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Saturday, December 31, 2016

This Coming Week, I'll Mostly Be Enjoying


Travelers
An absolutely superb serial on Netflix.

Set in the here and now, Travelers involves the ongoing fight of handpicked survivors from the future who are sent on a one-way journey back to the present day to alter certain occurrences. Their hope? To prevent a stellar catastrophe from setting off a chain of events that eventually ruin the earth and puts mankind on the brink of extinction.
With me so far?
The thing is, it’s not as easy as you might think.
For while there are other groups of travelers scattered across the planet – who can provide support should emergencies arise – each are intent upon their own missions. Additionally, our intrepid travelers arrive by taking control of the bodies of those recently deceased at the moment of death. Their consciousness is downloaded as it were, across spacetime, whereupon they adopt the lifestyles of their hosts…
In our case: an FBI agent – lucky guy; a single mother struggling to raise her baby whilst fending off the unwanted advances of an abusive father (who just so happens to be a cop); a young woman with special needs who is subject to welfare checks; a college boy prone to flout the rules; and finally, a heroin junkie.
Quite a mix, eh? And quite a story too, for Travelers is as slick and tightly woven together as it is powerfully poignant. You see, if our heroes succeed, then they risk their own lives, for the timeline from which they were sent might no longer exist.
Ouch!
If you haven’t seen Travelers yet, do make the effort. You’ll be glad you did.

American Gods


By: Neil Gaiman
I’m only three chapters in, and am enjoying this novel immensely.
(And from what I understand, this will soon be a major new TV series?)
I’m not surprised. It’s a marvelous dark fantasy that pulls you in the moment you start. Even better, I’m sure this is a character mentioned in “Trigger Warning” a short story collection by Gaiman I recently finished and reviewed on Amazon:

See my website for the review link
AndrewPWeston.com:

So I don’t give anything away, take a look at a the blurb:
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…
*******

I think I’ll be on this for some time. I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I’m finished.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Something for the holiday?

While things have been quieter, I’ve spent the past week or two relaxing, binge reading and watching the TV, Netflix in particular.
Here’s a brief list of three of the things I found particularly enjoyable:
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The OA



Wow! What an enthralling first series. Ethereal. Provocative. Disturbing.
The OA details events in the life of Prairie Johnson, a young woman rendered blind by a childhood trauma which resulted in her clinical death. Upon her recovery, she moves to America to start a new life with a new family.
The thing is, Prairie is abducted, and spirited away to a mystery location. Reappearing seven years later, she can now see and has one heck of a tale to tell. Except that – she doesn’t tell it. Not to her family. Not to the FBI. Not to counselors.
She does, however, start to open up to a disparate group of people in her community who share nothing in common except for the profound way Prairie’s influence seems to affect their lives. But how does she do that, and why?
Though vulnerable, Prairie possesses an uncanny mental toughness that reveals she is a true survivor. So, it begs the question: Are her revelations true or false? Is the complicated tale she spins to her small group of supporters part of factual reality, or the product of a fragile, damaged mind?
I thoroughly enjoyed this first series of the OA and found it compelling viewing. If you’re looking for something different from the mainstream agenda, try it out.
And talking mainstream…

Van Helsing.


Easy to watch and fast-paced fantastical fun.
Set three years into our future, Van Helsing details events in the life of Vanessa, a woman who is attacked and left for dead in her own home during a cataclysmic event that becomes known as – The Rising – a time when North America is covered by a vast swathe of cloud following a volcanic eruption that allows a hidden menace to show its ugly face. Vampires!
Van Helsing details Vanessa’s turmoil as she slowly recovers and struggles to come to terms with who she is and the changes in society following The Rising. Of course, it also details her obsession to find out what happened to her young daughter.
There’s a natural progression to this little adventure that keeps you entertained – if somewhat frustrated at times – by her topsy-turvy ability/inability to fight, and the “dog-eat-dog” interaction between bickering fellow survivors. (A typical stereotype of the human race – we’re barely hanging on – but let’s keep killing each other anyway mentality)
One thing I did particularly enjoy was a nice little subplot the creators wove into the story. There’s a hidden serial killer lurking amongst the survivors. If you watch and listen, you’ll be able to work out who it is. But I’m glad the producers didn’t make it too easy.
And of course, there’s an end of season cliffhanger that will leave you guessing.

