To Adapt a Japanese Movie, Hire a Japanese Director

Hey Guys. I’m now a contributor to thisisanothercastle.com. Here’s my debut post. Enjoy!

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You find out Hollywood is turning your all-time favorite thing into a movie. Do you: a) spend the rest of the day annoying everyone around you with a happy dance; b) shout ‘no!’ at the top of your lungs; or c) alternate between the two. Hollywood is counting on most of you falling into the ‘a’ category. It’s why they’re making so many reboots and sequels these days. Those are supposed to be safer. But are they really? Reboots and adaptations come at a price. Some call it expectation; one could also call it baggage. Today, with social media and instant communication, it must be tough for screenwriters and movie makers to manage their messages. For every happy fan, a horde of screaming, pitchfork-carrying bloggers rise up and call for blood.

It happened with The Lord of the Rings and and it happened with Harry Potter. Fortunately, the people…

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Book Review: The Ludwig Conspiracy

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It’s easy to call The Ludwig Conspiracy a Da Vinci Code clone, but that’s doing this fun thriller a disservice. Yes, the book follows a similar formula, and yes it’s more about the puzzle than the characters. Neither one of these two issues kept me from enjoying the heck out of it. 

 

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The fate of Bavaria’s mad king has fascinated me since I first heard about it. Add to that the special place I have in my heart for Bavaria–my wife and I spent our first anniversary in Europe, visiting, among other places, this book’s locales–and you have a recipe for a good review. 

Author Oliver Potzsch does a decent job switching back and forth between the past and the present. He cleverly uses an old diary as the transportation device that takes the reader back to Ludwig’s last days. While these flashback scenes lacked the tone and tension of the present day ones, I found them more fascinating. 

Potzsch’s Ludwig is a tortured and complicated man and easily the book’s strongest character. His fate plays out with hints of Christ’s walk to crucifixion, but it’s never preachy or heavy handed. 

The present-day story line is, as I said earlier, a bit cookie cutter. The characters exist to unravel the mystery not to engage the reader. They’re likable enough, just not memorable. I suppose ‘serviceable’ is the best description. As to the plot itself–well it’s not without its flaws. The mysteries are easy enough to discover, the set ups and escapes predictable. It’s a testament to the story that I didn’t care. Despite its flaws, the book pulled me in. I was engrossed, start to finish. If you’re looking for a Da Vinci Code light, this book’s for you.

Book Promotion! Vote for Kojiki’s Book Cover!!!

Help needed! Hi everyone! I’m participating in a SF book promotion. I need your votes. Pretty please. All you need to do is vote for the cover art of my book Kojiki. You can vote up to three times per day. Please share and encourage your followers to vote as well. I could use the support. Here’s the link: http://masqueradecrew.blogspot.com/2013/09/let-sci-fi-cover-wars-begin.html

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Here’s a pic of the cover!!! Go to the link above to vote!

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