Saturday, August 15, 2015

Half a King and the Last Episode of Downton Abbey

Sadly, my wife and I have watched the last episode of Downton Abbey and have been forced to search for new binge watching options to fulfill our hour of TV watching in the evening.  After a small period of nomad scrolling through the Roku menus of Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have settled on House of Cards.  I'll let you know how it goes, but so far, it seems pretty good with a heavy focus on politics.  While I do appreciate the occasional political intrigue, I am a little dismayed that in August, well over a year until the 2016 presidential election, my Washington-Post-morning-coffee-ritual has been consumed by candidates for such a distant election.  I am resolved to the fact that the paper will be taken over by such "news" eventually, but in August?  Over a year ahead?  Come on.  Surely there are more important things going on in the world.

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I'm still working my way through The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the first volume in the pulitzer prize winning biography by Edmund Morris.  It is an excellent book about a tremendous American, but it's dense in its scope and research.  Not boring, by any means, but dense.  Well worth the effort and I highly recommend to any young person (or old) as an example of what a person can achieve with hard work and a persevering spirit.

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I picked up Half a King from one of my favorites, Joe Abercrombie, whose previous books, despite being some of the best Fantasy novels of all time, I couldn't recommend to anyone under the age of sixteen.  Half a King on the other hand, is a young adult offering from the master of character development and raw, in your face action, and so far, it is quite good.  He has, for obvious reasons, toned down some of the blunt violence and language he is so brilliant at, but the book is quite entertaining nonetheless.

As for my writing and the forthcoming Queen of the New World: I'm slowly building the new series I mentioned in my last post.  I'm not throwing all my literary powers at the series just yet, but I'm excited about the direction it's taking.  I'm still hopeful that Queen of the New World (Book 3 in the Scarlet Hopewell Series) will be out by Christmas, but I am at the mercy of the publishers and have little control over the scheduling setbacks they are experiencing.

Hope the summer is finding all well and as always, I love to here from fans and critics.  Don't be afraid to drop me a line.

Brandon

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