My favorite short comment recently: A Twitter follower of mine wrote: “This guy Jesse Sublett is nuts! But he’s my kind of nut.”
Since I last wrote to you about Grave Digger Blues, my new eBook crime novella for iPad and Kindle, a couple of cool new reviews have come in. Nice comments. See them below ( I’ve also added them to the Grave Digger Bluespage).
This is something really different. Grave Digger Blues is a departure from Jesse Sublett’s excellent books. The Martin Fender series takes the detective novel on a tour through the music demi monde by way of Austin. His memoir, Never the Same Again is as enthralling as any work of fiction and it’s real. Now, he’s trying something new. Grave Digger Blues brings in Sci-fi, a bit of poetry, and art. It’s nothing less than an attempt to re-think the novel for the digital age and it’s really brave. Some sections work better than others, but it’s a good ride. I’m hoping that Sublett plans to take this further, he’s on to something and I want to see where it goes. — Kathleen Maher, writer
Grave Digger Blues is perhaps too gentle a name for Jesse Sublett’s vision of the end of the world as we know it. To sing the blues, you have to have lived the blues. To write about hell on earth, you have to have lived it. Jesse has, and has emerged the stronger and more perceptive for it. Grave Digger Blues showcases his prowess as a writer, songwriter, performer, and graphic artist. I am jealous of precious few writers; Jesse Sublett is one of them. —Richard Zelade, author
I really appreciate this kind of support. If any of you have read the book and enjoyed it, it would be really great if you went to the Grave Digger Blues listing on Amazon and also the listing in iTunes or the iBookstore and give it a rating and write a few lines about it. If you aren’t involved in this kind of publishing, you have no idea how essential it is to have that feedback in order to make any sales. It’s difficult to get the old school media to review eBooks, so eAuthors are very dependent on fans and friends for their positive feedback.
You may already be aware of the cameo appearances in my new new by walking catfish (an oversized mutation of an Asian species, Clarius batrachus, a k a, walking catfish, which have undergone disturbing changes due to radiation in the environment in the last weeks before the end of the world), or I hope you are aware of that, anyway, but it’s possible you might have missed this story about aggressive catfish which I found on NPR yesterday. I’m posting it here for your enlightenment. Ladies and gentlement, I present Krulwich’s nature blog, shining a well-deserved spotlighted PIGEON EATING CATFISH. Or you can just go straight to video, below.
NPR’s Krulwich rightly compared the catfish to orca, the killer whale. Ever seen those big cute panda bear sea mammals come shooting up out of the surf onto the shore to grab and devour a cute little sea lion? It’s quite impressive. Also you may or may not be familiar with the fascinating snakehead catfish (Channa striata, and other related catfish), which can migrate across land from pond to pond. There was a scare about those beasts taking over in the US a couple of years ago. They’re also common in Asia. Strong fighters. Sport fishermen like tussling with them.
Snakeheads are sold in the U.S. both as food in Asian markets and as pets, being prized for their hardiness and aggressive habits. Snakeheads in U.S. waters are generally assumed to be former pets whose owners tired of them and dumped them.
An interestingly put factoid here about the appetite of these boogers, expressed in a cost-benefit ratio from an article posted in 2002.
Snakeheads are sold in the U.S. both as food in Asian markets and as pets, being prized for their hardiness and aggressive habits. A six-inch snakehead that costs $7 will eventually eat up to $8 of goldfish a day.
You may have noticed that I’ve begun blogging about the Secession craze sweeping the country lately, particularly the darker corners of the Old Confederacy, and the old Lone Star State has been leading the way. Leading the way to Clown Heaven, that is. I find this a very interesting story and I’ve been posting new blogs here and then uploading them to OpEdNews.com, a great progressive news site. You can link directly to those stories at OpEdNews and give them some props, tweet them, like them on Facebook, and various other forms of digital love. The first one was ESCAPE TO CIVIL WAR LAND, published Dec 9, and the second is SECESSION OBSESSION UNABATED.