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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Cell by Stephen King

I wanted to preface this by noting that Stephen King is my favorite all time writer and I have read most of his novels.  Having said that, Cell is an absolute mess of a novel.  There was nothing about it that made any sense.  King must really have been fixated on phones and computers while Read More…

Movie Review: Black Panther

Black Panther is another in a long line of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that hits the mark.  Black Panther is yet another lesser known comic book superheroe that Marvel and Disney have been able to capitalize on and monetize in a big way.  Black Panther has a lot to like.  The first thing Read More…

10 Questions with C Michael Lance

1.  Caribbean Layoff is a big departure from your fantasy writing.  What made you want to write that novel?   Actually, Caribbean Layoff was my first attempt at novel writing. Shortly after getting laid off in the 2009 recession and then getting laid up with a broken leg from a bicycling mishap—with nothing better to Read More…

Caribbean Layoff by C Michael Lance

Caribbean Layoff doesn’t have the most original premise, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in execution.  Steve Henning comes across a wrecked vehicle with a dead drug cartel member and $30 million.  Instead of reporting the money to the authorities, he decides to take it.  He and his wife Read More…

Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland was a bit of a departure from the usual Stephen King novel.  For one thing, although it had supernatural elements to it, it was at its heart a mystery.  Also, I’ve never read a Stephen King book that took place in a carnival setting, although Joyland was technically an amusement park, it still seemed Read More…