I hope to see more adventures but will be satisfied with this if it is all that is written. God, what an action movie this would make. READ IT!



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Review: Rage Against the Night

April 28th, 2016 Comments off

Rage Against the Night
Rage Against the Night by Shane Jiraiya Cummings

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A decent anthology with many authors. Some of the tales are very unique. Like most anthologies it was hit or miss with me on liking the story but they’re all well done and everyone will find a few stories that really resonate.
I wanted to call out the Stephen King story in it – it was different than his norm mainly in that the character who makes the deal with the devil/gypsy/etc doesn’t get his comeuppance in the end like the King stories I’ve come to love. Usually the jerk gets taught a lesson in his stories even if the good guy loses. This was a different outcome than I expected and frankly refreshing for it.
Overall a good anthology.



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Rewriting Fanatic’s Bane begins today

April 25th, 2016 Comments off

Today I begin what I consider the hardest part of my editing process.

The fixes to spelling and grammar as well as tenses are all done from the last pass. That’s simple mechanical work.

Now I’m going back to engage in some rewrites of scenes to make them flow better. I’m also adding an entire section to cover 20 hours of time between major happenings in the finale. I realized I needed to fill in a hole otherwise the readers would be wondering how the heck it all managed to come together so simply for the final battle.

Rewrites are hard for me because I have to rethink everything. Sometimes a rewrite spawns further rewrites – it can become a maddening loop. It’s also harder to regain flow in a portion of the text. When writing initially I start at the beginning and just plow ahead until the end – it creates a movie in my head. Now I’m jumping between scenes and trying to get that flow going but it’s harder since I cant just dive back in and keep going, I have to concentrate on how it will fit within the existing framework.

So I printed out the full text of what is currently about a 220 page short novel and will go through to jot down what I want changed and make some notes. Then I’ll just dive in and start writing. I should be ready for final spelling/grammar checks at that point and then off to the publisher. I hope I can reach that point within the next month based on my work/life balance.

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