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WFC 2011 in San Diego, a town I've only been in for Comic Con.

I attended the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego this past weekend. It was pure luck that I headed west while NYC was hit with a phantom Halloween weekend snowstorm. But sometimes lady luck is on your side. 

In attendance was guest of honor, Neil Gaiman; Lifetime Achievement award-recipient, Peter S. Beagle; and the lovely, Charlaine Harris, author of the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series, what is not to love about WFC?

Not to mention a several of my tribe that flew out of Dodge (Neueva York, in this instance) to attend. A special thanks goes to soon-to-be-published, mil-fantasy writer, Myke Cole, for sharing accomidations with me, making it easier for us both to be in attendance. He was a gentleman and a scholar, except when he wasn't.


I was pleased to reconnect with friends not from my hometown, a second tribe of sorts, whom I've become friends with at past WFCs (this being my fourth, I missed the San Jose show 2 years back). It's been nice to continue that friendsh…

My review of READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

I recently finished reading an Advanced Reader Editon of READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline, and I am now wondering if the crafty author and I were separated at birth. His funny, action-packed near future sci-fi romp, was so packed full of 80s nostalgia, that I could swear we were twins, almost every reference hitting a direct cord with me.

Every piece of this fun novel was packed with movie, comic book, video game, and song references from the 80s, and I laughed at every mention of Crom, Intellivision, and many, many more. 

His character, Wade Watts, goes on the gaming adventure of a lifetime, very Wonka-esque, in fact, to win the golden ticket, or in this case the fortune of one John Halliday, inventor of the most popular video game in the future, the OASIS, where he hid his billions for one lucky winner to find at the end of the quest.

This book was part 1-part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in it's poor boy gets a chance, 1-part Little Brother in its mastery of a depicting a com…

When video games and digital books collide

I just read this tonight in the Publishers Lunch daily email newsletter and thought this was a stroke of genius idea. I love it when gaming and books collide (two of my favorite things):

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L.A. NOIRE: The Collected Stories, published in conjunction with Rockstar Games, a series of short stories by authors including Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, some of which are based on characters and cases from the world of L.A. Noire, Rockstar's forthcoming new video game, featuring murder and deception in 1940s Hollywood -- actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight, heroes turned defeated men, emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and their ill-fated victims, to Mulholland Books, for publication as an ebook original on June 6, 2011. 

What an interesting move to rally quite a collectible list of respectable authors to release a book associated with Rockstar&#…

What I've been up to

So, what have I been up to? A lot of changes going on in my professional life, but more on that to come in the following weeks.

A good friend recently gave me a copy of Carrie Vaughn's newest novel, After the Golden Age. This is Carrie's first superhero novel, a category of fiction I've become enamored with since I read, Soon I Will Be Invincible a few years back. I was initially intrigued by the eye-catching jacket art, and I'm a few chapters in and so far its' good stuff.

I saw this novel first mentioned on Tor.com -- they send out a great newsletter & run a cool site, if you haven't checked it out, please do, it's become a hub for all things sci-fi and fantasy. I hear about many new and exciting things there.

Without spoiling too much (and since I still have plenty to continue reading myself), I'll simply say it is the story of a young woman, the daughter of a famous superhero mom and dad team, who is a much sought after prize to the enemies of her…

monday night rambling, ramblers.

Listening to Bad Religion while I pay bills and try to accomplish some freelance work.

Reading fantasy manuscript in PDF form on iPad, not so bad, with the multitasking I can jump to notepad, jot some quick notes then transfer my notes to reader report later on.
Oh, now Pearl Jam, I do love the shuffle. ("W.M.A." if you're wondering.)
Not sure if anyone even reads this blog anymore. And hell, I don't blame you, as I am an infrequenaut of blog activity.

I actually started writing a draft blog the other night about how in my world (and my buddy Joe's) when we were kids, Cobra worked with the Empire, storm troopers and Cobra soldiers in AT-ATs, Snake Eyes vs. Vader. Seriously. A Jedi-trained Snake Eyes is nothing to scoff at. (Still saved as draft, I might post some day.)
I particularly liked Firefly working with Boba Fett. My two favorites.
I digress.
Some more book reviews will be posted soon. A few manuscripts I've read recently are close enough to publication …

Iron Man Noir by Scott Snyder and Manuel Garcia: a review

Pulp adventurer Tony Stark and his team go on journeys looking for rare artifacts. In his newest trek into the unknown he is seeking an ancient jade mask. Unknown to the rest of the group is his bad heart and the reason why he searches for this mystical item.

That is the core of this reinterpretation of Iron Man in the 30s. What I really liked were the interspersed old magazine covers for: MARVELS: A Magazine of Men's Adventure. The cover gallery alone, a clever way to intertwine pieces of actual Marvel history in this pulp setting. Reminded me of what I liked best about the X-Men: Noir collection, the segments of pulp science fiction novels about a hero known as the Sentinel.

Also, the issue covers (and cover for the trade paperback) illustrated by Mike Fyles drew me in when I initially saw solicitation for the collection, I feel like the below image with blimp would make for an awesome limited edition print.

Of course what tale taking place right before World War II would be com…

Mission Accomplished, Ebook App Released: War in the Pacific

As some of you may know my day job at Gameloft is developing ebook projects. I've been working on adapting War in the Pacific [this is the iTunes link] by Richard Ovary for many months, and was very proud when it was released in iTunes for the iPad last week.

It was great to see some of the early reviews such as: http://stylishipadapps.tumblr.com/post/2793308704/remember-the-war-war-in-the-pacific, it seems the tech world is starting to grasp what we're trying to do. Expand.

Check out this promotional video made by our team at Gameloft made to promote the app.



It was a fun project to bring to the digital world, it was a lot of work, but very satisfying to see the vision come to fruition. Developing ebook apps for the iPad is incredible work, and the possibilities seem limitless.

There is much more to come. Stay tuned.

In the way of blogging.

Hi all! Happy New Year, 2011 is here. Well, many things have gotten in the way of blogging in the latter part of 2010, but I'm not going to sit here and whine about it, instead, I'm going to move right along just like father time...as it keeps ticking.

My day job of developing digital book projects has me working many hours and although much of my commute time had turned into sleeping in bits when able, I also managed to keep the reading going right on into this new year.


The last book of 2010  that I've read goes back a long way. One of the holes in my Stephen King reading has long been the Dark Tower books (gasp, shock! I know), but I'm finally getting around to it. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger was just the introduction to this western fantasy landscape that I knew it would be. I look forward to continuing with the series, especially the next three books which I've heard many good things about.

I did have a bit of an ass-backward preamble having read many of th…