Writing

I write the types of books I want to read.

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Win an e-book of the psychological thriller Dying to Breathe

Did the S&M just go too far, or was it murder in the first?

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Dying to Breathe (Ethan Carr Thrillers Book 2) (Kindle Edition).  At Amazon. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Mar 11, 2017 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

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Thought for the day

Am I becoming a better writer or just more commercial?  Nothing in my book sales indicates I’m becoming more commercial.

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Is Legion for real?

I saw the new TV series Legion by Noah Hawley on TV the other night. Weird and confusing, but fascinating show. Nicely directed. Quirky characters in an insane asylum involved with nefarious types. Reminds me of Twin Peaks and Clockwork Orange.

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Taboo

The TV series Taboo continues to intrigue me. It’s relentlessly dreary, but beautifully acted and lavishly produced. It’s a great period-piece melodrama. There’s always something grungy and vile going on between assorted miscreants bent on doing each other harm.  A monotonic Tom Hardy is the antihero who comes out of nowhere to seek revenge.

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Wipeout is in the wings

Bryan Cassiday’s breakneck thriller Wipeout is in the wings.  A troubled PI must find out who his amnesiac client is.

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Wipeout

Wipeout, the third book in the Ethan Carr PI series, will be available in 2017.  A distraught amnesiac hires Carr to find out who he is and why somebody’s trying to kill him.

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Bryan Cassiday, the Mind for Mayhem

Watch out.  Coming your way will be a nice discount on Bryan Cassiday’s explosive zombie thriller Zombie Apocalypse:  The Chad Halverson Series.  Be on the lookout for the discount at Amazon.  Coming soon . . . Beware:  high-impact zombie horror epic.

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The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 1

Did the graphic violence in the premiere of season 7 of The Walking Dead go beyond the pale?  To my mind, the head bashing seemed to go on a tad too long.  I don’t know if we needed to see the endless pounding of the victim’s head into a bloody pulp.  How many times did the leather-jacketed Jeffrey Dean Morgan have to pummel the guy’s head with a bat wrapped in barbed wire to prove what a heel he is?  On the other hand, nobody can deny this episode was one of the most powerful and gripping ever shown on the series.

Even while heads were being pulverized into red paste and eyes were popping out of smashed heads (“Doesn’t that hurt?”), I needed to keep watching, transfixed by the gore. For the most part, it wasn’t violence for the sake of violence.  It seemed rooted into the story and revealed the villain’s brutal character.  I’m of two minds.  I believe the show worked.  However, the graphic violence probably went on a little longer than necessary.

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The Accountant review

The Accountant is an intricate thriller with an assassin who isn’t your garden-variety mass murderer.  He is autistic and he also happens to be an accountant.  Some of his clients include Mafia capos and various other criminal bosses.  Ben Affleck is good as the accountant who can’t express his feelings to other people because of his autism.  Even though he’s emotionally handicapped, he is a whiz at math and killing people.  It’s a good story idea having an autistic killer but perhaps overdone.  A bit too maudlin for my sake with the autistic children scenes, it nevertheless has plenty of action and plenty of story to hold the interest and has a nice twist near the end.  But who was that woman who assigned the accountant his jobs over the phone?  Maybe they’ll make a sequel to fill us in.

I recommend this action-packed thriller.  Why doesn’t Hollywood make more thrillers for adults like this?  Then I could go to the movies more often.

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