Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
So a ways back my flash fiction story The Garden was accepted for publication in Pill Hill Press' latest anthology collection of flash fiction stories: Daily Bites of Flesh 2011. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy here: http://www.pillhillpress.com/shoppe-dailyflashpub.html It has 365 stories in it, one for each day of the year for you slow readers.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So, for Christmas I received one of the coolest gifts ever--Amazon’s Kindle--from my lovely wife. I was apprehensive about eReaders, knowing how much I love holding an actual book and having a career in the traditional print business. However, I also like being able to support indie authors trying to get their work out there for the eReading audience. Which is why I picked up Dead City. It had some good reviews; I’d heard about the book a few times over the years and never cared much to pick it up. Then I’d heard about Joe McKinney’s latest novel Apocalypse of the Dead and it too was be ing well received. Then I heard an interview on The Funky Werepig radio show, and read one on Undead in the Head’s book review site, and said, “self, these books are sounding pretty good, and this guy seems like a cool dude, let me check these out.”
I sent the sample to my Kindle and read it got hooked and then bought the book just as easily, frightening easy. I picked up where the sample left off and I couldn’t put it down. I chewed through the book in three days. It follows the character Eddie in his search for his family. Sounds typical, right? But it’s anything but typical. The book reads at a break neck speed fit for the apocalypse. A lot of police procedural stuff thrown in that adds to the believability of the character and his actions. There were even some comedic moments when Eddie joins up with Marcus and the story turns into a buddy cop romp. It was a great mix of action, horror, and drama and one I would easily recommend you check out.
Dead City wasn’t without it’s, “what the fuck?” moments. One comes to mind when
(SPOILER ALERT) Eddie rejoins his wife and son and his wife somehow loses her grip on their baby boy as a zombie gets hold of it. Not only has her character shown that she has gone through hell and back to protect him and then we are supposed to believe that she would just let the zombie hold her baby for a bit. Sorry McKinney, but no-effin’ way.
All in all I loved it and immediately bought what is being considered a ‘loose’ sequel of which I can only hope is half as good.