Archive for October, 2009


Star Wars: Death Troopers

October 28, 2009

death-troopersWith Star Wars, The Clone Wars Season 2 firing on all cylinders, and BioWare’s The Old Republic on the horizon I’ve had Star Wars on the brain and was looking to find something fun that would coincide well with the chill in the air as Halloween approaches — so to that end Joe Schreiber’s Star Wars: Death Troopers was recommended to me and having purchased a copy it will be all that’s on my plate this week as I take a break from Dune (which I’m about 3/4ths of the way through) and jump back into a galaxy far, far away:

When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back–bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

Beyond the blurb I’ve heard good things about Death Troopers (what a great backdrop for a horror story an Imperial ship is) so I’m really looking forward to spending the next several days with it.


Storytelling in Six Words You Say?

October 26, 2009


Wired recently recounted that Ernest Hemingway once penned a story a mere six words long, which went: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” According to the article Hemingway considered it his “best work.”

Well, Wired challenged some top flight talent to come up with their own and I thought that was a lot of fun and that you might enjoy a few of them. From Wired:

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
Joss Whedon

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
Alan Moore

Easy. Just touch the match to
Ursula K. Le Guin

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
Eileen Gunn

And now my own humble attempt…

; )


“Finished A Jon Snow Chapter…”

October 7, 2009

Dance With Dragons_C1Those were encouraging words to read by George R.R. Martin, author of the highly (highly, highly) anticipated novel A Dance With Dragons. And not necessarily because there’s some real progress being made on the book (for me, it’s simply done when it’s done and I’ve plenty on my plate to enjoy until that day) but because Jon Snow has become my favorite character in the series and I’m not quite as caught up as others as of yet so I’m encouraged to learn that Jon is…well…and that there’s so much more yet to come. This is A Song of Ice and Fire after all, so perhaps you can understand my fears as I progress.

Anyhow, here’s the rest of what GRRM had to say about his work on the latest installment:

Finished a Jon Snow chapter, and have just passed the 1100 page (manuscript pages, the page count in the final printed book will be different) mark on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. That’s counting only finished chapters in something close to final form. I have considerably more in partials, fragments, and roughs. Even with just the finished portions, DANCE is now longer than A FEAST FOR CROWS and A GAME OF THRONES, and I’m closing in on A CLASH OF KINGS. I do hope I can wrap things up before I approach the 1521 page length of A STORM OF SWORDS. Making a new run at the Meereenese knot, but maybe not tomorrow. I think I’ll hang around at the Wall a bit longer, and maybe visit Winterfell.