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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Of Matt Drake and Escapism

Of Matt Drake and Escapism.

With each new release of the Matt Drake series, I think it important to draw attention to this short piece I wrote regarding the  novels.

Plainly put, if you want something a bit literary, look elsewhere. Try my short story - Walking with Ghosts - But if you want fast-paced, escapist action laced with humour and written with energy by a writer who loves writing, then grab yourself a sample of The Bones of Odin. If you like the first chapter – you’ll like the rest of the book.
Same goes for the second book in the series, and the third…

If you’ve had a hard day at work and get home wanting to unwind with a book and maybe a glass of wine, or you like to read an hour before bed without having to tax the mind too much then the Matt Drake series is aimed at you.

These stories are actually designed to take you away from your day without engaging too much of the brain matter. Yes, there’s an actual plan, a conscious effort to do it.
So, no excuses.

If you want to escape. . . dive into Matt Drake.

And while we're at it the third and fourth in the series are out now and the fifth is looking good for an April/May 2013 release.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Serenity Avenged!

The best movie of the year has arrived! Will anything else be good enough to knock this one off its big, shiny pedestal this year? Really, I just can’t see it.
Biased, you say? Maybe a little. . .but I challenge you to go see it right now and then not think the same!
"The Avengers" is fantastic, so worthy of Joss Whedon’s talents that in my opinion, yes it does indeed Avenge Serenity!
"The Avengers" is so way beyond the ‘normal’ superhero production it’s unreal. The cast is awesome, the acting is great, the story is tremendous and everything keeps moving at an incredible rate.
I’m not going to go into any kind of story description here – you don’t need to know the story – but if you’re dithering, if you’re caught between ‘shall I or shan’t I’, then go. Just go. If you don’t- and then rent it on the little screen in a few months – you will wholeheartedly regret it!
The great parts here are the clash of personalities. The superhero crew don’t gel at first and end up fighting against each other – ego vs ego – soldier vs the rebellious Iron Man. Hulk vs Thor! Oh, yeah, believe it!
We’re treated to some patented Whedonesque moments, some sparkly dialogue, some laugh-out-loud scenes (check when Loki meets Hulk near the end.), which all ends up making us care about what happens to everyone. And the end result is- character building, character caring, and pure old-fashioned excitement. The theatre experience was incredible, with the audience responding to the feel-good factor and really getting involved. Avengsome atmosphere! For me, that’s what it’s all about and why you spend your hard-earned.
So, the best two and a half hours you will spend in the cinema this year (and maybe until Avengers 2?) Only you can decide- but was it ever really in any doubt?
Go see The Avengers by Joss Whedon. You won’t regret it.