I’m trying out a new strategy with my books. They are now only .99 cents. I want more people to buy and read my stories. And then I want those people to tell others about my books. So, if you’ve been sitting on the fence, now’s the time to jump in and see what you’ve been missing.
Not only is it out, its also off the chain. Seriously this is the best thriller I’ve read since Tom Clancy…well, it’s better than Tom Clancy so…um…there, I said it. Yeah, I went there. Dead Six is the best thriller I’ve read. Period. It came out today so go pick it up as quick as you can, go read it, then come back and thank me. It’s written by two authors, Larry Correia and Mike Kupari, each one wrote a character who are at odds with one another and go back and forth in this “Spy Vs. Spy” routine with lots of guns and explosions. Also, it has some of the creepiest, evilest villains I’ve ever read.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been the most productive gent in the world lately. That is due to my life being in total chaos this past month. In one month I have A.) Moved to the Salt Lake City area. B.) Found a job that continued to Jerk me around preventing me from actually working. C.) Moved in with my Aunts and uncle who never spoke to me except to criticize and lecture me. They told me that I need to “start dressing like everyone else” so they got me a bunch of used brightly colored polo shirts. (For those of you who know me know that I would never willingly wear something like that.) I purposefully don’t dress like everyone else. Why would I ever want to? D.) Found a real job. Full time with benefits and crappy pay. Night shift. Easy stuff. E.) And the best of all, I got a girlfriend. A full time position. She’s Nivi Pix and she’s a famous cos-player, working on a promotional web site for “Uprising,” selling T-shirts and hoodies, and working on her photography. She has a few dozen other projects that are all awesome, including a “girls of the zombie apocalypse” calender. Now that I’m finally getting settled in I’ll be able to get back to work. First up: More promotional work for Mike Kupari and Larry Correia’s book, “Dead Six.” Then, I’ll be writing my “Uprising: Italia.” Then I’ll finally get back to writing “Venice Ghost Story.” After ALL of that, I’ll finally get to write something new. Either my “Gorgon” sequel, a reduex of my first novel I ever wrote, or a completely new one. Sci-fi? Fantasy? Historical Fiction? A mix between different genres? Hmmm…. either way, I have a LOT of time to think about it before I get to it.
I’m a huge fan of the Warhammer 40K universe. I’ve been playing the games since I was twelve and have read many of the novels. ( I play Chaos btw) However, I have never found any of the novels to be recommendable to non-fans. True, a few had their moments, but they weren’t great novels. That has all changed however. With the advent of the Horus Heresy series, they have truly gone out of their way. These are actually excellently written novels that weave in and out of each other like one expertly woven tapestry. A minor event in one novel will affect the events in another novel.
What struck me first was that the whole series began like a Classic Greek Drama. It started “In Medias Res,” right in the middle of the action. There is a journey to the underworld and the whole series is saturated with this almost painful sense of tradegdy, loss and pathos. Like the Classic style it uses, the search for knowledge leads to great destruction.
The first few books are about the Lunar Wolves legion, Horus’s very own legion. They are renamed the “Sons of Horus” when Horus is declared “the War Master.” The Emperor of Mankind then goes back to Earth and leaves Horus to continue the Great Crusade to reclaim the galaxy. (There’s so much back story that it’d be impossible to recount it all.) Horus and his fellow brother Primarchs feel lost without the Emperor and some are greatly hurt and feel betrayed. Some stay loyal and some turn away, each with their own reasons. That is another area where these books shine; the complexity of interlacing motivations. It’s never so simple as “evil demons corrupt noble space marines.” It’s always a personal and psychological choice. Me and my brothers have debated how guilty Horus himself was for his betrayal. He had been manipulated but in the end it was his own, personal and selfish decision. The most tragic of all the books so far was “A Thousand Sons.” This primarch turned traitor was actually one of the most loyal primarchs but found himself trapped by his own quest for forbidden knowledge. In trying to help the Emperor he ended up betraying him worse than anyone else had.
The books are wonderful, rich, detailed, full of great stories, action and characters. I highly recommend them and eagerly await the next installment.
I’ve finished the final book in the Dune saga, “Sandworms of Dune.” After decades of waiting to find out what happens, I must say that I was not dissapointed. I’ve seldom read a more thoroughly satisfying ending. It was great to see some of the famous characters from the older books return as clones with restored memories. I just wish they had done more with them but that would have taken another book. Leto II “The Tyrant” was actually pretty cool in this one. He rides giant sandworms into the heart of the machine city. The authors really captured the subtle mannerisms of the Baron Harkonnen and Dr. Yueh. The Machine empire was great. I really wish I read “The Butlerian Jihad.” I normally don’t bother with prequels, but if you are going to read these final books, I’d have to say that it’s essential to read the prequels first. In the series, Dune was destroyed, but this book gives hope that Dune would return to life. I can’t recommend these books enough. I love the Dune universe and I’ve always liked the navigators so it was awesome to see them as the heroes in this. It’s a great end to a great series.
I’m still working on the promotional art for “Dead Six.” However, when I’m done, I’ll get started on finishing my “Uprising; Italia.” Then I’ll get to finishing my “Venice Ghost Story.” So, I have a lot of work ahead of me. But when I’m finished with all that, I’ll start a new book. Here are my choices; 1. Gorgon II. 2. a remake of my first novel (a sci-fi) 3. a totally new project. Here’s what I pose to all of you…what shall I do? A sci-fi? Fantasy? Historical? Or my Young adult story about Indian children in a boarding school? I have PLENTY of time to think about it though, but if yall have any thoughts about what you’d like to see, drop me a line.
Before I start I must explain why I’m reviewing this. It’s a fantasy story and as such, it’s actually pretty good. Not nearly as good as Mass Effect’s writing, but still dang good. As a game I can sum it up in two words: It SUCKS. I’m not a troll and I’m not a bitter, jaded game reviewer who thinks trashing everything somehow makes me appear to be more powerful. But when you go over the same scenery over and over and over and over and over again, it starts to wear thin. There are like three main quest missions and a billion, pointless side quests that are shallow and really mean nothing. The only redeeming feature in this festering pile of poo is the elf chick with the Scottish sounding accent. She has some genuine humor to her naivety and clumsiness. I played it once through and almost didn’t get that far because I was so disinterested. Couldn’t the programers have added in just a few more maps or locations? This game gets two and a half face palms.