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Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. His superhero novel Deep Six: A Just Cause Novel was a Top 100 Semi-finalist in the 2008 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award. He's an eight-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he's tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.
His goal is to become as integral to the genre of superhero fiction as William Gibson was to cyberpunk and Anne Rice was to urban fantasy. The first book in his Just Cause Universe series, JUST CAUSE, is available now from New Babel Books.
When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife Richelle, his children Patrick, Caitlin, and Zachary, house-pets Smokey, Samwise, Morrigan, Isis, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy. His ebooks can be found on Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, iBook Store, and other online retailers.
on Jan. 14, 2012 :
There's a great mix of stuff here that would make any reader happy. Fun and quirky characters who display talents they are not usually associated with in our daily mundane lives, a rebellious alien and lots of action. There's also a reference to a certain fruit from the region I come from and while I'm not a fan of the fruit, I thought it was nice to see it mentioned by an author half way across the world.
Just like the 1st reviewer had written, the e-book in itself was entertaining with all the special features comes along with it. Definitely a recommended read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Allison M. Dickson
on Aug. 25, 2011 :
I could review The Milkman based strictly on its story, which is funny, irreverent, fast-paced, and original as hell (a milkman with a katana battles sentient alien farts with the help of an intrepid young reporter and a group of genius bikers who moonlight as rocket scientists... yeah, really, it's that off the wall), but I'm here to talk about how this is the sort of ebook that I think everybody should buy now, because it gives you a taste of what I think we all can come to expect ebooks to do for us in years to come.
With the clever use of hyperlinks, Healy provides the reader with an enormous wealth of "bonus material," similar to what you'd see on a DVD. We have a commentary track. We have a soundtrack. There's even a "gag reel." Hilarious and original, it's the kind of book for people who love to know all the elements that go into writing a novel, the real-life locations or events that inspire settings or characters. The sorts of things that can turn a book into not only a light and fun read, but a total experience. You walk away with a great appreciation for the material. But even if you aren't into those kinds of things, the links aren't intrusive enough to interrupt the flow of the story. Click at will or don't, it's still a great story.
I should also say that given the limits of current ebook technology, it had to be a seriously time-consuming feat for Healy to put together. Since this really is the future of electronic reading as we know it, I look forward to the day when doing something like this becomes standard practice, because I would love to write and read all of my books this way.
What a fun experience this was. If you love going meta as much as I do, please check this out!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)