I am SOOOOOO looking forward to these shows!
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Simon Kernick’s novella Wrong Time, Wrong Place is billed as a Quick Read. With the decline of the pulp magazines and the advent of the paperbacks, the novella got short shrift by publishers. It was easy to stick a 20,000 word novella in with a fistful of short stories and leave readers feeling like they’d gotten a bargain. When the paperbacks came around, the general length in the 1950s and 1960s was 50,000 to 60,000 words, which wasn’t too much of a stretch from the occasional pulp “novel” that ran 40,000 words.
Still, the ability to sit down and read a novel in a single sitting was lost to readers. Happily, with the emergence of epublishing, this art form is once more enjoying a Renaissance that writers and readers are enjoying.
I digress, but I do so in order to point out this viable entertainment that our busy lives can use. We work more now than ever, so we need to find entertainment that can be enjoyed and COMPLETED in a much shorter time. Even television has gotten away from this in the continued arcs that jump from one episode to the next, so that – in effect – you’re watching a long novel in weekly installments. Not a bad thing, but I’d rather binge watch a series like that, and when I do, it takes careful planning to avoid exhaustion and frustration.
Posted by Mel Odom at 11:07 AM
It's been a while since I've pushed the Western series I've done with Bill Crider and James Reasoner, so here's a reminder that the books are still out there. Round 'em up and settle in for some good, quick reads during the ugly weather that never seems to go away.
Here's a link to Amazon's Rancho Diablo pages. The books can be read in any order, but to get the full effect, you'd be better served starting with the first one because it sets up the series.
Posted by Mel Odom at 10:05 AM
Sunday, February 09, 2014
From my buddy Bill Crider!
On the day the bloodthirsty gang rode into Blanco, Texas, the bank was robbed, Ellie Taine was brutally assaulted, and her husband and another man were shot dead. Something within Ellie also died that day, and she would never be the same. Shotgun at her side, she rode out after the desperadoes and gave Texas one more outlaw--a woman bent on bloody revenge.
Posted by Mel Odom at 10:56 AM
Friday, January 31, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Sometimes things just work out. That's what happened here.
Game designer Ross Watson got hold of me through Facebook or email, I can't remember when, and chatted me up about stuff. Then he mentioned this new RPG tabletop he was putting together with some friends. The game has a twist that caught my attention, and the striking image you see above. Monsters are the heroes, and they're fighting back against Witches (yep, capital W) that have savaged the world of Morden.
I loved that picture of the monster above, and a story just screamed inside my head to be let out. It's about a young man who wakes up 50 years after the Bane War, crawls out of a mass grave, and goes off to see the world. Along the way he meets Romany, monks who reach out to the Accursed, and a blind girl who is a master martial artist.
Yeah, some of the story comes from the source material, but not Martin the Monster and Galina, Witches' Bane. They were characters I found when I was flipping through the pages of the beta copy of the game, and I had to tell their story.
This is a 23,000 word novella, so it's a nice length to settle in with. And, sales and my writing schedule permitting, I'd like to find out what happens with Martin and Galina when they show up in Port Sorrow following the wishes of a dead man who's not quite dead enough.
The novella is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and (soon) ibooks.
Ross and his crew think I did a good job exploring the world and the possibilities, my son enjoyed the read, and I had a great time playing in the Accursed world.
Posted by Mel Odom at 4:02 PM
Monday, January 13, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Bestselling author Tony Abbott's epic new middle-grade series the Copernicus Legacy begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action.
Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.
Fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson will love this first book in an exciting series that takes the reader all over the globe in a race to find pieces of a mysterious hidden past—before it's too late.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.
Posted by Mel Odom at 11:19 AM