Book Reviewer

As of Summer 2012 I became a volunteer book reviewer for Book Tweeting Service. They list my preferences and contact information on their site and authors send their requests to me. I get a free book and they get a free review; everyone wins. This page details my policy for reviews in detail.


What Books I Review
The three main genres are Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction (i.e. a school-like textbook). If you send me one of these then there is a good chance that I will accept it. I will never say 'I have too many books' when it comes to this group; I will get to it eventually. It is a first-come-first-served thing. I will not start reading your book immediately after accepting it unless there are no other books in my queue.

What Books I Will Not Review
These are Biographies, general non-fiction, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, and Realistic (non-historical) Fiction. I have nothing against these genres; they simply do not interest me. I've decided to add Dark Fantasy/Science Fiction to this list because too few requestors have demonstrated the ability to do "dark" without "unrelenting angst".  There is one exception to this rule.

The setting must be one of the favored or the premise must be one of the favored. For instance, if you want to have a pair of merchants in Ancient Rome that are involved with a senate scandal, then I might read it if the history/economics takes precedence over the mystery/suspense. For another example, if you want to have a knight and a witch on a quest to find a legendary treasure and they fall in love in the process, I might read it if the romance aspect fits within the quest aspect.

The bottom line is if you make a good enough pitch and it's related to one of my interests then I might say yes. 

My Rating Scale

I rate books by three criteria: Plot, Characters and Polish. All three must be outstanding to receive the highest grade.

I use an A-F scale for all books. A+ means that I consider the book perfect, highly enjoyable, and that improvement is impossible. F means that I consider the book to be terrible in quality, did not like it in the least, and that improvement requires rebuilding it from the ground up. As long as the book is not fundamentally flawed I will not give your book less than a C.

That is what a C means according to my rating scale; there's nothing wrong with this book. This is where my personal enjoyment becomes a major factor. If a book is rated as 'C+' then I enjoyed it but it's not good enough for a B while a 'C-' means I did not enjoy it but it's not bad enough for a D.

For instance, a book that is structurally sound and does not have a cliffhanger will not be graded as less than a C- even if I hate it. Conversely, a book that is structurally sound and does not have a cliffhanger but doesn't excel in any area, will not be graded any higher than a C+ no matter how much I like it.

Problems include:
-Plot Holes
-Idiot balls
-Character Derailment
-Romantic Plot Tumors
- Contrived Coincidences
-Strong As They Need To Be and related tropes
-Cliffhangers

Special note: books with cliffhangers are automatically docked one full letter grade. I explain my reasoning here in  "How to Create Effective cliffhangers".The bottom line is that I don't want to have to read book 2 in order to find out/understand what happens in book 1.

I am nothing if not honest. 

What I Offer in Addition to Reviews

1. Facebook Shout and tweet
Just for sending me a request I'll post your name, your book's name, and the premise to my Wall and tweet them to (as of this post) 934  followers. If your book is on the ' no list' then you are disqualified.

2. Daily tweets
While I read you book I might tweet my impressions on a daily or semi-daily basis. For a 200 page novel could mean 7-14 days of tweets.

3. TVTropes
For those of you that don't know, TvTropes is a wiki that catalogues conventions in story telling, i.e. 'tropes'. I am a troper and tropers are  Legion.  If I really like your book I'll create a work page for it and crosswick it so the Troper Hive Mind can find it. This can lead to inbound links from other sites in addition to the people reading the page. Thus, greater exposure for your book. For me, it's fun and enlightening and allows me to assimilate you.


Increase Your Chances of Success by Avoiding these Red Flags

1. Claiming to be "original" and other self praise

This is number one because it is the biggest turn off. I can't stand it when writers tell me how 'original' they are. One person even told me their work was going to 'redefine the fantasy genre'. No one is 100 percent original. I'm certainly not. I will gladly tell anyone who asks what my many influences are (a few are on the About the Author page above this post) though I won't say what they influenced because that would be spoilers. Anyway, it bothers me because it's a Suspiciously Specific Denial; why tell me it's 'original' or 'engrossing' or other quality unless you think it's not. The more you praise yourself the less likely I am to read your book. Let the book speak for itself.  This leads into number two.

