My Presidential Muscle Cars e-book received a very nice review by Sam Fiorani over at AutomotiveTraveler.com. Follow the link to read it, and then spend some time on the Automotive Traveler website and magazine. It’s a consistently good read with some very entertaining travel stories and road tests.
Continuing with my mini-tour of well-done book trailers, here’s one for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The illustrations are fantastic, and the trailer does a good job of pulling you in without giving away too much.
I’m reading The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson, and I bought the e-book largely on the strength of this book trailer. More and more books are being promoted this way, with high production values and actual actors at work. I think this is a pretty effective way of promoting a book. It sure worked on me, at least in this case. What do you think?
My new novel Rules of Force was released in late October in e-book form (and thanks to all who purchased it!). But now for all you paper traditionalists, the trade paperback edition has just been released. To get yours, just follow the link.
Continuing with our breathless coverage of The Incredible Hulk’s rapidly approaching 50th anniversary, here’s a nearly-forgotten gem from 1971. Comic books had not exactly broken through into the wider adult market at that point in time, so it was unusual to find an established writer willing to openly pen a story for a pulpy medium aimed at your average 12-year-old boy with a spare 15 cents rattling around in his pocket.
And yet, right there on the lower right-hand cover of The Incredible Hulk #140 is the blurb “Harlan Ellison Strikes Again!” Yes, the mighty Harlan was not afraid that his reputation might be soiled by working in the lowly comics field. Who knows what his reasoning was in taking on this job (beyond the obvious paycheck), but in hindsight it looks shrewd, introducing an entire young generation to his name and work. It was certainly my first exposure to him.
So what did Harlan concoct for the jolly green giant? (Spoiler alert!) In brief, the Hulk gets shrunk down by a bad guy to a microscopic world, where he finds a previously unknown race of green-skinned people. He finds acceptance and love before having it all ripped from him when he is returned to his normal size. Much smashing ensues.
All of which, now that I think of it, sounds amazingly like the plot for the “World War Hulk” storyline from a few years back. Ol’ Harlan really was ahead of his time.
The graphic novel Boilerplate is inching its way to the big screen. It has been optioned by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, and sciencefiction.com reports that the project now has writers attached to it.
Now, I’m not normally the type to camp out for tickets, but I may make an exception in this case.