Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Content Writing Opportunities? Sure, why not.

Point of order, I was again told
not to smile for this photo.
Want to see your own writing published online? I am listening. In short, I have gotten some emails addressed to "the Stars Uncounted team" asking about Content Writing and I respond by saying that the team consists of me, myself, and I, and that all one of us is willing to post your content. The only rule is that such a Guest Post would have to be within the context of the blog – meaning that it must relate to the Fantasy genre or be about self-publishing Fantasy. If you are interested, feel free to send me one for approval. The first such post was the Beginners Guide to Exploring Fantasy Books by StickerYou. 

Just remember that any and all Guest Posts must adhere to the high moral spirit of my mostly humble blog. This does not mean that I have to agree with everything you say; it merely must be well-written and thought-out.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Shelves Unfettered - A place for librarians and young literati

I am in my working life a teacher, a school librarian to be exact, and for my Survey of Literature for Children and Young Adults and Emerging Technologies for Libraries online classes at Salem State University I was tasked to make a blog. Deeming Stars Uncounted not a good fit, since the classes obviously involve more than Fantasy, I created:

Shelves Unfettered - A place for librarians and young literati

Of a more academic nature than Stars Uncounted, its literary focus is, I think, enough to warrant me mentioning it here. What becomes of it following my time at Salem I cannot say but, until that time, it might be worth a look.

Stars Uncounted. Seas Uncharted. Shelves Unfettered. There is almost an echo in here.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

My father and I just finished Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

My father and I just finished Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Though several reviews – and very credible reviewers – compared it to Diana Wynne Jones' works, we did not see it; and we should know having read them all. But the real shock is less the Jones comparison so much as that it was not compared to Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Sequence. Set in a rich Victorian-based world where old books of magic are no less and arguably much more dangerous than post-Reform sorcerers, apprentice librarian and sorcerer-hater Elisabeth Scrivener unravels a centuries old conspiracy that threatens not only the Austermeer’s Great Libraries but literally everything else as well. With help from one somewhat traumatized and very wry sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and his unfailingly polite demon servant of course. Nothing against School Library Journal, or Margaret Rogerson herself for that matter, but claiming Sorcery of Thorns makes Rogerson the heir of Jones is a fundamental mischaracterization. Say rather, again and quite accurately, that Sorcery of Thorns is the heir of the Bartimaeus Sequence. I mean come on: Nathaniel, political plots, and summoned demons. Seriously.

Farewell for now Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas. I will be seeing you again in the sequel whether or not Dad agrees with it.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Quote of the month

This quote is one of my favorites, for it inspires much of my writing.

"It is marvelous to see them: the new lands rising from the sea as your boat comes toward them. The farmlands and forests, the cities with their harbors and palaces, the marketplaces where they sell everything in the world." - Ursula K. Le Guin

Sunday, January 28, 2024

I just started Rhapsody, book one of Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages

I just started Rhapsody, book one of Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages.

Time travel, Time Editors, and mysteries abound as Gwydion finds himself on the Island of Serendair centuries before war and the sea take it. Placed there, I and he hope, to save a young lady whom only I suspect is the book's namesake. This series has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages and by the looks of things it will be a wild ride across the waves of Time. Let the harmony begin.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Official Book Review: The Fury, Book Two of David Doersch's Chronicles of the Raven

I have finished The Fury, Book Two of David Doersch's Chronicles of the Raven and, as the author requested, now give it an Official Book Review.

Fulfilling the promise Book One made, The Fury reveals the Chronicles of the Raven as a Fantasy of consistent, incredible, expanding and intricately detailed depth as old intrigues come to fruition or wither depending while revealing layers that were only hinted at and others utterly unexpected as the world of Hortus and story itself reaches beyond the borders of Daffyd. A story that is now far more than a Celtic Fantasy about the women and men of Green Mount and Lachland protecting their homes from the savage Barbárs hordes, the Church of the Five, and the blood-magicking Angor shamans. Powers far greater are now at play as ancient, forgotten legends come to life, and one of Doersch's great qualities is that he forces to reader to be as keen-eyed as the best of archers to gain full understanding.

But understanding or not – and the Five know many of the characters themselves are in the not category – the Autumn Equinox is nigh and now the fate of the world depends upon the Raven Corvus Corax and his friends ascending and matching the ancient call: The battle cry goes out as swords are drawn… "Protect the Tor!" In other words, Book Three will open with a literally earth-shaking battle.

(P.S. If you, dear reader, are an author/publisher and reading this review makes you want to ask me for a review too then PLEASE read my Contact Me? page.)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024