Curses of Scale
A very enjoyable read
While still being fantasy, the characters are very down to Earth and relate-able. This made it a breeze to read and fun. Keeping all the classic elements of good fantasy, vivid imagery, magic, personal growth through a quest, ect, Curses of Scale makes for a good fantasy tale. Having characters with pronounceable names, with motivations that are easily understandable, and straight-forward style of writing made it great.
One slightly odd thing is it has American Grammar with British spelling of words. This is more odd than distracting, as the British spelling is well known to anyone whose read a British book, ever. Much better to my eyes than the reverse.
It also moves very quickly, I read it in one sitting and had to check afterwards to see that it was in fact a full length novel.
Overall if you are looking for a fun enjoyable read, (fantasy or otherwise) you should like Curses of Scale.
My gut is telling me that this is a four star book, but I really can’t think of a reason not to give it five stars, either way it’s worth checking out.
(Darrell B Nelson) After your first reaction to my review (First reaction is always wrong) and you had a chance to look it over, what did I miss?
(S.D. Reeves) I am not precisely certain you missed anything. Everyone’s experience is different. I was a bit surprised it was such a quick read, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you might have missed something.
(Darrell B Nelson) What would you like any one who read my review to know?
(S.D. Reeves) That not to bank on it being easy. If you are not in the right mindset to read it, the perspective, and themes can be complex.
(Darrell B Nelson) Without calling out anyone, what would you like any one who read the other reviews to know?
(S.D. Reeves) A bit of a switcheroo from the other answer I gave. The book can be confusing, if you go into it thinking it will be a light read. There are some surreal, heady scenes.
(Darrell B Nelson) Of all the reviews of your book, what was the greatest take away, what did you learn about your writing from a review?
(S.D. Reeves) I learned a new word: anxiogenic. Apparently my writing tends to put the person in the action, experiencing everything as the character does – which some love, and some do not.
(Darrell B Nelson) How do you think you have evolved creatively, while writing this book and after?
(S.D. Reeves) Well I am much faster in making the connections now. The last book took over four years to write, but it is a more fluid process this time around.
(Darrell B Nelson) Every author gets bad reviews that miss the mark so completely, that you have to look at the rating to know if it was a positive or negative review. Have you ever looked at the negative reviews of your favourite author and chuckle, knowing that the review could be applied to your work?
(S.D. Reeves) Quite often. People don’t like Patricia McKillip’s writing for the exact same reasons they dislike mine. The major difference is I use third person present tense, which can alienate more.
(Darrell B Nelson) I get inspired by B-Movies, I’ll sit and laugh at “Attack of the the Eye Creatures” (Not a typo, that is the name of it) but learn as well, mostly what not to do. What sources inspire you, that you wouldn’t recommend others try?
(S.D. Reeves) Bad poetry. I mean, bad, Dad-joke esque, poetry.
(Darrell B Nelson) What is the WORST piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
(S.D. Reeves) The idea that I should “just write.” While it sounds nice, it ends up in late hours rewriting garbage, for me.
(Darrell B Nelson) Who is your favourite indie author?
(S.D. Reeves) She’s no longer really independent, but I would say Katherine Arden.
(Darrell B Nelson) Describe you ideal fan (the person who would love your book)?
(S.D. Reeves) Someone who likes to sit back, and day-dream about the characters and scenes they just read. That’s who I wrote it for, aside for myself.
(Darrell B Nelson) I loved how you managed to keep your characters down to Earth while dealing with high fantasy situations, how did you keep from “going off into the weeds,” so to speak?
(S.D. Reeves) Knowing that existential dangers, over-arching narratives won’t eat up an ordinary person’s thought process. A reasonable person would be more concerned about dinner, or the blisters piling up on their feet.
(Darrell B Nelson) Any secrets you’d like to share about writing ‘real’ characters in unreal situations?
(S.D. Reeves) Talking to your characters can help understand them, though it may get you a queer glance or two. For that matter, talking to different people throughout the day, mentally copying their mannerisms, and thought processes, then putting them in odd situations can be illuminating. I suppose the latter is how some of my characters were born; from mixtures of people I have encountered.
(Darrell B Nelson) Where can we find more of your books?
(Darrell B Nelson) What books do you have coming out?
(S.D. Reeves) Currently I am working on the continuation of Curses of Scale, and another short story compilation.
What are your different author pages (Website, Amazon, Smashwords, ect)
I found it to be a quick read, I guess I missed the complexity underneath, but there is no reason a book can’t be both. On Mind Thief, I spent what seemed forever weaving the plot lines together, making minor changes in the middle of the book then chasing down all the changes it made before and after. Making sure every little action stayed true to all the different parts. Blending in all the subtle clues in away that wouldn’t make my lead seem clueless yet give hints for the reader. Then I got reviews like, “Wow, take a fun ride on the crazy train” and “I guess the plot doesn’t really matter in a book like this”.
While I was glad they liked it I had to wonder. It could be worse. Wordsworth at the end of his life said how his poetry was an attempt to change the political discourse in the country. For over two hundred years people have pored over his poems trying to find the political message in them, only to give up and say, “Beats me.”
As far as “just write” sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I tried the technique of “free writing”, just writing whatever comes to mind, knowing you are going to toss it, a few times. In An Extra Topping of Horror, I wrote the Genie and the Breadsticks liked it so much it was published in Cynic Magazine. In Mind Thief I was trying to get Debbie to stop killing every scene she was in, so I killed her in the most gruesome ways I could imagine. This gave me a release and I could then start working on her very complex character. I must have done a fair job as some reviewers got mad at me for being so mean to her. I also turned most of those into the short story, “Repossessing Sanity”. But I also have over a million words of shear and utter crap filling my hard drive.
“I suppose the latter is how some of my characters were born; from mixtures of people I have encountered.” There are quite a few times in my books that if certain people people read them they will blush. I’ve made sure those people can only be identified if they tell anyone about it. Let’s just say a good portion of Vivian’s dialog with Howie in Mind Thief are lines girls have said to me in college.
Finally here is some advise that we both have that a lot of writers will find icky, go out and talk to people.