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961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rambo Returns, again. on: September 02, 2009, 03:23:24 AM
Oh yeah, the last Rambo was good mindless fun and tons of gore. I saw it at the theater and I think my jaw hit the floor during the .50 cal scene.

-Crusis
962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: September 01, 2009, 02:38:06 PM
There are parts of the whole 'Lester' story line that had me LOL'ing as I wrote it. He is by far my favorite character in the book.

I have a few more reviews up on Amazon now if any are interested.

-Crusis
963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remote Controlled Helicopters on: August 30, 2009, 03:29:18 PM
Holy hell! That thing looks expensive to crash.  saywhat
964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remote Controlled Helicopters on: August 29, 2009, 04:34:52 PM
I get into these sporadically. Last week I bought a Heli-max Novus FP for indoor flying but it is so jumpy I needed to try something a little bit easier. The new Blade mSR just came out and I managed to get it flying with about 5 minutes of practice. This morning I was doing circles around the room which is unheard of for a copter this size. It weighs less than an oz and takes a tiny 120mah battery. I don't think I have the patience for a CP, they just take too much dedication and I can barely get my Axe CP to hover.

I found some unboxing-porn of it but the guy does a flight toward the middle of the vid so you can see how small this sucker is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LohJnddxcTk. Anyway, after a couple of years of casual RC Heli's I think I found the perfect toy. I just wish it wasn't raining today so I can take it outside.

-Crusis
965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 28, 2009, 02:23:20 AM
Kindle update: I have the proof and I am giving it the once over before turning it in for publiscation. I hope to have it turned in next week. Library of the Living Dead Press has been very busy getting ready for Horror Realm next month and preparing the kindle versions of the new books got delayed.

In the meantime, if you are curious about my work, swing by my new serial novel Barriers Beyond at http://barriersbeyond.blogspot.com/ and check out the first five chapters.

This book was started as a Novella but when I hit 30K words I had a feeling it was far from over. Over the next week or so I will be posting the rest of the chapters that are done.

Here is a 10 second synopsis:

Erik Tragger headed to Walmart the day the world ended. He picked up camping gear, food and a shotgun. On his way out the door he shot a man in the chest. A man that was drooling blood. A man that was ... dead.

Erik hides in the mountains in a cabin for six months and then returns to a world where the dead have over run the earth. But the dead aren't the real problem. The strange, sentient undead are.


(lemme know if pimping my work is getting annoying)

-Crusis
966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 26, 2009, 10:48:10 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 25, 2009, 06:02:52 AM

Just ordered Dust of Dreams myself - cant frigging wait to read it! Based on this thread, I also ordered Name of the Wind, and a few others! Now if only Amzone would hurry up and deliver!

Dust of Dreams is another door stopper. It is almost the size of Toll the Hounds.

I'm glad to see Rothfuss winning over so many fans. He is a very talented writer.

-Crusis
967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 25, 2009, 02:20:55 AM
Rothfuss made a pretty big deal about having the trilogy finished when the first book was published. The plan was to put the next book out a year later. IIRC on his blog he said the next book needed to be re-written and it would be delayed a year, then it was delayed another year. I love the first book but I am leery of him pulling a GRRM and re-writing the new one so much that it will be a new Feast for Crows. On the other hand he is a damn fine writer and I devoured his first book in about 4 days. Could not put it down.

Sorry Erikson isn't for everyone, I am looking at Dust of Dreams right now that was just delivered from the UK. My life pretty much comes to a halt every year when he delivers each new tome since they are by far my favorite books.

-Crusis
968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 25, 2009, 01:08:27 AM
My publisher had it yanked.

The Kindle version is still on the way. I thought it would be out last week but something came up and it got pushed back a little bit (that is all I know).

-Crusis
969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gore Verbinski to direct 'Bioshock' movie on: August 24, 2009, 08:36:25 PM
With the level of suckage that goes into making movies based on games, I'm afraid this one has no chance. I watched Max Payne over the weekend and it was dreadful.

