Posts Tagged ‘Science Fantasy’

No, the Goth cat Triana’s kibble was on time and eaten; rather the headline refers to Third Flatiron Publishing’s Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology CAT’S BREAKFAST (see May 17, April 27), also served up on Kindle this morning. That’s Kindle, not kibble, for which via Amazon one may press here, with a paperback edition expected from Createspace in the near future.  To quote from the blurb:  While satire and humor have long been standard tools of the trade for fiction writers, the authors have channeled the uniquely Vonnegutian attitude into all-original stories that probe and instruct us on themes such as free will, mental illness, social cruelty, loneliness, and family.  The book [also] contains a flash humor section.  (This from the publisher’s own site, with this next from Amazon)  The new “Cat’s Breakfast” anthology from Third Flatiron pays tribute to the imagination and inspiration of the late author Kurt Vonnegut. Emulating Vonnegut’s famous “gallows humor” and skeptical view, these all-original satirical stories are a delightful antidote for the malaise and division plaguing contemporary society.

What more can one ask for?  My puss in the purée is “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” originally published in SO IT GOES, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s 2013 tribute anthology (cf. April 24 2013, et al.), a modern morality tale of sorts of a thoroughly up-to-date young lady, a science fair, and . . . bears.

Then in other news, a third review of TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH is now up on the Amazon site.  This is the one from THE GEHENNA POST (cf. June 3), an extremely good description in my opinion, and can be seen in situ by pressing here (where one may note also that Amazon is still offering a substantial discount, but not quite as big as it had once been, so perhaps one might buy now lest the price go up further 😉 ).

I’ve been missing out on conventions of late, partly because of the StokerCon split from World Horror Convention (but still in the space of about a month, making it difficult to schedule both), partly for costs, but now with a new book, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, just out I will be going to NASFiC next month.  This is the North American Science Fiction Convention, held in years when WorldCon will be overseas, and not a convention I’m entirely a stranger to having attended the one in Detroit in 2014 (cf. July 23 et al. that year).  This year’s will be in a possibly more exotic setting, San Juan Puerto Rico (well, yes, that’s a little bit “over sea” too, but it’s still in the US), Thursday through Sunday July 6-9, and late Saturday I received a list of panels I’m scheduled to be on.  So for those who’ll be there too, or are just interested, here’s the scoop:

Thursday – 7 p.m. – Bahia 1 – Reading from TOMBS
Friday – 10 a.m. – San Geronimo – Genre Blending
Friday – 4 p.m. – San Geronimo – The Critical Eye (moderating)
Saturday – 11 a.m. – San Cristobal – Writing Diverse Characters of Impact
Saturday – 3 p.m. – San Cristobal – World Building as More than Background
Sunday – 11 a.m. – San Cristobal – Zombies Over Time and Space

As it happens, most of these have a specific relevance to TOMBS — the idea for me is I hope to have a good time too, but technically I am to be there on business, to help put the word out.  TOMBS is a multi-genre work (Horror, Dystopian SF, Dark Romance); individual chapters include female and/or LGBTQ characters in prominent positions; world building suffuses the whole work.  (Though zombies, on the other hand, are only mentioned in passing in one of the story-chapters, and in a subsidiary role.)  Also, slightly related as of today all three reviews received thus far are up on Barnes & Noble and Goodreads, and two on Amazon, so it’s spreading.  If any out there are reviewers as well, and would be interested in a look yourself, please get in touch with me (a comment below with info on how to get back to you would work fine).  Or, if interested in getting to NASFiC yourself (I understand convention rates for hotel rooms end this weekend, but there are other hotels in the area too), for information press here.

Also received Saturday:  an email from Cin Ferguson of Scary Dairy Press that MOTHER’S REVENGE:  A DARK AND BIZARRE ANTHOLOGY OF GLOBAL PROPORTIONS, to give it its full title, has finally seen publication.  This was the “eco-anthology” originally planned to be out on Earth Day this year, April 22, but delayed (see April 24, 11, et al.).  My story in this is a reprint called “Swarms,” first published in Lone Wolf’s CD ROM anthology, BLOODTYPE, in 2001 as well as my 2007 print collection DARKER LOVES.  For information/ordering MOTHER’S REVENGE in paperback press here, with a Kindle edition also expected to be out in the next few days.

