Zero History by William Gibson

Instead of adding to all the negativity on the internet—reviews in particular—I’m going to even things out by saying what I like. Everything has a good part to it. Sometimes it’s only one scene, others are bursting with awesomeness.

Zero History is the third book in the Blue Ant trilogy. Maybe if I had read the other two books I would have liked more things about it but I didn’t even know it was part of a trilogy until I looked it up on Goodreads. It’s about…really obscure brand names clothes…maybe? Also, it’s sci-fi, for some reason.

 

Here is everything I liked about Zero History by William Gibson

Zero History

 

 

 

 

 

  • I liked the pretentious feeling I got while reading book. “I feel smarter and I have no explanation for it.”
  • I liked the cover. It’s the reason my wife bought it for me. We had never heard of the book or the author but it was in the discount pile at Chapters and we liked the cover.
  • I liked the character of Milgrim. Particularly his name but I also like that he was saved from addiction by a corporation to be made into something the company could use.
  • I like that what they needed him for was to find the source of the super secret clothing brand Gabriel Hounds.
  • I like that everyone in the book is immediately blown away by the quality and awesomeness of the Gabriel Hounds.
  • I like that I have no idea why this is sci-fi. At first I thought aliens made the Gabriel Hounds but that didn’t pan out. My guess is that William Gibson started in sci-fi and now that’s where all his books go. Like how Michael Crichton’s time traveling book featuring a 3d fax machine is in fiction not science fiction.
  • I like the first half of the book better than the second half.
  • I like that I felt like I had accomplished something when I finally finished it.
  • I like the names of the characters. Hollis, Bigend, Milgrim.
  • I like that there were almost no stakes involved but I still enjoyed myself through some of it. “What happens if we don’t find the source of the Gabriel Hounds?” Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Me Off at the Top! By Ron Burgundy

 

 

Instead of adding to all the negativity on the internet—reviews in particular—I’m going to even things out by saying what I like. Everything has a good part to it. Sometimes it’s only one scene, others are bursting with awesomeness.

 

Let Me Off at the Top! is the biography of the fictional character Ron Burgundy. Will Farrell plays Ron in the movie Anchorman. Almost nothing in this book is true. If you liked the movie then you might get a few chuckles out of this read.

This is what I liked about Let Me Off at the Top! by Ron Burgundy.Let Me Off at the Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • I like that I watched Anchorman before I read this book. In my mind I could hear Will Farrell reading it to me. It made it easier to laugh at the jokes. DIs this book available as an Audiobook?
  • I like the picture on the cover. And some of the random pictures inside. It was awesome that for the most part they had nothing to do with anything.
  • I like that Ron endorsed his own book on the cover.
  • I like that it says it was written by Ron Burgundy as opposed to who really wrote it (Will Farrell? A team of writers?)
  • I like the name of his high school. Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School.
  • I liked that it wasn’t even remotely serious.
  • I liked how random it was.
  • I liked the town he grew up in and how everyone was in constant danger of bursting into flames.
  • I liked that every so often it made me laugh.
  • I liked how humorous the violence was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watching You by Michael Robotham

I’m changing the way I write reviews. I’m ditching the traffic light movie reviews for something more positive. Instead of adding to all the negativity on the internet—reviews in particular—I’m going to even things out by saying what I like. Everything has a good part to it. Sometimes it’s only one scene, others are bursting with awesomeness. Here is what I thought of Watching You by Michael Robotham.

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****Spoilers***

  • I liked the end, which was surprising—not the ending but that I would like it. I can see why it was forced to that location and action.
  • I liked that Malcom was real.
  • I liked what Malcom did to Owen
  • I liked the scene with Malcom, Joe, and Marnie in the bathroom.
  • I liked that I was able to figure it out before any of the characters. It made me feel smart.
  • I liked that it wasn’t a happily ever after deal.
  • I liked that Joe and Marnie didn’t end up together. Can’t he just get back with his wife already?
  • I liked seeing Ruiz again.
  • I would like to read another Malcom story but it would have to get to the point faster than this one and have less pointless sex scenes.
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Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

 

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy 
Now that Mac Narrad knows the truth about the war he knows there is little chance of survival, unless he gets to Ronos. Mac must lead those he can trust to Ronos and keep his newfound power out of General Zinger’s hands while trying to save his friend Lynn Ryder who he was forced to leave behind.

Fighting against an enemy even more duplicitous than he ever thought Mac must escape the front line of the war, search for allies to go to Ronos, and try to figure out where Janelle Stewart has been taken. Humanity is close to extinction. Mac knows how to even the odds but will he be able to make it in time?

