Blaine’s Book Blurbs

In doing a little reorganizing around here I realized I don’t have blurbs up for my work.  I’m adding them in order to put my best foot forward, and collecting them here in this post along with links to the work.

Please give them a read, and if any of my speculative fiction nonsense sounds interesting you can check out the whole works here and free of charge.  Today’s post is all my novels and my gamebook, with novella blurbs and short story descriptions to come a little later.

Labor of Ruby and Pearl

A pact struck in the distant future, after mankind has colonized dozens of worlds and diversified into engineered subspecies, saw the death of guns and missiles.  With the new stigma of ‘farcoward’ weapons comes a return of the sword, shield, and bow.

Dana Rudolph is a grumpy travel writer hopping world to world, keeping to himself until date of publishing, when he is pulled into a vast, and surprisingly icky, conspiracy where he must do his best to protect the ‘appearl’, an anomalous learning gem that formed on its own inside a supercomputer.

Follow him and his sword as he teams up with an amazon and a leprechaun to dismantle the supposedly divine, forcing him to confront his traumatic past. Continue reading

The Captain Rob Series

This is just a quick post to talk about my newly completed epic-comedic high fantasy book series: Captain Rob.  It’s been a long time and a lot of work, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

The story follows a crew of pirates in their magical world that just so happens to be… a gigantic public restroom.  If you would like you can join the sink swashbucklers in their fight against monsters and bathroom puns here, and free of charge.  Here are some links to each book, starting with the first.

Captain Rob Fights

Captain Rob Sinks

Captain Rob Robs

Captain Rob Deals

Give them a shot if you’re bored and like fiction that’s pretty out there.

Hollow Knight Lore: Interpretation and Theories

Warning: This post will discuss the video game Hollow Knight and its story in great detail; it will be filled with spoilers.


For those of you who don’t know, Hollow Knight is a hand-drawn metroidvania action/adventure video game developed by Team Cherry as their first large-scale game.  Its art style is a melancholy mix of insects, Tim Burton, Studio Ghibli, and a few play-sets full of Gothic architecture. Continue reading

Age of Ultron and Serial Storytelling

I’ll preface this piece by summarizing my overall reaction to the Marvel cinematic universe: It’s a series of mediocre-to-average films falsely elevated in popular culture because of the connective tissue between them and it has started an unstoppable corporate snowball that will dominate theaters with its bloated sets of background information for at least the next five years.  That being said, this piece is about an older, subtler, more sinister phenomenon that stunts artistic, cultural, and emotional growth that happens to be present in Hollywood’s latest cape-wearers reunion. Continue reading

Introduction for my new novel: The Mad Seeder

I have just completed the manuscript of my second novel: The Mad Seeder.  While I went through the effort to self-publish my first book Fortune Underfoot, I’m afraid I don’t have the resources to do the same for this one.  This time around I’m just going to upload the book, free of charge, in parts on this blog.

My first book was my take on the post-apocalyptic genre.  The Mad Seeder is my take on the space opera.  My main idea was to create a universe filled with humans so diverse that you don’t even notice the lack of aliens.  As the plot came together in my head I eventually decided I wanted the book to have a central message about family: specifically, how a non-traditional family can be just as good, or sometimes better, than a traditional one based on religion, marriage, and a male head of the household.

If I had brought this book to paperback, the blurb on the back would look something like this:

Dana Rudolph is a talented, successful, miserable man with a hole in his mind big enough to drive a boat through.  His boredom and frustration with the drudgery of his celebrity life is probably why he went out of his way to investigate a suspicious man carrying a taboo ranged weapon of old.  In no time at all he finds himself hopping across the galaxy defending his new friends, an Amazon woman, a little green man, and a strange jewel from the heart of a supercomputer, from the forces of a man who would call himself messiah.

If this sounds interesting to you at all, I’ll be posting the first part tomorrow.  I encourage you to give it a shot and tell me what you think!