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841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: August 10, 2010, 02:13:16 PM

Quote from: Einsteinium on August 09, 2010, 07:36:35 PM


The Zombie-Wilson Diaries (because I enjoyed the website).

Thank you!!!!!

-Tim
842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 04:42:08 PM
Open Water 2! A bunch of vapid people get in the water and can't figure out how to get back on their yacht. Even all the skin couldn't save that stinker from being the worst movie I have seen in the last few years.

I suppose Troll 2 should be thrown in.
843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: July 30, 2010, 03:36:37 AM
One of the horror forums I hang out on was having a great discussion about Jonathan Maberry's Patient Zero. He registered on the site, dropped in, and contributed to the discussion out of the blue. We nerded out about that for a while. He still stops by the forum from time to time.
844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: July 29, 2010, 01:37:26 PM
That contrast increase is enough to get me to sell my Kindle 2 and buy one. I'll probably get a wi-fi one since it is so readily available. It is cool on the Kindle 2 and all but I live outside the city and get a really poor connection.

One month battery!
845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washington State Questions on: July 29, 2010, 03:17:42 AM
Lots of good positive stuff here. Let me point out a few negatives:

It rained from October last year until June this year with sporadic breaks. It was so bad last month that the news guys were calling it 'June-uary.' I was still wearing my winter coat for my commute for half of the month of June. UGH! One nice thing is that our summers are pretty mild. We may get a day or two of 90 degree weather but it is normally 70's to mid 80's. You can expect overcast, grey grey GREY for about 9 months out of the year.

I've lived here since '79. I'm pretty sure the reason there is a Starbucks on EVERY corner is because people are so damn depressed from the constant clouds.

If you move anywhere near Seattle prepare for traffic hell. I mean an abysmal, poorly planned infrastructure. I live 30 miles south of Seattle and sure, Friday's are a rough day to drive, but last week it took me an hour and a half to drive those 30 miles - and the thing was it was just normal traffic. But the housing prices here are so high you pretty much have to live away from the emerald city. Lucky for me I can take a train into Seattle everyday.

We have some of the craziest taxes. You have to pay a tax on soda and even bottled water? Want to smoke? Expect to pay over $2 a pack for cigarettes (glad I quit 20 years ago). They even tax candy! AND if you like booze the tax is almost 50%. That's not a typo. A fifth of Patron set me back $60 a week ago.

Votes don't count for much. We voted against a new stadium about 8 years ago and it was shot down BUT the politicians managed to ignore the public vote and build it anyway. It is a nice baseball stadium, too bad our baseball team has sucked for the last 10 years.

On the plus side it is a gorgeous state to live in.  icon_biggrin
846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 27, 2010, 11:42:52 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 27, 2010, 04:38:11 AM


I just ran a search for Rhiannon Frater's name on the Borders Books & Music site which came up blank, and the Barnes & Noble site where only the first zombie book is listed...and it isn't available for purchase.  Has this woman's publisher embarked on some sort of vendetta against her, or is she just trying to evade Skynet by erasing herself from the timeline?

-Autistic Angel

Rhia self published her books. A few years ago she couldn't get an agent or a publisher. Since TOR just picked them up (and in a six figure deal) they will have to be pulled and prepped by them. The books are still in paperback on amazon.

She has a YA zombie book coming out from my publisher very soon called Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters that is quite good. I don't normally like YA but she did a great job on this little gem.

-Tim
847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] The crippled god has gone gold! on: July 24, 2010, 10:01:19 PM
I got into this series at book one - the British release the year it came out. I had a hell of a time getting into it but when I did read it was just floored by the complexity of the novel. Then book two came out and it was a real game changer. I expected a sequel and got ... I don't even know what to call it, a simu-sequel? Since then the books have continued to knock my socks off and he cranks one out every year. My longest novel has been 113K words and it's really tough to edit something like that. His books are over 300K words. I think that if I took every single piece of published material I have and put it in a book it would be almost the size of an Erikson book.

I know they aren't for everyone but man oh man, if you can handle the crazy plots and tons of characters you are in for a treat.

I met Erikson once and he was a real gentlemen and he was genuinely interested in what people made of his books. He did a reading in Seattle about 8 years ago and afterwards he just hung out with a few of us geeks and shot the shit with us. Class act.
848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: July 24, 2010, 01:51:34 PM
Stoopid game. Just put a needle in my arm and inject this shit. Seriously.

I was laying in bed this morning thinking "Gee it's nice out. I should get up and put the pork shoulder on the smoker for the day."

Two hours later I'm still hunched over my laptop crafting blocks and sticks and trying to hide in my little cave/castle at night. The pork shoulder is still in the fridge and the sun is up.

