Archive for November, 2013
Chock up another win for Marvel’s stellar Avengers machine. In their master plan to tell several individual stories that make up the essence of a larger world, Marvel (and parent company, Disney) took a huge risk that has done nothing but create a magnificent realm (or nine realms, if you will) of riches. Of course, if it wasn’t for Robert Downey, Jr and the fantastic cinema quality action adventure that was Iron Man, Phase One of the Avengers Initiative (great marketing strategy, I must say) would have collapsed under its own weight (and not that of The Incredible Hulk, which I consider better than Captain America, a good film in its own right). But Iron Man‘s success gave the rest of the rag-tag team a template to sore into super stardom, and Thor: The Dark World not only amplifies the mold, but holds up mightily against his powerhouse friends. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
The back of the book text for my new young adult novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, has officially been released. Check out the official site and stay tuned for some exciting news to come in the next week. Read the Cover Text
It’s pretty disconcerting to realize that the federal government is more interested in marketing than they are in governing. With the government takeover of GM, the “deals” being offered to get more people on food stamps, and now the constant push to sell the Affordable Care Act (marketed, of course, as Obamacare), politicians (and more importantly, President Obama, who seems to do nothing but run around the country like a corporate shill) are much more interested in promoting, marketing and selling their products than they are in creating laws that help and protect the citizens of this once great country.
I mean, you have to know there’s something wrong when the federal government has “products.” We should not be shopping on any government website; the federal government is not Amazon. If we continue to do so, we can probably look forward to this slogan:
The United States federal government: If we don’t have it, you don’t need it. Anything else is illegal.
Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is the least commercial of the big five holidays. You don’t get to go out and beg for candy or drink your cares into the promise of a new beginning, and the only gift you give or receive is that of thanks. It’s why the stores all but ignore it and why (with the exception of the hysterical classic comedy, Plains, Trains and Automobiles) there are very few memorable films based around the holiday. It doesn’t sell. The new animated film, Free Birds (dubbed the “greatest turkey movie ever made,” which isn’t much of an endorsement, as it doesn’t really have any competition for the title to begin with), tries to go against that point, but ultimately fails. It’s not a terrible film, it’s just not one you’ll remember after passing out from all that delicious turkey that will never be taken off the menu. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
My new novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, will be released on November 26, 2013 in both print and digital formats. The young adult novel follows Zoe on her quest to stop an eclipse that haunts her land every seventeen years and save her best friend, Kayla, from its deadly curse. More information will follow soon, but to whet your appetite, here’s the official cover art: Check Out the Cover Art