Chasing Zany

Did you ever notice that nuclear bombs are either destroying the planet or saving it?  I watched a movie called Crack in the World recently, and a bomb starts a chain reaction that causes a (SPOILER ALERT) crack in the world.  It’s only by exploding a bigger bomb that they can stop it from tearing the planet to pieces.

So there you have it.  Bombs.  The cause of / and solution to all of life’s problems.

Been a while, hasn’t it?  I’ve been working on a lot of stuff.  Important stuff.  Stuff I get paid for.  So you’ll excuse me if blogging about dinosaurs and robots has taken a backseat lately.  It’s not that I don’t care.  It’s that I’ve got bills to pay.  Speaking of which, Chasing the Moon is out in some stores now.  It’s a good book, and I’m sure you’ll like it.  So go ahead and buy a copy.  I’ll thank you in advance, and you can thank me later.

The reviews have been pretty favorable so far, though they’re the typical “Another wacky Martinez book” I tend to get.  It’s my albatross to bear.  Except instead of being a curse, it means people like what I write.  So what if I don’t quite agree with the reason?  Still, I’ll admit my ego still stings a bit when any book I’ve written gets classified as fluff, brain candy, etc.

I’ve written before about how frustrating I find it that it’s assumed something must be boring / depressing to be sophisticated.  And that if something is fun and brings a smile to your face then it must be empty of anything worthwhile.  But that’s not going to change anytime soon.

It’s the same sort of assumption that says video games make you stupid.  Or that education and self-improvement is such a rigid, specific process that there’s only one way to do it.  The boring way.

I learned to catch by juggling.  It certainly wasn’t easy, but it was a fun rewarding experience.  I learned to write by playing with toys, reading comic books, and watching cartoons.  I play board and card games almost like a religion because they continue to expand and hone my mind in new and startling ways.  These things shape and influence me and make me better every day.

I’m not going to say that reading Chasing the Moon will lead to a personal epiphany on the nature of the universe.  But I do know that, on a personal level, Moon means a hell of a lot to me.  It’s enjoyable enough as a strange story about weird beasts from beyond, but I’d like to think it has more to it than that.  I doubt it’ll change the world, or even have any real impact on the way we humans look at the world.  But I’d like to believe that at least one person might read it and say, “Hey, that’s kind of a neat way of looking at things.”

It might be an absurd ambition for a story featuring a giant green monster who wants to eat the universe and a purple hedgehog that can’t stop reproducing, but where would we be if we were afraid to dream.

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Bob Bob
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I wish they would release e-books before they released the hardcover. I mean, I know you are an advocate for paper books–so am I. But I bought the Kindle, and I vowed to my wife I would cut the cost of my precious reading which usually runs at about $150 a month. So, now, even though I held your book in my hands at B&N, I have yet to buy it.

    Here is the list of people I blame for not having read your book:

    1) Wife
    2) Kindle
    3) Poor Economy
    4) Poor Employment
    5) Bad Decision Making
    6) Wife
    7) Distribution Models
    8) Wife
    9) Kindle
    10) Myself
    *p.s I love my wife.

  2. Gdawg
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this post, Moon will be the first hardcover book by you I pick up and I can’t wait for it. Hoping that as soon as it hits my local book store I will be the first to pick it up.

    P.S. I completely agree that for whatever reason, depressing and boring books always seem to be “sophisticated” and I’m sick and tired of that, I want something that makes me happy, and your books make me happy. Keep up the awesome writing.

  3. Heather
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry to say that Chasing the Moon is not my favorite of your books. Where did the idea come from? I Loved your previous books, but this book is a miss. However, I commend you writing, and I hope your next novel will be great.

    • A. Lee Martinez
      Posted May 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Heather, thanks for the comment. A question I have though is that does “Not my Favorite” mean it’s a good book that just didn’t wow you? Or is it just a book you didn’t like at all? Because there’s a world of difference between the two.

      Not that I would mind if you said you didn’t like the book at all. It is my eighth, and I can’t expect for every book to hit every fan. It’d be nice if they could, but it’s pretty unlikely.

      In any case, thanks for leaving a comment. Always nice to hear from fans, both in their excitement and criticism.

  4. Sara
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I got married on Saturday and Sunday morning as we were headed out to our Honeymoon we stopped at Barnes and Noble (Sadly, our Borders was closed down a few months ago) to pick out some books for the trip and poolside reading.

    I am a total sci-fi/fantasy geek girl and happened to grab Divine Misfortune off of the “new paperback” shelf, I read the back and totally dug it. So I found your actual section and grabbed Monster and had them both read by Tuesday evening.

    Long story short (too late), I am a total fan now, I grabbed all of your available paperbacks and have them all spread in front of me like a delectable treat.

    Thank you 🙂

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