Books

Tom Cruise is an Unlikely Jack Reacher

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Tom Cruise is surprisingly convincing as Jack Reacher, as the trailer for Never Go Back demonstrates. Lee Child’s iconic wanderer, Jack Reacher, has been the subject of eight novels, and now the second of two movies starring Tom Cruise. Never Go Back is scheduled to hit cinemas this October. As a writer, I’m a huge […]

Game of Thrones S6 Ep 10 “The Winds of Winter” [SPOILERS]

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Spoilers Ahead. So here we are at the end of Season 6.  The finale.  The conclusion of one story and beginning of another.  And it did feel like a conclusion.  Three arcs wrapped up this week with the consolidation of power in the North, the departure of Daenerys from Dragons’ Bay, and the end of […]

Idris Elba Teases The Dark Tower

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Idris Elba is embracing his role as Roland Deschain. In the year that’s given us ‘Black Hermione‘ and ‘Black Johnny Storm’, plus the debacle of the all-female Ghostbusters, there’s not been a lot of energy left to get our panties in a bunch about Idris Elba being cast as Steven King’s titular ‘Gunslinger.’ But there […]

Publishers laughably claim ‘ebooks are dying’

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My friend who works in publishing recently shared this article from the Publisher’s Weekly, which claimed “e-book units purchased as a share of total books purchased fell from 35.9% in April 2015 to 32.4% in April 2016.” From this, they extrapolated that “e-book reading devices—including smartphones, tablets, and dedicated e-readers—have not delivered the quality long-form reading experience […]

Happy Towel Day 2016

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I had a nagging suspicion that I’d forgotten something important this morning. Something was hovering in the back corner of my mind, occasionally giving the polite little coughs one makes when you’re trying to catch a particularly snooty dry cleaner’s attention. There may also have been some gentle throat clearing. But I was oblivious. I […]

‘Master of Kung Fu’ back in print after 30 years

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“Call me Shang-Chi, as my father did when he raised me and molded my mind and my body in the vacuum of his Honan, China retreat. I learned many things from my father: That my name means ‘The Rising and Advancing of a Spirit’, that my body could be forged into a living weapon through […]

Game of Thrones Season 6 Ep 3 Review: “Oathbreaker”

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Author’s Note: Spoilers Ahoy! “Oathbreaker” was great in that it introduced many new and interesting dynamics to explore amongst our favorite/least favorite Game of Thrones veterans.  The show has focused a lot on its roots recently, with large amounts of time spent reminding us that the Stark kids once had dire wolf pups, parents, and […]

Another Year, Another Hugo Awards Clusterf**k!

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So history has a habit of repeating itself – only more so. Just last year, Maddie and I were writing about the Hugo Awards – sci-fi’s most prestigious competition – and how they’d been hijacked by a cynical voting clique known as the ‘Puppies.’ The ‘Puppies’ decided that the Hugo Awards were too politically correct […]

Chuck Tingle Nominated for Hugo Award

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Legendary smut-writer Chuck Tingle (that’s Chuck “Mother-fukin'” Tingle to you) has been nominated for one of sci-fi and fantasy’s highest awards. Last year, the Hugo Awards were in the spotlight, as the absurdity of the voting system was highlighted when a group of activists tried to game the system to prevent ‘politically correct’ choices sweeping […]

A RANT About How Book Ratings Work

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Let’s set a baseline for book reviews. As a self-published author on Amazon, I’ve had my share of bad reviews. Sometimes, there are elements to a book that need work. Sometimes I just got lazy with editing. Other times, it’s just a flawed book. But recently, a lot of indie writers I know have complained about the […]