The words are gathering and a number, 30,000, comes nearer. These are the finest words I have ever put together under one fictional heading, and it is my sincere hope that they are the most innovative too.
As a story of speculative fiction, this is going to be one that has not been done before. That is my goal. The reader will not have seen anything like this.
So far, nearly 30,000 words so far, I am living up to this standard. It is exciting, it is terrifying, and it is incredibly difficult.
Is the bar too high?
My feeling is that the bar is never too high, but I do have to decide when to stop tinkering, when to stop scrutinizing everywhere in the feeble reach for revision perfection.
And sometimes if the limbo bar is held just too low for success, you can arch your back and strategically use your stomach to nudge the damn bar up just high enough to get by without disrupting the entire conga line.
How’s that for a metaphor?
Be excited. This piece has a large part of my soul embedded within. An no one will see it coming.
Fantasy-Matters Impulsive Review of The Hobbit *Spoiler
By R.J. Huneke
Understand that the scrutiny with which the live-action film The Hobbit is described here comes from more than just a fan but a Tolkien-ologist that has coveted and studied the book for over twenty years with love.
Suffice to say, the Peter Jackson movie adaptation was extremely entertaining and funny, but utterly devoid of the spirit, realisticness, and meticulous attention to written Tolkien details that made The Lord of the Rings film trilogy such a masterful blend of on-screen magic and incredible story-telling as professor Tolkien might have wanted it viewed.
Peter Jackson and company’s loosely based version of The Hobbit was fun as a return to Middle Earth but continually disappointing as the novel’s story was repeatedly ignored or trumped by blatant disregard for reality or seriousness and replaced by overtly cartoony CGI and terrible Hollywood writing throughout the entire three-plus hours of film.
This movie was made to be visual eye-candy and comedic relief, utterly dumbing down, chopping up, and replacing the background, the history, and the legendary story with a mishmash of disjointed Hollywood ideas used purposefully to stretch one story that would have filled one three-hour-plus movie beautifully to three greedy shells of the written Tolkien material that they are supposed to be based off of.
What comes to mind, and causes great pain, is that this new Hobbit edition trilogy reminds one of the Star Wars prequel saga in both its harsh lines, complete disregard for the original films’ non-green screen special effects where actual physical sets and locations made the wonder real to the eye. Now the Episodes I, II, III from George Lucas are enjoyable and entertaining and give hungry Star Wars fans more time to spend in the amazing mythic universe that they long for; but the original trilogy is pure art and myth done to near perfection, and the newer versions overly relied on new technology as an easier way to film expensively (without all the brick and mortar building and carpenters) and the eye-candy, marketing to really young kids with cartoon-like characters and laughs dumb down the entire series.
So it is now with The Hobbit trilogy. What was once a cornerstone of Jackson’s career – his amazing makeup and effects team – gave way to a cheaper and easier method of CGI as is seen most clearly in the cartoon character of the White Orc Azog, who Tolkien wrote died in the battle that Azog now miraculously survives from so that we, the moviegoers, have the visual 3-D stimulation of seeing a sled pulled by rabbits and the poorest imagination of Radagast the Brown ever (let’s make him an idiot that lives with bird crap on his face) running in circles to have Azog’s mindless minions follow them around and forget the dwarves they are hunting (all of which never happens in a Tolkien book).
The book’s story was stripped and overwritten with Tolkien allusions so that three movies could be made to gain more profit by the studio than one film. The screenwriting that Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson so arduously went through to use Tolkien lines in almost every instance of dialogue in The Lord of the Rings is totally forgotten; Guillermo del Toro (who I love, as Pan’s Labyrinth is not just great but amazing) and Jackson and the other writers here went for the quickest and easiest way to achieve the goal of bastardizing the great story for three lesser ones to appease the powers that make money in the film company.
The lines are often so awful that the whole scene seems to stop and become ruined by them, like when the Great Goblin (that also looks awful in its carton CGI) gets cut by Bilbo and says, “That did it” as he falls to his death.
