This month we return to our Jeff Strand mini-reading series for a few more works. This is due in no small part to the release of the author’s fifth Andrew Mayhem novel (hooray). It is also providing me the chance to catch up on some of the author’s other novels and novellas, many of which […]Read more "Stop Being Polite and Start Being Real: Jeff Strand’s An Apocalypse of Our Own"
The Signalman is an agent for a shady government organization. As The Agents of Dreamland opens, he is waiting in a small diner in the blasted Arizona landscape for a meet with a woman called Immacolata Sexton—and isn’t that a wonderful name? The two are tied to an investigation of a cult known as The […]Read more "The Best Foreshadowing Never Seems Like Foreshadowing: Caitlin Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland"
When I discovered Seanan McGuire’s Mira Grant pseudonym was appearing on a novel set in the Alien universe, I was intrigued. Pairing a love of horror flicks with some solid scientific questioning led to great results in the mermaids books, the novel of which (Into the Drowning Deep) read like an Alien/Aliens inspired exercise in […]Read more "Knives That Hunt: Mira Grant’s Alien: Echo"
On paper, the novel Gideon the Ninth should be a smash hit for me. Necromancers, rapier wielding duelists, a baroque castle in space, eight houses vying for the privilege of ascending into the highest office of the land . . . err empire, death-obsessed nuns, skeleton minions, ancient lore, superscience and mysticism? Sign me up. […]Read more "Sense and Self-Discovery: Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon The Ninth"
Synopsis: Once the dust settles on Eternia, Skeletor (Frank Langella) occupies Castle Greyskull and evil is triumphant. Only He-Man (Dolph Lundgren), Man-At-Arms (Jon Cypher), Teela (Chelsea Field), and the mystic keymaster Gwildor (Billy Barty) oppose him. When their paths lead across a mystical bridge to an alien world, our heroes find themselves in weird territory […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Masters of the Universe"
Synopsis: Frank (Frank Langella) is a “retired” jewel thief and second story man, a father of two, lover of many women, divorced/separated, and living alone in an upstate New York of the near future. His memories are slipping a tad, restaurants he can remember eating at last week have been gone for months or years, […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Robot & Frank"
Synopsis: Trooper Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) is a cop from the year 2300. He’s responsible for taking down a major baddie, called Whistler (Michael Stefani), but that guy has a cult of followers who are carrying around a nasty little bioweapon that turns them into rampaging maniacs even as it eats away at their flesh. […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Trancers"
Synopsis: Detective Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) is a Houston cop who prefers to operate outside those pesky, constraining rules. When he’s on a stakeout, he breaks off to stop a deadly liquor store hold up and manages to take out two armed and dangerous perps, but leaves his partner Detective Ray Turner (Alex Morris) out […]Read more "Don’t Forget, We’re the Good Guys: I Come In Peace"
Synopsis: The Gardner family is not having an easy time with their relocation to the wild hills west of Arkham. Their satellite communication back to the world they left is a bit potchky, impacting matriarch Theresa’s (Joely Richardson) career as a financial advisor. Patriarch Nathan (Nicolas Cage) is trying his best to hold the family […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Color Out of Space"
Mira Grant’s fiction often straddles a line I enjoy, finding the time to explore the science behind her horrors as well as the emotional states of the characters. A couple of years ago, I read Grant’s Subterranean Press original novella, Rolling In The Deep, and enjoyed it immensely. A fun take on mermaids as seen […]Read more "Into the Ocean, End it All: Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep"