A New Writer’s Digest Review for Ixion

Looking forward to releasing my new novel in the Spring. In the meantime, I’m thankful for a recent review from Writer’s Digest. I submitted Ixion for a literary contest for Indie-authors, Self-Published EBook Awards. I did not win; however, I received a nice review, which I’ve included below:

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Structure, Organization, and Pacing:   4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar:    4
Production Quality and Cover Design:    5
Plot and Story Appeal:   4
Character Appeal and Development:   4
Voice and Writing Style:   4

 
Judge’s Commentary*:

First, the cover is excellent. I love the image, the relation it brings to the plot, it gives a great idea what the reader is in store for, and it looks good. Nice work.

I really enjoy underworld mythology and was excited to read a creative take on those tales. I thought this book was quite an intense and epic ride, it seemed to be set to a level 10 intensity the entire time, and for most of the book that worked out. While the writing is compelling and the plot is exactly the intensity that is thrilling, I do think it would benefit from some variation in those levels. What I mean by that is, there are often a lot of things going on at once in the chapters, and at times it was a lot to keep hold of, especially when each of those things is really highly important. It would have been helpful to me to have a little more balance to give the more extreme plot points their full power where the reader is also given some pages of recovery time.

I think it is a testament to the strength of the writing that the scenarios seemed viable and for the most part worked for me, but I do wish there had been some more character development overall to counteract and help balance the plot.

*Judge, 7th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.

 

Inglourious Basterds Review

Okay. Okay. I know. I know. I finally watched Inglourious Basterds.

So… Okay. I have to admit that I’m not a huge Tarantino film fan. I watch them because my friends like them, so there is a degree of peer pressure there. Still, I haven’t seen all of them, and I’m slowly getting around to doing so.

Case in point: Inglourious Basterds… Let’s just say I was inspired to watch a movie about people enlisted for the sake of “Killing Nazis,” as Portland, this summer, has been the standoff epicenter/gathering of chauvinistic, racist, blame-shifting, violence-baiting Nazis and their antithesis group–former “critical-mass”–Antifa shitheads.

Needless to say, I was hoping to see some Nazis killed in some truly artful and gruesome means.

“So, what did you think?” you ask.

I enjoyed the film. But I won’t labor on and I’ll simply cut the loquaciousness of my response: I was a little disappointed…

They could have really killed more Nazis.

“But it’s not like they could go all ‘The Shining’ scale and trigger a bloody wave spreading out from the center of Germany-occupied Paris? Or … an Ash character cutting through rows upon rows of Nazis with a chainsaw? Or someone like Lionel using a shoulder-holstered lawnmower to chop down the Schutzstaffel (SS) like the repugnant shitty crabgrass that they were,” you protest. “There is a level of realism and brutality that both factions in the movie–both sides pushing the boundaries of Humanity–that grounded it.”

Yes. Yes. I agree and understand your point. But, truth be told, I’m spooling up the “Opening of the Ark” scene as I write this…

Now. That. Was. Nazi. Killing. At. Its. Finest.

 

 

Why are there no ass shots of your female (or male) characters on your books?

I think it’s over done. I believe there is a treatise–if not several–out there regarding this subject, but (haha, not ‘butt’) it seems a little overplayed on book covers and movies posters. True, most of these covers and posters include both male and female butts; however, what is the point, especially when it is so blatantly obvious?

Granted, it may sell more books… I myself am intrigued by a nice posterior presented in all its glory for my visual appreciation. Still, in a world of the ME TOO! this seems like a disingenuous (if not effective) marketing ploy … considering that despite how “under-sexualized” we claim to be … we are all animals according to our DNA, and hence, have drives directly associated to the phenotypes (outwardly appearances) we find desirable as a species. Ergo: nice butt, arms, breasts, et. al.

Still, unlike some weirdos out there, I’m not going to fuck a book or a movie poster. For those of you that do, well, more power to you. Just please, keep or throw the book away when you’re done with it; DON’T resell it to Powells!

 

Thank you for participating!

Thank you, everyone, for participating in the recent “giveaway” events.

I hope you enjoy my books. It is always fun to write them.

Cheers!

–LB

New novel from L.B. Sisk!

It’s here! I’m excited to launch my new book Shears Trades Swords!

Click on the link HERE to find it on Amazon.

Book description below:

Stephanie Thierson has always loved being a sheepherder on her family’s farm … and, of course, doing an occasional job for the regional Constables Office. However, because of a recent rumored escapade and growing celebrity status in the area, she’s caught the attention of a young noblewoman, Gloria Hepner, who is in desperate need of her help.

Amber Tabiare is a child of destiny … her life written … or so it was said. Because of it, she and her partner have made a very good living by selling products ranging from the latest fashions to magical items of various kinds.

By happenstance, Steph, Amber and their friends are pulled into a perilous journey that is linked to the disappearance of Gloria’s brother…

After all, an ancient evil has been hiding for centuries. It has watched Humanity spread across the landscape unchecked. And it has had enough.

 

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