-Crusis
970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wolfenstein : Impressions incoming! on: August 24, 2009, 08:32:24 PM
I spent a few hours with Wolf over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I was prepared for the worst but it was quite good. Well, the first few levels I played. Looking forward to more of this game and I'm glad to see it has about a dozen hours of FPS action.

-Crusis
971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 24, 2009, 08:24:35 PM
Glad your copy arrived safe and sound. I hope you and your wife like it. I have had some interesting emails from people about which characters they like the best. Be sure and let me know what you think of the book, I appreciate both positive and negative feedback.

-Crusis
972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 23, 2009, 10:35:38 PM
Check out Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains. It is a stand alone gritty fantasy. The best quote I read was by Joe Abercrombie. He said of Morgan's book "He doesn't so much twist fantasy cliches as take an axe to them and set them on fire."

Speaking of Abercrombie he has a new stand alone novel called Best Served Cold.

-Crusis
973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 16, 2009, 06:58:47 PM
Nowhere Man, Bruce Greenwood was so good on that show.

-Crusis
974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 15, 2009, 04:19:28 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 15, 2009, 03:47:08 AM

I won! I won!Iwon!Iwon! *does a little dance*falls and hurts his back..again*

I won! Yessirree. I didn't know Id won till Tim sent me a PM. My mail must have ate it. I have been checking it all day long LOL.

My wife has already called dibs on the first read. I might not should have told her I won and what it was about. Drat.

Thank you sir!

I hope you like it. I ended up drawing 3 copies today because I had a few extras and Daehawk came up as the third one. The first was someone that stumbled on my site and the second was a guy over on zombie squad forum.

I just got roasted in a review on Amazon but I'm pretty sure it was by someone who has it in for me. But no worries, I have my bullet proof vest on.  icon_lol edit: I should add that I did not, nor would I ever ask someone to alter a review based on what I want to hear.

I do appreciate honest feedback and I can't wait to hear what Punisher says when he finishes it.

edit again(sheesh): The kindle version will be out next week.

-Crusis
975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:56:51 PM

Quote from: Chaz on August 14, 2009, 03:09:28 PM

Kindle version? If it goes up by Monday, I can take it on my trip!

I'll check right now.

-Crusis
976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:56:11 PM
I thought I would wait and let them say who they are in case they don't want all the attention, accolades, pats on the back, congratulations for being one step closer to world peace.

Or they want to do a happy dance, curse my name for subjecting them to my prose, spit in the face of danger as they MacGuyver the book in a last ditch effort to save a sinking cruise liner, have it personalized to read 'To be read in only pretty pink pajamas',  plan to use it and every other zombie book they own in a suit covered with cockroaches to survive the Fallout 3 world we are destined for.

Or, just in case they want to say "I won and you didn't! Suck it!" Poehler-style.

-Crusis
977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 02:43:36 PM
The drawing is done, the emails are sent and there was a GT winner!  I went ahead and did 3 books instead of 2. Congrats to the lucky GTer!

-Crusis
978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:18:06 PM
I have already brought up the editing concerns with my publisher. He said the software picked up or missed some characters. I don't know, I went through 5 edits including a pro-editor but I'm disappointed in the final version. I think I am going to push to get a new one done and out if I can.

I appreciate any candid feedback, this will help me figure out what works and what doesn't in my future books. I think you have a good point about a lot going on. If I had a day like one of my characters I think I would just stay home sick.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Funny you mention Lester. I thought Kate was the most interesting to write but I have had several people mention Lester and Angela as the most interesting characters. I can't figure that out, he is basically a loser drug dealer with no prospects except getting laid, stoned and or drunk. Also, Alice and Ken were the first parts of the book written and almost got dropped several times but we felt the chance to do 2nd person POV was too good to pass up. Well, when I wasn't thinking it was career suicide.  icon_lol
979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: August 12, 2009, 01:10:09 AM
I saw the movie over the weekend and it was simply outstanding. Others said it best - riveting.