2. Not providing enough information

First of all don't do 'bulk requests'. By this I mean, don't email me a link to your amazon author page or something similar and ask me which book I want to read. I don't want to make that time commitment. Make your pitch for one or several but they have to be individual. They can be in the same email but they all have to be individual requests. The burden of proof, so to speak, is on you. If you email me a link to a list of books, I will delete the email straight out.

You need tell me what's going on for me to be interested in it. I like to know who the protagonist is, what their problem is, and a few things about the setting. I'd also like more details then 'average guy fights evil thing to save the world'. Some have only told me that something is targeting their protagonist but not who or why and very little about the protagonist themselves. Others tell me what their book does, for instance, 'unites the mystical world and the scientific one' but it doesn't say who does the uniting and why. The less you tell me about your book the less likely I am to read it. However, the inverse is not true. The golden mean is a paragraph.

3. Attempting Loophole Abuse with my rules

If you have a novel that is on my 'no list', do not send it to me. I will delete your email without as much as a reply. If you tell me it's not X but Y with an X subplot when that is not the case, I will not read it. I can go to Amazon, GoodReads, and read between the lines.

If you avoid these red flags then I might say 'yes'.

Delivering the Copy

If I say yes, then email a copy of the book to me  (Stinkerbw@Hotmail) and I will add it to my queue. My preference is PDF.

Concerning Amazon, if you want my review to appear as a "verified purchase" then you must gift a copy of the book to me. Contacting me during a free promotion will do just as well. If your book is free on day X, then contact me with your request on or before that day so I can download it. I will never purchase your book in order to review it. Reimbursing me for the purchase would be complicated and I don't do "buy swaps". My goal is to keep money out of this process. 

35 comments:

  1. Hello Brian,

    I found you on Book Tweeting Service. Would you be interested in reviewing my historical novel, "A
    Tainted Dawn?"

    Barbara Peacock
    bnpeacock@hotmail.com

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  2. Hi Brian,
    My historical novel 'Song at Dawn' is on Christmas promo, available free in any ebook format until 24th December with the coupon FF49C at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98166 I hope you will take the chance to get a copy for yourself and it would be great if you could get the word out on the virtual streets.
    Reviews are of course always appreciated and I would be happy to do a guest blog/interview for you at any time. Details of the book are below.

    'Song at Dawn’ won the Global Ebooks Award 2012 for Best Historical Fiction (medieval). It is available in print from amazon http://www.amazon.com/Song-At-Dawn-Jean-Gill/dp/1447796950/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352542012&sr=8-1&keywords=song+at+dawn, lulu and bookshops.

    It is is a historical thriller/love story set in Narbonne just after the Second Crusade. Contact me at jean.gill@wanadoo.fr

    Regards,
    Jean

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  3. Hi Brian,
    I saw your name on Book Tweeting Service too.
    Congratulations on the release of A Mage's Power.
    Would you be interested in reviewing my science fiction fantasy ebook, Exiled: Autumn's Peril? It is book one of an eight book series, The Chronicles of Caleath, being released through Museitup Publishing.
    I can be contacted at ladyrosalieskinner @gmail.com
    (no space). Thanks.. and again, congratulations.
    Rosalie
    https://www.facebook.com/ChroniclesofCaleath

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  4. Hello,

    My name is Alena Gouveia and I recently self-published my first novel, The Ambrose Beacon, through Amazon. I am looking for top-rated reviewers like you who would be interested in reviewing my book. I've included a description below for your consideration. If this sounds like something in which you'd be interested, I'd be happy to send you a complimentary copy (e-book or paperback). Thank you in advance for your time.



