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Monday, January 28, 2013

A MAGIC BROKEN free on Amazon

I also posted this notice on Helen's Page, which is rapidly turning out to be a rather useful online bulletin board for the liberty-minded.


The novella A MAGIC BROKEN is free for Amazon Kindle users today and tomorrow.

It has 78 reviews, including this 5-star one:

"This is a short book, and I understand it is intended to introduce some characters and setting for Vox Day's upcoming book "A Throne of Bones." I thoroughly enjoyed it. Once it gets going, it is hard to put down. I highly recommend it, especially if you are weary of the typical book in the fantasy genre that goes on and on and on and never comes to a conclusion. You won't be disappointed in your purchase, and you will be excited to read the next book."

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Blogger Markku January 28, 2013 6:07 AM  

In somewhat related news, Play Something Dancy just won't go away from the "Customers who viewed this item also viewed" -list on AToB.

Anonymous daddynichol January 28, 2013 7:06 AM  

This review seems as questionable as the one star never-read-it reviews. Nothing specific, very general in nature and uses common phrases "hard to put down". Honestly, such a review would not convince me to read any book.

Anonymous VD January 28, 2013 7:19 AM  

Nothing specific, very general in nature and uses common phrases "hard to put down".

Really? Do you truly fail to see how "once it gets going" provides specific information about the pace of the novella as well as the fact that the reviewer likely read it? It also refers specifically to the nature of the conclusion, thereby supporting that conclusion.

Now, that might not convince you to read the book, but it's silly to claim it is questionable.

Anonymous zen0 January 28, 2013 7:38 AM  

This review seems as questionable as the one star never-read-it reviews.

The 3 star reviews seem to be the most helpful.

Anonymous daddynichol January 28, 2013 7:54 AM  

Now, that might not convince you to read the book, but it's silly to claim it is questionable.

Color me silly then. The only comment that was left out of the review would be, "If I could have rated it with 6 stars, I would have!"


BTW, ATOB has been a real pleasure to read. I've been swamped with work and family, so I've not completed it as of yet.

Anonymous GHS January 28, 2013 8:01 AM  

Just had Kaspersky trigger on Helen's Page. How sad it is that it's a safer assumption that it's pissing some people off...

Anonymous Brendan January 28, 2013 8:15 AM  

I've read this and it's quite good. I'm looking forward to digging into a Throne of Bones soonish once I have a bit more spare time.

Anonymous daddynichol January 28, 2013 8:26 AM  

Just downloaded AMB. Don't know when I'll get to it but it's on the list. It wasn't the review, just comments on this blog coupled with what I've read thus far in ATOB.

Anonymous VD January 28, 2013 9:06 AM  

Just downloaded AMB.

Cool. Show us what a proper review should look like... after you finish it, of course.

Anonymous Josh January 28, 2013 9:24 AM  

That might be a bad good review, but it's not a fraudulent review. There are at least three indicators that the reviewer actually read it.

And I wouldn't go as far as to say it's a bad review...it's not a very detailed review, but what's wrong with the casual reviewer saying, "I liked the book, here's the main reason why"?

Anonymous daddynichol January 28, 2013 9:37 AM  

Cool. Show us what a proper review should look like... after you finish it, of course.

A review will be written. As for it being proper, I can't say, but it will be submitted. The price was right and that's a big plus right there!

Anonymous daddynichol January 28, 2013 11:18 AM  

I just completed reading AMB and was engaged from beginning all the way through. As noted earlier, this may not be a proper review, but here it is.

Men, elves, dwarfs, battles, intrigue, murder, politics and whorehouses. What's not to like?

Once again, Vox has created a detailed world populated by characters with complex personalities including Lodi the dwarf who could easily become a central personality in this developing fantasy world.

Also, if a book encourages me to remember a couple of quotes, I like it even more. Two such quotes come to mind.

"It was strange, Nicolas thought, how often a man worries about everything except the actual threat at hand. We jump at shadows in the distance and somehow manage to miss the beast right at our feet."

and the piece regarding the owner of the brothel

"Everything about his elegant demeanor suggested the banker, not the whoremaster. But was there really a difference, in the end?" That made me laugh.

