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Discuss books / Reviews
« on: December 06, 2012, 11:58:32 PM »
I've done a few reviews on my blog recently and thought I'd come over and share them. Mainly because I want people to go and read The Wizard That Wasn't. It's a great read (and it's free from smashwords, I think) and I want Ben to keep writing.

So, here's the links.

http://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/a-short-review-the-wizard-that-wasnt/

http://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/review-voidhawk/

http://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/review-clown/

http://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/review-days-of-iron/

http://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/review-in-the-house-of-the-five-dragons/

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Am I allowed to advertise on here?

I just released a new book on Kindle.

The Brightest Light is a steam-punk renaissance fantasy. (or something like that)

And it's only $0.99 at the moment.

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: Any good non-medieval European style fantasy novels?
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:57:23 PM »
Not sure if you've read the  Empire series by Ray Feist and Janny Wurts. It is based on Korean culture.  Much of it runs parallel to The Magician I, for one, think it's much better than The Magician.

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: Cross over
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:50:58 PM »
I've only read Perdido St Station, though I do have The Scar on my shelf waiting...

I don't read a lot these day (no enough time) but I keep buying books. Damn it...

Scott
www.scottjrobinson.com

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Discuss books / Re: Amazon is ripping me off
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:17:52 AM »
The books aren't free any more. The first 3 in the series are available from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0074H4FDU

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: The Whole Series?
« on: February 23, 2012, 03:50:17 PM »
Well, there you go.

Even if I started reading now it would be years before I got that far anyway :)

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: The Whole Series?
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:23:52 PM »
Pretty sure Wheel of Time is already done, Andy.

I actually read the first book of that 5 time. And the 2nd book 4 times. And the 3rd book 3 times, and.... You get the picture. Every time a new one came out I went back and started the series again.

And apparently the 6th book is the book that everyone agrees was the start of the low patch for the series. I'll find out one day.

Scott

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Discuss books / The Whole Series?
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:43:31 AM »
Hey everyone,

Here's a question for you...

Do you like to wait for a whole series to come out before you start reading? Or are you willing to wait years between volumes?

I generally like to know they are all available, even if I don't have them on my shelf. Though this doesn't always happen. I've started ready A Song of Ice and Fire but will now wait for the series to be complete. I gave up on Wheel of Time at number 5 and haven't gotten back to it yet (though I intend to).

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: Reviews of free book-- "The Space Between"
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:22:25 PM »
Thanks for those notes, Andy. Though you have just made more work for me and slowed the next books down :)

And I'm glad you're enjoying number 2. Scree is my favourite character, though some people may not like the way he starts out.

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: Cross over
« on: February 10, 2012, 06:08:36 PM »
Andy

I think it's probably harder to write than straight stories. It takes a lot of extra work and thought to make sure everything works. And you might be trying (hopefully) to please readers of both genres.

One of the books I really enjoyed with a sci-fi character going to a fantasy setting was the Morant's Need series by Stephen Donaldson. I'll have to get back and read them again one day--it's been years.

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: Reviews of free book-- "The Space Between"
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:57:45 PM »
Thanks Andy, glad you enjoyed it.

It can be tough to get the mix right sometimes with multiple view point characters. I actually adjusted it because some of my early readers complained of switching between characters too much so they didn't have a chance to get to know them before they went off somewhere else. Oh well.

Obviously didn't know about the typos.

An as for the last point... Do you remember some examples so I can go and have a look?

Thanks for the comments and, again, glad you enjoyed it.

Scott

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Discuss books / Cross over
« on: February 08, 2012, 08:07:20 PM »
What do people think of cross over novels?

I love both reading and writing them, I think mainly because I like both genres and don't like to have to chose which I'll read next. Of course, I think some cross over stuff is about as terrible as it's possible to be because it can come across as forced or totally ridiculous.

Scott

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Discuss books / Re: Amazon is ripping me off
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:10:33 AM »
I had an email from Amazon today (after another couple of emails from me and a live webchat) saying that my ebook The Space Between would be taken down off all Amazon sites within 3 days. It was up in the US as well as the UK.

I asked if any copies were sold but haven't heard back yet.

The book is still available for free download from my website www.scottjrobinson.com and I'm having a competition on my blog that can win you book 2 and 3 as well. Check it out at...

http://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/competition/

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Discuss books / Amazon is ripping me off
« on: January 04, 2012, 06:37:05 AM »
I've been giving away my ebook for free from my website but today I discovered that it's listed on Amazon UK for 1.47 pounds (not sure if they've sold any).

I've sent them an email asking WTF is going on but am still waiting for a reply. Not only is it doubtful I'd be seeing any money from this but someone has obviously spent abut 2 minutes converting  to mobi and it looks like complete crap. It makes me look like a useless thrid rate self publisher who doesn't care about quality. Why would anyone want to buy it anyway?

Argh. Just a little bit annoyed right now.

Scott
www.scottjrobinson.com

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Discuss books / Web Comic
« on: November 21, 2011, 04:06:29 AM »
It isn't a novel, I know, but I just spent 3 days reading 500 episodes of a fantasy web comic that has one of my favourite fantasy characters ever. How can you not like an evil mage named Richard? He eats babies, is hacked to pieces on pretty much every second page, is the mayor of a little town up the coast and doesn't quite understand how other people don't love death and pain as much as he does.

Check out Looking for Group at...

http://www.lfgcomic.com/

Scott

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