The new year is upon us, and with it there are more opportunities to thrive. Here’s what I have planned for the next twelve months:
A COURSE FOR HUMANITY – This novel begins a new trilogy about time travel. The characters within will have to learn who they can trust in order to stop the tampering of the time line. If they fail, then the future of humanity may come to an abrupt end. This book will be released in early March 2017.
BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY – Also coming early 2017 is the trilogy that will include all three novels, and their short story spinoffs. GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, & DEVOURED UNIVERSE are the novels, and EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, & COSMIC ORBITS are the short stories.
THE THIRST OF CAIN – This novel takes place immediately after A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, and will see a man attempt to alter history for his own sake. Cursed with being a vampire, he will seek out the first of his kind and attempt to destroy him in the past. If he succeeds then his curse could be eradicated. But what lines will he have to cross, and how can he possibly kill someone who is immortal? This will be released in September of 2017
A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS – The long awaited children’s book will be set in the same world as A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS, but this time will be geared towards a young male audience. As soon as the art for this is finished it’ll be released. We are looking at sometime in the first quarter.
In addition to these four releases, I’m also hard at work co-writing a murder mystery thriller and outlining a new horror novel. I’m sure there will be a few other things in there too, but these are the definite ones. What do you have set as a goal in 2017?
Here’s a little different post that I wanted to share for all of the wine lovers out there. When I write and am in the mood, I’ve got a cup of coffee by my side. When I’m enjoying my final work or relaxing, I prefer a glass of wine instead.
I’m quite picky with my wines, and I tend to shop with a certain mind set. Then I started to see wines that had similar themes to my books. I decided to pick up the bottles and try them out. So far, I haven’t found a bad one.
From the left is Zombie Zin, Vampire Merlot, Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon, Once Upon A Vine Big Bad Red Bled, Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Montes Cabernet Sauv, and Root 1 Cab Sav.
Since I’ve represented zombies, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, Demons, angels, and Eden, I’m still looking for a few others. Does anyone know of any themed wines that might match with Technology, Pandora’s Box or anything else that would fit? Feel free to comment and by all means, if you try the wines listed, post a review.
Raising a glass to you all on my birthday. Cheers!
This review will be brief, but I finally had a chance to read Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter series. I’ve been a fan of the movies for years, and of course watching the TV show Hannibal made me want to see how much was done according to the novels. I chose this because the character in focus here is in my opinion one of the greatest villains ever created in fiction. Here’s my brief thought on each book…
Hannibal Rising: This was the last one written in the series, but the first chronologically. To me, I feel that Harris just rushed this one. Yes, the background story and origin for why Hannibal is the way he is, feels complete… but there are points in the reading that had me going “wait, what the hell just happened?” It was like some details were skipped and you wonder how the characters got where they were or what was happening just before. As an overall story, I enjoyed it very much, but I’d never recommend the book… instead, I’d say to see the movie, because the film takes the best parts of it all and brings it to life. Continuity error found as well… in the 3 books after this, it is a noted point that Hannibal has 6 fingers on one hand. In Hannibal Rising I don’t recall this being mentioned once.
Red Dragon: Hannibal Lecter plays a small role in this book. The movie version gave him a slightly larger role, but the book is actually better. These events take place when Lecter is already captured and institutionalized. He helps Special Agent Will Graham and the FBI to take down a serial killer named Francis Dolarhyde (aka the “Tooth Fairy”). Lecter also warns Dolarhyde that they are onto him, so Hannibal plays both sides. We are given hints at the past (which the tv series Hannibal really brings to life in detail), but we are also left at the end with a severely disfigured Will Graham. In fact, the book ending was far superior to the movie ending, which the film captured well the book until this point. I actually dislike the movie and prefer what was done in the book over this. Of the four novels I’d place this book on an even field with Silence Of the Lambs.
The Silence Of The Lambs: The movie is really what sparked interest in this series, and it almost is dead on with what is in the book. In other words, if you’ve seen the movie, you really don’t have to read the novel because other than the 6 finger issue on Hannibal’s hand, there is not much different. This is an amazing psychological thriller that makes you almost cheer for the man who helps Clarice Starling to track down Jame Gum (aka Buffalo Bill). I must say too that Buffalo Bill and The Tooth Fairy from the prior book, are more disturbing to me than Hannibal the Cannibal. They are just mentally disturbed people while Hannibal is a clear thinking intelligent psychopath.
Hannibal: I’ll first say this. The MAIN reason I read these books other than what I mentioned above was because It all ends here, and after watching the movies I was downright angry. I have been hoping for a movie sequel to Hannibal for years but we wont probably ever get it. I hated the ending to that movie because we never get to see what happens to Hannibal Lecter. I hoped that the book would shed some light upon this. Now overall, this was my favorite book… until the end. You know that scene in the movie where Hannibal is feeding Ray Liotta’s character his own brain? It’s in here, BUT from this scene on the book differs immensely. I actually don’t know what is worse… the movie ending or the book ending. In the book, Clarice falls for Hannibal, and ends up “dining” with him willingly. Even with the two of them “riding off into the sunset” so to speak, I’m still left with a WTF feeling. What happened to them? Another story could be done here, and it should be. If we are going to get Hannibal Rising to originate his beginnings, then why not have closure? It’s almost like a tv series that you get bought into and then they cancel it with no real ending. Sigh. Plus, even though it is hinted at, I really want to know what happened to Doctor Chilton.
As a whole series I’d rate it at a high 7 out of 10 sCrypt coffins. Individually they stand strong, but work better together. I just wish that a followup would close it all out. What do you think? Have you read these novels? If not, what did you think of the movies/tv series? Feel free to comment.
Start your kids off early with reading. With all of the media today, it is difficult to get your kids to read when they can so easily get buried in technology. My daughter is three years old, and my son is almost two. As a writer, I’ve always told them stories and read them books. Then, my daughter’s imagination began to grow, and I had to compensate. I found something that is absolutely great for young children. Graphic Novels.
A man named Eric Shanower, as well as artist Scottie Young, have brought to life one of my favorite series of novels. L Frank Baum’s Oz stories are being published by Marvel Comics. I managed to snag a copy of “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz,” “The Marvelous Land Of Oz,” and “Ozma of Oz.” Currently in the works is “Dorothy and The Wizard In Oz.” These are the first four novels in Baum’s original series and the stories have been converted faithfully. The character designs are unique, but fitting, and the stories flow well.
As I read the three graphic novels to my daughter (using unique voices for each character) I soon found she wanted more. That is when I searched for Eric Shanower’s other works. Apparently, before he scored a deal with Marvel, he had worked with IDW publishing to do some of the other Oz stories that weren’t full novels. “Little Adventures In Oz Book 1 and Book 2” were two others that became a great read.
While waiting for the next full release in the Oz series of comics, I decided to search for other classic tales, and found that Dynamite Entertainment did “The Complete Alice In Wonderland.” This graphic novel is also true to the original Lewis Carroll books. It includes “Alice In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass,” plus has some bonus poems in the back. Although the language is a little more poetic than the Oz works, it still is entertaining for my two children.
I highly recommend getting your kids in to reading in this manner. It expands their imaginations, and you’d be surprised in what they remember. The stories work well for girls and boys, as well as myself as an adult. Although sCrypt Comics is currently portraying horror, there are many other things in the works, including my first children’s book from a few years back called “A Little Girl In The Land Of The Hiccups.”
Have you found other graphic novels or comics that would be great for kids or that have translated well from the original fairy tales? If so, please comment. I’m always in search for a good recommendation.