Posts that have been tagged with: "Peter Orullian"

Giveaway: Trial of Intentions

Posted: June 8, 2015 in Giveaways Tags: Peter Orullian

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Updated 6/8/2015: Matt B from Albany is our winner. Congrats and your book will be on its way shortly!
TRIAL OF INTENTIONS has been out a week (EBR review here), but it looks like we have an extra copy hanging around here at EBR to give away. If you’d like a hardback copy of Peter Orullian’s second book, enter the giveaway by:
1. Emailing us at elitistbookreviews@gmail.com
2. Include the following in the subject line: Trial of Intentions Giveaway
3. In the body of the email include your name and address.
The giveaway ends midnight (MST) on June 7th. The winner will be posted on Monday, June 8th.
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Gestures of Humanity

Posted: May 28, 2015 in Editorial, Elitist University Tags: Guest Posts, Peter Orullian

The following editorial is a guest post from Epic Fantasy author Peter Orullian. When he approached me about writing a guest post for EBR, I jumped at the opportunity. It is a rare author that can so clearly share his or her views on various aspects of their craft. I’m so pleased and honored that Peter chose to share his thoughts here with all of us.

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Gestures of Humanity

There’s every possibility that I wouldn’t be writing fiction today if it wasn’t for horror. More specifically, Stephen King. Hyperbole? Maybe. In recent years, I’ve mostly written epic fantasy. And it’s also true I’ve had the itch to be a writer ever since I was a boy. But if nothing else, Stephen King catalyzed that desire. How? One way to explain it is the contrast between light and dark. Or, said another way: gestures of humanity.

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Review

Trial of Intentions

Posted: May 27, 2015 by Alan in Books We Love Tags: Epic Fantasy, Peter Orullian

trialIn THE UNREMEMERED: Author’s Definitive Edition (EBR review), Peter Orullian delivered a classical fantasy novel that hearkened to the stories of Tolkien, Brooks, and more. Heroic adventures, dramatic conflicts, and nuanced storytelling continue to be the hallmarks of Orullian’s writing. And he delivers all the joys of fantasy you could want.

But, Orullian has found an untapped reservoir of talent in TRIAL OF INTENTIONS. Where THE UNREMEMBERED shines, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS transcends. Where THE UNREMEMBERED lagged or suffered, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS has displayed deftness that is far beyond its status as the second book in a series. Orullian is not just an author, but an artist. One of the rare writers, like Hemingway, Steinbeck, Lewis, and others, whose use of words, imagery, and literary techniques lifts him above his compatriots and peers into a category inhabited by the truly great.Read the rest of this review »

Giveaway: The Unremembered

Posted: April 13, 2015 in Giveaways Tags: Peter Orullian

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Updated 4/13/2015: Rick B from Ohio is our winner. Congratulations! Your book will be mailed out soon.
THE UNREMEMBERED: AUTHOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION (EBR review here) releases today, and what better way to celebrate it than with a free book?
To enter the giveaway:
1. Email us at elitistbookreviews@gmail.com
2. Include the following in the subject line: Peter Orullian Giveaway
3. In the body of the email include your name and address.
The giveaway ends midnight (MST) on April 12th. The winner will be posted on Monday, April 13th. Good luck!
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Guest Post: Peter Orullian

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Editorial, Elitist University Tags: Guest Posts, Peter Orullian

Writers are the worst judge of their own fiction. And that works both ways. Meaning, often a writer’s story that he thinks is amazing . . . just isn’t; likewise, something he’s written that he thinks is crap . . . is the awesome.

Enter beta-readers.

A beta-reader is a person who reads that early draft of something the writer has written, and offers commentary and critique.

Some writers don’t use beta-readers. And I wouldn’t say a writer can’t succeed without them. But because I believe writers are the worst judge of their own work, I’ve come to feel beta-readers are worth their weight in books. The good ones, anyway.

See, all beta-readers aren’t created equal. Some are little more than fans who want the book as soon as they can get their hands on it. A good beta-reader, on the other hand, can help a writer see the flaws—as well as the successful bits—in a manuscript.

Often, this amounts to the fact that the writer is seeing the full story in his head, and so he fills in the gaps that aren’t actually on the page. So, because the beta-reader doesn’t have the story in his head, he can point out the absences. And, like I said, also help a writer see where the story is really singing.

So, now comes my story about one particular beta-reader. Steve Diamond.Read the rest of this post »

Review

The Unremembered (Author’s Definitive Edition)

Posted: April 7, 2015 by Alan in Books We Love Tags: Epic Fantasy, Peter Orullian

I received a review copy of THE UNREMEMBERED: Author’s Definitive Edition, in advance of the second novel in the series, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS. It’s an epic fantasy from Peter Orullian, and the plot follows Tahn as he travels with his allies, family, and friends to learn how to stand and defeat an evil from ancient times.

I had never read the original printing, so I was excited to dig in to this book.

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Interview with Peter Orullian

Posted: April 6, 2015 in Interview Tags: Peter Orullian

peter1Today we have an interview with Peter Orullian. Though the relationship between EBR and Orullian started rather poorly, we have since become very good friends. We asked Peter if he could take some time out of his schedule for an interview. The release of THE UNREMEMBERED: The Author’s Definitive Edition is this week.Read the rest of this post »

Beta Reading for Peter Orullian

Posted: December 8, 2014 in Editorial, Elitist University Tags: Peter Orullian

Beta reading is something I’m asked about at least once a week. Either I’m asked to do it, or I’m asked why I do it, or I’m asked how I managed to get the gig in the first place. I’m also frequently asked what I do when I actually sit down to read someone’s manuscript.

Why do I bring this up? Well, because you may have noticed we just published Alan Bahr’s review of Peter Orullian’s novel THE UNREMEMBERED: The Author’s Definitive Edition. The review was extremely positive. If you have been a long time reader of Elitist Book Reviews, you might recall that I personally reviewed the original version of the novel several years ago. Frankly, I didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t that it didn’t show promise, it was that it didn’t feel like the final version. It felt like the draft before cutting a bunch and cleaning up the rest. Again, that review was done in 2011.

So now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s story time.
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Review

The Unremembered

Posted: April 27, 2011 by Steven in Books We Don't Like Tags: Epic Fantasy, Peter Orullian

The hardest part of being a book reviewer is putting together a negative review of a book when you don’t want to. This happens for a variety of reasons, but mainly has to do with the author himself (or herself as the case may be). If we hate the author, or absolutely hate a novel, writing a scathing review is simple and enjoyable–therapeutic even. But with a novel like THE UNREMEMBERED, well, we almost didn’t even write this up. But then we realized the potential disservice we would be doing you, the readers, and the author, Peter Orullian, by leaving this unreviewed.Read the rest of this review »