Fiction Friday: What Is Eve?

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review What Is Eve? by Will McIntosh

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Fiction Friday: What Is Eve?

You ever read a story, and you think to yourself, “I wish I had read this story when I was a kid?” Well, we’ve got a good one today.

Today’s story is What Is Eve? By Will McIntosh, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine. You can find it here. This is perhaps one of my top stories so far for a number of reasons. One, this has an absurd feel to it that would please younger audiences as well as adults. Aside from the S-word, I feel this could appear in a story geared towards them. And second, it’s a ton of fun to read. It’s about a group of kids who get sent to a school for the sole purpose of trying to acclimate an alien into society through adults who have no clue what they’re doing.

So let’s begin.

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Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling

Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling This part of the special is personal to me. Seeing Ready Player One in theaters is something of a joy to me, considering that movie made me love being a gamer. I’ve been one since I was a kid. I played anything I can get ahold of. Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PC, even those crappy Tiger handheld games … Continue reading Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling

Fiction Friday: What Will We Do Without Exile?

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review What Will We Do Without Exile? by Eleanna Castroianni Fiction Friday: What Will We Do Without Exile? Today’s short story is What Will We Do Without … Continue reading Fiction Friday: What Will We Do Without Exile?

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

Fiction Friday: Middle of Nowhere

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Middle of Nowhere by Walter Dinjos Fiction Friday: Middle of Nowhere Today’s short story is Middle of Nowhere by Walter Dinjos, as featured in the web … Continue reading Fiction Friday: Middle of Nowhere

Coming Attractions: A Preview Of “Do Not Stare Into The Eyes of a Kitsune”

It’s time again. Time to keep the momentum going and introduce a brand new short story coming soon or most ebook platforms. This is also a learning process for me, so forgive me if there are a few bumps along the way.

So this short story takes place in late 1800s Japan at the height of Commodore Perry’s famous voyage. Our hero, Shiro Kawamoto, is living life as a hunter, getting fox meat for his boss. However, Americans are hunting as well, and their recklessness causes them to taint the forest with dead animals they’ve killed and skinned needlessly. This attracts a kitsune who tells our hero to get rid of them or suffer her wrath.

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, it’s a love letter to my love for anime. I’ve been a huge fan of anime and Japanese culture. So I wanted to showcase my love with this short story. It’s also to show that I can write about all types of characters and worlds and that nothing is off limits. This is the beginning of a new moment for me as my author career truly begins. I’m still hard at work on my first novel, but it’ll still be a while before I can get it out there.

So for now, here’s a preview of my paid short story, Do Not Stare Into The Eyes Of A Kitsune. Take care, and remember, the inn is always open.

NOTE: The below excerpt might be a little graphic, but this is as gruesome as it gets in the entire story. Just a heads up.

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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.

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