“By juxtaposing the enchanted with the familiar, the magical with the mundane, we come to see the world [our world] with fresh eyes.”Gregory Bassham from The Power of Tolkien’s Prose
Hello and welcome to Out of This World Reviews, a website created by author Eric Sparks with the help of others who love Fantasy and Science Fiction. This site was created specifically to cater to SFF books after Eric searched over 100 book blogs and websites and found many were not accepting new books or were not interested in SFF, especially Indie Fantasy (which is a shame as traditional publishers find Fantasy a risky genre to publish, meaning most Fantasy must be self-published. As many authors could tell you, we are often rejected by publishers while being told our writing is great, but we lack a following, and they are not willing to publish until that is achieved (in other words, have guaranteed buyers).
This is a disservice not only to authors but to readers as well. Because while there are many, many great authors that choose to go indie, there are also a lot of rushed publications with horrible quality where a writer just hit “publish” writer after finishing an early draft. Not to mention, a good book can still be frustrating for a reader if they misunderstood what type of book they purchased.
Enter Out of This World Reviews. It is our goal to help SFF authors and readers alike find each other for mutual benefit. Readers get more of what they love and spend less time trying to figure out if a book is worth their time and money, and authors get the feedback and some exposure to encourage readers and improve their craft.
I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life. Escape is as a rule very practical, and may even be heroic. In real life it is difficult to blame it, unless it fails; in criticism it would seem to be the worse the better it succeeds. Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.-J.R.R. Tolkien, from On Fairy Stories