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MIND MELD: The Evolution of the Author/Fan Relationship

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Twitter, facebook and blogging are more popular than ever, and every year the attendance at speculative fiction-focused conventions seems to increase. With that in mind, I asked our panelists the following question:

Q: With the growing popularity of social media and face to face events, how has the relationship between writing professions (writers, editors, artists, etc.) and fans changed over the years?

Here’s what they said…!

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BOOK REVIEW: The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

REVIEW SUMMARY: With playful language, distinctly drawn characters, and a cavalcade of action in service to a coherent plot, this book is a winner.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A team of adventurers fracture over differing motivations while wading through the early efforts of a rising demon-god.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Distinct characters; well-drawn world; engaging plot; a cascade of action from start to finish.
CONS: “Firework” action; waiting for the rest of the trilogy.
BOTTOM LINE:  A good book, whose characters and plot take turns drawing the reader in again and again. No need to have read the preceding Aeon’s Gate trilogy; The City Stained Red grips the reader on its own merits while leaving one looking for the sequel.

From the first, The City Stained Red reveals a desperation in our main character, a desperation which is reflected in turns by his companions, by their situation, and by the city in which they find themselves fighting. Sam Sykes’ story unfolds with constant action, and every event increases the intensity. I read the whole thing in one long marathon read, because I simply never reached a moment when I wasn’t even more invested than the moment before in “what happens next.”
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eBook Deal: THE CITY STAINED RED by Sam Sykes is Only $1.99!

Right now, you can get the eBook version of The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes for only $1.99 on the Kindle and Nook and Apple platforms!

Here’s the book description:

A long-exiled living god arises.

A city begins to break apart at the seams.

Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier’Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons — and then vanished before paying for the job.

But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital’s cultural melting pot, and demons begin to pour from the shadows…

And Khoth Kapira, the long-banished living god, has seen his chance to return and regain dominion over the world.

Now all that prevents the city from tearing itself apart in carnage are Lenk, Kataria, a savage human-hating warrior, Denaos, a dangerous rogue, Asper, a healer priestess, Dreadaeleon, a young wizard, and Gariath, one of the last of the dragonmen.

The $1.99 price is available for a limited time, so act fast if you want it.

MIND MELD: What’s “Wrong” with Epic Fantasy?

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On episode 224 of the SF Signal Podcast, a discussion began about how epic fantasy can sometimes be too long, too detailed, too sprawling, often getting weighed down by its own epicness, and running the risk of losing the reader.  With that podcast and the comments it generated in mind, I asked our panelists this question:

Q: Is something Wrong With Epic Fantasy? If yes, how might it be fixed?

Here’s what they said…
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MIND MELD: The New Future For Star Wars

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The big news from last week was the acquisition of LucasFilm by Disney, giving the Mouse control of Star Wars and many other properties. While fans everywhere cheer the idea of no more Lucas mucking about with the films, another bit of news dropped that doesn’t seem to be getting as much play. Several decades after Lucas first floated the idea, Disney will be making three more episodes in the Star Wars saga, with episode 7 slated to land in 2015. Since this is apparently going to happen, our question is:

Q: What do you want to see from the new Star Wars movies in terms of stories? Do you have anyone you’d like to direct the movies or star in them?

Here’s what they said…
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