bad book review

Oh no, my book received bad reviews!!!

Well, it was bound to happen. Somebody (more than one, actually) didn’t like my book…

When somebody gives you a bad review (and after you’re done crying), might I suggest that you evaluate that review against the type of book that you have written. I write this to encourage authors, because I may have made the mistake of placing my book into a reading group that it didn’t belong.

Like so many new authors, I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to publicity. That written, and thinking it good to get my work out to as many people as possible, I posted my book into a variety of reading groups, even giving some away to a variety of readers. To make a long story short, my book is a solid horror story. I wasn’t sure about that when I wrote it, thinking that it might be a mix or blend of supernatural, thriller, action-adventure and horror, but the audience has spoken and it is a horror story. It does contain other elements – action, supernatural, thriller, drama, etc., but it is a horror story first and foremost. I learned this by receiving the best reviews from those who enjoy horror.

A quick tip for authors is to avoid giving books to those who classify themselves as “readers who enjoy everything.” As I have come to discover, this is probably not true or else these reviewers would have enjoyed my book. Now, the skeptic might suggest that a reader can enjoy everything that is well written, but when a review states that things are “too violent” or “too gory”, well, that isn’t about the writing, that is about subject matter, and if a reader enjoys “everything” they should also enjoy violent and gory subject matter.

These observations aren’t written to mock reviewers, or to defend my work, but rather to encourage writers that not all bad reviews are bad, and that time should be taken to learn from ALL reviews. You can learn something from bad reviews. Point is, test the waters without drowning. Find a body of water that you can swim in and then write for those swimmers. I wish you the best, thanks for reading.

The Last of the Ageless

The Last of the Ageless by Traci Loudin

My mistake.
I was interested in The Last of the Ageless, after browsing a dystopia reading group. I then entered (and won!) a giveaway for this book and was excited to get started. I quickly realized that I had made the wrong assumptions about this book, as it was not what I thought it to be. It is not (in my opinion) a dystopia or post-apocalyptic story in the sense of bad places, or bad things happening in bad places. It isn’t “survival” during or immediately after a crazy event. It isn’t rough or violent and there are no power struggles or human psychology to dive into.

My observation(s).
If you are looking for a nice FANTASY story about shape-shifting humanoids, mind-control and kooky creatures, this might be a fun read for you. It is set in a place that is supposed to be future earth, but that future is FAR removed from a catastrophe that has relegated earth’s inhabitants to a mostly backward existence (think tribes in huts).

There are some creative characters and this is a far-reaching adventure – in that it covers different lands, regions, etc. – but it isn’t very adventurous in the sense of action. There are some action sequences, but these happen during the course of travel and isn’t a main struggle or plot point.

I will add that the author is very creative, writes well enough, and seems to have the beginning to a much bigger world. I am just not an avid reader of such worlds.

If you enjoy fantasy, you might very well enjoy this book.

2 stars outta 5 (from somebody not interested in the fantasy genre)

'Salem's Lot Review by s.j. romero

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

I really liked this book, but perhaps not for reasons that most people like books. While reading this, I felt as though I were watching an old B-movie horror flick. I knew all the clichés, the probabilities of what might happen next, and none of the characters were very interesting. I could practically hear the creepy music as the pages were turned and I kept thinking to myself, “This is a vampire book and there’s nothing new here.” And maybe that’s why I liked it so much. It was familiar. It was fun to meet new characters, just enough to know who they were when they got picked off. Not a lot of twists and turns, but a fun, comfortable read.

4 outta 5 stars

Indie Author Tactics

Interview at Indie Author Tactics

New interview, with new questions and answers, at IAT. Learn more about H narratives, as well as s.j. romero at Indie Author Tactics.

A couple of questions to be answered:
Why do you believe the horror genre is so popular among people these days?
What’s a unique fact about the book that people may not know?

Ten questions in all to help pass some time. Thanks all, for reading! Thanks IAT, for posting!

H narratives: dogman illustration

H narratives: Dogman Illustration

A while back, one of the readers of H narratives: Divulgence, made the comment that she was trying to picture what a dogman might look like. Well, for her and others like her, here is a quick pen-illustration of a dogman in action (dogmen run around on all fours). A couple of notes about this specific dogman, as not all dogmen will look the same…

This dogman is wearing shorts, sandals, and a collar. While every dogman does have a collar, some will have shorts, or shoes, or both. Some may wear weapons or other variations, and yes, some will be nude (except for that collar). Some will wear shorts, because some owners prefer not to see their dog’s butt-crack / genitalia as it runs around Hell. Some will wear sandals, having worn down the soles of their feet to an unacceptable level. So where does one get shorts, sandals, and collars, in Hell? That my friends is called a “tease”, and will be explained in future postings and books.

All dogmen have shaved heads and a large crack at the top of their skull (which will also be explained in future postings and books). In addition to their skull crack, all dogmen have a variety of injuries, some greater than others, that will accumulate until such time as those injuries require a dog to be put down. This particular dogman has lost an eye and two fingers, and has a multitude of gashes and cuts along his body. There is no requirement for disposing of a dog and each owner will use a dog until it’s time for a new dog.

So there you have it, dogman information to accompany a dogman illustration. I hope to have other illustrations, as time permits, so please visit this blog often.