Eirian has technically been writing in one form or another since the age of ten. She first cut her teeth on an old British Sci-Fi show. Since then she’s written semi-professionally for several Alternative Spirituality publications and fan magazines. She also writes a good deal in connection with her work as a teacher. Her first loves, however, in terms of writing have always been Science Fiction and Fantasy.
As one half of a bi-national couple, she divides her time between her home in England and spending time with her spouse in the USA, and writes whenever she gets the chance. As well as maintaining an active presence in science fiction fandom, she currently has three original projects under development, writes short stories, and maintains her blogs.
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Smashwords book reviews by Eirian Houpe
- The Bone Trail
on May 16, 2011
Unfortunately I can only echo what so many other reviewers have said about this book: although the premise is good, the execution of the storytelling leaves a lot to be desired. While the opening page and a half of the book is reasonable in terms of grabbing attention - setting up questions in the reader's mind, the following three pages of blatant exposition quickly cools whatever interest was roused for the plight of the two women stuck in the Nevada desert looking for the illegal horse round-up.
The book would have benefitted much from an editor's eye being run over the text, followed by a good deal of hard thinking about what to keep in, and what to remove. The dialogue feels forced and stilted, and in some places kept in merely for the sake of having dialogue, and the recurring instances of exposition - of telling, rather than showing - what is happening do not help to improve the overall impression of the story, of nor the authors skill at telling it.
It is a shame, because it could have been such a good book if handled properly.
- Kikaffir - a Black Comedy
on May 20, 2011
Post apocalyptic, near future vision - not for the faint hearted.
The story is set in a future where even the environment has turned against man, forcing each person to fend for him or herself. There may be safety in numbers, clans coming together to protect what few resources remain, and eek out a living, but even within the clans there is cruelty, hardship and depravity. Nothing and no one is safe, and that especially goes for Mike and his some-time friends and hangers on, and his woman, Lady, characters each with their own flaws and vulnerabilities, through whose eyes we see the story unfold.
The language used in the book is appallingly blunt - four letter words abound - but it is entirely appropriate in the context of the story, the setting and the hardships faced by the characters. In fact the only time I found myself wincing over the language were the odd occasions where tamer words were substituted for stronger ones - the use of the word 'bum' for example. The harsh language helps to set everything more deeply in context, and where we're treated to everything from graphic violence, murder, rape and even cannibalism, anything less would have been ludicrous. In spite of the language choices, or perhaps because of them, the book is incredibly well written, holding the reader as a in a state of macabre fascination, compelled to find out how the story ends - just how bad could it get?
The answer to that is 'very,' and while I enjoyed the quality of the story, the content still leaves me a little queasy, and I cannot stress enough that while well written and captivating, in a very dark sort of way, this story shouldn't be read by anyone that is easily offended.
- Guardian of Eden
on May 21, 2011
Sins of the father – a mother's history and the compelling love of a brother meet in the story, Guardian of Eden, in which Garret, a black youth struggles with his own emotional maturity to protect his family that is torn apart by the troubles of its past.
The book falls somewhere between young adult and adult in its subject matter and execution, and therein lies its problem. The subject matter is very emotive and the reader should feel a greater connection with the characters than I found myself developing. I think this is because of the YA approach to the stylistic execution of the story telling, where everything is explained, the path from A, to B, to C, carefully laid out for the reader, leaving very little room for supposition. That's not to say that the book is poorly written – it isn't – I simply found myself wishing that the author would leave a little more room for reader speculation as a way to engage with the story. The author does seem to attempt this at least once, with the inclusion of the storyline concerning the therapist, but this is never developed to it full extent. We're simply left to follow, in pedestrian fashion, the heartaches and confusion of Garret, the young man forced to grow up way too soon, way too quickly in order to try and protect the sister he loves, which we already know, from the first chapter of the book, that he has already failed to do.
An engaging read in spite of the conflict in subject matter and style, and one that highlights a sensitive issue that is still, sadly, prevalent in modern society.
- Rise of the Raven
on June 24, 2011
Rise of the Raven has all the classic fantasy elements, with an epic, far-reaching plot that was sadly somewhat overwhelmed by 'first novel flaws.'
At first it was very difficult for me to get into the book, which after some consideration may have been easier had book begun at chapter three. Especially in the early part of the book, Drennon's overuse of long passages of exposition make accessing the characters and their stories difficult for a reader, and thereby make it hard to build a relationship with any single character enough to care about him. I feel that some of the exposition could have been delivered the dialogue between characters, helping us to become more familiar with them, and also with the language of the story, which, because it was typical of the pattern of 'quest type' fantasy stories, at times appeared stilted or awkward.
A reader that perseveres however, will be rewarded by a high, (but dark), sword and sorcery type fantasy with gloriously written battle scenes, and even a little romance.
In spite of its issues, Rise of the Raven isn't a bad book overall, and has all the hallmarks of a promising author still learning his craft, and I would recommend that any lover of the fantasy genre would enjoy this book, especially keeping that in mind.
Note: I received a free review copy of this book, but my review remains, none-the-less, unbiased.