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This is a place for our unyielding, genuine selves to pool together as many badass books and as much information about as many rock-star writers as we can.

We've done this to give readers, fans, players, and watchers of badass entertainment the badass material they need...

We do not fit the stereotypical author profiles.
We like heavy metal, epic movies, video games, and high octane, in-your-face, full throttle materials.
Many of us have a dark mindset, others are just wild and scattered, and some may or may not need an attitude adjustment.
But that's just the way we like it.
Raw, real, harsh to some, but an epic home for our ilk.

Some of us you may not have discovered until the moment you set your digital foot into this space, but we have bound together a group to prove that quality writing isn't restricted to genre-favoritism and big-publishing.

Our philosophy:
If you like a Thriller written by a badass, chances are, if that badass wrote a Fantasy, you'd like it too. So, if another badass with similar a mindset wrote a fantasy, we believe you may just enjoy that too.

Genre is now irrelevant in this new publishing world.

Instead, we take a good long look at the people behind these stories, and suggest you read them based on who they are; not what genre they write.
Because a badass book is a badass book no matter where it lands on the shelves!
This is because their authors share badass interests and have similar mindsets...Mindsets like your own!

Many of us aren't even "just writers," but artists in a variety of forms.

Here, you fans of the badass slice of life we all thoroughly enjoy, will have a source for new and unexpected originality, and a powerful, ever-expanding collection of soulful stories by badass people.

But more than just books; you will find more about the artists themselves than you might find in other blogs.
We give you their social media, home pages, distribution and the like, so you can connect with some of the most accessible, badass writers out there."
~M. P. and all the Badasses

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Badass Reviews - "Epic: Legacy"

Badass Author and admin, M.P. Ness shares his thoughts on "Epic: Legacy" by Badass Author, Justin Osborne.

"It's a very straight forward story of a young stranger in a strange land.

Our protagonist is a teenager, a musician, a good guy who will stand up for the less fortunate. He is the kid in school who was kind of a Badass; a loner in ways, by choice, but capable of having lots of friends if he cared enough to choose to collect them. But, he is realistically flawed in that and other ways.
In fact, a Badass in our world, Deacon is so flawed that when he falls through a fairy mound into another world, he isn't much of a Badass anymore. He must adjust to and overcome many new challenges and troubles as a smaller, less capable outsider.

One of the many things I found great about this story was something you don't see a lot of in epic fantasy -and especially not expected in a book entitled "Epic"- is Justin's ability to keep the story small. Many times, epics simply grow and grow in scale as the tale moves along. But in Epic: Legacy, he manages to keep the events less monstrous in themselves, and focuses on the characters in their smaller challenges and lives in a larger scenario involving the total sundering of an entire world.

Overall, I feel like the author's strength is in his vividly painted characters.
But I must say this also includes his antagonists/villains.

I especially liked his ultimate villain's unique concept. Read it, and you'll understand just what I'm talking about (I won't spoil the ingenuity Justin Osborne has come up with in his baddy, Uru, as I came to call him).

Now, the one major con.
The book is like many indies, and could use a thorough editor, and that would make it a five star work, really.

But, if you're the type who can read through spelling typos, word misuse, and grammar errors, and just focus on the tale and enjoy it in your mind's eye for what it is, then you'll enjoy the ride!

It was a fun swift read, and I look forward to my read of the sequel and forthcoming third book in the series, where I imagine it will grow to focus on the aforementioned Epic events that were set up but also evaded in this first book.

One thing I must remark, part of the reason it moved so softly was a penchant of the Author's, which I think he should avoid and overcome; the use of often times extremely short chapters, created out of brief little scenes which would be better off as simply scene breaks instead.

However, he might also be on to something in these short scenes, because it flows like film does, filling us in on little details and important little moments. In doing so, each has a savvy title, and he could develop a little niche for himself by maintaining short scenes as breaks but WITH their titles still intact...rather than as individual titled chapters -as I haven't seen that before. Titled scene breaks? might be worth giving a shot.

Overall, despite the form and function problems I mentioned, I still give it a four out of five stars, because the characters were colorful and believable, and the story, while focusing small to contradict the title, was a sound foundation to the forthcoming books."

**** out of *****

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