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Great Code Review!

»Posted on Jan 8, 2013

Great Code Review!

Check out the amazing review of Code by Crime Fiction Lover! Code release in the US on 3/12/13! Written by Kathy and Brendan Reichs – She’s best known for her novels featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, but Kathy Reichs is also carving a niche for herself in the young adult fiction market. Code is the third in the Virals series, and is co-written with her son, Brendan. Which is a neat move, as having a younger writer on board certainly helps to give the novel an authentic voice. Virals features Tory Brennan, great-niece of Temperance. Although she’s just 14, Tory is certainly a chip off the old block. She is the only female in her band of four but definitely runs the show – she is intuitive, bright and feisty, and I loved her from the off. Tory’s fellow Virals are Ben, Hi and Shelton, and they are accompanied most of the time by Wolfdog Cooper. So what is a ‘Viral’? Well, Code is my first foray into their…

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Breaking Virals News!

»Posted on Dec 19, 2012

Breaking Virals News!

Hello Virals fans! Tired of waiting for Code to release on March 12, 2013? Well, so are we. To make up for the long wait, Kathy and I have written a brand new Virals e-story to tide you over. Details to follow, but look for SHIFT sometime in the next few weeks! And don’t fret Tempe Brennan fans, she’s in this one too! Tory’s great aunt, Temperance Brennan, visits just in time to investigate a robbery at the Loggerhead Island Research Institute. As a renowned forensic anthropologist, Tempe is obviously qualified to figure out whodunit, but Tory and her Virals pack want to crack the case on their own. Yet the crime is puzzling. Who could have accessed the labs at LIRI, and how could they have gotten the equipment off the island? It’s Brennan vs. Brennan in this short story that gives readers a brand new insight into the world of the Virals.

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What I’m Reading

»Posted on Oct 29, 2012

What I’m Reading

Fact: I love epic fantasy. Read it all the time. Huge fan. But I’m three-quarters of the way through the prequel to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, New Spring, and I have to get something off my chest. First, let me be clear–I love these books. I immensely respect Robert Jordan. I think the Wheel of Time is one of the best fantasy series ever written. The world Jordan created is complete, detailed, functional, and consistent. The One Power is perhaps the most original and completely filled-in system of (quote-unquote) magic in the epic fantasy genre. Sure, the series spiraled a bit out of control somewhere around Lord of Chaos, and didn’t really right itself until Brandon Sanderson took over (in book, what, twelve?), but this a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame epic fantasy series. Without a doubt. Rest in peace, Mr. Jordan. You wrote something great. That said … Jordan had one habit of…

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What I’m Watching

»Posted on Oct 5, 2012

What I’m Watching

Now that Game of Thrones is on a break — and I don’t have to constantly marvel (read: talk endlessly) about how fantastic it is — I have a gaping hole at “favorite show on TV.” If you casually mention this quandary in a conversation, you’ll get a lot of advice. Probably more than you want. People love to push their favorite shows. Often feel compelled to do so. So I’ve heard many arguments, most involving the new benchmark shows on cable, like Homeland (truly excellent, and filmed in Charlotte — woot!), Breaking Bad (just slightly overrated, but still very, very good), The Walking Dead (became an absolute train-wreck last season — leave the damn farm! — but vastly improved in season three), and, of course, Mad Men (solid, but not really “appointment TV” in my book). I will also listen to arguments for Bones (family pressure, and yes, it’s…

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Comic-Con 2013

»Posted on Oct 5, 2012

Comic-Con 2013

Hope to see you at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. I’ll be there promoting CODE and trying to fathom LARPing. This guy has my back.  …

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Comic-Con 2013

»Posted on Oct 5, 2012

Comic-Con 2013

Hope to see you at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. I’ll be there promoting CODE and trying to fathom LARPing. This guy has my back.  …

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What I’m Reading

»Posted on Oct 5, 2012

What I’m Reading

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and I have to say, more than anything it: a) freaked me out that if my children weren’t born on exactly the right dates I’ve done them a horrible disservice as a parent; and b) convinced me that my own June birthday is solely responsible for the failure of my NBA prospects. I was a summer child, cruelly thrust into a grade level where I’d forever be nine months younger than most everybody else. According to Gladwell — and I could be getting this completely wrong — this creates a minor competitive disadvantage early that morphs into major one by the time you reach high school. Aha! Now, tooting some horns here, I never had much trouble keeping up with my older, bulkier classmates on the academic side. From day one of kindergarten I blew people’s minds as a skinny-pencil-using, geography-knowing, vocabulary-word-crushing…

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What I’m Reading

»Posted on Oct 5, 2012

What I’m Reading

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and I have to say, more than anything it: a) freaked me out that if my children weren’t born on exactly the right dates I’ve done them a horrible disservice as a parent; and b) convinced me that my own June birthday is solely responsible for the failure of my NBA prospects. I was a summer child, cruelly thrust into a grade level where I’d forever be nine months younger than most everybody else. According to Gladwell — and I could be getting this completely wrong — this creates a minor competitive disadvantage early that morphs into major one by the time you reach high school. Aha! Now, tooting some horns here, I never had much trouble keeping up with my older, bulkier classmates on the academic side. From day one of kindergarten I blew people’s minds as a skinny-pencil-using, geography-knowing, vocabulary-word-crushing…

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Bones Fever

»Posted on Oct 5, 2012

Bones Fever

My brief career at the Jeffersonian did not take off. Weak stomach. However, I met some nice people. Hit the link to seem me and some of the cast kicking it Bones-style.

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The Newest Addition…

»Posted on Sep 21, 2012

The Newest Addition…

My wife and I just welcomed the latest Viral to our family! Meet Alice, who has already taken a clear liking to her brother, Henry. I can already tell she’s Women’s National Soccer Team material.…

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