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Polonius tells us, “Brevity is the soul of wit”, and in our modern society brevity is more important than ever. Especially when it comes to social media marketing and pitching products to a society with a short attention span. To this effect, I have instituted a new series on my blog with the apt, if not-so-original, name “Brief Book Reviews.”
Sticking with my love of alliteration, I have decided to start this series with author Brett Brooks and his novel Edible Complex. Everywhere one looks these days, zombies surround us. They’ve become a bigger and bigger part of pop culture ever since George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. With the mainstream popularity of The Walking Dead, zombies are enjoying a high-water mark. In fact, Broke Guys Productions joined this craze several years ago when we wrote a feature-length screenplay entitled Night of the Living Rednecks.
In those properties, and in all the best zombie media, the undead are treated as a metaphor. In our version, we’re commenting on the meth epidemic in the Southeast. Kirkman seems to be saying that one should not fear the sheep in society (the Walkers); instead, one should fear the wolves (the Living). In Romero’s sequel, Dawn of the Dead, he’s commenting on out-of-control materialism and consumer spending. Brett Brooks’ novel is no different, yet so different.
In Edible Complex, the zombies are quite peculiar, even finicky creatures. They’re not a fan of human flesh, unless provoked. They possess a herd mentality, following alpha zombies and the trends set by them. One day, the zombies may crave cereal. The next, cabbage becomes popular. This presents a challenge to those tasked with meeting the ever-changing demands of the undead hordes across the globe. With this take on zombies, Brooks’ crafts a wonderful metaphor on modern marketing and how it affects trends in pop culture and consumer spending.
He does so with wicked wit, a clean writing style, and an excellently paced novel filled with characters who are three-dimensional, possessing complex motivations. No one feels like a true villain. Or a real hero. They are people doing their best to follow their inner truths, which sometimes places them at cross purposes with the other characters. The conflicts feel natural, not forced. The same with the plot development, climax, and resolution.
In a world filled with zombie media, be sure to check out Brett Brooks’ Edible Complex for a funny, thought-provoking story in which zombies are not only a reality, but a key demographic.
Broke Guys Productions transitions to small-print press with these editions.
To ring in the New Year, co-creators Jeremy Hicks and Barry Hayes would like to announce new editions of their gripping, action-packed dark fantasy novels in the Cycle of Ages Saga. Mr. Hicks—acting as publisher for their company, Broke Guys Productions—reacquired the rights to their first novel from Dark Oak Press and published new editions of Finders Keepers and Sands of Sorrow. With these recent releases, Broke Guys Productions transitions to a small-print press for genre novels and short stories after years of serving as a means to produce and promote their novels and screenplays.
Seeking to rebrand their flagship property, Hicks and Hayes commissioned Indonesian artist Enggar Adirasa to supply a vibrant series of covers for these editions. Using Adirasa’s artwork, author and artist D. Alan Lewis designed eye-catching covers that provide a unified aesthetic for the Cycle of Ages Saga. These editions of Finders Keepers and Sands of Sorrow are available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million in both paperback and e-book. Mr. Hicks is editing Delve Deep, the third installment in their saga. It is scheduled for release in 2017, but cover art will be revealed soon. Stay tuned!
Called “The Hobbit meets Heavy Metal” by author Michelle Lowery Combs, the Cycle of Ages Saga will conclude after five novels. However, short stories set on the world of faraway Faltyr can be found online through Dark Oak Press and Pro Se Productions. Deep Diving Death Defying Dwarves of the Deep is featured in the first Capes & Clockwork anthology. Savior of Istara is a story in the Pro Se Digital Single Shot Series. More stories are scheduled for release through Pro Se in the near future. In the words of Mr. Hicks, their saga was created “to provide a sandbox big enough for every fan of fantasy and horror.” Eventually, the creators hope to open up their world to other writers looking for a place to call home. In the meantime, they will continue to work on their novels and push the screenplay versions of the saga.
After a rough and tumble career in field archaeology, Jeremy Hicks teamed up with long-time friend Barry Hayes to realize their creative dreams. They created Broke Guys Productions, wrote screenplay versions and then novel versions of the Cycle of Ages Saga, and had Finders Keepers published by Dark Oak Press in 2013. Read more about them and their books at www.cycleofagessaga.com or www.jjeremyhicks.wordpress.com.
Contact: Jeremy Hicks | email email@example.com | Piedmont, Alabama
REBLOGGING FOR A.G. PORTER. This is the cover reveal for her third novel in the Darkness Trilogy.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to show you all the cover for The Redeemed! This is probably my favorite so far. Thank you Lori for “seeing” my vision and cre…
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