    Sincerely,

    Alena Gouveia



    "Strange things have been happening in Evergreen, Colorado. People are disappearing, wolves are prowling the woods for the first time in seventy years, and strangers in black are showing up at the local schools. For the Ambrose family, it’s a sign that their quiet lives are about to be changed forever. The events signal the beginning of a struggle that will either push them closer together as a family, or tear them apart. To survive, each of the children must harness the strange new abilities with which they’ve been gifted and learn to fight as one. For Jeremiah Ambrose, the struggle to protect his children will force him to put aside his animosity for his brother-in-law Harper, and learn to see him in a different light.



    But for Harper, the burden is heaviest. He alone knows the truth about the strange events and what they mean for his family. Something is searching for the Ambrose children. And when it finds them, the fate of the whole world will be decided…"

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    1. Sounds like fun. Send me a PDF copy and I'll add it to my queue.

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    2. Hi Brian,
      I'm sorry that I missed your response. If you are still interested in reviewing The Ambrose Beacon, please e-mail me the address to which you'd like me to send a pdf copy of the book. Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience I might have caused.

      Sincerely,
      Alena Gouveia
      alenag25@hotmail.com

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  5. Hi Brian,

    I also found you through Book Tweeting Services as well and I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing my book.

    It is called REPLACED and it is about a man named Sam who is shot, left for dead and replaced by an imposter. With the help of his two friends, Sam attempts to reinstate himself into his own life and dispose of the imposter without raising suspicions of the citizens in the city he lives in.

    I can be contacted on twitter @tonyafister

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    1. Hi Tonya,

      REPLACED doesn't sound like fantasy, science fiction, or historical. Book Tweeting Service lists these as my preferred genres and so, because yours does not fit in them, I will decline your request.

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  6. Hello Brain,

    Would you be interested in reviewing my historical fiction, Sounds of War? It comes in an awesome audio book version too, you can review that also if you like...below are links to youtube samples, FB page, and web address.

    Thomas Ferreolus
    Sounds of War
    www.thomasferreolus.com
    thomasferreolus@gmail.com

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuC2gZ7b6Ec
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6XjHKyBf3c
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lm7IaFZ-uM
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sounds-of-War/142422565953813?ref=hl

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  7. Hi, Brian!

    My second epic fantasy novel, Sword & Illusion, which I wrote with my husband, was published last July by Astraea Press.

    MOONRAZER was already a famous warrior when she drove the Navin from her homeworld, wrested the Sword of Justice from dragons, and became the first Exalted Warrior of the Sarl in seven generations. But now, as she is approaching her 40th birthday, she faces her most terrifying challenge of all--finding a mate and conceiving a child.

    PRINCE VARIAN of Tellan needs an heir to his throne before the Festival of the Dragon Moon or the Dragons will kill him and his sisters. Twice, he has taken Dragonmarked wives to beget such an heir. His first wife, Violetta, ran away from him and after years of searching, he declared her dead and took another wife. Five months ago, his second wife and child were found dead. Now, Violetta has contacted him on her own deathbed to tell him he had a daughter sixteen years ago.

    When he learns that his lost daughter may be living among the Sarl, and that the Exalted Warrior of the Sarl herself is looking for a mate, he discovers two chances to save his kingdom.

    Together, Moonrazer and Varian must deal with intrigue, treachery, and even an assassin to help each other and save their kingdoms. However, even love may not be strong enough to save either world from destruction.

    I would love to send you a copy if you'd like to review S&I.

    Thanks!

    Nancy
    nancy@nancysbrandt.com

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  8. I have responded to all review requests up to this point. Because of a misunderstanding I have revised my policy to prevent future misunderstandings.

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  9. Hello Brian:

    I found your name via the Book Tweeting Service page, and based on your interest in fantasy and historical fiction, I thought you might be interested in reviewing my novella.

