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Feign II: The Downfall has been rated and reviewed at Langmanual.com.
“Rating of three out of five ponderous stars. Feign Collection Book 2. Poetry book by T.L. Curtis.
With a tagline like “The Downfall” it’s hardly a wonder this book is filled with poems that are frankly, downers. They convey sorrow and hopelessness. No two ways about it. That said. Don’t be fooled about my opinion. This book really pleasantly surprised me. I’m generally NOT a fan of poetry or sad stories, in fact I’ve only ever bought one poetry book in my entire life, and not by choice, it was for a school assignment. But since I liked another book by this author (Show Her) so I wanted to give it a chance. This author seems to have a knack for ponderous content so I sought out her other published work. I wasn’t disappointed.”
Read the rest of the review at http://www.langmanual.com/post/2252467.
Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis is out and ready for purchase! Follow the links below to get your copy today!
Feign II: The Downfall is another brilliant collection of poetry brought to us by the sharp-tongued goddess of wit and real-talk.”
Advance reviewers agree that Feign II is another varied, exciting, and powerful collection of poetry and lyrics from T. L. Curtis. Whether you are a veteran reader of poetry or don’t generally read poetry, you’ll be likely to find your next favorite piece in this anthology.
More reviewer comments:
“I felt inspired, happy and giddy while I read this book.” –Sara H.
“Even if you’re not into poetry, you might find yourself relating to the poems more than you thought you would; I know I did!” –Susan B.
“I was drawn in immediately by her interesting narrative and the upbeat rhythm of her words.” –Palmer C.
“…this “collection” tells a story, one of heartbreak and the dark depths to which we can fall when our world, our light, leaves us forever.” –Kenneth B.
“Feign II opens on a strong note with ‘I Hate Myself’, a powerful poem encapsulating the all too familiar feelings of self-doubt and self-loathing.” –Tara L.
“With Curtis’ powerful voice, I would recommend this book of poetry to people who would like a smooth introduction to the world of poetry!” –Melissa H.
“Relax, have a glass of wine, & enjoy “Feign II The Downfall”, by T.L. Curtis. Her collection of 20 poems gives us a glimpse into the many phases of love.” –Vickie D.
“This Book Feign ll: the Downfall proved to be a spectacular book of poetry that peeps right into the soul of the reader.” –Francesca M. (less)
Savannah Woolley submitted a video of her creating a painting that she started after reading ‘Adoricidal’ a haiku from the ‘Feign II: The Downfall’ book of poetry and lyrics. Savannah also sings and provides life advice. Get in touch with her by clicking here.
Baffling, I know, but the fact is: not everyone is a big poetry fan. 😀 However, even if you couldn’t tell the difference between a sonnet and a haiku (and wouldn’t care to), here are some tips to help you give your poet colleagues helpful feedback on their work in your writing groups and / or review the poetry of your favorite indie authors.
1. Relax and Contribute to the Poem’s Review
Even if you don’t think you “get” poetry, you can still be helpful. You do your fellow authors a disservice when you keep quiet just because you aren’t an expert (whatever the fuck that means) on poetry. Poetry is just another form of expression, especially emotional expression. Most poems are a mere reflection of an event (everything from a near-death experience to a passing thought while waiting for the bus) that the poet has strong feelings about. Treat the poem like that person is telling you about their day at work, that traumatic event, or that passing thought they had, in a flowery / gritty / cryptic way.
2. Be Honest About Your Reaction to the Poem
Guess what? Saying that you were confused is a valid answer!
There may have been parts of a poem that shocked you, intrigued you, scared you, or even lead you to feel angry or sad. If you experience any specific emotions, this can be what you share with the poet. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to react to a poem. Nodding back to tip number 1: Just relax.
3. Be Specific in Your Poem Review
If you were confused, try to flesh out why. Were there too many words used that you didn’t know the meaning of (signifying that the poet may want to look into simplifying the language)? Was there a total disconnect in your mind between what the poet wrote and what they said they were trying to convey (signifying that the poet may want to consider sharpening the imagery)?
If the poem lead you to feel sad, which line stood out as the most depressing to you? If the poem lead you to feel shocked, at which word, line, or stanza did you first have that reaction?
Arm yourself with these three tips whenever you go into a writing group that you know poets frequent and you should be able to stay involved in the discussion. Remember these as well when you are attempting to craft a review for a book of poetry in order to publicly support your fellow independent authors!
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Wondering if this dystopian, homo-erotic, science fiction story is a good fit for you? Read the official Volo Press review of Angel’s Feather by Alina Popescu and find out!
Volo Press Rating System
0 – Couldn’t finish it. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone in its current state.
1 – Poor work. Brutal to get through, but did manage to finish. Painful experience. May be an acceptable read for die-hard fans of the genre AND the author.
2 – Sub-par work. Hard to get through. May be an okay read for fans of the genre or the author.
3 – Solid work. Multiple, minor issues / one or two major issues. Recommended for most people who need something to read on a road trip or bed rest.
4 – Strong work. Satisfying to read. A few grammatical or logistical errors, but nothing too distracting. Recommended for anyone.
5 – A fantastic read. Highly recommended to everyone.
6 – Virtually perfect. My life is incomplete if I don’t have a copy in my home. Will no-doubt read multiple times throughout my life. YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK!
