Kurt Busiek: 5 Books That Changed My Life

5 Books That Changed my Life 1. THE SCARECROW OF OZ by L. Frank Baum. I’m not sure why this one was the one to hit me, in particular — we had a beat-up copy of THE LAND OF OZ at home, and that’s the one I read over and over and over again — but THE SCARECROW OF OZ, which opened with Cap’n Bill and Trot getting swept from their boat by a storm and finding their way to Oz, was the book that first inspired me to write a novel of my own, when I was about seven. The novel was about a guinea pig on a toy boat that got derivatively swept away to Oz, and I got about a page and a half into it (including illustration!)...

Flashback: Perfection…and How To Achieve it Aug24

Flashback: Perfection…and How To Achieve it

PERFECTION And How to Achieve It Walter Satterthwait A few years ago, I was visiting my brother in St. Petersburg, Florida. One particular evening he had a business appointment, so I decided to go out and have a beer. The nearest bar was a small, tidy, neighborhood place, the sort of sports bar that keeps the Lakers game’s volume strangled down, while letting Wynona wail away in the background. There were a lot of those elegant neon Budweiser and Miller Lite signs lurking about, some of them elegantly blinking. Three empty seats stood at the center of the bar. I sat down in the middle one and ordered a Sam Adams. I was about halfway through...

Q&A with Charles Todd

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd is a great read. Not only does it have a riveting mysterious plot but it also has details about English society during the World War I period. Since this month marks the 100th anniversary of the war people might want to read this book to immerse themselves in that era. The plot has Bess along with her good family friend Simon setting out to solve the mysterious disappearance of a soldier under her care, as well as attempting to restore Bess’s reputation and clear her name.     Elise Cooper: Did you decide to attend the Military Book Fair on November 8th on the USS Midway because your plots...

THE LAST SHIP: Q&A with producer Hank Steinberg Aug20

THE LAST SHIP: Q&A with producer Hank Steinbe...

  Hank Steinberg the co-creator, executive producer, and a writer for the thrilling TV series The Last Ship discussed his new show. With great characters and plots the show has the crew of a US naval destroyer forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population. The interview with Hank Steinberg is below.   Elise Cooper: Rumor has it you will be attending the Military Book Fair (www.militarybookfair.org) in San Diego on November 8th at the USS Midway. True?   Hank Steinberg: I’ve had the pleasure of working on the San Diego Navy Base extensively with the Commanders...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug20

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease is benefiting from this promotion in raised awareness and a lot more donation than they’ve had in the past. “As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.” I did it and I thought I would link to some of the others that have done it. Michael Connelly’s is...

5 Forgotten Writers Whose Works Inspired Me When I...

  5 Forgotten Writers Whose Works Inspired Me When I Was Much Younger   When I say certain writers are forgotten, that doesn’t mean they’re unknown. It just means that hardly anyone reads them these days. Some of them were famous in their time. Some were considered quite literary, but they never made it into college classrooms, or if they did, they were soon removed. Some of the things they wrote might not even be any good, but that didn’t matter to me at the time I was reading them, and it doesn’t matter to me now. Why? When I was growing up, nobody ever told me that there were good books and bad books and mediocre books. There were...