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I generally don't like what's going on in the world, but that's only what I know is happening.


"[The Gods Wait] isn’t a quick read, by any means, but it isn’t meant to be, as the prose and plot both benefit from slow consideration. An engrossing, character-driven literary work, it’s a book for thinkers, fighters, and people who enjoy genuinely good prose."

-Mindy Hood, Self Publishing Review
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Another Review of The Gods Wait

HELLO NIHAO, my literary firefighters.

I've found yet another person who I tricked into reading my manic baijiu story. Ms. Donovan was eerily friendly, positive, and timely; these are uncommon traits in both my real and created universe.

Anyway, the review follows:


The Gods Wait offers a novel of internet and interpersonal relationships and excels in a complex web of characters and live... Read more of this blog post »
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