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2020: A Look Ahead

Yes, it’s time for another hiatus ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but hey, that means I’m doing lots of fiction writing

The past year was pretty rocky in terms of getting writing done. But the good news is that it ended on a high of productivity. I managed to squeeze a bunch of content out of one book series that I read (seriously, you should check out The Accursed Kings.) I published another short story. More pertinent to this new year, I finally got untracked on the long promised sequel to Sparrow Squadron. And best of all, I’ve sorted out a leave of absence from my day job, which I’ll be using to go full speed on a number of long simmering writing projects: finishing up the Aelita’s War series, introducing my newsletter, moving into the fantasy genre and starting up a whole new series.

Of course, all of that is a long way of saying I may disappear from this blog for a while. Longer than usual, I mean.

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Screen to Screen: The Accursed Kings

I probably love the 2005 French mini-series adaptation of The Accursed Kings better than the book

In what I promise (sort of) is my last swipe at the end of Game of Thrones, the 2005 French mini-series adaptation of Maurice Druon’s The Accursed Kings series is a prime example of the benefit of having a completed book series to adapt. Hindsight allowed series director Josée Dayan and writer Anne-Marie Catois to make well thought out choices about what to keep and what to change. Their choices were validated by the viewership. The mini-series was a huge hit when it was broadcast in France.

But that’s not to say they played it safe. Indeed, some of the directorial choices were exceptionally “out there” for a period piece. While that might turn some people off, I loved it!

Spotlight on The Accursed Kings, Part III

The last three books of the epic medieval historical series, The Accursed Kings, goes to some strange places. It’s impossible to discuss properly without spoilers, so be warned – as much as seven hundred year old events can be spoiled!

Once again, with each review, I’ll also dig into which Game of Thrones fans would enjoy each novel the most.


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