June 30th, 2014
Some people get mad when you ask simple questions. As people ought to know, I’ve been working on a couple of books off and on, mostly off because I haven’t had time, but now I’ve gotten back to it and I think I’m making some good progress. However, as people also ought to know, I am entirely turned off by self-promotion and marketing and I’m loathe to actually do any of it myself once my books are finished and ready for sale, either to a traditional publisher or to put them up on Amazon as an e-book.
So I asked a bunch of writers and other industry types what I should do and the answers ranged widely, but some of them were really kind of interesting.
June 29th, 2014
Now that 24 is back on the air with their new “event” called “Live Another Day”, I’m reminded why 24 really sucked so bad the last time around. It wasn’t always that way, in fact, 24 was a damn good show for the first 4-5 seasons it was on the air. Then, it started to slide and eventually went into freefall and finally went off the air after 8 seasons. It’s come back since, once as a televised movie and once as this 12-episode event.
Unfortunately, it’s never recovered from it’s fall from grace, it keeps making the same mistakes that drove it off the air in the first place. Let’s look at the problems behind 24 and how to fix them.
June 28th, 2014
I’ve been extremely critical of the various fannish communities I’ve encountered in recent memory but I’ve never really understood why they are all, virtually without exception, so horrible. Now, I think I’ve come up with that reason.
June 27th, 2014
This is actually an even more belated review than normal, it’s been sitting on my Amazon list forever, then I got it and it sat around for a long, long time until I actually got around to watching it. It’s not because I didn’t want to watch it, although my wife really isn’t into horror movies, but for some bizarre reason, it would never play right on our Blu Ray player and it was too late to return it to Amazon for a replacement so it just sat on the shelf gathering dust. Eventually, we got it to work and here’s the review of Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods.
June 26th, 2014
This is a transition week, we say goodbye to Continuum and Orphan Black which finish their seasons this week, then we check out two new series, Dominion and The Last Ship, plus Defiance comes back for its second season. This is the busiest week we’ve had for a while, 9 shows, so let’s take a look at what was on this week on TV Thursday – 6/26/14.
June 24th, 2014
You know, there are some movies I’m not really in a hurry to see. Some, I immediately put on my wish list when they come out on Bluray, some I even try to pre-order and then there are movies like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which honestly, I want to see sometime, I just don’t bother trying all that hard to see them.
So here’s my belated review of the latest Peter Jackson Middle Earth money grab.
June 23rd, 2014
Every once in a while, I stumble across an older title that sounds kind of interesting and it sits around until I get around to watching it. Seriously, I have about 15 completed dramas sitting here waiting for me to find time to watch them. Good thing summer is upon us and the TV schedule is dropping, it’ll give me a chance to get through the backlog.
Lupin no Shousoku, or “Lupin’s News” is a 2008 movie broadcast on WOWOW and now, nearly 6 years later, I get to see it! So how is “Lupin’s News”? Read on and find out!
June 22nd, 2014
I don’t get to review books that often, mostly because I don’t have as much time to read them as I’d like, but recently, I sat down and read I, Zombie by Hugh Howie. It’s a story about a bunch of individual zombies following some undefined apocalypse in New York City. What’s different about these zombies is that they retail their memories and personalities from before they were turned, they’re just trapped within their minds and can neither communicate nor control their bodies, they’re just along for the ride, horrified as anyone else would be at the legion of walking dead.
June 21st, 2014
I’ve been reading science fiction, in particular, for a long, long time and based on when I started, in the late 70s and early 80s, has generally influenced how I look at science fiction writing overall.
I bring this up because recently, I’ve been cataloging my books after a couple of my older paperbacks were damaged and I really wanted to know what I had, where I had it and in what format I had it in. It also got me wondering if anyone wrote the kind of books that I loved and that’s why I’m turning to you, my loyal readers, to see if anyone has any good suggestions.
June 19th, 2014
Here we go again, another week, another 6 shows to take a look at. We close on the season finales of Continuum and Orphan Black and we see the last episode of Believe, just as the summer season is about to heat up, and by heat up, I mean two shows return and two new shows start. Theoretically, Perception started this week but it just didn’t go up in time to get it in this week’s review. I don’t know if I’ll ever bother doing two episodes or just let it roll a week late, it depends on how fast things get out in the future. So how do things shake out? Let’s take a look at TV Thursday – 6/19/14.