A big announcement !

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My novel Blade of the Broken, is coming out in one week! :)

It’s very weird to say that… I’ve been telling you guys since November 2011 that I was working on my novel. I’m a bit nervous, like a parent taking their firstborn child to daycare for the first time. But you can’t keep your child away from the world around them.

You have to be able to let your child find its place… My book is essentially my firstborn child. I’ve got to let him take his first steps someday, rather than keep him in a file cabinet.

And that is what I’m going to do… On the 13th, I’m having a baby shower—err I mean online book release party! And I want my blog readers to join in the fun also! The party will be on Facebook, and is open to anybody, anywhere with a Facebook account! And it’s all day! (:

I’ll be giving you the scoop on the journey I took to get to this point of publishing. I’ll be answering any kind of questions you may have about the writing process, books, or any other questions you have. (Heck, we could even argue about what pizza is best cold!) I’ll even have a special giveaway!

In the end, I’d be honored if you joined me in the book release mania. The link is below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/306579109543374/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

P.S. Blade of the Broken will also eventually be selling in paperback also. I haven’t forgotten about you paper aficionados! (: (The latest proof I have is quite sexy.:) )

Boise Library Comic Con — My first Con as a guest !

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Details about my upcoming appearance at the Boise Public Library Comic Con.

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Over the years I’ve gone to a few local conventions, always as a regular nerd and never a super nerdy guest. Well, looks like I finally made it to the Super Nerd Guest Club (Just hope there isn’t a secret handshake.) at the Boise Public Library Comic Con 2015 in the heart of Downtown Boise.

The event is on August 29th, starts at 10 AM- 5 PM. You will be able to find me at the Idaho Comics Group table in the Artist’s Alley. And I’ll be there, chilling with my Tarzan & the Comics of Idaho #2 cohorts.

I’ll be selling and signing paperback copies of Blade of the Broken for the list price of $10.99. I’ll Blank white book w/pathonly be bringing 15 copies, so you may want to buy a copy to bring from Amazon or B&N online. Along with the artist for the script…

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2014 for Goblins , Swords, Elves Oh My! The data.

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Thr3e by Ted Dekker REVIEW

I’m a big Ted Dekker fan. But I didn’t start with Thr3e. I first read Showdown, and fell in love with the quick paced, and thought provoking writing. Then I burned through Blink and The Circle Trilogy. (All amazing in there own right.)

I’ve been itching to read more of Dekker’s books, so I decided to start with his first novel Thr3e. It had a great suspenseful first few chapters, but by the time I got to the middle, it became an extremely slow read. Too many unnecessary scenes, and clunky descriptions and dialog.

It didn’t get good again to close to the end… But the end wasn’t too satisfying, and I felt like my time was wasted.

If you’reTedDekker_Thr3e reading Dekker for the first time, skip this book and read Showdown or Blink instead. His writing has improved greatly since Thr3e was released.

Overall, I give the book 3 out of 5 stars.

Detective Comics #27 New 52 REVIEW

I know I haven’t reviewed comic books on this blog, but I thought it would be smart to add them. Lately, I haven’t really been reading much novels. And I happen to subscribe to quite a few Marvel, DC, and Independent comics. So it seemed like a good idea to add comic reviews rather than let this blog get lost in the web.

I won’t be reviewing every single issue though. I need more time for writing fiction, editing, etcetera. So I’ll be reviewing certain issues and graphic novels I really enjoyed. Like this issue; Detective Comics #27.

Back in 1939, Batman first debuted in Detective Comics #27. That issue is worth millions of dollars, and is very rare… Unfortunately, this review is not for that original issue, but rather a retread. DC controversially rebooted all their books in 2011 and renumbered all of the books as #1, as part of The New 52 initiative. A little confusing I know, but in the modern comic’s industry renumbering has become common, and not too special.

But what makes this issue special, is that it’s been 75 years since Batman first appeared on the comic stands. And it’s issue #27 all over again! :)

You can find or order this comic at your local comic book shop.

You can find or order this comic at your local comic book shop.

To celebrate 75 years of the Bat, DC decided to make #27 a special over-sized issue with Batman stories that paid tribute to Bill Finger & Bob Kane’s popular creation. This 100 page comic has some amazing new stories, written by people such as Scott Snyder (Current writer of BATMAN and THE WAKE.) , Peter Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN), John Layman (DETECTIVE COMICS) , crime fiction and comics writer Gregg Hurwitz (Batman: The Dark Knight) and surprisingly the bestselling thriller novelist and host of Decoded, Brad Meltzer (And he wrote the popular DC miniseries IDENTITY CRISIS.).

It also has fantastic art by Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) , Bryan Hitch (THE ULTIMATES), Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus), Jock (Savage Wolverine) and many other amazing artists.

Overall I’d give the comic 4 out of 5 stars! This $7.99 over-sized issue is well worth the purchase, especially if you’re a long-time Batman fan, or want to be introduced to the books. Also, it stays true to Bill Finger & Bob Kane’s vision for the character, and has all the qualities that has made Batman relevant for 75 years, and very likely beyond that. 

The Lone Ranger MOVIE REVIEW

When the reviews for Disney’s The Lone Ranger started to pour in, the movie critics all seemed to have one opinion: the movie sucked. When I watched the movie, I admit a part of me was a little skeptical about the film’s quality. What if the critics were right this time? Usually when almost every paid critic has the consensus that a movie is bad, it usually is. (But of course, the audience has the right to watch whatever the hell they want, and think whatever they want.)

