Generally, I get these books out, and then I don’t think about them too much. Nobody else does, so it evens out. But uploading the Latest LEXX Unauthorized, I was startled to discover that I got reviews. So, I thought I’d share them. Apologies to folks if I’m violating someone’s copyright. But really, I’m flattered, and frankly, it’s a lonely thing to be a writer. So here goes…
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2017
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
Reviewed in Canada on June 18, 2020
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2020
This first volume focusses on the four feature-length episodes which formed the first season, covering the challenges facing an independent production company trying to film an ambitious sci-fi series in two different countries, with a fraction of Star Trek’s budget – but with far more imagination.
Valdron seems to have spoken to everyone who was ever involved with the show, so there’s enough detail here to keep the most trivia-hungry fan happy for hours – it’s clearly a labour of love.
The book also covers Salter Street’s pre-Lexx projects, making it almost a mini-history of the development of the film and television industry in Nova Scotia.
I’ve been a Lexx fan for twenty years, but there was stuff in here even I didn’t know. I couldn’t put it down, and stayed up late into the night reading it – can’t wait for the next instalment…
I’m liking Valdron’s writing style. He’s got great sentence structure and good command of language. A bit of back and forth in verb tense and a few typos that get missed by software checking might make translation a little wonky in a few places, but for the most part, this is a very good read.
….By the end of Chapter One I was on the edge of my seat, visually riding along. Valdron seems especially gifted at breathing life into the mundane background paperwork info, making it so human that I caught myself holding my breath as I read up to the green light. Every bit of this was worth waiting 15 years to read. And there’s more!
I was well into Chapter Four before I remembered I’m writing a review, very swept along, but this bit grabbed me by the collar and I need to share it- “The script for Gigashadow wasn’t approved until December 22, 1995, but the episode was shot in January, 1996. It seems insane…
Sorry, I’m so Lexxcitable. Back to Valdron’s book. …Entire paragraphs in this book would have been gilded in gold and translated and quoted lovingly across a world of fan sites two decades ago,….. Go. Buy. This. Book.
This is the kind of stuff I love eating for breakfast. One of the reasons Lexx delightfully intrigues me is exactly what Valdron is saying here, and if this book had been out years sooner, I can already tell you I’d have been satisfied enough not to feel the need to create a fan site to talk about this stuff myself.
…That Valdron is able to give us visual inspirations around the Salter Street region gives thinking about Lexx and the Dark Zone so much more depth. “Walking around Halifax or St. John you see homes and buildings that are centuries old, you see cities that are built in forced compromise with their geography. This forced compromise appears endlessly in LEXX’s interiors, and in the mechanical and biological design of the series.” Like Lexx says, “Ouch.” I wanna quote the entire Big Hard Bugs… section and I’m totally holding back.
… I am currently about halfway through the book. ,,,. He put an amazing amount of work into it and then had to work around publishing walls, so thank goodness the world is changing so fast and ebooks are everywhere now, right?
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That’s about it. Seven reviews. That’s not much in the scheme of things. Other writers get dozens and hundreds of reviews and up. Hell, Amazon won’t even take you seriously if you have less than twenty reviews. I think except for the Mermaid’s Tale, I don’t think I have twenty reviews worldwide for the other eleven books combined.
But then again, it’s for a show that’s been gone twenty years, that’s been buried in the bowels of corporate mergers and acquisitions, I suppose that’s not bad.
And yes, I’m putting this up on my Blogg just so maybe, possibly, somehow, I might sell a few more books. Maybe someone who hasn’t even heard of LEXX, but likes Cult TV will be inspired to take a chance. Maybe someone who saw the show might be inspired to learn a little more. Maybe someone who was a fan is willing to give it a shot.
But mostly, I’m grateful. I’ve carried these books on my back for twenty years. All the twists and the turns, the trips to Halifax and Toronto, the endless interviews, the research, poring through magazine articles, online interviews and chats, the ups and the downs, the missed opportunities and missteps, those awful moments when there’d be a publisher deciding to get involved and they’d go “Oh, we’ve already got some other writer in mind.” That breakneck frantic few months when I pounded out 300,000 words of a first draft, to hand it to Brian at Dragoncon (and ouch, he must have been appalled at a manuscript rife with typos and mispelled names), all the life stuff that happened in between, floods and relocations, hard drive crashes, career changes, marital breakdowns,. All that water under the bridge. It’s nice to finally be getting it done.
And it’s really nice to find people who appreciate it. So thank you Janika Banks, thank you GoblinBabe, thank you Abraham, A.H. Karrigan, Stephen Harding and Kindle Customer… Thank you.