Art of War: Anthology for Charity

Art of War: Anthology for Charity

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this anthology. It’s edited by Petros Triantafyllou of Booknest, and contains forty dark and bloody tales of war from an outstanding field of authors. The proceeds are to be donated to Doctors Without Borders, so you can get your grimdark war fix and actually contribute to some good in the world!

I don’t get a lot of time to read. Between five kids, a full time day job, trying to finish my novels, working on my adventure gfx game engine, and church, I barely have a spare moment. I seriously read just a few pages in the evenings before bed, and it takes me ages to finish anything. I had forgotten how much I liked short stories, because they fit into my schedule better. I can usually finish one in a single sitting. It’s a shame the art form isn’t more popular.

That’s how I slowly worked my way through Art of War, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As with any anthology, there were stories that really resonated with me, and a few that didn’t grab me. All of the stories were at least ‘ not bad’, but a few left deep impressions.

My favorite was “This War of Ours” by Timandra Whitecastle, a surreal tale of a desperate conflict between forest creatures that reminds one of children’s fables. Imagine the characters from Henny Penny or the Fox and the Grapes taking up weapons of war and destructive magic and going at one another in an organized manner, with all the fear, pain, and misery that entails. I highly recommend it.

I also especially liked “The Hero of Aral Pass” by Mark Lawrence; “The Best and Bravest” by M.L. Spencer, “The Two Faces of War” by Rob Hayes, “Warborn” by C.T. Phipps, “Valkyrie Rain” by Dyrk Ashton, and “The Cost of Power” by Ulff Lehmann.

Overall, 4/5, well worth the price, and you’re helping a worthy charity. And people say grimdark is all grim and dark….

 

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Found your response of 2/22 on ar15. Well stated, thought philosophy was dead. Came to your site, will visit occasionally.

February 22nd, 2018 at 8:51 am

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I am four chapters from being done. I know I am hella late on this, but I have just had a lot of real life delays. The good: I thought my day job would be part time, but it has been full time. The bad: a death in the family really took my focus away toward the end of the year. The unpredictable: I have 5 kids, so it’s always a case of controlled chaos.

I am back on the horse, now, and I think I can get this done, edited, and final by Spring. It’s coming, and it will be worth the wait, I promise.

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I have about five chapters left to write, and most of those are already scripted out. It’s just been really difficult to find the time between work, kids, etc. Hoping to knock out on of those chapters today.

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19
Sep

Still not there

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects, Eye of the Lion

As I am sure is obvious, I did not make my end of summer deadline, but I did accomplish a great deal, nevertheless. I’d say I am about 75% to a beta, and if I work really hard, I can finish that by end of October. It will take me another month to edit, get feedback, make fixes, edit, and get ready to publish in time for Christmas. I am looking to build a launch team to help with this and offer commentary, so by all means, if you’re interested, contact me.

 

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20
Mar

New Cover Sketches

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects, Eye of the Lion

As part of the release of book 3, I have had to face something I did not much like: I have been told that my previous covers were not ‘genre appropriate’, and would hurt sales. I like them, but sadly, I have come to accept that the people who know this business are probably right.

Fortunately, as a programmer, I know a lot of artists. Thanks to Darren Bartlett of Liquid Development for introducing me to Egil Thompson, who has just sent me roughs of his proposed new covers.

I will miss the old covers, but I am really stoked to see someone with great skill bringing these characters to life. The symbols for the gods, the Xanthian and Nihlosian styles, Nihlos and Torium in the backgrounds, it’s pretty amazing.

 

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Yup, still going, and still about 50%, maybe a little more. It’s tough to know precisely, but it’s going, and I am pretty proud of some of the stuff I have so far. I should have it mostly done in early June, and I’ll put up a pre-order while I finalize proofreading. Maybe I can release part of a chapter next month, something that will be cool to see but not spoil things.

 

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Get “The Dead God’s Due” and “The Mad God’s Muse” for $.99 each, March 1-7.

March 1-7 Book 1 and 2 of the Eye of the Lion Saga are $.99 each, to mark the summer release of the arc finale “The War God’s Will”. #EOTLSaga is diverse Sword and Sorcery for the 21st Century! Join the adventure!

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So, every year after Christmas, depending on when I feel like it, we invite some friends, haul out the booze, chainsaws, and desiccated Christmas trees for proper disposal: with fire. We call this ‘holiday’ Exterminatus, and it is open to all beliefs/mythologies/religions. You are welcome to dedicate your Christmas tree to Jesus, Odin, or Vishnu, as long as you think seeing it go up in flames is really awesome.

This year we were must have finally attracted some attention from the spirit realm. We were visited by a flaming valkyrie, whose appearance sent the kids fleeing in terror. 😀

“Odin is pleased, mortals!”

This is not a photoshop. It’s just a really awesome pic we happened to catch, one worth sharing I think.

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11
Jan

Father of Lies

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

I wanted to write an exorcism-as-a-gunfight story, supernatural showdown at High Noon, as ’twere. Here’s the result, a short, fun read, but not for the faint of heart. Demons use bad language. But then, so do exorcists, if they’re doing it right.

 

Buy now on Amazon, or read free with Kindle Unlimited!

Buy now on Amazon, or read free with Kindle Unlimited!

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(sigh) I am not going to make my 1st Quarter deadline for “War God’s Will”.  New baby, day job, and some personal matters. I am now gunning for a summer release. I think that gives me enough time to finish. What I can promise is that I am definitely working on it, and it’s coming along well.

 

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