Okay folks, here we are on the 8th of July, and I've received numerous emails from folks asking about when the The Summer Son, the last book in The Rift quadrilogy, will be released.
As of this moment, I'm putting the finishing touches on the final draft of the manuscript. That should be done in the next ten days, and after that, it's being shipped over to Ashley, our editor extraordinaire, so she can clean it up and point out any potential issues. Also, The Cranky Artist is working on the cover and illustrations as we speak.
As it is, we're still looking at July 25th as a release date for the book. Of course, potential extraneous circumstances could push the publication forward or back a little bit in the time frame, but I can pretty much guarantee the book will be available for purchase within a few days of that date. And trust me, this one's going to be fantastic. I love the direction the story goes, and the resolution of all the plots and subplots are something I'm extremely proud of.
In other news, I've had a certain reviewer who is now working his way through our library. His name is Max Zaoui, and I posted the review he left on Amazon for Silas last month.
Max has moved on to the Rift books, and his review of Dead of Winter—which anyone who reads this blog will know is my favorite book in the series—literally left me speechless. Not only did he understand and point out the different ways in which I went about expanding the mythology of the world and the connections between characters, he also mentioned Jean-Paul Sartre. Something that very few people know is that two of Sartre's short plays--No Exit (Huis Clos) and The Respectful Prostitute--are large influences on my work in general and this series of books in particular. For him to realize the connections, without the benefit of a direct reference in the text, speaks to this individual's insightful and introspective reading of the material. For your enjoyment, once again here's Max's thought out and glowing review from Amazon, reprinted in all its awesomeness:
Duperre is a master story-teller who, in this second book from the Rift series, manages to connect various styles, genres, themes, characters, and ultimately readers; all quite naturally and seamlessly. As I was reading, I felt as if a giant puzzle was being assembled before my eyes, with new characters and situations that were mysterious at first, then which gradually became integrated. Everything falls into place neatly, all the dots get connected.
This theme of connection really stands out, and in more ways than one. Characters are connected: there are duos of characters, like Bill and Chris, Corky and Shelly, Horace and Doug... Sometimes they're connected in their parallel pasts: Bill and Corky both spent time in prison after killing a young boy or girl. Taking a young boy or girl under their protection becomes an act of salvation, which is another important idea in the novel. Whether saving one's own skin, or someone else's, or a whole community's, it basically all comes down to the same thing, which is to save one's own soul by being good to fellow humans. It also means being able to open up, something many characters have trouble doing initially for various reasons.
Characters are connected too in the sense that they're all confronted with the same predicament, yet they don't deal with it in the same way. Some fight with religion (Eduardo), others with education (Bill), science (Horace), love (Kye), guns (Doug)... And some characters are connected through some kind of "Dreamworld", in which Marcy is central: she guides characters like Josh and Bill, just like the Virgin Mary guides Eduardo (another parallel). Everyone has their "guide" to cross this metaphorical desert. Just like the reader has the author to guide him through the story, which is a dreamworld in itself, connecting people from the real one: readers. There's a kind of interesting mise en abyme at work in everything Duperre does.
That's a metafictional aspect: there's a book within the book, with William's notes, where Duperre deftly manages to adopt a different style, using a somewhat pompous and grandiose voice, William being a college teacher.There are stories within the story: everyone's life has become a story with the event. There's a before and an after. Each being enhanced, paradoxically because or thanks to the terrible predicament they've been confronted with.
Another paradox is found in the beauty that still exists: vast expanses (of sea, of snow) look more calm and more beautiful in this context of death and desolation. Yet, there's an ambivalence throughout the narrative, as oftentimes characters are trapped in claustrophobic, confined places, where they have to lay low and wait, allowing for tension to build up (we know that "L'enfer, c'est les autres." as Jean-Paul Sartre deftly coined it in Huis Clos...). There are few violent scenes: as in the best stories, it's when nothing happens that you're scared. Think Alien 1 or anything by M. Night Shyamalan.
A Philosophical component emerges, summed up by Bill (he's the writer created by the writer) when he writes that the end of something is the beginning of another, which makes him even believe in the possibility of God. Everything is related.
As when I was reading The Rift Book 1, I had again this nice feeling, even though terrible things happen, because we know some of the characters, and we see them evolve and mature. And there are new, interesting characters like Bill and Corky. The book looks like a good "season 2" of your favourite series.
