Soul Siphon Sales/Reviews!

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Hello all!

So it looks like Soul Siphon has become fairly popular! This is excellent news and I’m thrilled that it is selling so well! However, I have noticed that there has been a lack of reviews for the book. This is very important to me as I like to know how my readers enjoyed it! So if you have a moment, once you’ve purchased/read the book, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, leave a review on Amazon. It would really help me out a lot!

Thanks so much and enjoy!

-Jim



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Beating the Writer’s Block

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Hi Jim,

I saw your posts inviting people to ask for advice, so I thought I’d ask… How do you deal with writer’s block? Right now, I’m having issues with it. I had a great idea, I’ve gotten about half way into writing my story, but now I’ve just run out of steam. I can’t even get myself behind the keyboard to type because I’m dreading it. I don’t want to type page after page of filler, but I don’t know how else to deal with this. Please help! I have a deadline coming up that I need to reach.

Thanks,
Jeff!


Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the email! Writer’s block is a nuisance that has plagued us all at one point or another, and, like the hiccups, we all have different ways of getting rid of it. Realistically, there is no right or wrong way. It’s all about what works for you. I hate to say this, but writers block in some cases has been known to last people years. It’s an unfortunate fact.

Since you mentioned that you’re on a deadline, I’ll give you a few tips…

  1. Rediscover what gave you your initial inspiration. Go play a game, read a book, see a movie, whatever it was, go back down that original path again.
  2. Star over. No, I’m not kidding. If you’ve hit a roadblock, start over and try taking it from a different direction. Keep the original in case you want to go back to it, but start over and try taking your characters down another path. It’s better than sitting there staring blankly at the screen.
  3. Take a break… Don’t think about writing, put it out of your head for a few days and give yourself time to reflect.

If all else fails, I’d say that your best bet is to talk to your publisher/agent and see if the due date can be renegotiated. I’ve found there to be some wiggle room in the past.

Hope this helps,

I’ll open it up to my readers as well, maybe they’ll have some insight here. What does everyone think? Do you have any tips for Jeff to break his writers block?



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Fire Emblem Fates and My Thoughts…

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Allow me to preface this by saying that I absolutely LOVE the Fire Emblem series. I’ve been grabbing each game since The Sacred Stones and I’ve loved each of them. They are maddeningly difficult, insanely addictive, and incredibly fun. The whole premise of a game that is almost an expansion of chess, where your moves and decisions have to be 2 steps ahead if you hope to keep your characters alive!

Then Fire Emblem Awakening came out… and OH MY GOD WAS IT AWESOME!!! The story was awesome, the characters were lovable and memorable, the cameos were respectful and appropriate, and the character interactions were terrific, even the newly added marriage feature works well and allows you to do some customizing to a second generation of characters. Though honestly, the only characters worth marrying in my opinion (for the main character anyway) are Lucina and Tiki. I mean the others really did seem forced.

Anyway… then the announcement comes out that a new Fire Emblem is in the works, but no… not one, THREE! Conquest, Revelation, and Birthright, three separate story lines all surrounding the same characters… meaning that I was going to be gaming for a while. Seriously, each Fire Emblem has ridiculous replay value, so this was going to be a while.

Well… I just finished all three and how did I feel about them? Honestly… I thought they were good as far as Fire Emblem goes. Were they a smash follow-up to an otherwise perfect game that set the bar through the roof? Honestly… not really. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good, I’m glad I played them, and I’ll definitely replay them at some point, but it’s not like Awakening, which was one game that kept me plugged in for months on end and has me at the point where I want to replay it again even now.

So what were it’s good and bad points overall? Let’s take a look. The gameplay is pretty much the same as before. Each game starts off in the same place, you’re a prince that has never left his castle. However, eventually he’s called upon to make a choice between his supposed birth family (Birthright), the family that raised him (Conquest), and the high road (Revelations).

My main problem with this setup is it’s kind of a nature vs. nurture story where you’re faced with the ethical quandary about where your loyalties should lie; with the people who raised you or the people who are truly related to you. The problem is that… this is not the case. SPOILER ALERT!!! You’re actually related to neither side. I get that this was done so that your marriage options would be equal on both Birthright and Conquest, but doing it this way makes the decision a lot less of an ethical quandary. I honestly found myself saying… ‘Well wait, if I’m not related to you, why did I side with Hoshido in the first place!?’

Minus points for the plot flaw…

Other than that, I just really didn’t feel this story as much. You really didn’t know what was going on until late in the game, at which point they dump a large amount of exposition on you regarding the game’s primary villain. It really doesn’t hold up as well as I would have liked.

