Reviews

Sweet Christmas (Reviews)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Sweet Christmas (Reviews)

There’s actually a couple of reviews here, so let’s get right to them. Tons of spoilers ahead! Justice League: I make no apologies for being a Marvel fanboy. Spider-man was my jam when I was a child, and I grew up loving the Hulk, Fantastic Four, and the whole long stable of Marvel characters. That said, I had no problems with DC titles either, and often enjoyed a Batman comic, or Swamp Thing, or even a Superman title. Some of their later imprints by the time I was an adult were putting out some spectacularly good shit, like Sandman and Doom Patrol. DC used to put out great movies, too. The original Superman movies with Christopher Reeves were excellent,...

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Space Opera – Review

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Space Opera – Review

“In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Great lines are always difficult and tricky little bastards to peg down. I think this is especially true of comedic works, where you are balancing setting your tone of voice with your setting and the style of humor. While Adams’ first book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is more well-know, I think the line from Restaurant is funnier, though not by much. And it’s this style of humor that Cat Valente captures so charmingly in her new novel, Space...

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Reviews and Reviews

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Reviews and Reviews

Now that the writing has been rolling along for the past few weeks, I’m going to try to get back to doing reviews as well. So, let’s call this “The Return of the Reynolds Review.” I’ve got a movie and a book in store, so stick around, kiddies. Lots of spoilers ahead, so I’mma not even gonna mark those bad boys, but the first paragraph of each will be spoiler free. Lost in Space (Netflix): I admit it, I’m old enough to have watched the original series. Well, not in its original broadcast airing, but in syndication in the 70’s. On top of that, I have to admit I watched the really, really BAD late 90’s movie (Matt...

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1632 & 1633 (audiobooks) – Reviews

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

1632 & 1633 (audiobooks) – Reviews

I haven’t kept up the pace I need for 50 Books Read in 2018. I have nothing to blame but myself and Skyrim. After all these years, I still get back into it from time to time. This time around, I’ve learned the joy of mods, fan made packages that alter, fix, or somewhat change the game for the better (mostly, assuming you get them to work on install). It started with my desire to find the right home for all my stuff. I found a great one called Riverwood Manor that has displays for many of the special items you can earn in the game, plus lots of different rooms (even an eight story tower). Now I’m adding mods that change some of the visuals, modify...

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To Say Nothing of the Dog (audiobook) – Review

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

To Say Nothing of the Dog (audiobook) – Review

I mince no words about my love for Connie Willis’ writing. Ever since I discovered her collection of short stories, Impossible Things, I’ve been an admirer of her prose. She has a remarkable way of drawing you into a story, and can write in a variety of forms, whether suspenseful drama or comedic slapdash. Doomsday Book clearly falls into the former category, but another of her Oxford time traveling historians books, To Say Nothing of the Dog, is firmly rooted in the latter. I’ve read this book before, but as it had been a long time and I needed something quick to download for more work commute, I decided to revisit an old friend. It was every bit as...

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Eternal Sky Trilogy – Review (plus bonus movie review)

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Eternal Sky Trilogy – Review (plus bonus movie review)

I’ve finally begun thinking about goals for 2018. I’ve got the usual writing goals – finish one novel that is in the works, make significant progress on the WWI fantasy trilogy, and write/finish ten new short stories. But on top of that, I’ve decided I need to read more, so I’m adding “Read 100 novels” as part of my goals. I’ve downloaded the NPR book concierge list of best books of 2017, which includes everything from non-fiction science stuff to fantasy and science fiction novels, and will randomly pull things from that list as the year progresses. I think doing so will give me a chance to read a greater diversity of...

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Review – The Mist (television series)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 1 comment

Review – The Mist (television series)

I’ve been a Stephen King fan for many years, and read a ton of his works. While I love his novels, it’s his ability to deftly craft a creepy short story that I admire the most. I’ve had the pleasure of reading several of his collections in the past, including the one that contained the original novella version of The Mist, and loved the story. The 2007 movie adaptation, while lacking some of the verve and punch of the story, was an enjoyable film in my opinion. I thought that it had an even better ending that the novella. But really, what can beat a story about a strange fog that blankets a huge region and is filled with all sorts of weird monsters that...

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Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

I’ve been wanting to get this review done the last couple of days, and I think I can squeeze it in now. Which is good, because the weather is miserable out, my work day has been sucktastic, and I need to focus on good things, wonderful things. Non-deplorable things. And this, my friends, is sooooooo fucking good. I’d listened to the first of Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Skies series, Range of Ghosts. It was one of those books that I didn’t take a shine to at first, but which grew on me. It’s high fantasy with a very unusual setting and some really intriguing world building, but it’s a bit… heavy. Hard to explain what I mean, it...

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Review – Spoonbenders

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Spoonbenders

I ripped through another book due to my prolonged summer cold. By the way, I do not recommend getting a summer cold. It ruins your weekend and turns you into an escargot snot factory. I don’t often get sick, but when I do, I really go all out on it. But I digress. Over the past few days I read Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory. My wife recommended it, but I went into it with somewhat low expectations given my enjoyment of Bone and Thunder and this being a very different sort of novel. It far surpassed that novel, in plot, characters and overall writing. Spoonbenders tells the story of the Telemachus family, once on the verge of fame for their psychic abilities. But...

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Review: Of Bone and Thunder

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review: Of Bone and Thunder

The wife and I are on a reading tear now. We started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager late last fall, and we finally finished up both series this week. Yes, we’d already seen them (or rather, I’d seen all of Voyager a couple of times but not much of DS9, and she’d seen most of DS9 but not as much Voyager), but it was fun to revisit the two series. I came away with a much deeper appreciation for DS9 than I’d had before, and think it was probably the best of the late 80’s through late 90’s Star Trek series. There were plenty of stupid shows, but the over-arching theme and plot of the Dominion war through the...

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