    Sheep's Clothing is a Weird Western that pits a city-educated frontier doctor and a mysterious half-Indian wanderer against a trio of vampires that want to make the small town of Salvation their private larder. It blends setting-relevant mythology and historical details into a concise vampire tale that borrows more from Bram Stoken than Anne Rice.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sheeps-Clothing-Elizabeth-Einspanier-ebook/dp/B00IEP63K4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394384209&sr=8-1&keywords=sheep%27s+clothing

    If you are interested in reviewing Sheep's Clothing, I will be happy to send you a complimentary paperback copy if you email me at eeinspanier(at)gmail(dot)com with your postal address.

    Elizabeth Einspanier

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  10. Hello Elizabeth,

    A vampire hunter in the American wild west hunting classic vampires. I like the sound of that. I'd prefer a kindle or PDF.

    Happy Writing,

    Brian Wilkerson

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  11. Hi Brian,
    Thanks for all you do for the indie author community, and congratulations on the success of your fantasy series. I'm wondering if I could entice you to read and review the first book in my Spectras Arise Trilogy, Contract of Defiance. It's fast-paced space opera. Here's a giant blurb about the series and a link to them on Amazon.
    ***
    Contract of Defiance, Contract of Betrayal, and Contract of War follow heroine Aly Erikson and her crew of anti-Admin smugglers through an ever-escalating glut of life-and-death adventures and the trials of a living on the side of liberty and freedom—whether they agree with the law or not—in the far future of the Algol star system. As former Corps members, most are no strangers to fighting and dissent, but more than anything, they want to spend their lives flying under the radar without control or interference from the system’s central government, The Political and Capital Administration of the Advanced Worlds. But the Admin's greed-drenched dualism of power and corruption has other plans, and throughout the series, Aly and her crew are reminded of one lesson time and again: when all other options run out, never let go of your gun. [http://amzn.to/1qJrC9N].
    ***
    Thanks muchly for your thoughts!
    Warmly,
    Tammy

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  12. Sounds like fun. Send me a PDF of the first one and I'll add it to my queue.

    You're welcome,
    Brian

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  13. Hello Brian;
    I would greatly appreciate it if you would review my science fiction novel. This is its premise: My 56,970-word book The Healer, is a science fiction novel set in the year 2181. Dr. Reynolds Cully is awarded a Harvard grant to travel to Mars with his family. His assignment is to research the physiology of an ancient race there, now long extinct. All their recorded history lies within the titanic edifice known as The Face on Mars. But while there, authorities discover an eons old Martian time/space travel device. This is apparently how they explored the universe, when dinosaurs still ruled our Earth. But a mystery has always intrigued him: he is granted a National Science Foundation grant to use the ancient device, and travel to Earth in the year 2013, to try and solve the medical mystery known as The Great Alaskan Plague of 2012. Eventually he does reveal the cause. But unbeknownst to him, back in 2181 Mars, a sinister group of religious zealots known as the Creation Purity Brigade, believe unearthing of Martian artifacts and cultural icons is sacrilege and blasphemy to Judeo-Christianity. And they blow up the time/space travel apparatus! Dr. Cully is now stranded in a violent & primitive world – ours; 168 years and 150 million miles from his wife & children. How will he survive? How will he heal using 22nd century technology, without exposing his real identity; and possibly altering the course of history in doing so? It is a crisis of conscience he must grapple with. But he has no choice. For he is – THE HEALER.
    Thank you! Jeffrey G. Roberts - Talespinner2525@yahoo.com

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    1. Sorry, but it doesn't interest me. Maybe someone in my network will be more so.

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  14. Brian,
    Hello, my name is James Hunter—I read your book, A Mage’s Power, and really enjoyed it; afterwards, I looked you up through your author profile on Amazon and found out you did reviews. Based on your writing and genre preferences, I thought my debut novel Strange Magic might be right up your alley. I’ve posted a book blurb below. If you would be interested in reviewing this title for your site, please let me know and I will be happy to send out a comp copy as a .Mobi (Kindle) file or an PDF (whatever you’d prefer).

    Book Blurb:
    Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there’s a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he’s been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart—helping others in his circles is a good way to get dead.

