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Friends & Enemies

Few things irk more than defending a public figure. They should, especially when they sought that public status, be prepared and able to defend themselves. Or hire people whose skill lies in that field. But then, Trump. Where there is a level of derangement in the...

Toxic Fandom

Kelly Marie Tran was a mostly unknown actress until she landed the part of Rose in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SW8EP8). As I have written, Rose the character, was three points short of useless and completely unnecessary. A simple explanation of the plan to the heroes...

The Heartreader’s Secret

It is always nice to get a book to review, and it comes with the first two in the series. It is nicer when those books are so wonderfully clever, unique, and well written that you don't feel the weight of obligation over reading them. The Heartreader’s Secret (book...

Origins Game Fair – Where Discourse Is Unwelcome

First things first. I don't have a dog in this hunt. I was not planning on attending Origins, and never would have, as it is in Ohio, and I simply won't go to that state unless absolutely necessary. So this doesn't impact my plans in the least. Second things...I am...

Book Review: Creature of the Night

Well. This is a quick read, at least. This is like reviewing two books. Book one had some good commentary on the absurd obsession with 'reality' TV, especially the reductive contest type. Book two forgot all that, and instead went for stupid levels of absurdity,...

Book Review: Down To Oath

There is an art to writing fiction. The characters need to be likable, accessible, hopefully relatable. The plot needs to flow, and avoid the pitfalls and traps of running your character into dead ends, jumping around, and so on. Sometimes, all that happens, and you...

Ready Player One

Yes, this is a bit late in the game, and no the movie had nothing to do with this. But I will talk about the trailers after the book. Spoilers below the fold. Ready Player One is...well, it is a lot of things. It's good. Let's lead with that. It's good. The basic...

Disposal

This is the third book in the Pop Traveler series by Tara Tyler. Since I had missed the first two, I will cover them a bit first. In book one, Pop Travel, we meet J L Cooper, widower PI and general dropout from life. He is hired to find out what happened to a man's...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Spoilers under the fold. So, Friday I saw Star Wars 9, Episode 8: The Last Jedi. It was...really uneven. Some parts were among the best things I have seen from the franchise (one sequence was among the best I have seen on screen period). But then there were the other...

Dishonor Thy Father

Wow. This was a lot of fun to read, and then...well, wow can go both ways. This is a well crafted murder mystery, with a lot of background, and a lot of twists. And well-done ones, not the 'oh, look, a twist' kind we see so often. This book covers some touchy topics...