Monthly Archives: July 2017

Game of Thrones Recap: Season 7, Episode 3

The good guys took an L in episode 2, but is tonight the night we finally see Jon and Dany meet?  Will Cersei finally see some fallout, any fallout from slaughtering half the nobles in the city and destroying the … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Robert E. Howard Was the Texan Tolkien

The Conquering Sword of Conan is the final volume in Del Rey’s three-volume collection of every Robert E. Howard Conan story.  I wrote about the second volume, and how Robert E. Howard wrote like Hank Williams sang, last week.  Gregory … Continue reading

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Review of Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn

Devil’s Call is one hell of a story, a bloody weird western propelled by protagonist Li Lian’s remarkable voice. Li Lian is the mixed race daughter from a family where witchery runs on the female line.  She follows her husband, … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 7, Episode 2

Before we begin, let us take a moment and reflect on how remarkable it is that the biggest show on television is . . . an epic fantasy.  It wasn’t that long ago that we went almost an entire decade … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 7, Episode 1

I resisted as long as I could, but no longer.  With just two truncated seasons left, I have to recap Game of Thrones.  Hence the belatedness of this post.  Future posts should go up the morning after the episode airs … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Robert E. Howard Wrote Like Hank Williams Sang

The Bloody Crown of Conan is the second of Del Rey’s three-volume collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan yarns.  Including Howard’s only Conan novel, it has the fewest stories of any volume in the collection.  The Bloody Crown of Conan … Continue reading

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Review of Graveyard Shift by Michael Haspil

Alex and Marcus are officers working the Graveyard Shift in the Miami-Dade Police Department Nocturn Affairs Division.  “Nocturn” being the PC term for vampire after the reveal.  They’re well qualified for the job.  Marcus is an “Ancient,” a vampire so … Continue reading

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Big Read: The Drawing of the Three – The Pusher

Welcome back to my first read of the Dark Tower series!  Today I finish up The Drawing of the Three with The Pusher. The Dark Tower movie opens in theaters on August 4th.  This leaves me with a decision to … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Howard’s True Successors are in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, not Epic Fantasy

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. The first volume of Del Rey’s … Continue reading

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Iron Man is a Villain – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Iron Man?  Iron Man is a damn villain.  The bad guy in Spider-Man: Homecoming only broke bad after Stark used his political influence to screw him out of a city contract.  Peter Parker is basically motivated by the fact that … Continue reading

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