Thursday, July 25, 2013

Science Fiction

A lot of today's science fiction is smart and action-filled, but not so much chockfull of wonder.  Part of that is my fault.  Along the way, made curious by all the science fiction I devoured as a kid, excited by the space program, I became too knowledgeable for the science fiction I grew up on.
I read stuff now, or watch my son play through immersive games like Mass Effect, and I just don't have that sense of wonder I used to have as a kid.  I weigh and measure every postulate that is presented.  I figure out for myself what scenarios are possible and what scenarios are not.  I'm too jaded, too much the cynic, and I no longer get totally wowed by the marvels that I see taking shape in books, movies, and games.
But every now and again, I see a cover like the one above, and I remember that twelve and thirteen year old boy that ventured out into worlds that will never be (Pluto isn't even a planet anymore) armed with a sword or a ray gun and a sense of adventure.  That boy had a great life that I realize my fifteen year old son never will have.  The bar for his sense of wonder is set much higher.
Even though I grew up without video games and television, and without a doting father who made sure I had plenty of games and books and watched Dr. Who with me, I think I had the better childhood.  And I regret that I can't give him that same sense of marvel and discovery.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Whole Lot of Disturbing!

I remember talking to Joe as they were getting ready to shoot this puppy.  Now it's out.

I Want To See This Movie!

I enjoyed DISTRICT 9 a lot and this has got a cool story as well as tech.  Matt Damon looks awesome in this one.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Caught My Eye

Just picked up the book on Kindle.
The latest Sword and Soul novel by Milton Davis returns to the land of Meji, the amazing world of Uhuru. It tells the story of Sadatina, a girl on the brink of becoming a woman living with her family in Adamusola, the land beyond the Old Men Mountains. But tragic events transpire that change her life forever, revealing a hidden past that leads her into the midst of a war between her people and those that would see them destroyed, the Mosele. Armed with a spiritual weapon and her feline 'sisters,' Sadatina becomes a Shosa, a warrior trained to fight the terrible nyokas, demon-like creatures that aid the Mosele in their war against her people.

Woman of the Woods is an action filled, emotionally charged adventure that expands the scope of the world of Uhuru and introduces another unforgettable character to its heroic legends.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Caught My Eye

Love this cover.  Have been picking up the series, but haven't had time to read them.  Soon...

Monday, July 15, 2013


Are you jonesing for more B-horror movie goodness after watching Sharknado?  Schlock Zone Drive-In has you covered!
WORMS!  Dig in!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Young mountain man Shooter York had been trapping with his cousin George Monk and returned to find his beloved Tennessee home in turmoil as the US Army enforced the Indian Removal Act in 1833.

Shooter hadn't agreed with the proposed action, but it hit even closer to home than he realized when a friend of his got caught up in the middle of it. Moon Bear was accused of killing an Army transport crew and of taking rifles.

After helping the Army find Moon Bear, Shooter learned that his friend was looking for his son, who was following Calling Owl, a renegade leader conducting raids on helpless settlers. Shooter and George had no choice but to free Moon Bear and take up the hunt. But with the US Army on their heels and riding into the teeth of dangerous renegades, Tennessee seemed more crowded than ever.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Another Great Cover!

I love the way this looks monotone, yet all the details leap out.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Caught My Eye!

Absolutely love this cover.  Have to look twice to see everything that's going on!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Lone Ranger

I didn't care to see this at first, then I saw the trailer and got excited.  I've read some reviews that weren't all that happy with the movie, so now I've lowered my expectations.  I'm still going to see it, but I also still can't get over the Johnny Depp/dead crow thing.