Paul Auster always claims that fairy-tales are the epitome of what makes a story a good story. There is a fairy-tale aspect at work here, thanks to magical creatures, dreams, parallel worlds. Duperre displays a lot of imagination, which could startle at first, yet paradoxically it is a way to make the whole thing "believable". A fairy tale asks the reader to suspend their disbelief. Therefore the zombie-thing becomes almost realistic by comparison. Very clever move. And it's also a way to tell us that it's all make-believe, and/or all symbolical, not to be taken literally. It's not even meant to be that scary. There's a mythological, legendary aspect. Or biblical: like the Book of Revelation, it mixes apocalypse and prophesy.
Onomastics are at work too. Interestingly enough, Marcy's last name is Caron, which sounds close to Charon, the mythological figure transporting people to death on his boat. I'm eager to read Book 3 and see how this ambitious saga unfolds. Congratulations, once again, Master (no spelling mistake here, it is an "a") Duperre.
Nick Contor of Shock Totem
has reviewed G2 today. It's a good'un. You can read it by CLICKING HERE
. Let's look at his overall impression of the work:This is a great collection. Some stories I liked better than others, of course, but none were duds, a relative rarity among independent anthologies. I especially liked how each author approached the theme of isolation from such different angles.Good stuff here. Glad the authors got some props, too. They certainly deserve it.
A few days ago, Silas received possibly the best review ever. It was on Amazon, from a man named Max, and it is fabulous. I'll post the text here for you all to see.
Wow. What a great book! It's not that often that I feel so at home with a writer. Paul Auster has that power over me. Douglas Kennedy as well, to a lesser extent. I love many others, but more in part, not word after word. Well, I guess Robert J. Duperre has just changed this state of things. It's like he's writing exactly what I wish I had written myself. If I had the talent.
About one-third into the book, I thought: "it's really well-written, and profound, and I like the characters. But I think I know why it's not more famous: it stays too much in one, very domestic, place." I just literally had to turn the page to lose all my bearings. What already was a good book became an amazing one.
Not just for the sake of imagination, because too much of that can result in a childish accumulation of outlandish scenes. Everything that had been mentioned, had been mentioned for a reason and was used again later in a way I would never have imagined. Silas is not only a kick-ass adventure story, it's a truly literary accomplishment. First, it's told from a first-person point of view, by an old man recounting his past, which offers a first post-modernist and metafictional element: he might be lying to us, the reader, or at least altering the facts. I'm not saying this just to sound clever (though I like that too): not to spoil the story, but it does have its importance toward the end when the narrator decides to keep a part of his adventures to "himself" (which means us too...) and tell his wife an edulcorated version. Who is to say he hasn't been doing the same to us all along? (which he has, of course, because this is FICTION).
But enough with this metafictional stuff... Silas is pure pleasure too, not only (but more than it might seem) highbrow stuff. That's something I really like too, when an author combines pop culture and more "difficult" things. Here, Star Wars and Jean-Paul Sartre are mentioned in almost the same breath. Passages reminded me of Wells's The Time Machine or The island of Dr Moreau. I thought of the series Lost at times, but I won't say why because you need to discover that amazing story for yourself. The book / movie Silence of the Lambs too. There's a "lost children" aspect of things that hit close to Peter Pan too. Many other works come to mind, but I'm not trying to make the longest list of references here, I just want to show why this novel is ambitious and why it's such a more than satisfying read. It really is a modern tale, with real feelings, action that keeps you on the edge of your seat, suspense that does just that much, a good sense of humour, .... It's got everything.
Finally, what about Silas, the narrator's dog, then? Well, his name is the title of the book, right? So it won't surprise anyone if I say he's just key to the whole story. And don't expect a simple buddy / sidekick with the wonder lab Silas. He's much more than that. Let's just say that this tale / adventure - science fiction - thriller - action - suspense story is also (!!!) a picaresque novel of homeric proportions, a coming-of-age novel, a quest in which the narrator finds his true self, a feat he would never have been able to accomplish without his precious animal. Transformation / metamorphosis is indeed one of the main recurring themes throughout the story. As well as evolution, from one state to another, and creation (another metafictional element, as it sends us back to the act of writing in itself). All said and done: great book, highly recommended. Congratulations to its author, Robert J. Duperre, a really great writer.
See what I mean? Fantastic. I'm always honored when someone can be that analytical about my work. It really is much appreciated.
