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What Makes a Bad Book? | 3 Anti-Reader Crimes Some Authors Will Make

What Makes a Bad Book? | 3 Anti-Reader Crimes Some Authors Will Make

This Sounds Really Familiar...

You know the feeling when you're reading along on a book and you just know what's going to happen. Like, yeah did I already read this?

But you know it's a new book! Just came out. 

You pop online and doublecheck. Even scramble around in the beginning pages to find that copyright page. 

Yep. Brand new book.

But I swear I've read this before!

What just happened? OK, You either just:

  • Finished the book, got your noggin' hit, selectively forgot your hours of previous new book interaction and just blissfully picked it up again (about as likely as beautiful toe fungus).

  • Or you have picked up a (bad) book where the author has committed one of these three heinous anti-reader crimes:

    • Gotcha! You've Just Been (Poorly) Troped

    • I Shall Trap You In A White Room and You Will Like It!

    • I Want to Be One of the Cool People, too!

I shall go into each of these in delicious depth, plus how to avoid bad books before you plunk down your money!

So come hang out with me on the MOTHERSHIP blog over the next couple weeks as I go into each of them. 

Until then...scroll down for some most definitely unique reading. 

You Are Entering a "Bad Book" Free Zone!

Two Great (And Sometimes Strange) Story Series

1. Bryant Street Kickstarter

  • Do you like:
    • Dark and Strange Stories?

Then welcome to Bryant Street! 


Bryant Street, a standard subdivision street outside of any city. Well-kept lawns, paint and roofs up to HOA standards, two- or three-car garages. 

Everything looks to any casual observer perfect and normal.  

But inside those perfect-looking homes, the residents seem just a little off. A little twisted or confused or a half-turn out of reality.  

Normal exists on other subdivision streets, but never on Bryant Street.  

Bryant Street Books Series: SPRING Collection Book Cover

2. PULPHOUSE Magazine

  • You might like Pulphouse if:
    • You like to be surprised by an ending 
    • You like ridiculously good writing
    • The idea of reading stories crazy enough to be about sentient flying underpants or a zombie detective intrigues you

For 10 stories an issue you will never know what kind of story that you will be reading except that it is not what you'd expect and it is most definitely not boring!

Pulphouse Magazine Issue #25 Cover

"I just read the first 6 stories in Issue Zero, and decided to buy all of the back issues. The stories are so preposterous and ridiculous, yet so well written and told, that I had to buy A LOT MORE (so I did)."

~ Dale Abrams

Get Started with Pulphouse

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