Posts Tagged ‘writing’


Coffin X, a novel by A. Kale, was a great story idea. Unfortunately, the style chosen to portray the story just didn’t work. Flipping between characters from chapter to chapter, each written in first person definitely developed curiosity for the story, but grew tedious quickly. Changing the perspective of the entire book would have created a much more enjoyable story.
I will admit, I only read the first 20%, then skipped to the last 10%. Usually, I’ll simply put a book aside if it’s such a chore to read, but this one I wanted to see the conclusion, even if I didn’t care how it got there. Like I said, the book holds a great idea.
I missed a slew of character introductions in the pages I missed, all culminating in a final confrontation with Death, ultimately the main character.
A book about Death, especially in this clever doppelganger story, should be, at worst, readable through its flaws, simply because of the curiosities in the character. A. Rove was too clever for his own good on this one. Maybe a reboot?

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Cynthi, in 1982, holding her new Tauntaun

Cynthi Marie, called Cindy by most, didn’t realize, until she didn’t care anymore, that science fiction was for the weirdos. Weaned on Star Wars and Star Trek, she found an even greater love between the pages of Dune and Terry Brooks type epics. Asimov gave her a love of smart fiction, finding herself a fan of techno-thrillers, usually disappointed that there isn’t more techno with the thriller.

With the recent fail of Lucas and the Star Wars franchise, Cynthi has gone back to revisit other loved movies, looking at them with new eyes. Alien and Aliens remain at the top, as well as the Terminator franchise. Predator, more specifically the novels with Machiko Noguchi, have become newly re-found favorites as well. Newly able to watch Fringe, thanks to the wondrous Amazon Prime, has filled the void of television shows to love since Joss Whedon moved to film. (more…)