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Show Recommendation: Good Omens

| June 12, 2019

We’ve been looking forward to the Good Omens TV show since they announced it, and now that it’s here, it’s just as delightful and wonderful as I hoped. I read the book long enough ago that I don’t remember details, but there are little bits, here and there, that I do remember with great glee when […]

Music Recommendation: Pentagon

| June 5, 2019

One of the things I’ve learned since starting to listen to K-pop is that the groups primarily play in ENORMOUS stadiums. A friend of mine saw BTS in New York recently, and the stadium there is VAST. Seattle doesn’t have a stadium or arena of the appropriate size to host these sorts of groups, so […]

TV Show Recommendation: Lucifer

| May 29, 2019

I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and I wasn’t sure what to think when they first announced the Lucifer TV show. Would it be half as wonderful as Lucifer is in the comics? The answer is yes, but … If you’re hoping for a faithful recreation of the comics, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. But […]

Show Recommendation: Cowboy Bebop

| May 22, 2019

I know I’m WAY behind the curve on this one, but with the Cowboy Bebop live action show in the works, I’m trying to get through the entirety of the anime series (and movie) in advance! It’s alternate parts ridiculous and weird, and I’m a little surprised that no one has been able to make […]

Review of Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan

| May 15, 2019

I’ve got another review up at Mad Scientist Journal this week because I’ve been tearing through books lately. Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water is a brilliant queer psychic thriller by Vylar Kaftan. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I really loved it. The characterization and language use are both wonderful, worth […]

Review of The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum by Cynthia Ward

| May 8, 2019

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is now live, this one for a sequel to a book I reviewed earlier. The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum is the second in Cynthia Ward’s series of novellas about Lucy Harker, the dhampir daughter of Mina (Murray) Harker and Dracula. It’s a fun bit of alternate history with literary […]

Site Recommendation: Just Watch

| April 24, 2019

Over the weekend at Norwescon, I learned about a really useful website for people who like to consume visual media: justwatch.com. Through this site, you can look up a movie or TV show you want to watch and see which streaming sites it’s available on. This is really helpful, since so many folks have multiple […]

Review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire

| April 17, 2019

This week, I’ve reviewed an anthology of westerns mashed up with fantasy and sci-fi, with a hefty dose of steampunk! You can check out my review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire, edited by Diane Morrison, and containing 25 stories, at Mad Scientist Journal!

TV Show Notes: The Tudors

| April 10, 2019

Note: While normally on Wednesdays I talk about things I recommend, today’s post is a little bit more “your mileage may vary.” When Jeremy’s not home and I want to watch something that he won’t miss out on, I normally turn to period dramas. In particular, I watched every little bit of Versailles until it didn’t […]

Short Story Recommendation: Deacon Carter’s Last Dime

| April 3, 2019

One of the really wonderful things about being an author is making friend with other authors, and getting to read their stuff. My friend Nathan Crowder writes amazing stuff, and he’s just republished one of my all time favorite stories of his, “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime.” It originally appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine years ago, and […]