religion

The World Of The Songstress Murders: That Old Timey Religion! a.k.a. Religion, Culture, and Characters

This week’s The World Of .. focuses on fantasy gods and religions, as well as how those things can influence and inform us about the cultures and characters in those worlds, using examples from my next book, The Songstress Murders!

Remember, there’s a little less than two weeks left to get your pre-order of The Songstress Murders!

Writing Is A Bad Habit: Crystal Dragon Jesus! a.k.a. Religions In Fiction

So religion.  Always a touchy subject, right?  Let’s get one thing straight from the get go.  You do not need to deal with religion in your writing if you don’t want to.  However, you might not be able to avoid it, so we should have a talk about using religions, both real and fictional, in writing.

Maybe you want to simply approach a fictional culture in a realistic fashion, thus want to explore said culture’s faith and religion.  Maybe you are dealing with a historical, contemporary, or future Earth and feel a need to address the faiths of the time.  Maybe you want to deal directly with issues of faith and religion.  Whatever the reason, there are some guidelines you should keep in mind when you do introduce religion to your writing.

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Starving Review: The Einstein Pool (The iGod Book 1) by Jake Danger

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The Einstein Pool (The iGod Book 1) by Jake Danger (Amazon)

As continual readers of this blog know, a starving author/reviewer like me will eat any meal put before his table.  A man has got to eat, right?  Sometimes big meals, sometimes small meals, sometimes good meals, sometimes bad.  Every once in a while, though, I eat a meal that is a bit confusing, that dances between the lines of good and bad, big and small, and leaves me a bit puzzled.

The Einstein Pool is such a meal.

However, before we tuck into our plates and figure this out, let’s do the usual ‘ground rules’ thing:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre.
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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