I finished watching Lost in Space, the reboot on Netflix. Conflicted on this one. I liked the first six episodes, but then the supposed best and brightest of Earth, especially the Robinson family, made progressively stupider decisions over and over again, and I enjoyed it less and less. Wish I could have liked it more.
When I was kid back in the 80s, I loved a book called Liege-Killer by Christopher Hinz. It’s set two hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse that forces humanity to flee earth, but everyone still remembers the most cause of that catastrophe—the Paratwa, genetically modified killers who occupy two bodies controlled by one vicious mind. The legendary Paratwa named Reemul, known as the Liege-Killer, was the strongest of them all. And someone woke him. I always thought, and still think, Liege-Killer would make a kick-ass movie. Reading that book was important to me.
Anyway, I asked Mr. Hinz if I could name a character in honor of the Paratwa, and he agreed, which I think is pretty awesome. So, here’s the book that inspired a kid for thirty years.
Here’s a recent radio interview I did about my writing career. It sounds weird calling it a writing career, but I talk about The Castes and the OutCastes and my newest book, William Wilde and the Necrosed. It’s a YA fantasy that’s kind of a mix between Stranger Things and Percy Jackson.
All William Wilde wants is to get through his final year of high school, survive the terrible cafeteria food, and avoid the bullies. But then comes a beautiful, new girl who seems to know too much about him; friends who’ve all along lied to him, and magic that he never wanted. Toss in a zombie-like Terminator out to kill William, and you have something like Stranger Things mixed with Percy Jackson.
As with The Castes and the OutCastes, Nick Podehl does the narration.
I’m working with an artist to come up with an image of Li-Choke. This is a preliminary sketch:
I just finished watching Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. I liked it, but I’m a bit tired of the genre mashup aspects. I want a straight ahead monster movie. This one is like 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was a sorta monster movie transplanted at the end onto what had been up to that point a tense psychological thriller. Same here. Most of the movie is a tense sci-fi disaster movie that explains how the Cloverfield monsters came to Earth, which is fine.
One thing, though: the size of the Cloverfield monster at the end . . . just how big is that thing? Or is it flying?
Gorgeous new pictures of Jupiter as a time lapse video from the NASA Juno probe. This is more like the 21st century I was expecting.
I love football. There’s nothing like it when your team wins. Of course, some people are lucky enough to be Stealers (intentional misspelling) fans and get to watch their team win ALL the time. But others are raised in a finer city but cursed with a worse team. In my case, the Cincinnati Bengals. Ugh! Anyway, the season ended last week. It was a disappointing season but it ended on a fine note with a titanic touchdown.
So, I seemed to have screwed up by making William Wilde and the Necrosed, Book 1 of the Chronicles of William Wilde available for pre-order. Whoops! I didn’t mean to do that until late January, but there you go.