Yes, that’s how I feel these days. Between being sick and dealing with illness in the family, it’s been hard to find the umph to push new stuff out.

But L. J. Cohen has a great new book out, Derelict. I read a piece of this last year and was honored to provide some marketing blurbage earlier this spring. It’s out now and I can highly recommend it.

Grab a sample and see if you agree.

Now, I need to get back to getting better.

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The Captain is Nathan Lowell -- Author and narrator of these Tales from the Golden Age. You can find out more about him at his main website.
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15 Responses to Derelict

  1. Anita says:

    The book description sounds great. I’ll give it a whirl.

    Nice to hear from you! Take care and get well.

  2. TheSFReader says:

    Yep, Take care and get well soon !

    And since the book is available at Smashwords too, guess what I did ?
    Bought it of course !

  3. Shauna says:

    Heard on your podcast last night.
    Thanks, just bought it.

  4. Anita says:

    I didn’t have to read many pages of the sample of _Derelict_ to see that it is a winner. I very much like her writing style and the hook into the story got me right away. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Tara Li says:

    I think I need to re-read the sample I got from Kindle – it didn’t catch me, though I think it should have. It didn’t feel like it was moving forward, I guess – hard to explain, but … I dunno – perhaps it was a feeling that the background didn’t feel filled in enough. I have to say, Sar, your recommendations hold a great deal of weight for me – does it get better after Chapter 5?

  6. klarzy says:

    Sorry to hear you have been unwell, hopes and best wishes to you.
    As I head out to the deep dark myself, I wonder if you had any plans for the final chapters of Ishmael’s story? Listening to you lay out is travels has been one of life’s great comforts over the last few years, I do so hope to finish the journey together with him and all of your other beautifully crafter characters.

    Wishing you health and happiness.

  7. wathman says:

    I thought Derelict had a lot of things going for it, but in my opinion, the parts I didn’t care for out-weighed what I liked. The story is rather brief, but the actual novel length pretty much average so there is a lot of character back-story and internal monologue going on. The main characters are for the most part memorable, but so symmetrical and formulaic they almost seem artificial. For every positive trait a character has, there must be a different but equal character flaw. It does balance the characters out, but doesn’t seem true to life for me. Also, I had a hard time with accepting how certain characters decided to do what they did, and their justifications for it.

  8. Triss says:

    Read Derelict on your recommendation. It is a great book and I’m hoping for another from this author. Of course we are all waiting to see just what is going on with Ish.

  9. Peter Davies says:

    Get well soon, being ill is awful. The Ish Wang and Tanyth Fairport books are really something special, so you’ve earned pretty decent trust – will check Derelict out.

    All the best.

  10. Sean says:


    Can’t say I enjoyed this one; I slogged through about 40% and stopped. Nothing in particular bugged me; the writing was fine, the characters interesting. It just never grabbed me. I’ll keep it on my tablet in the hope that it will engage me at some point in the future.

    In the meantime… Any updates on YOUR work?

  11. The Captain says:

    I’m still digging out of the cave I find myself it…new works soon, I hope.

  12. Jeff says:

    Call 1-800-Whine.
    Shut up and write.

  13. Benjamin says:

    Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I hope you are able. Looking forward to new books.

  14. The Captain says:

    Nope. Still working on getting the paperbacks into shape.

  15. Mike G. says:

    Just thought I would let you know that I enjoyed Derelict. It started a bit slow and lacked the careful and nuanced plotting and character development of your books. But it was entertaining once the story got rolling. Even though I liked the book, some aspects of the story didn’t seem very logical, particularly the ending. It’s hard to believe a couple of emancipated minors (with interests and backgrounds that have little to do with crewing and operating a ship) are going to take up life aboard ship (especially an old ship in need of a lot of work) as their path forward in life. Look how long it took Ish to work his way up the ranks as an able spacer and, later, an officer and owner. What about the financial and logistical aspects of being a shipowner? Are they going to get into the interstellar cargo hauling business with no working capital, crew or contacts in the shipping business? But suspend your disbelief and read Derelict. It’s a pleasant amusement.

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