Zachary Holbrook

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  1. My flash fiction The Light Smuggler releases today through Havok. Like all Havok stories, it’s available for free for one day only, after which it will vanish into the archives, available to only the members of the Havok Horde. Visit gohavok.com today, and be swept away by a story of renewal that pierces a dark world.
  2. A city under attack. An unorthodox defense. My flash fiction ‘Foodpocalypse’ releases today through Havok magazine. Today, and today only, you can read it for free at gohavok.com. After midnight, it’ll vanish through the portal to the archives, accessible only to Havok members. So, if you're in the mood to spend a few minutes in a world threatened by a leviathan that can only be defeated one way (or if you like laughing), read 'Foodpocalypse' now.
  3. Also, the 'Singer Bridge Four' is mostly dead and were scorned by other singers even before the devastation at Kholinar. So Kaladin has a long way to go before being able to win the trust of the majority of the singers.
  4. Wait, so is this plague dangerous? Or did the PureLakers just overreact and call it a plague even though no one died from it?
  5. Fascinating. So the story of world as a whole could serve as a metaphor for the salvation of an individual soul? One of the ideas I had when I started writing is that I want to combine the incredible scope of Brandon's novels with a Biblical worldview. Brandon's work is amazing, and raises lots of important questions, but without an eternal perspective it falls short of providing an answer for those questions. Dalinar becomes a better person, Shallan learns to accept herself, Kaladin overcomes hardship and eventually regains his hope-- but if they're all just going to die anyway, do any of those things really matter? Realistically depicting the human experience is an important part of storytelling, but as a Christian author, I want to point my readers to hope beyond this life, to the salvation offered by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You have me intrigued. Have you published or are you planning on sharing any of your writing any time soon?
  6. Wow, I love the idea behind cosmic hope! There is darkness, but the light is stronger. Cosmic Hope seems to focus more on the theme of your story, while Tribe Tech and Cyberlamp enhance the setting. I would describe my own writing as Cosmic Hope, with the added detail that the ultimate good is the omnipotent, everlasting God of all creation, and the greatest good we can receive is a relationship with Him.
  7. True love. Dastardly plots. And the awesome power of twine. That is to say... I have a flash fiction releasing this Thursday, January 2, through the ezine Havok. If you'd like to be swept up on an adventure to a ranch far, far away, visit gohavok.com this Thursday. You'll have one day to read my story for free. Afterwards, it will vanish through the portal to the archives, accessible only to Havok's subscribers. Twine Man Returns is the eleventh flash fiction I've had published through Havok.
  8. Funny, I've read lots of reviews of the Lightbringer series by people who liked the beginning better the ending. I had the exact opposite experience: The Black Prism held no appeal for me, but I enjoyed each book in the series better than the last. The Burning White had me more enthralled than any other non-Brandon fantasy book ever has.
  9. The contrast between Skyward and Starsight provides an interesting example of Sanderson's Third Law of Magic, "Expand, don't add." Skyward focuses entirely on one culture, the humans of Detritus, and how their way of life has been shaped by the constant threat of extermination. Starsight, on the other hand, introduces a myriad of new alien races and cultures. It's imaginative and entertaining, but not nearly as compelling as the narrower focus of the first book. How do Skyward and Starsight compare in your opinion? Do you prefer the broader, more varied worldbuilding of the second, or the deeper, more focused world of the first?
  10. The cat knows more than he's letting on. Also, what is up with Paul's sister? She looks like an honorspren.
  11. The Lightbringer series:
  12. I'm the same way! When Oathbringer released, I basically lived on Roshar for two days straight... I had already worked ahead on my homework, so I knew I had the time to enter a 'book coma' for a little while.
  13. I'm the same way! When Oathbringer released, I basically lived on Roshar for two days straight... I had already worked ahead on my homework, so I knew I had the time to enter a 'book coma' for a little while.