Stoopid game.
849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Starz] The Pillars of the Earth on: July 24, 2010, 12:31:44 PM
The show was pretty decent. I was busy running around the kitchen for parts of it but what I sat down for were well done. It followed the book pretty closely from what I remember.
850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 24, 2010, 12:28:33 PM

Quote from: Crawley on July 23, 2010, 06:51:56 PM

For zombie books I'd recommend the As the World Dies books trilogy by Rhiannon Frater. I don't recall seeing anyone mention these books here. They're pretty inexpensive on Kindle compared to the print version cost so the investment is pretty minimal. I can easily say these books are some of my favorite zombie books, right up there with World War Z. The covers of the books look like they are for young adults but you quickly find out they are not.

Well written characters, constant fights for survival, some good laughs, some bleak moments and a satisfying ending round out this fantastic trilogy.

Get these while you can. I talked with Rhia last night (she edited my second book) and they will be getting pulled VERY soon. You won't be able to buy the first one until next year.
851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] The crippled god has gone gold! on: July 24, 2010, 12:21:48 PM
This is GREAT news! I can't wait.
852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Murray interview on: July 23, 2010, 12:37:12 AM
What a great interview. I bet hanging out with Bill Murray would be a blast.

I need to watch Quick Change. I can't believe I have never seen it.
853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crypticon horror convention - Everett WA June 18th - 20th on: July 21, 2010, 11:38:03 PM
This con was a huge success but it was a weird location. It was at a Holiday Inn but they had the vendors and movie stars in the parking garage under the building. On one hand, it was creepy. On the other hand IT WAS A FREAKING PARKING GARAGE.

We had a bunch of peeps for our reading including a some of the bizarro guys. Sweeeeeet. Jonathan Moon was cool as hell to hang with. I'm pretty sure we are brothers separated at birth by evil zombie ninjas.

I ran into Heather Langenkamp twice, the first time I didn't know who she was but she was still nice to me. My wife freaked. I was all "who was that... ?" OH! Duh!

Saw Doug Jones, he was an odd looking fellow. Felicia Rose looked at my books. She was pretty - but I didn't know who she was and the guy she was with looked at me like I just kicked him in the balls. I still tried to sell her a Zombie Wilson ...

S G Brown hung out with me several times. He said he would do an interview with me for my podcast but like a dumbass I forgot my microphone. He was a super cool dude and had a ton of good advice. He also bought a copy of The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole (I was in total fanboy mode and tried to give him one)

Bought a killer print of an album cover from Dusty Peters. He threw in the CD as a bonus.

I asked Ernie Hudson about the twinkie.

I made eye contact with Margo Kidder. Twice.

I got to hang out with NYT best selling authors John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow. They were cool as hell and I picked up Skipp's new zombie anthology which he drew stuff in.



Zombie Wilson in effect, yo.



The full table display we sat at for three days.



Jonathan Moon (my co-author) on the left, Scott G. Brown (wrote Breathers) in the middle, and me on the end.



Jon and I get ready for our joint reading.



Rose O'Keefe (Runs Eraserhead Press) and myself munching on an arm.



Jonathan Moon and I do our best Buddy Christ.

854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: July 21, 2010, 09:40:49 PM
Thanks a lot forum effect. I just purchased this and can't stop playing. So much for finishing my new book this week ... or next week.

Although the game isn't complete and it is pretty ugly, it is super addictive. I have tried not to look up crafting recipes, preferring to learn as I go but it is hard to remember everything. One thing that is annoying is that I'm having trouble finding coal.

I have been blown up a few times but really, it made me chuckle more than anything else.

Whoever mentioned the Mincraft guys working with the Dwarf fortress game nailed it. That would be the most badass game ever. Why would you ever need another game? hehe
855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: July 20, 2010, 10:37:45 PM
Maberry is a fantastic writer and a super cool fellow. He has an epic zombie novel due next year that may well be The Stand of zombies. I can't wait.

Just finished:

Brain Cheese Buffet by Edward Lee. One of the sickest books I have ever read. I loved every page of it.

Starting on Day by Day Armageddon - Beyond Exile.
856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: July 20, 2010, 10:25:53 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on July 20, 2010, 08:30:15 PM

Quote from: Crusis on June 03, 2010, 01:57:23 AM

We are live on Amazon! Soon on Barnes and Noble, Powell's and others.

It should be out on Kindle in a week or two and prices at only $2.99.

BTW an early reader (a friend who is also a writer) had this to say: "It's like Tom Robbins and Terry Pratchett had a retarted lovechild and left it on Charley Manson's doorstep... but only after they dropped the poor thing on it's head!"

