Showing posts from March, 2012

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award update

Edited to add: Oh, yeah, also: Andy Taylor reposted my analysis of Duran Duran's iconic "Rio" video at his official site. How awesome is Andy? If he keeps this up, he's going to edge out the magical pixie as my favorite Duran.

Good news: My new book, Bias Cut, has advanced to the quarter-finals (top 5% of total entries) of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). If anyone has any interest in reading the first 5,000 words or so, Amazon customers may download a free excerpt here.

Download away, if you wish. Write a review, if you wish. Check out the other entries while you're there -- there are some mighty talented writers in the mix.

Awake: Guilty

Ugh. I can’t, you guys.

See, I made a tactical error this week: I researched. I’d read a very positive review of this episode in advance over at TV Line, and it got my hopes up, and… Look, the episode was fine. Really, it was. In fact, it was pretty good. Quality-wise, this show’s got strong writers and actors, all of whom are doing a bang-up job of selling a cool, hooky premise.

Despite all that, I’m just not feeling it.

Awake: The Little Guy

Right at the top: If anyone else, like me, is having the occasional spot of trouble differentiating between the Green and Red realities, here’s a handy guide. If you see Hannah, Detective Vega, or Dr. Lee, it’s the Red reality; if you see Rex, Detective Freeman, or Dr. Evans, it’s the Green reality. Got it?

Good. Let’s dive into this week’s pool of agreeable nonsense.

Oh, also...

Just as an FYI to anyone who doesn't follow me on Twitter: More of my Duran Duran reviews from last year have been republished at Andy Taylor's official website. This week, "Hungry Like the Wolf" was showcased; last week was "My Own Way"'s turn. Looks like Andy will be featuring one of my reviews per week on his site from here on out.

It goes without saying that Andy Taylor is: a) a very cool guy, and b) an awfully good sport about all this.

Awake: Pilot

Let’s take a look at NBC’s much-heralded new series Awake, shall we?

In the opening moments, a car plunges off an embankment and rolls down a hill. The driver, Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), is banged up but not seriously injured; his passengers, wife Hannah and teenaged son Max, aren’t as lucky.