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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Storberry by Dan Padavona

Dan Padavona is a relatively new writer, but I was wowed with the high level of his writing.  This novel seems as if it was written by a novelist who had been doing this for a few decades.  It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what makes the writing so good, but much of Read More…

Bizarre News by C Michael Forsyth

Full Disclosure: Once upon a time I was a closet fan of the Weekly World News.  I was captivated by the over the top headlines and I got a kick reading through pages of strange, outlandish, and weird stories.  I never thought for a second that there was any validity to any of them, but Read More…

The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough

The Darwin Elevator had an interesting premise, and more than delivered on that premise.  Set a couple hundred years into the future, aliens have approached the planet on three different occasions.  They provided an amazing space elevator on their second approach, and a disease that nearly wiped out the entirely population on their last approach.  Read More…

Movie Review: Ant Man and The Wasp

The first Ant Man movie was one of those stealth Marvel movies featuring a relatively unknown character that kind of snuck up audiences and was a surprise hit.  Ant Man and Wasp came in with far more fanfare, since the characters were now more established and well known.  I was big fan of the first Read More…

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

In Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day, the novel with a long but interesting title, Jenna is a ghost living in New York.  She works as a suicide counselor and a barista.  Originally from Kentucky, she spends her time helping others in order to take away their time and reduce the amount of time Read More…

New Book Release: The Faerie Handmaiden of Annwyn by Andrew Richardson

Dancing with her friends in the mortal realm, Penni, the fairest Tylwyth Teg, has no idea of what she will unleash by disobeying the law. A mortal attacks the handmaidens and blocks Penni’s return to Annwyn.   Banished for breaking the law, Penni is forced to take refuge with Pelling, a mortal, and his family.  Read More…

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

This novel starts off with the beginnings of a war about to brew between humans and lykans.  To this point, the lykans had been a somewhat repressed minority, but factions among them are looking to lash back.  In this story, lycanthropy is similar to a virus, which can be blocked by medication.  About halfway through, Read More…

Movie Review: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

  If you were strictly watching a movie for the action and special effects, then you wouldn’t be disappointed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  After all, it had an island filled with dinosaurs experiencing a total volcanic eruption.  There was a daring escape.  And as far as special effects and CGI, the dinos certainly looked Read More…