ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blood Ocean Scarrage and Interviews

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On Blood Ocean - "Fans of China Mieville may also notice similarities with his sprawling and gorgeous “The Scar” with its floating city, cultural diversity and grotesque body modification, but those heavy sociopolitical depths aren’t attempted here. In fact, ignoring the horror content, this almost feels like a book for younger audiences. That’s not because this is euphemistic or lightweight storytelling. I think it’s partly due to a sense of optimism despite the odds, but mainly because it’s a wild ride driven by a fresh-faced youth that doesn’t contrive to be disturbing or profound, but concentrates on shovelling coal into its furnace." (Full Review)


Someone just sent this to me. 


I read it when Matthew Fryer first posted the review, but it's sometimes nice to revisit them. I found The Scar to be an amazing book. My favorite of China's thusfar. There's so much lyrical description in The Scar, it's one of the few books I intend to reread. 


I think the 'younger audiences' comment is attributable to the universal theme of hope, even in the face of hopelessness, that really identifies us as a species. Ray Bradbury captured that often in his work. I think that sort of implacable naivete is what strikes me so much about his writing and what I automatically inculcate into my own.


Thanks Abaddon Books for letting my play in your sandbox.


BTW- getting interviewed by Kellie Hwang today about the Metropocalpyse Event on July 14th. Kellie is the entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic Newspaper.


I'm also getting interviewed Friday, live on Blog Talk Radio.

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