Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Alien’s Book Receives First Review

Tony Riches says:

“I have become used to unusual followers on twitter – but was intrigued to realise I was being followed by an alien.  Her name is Sena Quaren, an Angian woman from a star system about twelve light-years from Earth.

“I had to find out more and discovered a new book which stretched the boundaries of the short story yet at 42,000 words is not a novel in the conventional sense.”

The rest of the review can be read at Tony’s Writing Desk

Regular readers of this blog know about the challenge I’ve been facing and those new here can find out by scrolling down through the last four or five posts.

Having Notes from An Alien receive its first review is a perfect topic to help me get back on the horse and ride this range called life
Our Comment Link Is At The Top of The Post :-)
Follow the “co-author” of Notes from An Alien, Sena Quaren:
On Twitter
AND, Get A Free Copy of Our Book


23 responses to “Alien’s Book Receives First Review

  1. Karla Telega April 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Great review, Alexander! I’m sure there will be many more.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai April 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks, Karla :-)

    I suspect there will be more as my next new activity in pre-publication promotion is to solicit reviews.

    This one was unsolicited :-)


  3. Simone Benedict April 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Congratulations, Alexander! I enjoyed the review and I hope you have many more!


  4. Alexander M Zoltai April 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you, Simone :-)


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  6. Darcia Helle April 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Awesome, Alexander! Congratulations!


  7. Alexander M Zoltai April 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Yep, pretty darn trippy :-)


  8. Alexander M Zoltai April 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you, Darcia………………………..


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  10. Once April 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Many congratulations, Alexander! I have read Mr. Riches’ review and it looks mighty positive for your work! I was delighted that it was so favourable. The idea of several connected extended short stories all bound together by the same narrator that you mentioned in your note to Mr. Riches sounds enormously promising considering his reactions to this first one. Again, congratulations, and I hope that this first review portends many, many others.


  11. Alexander M Zoltai April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you, John, for all your encouraging comments :-)


  12. Freedom, by the way April 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    O.K. I am intrigued. I am normally not a fan of sci-fi, but that review has made your book sound like a “must-read.” Congrats!


  13. Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks, Freedom, for coming over from Simone’s blog and for the encouraging word :-)

    Hope you click the link in the side panel for your free copy…


  14. Freedom, by the way April 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Just did! Look forward to reading it! (Hoping it will be appropriate for my 13-year old son, as well?) I’ll read it first to make sure! He’s not as avid a reader as I would like, but when he gets hooked on an author he’s HOOKED. Let him read one of John Hart’s novels, The Last Child, which maybe had too many adult themes, but he couldn’t put it down–even wrote an essay about Hart for English. Who would have figured that of my soccer-playing, x-box fiend son?


  15. Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Just sent the manuscript to you via email…

    I think you son sounds like he could handle the book–it’s fairly PG-ish :-)


  16. Simone Benedict April 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Lol, I’ve had recent experiences with reviewing reading material for my lil avid reader. He’s not yet 10 but read an old Benchley novel last week and is reading a Clive Cussler now. Perhaps a little grown, and not my cup of tea, BUT he had checked out a cartoon book from the library’s junior fiction section. Right away he said, “There’s some inappropriate stuff in this book.” I looked and was floored over the needless violence and mature content. Benchley and Cussler write more appropriately than that stuff!

    At this point, I’m tentatively thinking if my young reader appreciates the difference between innuendo and flat-out inappropriate, he’s way ahead of a lot of adults I know. In some ways, it becomes a consideration for us writers, I think.


  17. Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    You sound like you have a rare and wonderful child, Simone :-)

    Excellent point about, “…the difference between innuendo and flat-out inappropriate…”


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  19. Selena April 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    What a perfect way to birth your novel! Loved the review, Alexander. Congratulations!


  20. Alexander M Zoltai April 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement :-)


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