Friday Five: Live From Dubrovnik Edition

Hi all. This is going to be a pretty short Friday Five as I’m on holiday (and it’s been a mildly traumatic week getting there). Dubrovnik is lovely, all mountain and sea and friendly people. Hopefully the people around you are as friendly. If not, there’s the Friday Five.

1. Some reviews.

Blaise has a cracking review of one of my favourite books and series starters, David Gemmell’s The Sword in The Storm, at Under the Radar Books

Harry at FanFiAddict is joining the hordes touting MJ Kuhn’s Among Thieves

Un-Su Kim’s The Cabinet seems to be grabbing a lot of attention recently, and here’s a 5 star review of it from Fab at Libri Draconis

Dianthaa wants you to know that AJ Lancaster’s Stariel series makes her very happy.

Last but never least, Zezee has a review of Libba Bray’s Before the Devil Breaks You, which I’m now interested in simply because it’s a very metal sounding book title.

2. Interesting article time.

Do you want to see time-lapse videos of Middle Earth sand sculptures? If not, why not? Go on, take a look.

There’s some good thoughts on book slumps at Fantasy Book Nerd

More great blogging from Steel Thistles, this time on strong heroines

Tasha Suri is now giving out advice at the Novelry

The army of evil cat tags grows, with Mayri at Bookforager and Fab and Kat at Libri Draconis celebrating the most fiendishly feline of books

Finally, this tweet thread on an under the radar great inspired me into giving Ford a go, and is just a generally crazy insight into publishing.

3. I will now be sharing some cool art

4. Oh dear, those slow weeks means I have to pad them out with my opinions, although admittedly I’ve been wanting to share this particular tepid take for a while:

If you share the same promotional tweet day in, day out, for you book without ever interacting with me or anything I can see, I’m not going to buy your book (and neither will many others)

The same goes for people who come onto forums and communities, shill about their book, and leave. A lukewarm take would be on grumpy days, I make a point of marking down their name to never buy (like I remember that longer than a day, but it’s the thought that counts).

Leaving aside my not entirely rational animus for people who hit and run promo on communities, how much engagement and sales are these people getting out of this? How much more could it be if they actually stopped to leave a friendly human impression? For better or for worse, that’s how our minds work. I appreciate social interaction isn’t always super easy for all of us but at the end of the day, it’s not my problem if someone else’s work doesn’t fulfil their dream of getting a little positive validation. It’s theirs. Help yourselves, writers, help yourselves.

5. Shit, another opinion?

Okay, less an opinion than a question. Growing up, books turning into computer games happened a lot. Discworld, Wheel of Time, Riftwar just to name three. Harry Potter and Song of Ice and Fire aside, it doesn’t seem to be a thing anymore – and those two made their bones on the screen. Why not? Is it the computer game industry having enough strong IPs without needing to pay big? Or computer game fans being less wired that way? I forgot another one – the Witcher. I’d love to see more books adapted into video games. It’s far more fun to me than TV, Maybe books are diverging away from offering the sort o worlds that make for good gaming? Who knows. But I’d like to see it happen. Particularly Green Bones. Yes, I am obsessed with that idea.

6 thoughts on “Friday Five: Live From Dubrovnik Edition

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I really enjoy the Diviners books for how the author brings the setting and time period to life and for the many issues she touches on, many of which we’re still dealing with today. It is a YA book though so keep that in mind if you do try it out.

    I’ve yet to get into video games although I think I’d love it if I did. From what I’ve heard about certain games, though, I think book to game adaptation would be really interesting.

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  2. (can I comment on such an ‘old’ post? you’ve done 4 since this one hehe…)

    I so agree with you on item 4!
    I just remembered this because we’ve had another instance at the FF forum: a writer registers, posts a promo about his book and never shows up again.
    I feel a bit sorry about them, but do they really believe that in an era of so many books being launched, this will encourage people to read it? It’s worse than seeing the book randomly on a shop, because here there was a chance of a bit of personal connection, but they don’t do it.
    It’s almost like a box ticking exercise… or they think that a forum is the same as facebook, basically anonymous…

    Another bad thing is something that’s hidden from you and the others: writers who register in the forum and never bother returning (I see them because I need to approve the registration). I honestly don’t know why they bother…

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    1. Oh yes. People posting on FF once and disappearing were definitely on my mind when I posted that. And part of me gets it – we all do low effort zero return stuff at times – but I do wonder what’s going through the authors’ minds, and how many of them know they’re unlikely to get ought from it.

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