"No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison terrified me into getting published . . .". . . The Shrike stood immobile on a endless plain of verdant grass on millions of planets in an unending universe. The Shrike was bloody. Once upon a time, I had tried to hang emotions on its silver-bladed chest like medals or badges, but I could no more imagine how it feels anymore than a lowly bug could understand my own . . .
1) THE TERROR (2007) . . . According to the back cover of his new book, 7: The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life (9781451625516) 24.99, Glenn Beck is the fourth most admired man in the world. But why stop there? He is a world-reknowned radio and TV host, whose list of awards and accomplishments are much too long to mention here. And dare I say it? Glenn Beck is our 21st century renaissance man. He is equally a virturoso in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. Literary great Brad Thor had this to say about Mr. Beck's last work of fiction, "Glenn Beck has shattered the fiction barrier. The Overton Window (9781451625288) 9.99 is the perfect all-American thriller." And who can forget his brilliant work exposing corruption in our own government with his now iconic title, Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine (9781439168578) 11.99? Without any hyperbole or exaggeration, he lays out in calm detail why the Obama administration is the worst governing body in the history of mankind, or quite possibly any other intelligent race in the entire history of the multi-verse. Co-authored by Dr. Keith Ablow, who is fresh from his stint as John Locke on the ABC-TV series Lost, their new title will be the most important book that you will ever read. I bow before you Mr. Beck . . .
. . . The Shrike sparkled beneath two red suns. The light reflected from the spikes and knives that were liberally sprinkled across its humanoid torso, except of course, where the blood had already dried . . .
2) DROOD (2009) . . . 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .' Oprah's Book ClubTM sold as much as, if not more than, Glenn Beck's reading re- commendations. Her latest selection, the Charles Dickens combo-pack of Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations (9780142196588) 20.00, was by far my favourite choice. So far, it has been her least popular book club title. I believe there are several reasons for this: a) Mr. Dickens' books are in the public domain. I could purchase each title individually for under five bucks, or I could download them for free from the internet. Or b) Everybody, like me, read them in school. I guess I should give Oprah kudos for trying to educate us.
Odds & Sods
There are a bevy of book releases this week and next. Here's a sampling:
Awakened (House of Night) by P.C. Cast
In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
The Outlaws by WEB Griffin
What The Night Knows by Dean Koontz
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Finally, Fedex is delivering on Friday. UPS, not so much . . .