Thursday, 29 January 2009

Muse & Obama

Has anyone noticed how the lyrics to Muse's "Butterflies & Hurricanes" sound like an Obama speech?


Change everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fight, and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead

Best, you've got to be the best
You've got to change the world
And you use this chance to be heard
Your time is now
Your time is now

Change, everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fight, and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead

Best, you've got to be the best
You've got to change the world
And you use this chance to be heard
Your time is now
Your time is now

Don't let yourself down
Don't let yourself go
Your last chance has arrived

Best, you've got to be the best
You've got to change the world
And you use this chance to be heard
Your time is now
Your time is now



Maybe not quite "revenge", but I thought particularly the bits about "your hard times are ahead", and of course, "change".

Incidentally I think Obama is awesome and Butterflies and Hurriances is one of Muse's best songs. You can see the rather cool (if unrelated) video here:


http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHKSrS8vJyI

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

DEVOLUTION now available in hard copy

Just a quick one to say that my first book DEVOLUTION is now available to order in hard copy from lulu.com/jezkemp for just £6, or the equivalent in dollars/euros/crowns/pesos wherever you are in the world. I wrote Devolution from 2003-2005 and while it's the 4th book I've written, it's the first one awesome enough to put out as a book.

It's a fast-paced, dark action thriller with heaps of politics, philosophy and mystery. In the future, where everyone is dependent on Electric to give them everything, only one man is let out when the colony shuts down. And he has no idea why...

I've also updated the minisite to make it streamlined and much easier to read, you can find it at jezkemp.co.uk/devolution.

Here's the usual cheesy picture of me with the book:



Monday, 12 January 2009

Update on my life

Okay something I realised about this blog is that when I'm not talking about my books or whatever else, I'm just talking about me. Obviously an introduction to NZ for all you guys back home needs a personal perspective, but I said from the start that I didn't want this to be a self-centred navel-gazing blog just about my precious little life. There's enough dross on the internet for that. So this is just a last little update on where I am before I try and return some attention to more important matters.

Had an amazing time over Christmas and New Year's - Christmas was all about seeing relatives and vegging out after the stress of December, while New Year's was about chilling in the sun with friends and nice people and reading. On the subject, here's a reading tip for you - Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Written in 1992, but with the attitude and atmosphere of being written at 11:31pm tonight for the impending infocalypse tomorrow, it's a sci-fi rush with attitude, philosophy and heaps of action. Definitely check it out.

But now I'm back. After 2 weeks of being away it's been great to come home - and to have a flat to call home, and to call Wellington home - but now I'm back to the jobhunting. Which is not good. And I'm looking at my bank balance. Which is even worse. So people better be right when they tell me things get better in January...

Happy new year everyone =]