Friday, August 28, 2009

Book Review on Meji

Milton Davis has opened the door to African mystical fantasy through his powerful storytelling in his Meji series. Meji is presently a two book ride through African history, folklore and mythology; built around two strong and endearing protagonists, Ndoro and Obaseki. Ndora and Obaseki are twins born to the Sesu Inkosi Dingane. But Sesu tradition frowns upon twins as an abomination. In Book One, Ndoro and Obaseki are separated, in order to spare their lives. Ndoro is raised Sesu, and Obaseki is raised by his mother’s people the Mawena. Each grows into adulthood disgraced and alienated. Ndoro the warrior and Obaseki the mystic use their gifts, given to them by the ancestors to earn respect and cut their own way in a world not quite ready for their brand of doing business. In Book Two, each twins’ gift grows and flourishes, finally placing them as leaders of their own separate kingdoms that rival both the Sesu and the Mawena kingdoms. Eventually, two will become one.

Remarkable Story! I am very excited about what Milton Davis has done with Meji. I ripped through the books and couldn't put them down. Milton Davis is a fantastic and powerful writer. His character building of Ndoro and Obaseki are masterful and magical. The reader rides on their motivations and pushes through each challenge with them. Milton Davis makes the reader feel his characters’ pain and understand their anger. That is truly an amazing talent for a writer. Meji hits all the right cylinders. Great job...I hope there is more!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Are blockbuster book franchises dead?

I went to the local bookstore to do some unscientific research and discovered something. In the Science Fiction section, the number of Star Trek novels had diminished. There were about half a dozen Star Trek books on the shelves, compared to the dozens of books I normally saw a year or so ago. I must admit, it has been a while since I searched the Star Trek area for books, so this phenomenon may have happen over a period of time. I thought with the advent of the new Star Trek movie the franchise would have been re-energized and new books with the improved characters would be out on the shelves. But there was only one book…one book…about the movie. So, I guess it is true, the franchise is dying. Additionally, I noticed the number of Star Wars books declining as well. On a side note, even as these franchise blockbusters are taking a hit, the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres are growing. More and more books are populating the area, with more and more authors. The genres are growing with new and fresh ideas every day. So the question I have for the reader is what writer, series or franchise do you see replacing the dying Star Trek / Star Wars blockbusters on the bookstore shelves? Or do you see the days of blockbuster franchises as dead, to never return again…at least in Science Fiction?