About the Author
Russell Stoll is the author of the young adult sci-fi novel Quiznot and the forthcoming mystery/thriller Ink Monkey. Learn more
I loved this commencement address from Neil Gaiman, one of my heroes. Enjoy.
I’ve been in a bit of a rut of late. Given the importance of accountability – and to get me moving again – I’m publically launching a bucket list.
See the Northern Lights in Norway
Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
Go cave diving in Yucatan
Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
Visit Pompeii, Italy
Visit Moscow (1992)
Live in a foreign country for more than a month (Tokyo, Japan; Stockholm, Sweden)
Teach English in Japan
Visit the Grand Canyon with the kids
Visit Kyoto again.
Visit the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt
Go into space on Virgin Galactic
Ski the Swiss and French Alps
Visit Kauai again with my wife
All of the Other Things I Would Like to Do
Own my own business (MediaFatigue Web Consulting)
Start a physical product company
Learn to speak Danish
Achieve zero debt
Drive an Aston Martin
Publish my first book (Quiznot, September 2014)
Finish Quiznot 2
Finish rewriting Ink Monkey
Fly in a fighter jet
Learn to play decent jazz piano
Reach 1,000 mailing list subscribers
Sell the film rights to Quiznot
Learn how to make crème brûlée
Pilot a personal submarine
Fly in a biplane
Buy a decent telescope and learn some basic astrophotography techniques
Catherine Rose Putsche just added a nice review of Quiznot on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:
What a wonderfully crafted story! I was pretty much hooked from the start and look forward to reading more books in this planned trilogy. Russell Stoll has successfully created a thrilling young adult/sci-fi/fantasy book with a likable heroine that the reader can get behind and root for as he is strong, brave and loyal. The only disappointment I had is that I must wait to hear more of Timothy’s adventures and can’t wait to see what they entail. I expect an exciting epic to be awaiting this heroine.
I hear you all. Write faster, Russ.
“Quiznot blends elements of The Last Starfighter and X-Men and a little bit of the sadly canceled TV show Tower Prep. It’s about a kid who discovers he has powers, and enigmatic people at a mysterious school with kids who also have strange stuff. The whole product is just enjoyable, a hero’s quest mixed with teen-outsider melodrama.
“Give this one a shot. It’s new characters and a new story that will remind you of classic stuff. It’s an all-ages story with a creature that reminds me of Lockheed from X-Men. So that’s a few bonus points right there.”
Here’s a link to his blog: RevolutionSF.
I just received a wonderful review for Quiznot from Bethanie Armstrong over at her blog Bethanie’s Blog–Reviews and Faves. Thanks Bethanie!
Quiznot by Russell Stoll
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
And WOW!! I don’t know how else to explain this book. It has hit the Bethanie’s Fave list. I immensely enjoyed this book. Each page I turned I had no idea what would happen next. It was extremely unpredictable and I loved it! Most of the time I like predictability, bu this time it didn’t happen. I was just fine with that.
I still wonder what happened to a certain character in this book, but luckily this is only Book One. I am so excited that I have more to look forward to, and will hopefully have my question answered. Now, I will have to say this. The way the book started off, I thought it was just going to be another boring book about people doing strange things. I was SOOOO happy to find out that I was completely wrong!
Oh my goodness! This book had a huge mixture of things to it. It reminded me of X-Men meet the Stepford Wives. When I said that to my husband he imitated his mind being blown–Ha Ha! He is not an avid reader like me. I was able to get him into reading at one point and every-once-in-a-while I can do it again. I am going to try with this book. I think he would enjoy it.
Mr. Stoll has written a great Sci-Fi book that I would recommend for any age from about 13 and up. It is definitely a young adult novel. What a grand adventure awaits the reader who chooses this book!
WRITING AND STORYLINE
The writing I only found a few mistakes in, but the storyline was impressive. Mr. Stoll wove so much into this book sometimes it was hard to keep up with until you read a few pages in and suddenly realize what has happened. That was the only part that kind of threw me. But once I figured it out, it made every bit of sense. In my opinion it connected the aspects of the book.
One other thing. Some readers care and others don’t. There are very few expletives in this book, I only remember about two. They are very lite.
I don’t ever give much up about a story, because I don’t want to spoil it for another reader. It is kind of like a movie that you want to see and you don’t want anyone to tell you anything about it. You want to find the surprises yourself. This book is full of them. You will enjoy it! By the way, my favorite character was Max.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary exchange was made.
Finally, the print version of Quiznot is available from Amazon.
The perfect holiday gift. Hint, hint.
My debut eBook, Quiznot, finally went on sale today on Amazon.com. Look for the print version in a month or so.
I’m kind of speechless now, just soaking in the moment. For now, more thanks than I can express verbally to my wife Jennifer for putting up with me as I pursued this crazy journey.