Since time before record, the worlds of Ki and Kur have been entangled. Every fourth day, the boundaries of space and time are disturbed, so that each world is seemingly transposed with the other, and an alien sun rises in its sky, with catastrophic results. The light of Kur’s star is deadly to the life of Ki, and vice versa; every contact between the creatures of the two worlds likewise produces only violence, corruption, and decay. Yet contact is frequent enough, on the fourth day when the barriers put up by nature are thin and porous. Over many years each world has been colonized by invaders born under its enemy’s sun, spreading disease and death.
Civilized life still exists on Ki, but only at great cost. For those who are unwilling or unable to pay that price, there are other ways to live as well—but they are far from pleasant.
This is a review of chapters 1-3 of Pyrebound, a serial fantasy novel in progress.
Continue reading “Pyrebound: An Early Look”
“Now, Corgan, how did you get that broken skin on your hand?”
“Dammit, Mendor, I told you I don’t know.”
Mendor’s gasp was like a gale blowing through the Box.
“Where did you learn that word, Corgan?”
“What word?” But he knew exactly the word Mendor meant.
Continue reading “From “Virtual War” by Gloria Skurzynski”
Part 2 of the Harry Potter Readstravaganza series
I was wrong. This isn’t Matilda: The Fantasy YA Series. It’s Rugrats: The Fantasy YA Series.
Think about it.
Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
Part 1 of the Harry Potter Readstravaganza series (there was a Part 0)
Never again will I wonder what Matilda would be like as the first book of a seven-part series. It is here before me: Harry Potter and the Sorcerolosopher’s Stone.
This is a good, upstanding, morally upright adventure. It gives me the impression that J. K. Rowling respects kids’ intelligence and urges them to trust their instincts, even when their hunches aren’t totally right.
There’s a part, though, where the narration says something like “maybe Harry was imagining things, but Slytherin didn’t seem very nice.” In this case Harry’s instincts are totally right, because all of Slytherin is so evil and awful. Prove me wrong.
Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Philosopherceror’s Stone”
Part 1-ish of a series of readstravaganza posts
Harry Potter is just another series on my neverending list of stuff to read. I’ve never read it before, which is surprising because I grew up with the books, and fans of the books, and movies based on the books, and birthday parties inspired by the books, all around me. I claimed to like reading, too.
Continue reading “Harry Potter Readstravaganza, Part 0: Memories, Book Covers, Other Stuff”
It is here. At long last, the world knows where to find the online “headquarters” of Joi Massat. We welcome this day with loving arms.
How many people will read this? Not this blog, but like, this post. Five people? Six?
Anyway, thank you for visiting. Dedicated Quinlan Circle fans may know me as an artist for ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture, but profound Quinlan Circle fans know that I’m a writer above all, for they know I have created The Fifty Names of Scooby-Doo. What a seminal work that one is. Someday soon I’ll put out fiction that isn’t just a creepypasta. I’m always writing, and I hope to publish a serial story or two on QC in the near future. Keep your eyes peeped.
But for now, I’ll just publish blog posts. On stories I’ve read or watched, mostly.
Hope you have a nice day!