Entries in negative reviews (2)

Thursday
Apr262012

The Crisis Trilogy - A Look Back

Some have said that the Crisis Artifact starts out a bit slow but once it picks up the adventure breaks open with cinemactic greatness. First off, Gordon and I intended to open the book with a slow, thoughtful character study centered around the protagonist, Caesar Guevara. Much as we love Indiana Jones, even Raiders of the Lost Ark didn't open with that ball chasing down Indy, though many don't remember that. We had to firmly establish our hero in the minds of the readers from the opening page; cause them to identify with him before we could take them on a wild journey filled with many unbelievable events.

The first book in the trilogy The Crisis Artifact, as many of you who have read it will know, is grounded in reality (well, compared to the other two books at any rate). While the other two books have been accused of being over the top. We warned folks that this would be the case. The second and third books don't let up on action, wild adventure, supernatural occurrences, or plot momentum. The story moves at lightning speed and carries you toward a bizarre but fitting climax that encapsulates the entire story arc while bringing closure for fans of the epic. And the main players' stories are wrapped up nicely. We explain things that puzzled readers from the first book and build on the trials Caesar had to undergo in book 2, The Chaos Pendulum. We explain the origin of the statues in the temple itself, who they represent as well as who they are, and the whole mythos is laid out plain as day for all who make it through the three books in the series.

But you have to read all three in sequence, because I've read the woes of some disappointed readers who skipped book two and barrelled through The Catastrophe Scroll without fully embracing the full story and were lost. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I look forward to hearing what the rest of you think about the books. Please send us your feedback. We welcome it!

Tuesday
Feb142012

A Dirty Business - My Feelings on the Negative Reviews

Been checking out the mixed reviews for my first release, and while I can agree with some aspects of a few of the negative ones, the majority of them are suspect. When I consider how much work and editing went into A Dirty Business, and given all the good reviews and feedback I've gotten from many, I can't justify the comments of a few people who were turned off by a book that they disliked mainly because they could not readily identify with it. The character speaks a certain way, comes from a certain background, and essentially loves to describe things. Anyone familiar with the proven form of the classic detective novel will readily appreciate the descriptive narrative. Too many folks today want terse Hemingway-like sentences, and stories that move at a good clip, start to finish.

While I'm all for that at times, I also like stories that I can cozy up to; stories that slowly unfold and draw me into them via the revelations of the central character and his or her varied interactions with supporting ones. Also, when writing from a first person perspective, as I've done with A Dirty Business, one is limited to whatever the protagonist sees, as he or she also doubles as the narrator. Those who are not comfortable with the semi-restricted (POV-wise) detail-laden world of first person narratives should not read such books, as they are going in with well established, preconceived notions. And that will spoil any reading experience.