Avengers: Endgame Review

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season.

Whoo boy. Do I have a review for you. I’m likely going to spend the next thousand words gushing about how epic this movie was and how it exceeded all expectations. Like, this would forever be the gold standard of superhero movies and I honestly don’t know how Marvel Studios, or really, anyone, can top this. So let’s just get right into it.

This won’t spoil the ending, but will contain spoilers nonetheless. Deaths and the like will be omitted, but I will mention the big battle at the end. Just a heads up.

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Captain Marvel Review

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this winter season.   It’s been over ten years or so since the first film in the MCU came out around 2008, and up until now, we somehow haven’t had … Continue reading Captain Marvel Review

Beyond The Stars: Alita: Battle Angel Review

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this winter season.

Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and review movies and shows associated with it. Today, I review Alita: Battle Angel, from 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.

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Much like video game movies, anime movies are often criticized for being too unrealistic, too cartoony, and most of the time, really bad. We do have the Detective Pikachu movie, which seeks to shatter both these droughts, but there’s one that seems to be one not many are talking about. Alita: Battle Angel, based on an OVA released in 1993 about a battle hardened cyborg who wishes to discover who she is and what her purpose is in this futuristic life. So, let’s get into it. Continue reading “Beyond The Stars: Alita: Battle Angel Review”

Beyond The Stars: Aliens

Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about aliens and the possibility of life outside of Earth. Beyond The Stars: Aliens Been a while since I had a topic discussion for a genre, so let’s talk about our celestial cousins. … Continue reading Beyond The Stars: Aliens

Beyond The Stars: What Star Wars Needs To Do To Get Back On Track

My Japanese Mythology-inspired short story, Do Not Stare Into The Eyes Of A Kitsune, is finally available. You can buy it on Amazon or wherever ebooks are sold. Help a debut author make his debut worth it.

I announced other works, including a kaiju-themed “mini-novel” (which you can learn about here) and a short story anthology in the near future. This is only the beginning for me and I have more to share.


Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about what Star Wars has to do to survive the backlash of previous films.

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Beyond The Stars: What Star Wars Needs To Do To Get Back On Track

I’m what you could consider a super casual Star Wars fan. I’m very familiar with the series, all the pop culture nods and all that, but I haven’t paid that much attention to the franchise as a whole. The only film I saw in its entirety when I was a kid prior to the Sequel Movies was Phantom Menace, and I think I saw it in theaters, but I remember seeing it on DVD. And I’ve seen a handful of films since then. It never pulled me in as much as other franchises have, but part of that has been due to the fanbase itself.

They’ve always been a loud bunch to the point where its hard for me to associate with them. I’m sure plenty of Star Wars fans are well behaved, but there seems to be a highbrow attitude when mentioning anything other than the original trilogy, the Holy Grail of Pop Culture. Since Force Awakens, I’ve seen a surge of renewed interest in Star Wars that hasn’t been seen in a long time. I figured this was a renaissance for the series. That this franchise had a bright future. Now, I’m getting a little worried.

The Last Jedi, while flawed, had its moments. Rey’s character development was well executed and seeing Kylo ascend as leader was a smart move. Everything else was not great. And don’t get me started on Solo. To be clear, I did like what those movies tried to do, but none of them stood as close as Episode VII.

So today, I’d like to have a chat of what Star Wars needs to do to get back to what made Episode VII so memorable.

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Ready Player One Movie Review

Ready Player One Movie Review So we’re here. The movie’s out and people can see the virtual world of OASIS for themselves. It’s been a long time coming and having seen the film, I can say I came away satisfied. So this movie is from the legendary Steven Spielberg, Director of Indiana Jones, E.T., and Jurassic Park. Knowing that, I came in optimistic. Having seen … Continue reading Ready Player One Movie Review

Ready Player One Special: Reviewing The Novel

Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I focus on a series of posts related to Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.

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Ready Player One Special:

Reviewing The Novel

Welcome to the next big special. This time, we’re looking at the new Ready Player One movie that came out in theaters not too long ago. As of this post, I have not seen the film yet, but I will see it soon and give you my thoughts.

For those who don’t know, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, is a book about a virtual reality world known as OASIS. The main character is involved in a big scavenger hunt where whoever completes it will be awarded billions of dollars, but more importantly, control of OASIS itself. I’ve seen different takes on the “inside a video game world” plot. Most of them range from mediocre to bad because of a few reasons.

  • One: The writer (or writers) have no idea how video games work.
  • And two: Most of them are based on games in the 80s as if they’re the only games that ever existed. No nods to Call of Duty, Overwatch, The Witcher, or any other modern game.

And that’s why most of those don’t work. Well, this book is a godsend because it’s the kind I’ve been waiting for.

So this special will be divided into three parts.

  • First, I look at the novel it’s based on, since I went through that first.
  • Second, I talk about the movie itself and if it follows the source material at all.
  • And finally, how video games changed my life forever and made me who I am.

So let’s begin with the book it’s based on. Continue reading “Ready Player One Special: Reviewing The Novel”