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.