Christine Pope: Writing and Reading Among the Red Rocks

I love books - writing them, reading them, and sharing my thoughts on them with others.
2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love - Rachel Aaron A very helpful little book with some cogent advice on writing faster but still writing well. I would have given it five stars, except that it has a fairly large number of grammar and spelling errors (and missing words). Maybe the author didn't think such a short work was worth handing over to a professional editor, but unfortunately the lack of attention to detail does show.

Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Digital, #2)

Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Digital, #2) - David Gaughran A wonderful resource for both beginner and more experienced indie authors. It's full of helpful, easy-to-follow discussions of some of Amazon's more arcane practices, as well as tips for making your book launch a successful one. It should be part of every indie author's toolkit.
Bride of the Rat God - Barbara Hambly Barbara Hambly never fails me, and this book was no exception. A change of pace from her regular fantasy books, this novel is set in 1920s Hollywood and features an over-the-top cast of characters and a cursed Chinese necklace. It also has a fun, off-beat romance. Try it if you're in the mood for something a little different.
Graceling - Kristin Cashore I almost gave this a five, as I really did enjoy it. The characters engaged me, and I thought the entire "graceling" concept was unique. My only (very minor) quibbles were that I felt Bitterblue seemed entirely too adult in her speech, even for a child as mature as she was supposed to be, and there was a certain flatness to the worldbuilding (which could have something to do with this being YA...I'm not a big YA reader, so that could have something to do with it). Otherwise, this was a fun read, and I'll definitely read the sequel at some point.
Shield of the Sky - Susan Krinard I wish I had the option to give half stars, because then I would have given the book 3-1/2. The worldbuilding was impressive, and the writing clean (except for a few weird p.o.v. bobbles late in the novel). Could have just been me, but I had a hard time connecting to any of the three lead characters, and it wasn't until I was about two-thirds of the way through the book, to a place where we meet two new characters, that I started to feel more invested in what was going on.

Unfortunately, I learned as I was partway through the book that this series was dropped by the publisher and so was never finished. I'm not sure if that contributed to my lack of emotional connection to the book or not. However, the quality of the writing overall makes me want to try another book of Ms. Krinard's to see if it was just the characters in this one that put me off. We'll see.
Soulless - Gail Carriger, Gail Carriger This was a delightful read; I found the plot engaging and the worldbuilding intriguing. The only reason I gave the book four out of five stars was the head-hopping. The point of view didn't even read like true omniscient for me, and so at times I had a hard time relating to a character because I felt as if I didn't stay in any one viewpoint character's head long enough to form a real attachment. However, as head-hopping is usually a DNF for me, and I still gave the book four stars, obviously the book's other strengths were enough for me to overlook this technical weakness.