“It began innocently enough with a Meet the Author Interview.”  So begins Heidi Angell’s entry on her blog, AN ANGELL’S LIFE OF BOOKISH GOODNESS, complete with a link to the interview itself (cf., also, January 10), followed by a note and links for the three guest posts also published on TOMBS over the past several months (cf. May 18, et al.).  But that’s not all, even before that Heidi has posted a video of her first impressions which, by way of a preview, you can check out here (or, again, the link is there as well for you).  But then comes the main event, for which I can just say “Wow!” Heidi Angell’s review of TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, for which please press here.

If I may quote the last part (a “spoiler,” if one will):  I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to think deep thoughts about what they read.  For anyone who has an interest in politics, social issues, climate issues, anthropological studies, biomedical, and for the curious who like to imagine how the world could turn out.  For me, this was more realistic an outcome than the Divergent series, Hunger Games, or Maze Runner, though definitely not for the same audience.  This is a grown up’s view for grown-ups of what a dystopian world could potentially provide.  Or again, to read the review as a whole, press here.

It can also be found, with Christine Rains’s earlier review (see June 1) on Goodreads, by pressing here.  Also, with C.P. Dunphey’s GEHENNA POST review (see June 3), all three reviews should eventually be on Amazon’s listing for TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, although none have actually appeared there yet (I rather wish Amazon would hurry with it, but then they’re still offering their discount price, so slowness may have its advantages too 😉 ).

We may recall C.P. Dunphey’s interview of me, “Love and Death:  An Interview With TOMBS Author, James Dorr” (see May 26), as one homing in in detail on various aspects of TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH itself.  Inspiration, ghouls, the use of languages — and where does Vodoun come into the picture?  We’ve seen the preview, as it were, but what of the show?

Well, for the main event, really, one should buy the book.  A click on its picture in the center column brings more information, or press either of the Amazon or B&L links (both still offer discounts as of today) on May 30’s post, below.  But we’ve also seen one review already, by Christine Rains (cf. June 1) — are there not any others?

The answer (surprise!) is yes.  First came the interview, then — today — C.P. Dunphey’s review is now up on GEHENNA POST.  May I offer a quote?

TOMBS is an unexpected, enigmatic piece that author James Dorr spent years creating.  The world is visually stunning, the layers and depths of the universe never faltering in their ability to not only captivate the reader, but to also offer a lending hand in an escape to a world full of wonder and astonishment.  From the Old City to the Tombs, every setting is flawlessly illustrated with language poetic and frequently romantic.  Dorr crafts his universe with talent unrivaled and unparalleled.

To see all press here.

This is a thank you, too, for which a short look back as well to May 27.  Christine Rain’s opening review of TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH has already received a seconding comment on Goodreads, but now the review is also up at Christine’s own blog, SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITER CHRISTINE RAINS.  Sample it for yourself by pressing here — where you’ll find a fun blog in its own right (not to mention, well, TotemBlogheaderanother flattering comment about me, re. the writers group I’ve occasionally mentioned that she’s on as well (not the Bloomington Writers Guild, that is, but the sf/f/h critique one, cf. May 21; also June 24 2016).  TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH is “officially” published today as well*, and hopefully will be garnering other reviews too in the not far future (while in the meantime, if you’d like to add a comment to Christine’s, you have two places to do so, on her blog by pressing above, or for Goodreads by scrolling down to the third post below).
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*A quick check just now shows that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have their pre-publication prices still available, but no indication of how long they’ll last (see post just below, May 30, and press the link of your choice there to take advantage)!

The word had already been circulating, that the printed edition of TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, while still with an official publication date of June 1, was expected to be physically available several days early.  A friend then reported last week that her pe-ordered copy had already arrived from Amazon, and, today, a copy has also come into my hands — that is, on May 30.  So TOMBS is here, and a lovely volume it is too! A cursory look-through indicates the proof corrections I found, at least, have all been corrected.  The book looks delightful.

But also it does remain in a ghost realm of sorts, actually in hand for some but not “officially” actually published, which brings up an interesting opportunity.  Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, whilc no longer terming them “pre-order” prices as such, are still offering substantial discounts of a tad over a third of the list price off, still available as of today and presumably tomorrow, the 31st of May, as well.  Presumably these will be over by Wednesday, official “official” publishing time, but if you haven’t ordered a copy already — and think that you might — it might pay to check by Amazon or B&N prior to Thursday, by pressing here or here, for a really good deal.  But after that they may go back to the cover price of $14.95, so it’s best that one hurry!

