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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Forget R.I.P.D., Read This Author Instead

This past week I went to the movies and wished I hadn't. Oh, what a difference a good storyteller makes.

While it might seem unfair to compare movies with books, the concept is the same. They each tell a story.

We went to see R.I.P.D.. I was looking forward to it because the trailer looked hilarious. R.I.P.D. is based on the comic book by the same name. It's about a cop who dies and is recruited by R.I.P.D., the police department of the Afterlife to go after 'deados', bad dead guys who refused to cross over.

Now that in itself makes a terrific premise. I'm sorry I didn't think of it. But in the end, it all came down to execution. The story was dull. There's just no other way to put it. The formula and storytelling was so flat both Greg and I started to nod off. I've never fallen asleep at the movies, but this one almost did me in.

In short, NOT recommended.

What do I recommend?

If you're an SF and fantasy lover, I highly recommend KS Augustin (and her pseudonym, Cara d'Bastian). I've read almost all her books and this author knows how to tell a story! After R.I.P.D. I feel I need to cleanse my palate and reread her again.
I looked her up recently and she's having an anniversary sale.

From the first to the eighth of August, Sandal Press will be holding a 99-cent sale for all its non-free releases.

• Want to try a space opera like QUINTEN'S STORY? 99 cents. 

• Interested in a lesbian love story on an alien battlefield? WAR GAMES is 99 cents. 

• How about a future historical? THE PIRATE'S GRAND PLAN is 99 cents. 

Participating etailers are: Amazon, Kobo, OmniLit/AllRomanceEbooks and Smashwords

(If you're a Smash fan, go to Kaz's blog for the Smashwords coupon codes.)

Don't waste your time on R.I.P.D., but if you're into SF or fantasy, do check out KS Augustin's sale. It's only on for one week. 

I could've bought a dozen of her books for what it cost us to go to the movies. Now that's value.


Sarah Ahiers said...

Yeah i have not heard great things about R.I.P.D. It stinks when you finally make time to see a movie and you catch a dud

Stacy McKitrick said...

Okay, I'm doubly glad I didn't go see the movie, now! :)

Mike Keyton said...

Thanks for the tip. Ref Kaz, she recently gave an interview on OFW and was brilliant.
Just scroll - four or five down.

Mind you, she had to be. She asked her own questions : )

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: I wish you had warned me before I went. LOL.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: Seriously, it was enough to get me into a bookstore to get that bad movie taste out of my mouth.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I read it!

Kaz is one of the most intelligent authors writing today. Everything she writes has purpose and gravitas.

Misha Gericke said...

Ugh. It just sucks when a movie fails to live up to expectation.

Kaz Augustin said...

Wow, thanks for the MASSIVE shout-out, M!! I'm blushing here.

But, oh noes, I'm sorry to hear about RIPD. I was so looking forward to seeing that one, along with everyone else here! LOL Thanks for taking one for the team.

Maria Zannini said...

Misha: This just proves that a good idea isn't everything. A good story has to have follow-through.

Maria Zannini said...

Kaz: LOL. I did take one for the team, didn't I?

Seriously though, when I took into account what I paid for the movie and compared it to the hours of enjoyment of a good book, there was no contest.

They could've done so much with that premise. Are you sure you don't want to take a stab at it? :)

Appreciate you, Kaz, and all your great books. You're one of my all time favs.

Angela Brown said...

I've been hearing R.I.P.D. was a bit of a flop. Sort of sad, but at least we get to find out about some great books! Going to check some of these titles out :-)

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: KS Augustin is one of the good ones. I'm never disappointed with her books.

Anonymous said...

Well that's a bummer, about R.I.P.D. Definitely won't waste the funds now (it ain't cheap taking a family of 6 out to the cinema!)

On the other hand, the books sound fantastic. I've only read one of Kaz's so far. Loved it so will definitely take advantage of the sale.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: I can only imagine what taking out a family of six would cost you.

Believe me, the books are a much better investment.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I love Kaz's stories! I was going to go see RIPD, but you've convinced me to save my money. Maybe this should go on the Back to Basics blog too! ^_^

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I've always liked Kaz's storytelling. I feel smarter every time I read her work. :o)

Re: Back to Basics
I know! I thought of this too. We usually don't catch the stinkers but we got skunked this time. We should've gone to see Pacific Rim.

Shelley Munro said...

I've never heard of that movie but shall avoid it if I happen to come across it. Thanks for the reading rec. the name is familiar, but I haven't read any of her books before.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: Movies have been so hit or miss lately. It's rare that one skunks me, but this one did.

Re: KS Augustin
I'm particularly partial to her SF fantasies. :)

Cate Masters said...

Rats. I was looking forward to RIPD because of the trailer too. Such a shame they flubbed it. I'll bet the book was better though.

Maria Zannini said...

Cate: I was so disappointed. I had such high hopes for that premise. It was brilliant.