My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read this for a Seminar in Fiction class. Unlike some of the other books I’ve read for this class, this one I’ve enjoyed.
I’m conflicted about what rating to give this book, however. For me, the ending was not satisfying. I won’t go into details, because I hate to spoiler, but that hurt an otherwise really great story, for me anyway.
This is a novel made of short stories, which is an interesting concept. At first I was a little put off by the changing writing style and point of view, but I quickly became accustomed to it. I think the writer was trying to make sure each story had its own voice, because it came from a different character, and honestly I can’t think of any other way it could have worked. It did hang together well and really made sense once you got into it.
I loved some of the characters, and wasn’t too fond of some of the others, as was probably the intention. Perhaps what I liked most about this book was that it dealt with deep themes without making a show of it. There’s a chapter near the end, done entirely as a powerpoint presentation ‘journal,’ that the reader might feel inclined to skip over it, but I’ll warn you that you shouldn’t or you’ll miss out.
Would I have read it on my own? Probably not. Am I glad I read it? Yes. If I had half stars to give I think it’d be 3.5, but it just can’t get that extra half from me to bump it up to 4 because of the ending.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ll admit it. The cover got me. I’m not too proud to say it.
Quite often when I read erotic stories I’m underwhelmed with the plot. I mean I understand that it isn’t supposed to be plot heavy, because that’s not the point, but I like to have some reason for the story to exist beyond the sex. In this regard, The Breaker’s Concubine is more fulfilling than most. Maybe it’s because I’m craving Sci-Fi lately, but I really enjoyed the political space intrigue aspect of this story.
The other point I found appealing was that it didn’t seem like I was being written down to just because it was an erotic story. Would I be too pretensions if I said it seemed like “smart” smut? Probably, but I’m going to say it anyway.
The relationship progressed a touch fast, for me. Our hero and heroine went from wanting each other to wanting to die without each other a bit too quickly for my tastes, although I recognize that’s completely subjective.
The Breaker’s Concubine is both steamy and interesting. I heartily suggest picking it up.
PS – Ann Mayburn found me on Twitter after I posted that review to Goodreads and thanked me for referring to her story as ‘smart smut,’ so I guess it wasn’t too pretentious after all!
I was a little bit bummed today after work so I started playing around in Photoshop to cheer myself up. I thought I’d share the super-sexy bookmark design I made using the cover image made by Razzle Dazzle Design. I’m not sure if I’ll actually have any printed yet, I was just sort of playing around. I just loved the way it came out.
The NaNo effort so far weighs in at just under 16k. Not bad progress considering my lost week. Hopefully I can keep that momentum going and finish off, if not for November 30 then no more than a week after.
So, I basically gave up NaNoWriMo this year after being out of power for the first week and completely unable to write anything. Then, out of the ether came a terrific character that I fell in love with and I got sucked back in. I’ve gotten near 13k words done in 5ish days, so I’m pretty happy with the progress, and think I might be able to make something happen in this magical month after all. Now, this is very different from my usual fare. It’s almost a pure romance, with some fantasy-esque overtones. I’m not even sure what genre it would belong in. The closest comparison I’ve come up with so far is it’s a bit like Game of Thrones with less politics and more romance. Anyway, so I’m trying to catch up on NaNo, but I’m not going to be all that disappointed if I don’t make it, because I was essentially cheated out of a week by that bitch, Mother Nature.
Last year’s NaNo story, then named Firestorm, now named Elements of Rebellion, will be going off to my editor next month. I’m pretty excited about that. It’s a lot more personal a story to me than Broods will ever be, though I love my imaginary werewolf friends.
Shapeshifter Brand Geirson was raised to rule the Broods of Fenrir, but he refused his birthright. Instead, he killed their brutal leader–his own father–and walked away.
For hundreds of years he’s avoided brood society, until a werewolf kills an innocent human woman and Brand finds himself dragged back into the violent politics of the shapeshifters. When the two brood women who mean the most to him come under threat, he must take up the throne and risk becoming the kind of vicious bastard his father was, or let the broods descend further into chaos–taking the friend he swore to protect and his lover with them.
The final draft of Broods is off at the formatter now, and I’m hoping to get the first pass back this weekend. That process was also delayed by my power outage, because I couldn’t get to my manuscript–it was securely trapped on my network drives which, of course, don’t work well without power. I had a backup on my desktop which also doesn’t do much without power. I couldn’t even get to my cloud backup because without power, there is no internet here at Chez Moore. Boo. Hiss. Anyway, at least I didn’t lose anything, just had my plans delayed by a week.
I have a few other stories percolating in various phases that I would like to put some work into over my winter break. *Yes, Grayson, Willa is one of them! :)* I also have to figure out what the devil I’m going to write for my Master’s Project and get hopping. Currently in first place in that race is a story I’ve been working on revolving around the subject of one of my flash fiction stories posted here, Running Dark.
That’s all the updates I have right now.
1-What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions).
Leave. It’s actually the first word of the introductory poem, which gives the instructions for discovering Faerie: “Leave all iron, red thread, bells,/ and four-leaved clovers secured/ in your cozy house…” To read the whole poem: http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2011/03/poetry-friday-make-believe.html