Overall Impression of ‘Angel’s Feather’ (Alina Popescu)
Angel’s Feather is about a human male, Adam, who falls in love with a ‘Flyer’–angel-like beings with wings who monitor humans to make sure that they don’t try to escape from Earth. At this point in the (hopefully distant) future, humans have depleted Earth of most of it’s This Flyer is named Michael
If you enjoy fan fiction involving same-sex romantic couples, and aren’t normally bothered by character inconsistencies and grammar problems, you will probably enjoy Angel’s Feather.
There were multiple things that bothered me about the writing, including grammatical issues and what appeared to be a lack of fluency in English. Recognizing that that could be an issue, I lifted the rating a little.
“…had me staring at Michael, mouth gapping.” (Gaping)
“I latched on that spark of hope…” (Latch on to a piece of something, not a spark)
“…but that small ounce of trust…” (What’s a large ounce?)
And it wouldn’t have been quite as distracting if these all hadn’t happened within the first 15% of the book. The rest of the work continued on with similar issues.
Main Character: Adam
Lover / Overseer: Michael
For me, the characters were more convenient than realistic. I try to be a little more forgiving since I am a licensed psychotherapist (and I know that my analysis of human behavior can be a little more intense), but even so, I can’t think of a single character that behaved in a away that seemed consistent.
For example, Michael was presented as cold because of his disappointment with humans breaking the rules and being executed for it. Yet, within minutes of appearing in the book, he hugs Adam and licks bodily fluid off of him (calm down, just tears ^_^).
Questions that arose from that single scene included:
- If Michael has simply been assigned to do a job, why does he even care if a human lives or dies? It’s like a soldier assigned to assassinate someone being concerned about whether or not they have prostate cancer or a cold. If it helps him do his job to be emotionally distant, he’d probably remain that way or just resign or ask to be reassigned if he couldn’t (this is possible because he does get reassigned later in the book). Maybe if Michael had fallen in love with a human before that he’d had to kill or if he was half human himself this might have made more sense.
- If they’ve had no physical contact in the years since
Michael killed Adam’s father[collapse]
- If Flyers are supposed to be “emotionless” and cold, wouldn’t this unusual behavior have gotten a rise out of the crowd that was surrounding Michael and Adam at the time? It seems like there would have been some shock, outrage, confusion, maybe even fear from the other people of the village who were witnessing this, but they seemed to act like it didn’t even happen.
Adam, the main character, behaved in ways that seemed erratic as well. One minute, he empathizes with Michael, and the next he’s angry at him, and then he’s letting him hold him? All in the same few seconds? And even after this intimate, yet public, scene, Adam labels Michael “as untouchable as the fake angels in our religious books.” Why? You were LITERALLY just in his arms?!
I’ve seen this pattern before in my own and other people’s writing. It seemed as thought the characters did whatever the author wanted them to do to complete a particular scene that the author had in mind. This often results in characters seeming unstable mentally and emotionally, since they are swayed by the wind of creativity in the writer’s mind instead of their own motivations or the circumstances taking place in their world.
For Adam, empathizing with beings who were essentially his jailers seemed too happenstance. He was perfectly set up to feel resentment and anger towards his father and his uncle. Honestly, he could have felt that towards the Flyers, like everyone else, and it would have fit in seamlessly. But I have to have a stronger understanding of Adam’s psyche in order to be able to validate his feelings of empathy towards beings who kill people like him.
In theory, this is a really cool plot. The idea of having made contact with a myriad of non-human life forms and trying to get off of a planet we abused irreparably is strong. I also like the idea of a charge falling in love with someone who has been told to monitor him, especially with the history between them. And, of course, man-on-man action gets me through my day, so that helped a lot. Even though there was only a single sex scene in the whole book! Boooo! ^_^
All that was missing for me was the solid execution of the details of a plot like this one. It’s like having all the puzzle pieces sitting on a table near each other, but never clicking them together to make the final, smooth, whole picture.
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It’s one thing to like someone’s writing, but true fans are hard to come by for a lot of literary professionals. Here are three ways you can do your part to help your favorite authors become successful in their craft and be a sincerely great fan of their work!
1. Tell the World
Good fans read the books, blog posts, and magazine articles written by their favorite authors. Great fans encourage others to read their favorite author’s stuff as well. They tweet, blog, email, and post about the book. They pin and Instagram pics of the book when they get it in the mail or download it onto their e-reader. They recommend the author when they text, call, or chat. The never miss a chance to mention the author’s latest book when speaking with a friend, colleague, or family member. These are the behaviors of fans who help create careers for writers that last!
How do you measure up? When is the last time you tweeted about your favorite author’s work or passed one of their books along to a friend or co-worker?
2. Get Involved
Many authors (especially independent ones!) have ways that you can get involved with the publishing process for their work. This could mean anything from pitching plots or characters to joining an ARC list. Authors with a little more notoriety may already have a few Goodreads or Reddit groups about them. But if they don’t, a great fan may be the one who starts that group for discussion about the writer themselves and the works that the writer produces. Sometimes just realizing that there is someone in the world devoted enough to a particular artist to create a group based on their career is what can draw other people into considering becoming fans as well.
Have you gotten this deeply involved on behalf of your favorite author(s)?
3. Buy Direct
As much as you are able, try buying directly from the author. This could mean purchasing their work from their shop, their website, their booth at a book fair, or directly through their publisher’s site. Purchasing through third parties such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble often takes a healthy chunk of profit out of the author’s pocket. While it isn’t always an option based on where you live, how far you’re able to travel, and other factors, consider doing what you can to deal as directly with the author as possible.