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I’m now 50k words into FROSTBORN: THE DWARVEN PRINCE! Let’s have a short excerpt:

“Do I need to defend myself against you?” said the Weaver.

“No, do not be alarmed,” he said. “The only reason I have to kill you would be to dissect you and study the alterations the shadow of Incariel has made to you, and since I am not going to do that, you have no reason to fear. Unless you cross me, of course. Then you should be very frightened.”


THE BIG SLEEP – book and film version

I’ve now read both the novel THE BIG SLEEP by Raymond Chandler and seen the 1946 film version with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Both are considered classics of their genre, and deservedly so.

I did think the movie did a good job of simplifying the book for the screen. THE BIG SLEEP is a very complicated book, and you need to pay attention to what is going on with the various lies and counter-lies the characters employ to cover their motives. The movie makes Eddie Mars the primary villain, and Lauren Bacall’s character more sympathetic than she is in the book, whereas in the book she is at least partly responsible for what happens, and the outcome is less cut-and-dried.

The character of Philip Marlowe is heroic in the book, but in the movie he is more so. What is interesting is that Humphrey Bogart also played the lead in THE MALTESE FALCON, another noir detective book that became a movie. The book version of Sam Spade, the FALCON’S protagonist, is far more of an anti-hero than the movie version. Humphrey Bogart’s version, however, is more heroic, and his more morally questionable actions are revealed as part of his plan to bring the villains low.

And of course some of the THE BIG SLEEP’s coarser scenes were toned down for the film, which also happened in THE MALTESE FALCON. The character of Carmen Sternwood is naked in several scenes in the book version of THE BIG SLEEP, which of course never happens in 1940s cinema (frankly I don’t think it should happen in modern cinema, either). Additionally, one of the villains in the book is a pornographer, and while the movie never says that, it does a very good job of hinting at his profession. (It was amusing how the movie version of Marlowe pretends to be a customer of the pornographer by flipping up the brim of his fedora, putting on sunglasses, and feigning a bad accent.)

I do think it is impossible to have a straight adaptation of a book to the screen – the best you can do is an excellent distillation, and THE BIG SLEEP movie did that well. Recommended!



The Kindle has this “Popular Highlights” feature, where it will show you what passages in a book have been highlighted by people. I have to admit that it’s fun to go through the Popular Highlights and see what peopled highlighted.

This, for instance, is the most popular highlight in FROSTBORN: THE FALSE KING:

“Why?” said Ridmark at last.

“See, I’ve known you for a year and a half,” said Jager. “We’ve done all kinds of stupid and dangerous things together. So I think I know you pretty well by now, and I don’t think you’re the sort of man who should be alone.”

Ridmark glared at him. Jager just kept smiling and looking back.

“You go too far,” said Ridmark at last.

“No, I don’t,” said Jager. “What are friends for, if not to tell you uncomfortable things you don’t want to hear?”


MASK OF SPELLS now available!


Available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleKobo, iTunes, Google Play, and Smashwords.

Click here to read the first chapter of MASK OF SPELLS.

Mazael Cravenlock is the last of the Demonsouled, and defeated a great dark power to save the world.

But with that dark power dead, a new one rushes to takes its place, led by the sinister Prophetess of Marazadra.

And unless Mazael stops her, the Prophetess will use the Mask of Marazadra to summon her wicked goddess, plunging the world into darkness…



I am pleased to report that I have started writing FROSTBORN: THE DWARVEN PRINCE! The first couple of paragraphs:

Five hundred and one days after it began, five hundred and one days after the day in the Year of Our Lord 1478 when blue fire filled the sky from horizon to horizon, Ridmark Arban saw yet another dead village.

He had seen so many dead villages in the last year and a half, and he suspected he would see far more before the war ended.