Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review of The Everlasting: Eye of the Wise by Biako

The Everlasting, Vol. 1: Eye of the Wise: An Original English Light Novel by Biako
Well, this isn't science fiction, but a lot of scifi readers also like fantasy, so I thought I would share.

I know the author through Vic's Lab, which published both of our books. I hardly ever read fantasy because I'm a scifi guy, but Biako had asked me to read it, so I gave it a try. (Although I stick to sci-fi reading, I do enjoy fantasy anime, martial arts movies, and JRPGs, so it wasn't that difficult for me to get out of my scifi comfort zone to read this).

To be honest, although I rarely read fantasy, I really enjoyed The Everlasting. It’s about a teenage guy who uses warrior arts and is transferred to a school to learn magic. It sounds typical, but the way he uses magic and arts (think Final Fantasy skills) in the story is unique. The campus battle scenes reminded me of playing JRPGs, and reading the story was like watching an anime. Plus it has a good fight scene. It's only downfall is that it uses common anime tropes, but that's easily overlooked. The story keeps you interested and uses magic in a unique way, so I recommend this book.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Friday, September 23, 2016

More Than 35 Websites Where You Can Post Stories for Feedback

Updates: Sept. 23, 2016 and Oct. 18, 2013. Original post: Oct. 15, 2010.

Six years ago, I published a list of 15 websites where you can post stories for feedback. It was the most popular page on my website with nearly 40,000 views. For the post's three-year anniversary, I updated it on Oct. 18, 2013, and increased the list to more than 25 sites. The post now has more than 235,000 views, so it's time to do another update. I removed listings of sites shut down, updated quotes from sites, and increased the list to include more than 35 sites where you can upload original fiction and nonfiction short stories, chapters and books. Many of the websites added to the list were suggested by readers.

(Disclaimer: Vic's Lab, LLC, which operates, is the publisher of my Vecto light novels, Vecto: Vengeance and Vecto: Voyage. You can visit my page at I also use

Below is the updated post with a list of more than 35 sites where you can submit writings for an online community to read. Feel free to share links to this article to help your fellow writers.

More Than 35 Websites Where You Can Post Stories for Feedback

Writers need feedback, and many beginning writers opt to post their stories on websites where others can rate them and comment on them. Of course, writers should be careful when posting stories online. Many publishers consider anything posted online to be published and may not accept those works. However, other publishers are now seeking out self-published works that have a strong following.

If you don't write, there are plenty of fiction to read on these sites, including science fiction. You may have to filter through some badly written manuscripts, though, to find a gem.

Ideally, local writing groups are good sources of feedback, but for those who want to share their original writings with the world or members-only online communities, here is a list of more than 35 websites where you can post stories (in alphabetical order with a quote from each website):

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Half off print book, free ebook, and 99 cents for sequel?

Half off print book, free ebook, and 99 cents for sequel? I'll get to that in a moment.

Vecto: Vengeance
It's been a long time since I've posted on this blog. Nowadays, when not working my 60-hour day job, my free time is been spent on my books. Although I want to post about scifi in general like I used to, I'm torn between using that hour or so to do that or using that time to promote my books. I chose the latter, so I've unfortunately neglected this blog, which I didn't want to end up being used solely for self-promotion.

Vecto: Voyage
My time has been spent posting parts of my books on Wattpad, where I have more than 34 thousand reads for Vecto: Vengeance, writing the second book, Vecto: Vengeance, which was published last month, and now working on the third book. Although sales are not what I expected, I'm happy that people actually read my work. Just recently, Vengeance was ranked the #1 free book on Amazon in three categories.

Yes, I am shamelessly promoting my books. My stories are what I'm passionate about, and I want to share them. I have some deals for you, though, so I hope you enjoy them.

You can get Vecto: Vengeance in print for half off, which comes to less than $4 if you go to here and use the code LJP7FTNH in the checkout. Also, this Saturday, May 14, 2016, you can get the Kinde ebook version of the book for free. Not only that, you can get the sequel, Vecto: Voyage for 99 cents starting Saturday, which will run until the following Friday.

