The theme of 'opposites attract' is tried and true, and never quite gets old. The main characters are played very well, and the evolution of their rel...moreThe theme of 'opposites attract' is tried and true, and never quite gets old. The main characters are played very well, and the evolution of their relationship is believable and perfectly paced. If there was one thing that I didn't like, it was the abruptness of the ending. It seemed to leapfrog over all the conflicts that had been put in motion as barriers to the happiness of the main characters, the climax jumping from the moment of emotional resolve to the final reward, without telling the story of how they got there in the end. I was honestly disappointed that the story slipped from emotional climax to epilogue without plot resolution. The epilogue was one of those "The kindle says I still have another 10% to go! Where's the rest of it?" moments for me, that totally threw me out of the story. I understand that this is a character-driven book, but I would have liked character and plot to ripen at the same pace. Up until that point, however, I quite enjoyed this well-crafted story. Definitely worth a read for fans of M/M romance. (less)
A fairly succinct discourse on sound, effective principles of work ethic, discipline, and global marketing strategy for writers. No gimmicks or magic...moreA fairly succinct discourse on sound, effective principles of work ethic, discipline, and global marketing strategy for writers. No gimmicks or magic bullets here, but instead a fairly well-fleshed out skeleton of how to go about a career as an independent author. The nuts and bolts of writing craft and manuscript preparation are not the focus of this work. Rather the authors focus on practical advice to design a successfully balanced working environment coupled with general pointers on product placement and improved market positioning. All in all, I found it enlightening to see so many nebulous ideas presented in a logical and accessible fashion. The authors describe a number of approaches from their experience, and go in detail into the strategies that worked for them, and for others, leaving the ultimate choices to the reader of how to structure one’s art into a successful business model. I would recommend this book to any author who is struggling to find the right mindset to make things click just so, and the knowledge of how to get their work out to readers to best effect. It just might shake loose a little clarity, and make the light bulb go on over your head. (less)
An enjoyable tale of love and magic, set against the background of college life. By current standards, it would probably fall into the New Adult categ...moreAn enjoyable tale of love and magic, set against the background of college life. By current standards, it would probably fall into the New Adult category, and the moments of explicit sexuality are few and far between. It is apparently fan fiction, but I am not familiar with this fandom, so I read it as a regular contemporary paranormal romance. It was well written and paced, and the main character’s voice was distinctive and authentic. The story itself was inventive, and sprinkled with local cultural and historical asides which added a dash of the exotic for American readers, in addition to the obvious Arthurian mythology references. The paranormal elements were not top heavy or overdone, and complimented the contemporary setting of the story without overwhelming it. The internal development of the main characters was believable and the crises they faced, both internal and external, were appropriate to the story. The only thing it lacked was a defined villain, but in a larger sense, the villain could be inferred to be homophobia itself, which forced the main characters into a straightjacket of societal expectations. I found this to be an wonderful light read, and I heartily recommend it.(less)
It reads like a light anthology of paranormal mysteries, broken up into chapters which are numbered by casefile. One has to pay attention to notice th...moreIt reads like a light anthology of paranormal mysteries, broken up into chapters which are numbered by casefile. One has to pay attention to notice that the casefiles are out of order to note which chapters are intended to be flashbacks, however. It does become clear from context, but it is easier to pick up on that explicit convention to put you in the right frame of mind to read each chapter. The world building is interesting, creating a race of "normals", i.e. humans, living alongside "abnormals", which could mean any one of a number of fantastical races. It appears implied but not stated explicitly that the normals are not aware of the abnormals in their midst.
The main problem I had with the book is that it read like a series of one-minute mysteries, where the elements of the plot, the clues, and ultimate resolution all followed in quick succession, without any buildup of tension or misdirection to prolong the investigation, or any hint that any problem that the main characters encountered could not be fixed by Chris flashing his ring and invoking his boyfriend's power to eliminate all opposition. It was like he was supposed to be a mystically powerful, but financially poor, private detective who happened to call in the cavalry whenever things got the slightest bit dicey. I much preferred the flashback chapters, in which Chris lacked his later advantages, and seemed to be relying more on his wits and personal strengths.
All in all, however, it was an enjoyable afternoon read, but didn't intrigue me sufficiently to draw me into reading the rest of the series.(less)