Data Runner featured as a Barnes&Noble staff favorite!

October 4, 2013 in Books, Data Runner

I’m please to announce that DATA RUNNER will be featured as a Barnes & Noble staff favorite this weekend! And as part of the promotion you can pick up the book for 1/2 price! So if you have a Nook and haven’t bought the book yet, be sure to grab it now!

Be Sure to Check Out All the Stops on My Blog Tour!

July 29, 2013 in Books, Data Runner, Writing

Okay, so I know I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. That tends to happen when you get deep into a new writing project. Everything else just kind of falls by the wayside. But that’s not to say that I don’t have some new posts for you guys. My blog tour to promote Data Runner starts today, so be sure to check out my guest posts/interview at the sites listed below.

Monday July 29, 2013

The first stop on the tour is YA’s The Word by Katja, where you can read my post called “My Favorite Kind of Dystopian: When Hi-Tech meets Lo-Tech”

Tuesday July 30, 2013

The second stop on the tour is an interview with Books4Tomorrow where I talk about writing and publishing Data Runner, as well as reveal some personal details about my own life and how it has affected my growth as a writer. Here’s a little sample…

What would your choice of music be as a theme-song for Data Runner?

For the action sequences, I definitely imagine music that gets the blood pumping. Something industrial like Rage Against the Machine or Nine Inch Nails. I love the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did for David Fincher’s remake of Dragon Tattoo. I would love for those two to score the parkour action in Data Runner.

Wednesday July 31, 2013

Today’s stop on the blog tour is at Books and their Worldly Realm, where you can read my post entitled Writing Action: How I Brought the Parkour to Life in Data Runner. A definite must read for anyone writing an action-driven story.

Thursday Aug 1, 2013

Okay, you’re probably getting a little tired of hearing me talk about the book. How about hearing what someone else has to say? Today’s stop on the blog tour is a lengthy review and giveaway by Arra Abella on her Style Reader blog. Be sure to check it out for a chance to win a free copy of Data Runner.

Friday Aug 2, 2013

And the final stop on the blog tour is… a very insightful review by HeartJess at her awesome blog Such a Novel Idea. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely check it out.

Data Runner Featured as a Nook First!

July 1, 2013 in Books, Data Runner, Parkour, Writing

I’m pleased to announce that Data Runner has been selected as a Nook First: Compelling Reads From Emerging Authors. The book itself can be found here at Barnes & Noble.

With all that, I’d just like to take a minute to welcome all my Nook readers who may have found their way here through their eReaders/tablets. And to all my readers who have found their way here through whatever means, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a bit about the book and why I wanted to write it.

If you want to know how I first envisioned the idea for Data Runner, you need look no further than the prologue. The vision of a young courier being chased across rooftops with an army of private security on his tail was the seed for what would eventually become this book. I’ve always loved corporate espionage, particularly when it’s blended with sci-fi, and that was one area I felt had yet to be explored as a modern Young Adult story. I’ve always loved the early cyberpunk novels of William Gibson, and there is no question of his influence in my story (sneakernet, megacorporations, etc.). What I really wanted to do was bring back that particular genre of sci-fi and modernize it for the current YA audience.

One of the ways I wanted to modernize it was by using the modern form of running known as parkour. But unlike other books that simply describe the action of parkour, I wanted to get underneath it to the core philosophy behind the Art of Movement. That’s what makes this story different. Just as it is in real life, the parkour in my book isn’t just a series of movements executed by the characters, it is a way of life that requires as much discipline and dedication as any martial art.

Data Runner is a fast-paced, action-packed, thrill ride. If you’re a fan of classic cyberpunk, it’s certainly not a book to be missed. Even if you’re not a fan of classic cyberpunk, or if you’ve never even heard of cyberpunk, the one comment I’ve been seeing over and over again is how unique this book is. And in this day and age, when everything is a copy of a copy of a copy, anything unique is not to be missed.

Enjoy!

sam

Data Runner is Here!!!

June 25, 2013 in Books, Data Runner

Ladies and Gentlemen… DATA RUNNER IS HERE!

