Category Archives: Immerse Or Die

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Forge of the Jadugar, by Russ Linton (38:56)

Today we see that when a reader picks up a series in the middle, it can be maddeningly difficult to keep them on board. And when Bryce blows off his…

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The Plan and other short stories, by Stephen Brandon (1:32)

Today we see that if something in your fiction causes a reader to recheck the copyright page, your hook isn’t even in the water. What I gleaned about the stories:…

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A Light Rises in a Dark World, by M. D. Boncher (4:20)

Today we see that attempting to pre-empt criticism can sometimes just put readers on guard. What I gleaned about the story: Life is idyllic in the land of Akiniwazi. A…

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Ghost Stories, by Ron Ripley (1:33)

Today we see that telling readers something they can easily work out on their own can destroy a mental image as easily as missing out a key detail. What I…

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Heaven’s Jubilee And Other Short Stories, by Faith Blum (1:10)

Today we see that readers will assume obvious differences are significant. What I gleaned about the stories: Exercise can be better for keeping warm than staying still; especially if one…