To all of my neglected blog readers, I just want to say that my book – one of the main reasons for my sparse posting over at least the past couple of years – is finally here! In fact, I actually managed to get a paperback and Kindle version uploaded to Amazon a little over two weeks ago, just before I went to San Diego for Comic Con (more on that below). In fact, I just got back this past Friday after a Lufthansa 24-hour strike kept me away from home two days longer than planned.
Getting the book ready for comic con was one of my goals, but having to rush things at the end also meant that it’s taken until now for me to really start advertising it, beyond a couple of personal posts on Twitter and Facebook, and to start getting it posted to additional platforms. It’s also taken me over two weeks to even get this post together! But I really want to get the word out, because I’m honestly very proud of what I’ve been able to put together. I’ve reread the book a couple of times since it came out, and it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted it to be.
So, what is this book about anyway?
If you’ve ever enjoyed my science posts here at The Other Murdock Papers, you may have some sense of the kinds of topics included in the book. You probably also have a pretty decent sense of my personal writing style, which ranges from humorous to dead serious, depending on the topic. What I hope will be evident to anyone picking up this book is the passion I have for Daredevil. While it certainly contains its fair share of criticism of certain narrative choices as far as Daredevil’s senses are concerned, the feelings I most want to inspire in my readers are joy, awe, and curiosity.
If you’re a longtime visitor to this site, you may wonder if I’m repeating myself of treading old ground. And the answer is no. The book contains almost entirely new content, even though certain concepts might seem familiar. Because of the book format, it also contains longer passages of “strict” science, which means that I’m not necessarily mentioning Daredevil on every page. I felt that it was important to go a little deeper into the science than most of my blog posts have allowed, in order to create a more solid foundation for discussing what happens in the comics (and in the television show).
As someone who’s a huge fan of the science non-fiction genre, it’s been a lot of fun trying to explain complicated concepts in as simple terms as possible. With that said, you probably have to have at least some interest in learning more about scientific topics, particularly pertaining to the life sciences and neuroscience, in order to enjoy this book fully. I’m not expecting much in terms of previous knowledge (beyond, perhaps, a high school education), but I am asking of my readers that they be willing to learn something new and exciting!
The companion website
If you’re curious to see what this looks like in practice, check out the samples page on the book’s companion website. This site is still a work in progress. Aside from the book samples, it also contains a bonus chapter that didn’t make it into the book (the topic of radiation and mutation ended up feeling like it was straying too far from the focus on sensation and perception). What remains to be added is complementary material pertaining to each chapter. This material is either panels from the comic or other information that may be of interest and can provide people with more reading material. I will also add links to sites other than Amazon where people can find the book.
If you have any other questions about the book, please leave a comment! And it should go without saying that I’m more than willing to take requests for interviews and other things in that vein. Oh, and if you’re someone who’s ever worked on Daredevil (this site has had some visitors that fit that category from time to time), send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll make sure you get a free copy!*
Christine goes to San Diego Comic Con!
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about all the excitement coming out of San Diego! I was thrilled to be on location representing the Save(d) Daredevil team, and was even present in Hall H for Kevin Feige’s announcment that Daredevil would be returning in an eighteen-episode first season of Daredevil – Born Again! This feels like it deserves its own post, so I will have to return to it later. Needless to say, I am very excited about all of it. If you want a glimpse of what we were up to on location, I recommend that you check out the Saved Daredevil Instagram page.
*) Because the spine of the book, in its original design, created some weirdly uneven results when printed to be delivered to customers – and because I found some annoying proofing and typesetting errors – a slightly modified version of the book has been uploaded to Amazon. If you bought a Kindle copy, updates are delivered automatically. If you bought a print copy during the month of July (thank you!), I would be happy to send you an updated version for free. Signed, of course. 😉