Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Book and a Chat with U.L. Harper

It’s always good to have previous guests back on the show even more so if that author has produced a new book we can chat about, though sometimes the technical gremlins seem to get in the way.
Today was one such show when U.L. Harper who was previously on the show chatting about his debut book, “The Flesh Statue“ was back to chat about his new book “The Darkness”.

However the show was a little spoiled with some form of echo on when I spoke, no matter what phone etc I used, still the best way around that was to let this great young author do most of speaking about his book, the characters and what is next for him.

For those who missed the first show, this is a brief description of “The Flesh Statue

Tired of watching his ailing grandfather wither away from Alzheimer's, 19 year old Langley Jackson moves from his middle class home and subsequently struggles to survive in downtown Long Beach. Here he finds himself part of a social movement bent on destruction and retribution. Through all of this, Langley must decide on trying to subsist in a complicated and unlawful new world of graffiti and poetry or endure in a disheartening old one outlined by the death of his mother and his sick grandfather.

The Darkness” as U.L describes it…

Is a coming of age story about three young adults. Through them you witness and alien invasion. The big question being, how many would you let die to save yourself?”

As U.L shared during the program some people who like his first book are surprised at the pacing and style differences with “In Blackness”. There is also what does the book come under, “coming of age”, “science fiction”, ”horror”? To be quite honest what does it matter?

It’s a great book which has received many great reviews. I one reviewer recently wrote…

I really liked this book.

I opened it up the afternoon I received it from the author, U.L. Harper, fully intending just to have a quick glance, to get the idea of it. Well..... I didn't put it down again until I'd read the last page.

Now, it's not a rock-em-sock-em kind of story with lots of fireworks, and obvious in-your-face action. Oh, no, it's more insidious than that. :O)

The tone for most of the book is really quite level, but the author still keeps you turning pages, needing to know what will happen next.
The tone of this book is also the reason you reach the last page realizing that... hey, this could really happen, and with the world as self absorbed as it is, it could really happen this way...

Definitely looking forward to the next installment!

As we learned,that reader will not have long to wait as he is already racing through book two of “The Darkenss” series, with a third book in the pipeline.

So listen now and share an interesting and entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing "A Book and a Chat with U.L. Harper".


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"U.L.Harper - The Blackness"

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