Cloverfield Paradox

I just finished watching Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. I liked it, but I’m a bit tired of the genre mashup aspects. I want a straight ahead monster movie. This one is like 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was a sorta monster movie transplanted at the end onto what had been up to that point a tense psychological thriller. Same here. Most of the movie is a tense sci-fi disaster movie that explains how the Cloverfield monsters came to Earth, which is fine.

One thing, though: the size of the Cloverfield monster at the end . . . just how big is that thing? Or is it flying?

Football-the American kind

I love football. There’s nothing like it when your team wins. Of course, some people are lucky enough to be Stealers (intentional misspelling) fans and get to watch their team win ALL the time. But others are raised in a finer city but cursed with a worse team. In my case, the Cincinnati Bengals. Ugh! Anyway, the season ended last week. It was a disappointing season but it ended on a fine note with a titanic touchdown.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I’m late to this party, but the cool thing was that I got to binge read the entire trilogy. I’m not going to review everything in the story because the plot is too massive to succinctly condense.

 
Instead, I’ll summarize my thoughts by saying how much I admired, envied, and loved Mr. Brown’s beautiful writing and his remarkable characterizations (and this is easily the strength of a series filled with many strengths). In addition, no good space opera is complete without battles that put you RIGHT THERE and Mr. Brown doesn’t disappoint. And did I mention that the books give off a strong epic fantasy vibe even though the series is technically science fiction? It’s like the very best amalgamation of Dune, Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones and an overall absolutely fabulous series.
 
A word of caution: like many, I put off Red Rising because when I sampled it, I realized that it was written in first person, present tense, something I thought I’d hate. I didn’t, and I quickly stopped noticing it. Oh, yes. And a new book in the series, Iron Gold, releases this month.

Justice League-a very spoilery review

A long overdue movie review. It’s of Justice League. Spoilers galore so stop reading if you plan on watching it.

What a fun mess of a movie. I’m still trying to figure out how I could have enjoyed a movie that was so wild and bizarre. Multiple origin stories that basically say, “Here’s your hero!”. Check. A nonsensical story line about ‘mother boxes’ that somehow unite and destroy all life. Or maybe the Earth. I can’t remember. Anyway, it’s probably not important but check. Russian family in danger. I thought we weren’t supposed to like the Ruskies? I guess they’re ok when an alien is threatening to destroy the world. On we go with Greek gods fighting super-powered aliens. Check. Some stupid sounding, stupid looking villain with an even stupider name. Steppenwolf in this case. And yes fanboys, I know he’s an old DC villain, but c’mon, Steppenwolf? The wolf of the steppes? Whatever.

Anyway, the story starts with Steppenwolf (stupid, stupid name) arriving on Earth, beating down the Amazon nation and making off with the Mother Box. Next, Bruce Wayne is putting together a team. He meets the Flash and Aquaman and their origin story. Apparently Barry was struck by lightning and chemicals while Aquaman . . . not sure how Aquaman came to be, but it sure is cool when he walks right into a tidal wave without any sense of fear. Not as cool when he gets his butt handed to him by yon Steppenwolf. The wolf of the steppes.

Later on, Bats and the team learn from Wonder Woman—she joins them, too—about  Steppenwolf, and Shazam! (whoops, that’s a different hero and he wasn’t in this movie). Anyway, the Justice League forms. They pick up Cyborg. Another brief origin story and a father doing anything to save his son. I think. Or maybe the father was the reason his son became Cyborg. Whatever.

The League forms and realizes they can’t defeat the wolf of the steppes. Not without Superman! So they revive him. The most obvious ‘secret’ in the movie. Yes sirree, they do that and Superman promptly wipes the floor with the entire League. He’s about to crack Batman like a Liberty Bell, but thankfully, Lois shows up. For some reason, Superman becomes evil whenever Lois dies. She must be some form of morality kryptonite in human form. It makes more sense than anything else since she’s pretty pointless otherwise.

More mayhem ensues and ta dah! Bats and Supes are friends. Whew. What a whirlwind of a movie.

BTW if there are lots of typos, that’s my normal writing style, and I was too lazy to edit.

December oddities

What a strange December. My editor, Dave Wolverton, informed me that there are some big changes needed for William Wilde and the Unusual Suspects, book 3 in the Chronicles of William Wilde. Sigh.

But then I got to have a fun conversation with Nick Podehl tonight, and we went over over pronunciations and dialect for book 1. Plus, Nick loved the book, so that’s a definite bonus.

William Wilde and the Necrosed

A riveting tale of magic, mystery, and adventure, The Chronicles of William Wilde will thrill readers who loved The Summoner Trilogy and The Maze Runner.

On a cold winter’s night, just shy of his seventeenth birthday, William Wilde became an orphan. It was a simple car accident that claimed the lives of his family.

Eight months later, at the start of his senior year of high school, a beautiful, mysterious girl enters William’s life. Captivating and confident, she holds secrets about William’s heritage, secrets of which he himself is unaware: rare magic flows in William’s veins.

And watching William from afar is Kohl Obsidian, a monstrous, undead horror. He won’t rest until the tragedy he started eight months ago culminates with William’s death.

William’s life hangs in the balance, and he must discover a means to vanquish a creature that has never been defeated.

Discover a mystical world where heroes are forged from the unlikeliest of metals.

Available Feb. 27, 2018.