Sunday, March 30, 2014

NOAH (the movie) would be better titled AH NO!

(Spoiler alert!) The Noah movie does have a couple redeeming qualities like the awesome special effects and the creation montage, though that part was too short. Going in, I expected a purely fictional story and so I won’t touch on any inaccuracies here. BUT … even if you think you’d like a movie where Water World meets Transformers you may still be disappointed. The Noah character is bent on seeing that the entire world is destroyed (because it is his calling from above) and this includes his own family. At the end he suddenly has a change of heart; however, this change of character comes out of nowhere with little to no motivation.

Tubal Cain, the evil king who sneaks aboard the ark, points out that Noah has become a servant to the animals when in fact man was created to have dominion over the animals. His observation is dead-on and the writers would have done good to listen to their own character – that something was amiss.

Fallen angels who have become rock people rise up from the earth to help Noah build the ark and fend off the deluge of people who attack it when rain comes. This was plainly bizarre and the one and only rock person we interact with in the movie had a developed history but no personality.

The emotional scenes in the film failed miserably and this may have been because the only character we could even begin to remotely identify with was Ham. Those that protect the ark are all killed and they die and go to heaven. This could have been a profound emotional scene except for the fact that we never got any screen time to bond with any of them beforehand and – they were rock people.

Every story about Noah ends with a rainbow and the pulsating circular light was different; however, it became redundant after the third time they showed it. As an effect, it really wasn’t much better than the disappointing burning bush in The Ten Commandments.

Overall, I left not only disappointment but also with a feeling of disturbance. I can’t put my finger on what is troubling me so much about this movie – I think maybe it is the fact that they spent $150-million dollars and could have made a master piece but instead gave us indigestion.

David Speight – Author of Atlantis: Fall of the Gods and Atlantis: Rise of the Nile

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Clues in Papyrus Four

On the journey to the Island of Gadeirus in Atlantis: Bearer of Fruit (papyrus four) we learn that Aedon flies a Delta-transporter which is powered from an invisible power grid which radiates from a distant pyramid. He also carries an emergency supply of orichalcum (energy) in case the grid goes down. Last thing he wants is to end up in a tailspin, diving into the ocean. All of his worst fears are paid off in the first papyrus (chapter) in Atlantis: Fall of the Gods.

Back to the first book: When we meet Curious Cain at the plaza, he makes a remark which is a reference about being his brother’s keeper. This remark was inserted as a motif reminiscent of the Cain and Able story. Could this be the same Cain?

This chapter also tells us about Aedon’s missing eyebrow. Someone else also has a missing set of eyelashes. Any guesses? A hint in the right direction would be to read the papyrus titles Poeku’s Ladder in the second book.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

From Papyrus One to Book Three

In the first papyrus (chapter) of the first book, Atlantis: Bearer of Fruit, we are introduced to a number of key props of which each has its own story. Three of these props, however, do not have their mysteries unwound in this first book. What are those three key props? Glad you asked.

The Crystal Frog:

Ausethen shows a crystalized frog that he just learned how to make in Alchemy Class. Faeraud inquires about the process and if it would work on humans. The connection for this process is not paid off until the second book, Atlantis: Fall of the Gods. If you read the papyrus (chapter) titled Speciation Crib, you will learn more about Faeraud's devious plans for this crystallization.

Hedge Plants and Poems:

In order to receive a better grade on their final exam in lab class, we learn that magic poems recited over hedge plants can cause them to quickly and thickly grow -- almost instantly. Faeraud remarks that he hates these plants, and rightly so, as they halt his advance when Ahteana uses them in the second book, Atlantis: Fall of the Gods. You can read this adventure in the papyrus called, Mighty An Icy Fortress.

Areshia's Sandals:

There is a small commotion when Yapet drops something and knocks one of the ornaments (a globeaky or key) off of Areshia's sandal. We have to assume that he did something to this sandal, like exchange the globeaky on it, because later in this first book, he tries to keep her sandal, and by the time they meet up in the Agglomeration Forest he is trading globeakys again. The plot surrounding this key will be revealed in the third book, Atlantis: Rise of the Nile, due to come out end of 2014. Look for the papyrus called The Frosted Desert.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bearer Of Fruit listed on

The official site BOOKAWARDS.COM with over 200,000 hits a day has picked up and posted ATLANTIS: BEARER OF FRUIT for its 2011 Award. You can find it in the Fiction-Fantasy section.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Maskes

Busy writing away on the last installment of the series, I haven't kept up much with this blog. I will try to come on more often, even if only to give a piece of trivia like I will do today.

In the latest novel, Atlantis: Fall of the Gods, Papyrus (chapter) six is titled The Maskes. While a cute and creative little chapter, I have to give credit to Disney's Adventurers Club (which closed in 2008) for this inspiration as well as the Tiki Room, of course. You can view a sample of this once fantastic place on YouTube at:


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Inspiration for The Tebeck Crest

Atlantis: Bearer of Fruit (Book 1, Part 2, Papyrus 2) starts out with a description of un underwater eatery.

The Tebeck Bridge hovered over First Mote connecting to the boardwalk. It had a little restaurant which sat in the side of its curve and was adequately named the Tebeck Crest. The stone building spiraled its way underground three levels deep where windows protruded into the underwater life of the mote. Sea horses, octopus, dolphins and mermaids swam by, ignoring the gluttonous gawkers. Flickering blue reflections bathed surrounding stone walls with coolness.

In 2008, on a trip to Sea World in Orlando, Florida, we had lunch at a restauruant called Sharks. The place offered a view of underwater sea life while you dine. I drew upon this experience when writing the first draft for the Tebeck Crest chapter.

In case you're in the Orlando area, here is the info on "Sharks" --