Monthly Archives: November 2012

State of the Blog on Thanksgiving (and Beta Reading)

I started this blog nearly two years ago. There were a few things I expected might happen with time. I figured publishers might start sending me books. I figured people might start reading me if I made any sense. And I even figured I might gain some measure of internet celebrity (I can’t be right… Read more »

Tears in Rain by Rosa Montero

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die. -Roy, Blade Runner  Fan fiction is a dirty word, isn’t it? It carries with it a connotation of corrupting someone else’s… Read more »

The Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson

Ask me what the I think the most impressive work of fantasy is, and I will answer — The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Steven Erikson’s ten novel series is astounding, challenging, interesting, riveting, and it’s often an awful mess. I say that last with a smile on my face. Erikson meanders through points of… Read more »

This Cover Requires a Post

Earlier this year I reviewed China Mièville’s newest novel, Railsea. It’s a young adult styled novel that’s equal parts Moby Dick and science fiction, with giant moles, endless railways, and a cumbersome narrative voice. Published by Pan Macmillan, they just unveiled a new cover for the paperback release. Behold: Did Baen take over Pan Macmillan? I mean… Read more »

A New Organization Formed at Bastard Books

Almost two months ago, Bastard of Bastards Books asked me to write a guest post about why I’m not so jazzed with urban fantasy. I agreed, but it wasn’t a real easy post to tackle and I kept fussing with it. I finally got around to finishing it, and he finally got around to posting… Read more »

Infidel by Kameron Hurley, a rewrite

With Kameron Hurley’s final novel in her Bel Dame Apocrypha being released, I thought it would be appropriate to rerun my God’s War and Infidel reviews at A Dribble of Ink, before publishing a review of Hurley’s concluding volume, Rapture. I had a problem though, I didn’t really think my review of either of the first two novels was all… Read more »

An Explosion of Young Adult Short Reviews

I’m traveling again. This means two things, lots of reading time and very little time to write. During my trip I’ve been reading a lot of YA. I’m not sure why, other than I’ve been putting them off for another day. It’s been fortuitous though as I find YA to be perfectly suited to the… Read more »

Amazon’s Response to Author Reviews

This is somewhat in response to the following articles: Amazon Removes Reviews by Joe Konrath Amazon Bans Authors from Reviewing Books? by Teresa Frohock Word on the street seems to be indicating that reviews written by authors, for other authors, on Amazon have been, or are being, removed. I’m not sure what to make of… Read more »

Author D&D — Epic ConFusion January 2012 (Finally)

My readers may recall some months ago I had a very unique opportunity to watch some of the genre’s best writers play a game of D&D. Not only was I in the room, but I was filming it. From the footage I took I spliced together a quick trailer that I released back in February…. Read more »