    Just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA. As a favor to a friend, Yancy agrees to take a little looksee into the massacre and boom, he’s stuck in a turf war between two rival gangs, which both think he’s pinch-hitting for the other side. Oh, and there’s also a secretive jerk with some mean ol’ magical chops and a small army of hyena-faced, body-snatching baddies. It might be time to seriously reconsider some of his life choices.

    Yancy is a bluesman, a rambler, a gambler, but not much more. Sure, he can do a little magic—maybe even more than just a little magic—but he knows enough to keep his head down and stay clear of freaky-deaky hoodoo like this business in LA. Somehow though, he’s been set up to take a real bad fall—the kind of very permanent fall that leaves a guy with a toe tag. Unless, of course, he can find out who is responsible for the gangland murders, make peace in the midst of the gang feud, and take out said magical jerk before he hexes Yancy into an early retirement. Easy right? Stupid. Bleeding. Heart.

    Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
    Best Regards,
    James

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    1. Your Occult Detective sounds fun. Send me a PDF and I will add it to my queue.

      P.S.

      I'm glad to hear that you like A Mage's Power. Would you mind telling me in detail, such as in a review?

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    2. Sorry, I can't seem to find a contact/email link anywhere. Please email me at JamesAHunter@outlook.com Thanks again, and sorry for the hassle.

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  15. Great, I'll send over the book, and I'd be happy to write up an Amazon review.

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  16. Hey Brian,
    I came across your review of "Sheep's Clothing" on Amazon. I have written a similar book in the Weird Western genre you may be interested in reading. You can check it out @ http://smarturl.it/ABBMITW3

    If you are interested in reading and reviewing it let me know and I will gladly send you a PDF copy of the book.

    Let me know and thank you for your time,
    -Justin Bienvenue

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    1. I'm not a fan of gory and gritty stuff,Blood Moon Rising Magazine speaks of Darkness Induced Apathy, and I'm not sure where the undead come in based on your amazon premise. My answer is "no".

      However, I'll post your request to my wall and tweet about it. Hopefully, someone else will pick it up.

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  17. Hi Brian, wondering if you might be interested in reading my fantasy novel, "Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset." I've recently released an updated, revised edition and am looking for feedback on it.
    Brief blurb: From Earth to Aerisia, Hannah Winters has unexpectedly gone from college student to prophesied savior of a parallel world. Here in Aerisia, the existence and survival of all depend upon her as Aerisia’s Artan who must battle and defeat the dread Dark Powers. Plenty of people, including the Moonkind, fairies, giants, and even the Simathe, a mysterious race of immortal warriors, are willing to help Hannah navigate this new world and its pitfalls. However, there’s only one person Hannah can count on to truly save her, and that’s herself. In order to save herself, she’ll have to become a woman with magic: the Artan.

    Thanks for your time.
    Sarah Ashwood

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    1. Your premise sounds fun but your reviews concern me. Several of them speak of how nothing is resolved in the first book, and how a sexual tension style romance takes over the plot. Both of those are listed as problems in my policy and they would sink your grade considerably.

      Unless I have the wrong impression, I will have to decline to review your story. However, you still get the tweet and facebook post.

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  18. Hello Brian,
    My name is T.C. Metivier, and I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing my science fiction novel Veil of Darkness.

    Blurb: For eight hundred years, the Federation of Worlds has reigned supreme over the galaxy. Under its banner, eleven sentient races have put aside their quarrels to work towards their common prosperity. But now something stirs. A hundred worlds have broken free from the Federation fold. They have made no demands, no threats. There is no evidence that their movement is anything but benign.

    And yet the whispers have already begun. Whispers that the fires of revolution have been stoked. Whispers that war is coming.

    The planet Tellaria is the birthplace of the human race and the backbone of the Federation. Admiral Drogni Ortega leads the finest planetary fighting force the galaxy has ever known. But now he must confront an enemy unlike any he has faced before, a foe who wields ancient power infused with infinite malevolence…and is seemingly determined to exterminate all life from the face of the galaxy.

    Please let me know if you are interested or would like any more information, and I will be happy to help in any way I can.

