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Review: The Obsidian Chamber, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

(Note: While I shall do my best to avoid spoilers of any sort, I feel the need to mention that The Obsidian Chamber is NOT a stand alone novel. It is actually the sequel of all sequels, not only picking up directly where 2015’s Crimson Shore left off, but also the continuing of a much larger story arc that began back in the early 2000’s. My suggestion is, if you are caught up on the Pendergast series to date, then by all means read on. If not, well, put down your phone, your tablet, or whatever other device you are reading this on and head down to your local book store. You have some homework to do!)

I’ve been a follower of Preston and Child since their first novel, Relic, back in ’95. Having read every one of their books since, I found The Obsidian Chamber to be unique on a number of levels.

One of the biggest problems with creating a series such as the Pendergast one that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have is, no matter what happens to your centric character, as an audience we know that they will triumph. Like I said in my preamble, The Obsidian Chamber is a direct sequel to Crimson Shore, the ending of which left our beloved FBI agent presumed dead. Instead, though, of quickly addressing the elephant in the room of how Pendergast returns, the authors step outside of their norm and evoke something akin to a Walking Dead ‘Glen Dumpster Plot Device’.

Whereas most times a deferment of plot progression can be angering, I found Preston & Child’s use of the stall to be a refreshing respite. It allowed not only a large amount of focused development to happen with a usually satellite character, it also fleshed out the novel to a more satisfying length.

Once our favorite detective was back in play, the writing style continued to have a different flavor than usual about it. For one, there seems to me to be far more glimpses into Pendergast’s personal relationships than usual. Of particular interest was seeing certain interactions between himself and another character that he considers one of his contemporaries. We are so very used to seeing Pendergast as an almost Holmes-esque, nearly omnipotent character. Sure, we’ve seen him at his lowest points; broken, out matched, wounded, and hopeless. Whenever he is working a case, however, he is the alpha. Seeing dynamics where he is reciprocating mutual respect? Well, that’s a refreshing new angle.

The Obsidian Chamber winds up in a place where many loose ends that have been floating around in the series find themselves stitched back in. I think that’s what the objective of the novel was; to tell a story that resulted in the right amount of closure. It seemed to me to be, to use a television term, a season finale of sorts. As I read the last sentences I felt a sense of surcease, the type that now leaves the door open to forge back into new territories, ones of less grandiose of a scale. That’s not to say that the events of The Obsidian Chamber won’t be expounded on soon. I guess we’ll have to wait another year to find out!

The Obsidian Chamber is available tomorrow, 10/18/16, everywhere books are sold

More about the authors: www.prestonchild.com

Very special thanks to Shelby at Grand Central Publishing for the advanced copy!

‘Pendergast’ Novels Finally Making Their Way to the Screen 

Honestly, this is some of the most exciting news that I’ve read in a very, very long time.

The Hollywood Reporter just posted an exclusive that The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd has been hired by Spike TV to adapt Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s best-selling book series in to a scripted series, to be written by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), who along with Hurd will Executive Produce the series.

The show is set to be titled, Pendergast, and season one is reported to follow the titular Special Agent of the FBI, as he investigates a present-day crime that mimics a century-old mystery. The plot sounds very akin to that of Preston & Child’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, which started a continuing story arc that has spanned over 14 years and 13 novels.

Preston & Child’s first novel, Relic, was adapted for the big screen back in 1997 and garnished mixed to negative reviews. Special Agent Pendergast made his first appearance in the novel version, but his part was cut from the film, a mistake that this new series can hopefully rectify. Paramount, the film’s distributor, has held the rights to the character since the 90’s, and still do, so they will also be working with Hurd and Spike TV on the project.

Personally, having been a huge fan of the series since the beginning, I see a huge opportunity for a series here. The film version of The Relic did the novel no justice, and it’s about time that these characters were given a proper chance to shine. The existing stories have been well written, and lend themselves perfectly to the pacing of a television series. My biggest hope is that the producers collaborate with Preston & Child when doing the writing. The last few years have seen a number of successful adaptations, including Game of Thrones and Hurd’s own project, The Walking Dead. Both of these series worked very closely with the creators of the characters, and while there have been departures from the original stories, they have both maintained a compelling story that stays true to the original concept.

There’s no word yet on a projected release date, but you can be sure that I’ll pass on any information that I find! In the meantime, head over to http://www.prestonchild.com/ and get caught up on the novels before the series hits!

 

Update: Douglas Preston has confirmed his and Lincoln Child’s involvement via their facebook account!

There’s Always Room For Jello!

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Growing up in the 90’s we were flooded with 1980’s sitcom reruns on television. Being so, The Cosby Show, with its feel good, clean humored, yet somehow still funny writing and delivery, was no stranger to our tv.

Deadline.com is reporting that Bill Cosby has signed a deal with NBC to developed a new comedy show for the network, that he would star in. Also on board is one of the original ‘Cosby Show’ producers. The show is planned to be about a multigenerational upper middle class family and their struggles living life.

While this all kind of a rehash of the original series, I think that a sitcom that pits Cosby’s old school mentality against today’s issues has some potential. Hopefully that potential can be realized.

Smartphone Friendly Fake Nails

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A few days ago one of my friends pointed out that my blog has been very male orientated, and suggested that I try to find a way to dig up some posts that would appeal a bit more to the female readers. The smartass that I am began to search for a story that would allow me to have a picture of boobs at the top of the post, but appearently the tech market isn’t as forward thinking as I am.

My searching DID yield this though: Set to be released in a few months, Elektra Nails are press on stylus nails that allow wearers to still be able to use their touchscreen devices while having manicured nails. Something tells me that there will be Beverly Hills boutiques and mall kiosks opening up that will specialize in these.

Thanks to Elle for giving me a reason to keep abreast on fashion news. Don’t worry, I’ll find a way to incorporate my audacious brand of humor a bit more.

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ slated for a November release

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Last year had ‘Anchorman 2’…. This year we’re FINALLY getting ‘Dumb and Dumber To’!
Yes, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back, and yes, the Farrelly brothers are at the helm again. (And sorry, Adam Root, it is not about a worm farm.)
20 years after Harry and Lloyd made their now classic journey from New England to Aspen, we find the dimwitted duo searching for one of their estranged children (Yes, somehow someone procreated with one of them…. Don’t act surprised, you’ve been to Walmart!)
This has all the elements to be comedy gold, let’s hope that it all comes together.

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is set to hit theaters November 14

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ on IMDB

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