I’ve got to say – Well done Netflix – I enjoyed both series for different reasons and look forward to watching them again when they reappear. (PLEASE – not too long).
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Finally, we come to my choice of reading material.

Wind From the Abyss



Some of you will have already seen my review for this particular story, as I published it earlier in the week on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m repeating it again here, as it really is a treat of a story for those who like fantasy of a deeply philosophical nature.
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Owkahen – the time-coming-to-be – sets the tenor and ethereal current for, “Wind From the Abyss,” the third and most esoterically endowed chapter from Janet Morris’ Silistra Quartet.
The previous installment, “The Golden Sword,”, saw Estri – former well keepress of Astria, outcast and champion – rise to become a power among mortals as she at last begins to wield the sovereignty of her forefathers, a heritage she seems loath to acknowledge. Together with Sereth, a former high-ranking Slayer turned renegade, and Chayin, Cahndor of a Parset desert tribe, they form a triumvirate of authority as foretold in an ancient prophecy.
Such prophecy, however, threatens the influence of “the dharen” – Khys – an autocrate who has ruled Silistra for thousands of years. A man who, like Estri, is descended from the Shapers, (those gods who create and destroy worlds and civilizations by the application of thought and will).

“Wind From the Abyss” picks up the tale some two years later, and we find circumstances have changed drastically for our heroic trio.
As slave to Khys, Estri now wears a band of restraint, a device that curbs her talents as it scatters her memories. Alone, helpless and totally unskilled, she is in complete subjection to her master, and lives only at the whim of his good will.
Sereth and Chayin fare little better, for their apparent “freedom” is but a sham; an exercise of true dominance by the dharen who realizes all three are key to maintaining control of the planet.
Khys isn’t shy of demonstrating his absolute supremacy over them. Not only is Estri reduced to mere property, but Sereth and Chayin are forbidden to enlighten Estri regarding details about her past. They must also serve at Khys’ beck and call on the most distasteful of tasks.
Thus, the scene is set for a storm wreck of possibilities to be, for the weathers of life will blow where they will, and prophecy has its own methods to ensure fulfillment.
How this transpires, exactly, you will have to discover for yourself. But you’ll be glad you made the effort, for “Wind From the Abyss” continues one woman’s quest for self-realization in the face of overwhelming conflicting tides: destiny and betrayal; plots and politicking; lust and ambition.
With engrossing, well-rounded and thought inspiring characters, and as amazingly erotic as it is action packed, “Wind From the Abyss” transposes the strictures of time and space and limited morality, to reveal how fragile those in positions of absolute power can be, and how those impotent may rise to the dizziest of heights.
Owkahen cannot be denied.
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So there you go. If you find yourself wondering what to do over the holiday period, try any or all of the above out. You won’t be disappointed.
Failing that, you could always force yourselves on my books?
(I won’t mind at all)

Stay safe now…

Sunday, December 18, 2016

This Week, I shall Mostly Be Enjoying...

I'm making the most of my extra time off until the New Year.

How?
Spending time with my wife, Annette, is of course a priority. 
And on the in-between times, I've just started watching - The OA on Netflix


I've gotta say, I'm rather taken by the first few episodes I watched since Friday.

A young blind woman who vanished seven years before our story begins reappears after throwing herself of a bridge. People think it was attempted suicide. It wasn't. But what are the strange scars on her back, and how come she's regained her sight?

Yes please. Another quality show from Netflix.

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Another thing to arrive on Friday was a novel by one of my favorite authors:


I'm already 40% of the way through this latest instalment from the Silistra Quartet, an epic tale regarding one woman's journey of self discovery in a universe dominated by social and personal taboos just waiting to be tested. 
One of the best examples of allegorical fantasy you will ever read.

