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JESS C SCOTT is an author / artist / non-conformist who loves original stories and seeking the truth. She writes in a variety of genres and is a socio-political blogger.
Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of online magazines and literary journals, such as Bards & Sages Quarterly, Word Riot, Under30CEO, The Online Citizen, and Maine Coast Journal (September 2014).
Her book THE INTERN was a Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews (2011), and her psychological thriller PLAYMATES received a Readers' Favorite Five Star Award (2014). Hell Horror calls PLAYMATES "a great original masterpiece," while San Francisco Book Review (August 2014 issue) describes it as "a psychological thriller at its best."
In 2012, Jess participated on two panels discussing sexuality in literature at the Singapore Writers Festival. Her erotic fiction has been described as "provocative" and "thoughtful" by discerning readers seeking more than a collection of sex scenes when it comes to erotica.
She is the founder of jessINK, a publishing company dedicated towards creating meaningful entertainment.
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So, who here is a perfect snob about not reviewing self-published authors? (**blushes**waves hand**). Yeah, that's me. And guess what? Jess C. Scott's The Other Side of Life schooled me right into the bad kids' corner.
Scott isn't just a decent writer; she's good, as in G-O-O-D. This Other Side of Life isn't just interesting; it's enterprising. You'd think so many different elements - sci-fi, classic fantasy, romance and something of n hero quest (with a twist) - could become jumbled and be too much at once. There's even a hint of a dystopian setting here. Somehow, Scott makes all the distinctions flow together. I didn't have to try to make the mixing work together - the writing makes it seem perfectly natural and the story flows. That's saying a lot when reading about a tall, hot elf walking around in 2035 with a Bond-worthy, high-tech doofatchee on his wrist:
"Nin looked up and around the abandoned stone church, in quiet solace and admiration.
There was something distinctly unique about the building - it felt safe.
He waved a hand in front of the hidden camera situated in a crack in the stone wall, watching the small screen on his N-Gage wrist device. The screen showed the scene at the church - empty - with no sign of him, or his moving hand. Debug: successful, he noted.
An old battered wooden cross hung on the wall, and there were a few pews strewn about the interior. The air was cold. The silence, overpowering."
-The Other Side of Life, page 1
Scott has a great way of weaving unfamiliar elements through familiar settings, and I think is one of the reasons why everything works well together. I think for fans of urban fantasy, this particularly works well.Read more ›
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I love books that offer you an escape from the real world, where you can breathe, laugh and cry with the characters.
This book offered that most of the time, but here and there you got tangled in unnecessary commas and hard to read sentences. You'll catch yourself reading back a few sentences to make sure you understand what is happening.
Where the genre is concerned, this is my first time reading "cyberpunk" so maybe my issues with the pacing came from lack of knowledge of the genre.
The story offers drama, love and fantasy. You want to keep reading just so you can successfully relate to Nin and his predicament. As the book title suggests, the author successfully provides with a world on "the other side of life".
Creative and stylish in theory, but lacking in execution, it has been the hardest book to review thus far, and I'll tell you about why.
First of all, the bad.
There are a number of mistakes (okay, you can call them creative license, I still call them mistakes) the author has made here that made the book hard for me to read. For starters, the POV is all over the place, jumping from character to character, and then into an omniscient state. We're never fully in one person's head for long enough to really understand any of the characters, and in sections where multiple people are together and talking, it can actually be hard to know who said what until you're three or four lines down the passage. I found myself having to constantly go back and reread things and kind of "force" myself into the narrative, especially in the first 25%. This is the opposite of what you want, i.e., a book well written enough that grammar and technique are playing in the shadows while you fall into the story! Additionally, and more minor, Scott throws in a bunch of extra commas, meaning that I'm pausing mentally when I shouldn't be.
Another thing I had a major issue with was character motivation. While Scott *does* give us insight into why her characters do the things they do, I find the explanation to be thin, hard to believe, and lacking - both for minor actions, like "Why do Anya and Nin initially each other," all the way to major things, like, "Why is Anya risking her neck to help Nin in the first place?" I would have really liked it if the thought processes that led up to the actions were better explained - either through memories, pieces of backstory, or a more detailed description of feelings.Read more ›
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This book is marketed as cyberpunk but, for those drawn to more traditional reads, don't let that label scare you off. Within these pages, we're treated to fantasy, suspense, mystery and romance. The characters, both elven and human, are vivid, feel real and immediately drew me right in to the story. They made me care, which ensured that I would follow them wherever they led me.
The plot is intricate and incredibly well crafted. At the same time, it is not so complicated that a reader would have difficulty keeping up with the details. So much is right within this story, from the three-dimensional characters to the subtle (and maybe not so subtle) messages about our current society. My only complaint is that I have to wait for book 2.
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