How would you describe your writing mojo/style? That’s a really hard question. I can define other people’s styles really easily, but my own is hard! I guess I could name my style something. Early “Matlock-if-it-had-vampires-in-it”, maybe. Was Carrie’s limited perspective and her character always a factor in your world building for Blood Ties? I don’t
OMG OMG OMG. I so needed this after that Dinosaur Mafia BS and Sword of Medina. Dreaming Metal is a smart exploration of the implications of AI citizenship in a future technocracy. Loved it. Basically, this is the sequel to Dreamships, where the almost-AI Manfred almost murdered Reverdy Jian. Even though Manfred wasn’t AI, his
The Shadowlands series(made up of Silver’s Lure,Silver’s Bane, and Silver’s Edge) is… okay. I’d give this a solid C — interesting use of some tropes, neat inclusion of non-typical Maiden figures (a representation of Brigid as a young female blacksmith was quite nice), some all right sexin’ scenes, but points off for the demonization of queerness, essentialized
Prospero Lost was really fun. Basically, it takes up a few hundred years after Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Prospero and his children have funded a multinational financial empire. Miranda remains Prospero’s loyal, virginal daughter, devotee of a benevolent goddess. Miranda’s faith, service, and maidenhead stand surety for her family’s immortality. The years pass; Miranda’s grown older
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats is the first of a new series of vampire stories writtenby Mario Acevedo. This was fun — Acevedo took some genre standards (nymphos, tortured vets/vamps, etc) and breathed a bit of new life into them. The plot is basically that Felix Gomez became a vampire after serving in Iraq. His
Readers of the Blood Ties series will be pleasantly surprised at Armintrout’s foray into the world of the Faery wars. Unlike the Blood Ties world, where Armintrout’s gift for quirky histories is a bit limited due to its connection with the “real,” the Lightworld/Darkworld series provides enough space for this author’s imagination to fly free.