-Tim

You sure he's a writer? Someone who couldn't even spell retarded right probably shouldn't be called a "writer".

eh ... I'll be sure to let her know to stop immediately. Thanks for the heads up. This sort of malicious deviance regarding the written word shall not be tolerated. I shall remove all of her novels from my house and burn them in a pyre while dancing naked, smeared in blood, to the sound of voodoo drums.
857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sleep, Oh Wonderful Sleep, Where Art Thou? on: July 20, 2010, 08:03:40 PM
For the past year or so I have had the same problem. This morning I woke with a galloping heartbeat (I did have a killer nightmare) but it didn't stop for a while and I have been awake since 1 AM.

I've worked hard to retrain my body to go to bed around 9 and fall asleep pretty quickly with out any meds but this waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning is getting OLD. Now my body is so used to it I can barely stay up until 10.

I think a sleep study may be the best bet as well. Glad to hear I'm not the only person suffering.

858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: July 20, 2010, 07:58:17 PM
The book is finally on Kindle! Just in time, too, Amazon just announced that they are selling more digital books than actual books.

Okay, this big nasty sucker is $2.99 and I would like to say that this is the BEST edited book I have worked on. We had a pro (she is now my editor for my next few books) come in and rock this sucker. She has 12 years of freelance exp and was an english lit major. This book would have sucked without her.

Check out the Peek Inside feature on the paperback. I say this because the book is NOT for everyone.

Another side note. We have been approached by an independent comic company about turning this into a serial or anthology. We are already working up some scripts for the first few comics.  eek eek eek eek eek
859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: July 19, 2010, 06:22:35 PM
Moar zombies!

I love it. Can't wait for this show.  icon_biggrin
860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 16, 2010, 03:02:26 AM
Thanks so much Chaz! The book is pretty easy to jump back and forth with. It's written like a diary. In fact I wrote it online and gave the whole book away for free for almost a year but the lure of publishing it sucked me into the dark side.

The Malazan books are my favorite. I read them over and over and over.
861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TR2N now The Tron Legacy on: July 16, 2010, 01:16:56 AM
I'm so excited for this movie. HDnet has been playing the HD version over the last few weeks and it holds up very very well still.
862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 16, 2010, 01:06:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 13, 2010, 04:55:36 AM

saw this mentioned on the page:  'War of the Worlds Plus Blood Guts and Zombies'  saywhat

It's actually a good book. Eric did a great job of paying homage to the master. This book sold so well that it was recently picked up by Simon and Schuster.

But I hear ya. I'm so sick of mashups. I was joking the other day that I was going to do Moby F'ing Zombie Whale and someone said "It's being done."

ugh!
863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 13, 2010, 01:49:40 AM
Hey all! I don't normally beg for sales but I'm having fun doing an impromptu push to sell a few copies of Zombie Wilson Diaries on the kindle. And if you pick up a copy I will send you the PDF proof if you send me an email or PM here. That way you have more than one portable version of the book.

AND it's only $2.99! That's cheaper than a fancy-pants cup of joe at Starbucks. It's the same price as a value meal at McD's and my book WON'T give you gas.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/B003IWZZS4/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text

And now some kind words from kind people:

On the whole, I'd call this one a triumph. It's quirky, fast paced, and good to the last withered drop.
Scott A. Johnson - dreadcentral.com
--Dread Central

Zombie Wilson is the most fun you'll ever have with a corpse in a coconut bra ... and that's saying something.
Trish Martin - horrornews.net
--Horror News

Something different for lovers of zombie fiction. A fastpaced, darkly comic tale with a hint - maybe more than a hint - of madness. -- David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE

A dog-rough zomedy that'll have you laughing your (undead) ass off from start to finish. Daniel Defoe fans beware! -- Wayne Simmons author of Drop Dead Gorgeous

864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 08, 2010, 03:07:11 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 07, 2010, 09:57:41 PM

Quote from: Crusis on July 07, 2010, 09:41:04 PM

I picked up a HD2 a few months ago and I miss the Android OS.


Good news for you, Crusis!

http://www.softsailor.com/how-to/32382-how-to-install-android-2-1-on-the-htc-hd2.html

I saw this was out a few days ago but it has a long way to go. The phone will run android but you can't make a call, use wifi ... all that stuff. Still, this is really exciting!
865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 07, 2010, 09:41:04 PM
It looks like they revamped the hardware behind the new Touch Slide. I like android a lot and had it on the Cliq but now that is my daughters phone. I picked up a HD2 a few months ago and I miss the Android OS.

I agree with the rest. The Nexus One is probably the best choice.
866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: July 07, 2010, 09:38:50 PM
I finished off these books over the last few weeks. I like this thread but I often forget to post in it. I have been in the mood for 'bizarro' lately.

