Gross aliens and other entertainments

The interview I did with Kacey Kowars is available on his site, for those of you just dying to hear the dulcet tones of Laurie R. King. And if anyone out there saw the television spot Saturday morning or hears the radio bit today, let me know what you think.

I’e2’80’99ve had an entire forty-eight hours at home, leaving only to go to lunch and a movie with my daughter. Unfortunately, we decided to do the Fourth of July thing and see The War of the Worlds, which was so abysmal we then came home and fed Independence Day into the tape player to take the taste of it out of our minds. Why does Hollywood persist in the idea that they don’e2’80’99t actually need a writer for a script? The problem, of course, is trying to convert the original movie into an action-adventure vehicle for that Scientologist gentleman (and, will anyone look at that standard staring expression of Cruise’e2’80’99s quite the same way after the Lauer interview?) WotW was a scary story, but basically there’e2’80’99s nothing for a hero to do except stay alive, and keep his kids alive, until the viruses do their thing. Anticlimax doesn’e2’80’99t begin to describe it, in this case, and I’e2’80’99m not even going to apologize for giving away the end because honestly, it’e2’80’99s not worth the investment to get in the door of the theater.

However, the Fourth is over, and I’e2’80’99m on the road again. Today to Santa Rosa, and I’e2’80’99ll overnight in SF because I have a noontime event there. My Abyssinian cat may never speak to me again when this tour is over.

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  1. myninki on July 5, 2005 at 1:40 pm

    The site is and you can download it, wich is good for the dial up like me juts right clik on the link.

  2. Lisa in FL on July 6, 2005 at 1:28 am

    So glad to be validated in my loathing of WotW, as the other three people I saw it with thought it was “pretty good.”

    I devoured Locked Rooms and handed it off to my mom yesterday. Thank you for yet another great read.

  3. Anita on July 6, 2005 at 1:44 am

    I had heard that H.G. Wells would be shocked to see the new version. That is so true. The special effects were good. The daughter was good. That was about all. Too many strange loose ends left over when the movie was over. It could have been so much better. There were some previews that were scarier than WotW!

  4. Elaine B. Mulligan on July 6, 2005 at 5:25 pm

    The interview was very enjoyable and informative at almost 20 minutes in length. I thought you were more comfortable being interviewed than Kacey was in interviewing. He did ask some interesting questions and I enjoyed listening you dulcet toned(g)detailed answers. That was fun !

  5. Anonymous on July 14, 2005 at 1:13 pm

    A good cure to get that ugly “taste” out of your mind for next 4th of July is to watch the restored version of 1776. (William Daniels as Adams, Ken Howard as Jefferson, Howard Da Silva as Franklin). A good reason to feel patriotic and proud.

    (a new reader of yours, who just blasted through each Mary Russell book in the past three weeks, thanks for hours of wonderful reading)

  6. Anonymous on July 21, 2005 at 10:32 pm

    I agree about WOTW. Too much footage of frightened people staring. I had hoped that the film might have used some of Orson Wells’s radio broadcast from the 30’s — it would have been a nice homage.

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