Tuesday, March 17, 2009

QUOTE FOR THE MONTH:

It's not what you know.

It's not who you know.

It's what you do that counts.

WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO:

Well, once again, Christmas was a busy time. I delivered The Five Greatest Warriors to my various publishers in Australia, the US and UK. They're all very pleased... and also very keen to keep it under wraps, as the outcome of Jack West's fall is somewhat highly anticipated!

In this period of down-time, I also managed to write A NEW SHORT NOVEL, about 125 pages long. I enjoyed writing and releasing Hell Island immensely (many teenage readers tell me that it was their first "Matthew Reilly" book). This new one is a fun story but I'm not sure how I'll release it yet - maybe on the Internet, like Hover Car Racer, or a cheap release like Hell Island, or perhaps even a live reading next year, who knows - but I'll be sure to you know when it's coming.

But, drum-roll please. It's time for a genuine www.matthewreilly.com EXCLUSIVE.

Here, now, revealed for the first time is...

 

THE RELEASE DATE FOR THE FIVE GREATEST WARRIORS:

The new book will be released on October 20, 2009.

And while we’re doing exclusives. Here is...

 

THE AUSTRALIAN COVER FOR THE FIVE GREATEST WARRIORS:

Of course, you don’t see all the whiz-bang silver foil in this pic, but you get the idea. The swords-and-shield artwork was done once again by Wayne Haag (he did the cover art for Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, Hell Island and the new paperback edition of Ice Station).

Needless to say, I’m pretty pleased!

Hint: look closely at that shield…

MY OBSERVATION OF THE MONTH:

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON…BONO VS CHRIS MARTIN:

For the last few weeks, the world’s media has been expressing shock and disbelief at U2’s Bono’s supposed disparaging of Chris Martin from Coldplay (calling him a cretin and a wanker) during an interview on BBC radio.

I heard the interview and my first thought was: it was pretty clear that Bono was joking. The interviewer was apoplectic and when challenged Bono said drily “It’s early…” The media has been quick to make a big drama of it all – since drama sells newspapers – and call this a feud between two of the biggest rock stars in the world, but I just don’t see it. It sounded to me like Bono was just giving a friend a bit of an on-air ribbing.

(I’m also informed that U2 specifically thank Chris Martin in the “Thank You” section of their new album, No Line on the Horizon.)

Go and listen to the interview yourself and rather than just accept what you’re given, make up your own mind.

BOOKS, MOVIES AND TV:

I’ve been reading and watching a few things lately:

The James Bond Short Stories by Ian Fleming. These are just awesome, and a must for any fan of Bond. The short story titled ‘Quantum of Solace’ has absolutely nothing in common with the recent movie, but is a really fascinating story.

Gran Torino and Changeling; directed by Clint Eastwood. You know, I still think Unforgiven is one of the best movies ever made, but I was disappointed by both of these Eastwood movies. Maybe there was just too much hype. However, I did enjoy:

The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke; directed by Darren Aronovsky. This was a movie that lingered in the mind for days after I saw it. Yes, Rourke’s performance is good, but as an examination of modern loneliness and being a freakshow performer , it’s a knockout.

Rourke plays an old wrestler, but his character could just as well have been a formerly successful comedy actor or the star of a sci-fi TV show—someone who is loved for a while, revered in a subculture (he does a cringe-worthy signing at a fan festival), but is regarded as a figure of ridicule by the wider world. Worth seeing.

Anyway, better get back to the edits on The Five Greatest Warriors.

The wait is almost over…all will be revealed on October 20.

 

Talk soon,

Matthew Reilly
Sydney, Australia