 

Is the movie as bad as critics say?

Is the movie as bad as critics say?

And if almost every critic hates a certain film, people don’t see the film. And if no one sees the film, the company loses money. Thus, the theater loses money, and are less likely to show the movie. And all of this happens because some hipster movie critic says so, just so they can maintain a following of fellow hipsters, and not anyone else.

And as I watched I asked myself if I was watching a different film? Because the story I was watching unfold was actually not too bad. Especially if you take into count the original show. (Which is horrible, and the film rights many of the wrongs of the show. Like having Tonto actually talk in sentences.)

Now that I’m done going on my rant against unhelpful critics, let’s dig into the meat of the film.

When it comes to directors, Disney made a great choice in Gore Verbinski. His first Pirates Of the Caribbean was a work of genius (Wish the others were just as good.) , and Rango proved he also knows what makes a Western tick. The Lone Ranger would’ve been a disaster if they chose someone who doesn’t respect the Western genre.

The action sequences were epic, but at times there was a little too much cgi. I understand, cgi at times is the only choice for certain scenes. But do you really need cgi animals that obviously look like cgi? But what I liked the most was that Verbinski avoided the pitfalls of the poor quality of the original show. Like hats never falling off, gunfights being drawn out forever, cackling maniacal villains, etc.

The directing however only does so much. The actors doing the script justice brings the story to life. And the cast is a good one.

Armie Hammer (The Social Network) plays the titular character of the film, and brings life to John Reid, the man who becomes the Lone Ranger. I know, I know, actor Clayton Moore played the Lone Ranger. Moore was good in his time, but Hammer makes the hero act more like a human being. Moore acted almost like an android, and didn’t have any life save for shooting people, and arresting people.

Johnny Depp, in his 5th collaboration with Verbinski is the breakout performer of the film. When it was announced he would play Tonto, many people, myself included, wonder how a white man like Depp would pull off playing a Native American convincingly. The biggest difference between Depp and Jay Silverheels’ version is that Depp’s version is far more intelligent, and you wouldn’t know Depp was white because he’s so convincing as a Native.

I think the writers from the original TV show did Sliverheels a disservice by making Tonto an idiot. Thus, Silverheels didn’t get a chance to show what he could do as an actor. In this movie, Tonto actually speaks in sentences. And avoids the speaking in third person crap from the Westerns of yore.

Even if you hate Westerns, at least watch it for Depp & Hammer’s amazing performances.

And of course, neither the director or the actors would have a movie without a script. Frequent collaborators Terry Rossi & Ted Elliot, writers of movies such as The Mask Of Zorro, the Pirates Of the Caribbean series, and The Road to El Dorado, worked their magic once again. The two respected the source material, but at the same time add some much needed back story to Tonto and The Lone Ranger.

There is a lot of the same dry humor from the other movies the duo has written. But this film isn’t as funny as Pirates. Like Mask Of Zorro, Rossi and Elliot don’t just focus on the things we want to remember about the “Wild West”. It addresses how greed, and how ignorance and the railroad fractured relations with the Native Americans, and out of control corporations of the day did things.

Unlike the classic show, this movie shows more of a connection between The Ranger, and Tonto. Tonto is more of the mentor, while Reid in many ways is his protege, which actually works quite well. And it finally tells the story of how Tonto became who he is, and why he seeks justice for the wrongs of the world.

The movie will have you thinking for awhile after the credits roll.

Overall, I give The Lone Ranger 4 out of 5 stars!

It’s a very exciting Western that will appeal greatly to a modern day audience. And fans of recent superhero blockbusters will feel right at home. And I think it’s safe to say the movie is better than the show, and it will appeal to Ranger fans who have longed for the characters to “grow up”. 

The Scars of Ambition by Jason Letts REVIEW

scarsEver get tired of a Medieval Fantasy setting? Or have you ever wondered what would happen when Middle Earth’s technology would become like ours? With The Scars of Ambition, Jason Letts answers these questions.

The novel takes place in a land called Cumeria, where the government hardly has any serious power, and wealthy all powerful corporations control nearly every aspect of life. Much like Game of Thrones, these wealthy families behave much like the squabbling Houses of Westoros. But, the background setting is much like modern day. There are airplanes, gas powered vehicles, computers, phones, guns, etcetera.

You may ask how Scars can be Fantasy with all of these modern pieces of technology, there still are some elements, like magic, creatures, and swords, that are in most Fantasy Novels. I honestly didn’t know if Letts could pull the fusion of new and old elements off, but Letts does amazingly well, and makes the plot his own rather than follow the normal conventions of the genre.

The story centers around the Bracken family. It centers around Lowell Bracken, the father & head of the family business called Bracken Energy. The Bracken’s have been leaders in the land of Cumeria for hundreds of years without resistance. That is, until forces beyond his control turn on him, and he doesn’t know who to trust…That’s all I can say about the without spoilers. All I will say is that the tale will keep you guessing till the end. :)

As for the characters, they are well done too. Every character is fleshed out well, even characters who you only see a few times will stick with you.

Overall, I give the book 3 1/2 stars!

If you are a fan of G.R.R.M, the TV show Dallas (When you read it, you’ll know what I mean.), and Steampunk Fantasy, this book is made for you.