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Between Tradecraft and Thrills: The Brilliance Trilogy

Previously, I discussed Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series and how the protagonist’s poor tradecraft set up superior scenes. The series demonstrates that you don’t need perfect tradecraft to create a superior story. However, if you throw authenticity out the window altogether, you won’t have a believable story. Case in point: Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance trilogy. In […]

Between Tradecraft and Thrills: Orphan X

New York Times bestseller Gregg Hurwitz blew into the writing scene with his debut Minutes to Burn. With his Timothy Rackley series, Hurwitz hit his stride, solidifying his position as a top-shelf thriller author. In his latest series, Orphan X, he has reached new heights, producing a magnificent blend of pulse-pounding action, complex characterisation, powerful imagery, […]

Press Release: HEROES UNLEASHED by Silver Empire!

Yesterday, publisher Silver Empire announced a new superhero project titled Heroes Unleashed. Like Marvel and DC Comics, Heroes Unleashed will feature multiple superhero series set in a sprawling world of superheroes and supervillains, written by a number of up-and-coming critically acclaimed authors. The full press release is reproduced below: — ​SILVER EMPIRE ANNOUNCES “HEROES UNLEASHED” ​Multi-author shared universe […]

Dragon Awards 2018 Recommendations

The voting window for this year’s Dragon Awards will close on 20th July. As the world’s largest and most accessible SFF award, the Dragon Awards is open to all and reflects the year’s greatest works of SFF. Here are my recommendations for this year’s awards, based both on my personal experience and recommendations from others. […]

Series Review: Writing Violence by Marc MacYoung

Marc ‘Animal’ MacYoung watches rom-coms because Hollywood gets action scenes wrong. Having worked as a court-recognized expert witness, correctional institute director, bodyguard, bouncer, cooler and event security, he has decades of first-hand experience with violence and criminals. His street name came from a high-risk lifestyle filled with life-or-death encounters on the mean streets of Los […]

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