Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tarzan by way of Avatar?

My buddy Bill Crider just posted about this movie, and I have to say that I'm underwhelmed.  This isn't the Tarzan that I grew up with, and if they're going to reinvent the character, why not just create a new one and be done with it?
Maybe no one really wants another Victorian era Tarzan besides me, but Tarzan, like Sherlock Holmes, occupies a certain time/space continuum.  I know Sherlock is enjoying success in the UK and in the US (and I'm enjoying both takes), but the convention there remains the same:  a guy smarter than the police and the bad guys he chases.  Is he really Sherlock?  No, not in my opinion because the Victorian era is missing in one, and the era and London is missing in the other.  But he's a good Sherlock in both places.
This might be a good Tarzan in the long run, but it's a take on Tarzan, not the original story.  Maybe the only true way to get Tarzan these days is by reading the books.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Trilogy Returns!

Gil Tyner has plans for the future: he’s going to be a computer programmer in the bustling technology Mecca of Silicon Valley. And as his 21st birthday approaches, he’s on the cusp of realizing his goals.

But fate has other plans. A note from his mother on his birthday propels Gil into The Buffer Zone, seven magical kingdoms that stand between our world and the realm of the immortal elves.

Gil’s about to learn that plans can change. When destiny calls, he’ll discover that the life he’d imagined and the life he’ll lead will be very different.

Friday, November 15, 2013


This is written by one of my OU students and is the launch of a new series.
Midterms, Martians and monsters.
Two student employees who work for the Campus Mail office of Paranormal University find a mysterious package that turns their world upside down. Collie and Drew are racing against the clock-- not just to deliver the mail on time, but to save the entire university as well.

Paperback edition coming soon!
You can catch short film episodes here.
And more info about the series here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

This series sounds interesting

There are only three books out in this series and I snatched them all up to read over the holidays.

New Esther Diamond

Another series whose covers sell me, but Laura Resnick is a FUN author!

Caught my eye

Premise sounds intriguing, but the cover SOLD me.