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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 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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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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The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott is a genre-bending short novel. (I got it at Smashwords; that's why I don't show a guaranteed purchase here.) Nin, Tavia, and Dresan, the elven trio, are after an ancient parchment. A chance encounter with two girl thieves, Anya and Leticia, gives Nin the great idea to break the secrecy with which the elves are hidden and trust a few humans with the skills they need. Anya is smart, spunky, and competent; Nin is confident, wry, and genuinely good at heart. Will they be able to trust each other? And where does Leticia's rich boyfriend Julius come into the picture?
Jess C. Scott has advertised The Other Side of Life as being about cyberpunk elves, and there are indeed Tolkienesque elves as central characters, equipped with advanced technology to manipulate security systems, steal memory, and travel at amazing speeds (that's magic, too). They live in a marginalized underworld (both physical and metaphorical) called the Velvet Underground. They operate on the fringes of human life, as elves sometimes disguise themselves as humans while keeping their culture secret. More than just a cyberpunk story, however, this novel is also an intense romance that invites you to think about motifs like soul mates and self-sacrifice for love. It is also about life, death, and afterlife. Oh, and it's a technically detailed crime thriller. And it deals with the relationship between human technology and the natural world. And it contains some social commentary about pharmaceuticals and human materialism. There is plenty to think about, and with two more books to come in the series, I expect these themes to be developed extensively, and others besides.
Jess is an author of multiple books who has earned an established and growing readership.Read more ›
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