But don't take my word for it...take a look for yourself 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Westworld


Like many other people, I finished watching the first series of Westworld earlier this week, and I've got to say...I was impressed.

I remember being entertained by the original, where Yul Brynner wrought havoc across a wide swathe of the Western adventure park, trying to run down his victim. And while I thoroughly enjoyed that 1973 original, THIS is something completely different.

Provocative. Thoughtful. Intelligent. Dark menacing.

The new rendering is all that and more.
I love storylines that make you work and keep you guessing. Even better if they can catch you by surprise along the way.

The cast - in my humble opinion - did a marvellous job in portraying the inevitable turmoil you'd expect to take place if anything like this really existed.

Super-advanced synthetic androids struggling with the process of becoming aware through the experiences we humans take for granted ...and so often waste.
And what about those human beings - arrogant and superior atop their lofty perches - refusing to see the obvious because..."It just isn't possible! That can't happen!"

Backbiting. Politicking. Hubris.

It's all there.

I thoroughly enjoyed this first series and am looking forward to where the second series takes us. (And I do hope we get a twist with Ford showing up - somehow).
You'll see...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Purrrfect Strangers?


Meet some of the gang.
(L - R Stripes, PG, Lugosi, Beauty & Tiggy Mummy)

As some of you know, I spend some of my spare time looking after stray cats. These particular ones are living within the grounds of one of the hotels on Kos. Obviously, during the summer months they get lots and lots of food and fuss from the customers. Once things shut down, however, that's it. They either have to hunt or starve.

So, one of the things my wife and I do is drive round to various spots and feed the cats. It's not gourmet cuisine, but it's enough to keep them alive until next summer.

I chose this particular family of cats, because some of you already know one of them.


Do you remember Pepe?
(The one who was repeatedly shot in the face and all over his body - 14 times in all - by brain-dead morons?)

Well, on Christmas Day, he'll have been with us for a year.
And although he can't see properly, this is what he looks like now.


And this is his son - Lugosi (After Bela Lugosi, as his fangs stick out a lot) - and his grandson - Paintbrush (Look at the tip of his tail on another photo)


Lugosi and Paintbrush are still at the hotel. 
As are their friends.

Harlequin

Feeding Time

Tiny at the back
(See the tip of Paintbrush's tail)

Anyhow, these are just a few of the 60 odd cats my wife and I feed every day. And though we don't do a great deal, hopefully it'll see them through another winter.

So there you go. They're quite a good audience when it comes to trying out my stories, so if they like the stuff they hear, in the book it goes.

Until the next time...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Surprises in Strange Guises

This past week I've enjoyed some rather unexpected fun


I recently started watching The Expanse on Netflix. I liked it so much that on a rare week off, I binged a bit and ended up watching all ten episodes of the first series in very short order.
(Damn you Netflix for making it so easy)

What a great series. It's a kina Whodunnit in space set 200 years in the future in a fully colonized solar system. By that time, there's a bit of an inevitable frictional divide between Earthers, Mars - who are very militaristic - and The Belters who live, work, and often die out in the far reaches of our own system on space stations or inside asteroids.
The story starts innocently enough when a Ceres cop (Joe Miller) is given an assignment to find missing socialite Juliette Andromeda Mao.
Meanwhile, the ice trawler, Canterbury, is involved in what people believe is a tragic accident and explodes. With me so far? Good...
Because - it's NOT an accident. What happens to the Canterbury was quite deliberate. And it's not until the series starts to evolve that you realize everything is linked to a massive - and deadly - conspiracy that could destabilize peace talks between Earth, Mars, the Belt, and more.

And no, I can't explain more otherwise it would give the game away. HA!

Think of a semi Blade Runner setting. It's futuristic, but the tech is identifiable enough you can instantly relate to what's going on.

I love the Joe Miller character.  He's a petty thief born in the gutter who dragged himself up to become a sharp detective whose nose for investigating ends up getting him in trouble. (You'll see). Fred Johnson is another one to look out for (The Butcher). An ex UN Marine colonel who is now Chief of Operations on Tycho station and the man responsible for overseeing the construction of mankind's first ever starship.
(But where - exactly - does his allegiance lie?)

