Friday, October 5, 2012

BECAUSE BOND IS LARGER THAN LIFE!

BECAUSE BOND IS LARGER THAN LIFE!

A week ago I received an unsolicited email from Sony with the above header and text as follows:

Hi Paul, We’ve been working with Sony on developing an exclusive gaming experience that will be released in conjunction with the film Skyfall. As a lover of the larger-than-life world of the Bond franchise, we think you'll enjoy it, and we'd like to send you something that will lead you into the experience and give you a sneak peek before its actual release. If you’re interested, please send us your mailing address within 24 hours.
The Sony Team

I did some checking and verified as best I could the email was not a scam and then sent in my contact information. I received the following reply:

Thank you so much for getting back to us. Look for a package later next week, and please don't hesitate to ask questions. We'll be in touch.
The Sony Team

Today, the 50th anniversary of James Bond, I received the following email:

Your package has been delivered. Let us know if you have any questions.
The Sony Team

I checked my front porch and sure enough there was a small package overnighted via Fed Ex from Sony. Inside was the above pictured Sony ICD-TX50 IC Recorder ($200 retail from Amazon), the computer charger/connector, the instruction manual, and the below postcard with the picture of a bird ...

On the back of the card is written/printed the following sentiment ...

When I turned on the recorder, I was treated to twenty seconds of a barn swallow tweeting ...

Now, while I am aware Ian Fleming took the name James Bond from his neighbor in Jamaica who was an ornithologist, I’m still not getting a major connection to James Bond and an exclusive gaming experience that will be released in conjunction with the film Skyfall ...

While I thank Sony for the unsolicited freebee of their Sony ICD-TX50 IC Recorder – which is pretty cool and could/maybe show up in the new film – I seem to be missing the point of the promotion ... Where’s the Bond, the 007, anything to do with Skyfall, or gaming?

Any other bloggers out there get more out of this than I did?

FIGHT FICTION: SECONDS TO GO!

FIGHT FICTION: SECONDS TO GO!

BRIAN BUSBY OF THE DUSTY BOOKCASE BLOG TIPPED ME TO HIS POST ON A FIGHT NOVEL I’VE NEVER COME ACROSS BEFORE – SECONDS TO GO BY PHIL STRONG ...

Is anything to be made of the similarity between the name Danny Cannon, protagonist of Seconds to Go, and that of his creator Danny Halperin?

Hope not.

We first catch sight of Danny Cannon at age eleven as he's being beaten by his father Matt. A bat to the head, a fist in the face, whipping with a belt... and who knows what we've missed. But wait, there's more:

     Again and again the belt descended.
     At last Danny could bear it no longer. Like a caged beast suddenly freed, he turned on his father and wrestled with him for possession of the belt. Matt roared with rage; his meaty right hand clutched the boy's throat and he shook that twisting young body as if it were a rattling bag of coals.
     Exhausted, Danny went limp, Matt let him fall to the floor where he kicked him in the stomach. The boy writhed and screamed as the boot connected.
     "Now – now – what's yore answer?" said Matt, breathing heavily, laying down a fine mist of whisky breath close to Danny's face.
     "I – I'll go."
Where to?

Halperin maintains the mystery for a several more pages before having Danny walk through New York's East Side to Liffey's Canned Shrimp and Lobster. What follows is a Dickensian scene set in the Depression

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK VS. FIGHT CARD!

DAVY CROCKETT’S ALMANACK VS. FIGHT CARD!

EVAN LEWIS GIVES A GREAT REVIEW TO FIGHT CARD: SPLIT DECISION OVER AT HIS BLOG, DAVY CROCKETT’S ALMANACK OF MYSTERY, ADVENTURE AND THE WILD WEST ...

Okay, I’m hooked on this Fight Card series. I reviewed Paul Bishop’s lead-off entry, Felony Fists, a while back and knew it wouldn't be long before I returned for more. And here I am, psyched again after finishing Eric Beetner’s first contribution, Split Decision ... a nail-biter [which] delivers plenty of fireworks ...

FOR THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE