Thursday, 30 June 2011

Paul Kearney to write a SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND novel

Paul Kearney has just signed a deal with Titan Books to write a novelization of the Spartacus: Blood and Sand TV series, entitled Morituri.


Sounds to me like the perfect combination of author and subject matter! The book will be out in March 2012.

Update: The new novel uses the Spartacus characters and is set during the events of Season 1, but the story itself is all-new.

5 comments:

Longasc said...

Another chance for Kearney to get long overdue praise!

Richard Raley said...

Will blood and naked people fly out of the pages?

Jebus said...

That is just all sorts of awesome.

Marduk said...

Hey Wert - based on your reviews I have just finished "The Monarchies of God" series by Kearney. I just wanted to thank you for recommending this series as it was phenomenal. While I agree that the concluding volume felt rather rushed overall it was absolutely brilliant, so cheers! I'll need to get onto the Macht series now...

Pyrdwein said...

There is not a doubt in my mind after reading his macht trilogy that Kearney has the background and research skills to write this book. That being said I would so much rather read his amazing original works than see him have to work in someone else's universe.

I watched the first season of Spartacus, and I admit I enjoyed it but it was cheesy and over the top in the same way a good summer popcorn flick entertains.

Having seen/read both I don't think this project grants the author the credit he is due. Kearney might not have the recognition he deserves and I know he has had some publisher issues. Reality being what it is I support the guy no matter what he has to do to pay the bills, but I would be lying if I didn't say I wish he had the freedom to unleash his own brand of magic rather than have to write this book.

The way I see it the Spartacus series, at least on TV, are more flash and splash than the solid deep storytelling that Paul Kearney excels at. All that being said I'll probably read it anyway and eagerly await the books that this opportunity will give him the freedom to write.