Lastly, Bilbo’s great character arc from the book is trampled, quite like Peter Parker’s in Spiderman 3, as he is Thorin’s doormat only until he earns the dwarf’s respect when he saves his life . . . yet this never happens in the book! Bilbo instead slowly finds more of courage and gets the dwarves out of more jams (with the barrels I assume will be ignored in the next film) and his growth and reception are natural progressions that eventually pit his wit and fear against the wicked and cunning dragon Smaug.
To sum up, not only does the look, feel, and writing fall far short of anything pertaining to Jackson’s first trilogy, but the protagonist is ruined as well, so that the stellar acting – and it was stellar with Martin Freeman and Sir Ian Mckellan and the rest – becomes wasted amidst this flurry of outside story plots, twisted Tolkien ideas, and an overall 2-D, IMAX, 3-D, 3-D 480FPS film experience made specifically for five-year-olds and extremely stoned human beings that will sit with short attention spans and soak up the computerized eye candy and way too overt and unnatural jokes that Jackson made out of all of Middle Earth in The Hobbit.
Impulsive Review Grade: B-
Rune Works is ecstatic to announce that R.J. Huneke's newest thriller novel will also become a graphic novel written by the author!
"I feel this work has a lot of intrigue for potential readers, and with its sharp, visual qualities, making a dystopian graphic novel makes a lot of sense," says Huneke.
Read more of this conversation @ Rune Works.
I've done it!
The story has been written, and the first draft of my newest dystopian thriller novel is complete!
It has been quite a ride, and my arduous research and many months of writing have yielded an incredible tale that shakes the notions of societal norms and controls.
Looking back on the process...
Read the rest on the RUNE WORKS page.
Thanks for all of the support!
Well I have to say I am very privileged to be speaking tonight at one of my all time favorite book stores in the world The Book Revue!
Rarely do old time independent book stores offer up such glorious selections of myriad amounts of literature - at great prices - in such an aesthetically pleasing setting as The Book Revue in Huntington, NY. The town is also a personal favorite hangout of mine, as great food, art, culture, music, and books come together brilliantly there.
Anyone attending my reading from THE SUBLIMINAL RELIGION tonight can listen in to a carefully chosen selection, the Q/A session, and audience questions for free. Books will be available for purchase, and I will be signing as well.
I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Happy New Year!! Here's a quote to start it off:
"You ever start a holy war, Jamey boy?"
And here's a reminder that I'll be reading from THE SUBLIMINAL RELIGION on Thursday, January 5, 2012, at the Book Revue in Huntington, NY. There will be a Q/A session afterwards, so submit questions for me...please! And of course the book signing will commence to round off the evening.
Come spend a blasphemous evening with R.J. Huneke at the Book Revue on 1/5/12 and celebrate the release of his newest thriller THE SUBLIMINAL RELIGION
_ Come to the Book Revue on January 5, 2012 to spend a blasphemous evening with R.J. Huneke celebrating the release of his newest thriller THE SUBLIMINAL RELIGION. Along with an interview Q/A session, book signing, and an alleged gluttonous performance (and we can’t even imagine what that could entail), R.J. will be reading from his dystopic novel in this true book collector’s paramount, nestled within the foothills of Huntington, NY. We hope to see you there!
Reading "The City and the City," by Mieville, is like walking into a dream. Stark realism and a vivid murder investigation starts the tale off as James Patterson might. The story builds with the investigation, the police-life in the Eastern European country of Beszel and subtle details about a bordering country that is off limits to everyone in Beszel.
The horrific murder mystery swirls amidst stranger circumstances that build on top of one another bewildering the tenacious Inspector Borlu. The reader is taken from a point of detailed city cop life to something that is hazy and does not quite make sense in Beszel, though it is not clear just what that is. It is exactly like being dropped into a dream. The underworld of the city is exposed in all of its scarred detail, but there is more going on just beyond...there is something weird about the bordering land...
I have turned the tide and started on my journey. Words and Worlds hang in the balance and I am writing it all down before the RJ Tower! Read about my newest novel on CyberwarSeries.com