That's right, folks! I got to read a slam-bang horror novel! And it was AWESOME! Here's a link to the review:Draculas review!Enjoy! It's well worth the read.
Well, today's a day I've been excited about for some time now. That's right, The Fall
has been reviewed by Pushy Fox over at Bewitched Bookworms, a fantastic blog run by 5 magnificent ladies! Now Pushy (Heather) has been quite complimentary about this particular book, which goes to show that she 1) is awesome, and 2) has a lot of good taste. And just to have our little slice of fiction reviewed alongside the likes of Meyer, Pittacus Lore, Amanda Hocking, JL Bryan, and the rest of the paranormal fiction crowd is really quite exhilarating.Oh, and as an added bonus, the review comes complete with a giveaway of both The Fall and Dead of Winter! So head on over there, write a comment with your email address, and wait a little bit for your chance to win actual hard copies of our first 2 books! This is a great day, folks. We're ron-a-roll, and we're not about to stop here.Read the Bewitched Bookworms review of The Fall here.
EJ Stevens, architect of the From The Shadows blog dedicated to all things paranormal, issued a fantastically glowing review of THE FALL today. It's a truly glowing review, and we're more than proud that she had as many nice things to say about it as she did.FROM THE SHADOWS REVIEWS THE FALL
The review blog, SyriaSays.com, was nice enough to give our little short story collection a rather glowing sendup.SYRIA SAYS REVIEW
For anyone who hasn't known, I, Robert Duperre, have been maintaining a review blog (Journal of Always Reviews) since this past July. I've read a great many fantastic books over the last six or so months, and it's been a pleasure to dive in and see what kind of obscure meanings I can gleam from the text. In truth, this does as much to improve my own writing as it does to help the authors who've created some fantastic, imaginative worlds.Recently, after perusing Youtube and seeing the varying video game and movie reviews done through the venue of video,
I became obsessed with creating a video review of my own, for a book, no less. I decided to choose (author of The Trylle Trilogy
and My Blood Approves
) Amanda Hocking
's Hollowland -
firstly because it's in a genre I love (horror), and secondly, it's just a fantastic book.Here's the video:
So enjoy, folks, and then go pick up the book. Along the way, you might want to also pick up one of ours.
#1 - Reviews are important. Whatever anyone thinks of our books, good or bad, feel free to post a review on Amazon. It helps us gain a readership and guides potential customers to the page.#2 - If anyone doesn't know yet, here is a little bit about our library for all you Kindle owners out there:
The Fall: The Rift Book I Available for $2.99 in the Kindle Store
An ancient evil, trapped in the ruins of a lost Mayan temple for centuries, has been unleashed. It takes the form of a deadly virus, one that causes violent insanity in the living and the recently departed to rise and walk. It spreads around the globe, throwing the world into chaos and war.
As it progresses, those in the States who find themselves far away from the epicenter watch it unfold with unbelieving eyes. From Washington D.C. to Dover, New Hampshire, regular people are hurled into an existence outside their control, left to deal with catastrophic situations that they aren't prepared to handle. Life becomes a nightmare, and that nightmare is spreading.
First time author Robert J. Duperre presents this scenario with The Fall: The Rift Book I, the first of a four-part series. In this book, he throws his characters into a gambit; when the alternatives are life or death, self-preservation or the protection of others, what path will they choose? Is there a darkness that resides in everyone, from every walk of life, that is screaming for release? When society falls apart and we are left to our own devices, will we make the right decisions, or let the tide take us where it may? There is horror, there is death, there are the walking dead, and all around are choices.The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd TalesAvailable for $0.99 in the Kindle Store
...Three brothers traipse across a post-apocalyptic landscape, encountering unspeakable horrors...
...A young boy growing up in suburban hell thinks there might be more to his home town than meets the eye, what with all the children going missing...
...A woman dying of cancer is given a way out, if only she is willing to pay the price...
...The crew of a space station must battle their fears and a strange alien relic when they are isolated from humanity...if humanity exists any longer...
These stories and more await inside the pages of The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales, the new compilation by Robert J. Duperre, author of The Fall: The Rift Book I. Also contributing to this collection are the talented Mercedes M. Yardley, David Dalglish, David McAfee, and Daniel Pyle. Enjoy, folks, and remember - we can't succeed without you, gentle reader. I hope you enjoy the experience we bring you.- RJD
Julie Ann Dawson, editor of Bards and Sages Quarterly, has written a review of The Fall:Review