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Friday, November 09, 2012

Black Gate reviews A Magic Broken

Where Life is Cheap and Secrets are Plentiful: Vox Day’s A Magic Broken

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Koanic November 09, 2012 3:04 PM  

With the advantage of distance, I have to say my current favorite thing about the book is the Crazy Eddy component. It's a fine line to walk, with heaven on one side and hell on the other, and so far the protagonist is dancing along it quite well. But whether he's a sinner or saint will depend on if dragons can fly.

Anyway, I like Crazy Eddy. It's the most dangerous, high stakes and difficult game there is, one where one must often behave ruthlessly while appearing good, and where things are rarely what they seem.

Anonymous Koanic November 09, 2012 3:07 PM  

Oh yeah, and vox's book reflects the double-edged nature of the pursuit. Instead of a magical maguffin that will cure all ills, you have something much closer to the nature of social revolution - a dragon that may work for you, or just burn everything. We like the metaphor.

Anonymous Jimmydom November 09, 2012 3:21 PM  

How many words is "A Magic Broken?"

Anonymous CJ November 09, 2012 3:55 PM  

Three

Anonymous Daniel November 09, 2012 4:46 PM  

That was funny. Something like 20,000. Novella length. I think Vox said it was 50-100 pages conceptually.

It reads fast, in any case. 20 minutes if you read fast, an hour if you read slow. Definitely worth the dollar.

Anonymous dh November 09, 2012 5:30 PM  

Please someone tell them that black background websites are not appropriate anymore. I mean, Geocities died for a reason.

Anonymous Daniel November 09, 2012 6:02 PM  

They've always taken hell for that color scheme, even when they started. It's kind of like Bolt dogging on the 100 and still breaking a world record. They figure their writing is so good it sucks you in anyhow, and then you don't care, and then they have you.

And it is true. Surridge and Harvey especially, but all of the posters there are pretty terrific (except for two, but I skip over them so fast that I forget they are still there), and considering that it is mostly for fans of the magazine (which is on an extraordinarily long publication cycle, and has been since the beginning), I highly doubt they'll change now.

Anonymous Susan November 09, 2012 6:04 PM  

I haven't read your books VD, but the covers of every one of them are very well done.

Anonymous Kyle In Japan November 10, 2012 12:42 AM  

I like black backgrounds because they're easier on your eyes. The Google homepage, for example, is like staring into a lightbulb.

Anonymous Stingray November 10, 2012 7:26 AM  

Vox,

Out of curiosity, what kind of critique is more valuable to an author? Joe public or a more professional review? Or is it such that they cannot be compared?

Blogger RobertT November 10, 2012 1:04 PM  

The review is not as well written as the book was.

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