    Thank you for your time,
    T.C. Metivier

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    1. Hello Timothy,

      Your blurb is a little generic. I'd like to know more about the plot, characters, or structure of the story before making my decision. The last two people who reviewed your book certainly enjoyed it but parts of their reviews concern me.

      For instance, "intelligent flow of words" can mean Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness. I once read a book like that for review and it was hard to get through. Also, "the shifts from one character to another" sound like a shared narration which is difficult to pull off. Do you have an Ensemble Cast? Shared narration, in my experience, works better with ensembles than a protagonist and supports.

      They also mentioned a mix of fantasy and science fiction. I'd like to hear more about that. I want to get my expectations straight before I start.

      You're welcome, (and congrats on your first novel!)

      Brian Wilkerson

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    2. Brian,

      Thanks for the quick reply! I'll do my best to address your concerns.

      "Sesquipedalian loquaciousness'. Egad, I hope not. I can't vouch for the reviewer, but I hope 'intelligent flow of words' means 'uses vocabulary smartly and appropriately, while keeping a smooth, easy-to-read narrative'. While I do enjoy long words, I understand the difficulty in wading through a book whose author constantly reaches for the thesaurus and believes that a four-syllable word is always superior to a two-syllable one. I suppose I can't guarantee that you won't find it excessively verbose (everyone has their own standards in that regard) but I don't think the book suffers from that particular fault. (If it helps, I can promise that neither 'sesquipedalian' nor 'loquaciousness' make an appearance).

      'Shifts from one character to another'. Yes, this is definitely an ensemble cast. I would say that there are three 'main' characters, with several others in prominent supporting roles. Most of them get at least one scene written from their perspective in narratively appropriate moments. I think I did a pretty good job keeping the plot flowing through multiple perspective shifts, but that could just be authorial hubris.

      As for the genre, I suppose it would be more accurate to say 'science fiction with some fantasy elements'. That is to say: the setting is futuristic across multiple planets; advanced technology plays key roles in the plot; and there are alien races rather than elves, dwarves, goblins, etc. The 'fantasy' stems from the fact that magic is a reality in this universe and also affects the plot. But that's really it; the 'science fiction' definitely predominates.

      I suppose I should also warn you that this is the first book in a series. I mention this because I noticed your disdain for cliffhangers, and the truth is that not all plot lines will be wrapped neatly up at the end of this book. I did not deliberately leave cliffhangers (i.e. the first book does not end with the main characters...well...suspended over a cliff, with imminent danger bearing down upon them from all sides) but it is not a case where the book ends with a nice clean resolution for all involved. I don't know whether that would turn you off from the book, but I'd rather you find out beforehand than afterwards.

      Of course, I know that I cannot totally assuage your reservations. My opinion of my book is naturally colored by the fact that it's mine. If you are interested, there is another (longer, more specific) review posted at onlinebookclub (http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=30164) that might help tip the balance in my favor (or against it, perhaps; I don't mind). In addition, an excerpt is posted on bookdaily (http://www.bookdaily.com/book/5088353/veil-of-darkness).

      I hope this helps! If you still have any questions or concerns, just let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.

      T.C. Metivier

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    3. Timothy,

      I don't consider that a cliffhanger. As long as there is SOME resolution at the end then it is ok by my standards.

      I have made my decision and I will review your book. Send me a PDF and I will add it to my queue.

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    4. Brian,

      Thanks so much! What is your e-mail address? (I have searched around your site and cannot find contact information). Alternately, you can contact me directly at tcmetiv@yahoo.com

      Tim

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    5. I thought it was visible to everyone but apparently only I see that part of the blog. I've added it to the end of the review policy and I will send you an email as well.

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  19. Macaulay ChristianNovember 8, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Brian,

    If the provided blurb peaks your interest, I hope that you will consider reviewing my science fiction novel, "Holindrian: Or, A Journey For All Time".

