• New(ish) reviews

    29 May 2020

    There have been several new reviews for various books of mine over the last few months which, for one reason or another, I haven't yet gotten around to sharing. Normally I'd do these one at a time, to highlight each individual review, but I felt that if I keep putting these on the long finger, it will be next year before I get around to posting them! So, in nor particular order, here we go...

     

    Lauren, on the Angelic Impression blog, had never read any of my books to the finish until she sat down with Archibald Lox and the Bridge Between Worlds. To find out what she thought of it, click here: http://angelicimpressions.blogspot.com/2020/05/archibald-lox-and-bridge-between-worlds.html

     

    Lauren over on Angelic Impression must have enjoyed book 1 of my new series, because she was soon back with a review of book 2, Archibald Lox and the Empress of Suanpan, and you can read her thoughts on that one here: http://angelicimpressions.blogspot.com/2020/05/archibald-lox-and-empress-of-saunpan.html

     

    Although Lauren did like the first two Archie books, she did complain that she would have rather read all three books as one volume. As I've said before, I did actually write them that way, as a single story, which is why they don't feel quite as stand-alone as other series entries of mine. For instance, with my Vampire Mountain trilogy, I wrote them one book at a time, and although I knew the first two parts would end of cliffhangers, it was very clear in each what was going on, why Darren was going to Vampire Mountain, etc. In these books, a lot of things don't get explained until the final third of the story, which wouldn't have been an issue if I'd released it as a single big book, but does throw up some problems if you read them as separate books with gaps between. I think it was the right thing to release the story in three parts, certainly on the eBook front, but it was also right to relese them at the same time, and as I said before, I recommend reading them one after the other if you can, and treat them as one big, single story -- which they are.

     

    They've been busy with the Shan reviews over on Angelic Impression, and here's another, this time for Lord Loss. It's credited to Lauren, but I assume that's an error, as she wrote this review before her Archie reviews. Unless, y'know, there's some time travel thing goging on with her that I'm unaware of... :-) You can check out the review here: http://angelicimpressions.blogspot.com/2020/03/lord-loss-demonata-series-book-1-by.html

     

    Next up, there's a very fun video review for Cirque Du Freak on the Reading Rocks YouTube page, by lots of children from Danegrove School. It starts with a short introduction by Michael Rosen, who was in hospital for a long time recently with Coronavirus. I didn't want to post this until I'd seen how he fared -- now that's he's thankfully pulled through and is back on his feet, I'm delighted to be able to share it as a celebration of his triumph rather than a memorial to his passing -- hurrah!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LaQHMt-zAk&list=PL_odjZ7bN8F7eXHSM00lnY6ay7VD7B43Y&index=18

     

    Over in Italy, Book Lover posted their review of Palace of the Damned, the third book in my Saga of Larten Crepsley series. Even though the reviewer is Italian, the review is in English. https://booksserial.blogspot.com/2020/03/recensione-palace-of-damned-darren-shan.html

     

    Finally, over in France, there was a review for the Cirque Du Freak manga on L'antre des Livres. It's in French, bu if you copy and paste the text into a site like Google Translate, you'll get a fairly accurate translation. https://antredeslivres.blogspot.com/2020/04/darren-shan-le-cirque-de-letrange-tome-1.html

     

    Phew -- I'm exhuasted after all that!! Must try not to fall so behind on the reviews front again!!! :-)

     

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    Heads up! I'm going to be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session over on Reddit on Wednesday, June 3rd, starting at 3pm Eastern Time USA (8pm UK time) and running for 2 hours. If you have a burning question that you're dying to ask me -- this is your chance!! https://www.reddit.com/r/books/wiki/amafullschedule

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