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  • By M. Rasheed
    Apr 22, 2016
    Although officially labeled a horror/sword & sorcery work, in this self-published introduction to an intended multi-book epic, Brian Colding crafts a tribute to an eclectic wide-ranging mixture of pop culture genres. Strongly appealing to the inner fanboy in this 40-something reader, it didn’t take me long to find myself engrossed in the building tale. Unlike most other works similar to this, Brian’s story has a strong empathy for the superhero fantasy sub-genre, with this beginning of his wildly eclectic multi-genre epic being a delight to all of us Gen-Xrs who are fond of engaging in equally epic “What if XYZ fought ABC?!” fanboy debates! This first novel was truly great good fun. I found the battle descriptions so potent, that I wished it was a lavishly illustrated graphic novel instead of prose. This kind of work deserves that treatment since that same type of visual feast birthed it in the first place. Another interesting trait I would’ve loved to see more of (and perhaps I... More > will in future volumes!) was Brian’s generosity in allowing black-skinned, African-derived characters share the stage of high power, and even in some cases eclipse their fellows. As an African-American myself this is important to me, since poor representation in epic fantasy is one of the genre’s well-known shames. Good on you, Brian, with sincere thanks. On the negative side of this review, this book suffers from what self-publishers typically do: Not enough proofing/editing before it goes into distribution. I can certainly imagine the excitement and eagerness he must have felt trying to get the first title of a long-time gestating epic work finally out to the masses, but it is very important to devote publishing resources towards professional proofing/editing services to make sure the work is RIGHT before it gets into reader hands. It’s not too late, of course. Now that the novelty of being published has worn off, I would suggest tweaking the text by paying a fresh set of eyes to comb through it, and then re-upload the file to the printer. Too easy, and well worth the effort. Better late than never, too. In closing, I am very impressed with The Asin Adventures: The Lands of Darke thus far, and was highly entertained throughout. I genuinely look forward to the next exciting part in the saga. Keep ‘em comin’!< Less
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Cold Brothers Entertainment Group LLC
February 19, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.31 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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