Honestly, of the three, I liked Conquest the best. This story arc was the standout from the other two. It gives the hero constant ethical quandaries between being loyal to your family and doing what is right. It was also the most challenging of the games, bringing us back to the lack of leveling roots.

The character interactions are okay, though I don’t really feel anything for them… unless you decided to marry one of the main characters, at which point things became uncomfortable and incestuous. (I mean seriously did anyone really NOT marry Camilla?)

Yeah, I don’t believe you!
I mean I know that you’re not related to any of them and as such you’re not breaking any laws of nature… supposedly, but come on, the taboo is still there. Even if the person isn’t blood, you’ve still been raised with them, there is still a familial relation, so even if you’re technically not related… well… Honestly, I have a hard time believing that if someone would be okay with marrying their sister, whom they recently found out wasn’t their sister, they’d then have a hard time with an actual familial taboo. It’s… awkward to say the least.

(Marry Scarlet, the story actually takes an unexpected turn.)

Now onto what I did like. The castle. Oh yes, I LOVED customizing my castle and battling people via streetpass. The added challenge of putting up impenetrable defenses really pushed this game back into ‘great’ territory. Allowing you to run through the castle, to have every armament you need at your fingertips, and having additional character interactions pushed this movie into the ‘win’ territory.

Finale:

Do I like this game? Yes.
Do I recommend this game? Yes.
Was it a stand out: Ehh… not really.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good game. The problem is that if you played Awakening, you have to curb your expectations a little. It gets points for bringing a lot of new material to the table: Divergent storylines, a home base, and interactive decision-making, are all a plus for this game, however the overall story itself is somewhat weak. If you’re looking for the standout in this series, go with Awakening. That said, I wouldn’t recommend skipping this one. Like I said, it brings a lot to the table, it just needed a bit more fleshing out.

 

Anyway that’s my thoughts. Am I spot on, or way off? Let me know below.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

 

Why I Will Not be in Attendance for Ghostbusters…

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Okay… here goes… there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this film… A LOT of controversy and I’m joining the fray. God help me…

I am taking a page from James Rolfe and refusing to see this movie for a multitude of reasons that I will explain below.

  1. The cast… okay I know a lot of people are upset about there being all female. Personally, I do not have an issue with this. I like the idea of female empowerment having written a lot of strong female leads myself. My issue comes with the fact that the cast is ALL female… look, if you’re trying to empower women, having four of them running around acting like goof-offs is not the way to go about it. Make the group a mixed cast of men and women where everyone plays an equal role. Christ, you could put Charlize Theron with her shaved head in a beat up ghostbuster’s outfit and make her the team badass, personally I’d love to see something like that. That would be cool. My main gripe with the cast comes right down to Melissa McCarthy. I don’t like her comedies, I don’t think she’s funny, and based on her interviews, I’m not too fond of her either. In my opinion, she’s a one-notes actress who plays the same loud-mouthed, Rosie O’Donnell clone over and over.
  2. The special effects look like CRAP! Others have stated that the CGI looks like something out of Eddie Murphy’s Haunted Mansion… ugh! Really though, they do look like unbelievable crap. One would think that with Star Wars The Force Awakens, the studios had learned their lessons about practical effects vs. CGI… but based on this, it really seems like some haven’t gotten the message.
  3. Sony’s dishonesty. Okay, when you place an embargo against movie critics and go around deleting critical comments (and not just the hate-filled ones), I’m sorry but your movie is not worth my time.
  4. The comedy is phoned-in. At least in the trailers, I didn’t see anything that made me laugh. The original two Ghostbusters movies were laid back and the characters were written by the comedians that played them. This strikes me as someone writing for these people the way that they think they should be.
  5. Hypocrisy. This complaint is two-fold. First, activists and critics have said that this movie will help promote minorities and women as marketable leads more and more… Um… yeah except that you cast the only African-American lead in the movie, as a stereotypical, loud-mouthed, blue-collar, working class woman. Yeah, because she couldn’t possibly be a scientist right? Seriously, the moment I read the casting, I cringed.
    Secondly, according to the reviews… EVERY MAN IN THE MOVIE IS EITHER STUPID, INCOMPETENT, OR AN ASSHOLE. This is very much akin to what we so often see in comedy shows with African American leads. All the non-AA characters, usually mostly white, are stupid or racist. People… this doesn’t work, especially when you’re talking about empowering people. You can’t empower a group of people by disrespecting every other demographic. By catering to one specific small group and alienating everyone else, you’re not bridging gaps and showing the world what ‘women can do,’ you are in fact reinforcing the divides and tensions, and taking all credibility and wind out of what you’re trying to do. Sorry, but it doesn’t work.
  6. The soundtrack sounds horrible. Seriously, I never minded Fallout Boy… but damn… Seriously, I don’t think I even need to comment on this, go listen to it. Once your ears stop bleeding, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
  7.  YOU POLITICIZED IT! Okay, this is perhaps the most egregious thing that you could have done. One, you’ve compared everyone who has an issue with this movie to a loud-mouthed Trump supporter. Yes I will admit that there are quite a few misogynistic comments out there surrounding this movie. No one is going to argue about that. Gender discrimination is a real thing and needs to be addressed, but when you try to draw a line in the sand and take the stance that you either see this movie or you’re a misogynist, you’re really showing your true colors.
    Allow me to explain… the very people who complain about gender discrimination, are committing it themselves. Take the afore mentioned James Rolfe. He posted a video explaining point by point why he didn’t want to see the movie. It was a well thought out argument. At no time did he make misogynistic comments or even attempt to discourage people from seeing the movie. He simply stated that he did not want to see it himself, and as an online personality on his own time, he has no obligation to.
    THE INTERNET EXPLODED! Rather extreme and hateful responses coming largely from feminist crowds came out in droves.  Vikram Murthi of IndieWire… who clearly didn’t even watch his video stated that…
    “It doesn’t take a giant leap of logic and faith to presume that his ideological problem with the film stems from the fact that it stars four women in a previously male-dominated franchise.”
    BASED ON WHAT??? Nothing in his video gives ANY indication of it. Also, he’s been a youtuber for 10+ years with literally hundreds of videos released. He has a comedy show on there referred to as the Angry Video Game Nerd and AT NO TIME has he ever said anything misogynistic. He even takes time to review things such as games directed at girls that other critics tend not to touch because it doesn’t interest them.
    Eric D Snider, a noted film critic went so far as to attack his family, asking who would marry this man-baby, while Daniel Carson called his wife a gold-digger who just married him for his Star Trek V gumballs.
    But don’t take my word for it, here’s the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz8X2A7wHyQMeanwhile, Comic Book Girl 19 has come out far more harshly against the movie, encouraging people not to see it for a multitude of reasons and, with a few exceptions, she’s been largely left alone. She certainly has not faced the huge amount of insults that Rolfe has.

    HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THE ACTUAL MISOGYNISTS WERE DOING?? HOW ARE YOU ANY BETTER?
    This is nothing more than an attempt by the PC crowd to silence the voices of critics in the same way that many Obama supporters have tried to silence anyone who has an issue with his presidency by dismissing them as racists. It’s wrong, it’s glaringly hypocritical, and it’s making the cause or person look weak as they can’t stand up to an argument without resorting to childish name-calling.
    Paul Feig, the movie’s director, came out and stated that “Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes I’ve ever met.”
    As an out-of-the-closet geek, someone who supports the geek community, and basks in the fact that geek is the new cool, I was personally offended by his comments. Not only does this make me not want to see Ghostbusters, it makes me want to avoid any movie he’s ever put his print on, or ever will.
    Melissa McCarthy in an interview with the guardian and put her two cents in:
    “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood? I have a visual of those people not having a Ben [Falcone, her husband], not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the Internet. I just hope they find a friend.”

    Okay um… fuck you! I’m sorry, I don’t normally like resorting to profanity, but that really pisses me off. For starters, I’m happily married with two kids and no I do NOT spend all day on the internet, except for work. I have plenty of friends.
    Unfortunately, this idea that the critics of the movie are misogynistic man-childs living in their parents basement has caught on and been perpetuated by other cast members, supporters, and people who worked on the movie.

    But the politicking doesn’t end there, no no no! Producer Judd Apatow in an article on variety.com  stating that “I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful ‘Ghostbusters’ will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy,”
    Great, so now we’ve gone so far as to insult intelligence across the board! The producer has now not only insulted critics or the Ghostbusters movie, but a large portion of the American voting populace. Look, you may like Trump, you may not, and I can understand either argument, but either way, there are legitimate reasons for voting for Trump that don’t involve racism or being an enormous blow-hard.
    For the time being, I’m willing to believe that this is Apatow’s own senseless rantings and not the opinion of the studio, because -generally speaking- studios do not want their work associated with a political candidate, especially in an election year….

    Oh crap…

    And again… 

So there you have it. This movie wreaks of a studio not trying at all, assuming that people will watch anything or will give this movie a pass because it’s a ‘chick flick’ and it really pisses me off. To add even more to their list of crimes against society, they then damage the legitimacy of the a major social issue, gender equality, in order to make quick buck under the guise of empowerment.