Seems like it’s taken forever to get this thing out of the gate, but now that it is, I can’t wait for you guys to finally read it. We’re going to keep pushing to get the word out, but in the meantime I just want to thank everyone who has helped us get to this point with their ARC reviews and tweets.

Phase One complete… on to Phase Two!

sam

5 Days, 20 Hours, 20 Minutes and counting… Data Runner drop date almost here!

June 19, 2013 in Books, Data Runner, Writing

Wow, I can’t believe the Data Runner drop date is almost here! With all the pre-marketing we’ve been doing, it’s actually kind of surreal to realize that people will no longer have to tag Data Runner for future reading but will be able to download and read it on the spot.

There’s been some really good buzz that I want to share with you guys. I just found out today that Data Runner has been featured as a Teen Beach Read on iBookstore (click here for Data Runner on iBookstore), so that’s exciting.

I also want to share an awesome review written by fellow YA author (and UM alumni) Braxton Cosby. Here’s a snippet…

I’m running. I’m running. And I can’t stop. As an ex-track athlete who spent most of his time doing the exact same thing in high school and college, I can appreciate a good run. I was a hurdler. Leaping over a 42 inch barrier, running full speed, with multiple adversaries in the adjacent lanes next to you is no small feat. It takes a great degree of focus and energy . . . Sam Patel set out to create a new series that captures the essence of these elements with his stunning debut in Data Runner.

Please do check out the full review here at Cosby’s Corner.

I’m also pleased to announce that I will be doing a guest post called “Building a Different Kind of Dystopia” for Writing Belle on July 8th, so keep your eyes open for that as well.

That’s about it for now. More updates to follow…

sam

Casino Royale Parkour Chase

June 10, 2013 in Data Runner, Media, Parkour, Television and Movies

It occurred to me after my last entry that I couldn’t post any more Parkour videos without first posting the kick-ass Parkour chase from Casino Royale. This sequence features the great Sébastien Foucan, one of the founders of Parkour (of course, people have been doing Parkour since people have been around, but Foucan was one of the originators of modern Parkour as a structured form).

If you haven’t seen this clip, you’re in for a treat. Watching Sébastien Foucan trace is like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Serena Williams play tennis. It truly is a thing of beauty.

Let’s even make a little game of it. How many of Jack’s moves from DATA RUNNER can you spot in this sequence?

More Parkour Videos

June 2, 2013 in Data Runner, Media, Parkour, Sports

Hi Everyone.

First, I just want to say thanks to all the early reviewers who have taken the time to review/blog about DATA RUNNER.

I did read something in one recent review by Ms. Nose in a Book that really caught my eye.

Something I found really interesting about this book was the weaving of Parkour into the story. Before reading this book I didn’t know what Parkour was and I am really intrigued by it. The book does explain Parkour throughout the story but I feel like it’s given to us through a more personal perspective through Jack’s narrative so I ended up Googling it to get more examples and even Youtube videos of Parkour. I feel like after doing that I have a deeper sense of what it is. I just love that it’s not just something that’s thrown in the book as a mention it was worked in really well and just adds another piece of depth to not only the story but to the character of Jack as well.

I’m so glad that this story was her entry point into the world of parkour, and in the spirit of her newfound interest in the sport, I thought it might be a good opportunity to post a few parkour videos for you guys. This one is a great compilation that’s been getting a lot of hits lately.

And this clip “Parkour Girls Lahijan 2013” was forwarded to me by the marketing and publicity manager at Diversion Books, who thought the idea of young Iranian girls tracing as a form of self-expression was right on point with the story…

That’s all for now, but be sure to check back soon for more. And thanks again to Ms. Nose in a Book and all the others for your honest reviews.

sam

How to Shoot the Parkour in Data Runner

May 19, 2013 in Data Runner, Filmmaking, Parkour, Television and Movies

When most authors start thinking about movie versions of their books, they go straight to casting. I’m a little different. I happen to love the craft of filmmaking, and for that reason I’ve thought often about how to shoot the parkour in Data Runner, and this has led to an interesting dilemma of form vs. function.

