It’s no secret that I enjoy the writing of C. H Aalberry. You can read my review of his YA fantasy novel Wish here. Now is a brilliant time to download Wish or his wonderful book of short stories The Origami Dragon and Other Tales – they are currently absolutely free on Kindle!
The Origami Dragon is really rather special- darker than Wish in some ways, the intelligent mix of compelling characterisation, fantasy and science fiction is original and engaging. From tiny elephants to inter-stellar travel, the collection has surprising twists and charming moments. The author has a gift for intriguing anti-heroes and bringing the dark and fantastical to life. There’s also a clever intertwining intertextuality throughout.
Get yourself some quality, entertaining literature while it’s free! Also, look out for stunning use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in both. Come for the plot, stay for the syntax!
Read another review of Wish from the estimable Adam P Reviews. His overview is simply excellent!
Read C. H Aalberry’s advice for writers struggling with writer’s block.
Often, ‘less’ is used when ‘fewer’ is meant. This is easily done, particularly as we are often taught that ‘less’ is the opposite of ‘more’. Basically, use ‘fewer’ when talking about a countable number, but ‘less’ when you mean something that doesn’t have a plural or can’t be counted: ‘fewer dancers have less visual impact.’
‘Fewer people are learning the foxtrot at school these days.’
‘The shop sold fewer feather boas than ever before this year.’
‘Fewer than one in ten adults can perform a proper samba.’
‘There are fewer dance numbers in films than there used to be.’
‘I dance to less pop music than I used to.’
‘There’s less talent than there ought to be.’
‘I should spend less time trying to do the lift from Dirty Dancing.’
‘Less’ is only ever used with numbers when they are on their own or used as expressions of time or measurement:
‘The tap class lasted less than two hours.’
‘She travelled less than three metres with that leap.’
I hope this will help you make fewer errors in the future!
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C. H. Aalberry beautifully conjures magical lands and thrilling encounters in his debut YA fantasy novel, ‘Wish’. Shards of the shattered WishStone have granted unpredictable powers to a cast of lovely and credible characters. Dak the Warrior is a fearsome giant with swirling red tattoos, two sharp axes and an unexpectedly generous nature. He travels with Lae, who is magical, sarcastic and well-read, and their charmingly anthropomorphised scruffy dog. Their adventure to save the world from war and the necromancer and to find the secrets of the WishStone is gripping and heart-warming in equal measure. Every character that they meet is distinct and well-written.
The author is very witty and uses humour cleverly in his characterisation. Dak, for example, speaks simply, for the most part, but occasionally surprises with excellently-timed moments of wisdom. Aventur, a narcissistic shiny-haired time-travelling bard, is given some very funny lines and maxims we can all live by: ‘Fortune favours the brave of heart and clean of hair!’
I don’t often review books that I’ve edited, but I think this one is particularly special. The plot is imaginative and unpredictable, the settings are vividly drawn and the characters feel very genuine. Also, it is very cheap ($0.99) so if you like the sound of it, take a punt! Buy it on Smashwords here or on Amazon Kindle for just £0.77.