Open Wounds

The Review Hat-Trick

A third review in one week! The Gods are smiling on me. It’s a reviewers hat-trick (three goals in a hockey game).

This is a review from Bryan Russell, writer, blogger, and one of the alchemists of Alchemy of Writing blog. Bryan’s review is one of my favorite. The last paragraph about historical novels in general and how Open Wounds fits into his view of them is all by itself, worth the trip to his blog. It’s insightful and wonderfully specific. Thanks, Bryan, for the kind words about my book.

Bryan mentions that he usually doesn’t read YA and that he was surprised by my book. So many people don’t read YA books because they perceive them as children’s books or not adult books and so not worth reading. I wish there was some way to help people get past that. My life is richer for reading books such as, Ghost Medicine, Marbury Lens, Stick, Sunrise Over Fallujah, The Subtle Knife, the Edge Chronicles, Hunger Games, and Crossing the Tracks.

Targeted marketing or the creation of genre ghettos?

I wonder which it is?



2 responses

  1. Bryan has a way with words. I told you he was a cool cat.

    I’ll admit that I had that prejudice against “books for young people” at one time (I won’t use the term YA unless some one paying me tells me I have to), but I’m glad to have been awakened from it. Now I need to get Bryan to read Andrew.

    And I find it interesting that you selected The Subtle Knife over the other two Dark Materials books, because that was my favorite also, and I basically never prefer the middle book in a Trilogy.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

    • How could he not read Andrew?

      And yes, the Subtle Knife is a great example of a terriffic 2nd act. But that whole trilogy is near perfect. As much as I enjoyed Harry Potter, the Dark Materials carried me to another plain.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

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