Review of the week – The Pure

That loud breathy sound you hear is me letting out a huge sigh of relief!

I love The Takers because it’s the first book and it started Oz on his journey, but it in a lot of ways, getting a great review for the follow-up books makes me feel much better.  You never know if you’re going to piss off your readers and lose them for good.    This one is for the third book in the series, The Pure.

4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the Oz Chronicles so far, March 31, 2009
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This review is from: The Pure: Book Three of the Oz Chronicles (Paperback)

I didn’t think Ridley would top THE TAKERS because the first book of the Oz Chronicles is so wonderful, but I must say THE PURE is my favorite so far. Most of the action concerning Oz takes place in the mind, and even the struggles of the other characters are emotional more than physical (though there is plenty of action to keep teen readers turning pages). I’m a sucker for redemption stories, and THE PURE certainly is that. I hope Ridley keeps going with this theme in future installments. My only real disappointment was finding out the Oz Chronicles is not a trilogy, which I didn’t realize until I encountered the cliffhanger on the last page! Then again, it’s good to know there’s more to come.

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The New Délon City Kindle Cover Image (Vote)

I’ve never been thrilled with the cover for Délon City, so I’ve decided to use a different one for the Kindle version.  If it goes over well, I’ll change it for the print version as well.  What do you think?

A New Cover for Délon City?

Cast your vote!

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Review of the Week – The Takers

Review of the week belongs to The Takers!

This one is really cool.  The book reached a young man who normally doesn’t read.  Gotta love it!

5.0 out of 5 stars First time son has requested a sequel to anything!, August 24, 2010
By Susan L (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Takers (Oz Chronicles, Book 1) (Volume 1) (Paperback)

I bought this book for my son to take on 12 hour airline trip. He’s not a reader – has learning disabilities that impact his reading and typically reads only what’s required for school and then reluctantly. I assumed it would come home unread, but thought I should send him with something in case the audio/video on the plane malfunctioned. I read the first page or two aloud to him while he was packing his carry-on bag just to get him interested.

When he got home he asked me if there were any more books in this series. When I told him yes he asked if I could get them for him! He went on to describe the plot, charaters and ending to me. I was amazed. He read a book! He liked it!

I haven’t read the book, but based on his response I’d recommend this book to any parent who is looking for something that a teenage boy will read and enjoy – even those who don’t like to read and aren’t particularly interested in books.

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Matt Damon Rides the Bus with Oz

Manicure: $20.00. Bus Fare: $2.00. Choice of reading material: Priceless

Matt Damon steps off the bus with some reading material, The Land of the Dead.  The bus driver made him get off when he cried like a baby when he read the sad part that I can’t tell you about because it’s a major spoiler. (Can you say run on sentence?)

I can tell you that as I was photoshopping this image… I mean examining this image I noticed that Matt does get manicures.

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I think Europe said it best…

Come hell or high water I am uploading the files this week!  Book Four of the Oz Chronicle is here… well, it’s here at my house.  I’m making my last rewrites tomorrow, and should have all the pieces in place to start turning the publishing wheels that will make ti available to all of you who have waited so patiently.  It is here.

Now, I’ll let the band Europe express this moment in a song.

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Current Word Count Meter for (Land of) The Dead; Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles

Originally, I had a targeted word count of 65,000 words, but I amended it to 60,000 shortly after.  Turns out, I should have stuck with the original estimate.  On pace to pass 65,000 words today and complete the book.

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