Beacon is a well-written book with an intriguing plot, an inspiring hero, and interesting characters. The author, Tyler Rudd Hall, is a skilled story-teller with a very creative mind and a gift for keeping the reader engaged with his stories.” 
Joshua A. Spotts

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
I have been doing everything I can to make sure I didn’t spoil the story before it came out. There were so many times while writing this book that I wanted to tell you what happened to Lynn, what happens when the aliens get to Ronos, how Mac plans to find Janelle, or even what the new story line is (I’m going through the same thing right now with book 3. Must. Keep. The. Secret.). In retrospect I guess I could have given up a few secrets because there are so many twists and surprises that even knowing one of them would have still kept you guys on the edge of your seat.

Beacon was a very different experience from Catalyst. I now know the pain of trying to write an exciting middle part of a trilogy. In the first book it is way easier to rewrite your way out of a problem. In the second book you have to write your way out without contradicting anything you did in the first book. Which means you have to remember everything you wrote in the first book. That’s hard for me because I have the memory of … something that doesn’t remember things very well. So far for the third book any problems can be solved by killing one of the characters. Heads up, there are a lot of problems.

I am so happy with the final results of this book. The end is awesome. Like Catalyst I solved the big question of the book but the answer leaves even more complications than finding out if the war is real or not. It wouldn’t be any fun if everything went right for Mac and Lynn.

Where to get Beacon
Beacon
is out almost everywhere now. When it finally comes out on iTunes I’ll update this page and you can follow the link.

Amazon (paperback)
Kindle
Booklocker
B & N

After You’re Done Reading
When you are finished reading I would love to know what you thought of Beacon. It makes my day when I hear that someone read my book. Bad or good I love to hear from people who read Catalyst or Beacon.

If you have a few free seconds you could even write a review for it on Goodreads or whichever website you bought it from. That kind of stuff not only makes me happy but it helps get the word out about how entertaining these books are and helps to sell more (The goal being one day to spend all my working hours noveling instead of this silly school business).

Thanks for reading.

I’ll get back to book 3. There are wars to fight.

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“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
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Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
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Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
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Chapter 3 of Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

Chapter 3 – The Unsympathetic Doctor
In this chapter Mac Narrad does something dangerous that changes everything forever and may even kill him. So business as usual.

Click to read chapter 3.

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

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“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
Coming Fall 2013
Add it on Goodreads.

 

 

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Novel Writing Week

The 3 Day Novel Contest
Labour day long weekend is when the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest takes place. I have participated in this contest once. Two years ago. It was awesome. I had a ton of fun and learned a lot about what I was capable of as a writer.

I was able to write a hundred pages, which turned out to be about 30k words in three days. Lots of people can do better than that (I’m a slow typer) but I was very pleased with myself.

This year I took labour day weekend off from work with the intention of entering again. I was going to write a King Wakefield novel or maybe three of their short stories.

But I’ve changed my mind.

Good News and Bad News
It’s mostly good news so I’ll start with the bad news. I don’t know if you have been keeping up with my progress on The Ronos Trilogy but by the time Catalyst was published I had a first draft of the other two books in the trilogy.

The bad news is that I have scrapped the first draft of book 3 of The Ronos Trilogy. I had like 70k words but as of a month ago I had zero.

There is only one reason a writer would scrap a draft and start over: they thought of a better idea.

I was finishing up the final draft of Beacon when I started to get a new idea. It started out as it always does, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” and I had a new opening for book three that lead to a whole new plot and conflict. Once I had it all worked out I realized I had somehow stumbled onto something amazing and it would be extremely stupid for me to ignore it.

Novel Writing Week
Since I got the new idea I have written 20k words. If Book 3 ends up as long as Catalyst and Beacon then I still have 70-80k words to go. School starts on September 3.

That means I have to write 70-80k between now and september 3.

I’m a big fan of marathon writing but I haven’t written that many words in that short of time. I have high hopes. The last couple days I’ve been working on a road map of events and what’s on the horizon is exciting enough for me to keep motivated.

I’m so excited to read book 3 and I want to get it in your hands as soon as possible.

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“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
Coming Fall 2013
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The Second Chapter of Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos trilogy

The Second Chapter
Fun things you can expect from this chapter.

  • This is a Mac chapter.
  • You get to find out the military’s reaction to what Mac is capable of.
  • A former friend of Mac’s has a startling secret.
  • The military may not be as united as suspected.

Click to read Chapter 2

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

 

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