Book Review – Android Hunters

And this is why I love writing.

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It’s fast-paced. It’s action packed. It’s awesome.

Android Hunters, the first book in The Corli Saga, is the awesome start to a new series. I met Jonathan Bergeron on Twitter, which is what brought my attention to his novel, and I’m glad it did.


Android Hunters is a fast-paced and action-packed science fiction novel. In fact, it’s a page-turner. The night I ordered it from Amazon, I sat up in bed on my tablet and kept reading page after page, telling myself “Just one more page… then I’ll go to bed.” I ended up reading the novel in two sittings, and would have read it in a single if I weren’t busy packing for my move. It’s exciting and has depth. It’s not a novel filled with mind-numbing action or garbage filler to keep the story moving. No, it’s much more than that.

Android Hunters has a variety…

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Author Feature: Jonathan Bergeron

Honest reviews are always appreciated for ANDROID HUNTERS. I love hearing what readers think.

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I met Jonathan Bergeron on Twitter. He reached out to me to express interest in the novel I’m working on. I’ve since read his novel, Android Hunters and am eagerly awaiting the next book. 

  • Hello, Jonathan! What was the driving force behind the creation of your novel, ANDROID HUNTERS?

The current novel I just finished, tentatively titled, HARPER’S ODYSSEY. As the name suggests, Homer’s epic poem Odyssey is the inspiration. I’ve always been fascinated with mythology and the tales from those times. ANDROID HUNTERS actually follows the formula of those ancient tales. It has titans, the androids; heroes, humans; and a type of god, Corli.

Mythology has always been an interest of mine as well.

  • So going back a bit, why not tell us what the first thing you ever put to paper (or screen) was? What was your first story?

The first thing I ever wrote was all detail back…

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Helpful tools for writers!

This is the first I’ve heard of Hemingway Editor. Looks very interesting.

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These tools will help new writers much more than seasoned writers, but it can’t hurt to try them out!

http://mashable.com/2015/06/04/7-writer-tools/

First up is Grammarly for Google Chrome, and I have to say that I like it. I’ve been using it all day, intentionally trying to trick it to see how well it actually performs, and I’m impressed. Granted, it’s not perfect. Nothing is though.

It can pick up contextual errors, spelling mistakes, improper use of punctuation or lack of, and a lot of other things. I wrote a short three-paragraph story in MS Word, which picked up on most of the spelling errors and improper use of punctuation, but not much else.

I then took the same three paragraphs and put them into Grammarly and it found many more mistakes, including but not limited to punctuation, spelling, contextual problems, and sentence structure.

The next thing that I actually enjoyed using…

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Infiltrator – a short story

This is a short story set in a universe where robotic consciousnesses (robcons) were given the country formerly known as the United States of America in a peace treaty that saw the end of The Change War. It follows an Infiltrator, a robcon designed specifically to infiltrate the human population. It’s 6,300 words so you’ll have to click on Page 2 to see the story.

Enjoy the read!

Must Be (Shrove) Tuesday

I actually have two posts in draft status, but painting the house takes up pretty much all of my time.
Until I’m done with the house and can post more regularly, enjoy this Buffy trivia.

Happy Pancake Day.

POP CULTURE PLAYPEN

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It’s Pancake Day! A DAY ENTIRELY ABOUT EATING PANCAKES. (And, y’know, preparing for Lent and stuff, but mostly: PANCAKES.)

I love pancakes, as does (I assume) everyone. They’re tasty, light enough that they don’t fill you up immediately, and so versatile that you get to try out lots of fascinating food combinations. THEY’RE BASICALLY A TASTY VERSION OF PILOT SEASON, BUT IN YOUR MOUTH INSTEAD OF ON THE SCREEN.

Which I think is why they seem to be used as a subtle symbol of affection in season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Food, and particularly balanced breakfasts, took on more significance in the later seasons, when Buffy (and the other Scoobies) became responsible for raising her younger sister (formerly a blob of mystical energy), Dawn.

Willow, Dawn, Buffybot and Tara breakfast scene from Bargaining (Part One)

In ‘Bargaining (Part One)’, Tara’s pancakes were part of the pleasant domesticity she and Willow tried to create for Dawn after Buffy’s…

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Robcon Nation, Interview Series (2nd Interview) – Erin Virginia Hall

This is the second of a multi-part interview with the fictional protagonists, Jon Odopal and Erin Virginia Hall, of my upcoming novel Robcon Nation. This interview is with Erin Virginia Hall, a bountier with Kinlika Security Company based in the walled city of Paris, France.


We are here with Erin Virginia Hall. I would like to start out by saying thank you for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me. Thank you.

I wish I could say the feeling is mutual.

Ha ha. Mutual… Let’s just dive right into it now, shall we? You work for Kinlika Security Company, the largest private security company (PSC) on Earth and the colonies of Mars. Your job is as a bountier. Can you explain what exactly a bountier is?

