It would seem, my literary foodies, that the main answer to genre fatigue I see in the modern menus of the world is genre fusion. Mixing the ingredients of multiple genres can be fun and flavorful, but it can also be boring and nasty. In today’s recipe, we’ll see how well our chef tosses together romance, science-fiction, and contemporary thrillers. Which will The Planets All Shone be, tasty or tasteless?
Before we cut to the heart of the matter, let’s recite the Starving Review creed:
I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible
Unfortunately, with the end of the Black Friday weekend, the Amazon.com sale on The Opening Bellis over, including the reduced 99 cent price tag. It moves up to its full price of $6.99 and, as any other offers or promotions crop up, I’ll let you know! However, with this, you can now read The Opening Bell as part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so check it out!
Also, the Goodreads giveaway entries end tonight at midnight, so this is your last chance to get yourself a free copy if you missed the Black Friday sale!
Now, on to your regularly scheduled Monday Musings!
Just to remind you good people (or tell you for the first time, it’s hard to remember today), my publisher is running a giveaway for The Opening Bellthrough Goodreads. You still have 9 days to enter for a chance to win a brand-spanking new copy!
– I slept horribly but for a good reason. Back when my friends and I were active in MMORPGs, we started and ran an Internet radio station for a game called The Secret World. Jon was the station manager, and we passed it down when we left the game. When he died, the station and game community put together a tribute show, which aired last night. I would guess 80 to 100 people were there in game with no idea how many total listeners. Very emotional and it stayed with me the rest of the night. So, because it’s just fair to shout it out, here’s a shot out to Radio Free Gaia (www.radiofreegaia.com). Even if you aren’t a player in the game, they play great music in general and are worth a listen.
– I got my first review on any site today. Check it out over on Goodreads:
I am actually really happy I didn’t get a cut and paste 5 star review. It makes me feel like I am doing well, but I have more room to grow and improve as a writer!
– There is a bit more work to be done to recover from Jon’s passing. Mainly the fact that there has been a severe lack of motivation to keep up certain normal day-to-day things, but this weekend is the ‘Get-Your-Act-Together’ weekend. Expect fewer posts until Monday, when I should be caught up.