Review: The Builders by Daniel Polansky

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I’d heard of The Builders through the grapevine (r/Fantasy) and figured I’d try it. It’s nice and short, and gave me a nice taste of Daniel Polansky’s writing style, unless that changes per book, of course. You never know.

Plot:

The members of the Captain’s company split up years ago, scattered to the most remote corners of the Garden, keeping their heads down. But the Captain is not content to just lay down and die. He has a plan. A plan to get revenge for their last job. That last disastrous job.

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Editing Update #8

I’ve finished editing both my novellas; I finished editing down my NaNoWriMo 2014 novel [SG] to a novella first, because I wanted to submit it to The Book Smugglers’ novella initiative. Which I did, though I’ve not heard back yet. But on their site they said to wait until August to hear, I believe, so if I haven’t heard anything by then, they’ve decided not to go with my story.

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Editing Update #7

I’ve only recently picked up my editing again, not because I was busy (though I was), but because my head and heart weren’t in it. That’s not a state in which I want to look at my manuscripts, and it took a while for that mood to evaporate. But I’m back in the game now! I’m reserving the weekend especially for editing, mainly because during the week it’s all writing, writing, writing and working, of course.

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Review: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

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I bought this novella, Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor because I heard a lot of great things about it, and because I wanted to read more diverse authors. It’s sci-fi, not fantasy, but I took the plunge anyway.

Plot:

Binti is the first Himba to ever be accepted to attend Oomza University and though she’s scared, she’s also very excited. She undertakes a space journey to get to where she’s going – but then something happens. Something terrible. Something almost unimaginable.

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