So, it may very well be that you can all laugh at me, but I’m many, many years behind everyone else when it comes to new media. I’m trying to catch up, but it’s a hard process for me. Turns out, I don’t always have a lot of time to watch TV or read.
But, I was very excited to finish the new Battlestar Galactica a few weeks ago. Overall, I thought it was an incredible show, and some of my thoughts are below. Just a note, while I will talk about the entire series from beginning to end, I will strive to keep everything as spoiler-free as possible for any who haven’t seen the show and might someday.
The first thing I need to say is that it took me a while to get into the show. I actually ended up starting it twice, simply because the first time I only got a few episodes in and then took a long, long break. Although I don’t remember specifically when it got its hooks into me, I don’t think it happened until a good half-season into the show. I’ve heard similar stories from friends, and my advice to anyone starting the show is to give it a chance. If you’re twelve episodes in and still don’t like it, it may not be for you, but try to watch at least that many before passing judgment on it.
Once I got into the show, I really got into it. I binged as often as possible (which for me is maybe 2-3 episodes at a time), and loved so much of it.
What I loved most about the show was just how human it was. It didn’t shy away from the big questions of fate, faith, and purpose, and instead tackled those questions head on. In many cases, such an attempt would result in a heavy-handed show, but for the most part, BSG keeps its focus on its characters and avoids that trap. I think science fiction is uniquely qualified to ask the big questions we all wonder about, and few sci-fi shows have done it as well as BSG.
The storytelling and the pacing of the show was also excellent. Oftentimes when I watch shows I feel like dull periods come along (Lost comes to mind) that you have to work through to get to the good episodes. While there are certainly slower episodes of BSG, they can be somewhat hard to find. By and large, the show roars along, maintaining a constant level of intensity and suspense. My wife started watching the show with me but could only get through two seasons before she bowed out. She loved the show and thought it was well done, but it was too intense for her, particularly if we watched before bed.
There has been some debate about how the show ended, and I have mixed feelings about the conclusion as well. However, I will say this, for four seasons BSG asked big questions and searched for answers. When I think of the conclusion, I think the creators went big, and while they may have received mixed reviews about it, I’m glad they took a risk and went for a controversial ending. I like to see all storytellers take risks, and they did with BSG.
As you can see, I definitely loved BSG. It’s not a perfect show by any means, but I would be willing to say it’s one of the best sci-fi series to have been created in the last couple of decades.
Until we meet again, keep reading!
Not long ago on Twitter, I received an awesome question from a reader who really enjoyed both Nightblade and World’s Edge. They were asking where the inspiration for the stories came from. I did my best to answer in 140 characters or less, but felt like it was worth saying a little more.
The first fact to realize is that I’m very much a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Historically, I’ve actually read much, much more science fiction. It’s only in the past few years that I’ve really started to dive deeper into fantasy. Not only do I read a lot, but I’m also interested in movies and television series. It’s probably safe to say that everything I’ve read and watched has had some effect on my writing. The strongest influences directly related to Nightblade are probably Lian Hearn and Takashi Matsuoka. Both are authors that have written stunning books taking place in Japan or a Japan-like culture. I was probably watching too much Rurouni Kenshin at the time too (I wrote the story several years ago, so it’s hard to remember).
When I first started writing the story, Ryuu was the only Point-of-View character. I was interested in writing a story about what happens to a person when they discover they have a great power. I’ve always been fascinated by how people react to being powerful, and I wanted to see how a character would react if they discovered this power at a relatively young age.
From those beginnings a story about the sense was born. As I was writing Ryuu’s encounters with Moriko the monk and Takako the prostitute, I realized I wanted to know them more, and went back and found their stories as well.
I hope that more thoroughly answers the question. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, just let me know in the comments below!
Good Day y’all,
I’m sorry that I’ve been so silent lately. Life here at Waterstone has been crazy busy, and I’m looking forward to a short break here. That being said, I’ve got a ton of announcements to make. In the coming days I’ll maybe do a longer post on some of these, but here goes!
- World’s Edge is currently out for presale. It will be on presale until the 20th, when it is actually released. I’ve been blown away by the response so far, and I hope you all enjoy it! I should mention that if you want World’s Edge, now is the best time to get it, because it’s on sale. I will let it stay on sale for a few more days, and then I’ll be bringing it up to its regular price, probably on the 22nd.
- My other big news – Nightblade is now an audiobook! This is something that I’ve been really, really excited by. It has been narrated and produced by Andrew Tell, who is a wonderful gentleman who did an amazing job bringing the world to life. I’m incredibly grateful for his work, and I hope that those of you who are fans of audiobooks will enjoy it.
- I’m in the process of finishing the paperback version of World’s Edge. Look for it to be up on Amazon in the next week or two.
Other than that, in a week or so here I will be starting edits on The Wind and the Void, the conclusion to the Nightblade Trilogy. I expect that the process is going to take me quite a while, but I’m very excited to get to work on it.
Thanks again to everyone for reading, and I hope that November is treating you all well!
So this morning I finished reading The Hobbit. It’s not the first time I’ve read it, but it is the first time I’ve read it in many, many years. I would guess it’s been over a decade since I read it last. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed it far more than I expected to. I should also warn y’all-spoilers ahead.
I was surprised because in many ways, The Hobbit doesn’t have the qualities I look for in my favorite books. It doesn’t have a well-developed antagonist, and although the company goes through an enormous set of trials, it is only at the very end they suffer the consequences of their actions, and even then the consequences are glossed over (with the exception of Thorin, who gets a short death-scene).
Despite this, I found myself in love with the story. I think what I loved most about the story was the sincerity of it. It’s a small, heartfelt story, and one that I could see myself reading to my children before bed some time. Tolkien describes his world with beautiful imagery, and I found myself getting lost in the descriptions of the places, where usually I skim through them to get to the next action or conflict.
I’m curious to see if I like the rest of the series as much. Like The Hobbit, it’s been over a decade since I’ve read any of them, but I have to imagine the tone is much different. I’ll let you all know how I feel about it when I finish. Until then, keep reading!
Happy Sunday Everyone!
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about World’s Edge, and I’d like to take a moment to update everyone on what’s happening here behind the scenes.
First – we have a book cover! I’m really excited about this cover, and while there still may be a few small changes to the design, this is more or less what it’s going to look like. The homepage has been updated with the image as well.
Second – as far as a release date goes, I want to be as honest as possible. Right now I’m expecting to have the book out by the end of October. Right now we are in the middle of the fourth round of edits. The editing process has been harder than anticipated, but I’m excited to have the book out soon. I’ve thought about putting the book up for pre-order on Amazon, but I’ve elected not to. I want to make sure the book is in the best possible shape before it gets put up.
As always, thanks to all of you for all of your support the last few months – it’s been an incredible journey, and I hope to continue it with you all!