Avempartha, Book Two of The Riyria Revelations

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Avempartha, Book Two of The Riyria Revelations By Michael Sullivan   Reviewed by Rocky Reichman, Editor-in-Chief of Literary Magic.     I think I was just struck by lightning. No, wait—that was just Michael Sullivan's Avempartha racing through my head.   Reading this novel will leave you feeling dazzled and rocked. The story aims well at its goal. Its target. And like lightning, it never misses its mark throughout the entire story.   Fantasy is a crowded genere. Especially Sword and Sorcery. So why does this book succeed? Because it's different. The story revolves around a local setting. Around people whose actions the reader would not think insignificant in the greater scheme of the wolrld. But Author Sullivan ...

January 21, 2010

Thicker Than Blood

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Thicker Than Blood A Novel by M.A.Newhall Reviewed by Literary Magic contributor     A great idea. This is perhaps the best accomplishment that Thicker than Blood achieves. Finding a creative, original idea has become a rare gem in science fiction nowadays, and the very fact that this author had developed something new told this reviewer he had to read the book. Thicker than Blood follows a man who suffers from a disease where he, quite simply, does not heal. There is something wrong with his body’s immune system. But then he receives a great gift—the gift of small nano-sized machines that enter his body and not only protect him, but grant him the ability to be ...

January 21, 2010

Writing the Breakout Novel

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Written by Donald Maas   Reviewed by Rocky Reichman     Real.   That is the best word to describe the advice this books offers. Dozens of books on writing choke the marketplace today, but few are as valuable as this. Writing the Breakout Novel is a gem in the pile of rocks. The author, Donald Maass, is president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency, a well known New York firm that sells over a hundred novels a year to publishers. He is also president of AAR, the Association of Authors' Representatives. Which is why it is no wonder this book breaks out from the typical books on novel writing. Maass' book is about strategy, not just ...

October 19, 2009

Book Review of Solon

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Written by Raymond Springer Reviewed by Karen Cole       Teaser: Well, those who like mixed fiction be warned: I found this uniquely plotted and paced true crime/horror/science fiction book to be strangely written and even more strangely presented, though I highly recommend reading it. The handful of new ideas in it made it worthwhile, although the structure and writing were flawed and in need of good content editing, plus a grammar and syntax check. But you will want to hang on all the way to the enthralling end of “Solon” - if you can make it past some basic structural flaws.     Review: This book started out fairly well, building swiftly as the murder investigation ensued. It ...

October 19, 2009

Aiming for the Ivies: A Review of Fat Envelope Frenzy by Joie Jager-Hyman

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Reviewed by Rocky Reichman     Over 3.3 million applicants.   That's how many students applied to colleges this year, the largest in U.S. (and probably the world's) history. Face it, aspiring Ivy Leaguers: It's tough to get in to your first choice schools. And it's not going to get easier anytime soon. Why the surge in applications? Two reasons. The first is obvious: our nation is experiencing a large population boom, which means that there are more students applying for the same finite number of spots at colleges this year. Second, there has been an increase in the number of kids applying to higher-ranking colleges, a large percentage of them aiming for the Ivies.   What's ...

October 19, 2009

Book Review: Wikinomics

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By Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams     Wikinomics, a blend of the words wiki--an online software that allows the community to edit pages collaboratively--and economics. Wikinomics is a neologism (new term) created by the authors of this book. Wikinomics occurs when there is mass collaboration and cooperation between many people to create a product or software. The result? More innovation. More democracy. And cheaper research and development costs for large companies.   There are two kinds of business books. One offers raw advice and tips. ...

October 19, 2009

Book Review: Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

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By Lee Iacocca Reviewed by Rocky Reichman   Lee Iacocca is a leader. And a former CEO. And a hero.   Lee is different from all the other critics complaining about America current state. Unlike most of them, Lee does not just rant about how politicians and current leaders are ill-fitted for their jobs, but he also comes up with better solutions. After all, it's easy to complain about the government. But it takes courage to be able to come up with an improved solution and say “this is not working, but this might....” The entire book is nothing but sound advice. Strong advice. Meaningful advice.   Lee examines not only current politicians, but ...

October 17, 2009

Writer Spotlight: Questions for FR Jameson, Author of “The Wannabes.”

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This issue author FR Jameson joins us. He talks to Literary Magic about his debut novel The Wannabes. Read the interview for advice on how to create stories that generate emotional responses from and entertain readers. 1. LM (Literary Magic): Your short stories and novel alike are all Horrors. Why? What draws you to this genre, and how do you think your personal attraction to it enlivens the reaction of your readers? FRJ (FR Jameson): I actually think the short stories are a slightly different genre to the novel. Yes, the short stories are horror and designed to shock, while the novel – because it's much bigger – ...

October 15, 2009