CSFF Blog Tour:DKA, Day 3—A Review


First, today is the last day to make a comment if you would like your name entered in Mir’s contest. First (and only) prize is a free 5-page fiction critique (or a 1-page poem critique). Remember to mention the contest when you leave your comment.

We had a spirited discussion (love those 😀 ) about the popular term “edgy” in the comments section after yesterday’s post. Thanks to all who voiced an opinion.

One thing I enjoy about blog tours is seeing what other people who look at the same work I do, have to say. It is amazing to see a blogger’s personality come out—rarely do two people comment in the same way or about the same things. Similar, maybe. But believe it or not, we had a couple people use the exact same titles for their blog entries about our feature. I’ll let you ferret out which ones.

I read some interesting reviews yesterday. John Otte comes to mind as one blogger who posted reviews of some of the stories published in Dragons, Knights, and Angels, the web-zine we are currently featuring.

Hoping I won’t come across as too much of a copycat, I decided to do a review as well. I looked for a fantasy story rather than sci-fi or speculative, since that is my particular genre, and settled on “Fang of the Serpent” by Scott M. Sandridge, published in Issue 36.

This story is about a young woman living under a curse that prevents her from feeling. Her powerful enemy entices her to betray her brother in exchange for learning how to bring an end to the curse.

I found the story to be entertaining. There were a number of surprises—all Orcs aren’t bad, for instance.

The protagonist was a strong, skilled woman, a believable character in the Zena-Warrior-Princess mold.

I had a little trouble caring what happened to her, her brother, or the man she helped in the beginning, which generally tells me the characters weren’t particularly engaging. They were three-dimensional, but I didn’t really connect with them.

The plot was fast paced, the action clear and easy to follow, even the fight scenes. I found it to be a little jam-packed in such a short piece.

The theme was not overt, in the sense that the author beat you over the head with it, but it was unmistakable.

Overall, I enjoyed Sandridge’s imaginative world. I can see him succeeding at a novel-length work if he spent more time developing characters that readers will love.

“Fang of the Serpent” is a good read, one I recommend.

I also recommend you take time to check out these other blogs and see what they’re saying today about DKA:

  • Jim Black
  • Jackie Castle
  • Valerie Comer
  • Frank Creed
  • Chris Deanne
  • Kameron M. Franklin
  • Beth Goddard
  • Todd Michael Greene
  • Leathel Grody
  • Karen Hancock
  • Elliot Hanowski
  • Katie Hart
  • Sherrie Hibbs
  • Joleen Howell
  • Jason Joyner
  • Karen and at Karen’s myspace
  • Oliver King
  • Tina Kulesa
  • Lost Genre Guild
  • Kevin Lucia
  • Rachel Marks
  • Shannon McNear
  • Caleb Newell
  • John Otte
  • Cheryl Russel
  • Mirtika Schultz
  • Stuart Stockton
  • Steve Trower
  • Speculative Faith
  • Published in: on November 1, 2006 at 1:09 pm  Comments (6)  
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