Less than a week out from June, and the official release time for TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH grows nigh.  Yesterday gave us what’s probably the last pre-publication interview of me, though I’ll try to have others in the months to come (if not at quite so manic a pace).  But also a first, as of late last night, a review on Goodreads by blogger and author Christine Rains, and five stars to boot!  (Yes, that’s five in a one-to-five system, with five being tops.)  But more to the point, to read it press here.

Yes, we said “Friday night” (see post just below), but the Gehenna & Hinnom Books interview of me on TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH is live now!  Kudos go to Editor/Interviewer C.P. Dunphey for excellent quickness, as well as great questions on origins, ghouls, use of languages, social cultures, and more.  Discover the parts played by whimsy — and guilty pleasures, the influence of Voodoo, and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Little Tramp.”  Pre-TOMBS “history.”  The long, long path to publication by Elder Signs Press and the inspiration of other authors and books going back to 1485 (and worldviews going back far, far, farther than that).  Of keeping one’s place and fun with details. . . .

And so, like a good zombie that just can’t be kept down — not to mention the biggest picture of the book’s cover I’ve seen thus far! — for the “dirt” on TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH be invited to press here.

SF film fans delight, courtesy of INDIEWIRE.COM let us wallow together in “The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’,” by Chris O’Falt, Graham Winfrey, Kate Erbland, and Zack Sharf, and brought to us via TOR.COM and Stubby the Rocket.  With themes that range from love to fear to humanity itself, the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century all share distinctly original visions. . . , begins the rundown, the rest of which can be seen by pressing here.  And the neat thing is, in scrolling down through it, I’ve probably seen at least half myself already (who knew I had such good taste?), and even own films numbers 1 through 4!

Then in other quick news, last night I turned in an interview to C.P. Dunphey of Gehenna & Hinnom Books, with questions designed almost exclusively with TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH in mind.  Yes, launch time for the novel is drawing nigh — but there’s still time to get a one-third off pre-publication discount by pressing here (or, for B&N fans, better yet here).*  But back to the chase, to quote Mr. Dunphey:  These answers are amazing!  For audiences, they will be superb, and for me as a8451b32b-e3c4-41cb-8f3e-7c6834708f13 reader myself, it answered a lot of questions I had as well.  I will post the interview tomorrow night and will send you the link before I post it to any social media.  Very excited for this to be published.  And yes, I know, would that others would be so enthusiastic!

So look Friday night or, one needing one’s sleep, possibly Saturday morning for a fairly long interview mostly confined to TOMBS.  And after June 1st, when the book is out, I understand there may be a review of it too.
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*I understand there should also be an electronic edition of TOMBS, but not quite yet.

Let us take a quick trip down memory lane to April 25 and my coverage of the Polish mermaid film THE LURE, a Goth-rock variant of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”  Then, back to today, what should I run across courtesy of DIRGEMAG.COM but “Dark Mermaids Take Everything Men Fear and Use It Against Them” by Brenda S G Walter, including her take on “The Little Mermaid” as well as THE LURE and two other films.  In this case the “lure” (sorry) is primarily via the Andersen tale — no dwelling on mermaids’ alter lives in the siren trade, for instance, but then the payoff is still the same.  These are hungry fish-ladies.  And, music or not, the piece is interesting (and a little Freudian) and can be read by pressing here.

Then, for the writing life, Saturday after my writers critique group eviscerated my TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH essays (cf. May 18 just below, et al., and no, they didn’t really — I did post all three essays to the group in lieu of a story this month, for which comments, while mixed as to which one might be a given critiquer’s favorite, were generally encouraging), I continued to local restaurant-bar The Crazy Horse for a celebration and signing for Bloomington Writers Guild member and poet Nancy Chen Long’s just published book, LIGHT INTO BODIES.  To lazily quote from the invitation:  This event is a thanks-giving.  As a way of honoring, Nancy has invited Cynthia Bretheim and Beth Lodge-Rigal, two women that she credits for getting her back into poetry back in 2006, to read.  Members of Five Women Poets, a local writing group that Nancy belongs to, will also read.  In addition, two friends whose artistic-ness inspire her — Matt Allen on jazz guitar and Stephen Simms on bass — have been invited to share their music.  It also was fun, and with good snacks too, and a special feeling of kinship for me on the eve, as it were, of my own book’s release which, if not an absolute first as such, is my first novel.
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More on Nancy’s book, officially published on May 10, can be found by pressing here; more on my TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH by pressing its picture in the center column.



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