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Author Interview: Ken Scholes

Today I am interviewing Ken Scholes, author of the, Psalms of Issak series, whose first four book are being re-released in a bundle for Nook, Kindle, and Kobo on August 15. The first volume of the Psalms of Isaak, Lamentation, was published by Tor in 2009 and the fifth anf final volume, Hymn, comes out in December.

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DJ: Hey Ken! Thanks for agreeing to do this interviews! 🙂

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Ken Scholes: Thanks for interviewing me, DJ. My name is Ken Scholes. I’m a speculative fiction writer among other things. I broke into print back in 2000 through the short story market and then, after winning Writers of the Future, I started writing novels. My series, The Psalms of Isaak, is what I’m best known for – I’ve been working on it for over a decade and the final book comes out in just a few months.

DJ: What is Psalms of Issak series about?

Ken: The world’s largest, most important city is suddenly destroyed and a key group of witnesses to that city’s fall are pulled into a labyrinth of intrigue as war erupts and various factions seek to solve the mystery of Windwir’s destruction. As the series progresses, the characters learn that they are part of a larger world – and a broader web – than they realized as they are changed by their experiences. Of course, it starts with a king finding a metal man weeping in an impact crater and goes from there….

DJ: What were some of your influences for Psalms of Issak series?

Ken: I was heavily influenced by more writers than I could list – Bradbury certainly at the top of that list. And in the early years of the series, watching Ron Moore’s re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, J.J. Abram’s Lost and Joss Whedon’s Firefly all had impacts on me when it came to storytelling. I was also influenced a great deal in my early years by Dungeons and Dragons and a host of other TSR role-playing games. Continue reading

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Book Review: Hellknight (Pathfinder Tales #32) by Liane Merciel

Hellknight (Pathfinder Tales #32) by Liane Merciel

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Edition: Paperback, 432 pages

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Mystery

Rating: 3.5/5


Do I want to read more Pathfinder Tales? HELL YES.
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The Friday Face-Off: Just Then Flew Down a Monstrous Crow

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.


The Friday Face-Off: Just Then Flew Down a Monstrous Crow

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicles of The Unhewn Throne #3) by Brian Staveley

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Book Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: February 3, 2015

Edition: Hardcover, 350 pages

Genre: Steampunk, Western, LGBT

Rating: 3.5/5 Rating


The tastiest steampunk novel you’ll read!
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Book Review: A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias

A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: January 24, 2014 (first published 2014)

Edition: Hardcover, 352 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 3/5


A good sci-fi story about first contact
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Book Collecting: Update #11

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So like my Readercon post, this one too is beyond late. Sorry about that, folks!

Two weeks ago, the weekend after Readercon, I went to Tor’s Big Summer’s Road Trip on July 17! Continue reading

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Book Review: Hellhole Inferno by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Hellhole Inferno (Hellhole Trilogy #3) by Brian Herbet and Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: April 12, 2014

Edition: Hardcover, 528 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: 2.5/5


A predictable, but good and satisfying ending to a trilogy that was, unfortunately  a disappointment. 
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Book Review: Hellhole Awakening by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson


Hellhole Awakening (Hellhole Trilogy #2) by Brian Herbet and Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: March 26, 2013 (first published February 13, 2013)

Edition: Hardcover, 528 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: 2.5/5


More aliens, political scheming, plot twists, and even a bit of space battles this time… but it still felt the same as book 1. Continue reading

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Book Review: Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Hellhole (Hellhole Trilogy #1) by Brian Herbet and Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: March 15, 2011 (first published January 1, 2011)

Edition: Hardcover, 517 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: 3/5


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