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What I'm Reading:
Shadows of Kings by Jack Whitsel. Booknutter is participating in the Shadows of Kings Blog Tour. (Find more information below) The novel is a medieval epic fantasy, expect a full review soon!
Jack Whitsel: Blog Tour
Incase you have seen the banner in the slideshow at the top of the page, is by the author Jack Whitsel, of the Dragon Rising series. Print editions of the first installment of the series Shadows of Kings is to be released on the 15th of June this year, but you've been counting down the days till you can read it like i have, you can get your hands on PDF and ARC copies now! I am reading the book myself at the moment and you can expect a full review soon, and maybe an interview as well.
About the author:
Jack is a native Californian, but has made Oregon his home since 1982. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Portland State University, but studies medieval history in his spare time. His favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction with a medieval emphasis. Shadows of Kings, the first novel of the Dragon Rising Series is the love child born of these two passions.
“I love the elements of fantasy when mixed with the gritty aspects of a medieval society. In the worlds I create, there are neither citadels of shimmering glass nor any utopian realms.”
The final contributing catalyst to Jack’s creative process comes from his two sons, Josiah and Noah. They remind him how important an active imagination can be, and are the first to hear his tales of diabolical wizards and valiant knights.
“Because of my boys, I still believe in Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy.”
You can find out more about Jack and his writing at his website: http://www.jackwhitsel.com/
Or his wordpress Blog: http://jwhitsel.wordpress.com/
I was recently asked a question on my opinion regarding e-books, and how some unpublished authors are turning to them as their 'saving grace' because it is so hard to get a publisher to read one's book.
My personal opinion on e-books is that they are a great addition to many devices. With kindle and iPad, people are able to carry around a whole bookstore with them on a device that weighs less than one book. However, as with all technologies there are pro's and con's, I don't believe any device can replicate the satisfaction of reading an actual book, turning each page and at the end of a session looking at the book and seeing how much you have read, or seeing your collection of books on your shelf and this can not be replicated on a device. There is also the "mortality" of a device versus a book. With a traditional book you are not limited by battery life and you are not afraid that if you fall asleep reading, you'll wake up in the morning and find, on the floor, the mangled remains of what used to be your iPad.
Recently in Australia two of our largest books store chains have closed, due to the e-book, and I fear that with the e-book the publication industry will end up in the same way as the music industry, at the mercy of a gate-keeper such as Apple or Amazon.com, and plagued with pirating... I'm hopeful that there are enough people out there who share this view and want to read without having to stare at a screen, we do enough of that already.
There are however, distinct advantages that e-books offer that the original hard-cover books can't, and that's affordability and self publication (With ease at least). This allows many authors who's works would most likely not see the light of day if left to traditional methods, to be shared with the world for almost no cost and this is becoming increasingly common, because as mentioned it is getting harder and harder to get a publisher to read and accept your book. But aside from publication, there is a major factor pushing people to the e-book. Despite what stores and publishers try to do, competing with incredibly low costs is impossible, with books on Amazon going for as low as 99c it's no wonder people are flicking through pages on their iPad's.
While I embrace new technologies such as this, they have their place and I will definitely still be buying my books from my local book store.