-Crusis
980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 11, 2009, 02:53:58 AM
I now have my copies of my book and have placed them up for sale on my website via paypal. The cost is a flat $15 and $2 for shipping. This is for US shipping but if you are outside the US just drop me an email and we can work something out. If you purchase from me the book will be signed (and personalized if you like).

http://www.amongthelivingbook.com

You can now do the "look inside" feature on Amazon http://bit.ly/TKk1I if you want to get a look at the layout, fonts and stuff like that. Thanks again for everyone's interest!

-Crusis
981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearts of Iron III Demo - GT Hosted on: August 04, 2009, 07:18:27 PM
YES! There goes my evening.

982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 04, 2009, 07:14:50 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 04, 2009, 02:57:36 PM

So just how well is it doing selling wise? Smack me if Im too nosy smile I find the whole writing a book being publish thing very interesting Always wanted to have a book published. Watching Castle on tv doesn't help

smile

That is a good question. I asked on Saturday how it was doing and he said it has sold as much in a week as the first book he released last year sold in the first two months. He is very adamant that I don't even worry about sales for the first few months. Once some reviews are on amazon sales will pick up. Right now, shoppers go to the page and besides the truncated description there are no reviews.

Also, my publisher is barely a blip on the radar as far as the names go. Quite frankly I am just a few steps above self-published but it is all good. He has ads coming out for the books in a few magazines and websites. It will also be at Horror realm this year where he is going to be pushing the whole library.

Thank goodness all I have to do is write and not worry about the publishing side. Oh the other thing that will help is that I have short stories sold now to a good 8 or 9 anthologies which will be released in the next year. So if people like my short work then they may like a book.

Any budding horror writers out there want to test the waters, swing by the LOTLD forum http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/and check out all the anthologies that are open. The publisher will accept stuff from unknowns (like me) and if it is good and requires only a little bit of editing, he will publish that stuff.

In fact, if anyone wants to send in a story or talk about a potential one please feel free to PM me.

983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Malazan books] Crimson Guard - spoiler alert on: August 04, 2009, 01:14:18 AM

Quote from: Eightball on August 03, 2009, 02:04:18 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 03, 2009, 01:31:22 PM

Night of knives was pretty good so I can't wait to read this one. Erikson is without a doubt my favorite author. I have read his novels over and over again more than just about any other writer.

As a writer, I don't know how that guy can crank out 400K+ word books every year. Amazing.

You do know that Night of Knives and Return of the Guard aren't written by Erikson, right?  They're written by his buddy, Ian Isslemont.

In any case, I liked both books quite a lot.  Night of Knives was definitely written in a different way, but upon my second read of it, I found I appreciated that different voice.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was also shocked to read about Laseen.  Seriously, that's a gigantic game-changer...and more impressively, Erikson isn't the one who wrote it.

Hehe, yes. I have actually met Steven a couple of times. I have not, however, met Ian.

-Crusis
984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: August 03, 2009, 07:06:22 PM
BLP - hah!

It's something he found in the water the first day on the island. A sea cucumber thing. That is how he described it a BLP.

-Crusis
985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Malazan books] Crimson Guard - spoiler alert on: August 03, 2009, 01:31:22 PM
Night of knives was pretty good so I can't wait to read this one. Erikson is without a doubt my favorite author. I have read his novels over and over again more than just about any other writer.

As a writer, I don't know how that guy can crank out 400K+ word books every year. Amazing.
986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: War in the pacific: Admirals Edition out on: August 03, 2009, 12:14:21 PM
I got $20 off for owning WitP but yeah, their prices are too ridiculous. Then again they are still in business so they must know what they are doing.

-Crusis
987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: War in the pacific: Admirals Edition out on: August 03, 2009, 03:08:06 AM
After swearing I wasn't going to buy this - I bought it. Got the super-duper-ultra-cool version with the printed 330 page manual. Ahhh manuals. I've tried the Guadalcanal scenario a few times and this game makes WitP look like a cake walk. Shoot me now.

-Crusis
988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: August 03, 2009, 01:48:41 AM
The new one is up!

zombie-wilson.blogspot.com

-Crusis
989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 03, 2009, 01:42:05 AM
The book will be on Kindle in 2 weeks for $5.99.