I've not read much fantasy over the years but Summa Elvetica, A Throne of Bones and now ,A Magic Broken has ignited a desire to read more of this genre, especially the upcoming books in the ATOB series. What I enjoy as well is that these publications can stand on their own as simply a creation of a new world, they can also mirror the politics, strengths and failings of the real world.




Anonymous Brendan January 28, 2013 11:34 AM  

I didn't write the review at issue here, but in truth this is really just an introduction, and it's a pretty well-done one. I don't think a full review is really going to be that useful for a 50-page introduction to a much longer work.

Blogger eric hallinan January 28, 2013 11:35 AM  

Just to remove any doubt, I wrote that review, and I indeed read the whole book. Being a short novella, I didn't think a long review was necessary.

Anonymous daddynichol January 28, 2013 12:00 PM  

It seems I read too much into a simple straight forward review. My error.

Anonymous Anonymous January 28, 2013 12:22 PM  

I thought A Magic Broken was very interesting and had some good information on some characters and plot elements for A Throne of Bones. After reading AMB and seeing the start of the thread for asking Vox questions about TOB I decided I had better get started on reading the massive tome. I am somewhat over halfway through TOB, and so far the only disappointing thing about it is knowing I will have to wait a year or so before the next installment in the trilogy is released.

Vox, will you be checking on you TBO discussion thread for a while? I have several questions I'd like to ask but I avoid that thread so I don't catch any spoilers before I finish the book.

PS - Possibly because here at work we still only have IE 8 for our browser, I tried to post this twice before using my Google ID. Both times it sid "Published," and yet it wasn't. So I'm posting "anonymous."

--- Wadly

Anonymous Anonymous January 28, 2013 12:24 PM  

TBO should, of course, be TOB, but I can't edit it, sorry.

--- Wadly

Anonymous VD January 28, 2013 12:40 PM  

I just completed reading AMB and was engaged from beginning all the way through. As noted earlier, this may not be a proper review, but here it is.

Thanks. But please also post it on Amazon. While I do enjoy reading the reviews, criticism and praise alike, it's more useful to those who are deciding if they want to give it a try or not.

Anonymous VD January 28, 2013 12:41 PM  

"Everything about his elegant demeanor suggested the banker, not the whoremaster. But was there really a difference, in the end?" That made me laugh.

I couldn't quite resist.... There isn't any subtext, but there is the occasionally pointed elbow.

Anonymous Anonymous January 28, 2013 3:55 PM  

I thought A Magic Broken was very interesting and had some good information on some characters and plot elements for A Throne of Bones. After reading AMB and seeing the start of the thread for asking Vox questions about TOB I decided I had better get started on reading the massive tome. I am somewhat over halfway through TOB, and so far the only disappointing thing about it is knowing I will have to wait a year or so before the next installment in the trilogy is released.

Vox, will you be checking on your TOB discussion thread for a while? I have several questions I'd like to ask but I avoid that thread so I don't catch any spoilers before I finish the book.

-- Wadly

Anonymous VD January 28, 2013 4:20 PM  

Vox, will you be checking on your TOB discussion thread for a while? I have several questions I'd like to ask but I avoid that thread so I don't catch any spoilers before I finish the book.

Sure, I'll keep an eye on it.

Anonymous Josh January 28, 2013 5:27 PM  

Has anyone yet complained about the lack of homosexual characters in either AMB or ATOB?

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben January 28, 2013 7:25 PM  

Vox can you put out a soft or hardcover version of summa elvetica and AMB?

Blogger M January 29, 2013 5:41 AM  

"This title is not available for customers from your location in:
Asia & Pacific"

That's disappointing.

Anonymous VD January 29, 2013 6:46 AM  

Shoot me an email and I'll send it to you.

Anonymous Daniel January 29, 2013 12:47 PM  

Vox can you put out a soft or hardcover version of summa elvetica and AMB?

Softcover of SE is out, FUBAR. You can order it. The hardcover of AMB is totally worth every penny. I'll be surprised if it isn't out in softcover in a few years, but right now, I promise you it is worth the $35. It will be a book you return to a lot.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben January 29, 2013 7:55 PM  

Is AMB out in hardcover too?

Anonymous Anonymous January 30, 2013 5:55 PM  

I wish there was a free kindle version of The Irrational Atheist. Ive been meaning to re-read it but I cant bring myself to read the pdf version on my laptop again. Not after having gotten used to the Kindle.

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