Three Years Ago Today, We Raised Our Glasses to the Ale Boy

A viscorclaw — one of the creepiest critters you'll encounter in The Ale Boy's Feast. Illustration by animator Ken Priebe.

"This is my favorite fantasy series," says the latest Amazon reviewer of The Ale Boy's Feast, the fourth and final book in my series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread.  "I recommend it to everyone 13 through 120. Although the series is marketed toward adults, I am a teenager who really enjoyed them and will be rereading them over and over again." … [Read more...]

Auralia goes camping! Then, she goes to the Hollywood Bowl!

Where have you discovered The Auralia Thread lately?How about Live at the Hollywood Bowl?My friend Chuck writes to say, I had the privilege of playing with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl tonight and I had The Ale Boy's Feast with me. Here are some pictures from on stage. Sorry for my phone's photo quality... I think you'll still get the idea. Wow. It's the next best thing to being there!That's only the first of two stories that surprised me this week. Here's the other … [Read more...]

Reviews and Reviews and Reviews! The Ale Boy’s Feast on the CSFF Blog Tour

 Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life played at Cannes this week, and there are suddenly dozens and dozens of reviews all over the Internet. The differences in viewers' reactions are striking, sometimes even confounding. And many of their responses read more like reactions than reviews.But some reviewers have taken the time to think deeply about the film, about what it might mean, about the risky decisions that the director made in juxtaposing scenes about the origins of the … [Read more...]

My Favorite Blog About The Ale Boy’s Feast

There have been some wonderfully encouraging reviews and blog entries about The Ale Boy's Feast. (I'm particularly grateful for these posts by Robert Joustra, Lindsay Stallones, and Rachel Starr Thomson.)There have been some very silly ones too, including one from a blogger who declared that I must never have taken a creative writing class in my life.But a picture is worth a thousand words, so you've got to see this... … [Read more...]

Gratitude for Thoughtful Reviews of The Ale Boy’s Feast

As a reader in a community of readers, I know that all of us have unique responses to the books we read.My opinion of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or No Country for Old Men or Never Let Me Go will be different from yours, even if we both give them a thumbs' up or a thumbs' down.As a reviewer, I know that there is a huge difference between a review — a thoughtful examination of plot, style, character development, point of view, etc. — and a reaction. (A reaction is something along … [Read more...]

Reading Backwards

What would happen if you read the books in The Auralia Thread out of order? … [Read more...]

Lindsay Stallones Reviews The Ale Boy’s Feast

Earlier, I posted the review of The Ale Boy's Feast that was published today at The Other Journal.I should also have posted this one... … [Read more...]

Book Release Day, The Other Journal on The Ale Boy’s Feast, and Free Gifts!

Sometimes I read reviews and feel that I must have failed terribly to express what was happening in my imagination and my heart.But then, along comes a review from a reader who "got it," who saw clearly much of the light that I hoped to reflect.Today, I've read one of those reviews, and it is heartening, to say the least.Robert Joustra has written a wonderfully observant (and spoiler-free!) review of The Ale Boy's Feast, which was published today... the book's release day! … [Read more...]

I Like Your Chances

Fiction Addict is giving away ten sets of The Auralia Thread. Ten sets of the entire series!Want one? … [Read more...]

Readings, Interviews, Reviews: The Ale Boy’s Feast is here at last!

Those who have pre-ordered The Ale Boy's Feast should have the book in a couple of days, and you'll find it in bookstores on Tuesday (if not earlier).Yes, we've come to the end of a long journey. A four-year journey for readers, a sixteen-year journey for me.Want to celebrate with me? … [Read more...]


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