What a bountier is…You make this sound like a date that’s winding down with nothing left to talk about. With that said, a bountier is a person with a job you will never know the full description of. And yes, I know that’s a lame answer for an interview…In a nutshell I get sent on assignments governments contract Kinlika with. I hunt down those who do bad things and wish to stay hidden.

Do “those” include robcons?

*ahem* Not exclusively.

How interesting. What do robcons do that is so bad? Aren’t they supposedly a peaceful people who go out of their way to do nothing people can so much as construe as bad. At least that is what the general populace at large is told.

First off, robcons are not people. Get that through your head. Do not ever call refer to them as people, putting them equal to humans. They are computers. They are machines that try to think like people. They are not people.

Apologies, I meant no disrespect. What do they do that is bad though?

I won’t answer that. Next question.

So we heard you are in a working relationship…

We’re done here. I hope the next interview is more productive.

Thank you Erin. And as you say, hopefully the next interview will be more productive..



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Author Feature: Jonathan Bergeron

Thank you so much Nicholas for my very first author interview!

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I met Jonathan Bergeron on Twitter. As a Marine Corp veteran, he is the unusual kind of author who can write  battle scenes drawing on actual experience. That alone warrants him an author feature! He has published a science fiction novel, Android Hunters – on a 99c sale until next Friday – and is working on a score of other books.

Hi Jonathan and welcome! What inspired you to write this book?

That’s a tricky question,From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books to be honest. I can’t really point to one thing in particular as an inspiration. The inspiration, I think, is really a culmination of all the science fiction books I’ve read, movies and TV shows I’ve watched and video games I’ve played. I really pulled on a lot of different sources for Android Hunters.

What was the first thing you ever wrote?

My ABCs in kindergarten! It all just snowballed from there. Ha ha, if only. The…

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Robcon Nation, Interview Series – Jon Odopal

This is the first of a multi-part interview with the fictional protagonists, Jon Odopal and Erin Virginia Hall, of my upcoming novel Robcon Nation. This first interview is with Jon Odopal who is a robotic consciousness (robcon) and hails from Robcon Nation, the robotic society built upon the bones of the former United States of America. He is part of the highly secretive group of Infiltrators.

 


First off, thank you very much, Mr. Odopal, for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this.

You are welcome.

The question on everyone’s mind is what exactly is an Infiltrator? What do you do? What are you? Enough that Robcon Nation will allow, of course.

Of course. What an Infiltrator is…well that is a bit complicated. The short answer would be we are a spy. However by answering with the spy angle it almost lessens what I, and the other Jon’s, do. When thinking in human terms you could say I am a cross between MI6 and Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre with a dash of street con-artist. I, Infiltrators as a whole, are the first line of defense of Robcon Nation against the bad apples of humanity that wish to see the peace between humans and robcons a thing of the past. I would like to point out that Infiltrators do not start wars between robcons and humans. We stop the wars before they begin.

Wow, so you’re basically an all-in-one Special Forces unit that can operate around normal people?

That is putting a mild spin on it and cheapening what I do, but I suppose you have it in a nutshell.

Oh, sorry. How do you, a robcon, blend in with humans well enough that you so compare yourself to the much vaunted British Intelligence Agency?

silence, but a smug look on his face

I had to ask, give it a shot. Onto other things. Do you engage in any relationships to keep up the charade of you being a human? Got a boyfriend or a girlfriend?

I do not consider what I do a charade. Infiltration is a job like any other. It is a job where I blend in with my surroundings by imitation, not a charade. I do engage in relationships every so often though. It is crucial to certain assignments to be seen in a relationship, a relationship where the other person knows no real info about me. And like humans and their relationships, I have been in a few that I would not want to visit upon even my worst of enemies. For those I tell myself this is done for the security of Robcon Nation, and I cannot end their life simply because they are terrible human beings.

Engage?

Ha ha. I will leave that one to your imagination.

You are involved in a relationship right now if I’m not mistaken.

A working relationship.

Could you tell us some more about that?

No.

No you can’t tell us or no you won’t tell us?

I will not. It is not my place.

Right, then. While you’re here, can you give our readers who want to become part of the world of international espionage a few words of advice?

I will have to defer to my partner who is not here right now for a thorough response on the advice. I was designed specifically as an Infiltrator, although in my time online I have managed to learn the finer arts of being a human; that being sarcasm and deceit. However, what I can say, what I think my partner will say, is being in the espionage and security business is akin to being a writer. It is something only people with closet sadistic tendencies are wont to pursue. It is not glamorous, the hours are long, and very few people thank you for it. However if you love it there is nothing more satisfying.

More to come in the next part.



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Go visit a local bookstore day!

I’m decreeing today as “Go visit a local bookstore day”. Which will likely change next time I go to a bookstore.

I like visiting Haslam’s. Since I know there is only one of them, pick a local store near you and go patronize it by buying a lot of books.

That is all. Have a great weekend.

Battle of the Atom

Found out I’m not a fan of comic books anymore, although it could have just been the story in this one. Gonna give Kingdom Come and Watchmen another read through. First few times through with those when I read them, nearly 10 year ago, I loved the books. If I don’t know I know I’m for sure not a fan of comic books.