A last reminder that I’ll be at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop this Saturday at noon. They have many copies of BRAVO. I will sign them. If you want one signed for you, you should contact them (information at the link). I will happily sign and/personalize as you desire, just let them know how you’d like the book done.
This looks to be the only event around the publication of BRAVO that I’ll be doing. A couple other bookstores (Poisoned Pen, for one), will be receiving signed copies, but those will NOT be personalized.
Again, if you want a personalized and/or signed copy of the new novel, please contact the kind folks at Seattle Mystery Bookshop.
(For the record, I will cheerfully sign other things at the signing — comics and novels alike. It is, however, considered an appropriate courtesy to make a purchase from the bookstore if you’re bringing your own books for me to sign.)
“The nature of modern warfare, modern espionage, is that it has truly become global – there is no one front, it’s all the front. In the same way that terrorism and organized crime have synthesized into one organism, we’re seeing the same in regard to military and espionage operations. To depict that, the whole world had to be open for play.”—Greg Rucka talks to The Reading Room about widening the scope of Jad Bell’s world in his new novel, Bravo. (via mulhollandbooks)
The man was a giant until two years ago, when his back started hurting on a trip with his grandson to Europe. He’d had other issues with his health — knees that didn’t work right because of football played for the University of California at Berkeley; a heart defect that kept his pulse rate so low he could down a double espresso and not hit 30 bpm. But the knees had been replaced, and the pacemaker had brought his heart rate up, and he was still a giant.
He was a giant not because he was a big man (though he was, he was towering, he had been a linebacker for a reason). Not that he was a smart man, though in his field he became a pioneer, and this after scoring “lower than a monkey” on his application to law school. He had dyslexia, and he only worked harder as a result.
He was a giant because he was a good man. He was the best man I have ever known. His empathy was enormous, his compassion even greater, so much so that people came to him from thousands of miles away to seek his help and his counsel. His kindness bred loyalty, and there are people today who practice his kind of law because of what they heard him say when they were young, because of what they saw him do when others were in need. He met presidents and luminaries and other people who are called “great” and none of those things impressed him, but they perhaps marked the edges of everything that made him stand so tall, that made him a beacon.
I am not a giant. I do not know how to be a giant. I am not strong enough, or smart enough, or wise enough, or kind enough, or good enough. My whole life I have stood in the giant’s shadow, and I know that for many that would be a place they wished to escape, but never once did I want to leave his side, that shelter, that home. He was my hero.
My father left us this morning.
He leaves behind a family that adored him as much as he adored us.
My new novel, BRAVO, came out this past Tuesday and is now available everywhere books are sold, except, apparently, via Amazon, because I am a Hachette author, and Amazon and Hachette are at war.
Be that as it may, the book is out and it is available in both hardcover and various electronic formats from a long list of retailers. If you’d like a personalized, signed copy and cannot attend any of the signing events I’ve blogged about, I urge you to take a look at this post, and contact Seattle Mystery Bookshop, where I’ll be signing on 2 August.
Before I sat down to write BRAVO, I wrote a short-story that was half-character study and half in service of a very good cause, that of supporting the Muskego Public Library. The short story in question, “The End is Never Pretty,” was first published in Murder and Mayhem in Muskego, edited by Jon and Ruth Jordan of Crimespree Magazine.
The story is part of the “Bell canon,” though it is not itself a story about Jad Bell at all, but rather about Petra Nessuno, who plays a very large and very crucial part in the new novel. Petra herself recounts a somewhat edited version of this story to Bell in the course of BRAVO. The story served as the introduction of Petra and Heath both, as well as an explanation as to how Petra ends up where she is at the start of the novel. It is by no means required reading to enjoy BRAVO, but it certainly is, as they say, “value added content.”
“Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. One federal judge found that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles.
But on Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will headline a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley, Mother Jones reports. Attendees can also attend a general reception for $3,000 per person. The proceeds will go to both Rick Scott’s gubernatorial campaign and the Republican Party of Florida.
