frank calcagno recent comments

written 1269 days ago
cherry

High time for a stable bookshelf ... Now that Authonomy is changing, I decided to look through the 300+ books I've read on this site for my favorite five. 'A Scottish Ferry Tale' made my list. I suggest you give it a look.

Frank Calcagno
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written 1269 days ago
cherry

High time for a stable bookshelf ... Now that Authonomy is changing, I decided to look through the 300+ books I've read on this site for my favorite five. 'The Time Warriors' made my list. I suggest you give it a look.

Frank Calcagno
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written 1269 days ago
cherry

High time for a stable bookshelf ... Now that Authonomy is changing, I decided to look through the 300+ books I've read on this site for my favorite five. '2150 Total Integration' made my list. I suggest you give it a look.

Frank Calcagno
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written 1271 days ago
cherry

Frank,

I just finished reading through the 5 chapters of your sci-fi novel and I really enjoyed. The prologue really grabbed my attention and pulled me into the world that you created. I am amazed that you were able to fit so many distinct characters with backstories, and different worlds into just five chapters. This is GREAT! Any chance you would think about uploading a couple more chapters?



scify_guy, Contractually, I should not post more of the book on outside sites, but you can read the first 50% of my novel for free at my distributor's site at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/24673
You can also download a smaller portion at barnesandnoble.com.
I am pleased you enjoyed reading 'The First Human War'. Book 2, "The D'war'en Heir' will be out in 2011... view book

written 1276 days ago
cherry

Very entertaining. Backed. view book

written 1277 days ago
cherry

Very original. Deserves a close look. Backed.
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written 1285 days ago
cherry

The story of Bastian and Bella-brother and sister-who just want to be 'kids'. But other things are in store for them ... things out of their control. A new yarn, spun of fine silk ,that is sure to please. view book

written 1298 days ago
cherry

Well written; very timely. Backed view book

written 1301 days ago
cherry

Athena keeps sticky notes all around her home covered with thoughts for her books. They all came together beautifully in The Raven and the Wolf. A great tale, beautifully written. Backed. view book

written 1304 days ago
cherry

This is a very good story; very creative. The first two sentences really sucked me in-BIG TIME. I'm sure it will do well. For a YA fantasy, I almost wonder if the first scene on the plane was just a little too 'normal'. One may read it and wonder if the story will pick up more excitement... True, great things are sure to come, but a reader will decide early if (s)he will proceed on. "What's up with this girl? She's just on a plane..." That's harsh, but so many readers are really impatient; will it be worth their time to continue? (And I should talk; I spent too much time in my works explaining everything early...I know it is bad but...) Thing is: I am wondering if you could insert just a little more foreboding on the plane. Can you hint at something, without giving anything away, about the nightmare? Interject just a bit of uncertainty? Let the reader know ..."hay, just wait and see what happens..." You do that beautifully in the "Before Time" but then it sags (in the excitement department).
Just a couple nits:
You have "you were having nightmare" (a nightmare?).
Technical, but: you have the plane crew buckling the seat belts for the next passengers. I've never seen them buckle them beforehand. I'd have her observe that the seat belts were neatly arranged for the next passengers...
Best luck; a great book.
"We pulled up the driveway." (I've never heard it said that way...We pulled into the driveway?) view book

written 1305 days ago
cherry

The prose flows nicely and the characters are well-crafted. Backed. view book

written 1306 days ago
cherry

Fantastic opening; solid writing. Backed with pleasure. view book

written 1306 days ago
cherry

Very cool stuff. Seldom am I on the edge of my chair reading an introduction, but Savannah Passion had me there. Backed. view book

written 1310 days ago
cherry

Rachelle, You have a gift and you will go far. The story is very well told and solid. Of course, as Sue50 said below, the editing part is a necessary evil and a job nobody enjoys doing. You will get so sick of your book after you lose count of how many times you've read it ,over and over again. But each time you do, you will catch that nagging little 'thing' that you previously overlooked. An author will very often read over what they thought they said, but did not quite make in onto the paper...fingers and eyes like to fight...
You are very imaginative; your dialogue is real.
Look at each word and be sure it adds to the sentence; flowing description is good in places but sometimes an author will add a word that really is not needed (all kinds of controversy about 'that' which I will not get into; 'up' can be another extraneous word). I do that too many times, believe me. Look for places here and there where an ordinary description can be turned into a glowing gem by a subtle twist of a word, making it a memorable passage. From ccd1, I understand you are just beginning to write. How I wish I had started young!
You have a great future ahead of you, and I expect to see more of your work! view book

written 1310 days ago
cherry

Great atmosphere. Good prose. Backed. view book

written 1310 days ago
cherry

Zamorna is a good read. The dialouge fits the mood perfectly. Well-written, and backed. view book

written 1311 days ago
cherry

WARNING:
Do not read ‘No Weight Out’ in public. The smile indelibly plastered on your face while doing so will instantly tag you as one of Forrest Gump’s less-intelligent siblings. The constant outburst of laughter will attract the local police force to you as a ‘person of interest’. Failure to head this warning may also place you in the unwanted vicinity of a lumbering, flying bull elephant seal when least expected.
You have been fairly warned.
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written 1312 days ago
cherry

A structural engineer I work with greets me every morning with "Well, did you blow up any planets last night?" After cringing that DHS may have a secret recording device near my desk, I can now say "No, but Owen did." A rip-roaring way to start a novel. Good stuff. view book

written 1313 days ago
cherry

A Guiding Light is a good alternative to the universes spawned from David Weber's pen. view book

written 1314 days ago
cherry

A very interesting concept and story. view book

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