I have to confess that I have a guilty pleasure. I like to read my own books. Well, put it this way. I’m never going to be rich off the sales of my books. Sure, a few people read and enjoy them, but not nearly as many as I would like. And some books still … More Read It Again, Sam
Famous? No. Rich. Definitely not. Established? Check. If you’ve been writing a while, been around the block, had a few titles published under your byline, you get to the point where putting sentences together become, well, while I won’t say easy, I would say tolerable. Writing the blamed story isn’t your biggest challenge. You can … More The two biggest challenges for an established writer
Omega by Jack McDevitt. Penguin Books. 493 pages. This is a good book, don’t get me wrong. In fact, I am a big fan of Jack McDevitt and his hard science fiction stories. His books Chindi, The Engines of God, and Deepsix are some of the most realistic, far-future hard science fiction space stories I … More Review: “Omega” by Jack McDevitt
In 2012, I decided for the first time to join the crazy international project known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those who are familiar with it. Each November, hundreds of thousands of would-be authors are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Because it was my first time, and because … More Keep It Simple? Or Complex?
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez. Penguin Group. 412 pages. I’m a big fan of Daniel Suarez. I consider him the worthy successor of Michael Crichton in the genre of techno-thrillers. If you don’t know what a techno-thriller is, think of Crichton’s books: Congo, Andromeda Strain, and even Juriassic Park. Generally it includes books that speculate … More Review: “Change Agent” by Daniel Suarez
The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales Book 1) by Bernard Cornwell. Harper Books. 352 pages. I’m one of those quirky, eclectic readers who has a lot of interests in a lot of areas. I’ve shared books I’ve read in the realm of science fiction, inspirational writing, Christian fiction and biography. And I’m equally interested in history … More Review: “The Last Kingdom” by Bernard Cornwell
Thrive: Digging Deep, Reaching Out. Mark Hall with Tim Luke. Zondervan. 230 pages. I’m always a little leery of the book they give out each year at our faculty colloquium at Southwestern Adventist University. In years past, I have tended to either bury them in my library or give them to my wife or friends … More Review: “Thrive” by Mark Hall