Thanks for everyone's interest in the book. I really appreciate it and it makes me want to make my next book that much better (assuming my first one doesn't suck!). My follow up is about a quarter done and it is a horror/urban fantasy.

-Crusis
990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guillermo del Toro’s Novel The Strain may become TV Series. on: August 03, 2009, 01:40:46 AM
I have this on my kindle primed and ready to read, right after I finish Greg Iles new one.

-Crusis
991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 02, 2009, 09:30:03 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 01, 2009, 05:13:42 PM

i'd actually be happier buying it from you directly.  you get the money up front and get a larger share of the gain.  are you still in the city you so carefully destroy, or did you get uprooted to somewhere safer? 

I work in Seattle but live out by Sumner. Once my author copies arrive and I figure out how many I have left I'll see if I can part with a few. If no I think I can order them at cost.

I'm still new to all this stuff ...

-Crusis
992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 02, 2009, 09:28:25 PM
I'm checking on the kindle version today. I think it will be priced around 5 or 6 bucks.

I love the kindle version, I get 50% in royalties from sales.

-Crusis
993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 04:20:31 PM
Hmm, might be kind of a spoiler. Lets just say they sort of evolve.

BTW the word zombie only appears 2 or 3 times in the book. paranoid

-Crusis

994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 03:31:38 AM

Quote from: kronovan on July 31, 2009, 11:14:05 PM

I just sent my "If it's undead..." reply and then went and checked some of the online bookstores I use. I noticed that both amazon.ca and chapters.ca don't have it listed; is it not going be distributed in Canada? I know other books in the 'A Zombie Novel' series are available on those sites and local Chapters stores.

I'm now crossing my fingers that my name gets drawn on the 14th. slywink

I'll check with my publisher. The book has only been out for a few days so that may have something to do with it.

I am expecting a box of books so maybe I can send it to you if you send the cash to my paypal or something like that. I will be happy to cover shipping. Shoot me a PM if you like.

Actually I'll do that for anyone if you are having trouble. Hell, if you want to read my book I'll do whatever I can to get it in your hand.  icon_biggrin
995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 03:25:42 AM
Well it's not really a scientific way to do it but I was going to print each name, put them in a bowl and have my daughter draw them so I will only print one name per person. But feel free to add more. I am planning to put the best up on my site with credits to the ones that sent them in.

-Crusis
996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 31, 2009, 04:42:56 PM
Thanks! This one is just for fun but I have already been approached about putting it in book form when it is done. I was all "Hells to the yeah!"

The next entry is called "My Girlfriend Does the Hula" and should be up tomorrow.

-Crusis
997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 03:18:00 AM
WOW, thanks man! You are my new hero.

-Crusis
998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: July 31, 2009, 01:45:28 AM
The thing about having a $300 netbook is that it is a portable work station. I take mine everywhere and if I abuse it for a year and it survives I will consider that money WELL spent. An $800 iPad looks great and it is the kind of thing you show your buds "Wow, look at this." Then you show off your $50 case, and your $15 protective cover. How about your $60 add on keyboard and $40 mouse.

So .. yeah, I will still want one.  Tongue
999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 01:25:10 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2009, 07:16:02 PM

too cool.  did you get it released into old B & M's?  i'd love to hunt down a copy if it's out locally. 

Not yet but we are working on it. Permuted Press started out this way and they now have a pretty sizable selection of books in Borders. In fact they just signed a deal to bring 7 zombie novels to Pocketooks. WOW! My publisher literally works out of his basement and is the most driven man I have ever met.
1000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 01:21:36 AM
Had some AWESOME replies, here are a few:

If its undead....do NOT take it to bed!
If its undead, fill it with lead!
If it's undead, I hope it's been fed!
If it's undead, don't hang around to settle the slow versus fast debate. (best one so far - LOL!!)
It it's undead, ask it if it is politically correct to call it a zombie or a living impaired person.

A LOT of these have come from GT, thanks a lot for everyone that sent in a entry AND for checking out the website. You all are great.  thumbsup

-Tim
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