Scott has long been a proponent of private prisons, even as he has maintained a cozy relationship with prison executives. In 2010, he campaigned on pledges to save the state money by turning more state-run prisons over to private companies. But several years later, prisons were costing Florida more money. Scott has since backed a move to privatize prison health care, and his Department of Corrections forged ahead with a plan to do so even without the approval of the state legislature. That move was eventually upheld by an appeals court and the move will now cost 2,000 state workers their jobs.”—Private Prison CEO Will Host Florida Governor At $10K-A-Plate Fundraiser | ThinkProgress (via alexsegura)
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
Just read your interview about the next Lazarus arc on CBR. Are you depicting Hock as being kinda like North Korea with the propaganda, whereas with Carlyle its more subtle?
I suppose North Korea is a fair analogue, though that wasn’t an overt influence. George Orwell is the most readily apparent over influence, honestly, but in that, yes, you get to North Korea in perhaps one or two very short steps.
Hock is bad, bad news. One of the things that’ll become more and more apparent as the series progresses is that, for all of the vileness of the Carlyle “system,” they are one of the “best” Families to live under.
Which tells you something about how effed up our world is right there, I suspect.
Do you have hope for a good Queen & Country movie? (I'll admit that I love Q&C, which is what got me into reading the rest of your work.)
I have great hopes for the Q&C movie — everyone involved, everyone I’ve spoken to, are precisely the kind of people I had always hoped would be on the project. It’s a long way from “wants to make a movie” to “movie is released,” we all know that, so my fingers are crossed. But yes, I am very encouraged.
I'm going to be mean now, so feel free to ignore this :D From your Reading Room interview: "I am not going to write a how-to manual on the best way to murder someone." Did you read Ellis' Dead Pig Collector? If so, did you like it?
Hah! You misunderstand me, sir, and you’re reading far more into that interview than is warranted. I’m not indicting Warren. Understanding the difference between fiction and non is only the start — what the reader does with the text is beyond the author’s control.
Dear Greg, I hope you don't take this the wrong wat but are you proud of the Whiteout movie? I know it wasn't a succes with critics and box office but I really enjoyed it. Yes the comic was better but the movie wasn't terrible in my opinion. I hope that my opinion matters to you and I really hope that Whiteout Melt will one day happen.
No, I’m not. I think there’s some good stuff in it, and some very good performances by a couple of the cast, but on the whole, I think the film absolutely failed to honor the source material, and, most crucially, I think the film chickened out about Carrie and turned her into just another cliché.
That was their right, however, and they paid Steve and me good money to do just that, so I really can’t complain. It’s not something I lose sleep over ;)
Hi Greg, I just started reading A Gentleman's Game, and was surprised at what I thought was a fictionalised account of the 7/7 bombings, then I realised the book came out the year before, in 2004. That must have been fairly freaky for you I imagine.
(Ideally Portland’s “BricksCascade” in March of 2015.) Images from the book are helpful for some of the individual room details, but what I’m ideally searching for is something along the lines of floorplans for the building. I don’t know if DC had an official set, or if you, Brubaker, and Lark cobbled one together for your own personal reference, but if one exists, I’d love to get access to it. Floorplan, list of rooms, various notes…anything you could get me would be of help. (2 of 3)
Got your multi-part. I believe that Michael’s floorplan of the MCU squad room is included in one of the Gotham Central HCs, but I’m not 100% sure about that — though I’m 100% sure that someone out there can either verify or refute. If it is included, I’d think finding a scan should be possible. I’ll dig around a little, but my hands are a bit full with some Life™ stuff at the moment.
Love the idea, though — hope to get to see it in reality!
“A remarkable moment from last night’s remarkable Snowden video from the Guardian. In a discussion (around the 7:40 mark) of zero-knowledge systems whose operators can’t spy on you even if they want to, Snowden reminds us that Dropbox is an NSA surveillance target cited in the original Prism leaks, and that the company has since added Condoleeza Rice, “probably the most anti-privacy official we can imagine,” to its Board of Directors. He contrasts Dropbox with its competitor, Spideroak, whose system is structured so that it can’t betray you, even if Condi Rice wanted it to.”—Snowden: Dropbox is an NSA surveillance target, use Spideroak instead - Boing Boing (via alexsegura)