Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels. Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for e-reader, and will soon be available in paperback. Nexus, The Necromancer's Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years, as well as several short story collections.
Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit nicolaswilson.com.
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Adam West: Naked
by Nicolas Wilson
Price: Free! 21380 words.
Published on April 17, 2013. Nonfiction.
Adam West: Naked
and other somewhat titillating journalism from Dangerous Ink
A collection of Nicolas Wilson's journalism, as it appeared in Dangerous Ink. Read Nic's chats with Ernie Hudson, Adam West, Bruce Campbell, Richard O'Brien, and others. Perversion, strange anecdotes, and hero-worship galore.
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Smashwords book reviews by Nicolas Wilson
- Wander Home
on Feb. 22, 2013
I really enjoyed this, overall. Wyle's writing style is very clean. It's descriptive and evocative, but not florid.
There were a few spots where I think I would have connected with the characters more if she had toned down the presentation of her afterlife. The fluidity of appearances/settings sometimes made it a bit harder to bond with the reality of the interactions. That same mechanism, though, showed off the beauty of Wyle's writing, and lent an interesting edge to what could have been a saccharine story of redemption.
The story was the weakest part of this, to me. It felt like she couldn't decide which direction to take it in, so some aspects of the core conflict, particularly in the last act, did not feel organic. It felt a bit too narrow to be effective as a mystery novel, but not quite connected enough to be a gripping romance. Maybe I just wished it would have been darker. I think there was some real potential for supernatural suspense and conflict in the last act, that was never quite capitalized on, and would have created more tension prior to her ending.
Wyle's strength is in her scene-building. Her locations are absolutely stunningly executed. I would love to see her build the nuance of her dialogue a bit more, to provide that same attention to detail to the characters individual voices. Despite a few flaws though, this is a very well written novel, and sure to resonate with readers who like just a little supernatural tension, and stories of destined happy endings.
Note: I received my copy for review purposes.
- Shadows of Valor
on March 14, 2013
This is a pretty quick read, as Hamill's writing moves very fast. I enjoyed the overall story, although the beginning didn't articulate the conflict between Orescan vs. Verackan in a relate-able way. I suppose it makes sense, as the main character is basically a boy, and you wouldn't expect a deep understanding of the cultural events that would make such a war happen. I'd have preferred to learn more about the causes of the war, the political structures that govern peoples lives, as part of the worldbuilding.
Hamill creates vivid and engaging scenes and locales, but I can't help thinking that it would be a much richer work if she'd spent more time with her people. The story, especially at the beginning, felt a bit black and white, and by the time she had added some more nuanced elements to the ways people live in that world, it felt a bit rushed.
Her characterizations are very crisp and targeted. Edwin, our hero, is very well fleshed out and likable. His companions are entertaining, although I could have done without a romance angle. There were spots it seemed like that subplot was intruding on the "actual" story. I would have loved to have spent more time with the rest of his fellow recruits or operatives, to have more of a sense of camaraderie, rather than focusing on the romantic subplot.
All of that is nitpicks. It's reasonably well edited, well written, and generally engaging. I'll happily read more with these characters, come book 2.
Note: The author provided my copy in exchange for this honest, non-reciprocal review.
on April 17, 2013
Review from the wife.
Short, sweet, to the point. She loved James' written nuance, crisp descriptions, homespun obsessive-compulsive cleaning remedies, and unreliable neurosis. There was one spot she had some minor confusion about a plot point(she refused to spoil it though), but otherwise said that it was beautifully presented, from the tone to the editing. She hopes the author will have some new stuff to present, soon. Maybe something longer, since she's such a fast reader. James has certainly set the bar pretty high, though, and I'm looking forward to reading this one myself, when things slow down.