A superb example of how good mystery/drama science fiction can be...
Try it - you won't regret it.

(And now I have to wait until 2017 for series 2) Grrrr

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What's Hot & What's Not


As the weather outside gets colder, I've been curling up with a few good books and the odd series here and there to pass the time. I thought I'd let you know how I got on.

Dexter

I'm still getting into it, but I have to admit, I love the semi autobiographical style of this show. The way Dexter engages the audience adds that certain sense of detachment that, I think, adds to his cold, clinical detachment. A Great find I wish I'd gotten into sooner.

Luke Cage

I'm a fan of the Marvel franchise. I like a lot of what they've done, although I think certain TV shows have lost their magic a little. (Agent Carter for one). And I'm sorry to say it looks like I might be adding Luke Cage to that list of 'near misses'. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the setting and the atmosphere the show captures. Some of the characters are savvy and sharp and just what you need for a setting that's supposed to represent everything mean & moody, but for goodness sake - its slow. (Or is it me?). 
I'm a great believer in the slow buildup - but this? Someone light a fire under Luke's finely honed butt - and fast - or the flames of marvelesque passion will soon die out.
(I've even started watching re-runs of Jessica Jones to try and keep inspired)

Neverwhere

I just finished reading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. On the basis of that, I ordered a bunch of his other books. (American Gods, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, Fragile Things, Trigger Warnings.)
Nuff said?
Now here's a story that's as quintessentially English as afternoon tea and mad dogs at midday.
A superbly warped and twisted mind presenting a version of what is - I'm sure - a sample of his everyday life for our entertainment. I wish I'd gotten into Neil's work sooner. Brilliantly evocative, and as Britishly humored as they come. I'd be his Padawan apprentice any day.

So there you go, just a few of the mundane musings of an English guy living abroad.

Coming soon...Films & Series:
Star Trek - Into Darkness, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them) - Supergirl, The Expanse series 1, Suicide Squad. (How's that for a mix?)
I can't wait... Let it snow, let it snow. I'm staying indoors.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Best Things in Life Are Free


And that includes The IX Audiobook.

Free?

Oh yes. 

Between now and noon (EST) on Friday 11th November, readers of this blog will have a chance to leave their names in the comments section below or message me on Facebook. Next Friday, I'll get my wife to select FIVE names from the list who will then be sent a code by which they can download a copy of this amazing audiobook to enjoy, completely gratis - free of charge - and at no expense.
(Get the idea?)

Please - feel free to take part and most of all -
enjoy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Have YOU Heard the Call to Arms?


Fight or Die

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What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?
Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?
How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?
Yes…
What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?
Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!
Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.
That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a simple but stark ultimatum:
Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive. Yes…

Fight or die!

How does this group of mismatched and antagonistic misfits fare? 
Do they survive?
Find out for yourselves, in the first audiobook of The IX Series.

Like them, you’ll discover death is only the beginning of an incredible adventure.

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Narrated by British Classical Actor Rob Goll
The IX Audiobook

Available from Amazon – Audible.com – iTunes 


Have YOU Heard the Call to Arms?


Fight or Die

*********
What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?
Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?
How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?
Yes…
What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?
Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!
Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.
That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a simple but stark ultimatum:
Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive. Yes…

Fight or die!

How does this group of mismatched and antagonistic misfits fare? 
Do they survive?
Find out for yourselves, in the first audiobook of The IX Series.

Like them, you’ll discover death is only the beginning of an incredible adventure.

*********
Narrated by British Classical Actor Rob Goll
The IX Audiobook

Available from Amazon – Audible.com – iTunes 


Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Picture May Paint a Thousand Words


But by golly, this one tells a story too...

Or Rather,
British classical actor and audiobook narrator Rob Goll does.

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It is my pleasure to announce that you will soon be able to enjoy the stunning historical science-fiction adventure that is The IX on your iPhone, Android, Kindle, and all sorts of other listening devices.

