Review originally posted on A. B. England's blog May 24, 2016.
Even the first go round, the review for Currently Untitled was very overdue. I had the novella for well over a year before I finished reading it because of personal issues I won't bore you by detailing. Suffice to say, it's a work that took a couple of readings to appreciate, and I'm glad I gave it a second chance.
That said, let's get to the review of this novella from Ian McLeod.
The story centers around a man in the midst of a midlife crisis. Like so many, he's convinced he has an idea for the next great American novel. He's also just deluded enough to believe he has the skill to write it and make it a best seller without the least bit of experience setting words to the page. He's also egotistical enough to become enraged by anything but the highest praise, and this is what gets him into trouble.
Today's review is of Never Trust a Sorcerer by L. R. Barrett-Durham. It's a fantasy adventure novel with a strong female protagonist. It has a touch of romance without that becoming the main focus of the story.
I will try to keep all reviews as spoiler free as possible. All reviews will be available here, on YouTube, and Goodreads.
The antagonist is a powerful sorcerer with a yen for world domination, and he's both tried and failed once before. He's been searching for the magical relic he was using in that attempt a few decades earlier since it was stollen, which is what ended his original bid for planetary despotism. He's just a little bitter and out for revenge against the family who stole his weapon to tide him over as he searches.
I've been doing book reviews over on the A. B. England author site and Goodreads for about a year now. I don't write reviews for the books in the Contented Comfort store because, well, they're all written by me, or potentially by members of my family if and when the time comes. Still, I would like to have more to do with books here on the website because they are an integral part of the idea behind this company's founding because there's just something comforting about curling up with a good book.
Therefore, I'm planning to start publishing book reviews here as well, starting with the four I've done so far over the next few months and adding in news ones as they come. To that end, today I want to tell you about the rubric I use to grade books and how to translate the number of stars given in the reviews.