Last week, I got a chance to interviewBruce Campbell over the phone. Amongst our topics of conversation were his new memoir, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, a sequel to his 2002 book, If Chins Could Kill, and his upcoming 35-city book tour. Well, yesterday in New Jersey the tour commenced, and I was there with my son to meet the man, the chin, the legend, Bruce Campbell and get my copy of his book. The book signing took place at Bookends, located at 211 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Wayne Gladstone, the fictional character, is in hiding somewhere in the world, after simultaneously becoming the poster boy for the internet apocalypse rebellion, while also being wanted for terrorism and murder. Special Agent Aaron N. Rownsdower, rather “former” special agent, is on the hunt for Gladstone once again. But this time, he is here to help. Teaming up with a movie producer making a film about Gladstone (and with another motive), they set out to prove his innocence, while exposing the conspiracy and trying not to die.
Hugh Stanton is barely alive. He is hearty and healthy enough, but he has no reason to live since his wife and children were murdered. It is just because of the slightest chance in his atheist heart, that there might be a heaven and hell, that keeps him from suicide. So he wanders and drifts, waiting for his time to die. He answers a summons from an old professor, because he literally has nothing better to do. It is there that he is asked the questions:
“What would you consider to be the greatest mistake in world history?” And, “What’s your best shot?”
It is those “what ifs” that revs the engine of Time And Time Again by Ben Elton.
Jacob Tracy does, that is. He doesn’t know why. He doesn’t know how. And he doesn’t like it one bit. He and his work partner (and BFF) Boz work where they can find it. Boz knows Trace is a weirdo, but they’ve been relying on each other for a while. Trace tries to suppress his powers, thinking it causes those around him pain or death. It is not until he meets Sabine Fairweather that he admits the full extent to his friend. He’s hopeful she can help him. Otherwise he’s stuck with The Curse Of Jacob Tracy, written by Holly Messinger.
Don’t think all they encounter are ghosts either. Everybody is invited to the party. A particularly riveting scene involves Chinese vampires, but I can’t give it away. Let’s just say they are a nasty lot.
What else can you expect from this fabulous novel?
In Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston, Laura and Dan are finally moving to HER dream home in the lush countryside of Wales. Here is where she will make her greatest creations to place in her next art exhibit. Dan will stay in the city during the week and join her in their idyllic home on the weekends, when they will try to conceive. But something strange is happening to Laura during random times, moments where extreme flashes of feeling overcome her. Then she meets gorgeous neighbor Rhys, who is magnetic and appears whenever she needs rescue. (Why can’t I have one of those?) Eventually, Merlin — the famed Arthurian wizard — begins to appear to her as well.
While Laura’s story is being told in the present, there’s chapters flashing back in time to Megan and Merlin, who had lived in the Welsh countryside where Laura now resides. This story was the much better part, and could have been the book all by itself. Megan being victimized by the Lord of the land to get to her love, Merlin, is classic and always a good tale. The added touch of the youngest of the Lord’s sons being so attached to Megan, while being ignored by his father, heightens the tragedy even further.