I hope you give my books a chance. If you like them, please consider reviewing the books on Amazon. Thank you for your time!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Reid Stories: Wool by Hugh Howey and Vecto: Vengeance Chapter 4.9

Here's a book trailer for Wool by Hugh Howey:

"Silo is a series of science fiction novellas, also available as a single novel, by American writer Hugh Howey.[1] Film rights to the story have been sold to 20th Century Fox;[2] director Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian expressed interest in the film adaptation.[3][4]" - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy it: Wool

And here's the last Vecto: Vengeance scene of the week:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reid Stories: X-Men: Days of Future Past and Vecto: Vengeance Chapter 4.8

Here's a trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past:

 "The X-Men are a fictional team of superheroes that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The X-Men were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and were first published in 1963. They are among Marvel Comics' most popular and lucrative intellectual properties, appearing in numerous books, television shows, films, and video games." - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy it: X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray]

And here's my Vecto: Vengeance scene of the week:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reid Stories: DBZ Android 13 Fight and Vecto: Vengeance Chapter 4.7

Here's a clip from Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! movie (spoilers):

 "Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ(ゼット) Doragon Bōru Zetto?, commonly abbreviated as DBZ) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama, that were published from 1988 to 1995 in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Dragon Ball Z first aired in Japan from April 25, 1989 to January 31, 1996 on Fuji TV,[1] before being dubbed in several territories around the world, including the United States, Australia, Europe, India, and Latin America." - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy the complete series: Dragonball Z Complete Seasons 1-9 Box sets (9 Box Sets).

And here's my Vecto: Vengeance scene of the week:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Reid Stories: Neon Genesis Evangelion and Vecto Vengeance Chapter 4.6

Here's a trailer for Neon Genesis Evangelion:

"Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン Shin Seiki Evangerion?, literally "Gospel of a New Century"), commonly referred to as NGE, Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese science-fantasy mecha dystopia genre animation series that first aired from October 1995 to March 1996. The 26 episode series was created by the anime studio Gainax and was both directed and written by Hideaki Anno. The original Japanese cast of the show includes the voice actors and singers Megumi Ogata as Shinji Ikari, Megumi Hayashibara as Rei Ayanami, and Yūko Miyamura as Asuka Soryu. The music was composed by Shirō Sagisu and would top the Oricon charts upon release; the theme song continues to receive recognition for its lasting impact in the decades after its release. The Evangelion franchise also includes a movie tetralogy called Rebuild of Evangelion, as well as several other spin-off anime, manga and video game series." - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy the series: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Perfect Collection.

And here's my Vecto: Vengeance scene of the week:

(Previously: As Leroy and Vecto battle, Leroy tells Vecto that he didn't fight Morphaal because if he left the area, he would lose his power.)

Vecto continued his rampage, firing at Leroy as he flew past the blasts. "There's no bailing out of this one, Leroy." Vecto rapidly fired at him, locking on to him. Leroy spun around and came at Vecto head on. He dodged Vecto's blasts and pounded Vecto's chest. He pounded again as Vecto's shields vibrated. Then he pressed with his other hand and started to phase his fingers through his shields. Vecto swung with his arm at Leroy but was stopped by energy blocking the side of Leroy's head. Vecto quickly expanded his exterior shield and encompassed Leroy between his two outer shields, suspending his body in between.

"It will only take time before my shields devour the carbon from your body," Vecto said.

"Ain't you curious--how I slipped through ya shields?" Leroy asked.

"I don't care at this point," Vecto said. "My only concern is to find Morphaal and kill him. So you're going to tell me where Zendora is!"

"Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. So Morphaal knows the road to Zendora, you say?" Leroy exclaimed inside Vecto's shield as his tough skin barely flaked. "Doesn't bode well."

"And yet you won't help me take him down, coward!" Vecto said.

"How many times I gotta tell ya? I cain't leave these parts, boy," Leroy said. "I put my energy, my life force, my chi, into this here land. And only when I'm around here can I use my power."

"That's improbable," Vecto said.

"Ya got a lot t' learn, my boy," Leroy said. He focused his chi energy in the air on the other side of Vecto's shield and the energy began to destabilize his Force Field Shield. Soon, Leroy was able to slip through it, exiting the bubble he was in.

Vecto was baffled, trying to analyze the technique.

"Good ole chi is life, an' carbon builds that life," Leroy explained, tipping his straw hat and noticing that Vecto's shields had eaten part of it. "Ya shield's alive and sucks carbon to live. But there's two sides of chi: good and bad. That pain ya feel when I strike means ya shields are growin' negative, you hear?"

"So how'd you pass through the shield?" Vecto asked, amused by his explanation.

"By forcin' a balanced chi level against your shield's, neutralizin' it," Leroy continued. "Like I said, my life's around me."

"It is quite difficult to believe you," Vecto said. "My shields are impregnable!"

"Or so ya think," Leroy hovered above him.

(As the match nears a finish, who will be victorious? Find out more in the next installment of Vecto: Vengeance!)

(You can buy my Vecto: Vengeance light novel on Amazon here: Vecto: Vengeance.)
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