People, seeing this movie is not making a political statement for the empowerment of women and minorities. Not at all. This is just giving into social manipulation by some very greedy, very powerful people who lack any scruples or moral standards what so ever. If anything they said about the fan base were true, there would have been an equal, or arguably stronger outcry against Star Wars and Fury Road, as those two franchises have arguably larger fan bases that are far more radical. However, that did not happen. Yes there were detractors, but it was nowhere near the same degree.

I’m asking all of my readers now, I like the originals, but I’m not a die-hard ‘Ghostbusters needs no reboot’ fan. If you want to go see this movie… just make sure you’re seeing it for the right reasons; BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS YOU! If you like Melissa McCarthy, no problem. You’ll probably like this movie. Just PLEASE don’t go see it because it’s the ‘PC’ thing to do, or because you’ve been tricked into thinking that shelling out $12 for a half-assed movie is somehow empowering people. Don’t give into the manipulation and give the very evil people responsible for the negative hype your time and money. That is all I ask.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Star Wars Dark Disciple Review

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I don’t usually do book reviews. I don’t like criticizing fellow authors’ work… usually I’m not one to talk, but this is one book that I cannot keep quiet about. Why you may ask? Because it is amazing!

With the fall of the expanded universe into ‘Legend,’ several new books have risen out of what is being euphemistically called ‘New Canon.’ Which basically means it’s canon and universe-correct… until the next movie comes out and messes it all up. (Don’t think it could happen? Heh, look into the controversey surrounding Lucas and Karen Traviss. That got nasty real quick.)
How are these books? Ehh… depends on which ones you’re reading. Lost Stars was great, albeit a little rushed and many of the others are getting mixed reviews.

Before I continue on with my review, I want to explain what I consider to be cano and what is not… since these days it’s far more subjective than it has EVER been.

Here goes…

  1. KOTOR and many of the other Old Republic stories. Yes, I’d say they survived the TFA purge, simply because nothing really came out in these movies that would discredit them. Malachor has been confirmed to exist by Rebels, (K)Morriban has been confirmed to exist, so we still have those worlds, and a number of others have gotten honorable mention. So it’s logical to assume that anything from prior to Episode 1 could still withstand the canon test.
  2. The movies. This goes without saying, but still the movies have the official seal and no matter how much we may love or hate a few of them, THEY ARE THE PRIMARY SOURCE. So that means that all 9 current Star Wars movies are canon:
    1. Phantom Menace
    2. Attack of the Clones
    3. Revenge of the Sith
    4. A New Hope
    5. Empire Strikes Back
    6. Return of the Jedi
    7. Sigh… The Ewok Adventure
    8. The Battle for Endor (God help me now)
  3. Both Clone Wars cartoons. I’ll admit to not being a huge fan of the originals. Their animation and style just wasn’t my thing, but they are more of a summary of events that take place in the actual TV show.
  4. The old Droids and Ewoks cartoons… I didn’t want the Ewoks one, but it’s Lucasfilm… and so it counts. Droids was pretty good though.
  5. Even though I’m sure to get lynched for this… the Wookie Holiday Special.
    Yes, THIS Holiday Special:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX0x-I06Fpc
    (If you click the link, it’s your own fault!)
  6. Star Wars Rebels
  7.  Anything that came out DURING the movies. This includes Clone Wars novels, Shadows of the Empire, etc.
  8.  Anything that came out after the movies and has both Lucasfilm and Diseny’s stamp of approval.

So that brings us to Dark Disciple. It is a Clone Wars novel and based on unproduced episodes of the TV series. Given that, it more than qualifies as canon.

I’m going to warn everyone now that there are spoilers in this review!

Book info from Amazon:

Plot:
Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy.
 
The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.


My Review:

What can I say? The book was amazing and has been enshrined on my shelf as one of my favorite novels of all time. Christie Golden hit it out of the park on this one. The novel features the adventures of two very well-known characters in the Star Wars Universe… 1. Quinlan Vos 2. Asajj Ventress. So already, you have the hurdle of accurately portraying these characters who both have very distinct personalities.

I admit that I went into this novel being skeptical. Ventress was one of my favorite characters in the Clone Wars series even from the time of the original Clone Wars short. I had secretly hoped that she would appear in Revenge of the Sith… but Lucas disappointed me, yet again!

Anyway, I’m happy to say that the character is not only well-portrayed, she’s been improved upon. Christie does an incredible job of showing Ventress as a former sith apprentice (I won’t say reformed as I’m not sure that’s the correct word) turned bounty hunter. She’s dedicated to her work, fair and surprisingly honest, though she’s focused on the job more than anything and isn’t one to expect mercy from… at first. There is also a great deal of backstory on her in this book so technically you can read it without watching the show (though I really do not recommend this.)

