Below are the major places you can download Shaolin vs Vikings. All of them are free ebooks–mobis and epubs and pdfs galore.
The exceptions are Amazon, which as of now is .99 cents (though I’m working on getting it free) and Lulu. There you can order a paperback book, which costs just under 10 bucks (plus shipping) which is the cheapest I could get it.
Update: Apple and B&N are currently not active. I’ll update them when possible.
So if I had known how much time it would take, I might not have gone ahead and made this book, which I’ve been working on since February. Not even counting the writing, I’ve probably put 100 inefficient hours into this, and honestly it’s probably closer to 200.
But I’ve learned a little bit of formatting, some Photoshop, some patience (probably the most important thing of all) and overall it was probably a worthwhile process.
And now it’s done. Over 70,000 words, 20 stories written in 12 different countries, and each story comes with an original illustration. I really owe a lot especially to Wind Lothamer, who allowed me to use that amazing image for the title plus provided the art for the title story, and to Nahid Taheri, who hand-painted so many of the great images.
And it’s entirely free!
The PDF is free/ PWYW on Gumroad and totally free on Smashwords. In the next coming days, hopefully, it will appear for free on Amazon and B&N and Itunes, etc.
This is only a Halloween movie in the loosest sense, (Aliens once being ranked with vampires, ghosts, and witches as fundamental aspects of the holiday, though I think that is less true as time goes on.) But Nahid kept reading scholarly references to it while researching her Masters and so we sneaked it in to our viewing.
What did you think?
Nahid. It was interesting and a little bit disturbing. A little bit sad. There were moments I wish I could have cried. It had a good balance of action and satire. The satire was good, but it did follow the action movie formula.
What was your favorite part?
Nahid. The parts where he was running away, trying to survive, trying to get the guns from the Nigerians, those parts. I like that, especially with the refugee crisis and people having trouble getting integrated into societies if they are even allowed in in the first place, that there are commentaries on it. I wonder if they could have put in a mention of humans trying to improve the alien situation–would there be charities?
Oh I also like that the main characters was borderline un-likeable, a spineless corporate person.
What was your least favorite part?
Nahid. Where he hit Christopher and stole the ship. It didn’t make sense at all. Also, the final fighting had too much lecturing. Both the Nigerian and the South African talked for too long instead of just killing their enemies. Also, I don’t like that Christopher left them all behind.
Do you think you’d watch this again?
My thoughts. I had forgotten how much I liked this movie. True scifi greatness; the satire is some of the best. I like how it’s kind of mockumentary but not limited to it, how the aliens aren’t subtitled, how the good the practical effects of his hand were, how the two primary aliens are a father and son. Sharlto Copley is so perfect in his role that it’s tempting to think no other person could have done better. I’d say it’s up there with Aliens as an effective satire and kick-ass action movie. Other than a few Act III missteps, it’s almost a perfect flick.
Here’s the trailer.