Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Well here we are again, our fourth go around with zombie Angel Crawford and various misadventures. Except… it’s not really our fourth time, it’s more like part four of a single adventure and that’s part of my problem with the book. This time, author Diana Rowland picks up the action a few months past where the last book left off, but the only advantage that gives us we get the off-screen resolutions of some of the events of last time, but a lot of the major events which were unresolved then start off now, still unresolved. Continue reading “Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back”

Review: Tomorrowland

tomorrowland posterTomorrowland channels the pop cultural idea of Walt Disney and wears its heart on its sleeve… and while that’s okay, I expected more from Brad Bird.

Opening with the “gosh, gee willikers” approach of young Frank Walker to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York (side note, someone should do a piece on the cultural impact that particular world’s fair has had on popular culture) to show off his home built jet pack to Nix (Hugh Laurie). Their dialogue basically sets up the rest of the film: Continue reading “Review: Tomorrowland”

Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an interesting book. I came into it not knowing anything about it other than it had been recomended on some Internet list of “mysteries you should read” and it sounded interesting. When I went to put it on my Amazon wish list (which is an easy way to keep track of things I want to read) it turned out it was on sale so I clicked down my $2.99 or whatever it was and there it sat in my Kindle, awaiting a closer perusal. Continue reading “Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie”

A Widow onto the World (of the Avengers)

Thoughts for a Sunday MorningThis week I went and saw Avengers: Age of Ultron again and with a second viewing comes a second understanding of things. When you know how things play out ahead of time it’s easier to take in some of the subtler points. Additionally, I’ve been reading a lot about the various reactions to the film, the good and bad and everything in between (including the film’s writer/director quitting Twitter – which had nothing to do with reactions to the film but is going to go to my larger point). Now here’s what I’m thinking (and warning, there will be spoilers ahead): Continue reading “A Widow onto the World (of the Avengers)”

The Wolf’s Lair or The Further Adventures of Julia and The Brat

At the Wolf's LairYou gotta love it when a friend bails on ya. You have tentative plans, to meet for a coffee after work then she calls and says she can’t make it because she got a better offer. Fair enough. I understand that. No harm no foul. Of course, to make it up to she comes back with… “so, wanna go to Poland on Saturday and check out a place Hitler used to live?”

This is my relationship with Monika. She’s as good a friend as you can get, even if she does get better offers from time to time. She’s also a great traveling companion and our (mostly) day trips together, from Anykščiai to Tallinn to the one time we went to Finland just to ride roller coasters are all amazing fun – so when she says do you want to check out a place which can verifiably host a placard stating “Hitler Slept Here” who am I to say “no”? Continue reading “The Wolf’s Lair or The Further Adventures of Julia and The Brat”

Review: Chasing the Moon

Chasing the Moon
Chasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the great things about the work of A. Lee Martinez, especially in today’s genre literary world, is that the only thing which connects book to book is that they are all by A. Lee Martinez. This is incredibly unique in a landscape filled with countless series and sequels and prequels and interlocking, shared-universe storytelling which also means two other things: 1) every book requires understanding the particular set of rules inherent and 2) it’s going to be a bit more hit and miss. Continue reading “Review: Chasing the Moon”

Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

avengers-age-of-ultronAvengers: Age of Ultron, as far as I’m concerned, works. Now, to be fair, I’m a fanboy. I’m predisposed to like it and be far more forgiving than others who don’t know Marvel from marvel. This doesn’t mean I can’t find fault with certain elements (I do) but it does mean I’m more willing to give it a bit of lead. I’m also not so tied to the source material that I’m going to freak out becuase something happened on screen differently than the way it happend in issue #183 of the comic. Intention and execution count for a lot with me, as do target audiences and the desire of the writer/director (not to mention the studio) to please as many people as possible. Continue reading “Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron”

DAVID • Sense: Tears a Land Hath Shed

1743487_956660147701377_4806392929608365039_nDAVID • Sense: Tears a Land Hath Shed.

It’s May 1st… Spring has sprung and in a few weeks, Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer will be here.

I know we’re going to do this when the day actually hits, but let’s start early and take a moment to remember the people who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the rights of citizens.

This is a short piece of fiction I wrote to talk about not only those who have left, but also those who were left behind.

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