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
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.