so here in the 21st century it has become far easier to get things published. Self publishing is no longer something done with a Kinkos but actually something where you can get slick looking fine publishing. Now the serious writer might want to avoid such traps. Getting a self published book seriously carried in most stores and getting real exposure may be futile. But you can convievably get them in at Amazon. Now this is a solution that I think some locaL Larps i can think of(hint hint) could use this is a somewhat cheap and high quality means of getting their rule books published.

The most reliable one i can find for doing this is . Lulu operates not unlike cafepress in how you operate it. It is easy and you can set your own profit margin.

Now another thing I found that was pretty freaking neat is a product coming from . Blurb is less versatile than Lulu. It specializes in the "coffee table" format for books. They make very pretty books that are formatted to be done with full collar images. They have a new product coming out this year called the blog book. I an think of some friends, [ profile] wicked_wish and [ profile] zeppo come to mind, that would make some really good blog books. The only downside with these books is it pay up front and resell. Now they will keep your book on file and you can have them printed as you needed so conceivably as you get orders you can order som new ones made and just send them to wherever you need them sent. Lulu is better at this. What Blurb does appear to do batter is making design and layout much easier. They use their own software and preset templates.

anyways thought people might be interested in this.
First off let me preface this with the fact I have know Cheri Priest for a few years now. I have always liked her and expected much of her in her writing endeavors. Therefore it is hard not be biased about the whole thing. There is a desire in all of us to se past the flaws in our friends when they persue an art of any kind. I hope however I can look beyond that and give an honest opinion.

If I had to pick a word to descibe this story i would use murky. It is murky like the muddy water that pervaids the story. It is filled with indistinct images, clarifying towards the end, as if trying to swim from the bottom to the top.

Our heroine, Eden, is an amusing and convincing charicter. She is the sharp wit of the author made manifest. As the protaganist and our eyes to this murky world and the people who inhabit it, Eden is strong and weak in the proper proportions. And the locals, ah the locals. Coffee bars with no names, but I know their names. Cheri describes in loving detail the world our heroine lives in. Indeed Having been to many of the same places I can say I was brought back there with clear pictures.

The climax to the whole supernatural tale of family secrets and ghosts is strong and delivers the expected weight and power. You break through the end like your breaking the surface of the water and finally breath again and finally see again.

If I had a complaint is i wanted to have more time with the charicters. I wanted it not to end. All in all an excellent book. The best horror I have read in years actually and I look forward to Cheri's next book.



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