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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Top 5 Gangster Movies of all Time

1.  The Usual Suspects – This movie is sheer brilliance.  Everything about The Usual Suspects is subterfuge.  After having watched the movie a couple of times, I still don’t have a good handle on what really happened.  The writing was phenomenal.  The acting of Kevin Spacey was even better.  The movie carries the viewer through Read More…

Contagious by Scott Sigler

The sequel to Scott Sigler’s amazing thriller Infected, which I listened to as a podcast novel, Contagious starts off with newly elected President Gutierrez dealing with a major crisis. The planet is being quietly invaded by an alien force, which takes the form as triangles that latch onto people’s bodies and take over their host. Read More…

10 Questions with Matthew Warner

1.  What inspired your bigfoot-like creatures in Blood Born? Blood Born started with a question: what would be a good metaphor for a virus scaled up to the macro size–that is, instead of microscopic organisms in our blood, they’re creatures as big as you and me? I’ve always been fascinated and a little sickened(!) at Read More…

Blood Born by Matthew Warner

In Blood Born there are a series of rapes that are plaguing Virginia and the DC area.  These are no ordinary rape cases, and when the victims become pregnant with a gestational period of one week, it is clear that the rapes aren’t being committed by human perps.  Detective Christina Randall is investigating the case.  Read More…

All Time Greatest Television Series #1: Lost

For me Lost was the best thought, most intelligent show on television.  It was also network television’s last hurrah.  All of the really good shows these days are now on basic or premium cable.  When I first heard of the concept for Lost, I thought it sounded cool, but at the same time I didn’t Read More…

All Time Greatest Television Series #2: Game of Thrones

This is the best show currently on television.  The novels by George R. R. Martin are absolutely amazing, so the source material for the show is top level. The HBO series does an amazing job of staying loyal to the storyline as well as the spirit of Martin’s writing.  The cinematography has the quality of Read More…

All Time Greatest Television Series #3: Carnivale

Carnivale was the most complicated and in depth show I have ever watched.  This was probably the reason why it never clicked with a large scale audience and was canceled, much to my chagrine, by HBO after only two seasons.  The show’s creator, Daniel Knauf, had intended the series to go for six seasons.  If Read More…