The magic revolves around grammar and language, and there are multiple languages that wizards can master. The REAL kicker comes in the nature of the antagonist. Sure, any other author could be content with demons destroying the world with tooth and claw, but not Charlton. (continue reading) [...]
So. I'm reading an urban fantasy novel. Big shift from my usual epic fantasy reading, right? And I've come up with a quibble that struck me once before. I'm not going to point fingers at any manuscripts, that's not the point. What's done is done. But we can be vigilant in the future.
Urban Fantasy tends to have immortal characters that have been around for a very long time. Usually vampires. But in the case of this book I'm reading, it's dragons and dwarves. And sometimes these characters speak with weird affectations and accents. Why? Because they're centuries old? Us mortals manage to adapt or drop accents in the short spans of our lives, why can't immortal (or just long-lived) characters? Especially when it seems pretty important for them to remain inconspicuous.
Warbreaker was a title from last year that I never got around to reading. But I took the advice of Jessica Moyer at Midwinter and pulled this one off my shelf. And man am I glad I did.
I have many embarrassing vices. Eating cupcakes (from a truck), inhaling frozen snickers bars (alone in my apartment), and drooling over puppy dogs and kittens are all very very embarrassing. But, my number one most embarrassing vice is my obsession with celebrity gossip. I visit People.com and PerezHilton daily. (Never never never while in the office. Come on!)
So when I heard that we were publishing Hulk Hogan’s memoir My Life Outside the Ring, I begged for the manuscript. I had Mickey Rourke’s "The Wrestler" on the brain and thought Hulk might deliver a similar story – and you know what – he did well sorta – with a little more glamour, glitz and a few
more self-help books thrown in.