Recent Reviews for Glenn G Thater
The Fallen Angle (Kindle & eBook Editions) (Book) - 1/20/2009 11:38:19 PM|
Ok, I was hooked from the incredibly sexy part about wiping off his sheath and giving her a separate bedroom and, of course, bed.. not the gory descriptions, however. Truly, this is a subject I have thought of in the dark annals of anxiety : What if good is darkly evil and vice versa?
You have to be sharp to read,( and certainly write!) what is referred to as fantasy or science fiction. You must be able to curve and twist your mind , thoughts, and beliefs into many different directions, both for your characters and readers. You must be able to decipher
and keep up with complicated story lines that often are not stories, or characters, at all, such is their universal recognition.
Jumping from different points in time- past, present, and future, also presents many challenges to a less-astute reader.
You have the ability to put into phrases the doubts and fears that many have hidden within them. I like the premise, and your ability to turn deep debates (is good really evil?) into a coherent book structure is considered admirable.
I found many of the same ambiguities present in the book 'Rowan of the Wood' by authors Christine and Ethan Rose. They, too, have presented a question of who, or what, was really good in intent, and who were truly the evil ones?
Harbinger of Doom (Second Trade Paperback Edition) (Book) - 1/19/2009 7:28:04 PM
Storytelling is an ancient and sacred tradition, and as an avid reader and author, I recognize right away when an author has penned something truly great. Harbinger of Doom is such a story, and Glenn G. Thater is such an author. This is a fantasy novel about events, people, and places that are most ancient and highly colorful. Mr. Thater’s writing style suits this time-honored genre to perfection. Harbinger of Doom is flawless storytelling about an ancient time where good people are threatened by an unspeakable evil. This is a time of brave knights, skilled wizards and sorcery, dark spells, and all manner of curious creatures. An evil so malevolent that it breaks all bounds of sanity befalls a good people. They must summon the courage and strength, and forge uneasy alliances to face a foe immensely terrifying and strong, one that is not of this world, and should they fail, all will truly be lost. There are scenes so frightening, I would caution younger readers, and after reading them, I thought twice about going to sleep right away. The story verily delivers the armies of hell and pulls no punches in describing the horror of war that must be waged between the forces of good and evil.
Harbinger of Doom is a tale of ancient myths and legends, and is populated by one of the most intriguing, diverse, interesting, and entertaining cast of characters in memory. Chief amongst these is the enigmatic and deeply mysterious Lord Angle Theta. This story is graced with sharp, clever, highly sophisticated writing peppered with humorous moments. Its scope is vast; its lessons eternal, and you will recognize parallels to many other well-known legends, even those biblical. To quote some excerpts from the story: “The stories of many religions oft have a common basis…there is some kernel of truth contained…Though the truth may be twisted by the tellers.” Harbinger of Doom has all the hallmarks of such a story, it is as good as any fantasy tale you will read, it honors the tradition, and adds to our lore a story so good, so well told, I hope it will be remembered forever. In fact, if there came a day when all the great storytellers of the ages would be called to be seated at the same table, I would shout out that Glenn G. Thater be granted a place for this novel. Harbinger of Doom is fantasy most excellent and is a story for the ages…
Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
Harbinger of Doom (Kindle and eBook Editions) (Book) - 12/6/2008 6:27:30 PM
what if we've got it backwards?
Glenn Thater's "Harbinger of Doom", set in a world of men, gnomes, elves, and wizards, asks a tough question: what if we've got it all wrong? what if the God we follow turned bad, and the one we call the Devil is really a maligned angel on a quest to rid the world of evil?
So goes Thater's tale, and he tells it in a voice as pretentious as Tolkein's. His world is called Midgaard, its capital called Lormion. Thater populates Midgaard with knights, a young-man-turned-king, a belligerent gnome, a couple scardey-cat wizards, Sir Gabriel, and Lord Angle Theta, the Harbinger of Doom.
The sword and scorcery part of the book is fun, and there's a decent battle scene inside a black temple, but what fascinated me was the clever idea that Azathoth/Odin/God's heart turned black, and the one we know as the Bogeyman is really the one who is trying to save us. What a twist, and what an imagination!
The Demon King of Bergher (Short Story) - 11/23/2010 2:22:06 PM
Oh. My. God. I haven't had to try so hard to keep from laughing out loud in a very long time (I'm at work). There is something evil about that King... and if I ever find him in my rooms, there will be hell to pay.
(BTW, I love burger king, just can't stand the commercials!)
The Hero and the Fiend (Short Story) - 8/6/2010 12:40:58 PM
Reads interestingly. The last paragraph reminds me a little of The Dark Glory War by Michael Stackpole. I enjoy that kind of reading. Good stuff.
The Ambush (Short Story) - 6/22/2010 7:35:29 PM
The Demon King of Bergher (Short Story) - 7/18/2009 11:09:28 AM
Poor Burger King, it will never live down such excellent lampooning.
The Keeblear Horror (Short Story) - 4/19/2009 5:35:50 AM
Gruesomely delicious. I just loved it.
The Ambush (Short Story) - 8/17/2008 3:39:33 PM
Thanks Debra. Glad you liked this.
The Keeblear Horror (Short Story) - 8/17/2008 3:37:55 PM
Thanks Debra! Glad you liked it.
The Keeblear Horror (Short Story) - 8/17/2008 2:45:41 PM
A beautifully written story that had me captivated to the end. Great job, Glenn.
