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Review: Altered Carbon – Audible

Altered Carbon audible book review

Introduction

Altered Carbon is the first in a trilogy by Richard K. Morgan that follows Takeshi Lev Kovacs as he sets out to solve a murder/suicide. With it being set in the future there are plenty of sci-fi themes and some really powerful questions put to the reader regarding humanity and technology.

So, how was it?

Liked

This is one of those things that people will either love or hate. Internal monologue, there’s a lot of it. In my opinion it suits the whole theme of the book. There’s a lot for a person to understand and the constant internal struggle of adapting to the ideas this futuristic world brings are brilliantly highlighted through this.

For some, this will make things seem a little long winded as a lot of the time it doesn’t advance the story, but I absolutely loved the reflection on the world. There are a lot of themes and topics that could have been skipped by, but this perspective was constantly there and I loved it.

I loved the story and at first I was worried that the Netflix show was based entirely off the book, scene for scene, but they quickly pull apart. The book feels a lot more satisfying in it’s conclusion and definitely feels like it has much better villains.

Throughout I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next, and I thoroughly enjoyed Kovacs point of view throughout.

Disliked

One of my only complaints was that some of the supporting characters felt pretty poor. They were there, and the interactions between Kovac and them was always entertaining, but a lot of them got very little page time.

Also, there were a few scenes that I felt could have benefited from being a little more fleshed out, but it might have upset the pacing.

Audible

The performance was solid throughout and the narrator did a really good job capturing the different characters. The voices were different enough to help me distinguish who was speaking at any time which really added to the depth.

It was a little slow in places, but the narrator did a fantastic job bringing even these portions to life.

Conclusion

If you’re a sci-fi fan then this is a must read. It can be a little slow at times, but the themes throughout are really powerful and the story is great. I absolutely loved reading this book and can’t wait to check out the second in the trilogy.

A worthwhile read and I’d definitely recommend it!

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Chrysalis Blooms: Episode 3 – Smoke and Mirrors, Available Now!

Well it feels like a long time coming, but after years of dragging my feet I’m back on track. The first of my releases is the follow up to the first two episodes of Chrysalis Blooms. Smoke and Mirrors is now live and available on Amazon, links below.

This is just the first release that will be coming over the next few months, with the next three episodes already complete!

I really hope you enjoy and appreciate your patience!

Spread the word and share this post, but above all, enjoy the next chapter!

Amazon UK

Amazon US

More about Chrysalis Blooms:

When Lisa Joyce sneaks out, it isn’t a boy or her friends she goes to meet, but nightmares brought to life…

In a world where monsters and demons roam the night, preying on the innocent, it is Lisa’s duty to fight the darkness. The responsibility was inherited, but even so, she can’t begin to comprehend the magnitude of the life that lies before her.

As an outsider who never quite fits in, Lisa is different. She is stronger and faster than everyone else, and her heightened senses grant her unusual abilities. They are the perfect gifts for a monster hunter, but nothing but a curse for a girl trying to find her place in high school.

When the demon realm of Netharia and the mortal realm collide, it’s down to Lisa to solve the mystery before it’s too late. With the monsters roaming free in Fisher Creek, Lisa soon finds herself alone against the hordes, her friends trapped beyond the veil, lost in another world.

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Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1 – Vader

Star Wars Darth Vader Graphic Novel

So, I decided to take a look at Marvel’s Darth Vader series, hoping that it would capture the Darth Vader we all know and love and explore some of his backstory. Instead I got something that read more like the annoying Anakin Skywalker from the prequels.

Now, it’s not a bad read, it’s just not a very good one. The story follows Darth Vader after the destruction of the first Death Star, and as you can imagine, Emperor Palpatine is not happy! This should lead to some pretty interesting stories, but instead we get some boring political games between the two dark lords of the Sith.

What I did enjoy about Darth Vader was how much of an unappreciated character he was throughout. He’s treated as an archaic tool by the characters around him, something that should be disposed of, a simple weapon, and this makes things a little more interesting.

