Sunday, January 26, 2014

Slave of Passion: Bad BDSM

Slave of Passion (The Harishtu Saga)

Every so often I come across a bad book. When you read almost 30 books a year, it’s bound to happen sooner or later. In the past, I had a policy about not posting reviews for books I didn’t like. Now, I find that policy feels more than a little dishonest. This review is a first for The King’s Crier blog. The book for today is Slave of Passion (The Harishtu Saga) by Brian Warren. This is Mr. Warren’s first book and I commend him for making the effort to publish this book. Unfortunately I find myself unable to like the book for numerous reasons.
First among them was the formatting of the e-book, specifically the font size. I use a Kindle Fire for the majority of my readings. When I opened Slave of Passion after downloading it from Amazon, the font on a normal setting was so large that a “page” was little more than a paragraph. I bought the book from Smashword as well to see if it was just my copy. The Smashword copy had the same formatting problem. This is not a good first impression for a first novel. Format errors show a lack of quality control that should be completed long before submitting for publication, even self-publishing.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Augment: Human Services -A Brutal Future of Shadows


Defining humanity is always a tricky proposition. Science fiction novels over the decades have grappled with the dilemma of what makes us human. The genre often uses body modification as a means to explore this question as well as to tell a good story. Augment: Human Services by Phil Elmore uses the question to set up the opening chapter of a potentially lengthy serial work. The novella presents a future where humanity is rigidly defined by society. On the fringes of this society, not everything is concisely defined.