Vos is the other main character and definitely strikes me as a vagabond who doesn’t really fit into the Jedi role so well, even though he is technically a master. I feel… and the novel really confirms this, that he was a war time promotion who was granted the title of master more out of necessity than anything else.

So an out-of-place Jedi is tasked with the mission of assassinating Count Dooku… a black op if ever there was one and not something we’d typically see the Jedi do, as this is not there way. It’s a task that has many objections, but as the Jedi watch helplessly as Dooku massacres more and more people, they believe that they have no other choice.

Vos is tasked with getting Ventress to assist him as she’d have intimate knowledge of how to get close to Dooku… and if anyone in the galaxy wants him dead…

Anyway, they meet up and start working together. Their partnership is anything but smooth. It’s later revealed that Ventress figured out pretty quickly who he really was, at which point, she is informed of his true mission. She takes to it pretty easily, but does not believe that Vos can take Dooku on in his present state. This takes them to her Homeworld of Dathomir where she begins to train him in the dark side of the force.

One key aspect of the book that I liked comes up here. It’s at this point that we see how Ventress became the person that she currently is. She tries to teach Vos how to wield the dark side and use it to make himself stronger, without being consumed by it. This is a teaching that is apparently very common on Dathomir, but something that Jedi typically avoid and Sith… well they speak for themselves.

At this point we come to what I believe to be the weakest part of the novel… yes even one that I thoroughly loved can have its weak points. If it’s not plainly obvious from the cover, this book is a Romance under Fire story. Yes, Vos and Ventress become lovers. Both reluctant, but it happens. My only issue with it is that the whole thing feels rushed. There isn’t much exposition about their emotion, or how their feelings really develop. You could argue that this is done to keep the novel’s pace going and I guess that’s a legitimate point, however there is no rule that a face-paced novel can’t slow down at certain points. Still it does touch on everything it needs to and really it’s more of a minor gripe from someone who’s a sucker for action romance, so I’ll move on.

Eventually they go to confront Dooku. The fact that they fail is obviously no spoiler as he appears in Revenge of the Sith. However, what happens next is a shocker. Vos is captures and Ventress is forced to retreat.

She makes an attempt to rescue him, only to find that Dooku used what Ventress had taught him, and pushed him the rest of the way by revealing to him that Ventress was the one who killed his old master. Again, she is forced to retreat.

Leaving him haunts Ventress to the point where she does something she never thought she’d do; she contacts Obi-Wan Kenobi, goes before the council, telling them everything she knows and accepting the Jedi offer of clemency in exchange for her help.

They do eventually succeed in rescuing Vos. They find him beaten and near death. However, despite the Jedi’s belief that he has not totally fallen to the dark side, Ventress senses something far more nefarious within and refuses to believe Vos.

Vos attempts to convince her over and over, and eventually she takes him at his word. The mission to assassinate Dooku is resumed and this time, Ventress and Vos have the help of the other Jedi.

I’m going to stop here and just say that the ending is extremely sad… EXTREMELY sad. However it is a fitting end to the story and despite what happens, Ventress is successful in saving Vos from the dark side and showing the Jedi Council the error of their ways. In the end, she is honored by them as nothing short of a hero.

So there you go… what is my overall assessment of the book? AMAZING!

The action scenes were amazing, the book was fast-paced and hard to put down. In many other Star Wars story that I’ve read, I found myself skipping over paragraphs with lengthy descriptions and exposition without losing anything. In DD, I couldn’t imagine skipping anything. The book successfully keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire read. Yes the pace of the story means cutting down on a bit of the detail that I thought the book could have benefited from, but that’s not really enough to detract from the story in my opinion.

So with that in mind, what is my overall rating?
For a book this good? Four and a Half out of Five stars! I can’t wait to check out some of Ms. Golden’s other work!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Soul Siphon Chapter 1

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The Creative Works of James Harrington

Hi All,

Just wanted to give everyone a sample of my newest book:

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“Nurse, what happened?”

“I don’t know, Doctor. He just started convulsing. We were monitoring him after his skin became discolored, and then he flat-lined.”

Corban McConnell felt his body slipping away and was powerless to stop it. He tried to scream, but Adramelech would not allow him enough control over his own muscles to do it. He was trapped in a cage in his own mind, one that he could not escape from. All he could do was sit and watch helplessly as the demon destroyed his world.

Corban could feel a burning sensation in his chest where the crucifix that his mother gave him used to reside. It had been removed when he had been committed, but the scar from where it had been remained. When Adramelech possessed him, it felt as though someone had…

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