The Ambush (Short Story) - 8/17/2008 2:38:12 PM
Loved this story, Glenn. The beginning's dark, gripping, and I didn't see the twist coming.
The Invasion (Short Story) - 8/12/2008 8:25:40 AM
Thanks for your comments.
glenn g. thater
Author of Harbinger of Doom
The Ambush (Short Story) - 8/12/2008 6:26:53 AM
This is very sad.
I am a newbie here, i hope i am not intruding.
Hope to hear from you.
The Invasion (Short Story) - 7/15/2008 5:37:31 PM
I do like this interesting write. Glad you were able to write while on the train. Must read your other writes. Meanwhile keep posting these interesting stories on the den. Welcome too to our world.
Hate Mail (Article) - 4/23/2013 7:18:29 AM
Illuminating, Glenn. I'm guessing your works are the same. Thank you for the heads up, and I could not agree more about the advantages of 'self-publishing' ... having the whole thing in my own hands is magically empowering. Thanks again.
Hate Mail (Article) - 3/20/2009 11:05:51 AM
Hi Leann, Rebecca, and Cynthia,
Thanks for your comments and support.
Hate Mail (Article) - 3/19/2009 3:52:22 PM
This is a great article. I've often wondered about the potential damage that could be done by an outright hateful review. I figure it's only a matter of time for myself.
Agenda or not, I've always thought that a special brand of arrogance attempts to cover up a special brand of ignorance--and anyone so willing to outright destroy someone else's work in that way is certainly ignorant of basic professionalism, or even basic civility, to say the least.
If someone doesn't particularly like a book, there is a way to write a negative review without dredging the mire of Hell for comments meant solely to attack the author and his work. Just isn't nice. And no, it DOESN'T make any sense, does it?
And yet those evil rage-filled reviews just keep on coming.
So--yes, I agree, there has to be some sort of "Get the Indies" thing going on, organized or not.
I don't know what can be done about it though. It's kind of like the Face Book photo somebody wishes didn't get out there but it did kind of thing. Damage control is one thing. Prevention is quite another.
If you come up with something though, Glenn, I'm with you one hundred percent. Just let me know!
Hate Mail (Article) - 3/19/2009 9:58:36 AM
Glenn -- that's a very insightful interview and I agree with you on all your points. Luckily, I haven't fallen victim to such hate mail, although I've made the rounds on several blogs, trying to defend my work. Like you, I never did send my manuscript to a traditional publisher. I'm proud of being an Indie.
Good luck to you,
Hate Mail (Article) - 3/18/2009 8:48:46 PM
Wow. This is very sad and discomforting. Some "reviewers" are destructive when the motive is "hate".
Only Knights (Poetry) - 7/25/2011 4:03:47 PM
So, what is?
When Will They Come For My Factor Gear? (Poetry) - 12/24/2010 10:28:26 AM
I like the way you stand up for what you believe in. This poem brings me to a place of reflecting on the wars of politics and religion, which have destroyed, since the beginning of time, the heart we need to live with - the acceptance of different minds.
When Will They Come For My Factor Gear? (Poetry) - 7/25/2010 7:28:42 AM
Very cool poem. Such a taboo is politics when your a conservative thinker. I just joined authorsden and you are the first person I looked up. I downloaded your free book at smashwords. I look forward to reading it.
The Mighty Deed (Poetry) - 9/21/2009 10:47:22 AM
Great story, Glenn! Enjoyed it.
Only Knights (Poetry) - 9/21/2009 10:44:29 AM
Really enjoyed this poem, Glenn! There are many fabulous lines here...my personal fav "And brave heroes never were." Great job!
The Mighty Deed (Poetry) - 2/19/2009 5:52:53 AM
The beginnings of a grand tale. I pictured a bard singing the tale in the town tavern, a whole world opened up. Good stuff!
Only Knights (Poetry) - 8/28/2008 4:46:56 PM
aaaaaaaaaaaah..but in MY heart and soul..KNIGHTS are very much alive n' kicking..lol!
....interesting write..rather unique..
Only Knights (Poetry) - 8/15/2008 5:38:20 PM
Thanks for you comments. Glad you liked 'Only Knights'.
Only Knights (Poetry) - 8/14/2008 11:36:35 AM
I loved this poem. Wish you would consider writing more of them! My school yearbook theme was on Chivalry and Knighthood, and I did the artwork for it...it's an exciting time..an era that held good and evil and mystery for all.. Thank you... Lindalaw
When Will They Come For My Factor Gear? (Poetry) - 8/12/2008 8:23:54 AM
Thanks for your comments, i'm happy to hear that you enjoyed it. I've had some rather unpleasant comments from liberals who did not appreciate it.
When Will They Come For My Factor Gear? (Poetry) - 7/18/2008 11:12:06 AM
I enjoyed this well-written piece. I was once a Barry Goldwater fan but the Republican Party moved away from me. I can't find a home in the Democratic Party, yet I think it's time for the pendulum to swing their way for a while. Still, I hope they don't break down your library door. Book burners are atrocious, whatever their politics.
Only Knights (Poetry) - 7/14/2008 8:53:32 AM
Knights long gone, read some things about that era. They we captivating at that.
Only Knights (Poetry) - 7/9/2008 1:35:27 PM
When life breathed magic and magic life, imagery of old, what dreams are made of....
Be always safe,