Clyde Penny’s First Day

“At least he dies quietly.” “Dies?” “In a sense. At some point, he will just start over in receiving.” “Oh.” “Does that trouble you?” “Well, no. It just seems…” The small man raised an [...]
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Book Review – Zero by J.S. Collyer

“A little faith wouldn’t go amiss, Commander.” Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this novel directly from the author. Zero is the debut novel from author J.S. Collyer and the first in a series of what promises to be [...]
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How to Read a Novel – Part Two of Two

Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth. – Mortimer J. Adler I assume you’ve arrived at Part [...]
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Weekly Recap – July 3rd, 2014

Half of 2014 gone already? Time really is precious, so don’t waste a moment. Make sure you’re happy. Make sure someone else is happy. I drafted out the bones to Part Two on my How to Read a Novel post. I was hoping to put it up this week, but [...]
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Weekly Recap – June 27th, 2014

I’m giddy with effervescent joy at how well-received my post was yesterday. Thanks for taking the time to read it. Part Two should be ready for your eyes next week. You guys are awesome. Other than that, my at-least-250-words-a-day writing streak has [...]
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How to Read a Novel – Part One of Two

There have always been literate ignoramuses who have read too widely and not well. The Greeks had a name for such a mixture of learning and folly which might be applied to the bookish but poorly read of all ages. They are all sophomores. – Mortimer J. [...]
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Book Review – Storm Rider by Akira Yoshimura

Hikotaro turned to his stepfather and said, “Take me with you.” Storm Rider attempts to semi-fictionalize the true story behind Hikotaro (aka Joseph Heco), a thirteen-year-old boy living in 1850 Japan. His father died when he was an infant and [...]
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Weekly Recap – June 20th, 2014

I have a rather large barrel filled with excuses for my blogging absence, but I’m keeping them there since I have no use for an empty barrel. I will say I’ve made some progress on Wolf’s Tail thanks to a $50 bet. Said bet requires me to [...]
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We have blast off! ‘Zero’ goodies for all!

Originally posted on The Path – J. S. Collyer's Writing Blog:First I just want to quickly announce that the ARCs of Zero (synopsis here – everyone likes space pirates, right?) have been emailed out today. Thank you SO MUCH everyone who has agreed to [...]
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Book Review – Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

“Three days before her death, my mother told me–these weren’t her last words, but they were pretty close–that my brother was still alive.” I was inspired to pick up Gone for Good after it was referenced in Writing the [...]
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