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.
In order to get things going for the holidays, I've decided to ramp up the game by offering a free promotion for both The Fall
. The Fall ends at 3AM eastern time December 15th, while Silas
will end its free run at the same time on the 16th. So get over there and pick up a couple good books...for nothing but the effort it takes to press the purchase button.THE FALL: THE RIFT BOOK IClick here to purchase at Amazon for free!SILASClick here to purchase at Amazon for free!
And we have a winner!
There were over 450 entrants into the contest, so there was some tough competition. So congratulations goes out to...
The lucky lady walks away with a new Kindle3, complete with a skin featuring the cover of Silas!
Thank you to all of the blogs who participated! It was a fantastic experience for myself, and with the fantastic reception this book has received, things are only looking up from here!
A huge thanks goes out to Kismet Book Touring for organizing this whole shebang. You do great work ladies!
I'm a little late to the game here - with the lack of power last week and all the overtime because of the hurricane, my internet usage was limited, at best - but I'm here to announce that the fine ladies of Kismet Book Touring kicked off the blog tour for Silas last week! Here is the list of hosts and links to the content they've provided so far:
Monday, August 29th - April, My Shelf Confessions
Tuesday, August 30th - Johnny, Pages of Forbidden Love
Wednesday, August 31st - Greta, Paranormal Wastelands
Thursday, September 1st - Lisa, A Casual Reader's Blog
Friday, September 2nd - Karen, The Slowest Bookworm
Monday, September 5th - Melissa, Books and Things
Tuesday, September 6th - Heather and Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, September 7th - Cindy, Oodles of Books
Thursday, September 8th - Theresa, Just One More Paragraph
Friday, September 9th - Gef, Wagging The Fox
Monday, September 12th - Mandy, The Well-Read Wife
Tuesday, September 13th - aobibliophileô
Wednesday, September 14th - Aparajita, Le' Grande Codex
Thursday, September 15th - Farrah, The Book Faery Reviews
Friday, September 16th - Nevey, Le Vanity Victorienne
So now that you have the list, whatever are you supposed to do with it? Well, as a part of this tour, along with the interviews and special stuff that abounds, we're giving away a Kindle 3 along with a brand-spanking-new Silas skin! All you have to do is go the the blogs, read through the posts, and enter into the contest forms. Each form has a rather simple question having to do with building the Silas playlist, and the correct answer will award you 3 points toward the grand prize! In other words, there are 15 chances to gain a total of 45 "entries". Can you get better than that?
So head over to the blogs, folks, and enter to win! Oh, and help support up-and-coming authors!
Heather Bannon (One Pushy Fox) of the Bewitched Bookworms posted her review of Silas today on the site. It's fantastic, I tell you. This is also the woman who's charged with running my tour, so I'm definitely in good hands. Let's say YAY for folks who love our work!Check out the review - http://www.bewitchedbookworms.com/2011/08/review-silas-by-robert-j.html
My good friend and fantastic author buddy Dan Arenson joined me in promoting our respective books on E.J. Steven's From the Shadows
blog. It's really quite entertaining, if I do say so myself. Check it out by clicking the link below!Ken from Silas meets Gloriae from Blood of Requiem
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Yes, folks, the new book is up and running - on Amazon and Amazon UK in ebook format, that is. The paperback is still a few days away, but it'll get here, I promise.
So, here's the cover and description:
"Ken Lowery is a man at odds with his life. He hates his job, is disappointed in his marriage, and feels resigned to leading a mundane existence.
That all changes when his wife brings home a rambunctious Black Labrador puppy named Silas, who forges a remarkable connection with Ken and begins to heal his inner turmoil. When some neighborhood children start to go missing, he takes it upon himself to protect those around him and is thrust into a surreal world where monsters roam. Not everything is what it seems to be, he soon discovers, including his new best friend."
I really need to thank Dans Arenson and Pyle for their work beta-reading this manuscript. And of course I need to thank Jesse for the fantastic cover, Mel Rico for the lettering, and my wife for putting up with me. Last but not least, thank you Leo, my one-eyed yellow Lab, who was my true inspiration for writing this story.You gentle readers can purchase the ebook at, as I mentioned earlier, Amazon and Amazon UKPeace, folks, and we'll talk to you soon....RJD
So yes, folks, we're well on our way. Silas will be released in ebook format on June 1st, with the paperback to follow on the 10th. I've seen the cover, and it is SPECTACULAR!
In other news, in celebration of the new book we will be lowering the price of The Fall to 99¢, both to drum up interest and offer folks a cheap alternative to be introduced into our world. So look out for it in the next few days...
Peace, all, and the next time you hear from me, the new book should be up and running.
Here we are, everyone. May 1st. This date means something very special to me, so I thought I'd post about it right here, right now.The Fall first went live in paperback on April 21st, 2010. That means that Jesse and myself ave been going at this little thing called publishing for a year now. This is as good a time as any to get everyone up-to-date on how the experience went for us.As I said, we released the first book on April 21st. In the last nine days of that month we sold 15 copies of the book - exclusively to family and friends. I watched our rankings drop and thought, "well, this is how it's gonna be. We're a hit!"Then...reality struck.Sales dropped in May, and we saw little to no movement. In that time I decided we best get into this burgeoning ebook market. On June 5th we released The Fall on the Kindle, and again I thought things would just take off. I sold a grand total of 5 ebooks that month. However, this slow progress didn't deter me. I kept plugging away at other projects while constantly updating our books with new corrections and edits. I started my review blog, "Journal of Always", in July, and started to gain some exposure. By the time October rolled around, when I took part in Amanda Hocking's "Zombiepalooza", her dedication to Halloween, things really started to take off. In November we broke 100 sales in a month for the first time, along with releasing "The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales". We were on our way.So here we are now, with three books out there and one more to be released this coming June. Our sales have been relatively consistent and we've made some more-than-significant progress. Reviews have been (mostly) good and the reception has been greater than I would've hoped.I know some people only believe numbers, however, so here you go. This is how our books - The Fall, Dead of Winter, and The Gate - have
fared over the last year:The Fall: The Rift Book IPaperbacks Sold - 65Ebooks Sold - 2783Total Sold - 2848Dead of Winter: The Rift Book IIPaperbacks Sold -
19Ebooks Sold - 1276Total Sold - 1295The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd TalesEbooks (and Total) Sold - 1254Overall Sales for TRO Publishing, our little baby here:5397Boo-ya!Peace, folksRJD