Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sci-fi Movie Review: "Star Trek: Into Darkness"

I'm not a Trekkie. I could never really get into (or stand) the television shows in any of their incarnations.

That said, I have enjoyed a few of the movies based on the TV shows and I wouldn't mind watching the ones I haven't seen. Similarly, if there was a "best of" Star Trek where all of the filler episodes were removed and it was boiled down to the essential bits, then I would probably not mind watching that either.

Anyway, I did enjoy the previous reboot movie (found here). This is the inevitable sequel, and it stands up for itself as well:


On Never Reading Anything by Robin Hobb Again: The Rain Wilds Chronicles

I'm starting off combative because I'm very weary of having my time wasted by piss-poor excuses for books. There's a good chance that someone will eventually convince me to read one of the other offerings by Robin Hobb or her alias, but they will have a much more difficult time to do so after I've read 2 of the 4 Rain Wilds Chronicles books and started the third.

I am astonished that someone can be such a good writer and write such an uninteresting story and have characters with little to no redeeming qualities continuing to be jerks.

I really wanted to enjoy the Rain Wilds Chronicles, and perhaps that is why I am taking it so poorly.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Dragon Haven" by Robin Hobb Book Review

So I was able to finish Dragon Haven last night, but have been running around a little bit more than I expected today. (Unexpected offer of a job interview + no clothes o_o)

Anyway, I'm happy to report that if Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven had been released as one book, then it would have been a good book. A real-book book; not a half-book, a never-should-have-been book, a book with no end, an Act-II-less book, a tease book, a book that had it been released by an indie or self-published writer would have been heralded as why indies and self-publishers should not write and publish.

Anyway, here's the Amazon link:


"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" Movie Review

This 2012 comedy-drama was a bit of a nut to crack. It was a definitely a slow burn with the humor being more a result of absurdism than anything (link note: I linked to the Wiki article because if you're not familiar with absurdism, it's hardcore in this movie and it might be nice to at least be cognizant of it).

For all the absurdity, much of the film rang true in a way that many apocalyptic movies never have. Yes, obviously there would be preppers and riots and whatnot, but the everything as normal save everyone's expiration date in site affecting everyone's actions and emotions, it just felt real.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review of "Dragon Keeper" by Robin Hobb

So apparently I was a little farther in the book than I thought I was when I posted my initial impressions of Robin Hobb's writing (I am reluctant to say, "Ms. Hobb" since it is a penname and a title with a penname seems odd to me.

I just finished this, well, I guess you can call it a book. Here's the Amazon link:

Initial thoughts on Robin Hobb's Writing

When I was a kid I remember trying to read a novel by Robin Hobb and not being able to get into it at all. I have no memory of what that novel was, but my first impression on my childhood thoughts was that I must have been so full of crap that I couldn't see what the author was offering.

Although, I have been burned before by favorite authors. I honestly believed Sanderson could do no wrong only to not be able to read more than 20 pages of one of his novels before returning it in disgust.

Anyway, I have a few initial thoughts on Robin Hobb's writing style, or what I can glean of her style, as I make my way through Dragon Keeper.

On Why I Haven't Posted a Review of "Un Lun Dun" by China Mieville

Some have inquired why they haven't seen a review of it yet. Does it really take me months to finish a novel? Here's why:

I couldn't finish it.

Not because it was bad writing or bad editing or anything like that. I couldn't feel anything for any of the characters, they annoyed me more than they intrigued me and were not overly sympathetic to me, and also, it was too foreign.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quick Tip: Wookie Voice

A wookie impression isn't exactly rocket science: make your best approximation of a bear noise, add water (or drink of choice), gurgle while making bear noise, and adjust to preference. Eventually, you'll be able to do it without the water.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I don't own or have anything to do with wookies. Just trying to help people have fun.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Quick Update

Getting back into the habit of writing everyday, although I'm not up to full productivity levels (or anywhere close to be honest...I'm at like 5%).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Music Confession

I realize he's right up there with the rest of the musical pillars or whatever, but I cannot, cannot, cannot STAND Bob Marley.

Monday, September 2, 2013

"Way of the Warrior" sneak preview

Hello to all!

I know it's not the novella that you've been promised, but here is a sneak peak into one of the battle sequences of "Way of the Warrior". This sneak peak was available last month to subscribers of my newsletter. Please e-mail zero@apocalypsedesigns.com if you'd like to join. Thank you!

Note: If you thought "The Throne of Ao" had over-the-top action, wait until you see gods and goddesses of Ao in action.

Hashtag WotA

In the interest of keeping you informed: I have not died.

I realize that the promised updates have not come. For more, let me refer you to this: I'm crap at deadlines. I'm really sorry about that. I'd like to tell you all that the delays are a thing of the past, but all I can say is that I'm working on it.

One thing that is relatively easy for me to do though is talk about WotA; unfortunately, the list of people I have to talk about it is relatively small. Luckily, there is a modern day alternative to talking that does not take up much time: Twitter.

So what I have been doing lately (I've been trying for daily, but even if I miss a day, I usually release 2-5 tweets at a time) is tweeting factoids about WotA. Whether it's a monster, geographic location, character or legend, I tweet. Hashtag WotA.