    Blurb: For millennia, life on humanity's new home of Eridu, has proceeded absent any major upheaval or strike since falling under the rule of a race of immortal beings professing themselves to be gods...the Baltutu. The common man knows, from birth, that his place in the community is assured. There is no crime, no poverty, and no pestilence.
    Soon, there will be no more war.
    Humans want for nothing. In exchange for this high degree of safety, order, and security, the humans of Eridu have had to sacrifice art, expression, and the very concept of self-determination.
    But, when Maramurru, one of the Baltutu, casts doubt as to the divinity of his race, he sows the seeds of freedom in the spirit of mankind, and its growth is too rapid to halt.
    One final war will decided the future of man for all coming time.
    Will the fate of humanity be determined by those asserting themselves as gods, or will man rise to seize his own destiny?

    If you are interested or have any questions/concerns, I would be more than happy to address them.

    Thank you for your time, I greatly appreciate it.

    -Macaulay

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    1. I like the sound of this. It has a strong vibe of Sci-Fi Order vs Chaos. Please send a PDF to Stinkerbw@hotmail.com and I'll add it to my queue.

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  20. "My Year With The Gods" - by Holden Braithwaite

    An intense, character-driven study of the absurd where humorous overtones mask a deeply subversive, perverse undercurrent in this ancient world adventure story like no other.

    An 11-year old idiot boy (savant fou) has been orphaned twice. First when his parents died. Then the old Greek scholar who took him in and educated him died. Leaving him to fend for himself with a very challenging legacy: a collection of pornography from across the ancient world which even a pope would envy, and the degenerate sultan desperately wants translated. And the original, ‘secret’ unabridged Epectesy of St. Gregory of Nyssa. The soul’s moving into the oneness of God - the socially explosive key to the eternal cerebral orgasm. Handed down from Gregory’s scribe for generations until it ended up with Aristophanes, who being without issue left it in the care of an idiot gypsy boy who remembers everything except his own name.

    This book is the first part of the idiot boy’s ‘diary’, about the extraordinary adventure he has with ‘the gods’, following Demetrius (Hermes), Andromeda and Scheherazade in search of Lesbia. And how they are responsible for igniting regime change and the emancipation of women in Eudaemon (Aden) in 534CE in their bid to free her.

    Rabbi Esra leant closer to her. There was garlic on his breath.
    “I tell the Greek as he’s nearing death’s door, the idiot boy is touched by God, you know this, my friend. But there’s a limit to what even his young genius mind can handle.”
    The rabbi looked at her glumly.
    “He didn’t listen to me. And here’s the result.”
    “What? Short hair and naked breasts.”
    “No, mistress. Even the stained whites I can live with,” he said, with dread in his voice. “The idiot boy has revealed the true Epectesy of St. Gregory of Nyssa.”
    “Is there a false one?”
    “No, my gracious hostess. There’s one anybody can read if they care to look for it. Which even Jewish scholars have studied. And the one only Aristophanes had. The original, full and unabridged version of the epectesy, mistress. The Singleness of Being. Of the soul moving into the oneness of God. As Gregory dictated to his personal scribe all those years ago. A revelation which transcends all faiths. ”
    “The key to the eternal cerebral orgasm,” Talia said quietly.
    “Correct. But at the time publishing it would be so inflammatory and dangerous to the continued functioning of ‘normal’ society, the scribe persuaded his master to only release a heavily edited version, lest they both be burned alive by the ruler of Cappadocia.”
    “They weren’t?”
    “No. And as my friend told me with almost his dying breath, the original was hidden away by the scribe, and passed down from father to son, scholars all, until it ended up here with Aristophanes. Who being without issue, could only leave it in the care of an idiot gypsy boy who remembers everything except his own name.”
    The rabbi waved at her open shirt.
    “The result of that is in my face,” he said. “And the town’s full of women who won’t take ‘No’ for an answer.”


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    1. The self-praise right at the start is a turn off. The plot itself is just interesting enough to make my decision difficult. In the end I will say "no" to reviewing but I will still spread the word about your book.

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