Yes - from early November - The IX Audiobook will be avalable via:
Audible.com - Amazon - iTunes

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Not heard of The IX Series?
Look what reviewers have to say:

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Weston deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing human life-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. Action packed and highly recommended. 
Amazing Stories
*
The IX has taken me back to the books I enjoyed in my youth (Jerry Pournelle's King David's Spaceship or Gordon Dickson's Hour of the Horde) It flows wonderfully. There's constant motion, & Weston takes the story in unexpected directions that are intriguing & fun.
Black Gate
*
Weston knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination & science fiction magic as is available today.
Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /Vine Reviewer

*

When it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with the minimum of distraction. The IX delivers.
Fanboy Comics
*
A brilliant & amazing synthesis of military, horror and far-future science fiction.
Nebula Award Winner Michael A. Armstrong
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The author's knowledge of military history & his speculations about what might have happened to the legendary Ninth Roman Legion have led to an amazing trip through time & space to a world where things are not ever as straight-forward as they seem. Blending in believable science & classic elements of old Westerns, Weston has created a truly delightful story.

This Dark Matter

*
If you come back from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and find yourself pining for a galaxy far, far away with similar elements, I highly recommend The IX.

Epicstream
*
The IX is the most inventive science fiction novel I have read since "Stranger in a Strange Land". That's saying a lot. The plot is highly complicated, and yet so clearly and gracefully written that it is easy to follow. The ending is wildly inventive and too brilliant to give away. Suffice it to say I ended the book with tears in my eyes.

Jim Morris (Vine Voice)

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If YOU fancy having your ears tickled,
stay tuned for more details.



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Winter Is Coming


If you lived in Greece as I do, you'd really be looking forward to the winter as its a time to relax in cooler weather and enjoy a few things you've been looking forward to all year.

Here's a little bucket list I intend to tick off over the coming months: -
In alphabetical order:










Any particular film here that takes your fancy? 
Be greedy - Watch them all.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

By George! It's a Boy


While I've always done my best to be a great guy, it's now official:
I'm a Great Uncle!

I'd like to take this opportunity to say - hello and welcome - to my great nephew
George Anthony Carty
born October 9th in the wee hours of this morning.

Congratulations to my nephew Ryan, and Cath.
Commiserations to my younger sister - Now known as Granny - Grandma - Nana and anything else that reminds her she's now officially 'old' - (Oh the mileage I'm going to get...)

And here she is





Sunday, October 2, 2016

September Roundup

Well, another month is over, and despite a heavy reading and writing schedule I still managed to unwind with a number of appropriate diversions.

Whats old?


You know the score. This series has been out for years and I never really had the inclination to watch it...until know. (Thank you Netflix). looks like I'll be binging this until the cows come home. I love the style/self commentary, and the constant tone of menace he manages to portray in everyday situations. It's early days - but I'm a fan - this is an absolute killer of a series...
(I know, don't cringe)

What's new?


I've been looking forward to this since Jessica Jones, and I'm glad to say, although I only started watching on Friday, I wasn't disappointed. Glad to see that Netflix gave Luke his own unique tone and style. Can't wait to see how things develop.

And for a spot of light reading...



A short poetry collection that covers a wide range of topic in a very skillful and evocative way.
Try it...you'll be glad you did.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Latest Reviews Roundup

From time to time, I like to share how each of my books are being received by the readers out there. Take a brief look at what some of the latest reviews from this week are saying:








And if YOU like ripping yarns that you can treasure forever, don't forget:
The very latest adventure from the Heroes in Hell stable is sailing your way soon.

Pirates in Hell


This'll hoist more than your mainbrace...


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Exordium of Tears
Now on SFWA NetGalley


I'm please to announce that Exordium of Tears is now available on the SFWA page of NetGalley.


Remember - SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Esteemed past and present members include Robert Silverberg, Anne McCaffrey, Isaac Asimov, Connie Willis, Ray Bradbury, Gene Wolf and Andre Norton.
The SFWA Netgalley offers access to forthcoming books from members:

And I'm delighted to see that Exordium of Tears has managed to 'chart' in the "Most Requested" lists.

Clink the link above to register and see what's available.