With the Holidays around the corner, I will be starting a FREE Kindle giveaway at midnight tonight. The book I will be giving out will be my Kaiju novella, Karmathaur. The giveaway will last for five days. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I have updated the map of my fantasy world, Gradaia. I received comments that the border lines of the original version did not look realistic. So in order to make it look more authentic, I have modified the border lines by making them thinner and more jagged. The jagged lines would show how each kingdom’s borders changed over the centuries.
Looking back at Karmathaur’s recent review, I received a very pleasant compliment that I did not see coming. The review said that Karmathaur could potentially be made into a film that would rival Godzilla and Pacific Rim. That was a great compliment that I was not expecting and it meant a great deal. I have viewed Karmathaur as just a simple side project, but this comment implies that it could become so much more than I intended. I will keep this in mind if the opportunity ever arises.
My Kaiju novella, Karmathaur, got a four star review on both GoodReads and Amazon UK today! Here it is:
“From the first line to the first echoing roar of Karmathaur itself, it is clear where the inspiration for the story lies. The story starts with a genetic experiment that is almost thwarted by the police, then moves on a few years later to when the genetically modified and radiation filled zygote (a fertilized egg) has hatched into the monster Karmathaur. We follow a set of friends as they find out about the cult behind the creature’s creation while they battle for survival. The story very much plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster, and like a Hollywood movie it is fast paced, action filled but low on character development. Interestingly the characters start to develop but the one problem with the story halts that, the fact that it is so short. It really follows the blockbuster formula that it is about gruesome deaths and high-octane set pieces. Whilst I am happy with this and soon became aware that this was where the book was heading, there is a sense of loss, that by making it potentially twice the length it could make you feel more for the characters. That said, for a book that costs 99p on Kindle you can not go far wrong, and it could easily be made into a film to rival that of Godzilla or Pacific Rim. The writing is a bit stilted at times but it gets its message across. The one thing that sets this story apart from those films is the end, the hint that this beast, created to destroy the world, might just be more than the sum of its parts.”
I just watched this trailer about a very dark superhero film called Brightburn. It is a horror version of the classical Superman story. Like Superman, this kid came from the sky and was raised by a couple of farmers. However, unlike Superman, this kid never learned how to be human and he failed to learn the difference between right or wrong. Also, to add to the dark nature of the film, the kid was regularly drawing alien symbols that resembled the Brand of Sacrifice from the anime/manga Berserk. Instead of a superhero, this kid becomes a superhuman serial killer. So far, this kid’s powers consist of flight, super strength, possibly telekinesis, and heat vision, but there are bound to be more powers at his disposal. I look forward to this film and see this dark new look at the classical Superman story.
Great news! I just submitted one of my poems for my university’s literary magazine. I will find out if I got in or not soon and I will keep you updated.
Here is the poem I submitted:
“Chicken crackles inside a metallic bowl.
The sonic sparks send ripples across the kitchen.
Each pop makes the customer’s mouth water.
The noise intensifies as the meat fries.
When the meat flips into the air,
The sizzle briefly turns to a whisper.
When it falls into the pan once more,
The sizzle returns to fill my ears with bliss.
Upon leaving the searing wok pan,
The orange chicken slides into a bowl.
The harmonious sizzling remains,
To entertain my senses with anticipation.
Finally, as I bite into the crackling, fried meat
The sizzle churns in my mouth as the chicken
Is chewed before being swallowed.
Inside my bottomless stomach, the sizzling continues.”