Help a Bear is Eating Me! by Mykle Hansen
Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick
Perfect Union by Cody Goodfellow

-Tim

867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Crypticon horror convention - Everett WA June 18th - 20th on: June 12, 2010, 02:21:26 PM
Crypticon is in one week.  It's a horror convention in Everett WA. Is anyone else going? Would be cool to see some GT'ers there.

Last year it was in Seattle but they moved North for some reason. There are a lot of interesting guests. Check out the list at http://www.crypticonseattle.com/.
868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: June 09, 2010, 11:59:04 AM
I'm in the camp that didn't care for season two all that much. The witch story line was kinda lame. I am looking forward to the new season and not just because Anna Panquin just came out as being bi.
869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Horror Movie: Martyrs on: June 04, 2010, 03:30:57 AM
I loved Martyr's but I'm a sick bastard. It had tons of shock and gore. The ending was just ambiguous enough to keep me thinking about it for a few days after. I watched Human Centipede as well and wasn't nearly as disturbed as I thought I would be. That flick was all about what you didn't see. The German guy was creepy.

I dig all the great French horror. Frontiers was another one I enjoyed.
870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: June 03, 2010, 01:57:23 AM
We are live on Amazon! Soon on Barnes and Noble, Powell's and others.

It should be out on Kindle in a week or two and prices at only $2.99.

BTW an early reader (a friend who is also a writer) had this to say: "It's like Tom Robbins and Terry Pratchett had a retarted lovechild and left it on Charley Manson's doorstep... but only after they dropped the poor thing on it's head!"

-Tim
871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Ed. on: May 29, 2010, 11:39:22 AM
Alan Wake! Loving the atmosphere in this one.
872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: May 26, 2010, 12:17:23 AM
You can check out a 30+ page preview of the book. I realize this one is not for everybody.  Tongue It is now available on Amazon and will trickle to other stores like Barnes and Nobel and Powell's over the next few weeks. I have a limited supply of books that I will be signed by both Jonathan Moon and myself at Crypticon in Seattle next month. Please PM me or shoot me an email at stupidzombies @ gmail.com if you are interested. They will probably be priced at $15.

After completing The Apocalypse and Satanís Glory Hole, the authors, Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon, fled the country. They were last seen in Brazil, sipping Singapore Slings with Mescal on the side at the Cross-Eyed Donkey bar.

The men are wanted in connection with a string of bowling ball thefts, zombie resurrections, and miniature bulldog jell-o wrestling. If seen, the men are considered wacked and hyper. Caution is advised unless you have a fresh supply of nitrous oxide to share.

Clergy leaders have sworn that the two men will be brought to justice for crimes against the Church and literature in general.
873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes, a new PS3 RPG on: May 20, 2010, 03:33:58 AM
I guess I'll buy Nier instead. hehe
874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes, a new PS3 RPG on: May 19, 2010, 08:03:13 PM
I'm tempted to get this game after my $20 gift certificate from the Amazon Red Dead Redemption, arrives. Any guess on how long the game is?
875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: May 16, 2010, 04:35:33 AM
This is from the mockup. We went through a number of covers before settling on this one. I'm hoping to approve the proof in the next few weeks. This book is really beautiful. Lots of headers and some really good art work. Final page count is around 340 pages.

876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam your Mac on: May 15, 2010, 04:42:58 PM
I'm a new convert to the cult of mac. I just got a Macbook pro last week and love it. I was really thrilled to see that Steam was out on the mac. The bigger surprise was that I had access to Torchlight since I already purchased the PC version. very cool.

My mac is my main writing machine but it is pretty damn cool that it can play Portal so well. I don't know what kind of video card is in the machine but it should be able to handle half-life 2 if they put that out.
877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Record of Agarest War on: May 06, 2010, 02:08:56 AM
The graphics aren't that great but the interface, menu's and pop up characters are very crisp. I can't really comment on gameplay except to say that it is a decent SRPG. I honestly don't care about the dating sim side. My wife and I are still cracking up at the game content and cut scenes. Ah - crazy Japanese games. Love em!
878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Record of Agarest War on: April 29, 2010, 10:52:39 PM
I picked it up. What a laugh the packaging is. The mousepad is very um, comforting. LOL!  I guess I should go check out the game as well.
879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Record of Agarest War on: April 29, 2010, 04:24:56 PM
So a couple of local stores have this. I'm a whore for SRPG's and the limited edition is rather funny. I showed my wife last night (she is Japanese) and she just about laughed herself silly. So worth it? Can anyone comment on the gameplay? One of my favorite games is Disgaea - is it close to that at all?
880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: April 16, 2010, 03:32:40 AM
I suspect they will come out in hard back first, or similar over sized trade paperbacks.
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