Vader clearly doesn’t trust the Emperor, and the feelings mutual. The Emperor is up to something, and Vader want’s to find out what his plans are, while he puts together his own secret force. This takes the story in a direction which brings some new supporting characters on board (relatively annoying ones) and ends with some more characters seeking to replace Darth (they are even more annoying!) Ultimately, the story is pretty generic.

Now the art, that’s pretty good. Some of the scenes look fantastic and the appearance of Vader is captured perfectly. His emotion is drawn incredibly well considering he’s always wearing his armor and helmet, and the reader really gets a feel for what the Sith Lord is thinking and feeling.

The question to ask at the end of all that, is this worth reading? Honestly, probably not. I’m not sure if it’s heading in a better direction, but so far it’s felt extremely weak. The art and style is great, but that’s about it. For something that focuses on such a great character I find it disappointing that his adventures are so generic… so bland…

Fingers crossed things will get better. There are hints towards the end that the Vader we know and love is coming back, so let’s see where that takes us. This is just the opening after all!

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Progress so far

Well it’s almost been a month of being published and so far so good! Feedback from the book is great, glad everyone who has read it has been enjoying my story so far.

A Thousand Hearts broke into the top 10k selling books, not sure if that’s a great achievement in terms of sales but I’m pretty happy considering the huge number of books selling out there.

Onto the second book in the series, Fallen. I’m 10% of the way through the first draft so I’m on schedule so it shouldn’t be too long until the book is ready for my beta readers. Everything is on track to have the second book ready to be published this year so fingers crossed nothing huge comes up and interrupts the writing process, it has been known to happen to me in the past 😛

As always, if you haven’t checked out my first book yet, take a peek at the following links!

Thanks for reading.

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Second Book

The plan for the second book in the ‘A Thousand Hearts’ series is complete. Writing will begin today and my schedule is jam packed with time planned for writing this book so expect a faster turn around! The title for the second book is ‘Fallen’, focusing on a new era for the Guild and it’s members.

As always I’ll keep updating you on the progress of the book but for now here is a little teaser image!

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Rebirth – Where to buy

So my first novel has been out for a little while and it is beginning to hit new store shelves, both virtual and physical so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of where you can pick up my book!

eBook Format

Amazon USUK
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
Apple iBooks
Google Play

Paperback

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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A Thousand Hearts – Michael and Katerine

ATH Michael and Katerine

Another little doodle I did of Michael Nolan and Katerine Lesigne from A Thousand Hearts. Had some great fun playing with this on my Galaxy Note. Not long now until the book is out! Just a couple of weeks.

The book is now being formatted to fit ebooks and also print. Once I’ve got the completed files back it won’t take me long to get the book out. The wait is almost over.



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Progress

So I had a meeting with my manager yesterday and it turns out I have a lot of holiday to take which means as of the end of the week I’ll have two weeks off. That means two weeks of solid writing.

The great news is that I’ve made massive progress already and will have the first draft complete by the end of March. I’m extensive excited to see it all coming together.

I’ve just forked out on a good fountain pen as I find it next to impossible to write electronically. I use a pc at work and I’m constantly using a laptop and tablet at home but when it comes to creative writing my mind goes blank when typing. The problem is I haven’t written by hand since sixth form so my hand cramps when writing for long periods. Hence why I’ve treated myself.

As I soldier on and make progress with the writing I’m loving the art work from Rosie. It’s absolutely fantastic. Seeing my characters come to life in art form is really motivating and helping me feel who these characters are.

Rosie has been a massive help. She is always asking what a character is wearing in certain scenes and for additional descriptions. This gets me thinking and helps the characters with depth. She also threatens me if I don’t stick to my schedule!

So its all progress progress progress here! Stay tuned. It’s going to happen!

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Full steam ahead

I’ve finally begun work on the first draft of A Thousand Hearts and have committed to writing a chapter per day.  This is a very exciting time and I’ve got a lot planned in over the next few months to begin promoting my first book!