The best science fiction and fantasy convention in the Rockies is coming up fast, and my schedule has recently materialized.
I hope to see some of you there! I’ll be reading from BLACK FRIDAY, signing autographs, and appearing on panels with Tor editor Claire Eddy and David Farland. Spring is here in Montana, and it’s freaking amazing.
I’m happy that The Invasive continues to be enjoyed by readers, and the success of the novel has merited The Invasive: Remnants, which will be published shortly.
You can check out what Audio Audits has to say at this link.
The Invasive is a unique sci-fi, it’s definitely a different twist on the usual alien invasion story. While there is plenty of action and suspense, the parts that I found most interesting were the interactions between Bishop and his feisty wife Angela and the eventual somewhat reluctant bond between the two and Colbrick.
“Michael, is The Invasive part of a series?”
“Michael, what happened to Yutu?”
“Michael, there have to be more of the creatures left! Another book, please.”
My response to all these questions is this: You thought it was over?
It’s a diverse novel about the last megalodon, a species thought to have gone extinct due to cooling oceans.
It’s also about sex, death, partying, youth, the loss of family, and the significance of polarity. But most of all, it’s just fun.
The “Last Colossus”, is not just a reference to the megalodon, but also towards Ron Combs, the protagonist.
It’s an important novel for me for several reasons. First, I moved to Missoula two and a half years ago with a Hollywood movie deal in my pocket (my debut novel), and subsequently developed writer’s block. For a hell of a long time.
This novel thankfully represents a turn away from that and back towards the creative aspect of what I do. And I’m thrilled. It took me a year to write this one, the longest it’s ever taken me to craft a novel. But the trench warfare was necessary. It’s the first novel, from first word to last, crafted in Missoula.
Black Friday is a glorious work of literature.
I know we’re only three months into 2017, but I can undoubtedly state that Black Friday is one of the best novels of the year. As a critic, I commend Hodges, and as a writer, I thank him for not adhering to the cookie-cutter genre tropes which befall so many other novels.
Black Friday is the best damn thing since sliced bread and a definite must-read.
Check out the full review here.