Under The Avalanche

by Jeff Abbott on February 13, 2009

Forgive me for a short Friday entry: I have two sets of page proofs to approve, I’m working on a short story for an anthology for Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner (Charlaine’s mega-popular Southern Vampire mysteries are the basis for the hit HBO series TRUE BLOOD–so yes, this is a supernatural story, my first), I need to knock out a few thousand words on the new novel, and so I don’t have a mega-reflective blog post today. (I am not complaining about being busy. Not at all, I am grateful to be busy. It’s just sort of all hit at once.)

Good news: The UK export edition of TRUST ME has already gone into a second printing in less than a week. In an economy where book sales are struggling, I am massively grateful to readers for buying the book, thank you!
What I’ve Read:
I didn’t do a lot of reading this week, but I did see two fun movies when I took mental breaks from work: RocknRolla and District B13. (I promised I’d talk about movies here as well when I revamped the blog.) RockNRolla is a Guy Ritchie London gangster film with witty dialogue, some very fun action sequences, and Thandie Newton looking smoldering while she chain-smokes cigarettes and launders money. It revolves around two likable crooks (Gerard Butler and Idris Elba) who owe a criminal overlord (played with gusto by Tom Wilkinson) two million dollars. Compounding the situation are the overlord’s Russian Mafia client and the overlord’s rock-star stepson, who has faked his own death as a career move. All these stories weave together very well. There were some unanswered questions at the end of the film–which hopefully might be answered in a sequel. A fun, suspenseful film. I watched this with my film club, and it was a hit–but one suggestion, turn on the subtitles if you’re an American. Sometimes the London and Russian accents were a bit hard to follow, and with a complicated plot, you don’t want to miss any of the nuances.
District B13 is a lean, low-budget French thriller shot by Luc Besson. It features a lot of parkour running (with David Belle, one of the founder of the sport, as one of the main characters). Parkour is an urban freerunning sport that involves moving through landscapes as efficiently and quickly as possible–vaulting, jumping, bouncing off flat surfaces to gain speed and height. The film’s premise is that in the near future, an impoverished ghetto in Paris has been walled off to contain the criminal threat to society. David Belle is a vigilante fighting the vicious drug lords inside the walls; Cyril Rafaelli is an undercover police officer sent into the District to retrieve a stolen weapon of mass destruction. This is a film fueled by adrenaline more than subtlety, but it was a lot of fun to watch and the stunts are amazing. Best of all, in these days of bloated films, it came in at a brisk 84 minutes.
I’ll be back next week once I’ve cleared the decks a bit more.

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    Kristan February 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Thandie Newton and Gerard Butler? I’m sold!

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