The conventional wisdom would be to shoot all the parkour action with a handheld (i.e. shaky cam). The idea here is to put the audience in the shoes of a runner, giving them the visceral experience of running on the heels of Jack, Dexter, and Red Tail. You see this kind of camerawork a lot in television and feature films.

Here’s my issue with that. I’m of the opinion that handhelds are used way too often and unsparingly. Occasionally, a constantly shaking camera can be immersive (Bourne Ultimatum), but most of the time it gets annoyingly distracting (Hunger Games). Nevertheless, handhelds do give you a tightness and intimacy that is often lost when you have to mount the camera to a large gimbal. Steadicams do deliver a smoothness and fluidity that handhelds can’t, but generally have to sacrifice maneuverability in order to get it. So it becomes a question of form vs. function.

Enter the MoVI M10 by Freefly Systems. When I saw this video, and the quality of footage the filmmakers were able to capture with this 3-axis gimbal, I knew that this was the perfect rig to capture the action of the book. This mount allows fast-paced shots to be composed in-camera, preserving the intimacy of a handheld while simultaneously delivering a fluid motion that can showcase all the beauty and elegance of parkour. Watching this video, it isn’t hard to mentally replace the content of each camera movement with material from the book. It isn’t just a perfect melding of form and function, it is the perfect rig to shoot the parkour action of Data Runner.

Check it out, and please comment to let the rest of us know what you think…

Data Runner Reviews Coming In…

May 17, 2013 in Books, Data Runner

Hi Everyone,

So it looks like some blogger reviews for Data Runner have started pouring in on Goodreads. One reviewer even said it reminded her of early William Gibson, which (in addition to being a huge compliment) is exactly what I was going for. Here’s a snippet of her review…

Yay for this book! It’s been a while since I read such fun sci-fi. What I love about the best sci-fi is not aliens or futuristic technology but how it illuminates important social, political and cultural issues in our world. And Data Runner does not disappoint.

It touches on timely issues like fraking, water rights and combines it with great world building, fun data running, engaging conflict and great characters. Data Runner reminded me of the storytelling I enjoyed so much in early William Gibson novels but made relevant for today.

I can’t wait to read book two!

You can check out this and other reviews here at Goodreads.

Thanks to everyone who is taking the time to review the book.

Cheers!

Sam

Data Runner cover revealed at Page Turners Blog!!!

May 2, 2013 in Books, Data Runner

DATA RUNNER cover

In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called “data runners” who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn’t have much choice in the matter. A brilliant young math whiz and champion of parkour, Jack must become one of these data runners in order to get his father out of a major gambling debt. But when a mysterious stranger loads Jack’s chip with a cryptic cargo that everybody wants, he soon becomes the key figure in a conspiracy that could affect the entire North American Alliance. Now it’s all up to Jack. With the help of his best friend, Dexter, and a girl who runs under the name Red Tail, Jack will have to use all his skills to outrun the retrievers and uncover the truth before they catch him and clip him for good.

Greetings and Salutations!

If you’re finding this post, it means you’ve probably clicked on over here from Page Turners Blog, who were kind enough to do our big cover reveal today. I just want to thank everyone over at Page Turners for all their hard work in helping us put this together, and for helping to get the word out about DATA RUNNER. You guys rock!!!

In addition to Page Turners, I want to give a quick shout out to everyone at Diversion Books who have been doing an outstanding job with the book (they rock too!!!).

But the people I’m most excited about are you guys, the readers. I’m super excited for you to get the book into your hands so you can take a run on the sneakernet alongside Jack, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it. As the clock to your right counts down to zero, I hope you’ll continue to check in with me for updates about DATA RUNNER (and maybe even some additional content to expand the DATA RUNNER universe). I’ll also be posting some really cool stuff about parkour, sci-fi, media technology, and all the other things I love to think (and write) about. In the meantime, here’s some links that may be of interest…

Click here for DATA RUNNER by Sam A. Patel at Goodreads

Thanks for coming by,

sam