Fiction Friday: Through The Doorways, Whiskey Chile

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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 Through The Doorways, Whiskey Chile by S.H. Mansouri.

Time to switch things up. This time, we have a frog as the main protagonist. Well, kind of, but it’s strange and gloriously satisfying as you’d expect.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #273 by [Mansouri, S.H., Stanmyer, Alexander]

Today, we’re reviewing Through The Doorways, Whiskey Chile by S.H. Mansouri, as featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can find it here. If you like a lot of weird nonsense with gunslingers, magical doorways and a frog that can breathe fire, this one will be perfect. Now, let’s jump into the magic. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Through The Doorways, Whiskey Chile”

Fiction Friday: Mark of the Raven

My first novel, City of Kaiju, is available for pre-order. Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Releasing on February 12th, 2019.

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 Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse.

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Time for a different kind of fantasy. Instead of swords, elves, orcs and the like, how about a stealthy kind of fantasy, one with a dark and brooding feel, like Assassin’s Creed meets Game of Thrones.

Today’s novel review is Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse. You can buy it here. It’s a powerful tale of darkness, cunning, and a world divided in yet another potential fantasy classic. So sit back and let’s dream on. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Mark of the Raven”

Cracking The Case Of The Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about the Live Action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, coming soon from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

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What do you get when you take Deadpool, Pokémon, the uncanny valley and a movie based of a game, based off a spinoff from one of the biggest games ever? You get Detective Pikachu.

Rumors of a live-action Pokemon film have spread to Kanto and back, and during the era where video game movies were bad, fans had every reason to be concerned. Mediocre acting, miserable plots, and felt more like watching a game than seeing a typical movie. But things changed, hopefully, for the better when Warcraft hit theaters, and while critics didn’t think it was the second coming it should have been, fans LOVED it. It was the first genuinely good video game movie…possibly ever.

Fast forward to today, and we get Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off of the same name. The first exposure to something even resembling a live action Pokemon film was 2006’s Pokemon Apokelypse. It’s a fan film that garnered controversy for being an extremely dark take on Pokemon. Battle was similar to illegal animal fights, the dialog was mature and the story followed the anime rather than the games.

*Shudder* The rare time I’m thankful Hollywood didn’t go this route.

It cemented my belief that Pokemon should NEVER have a live-action adaptation, lest the corporate executives of Hollywood tear it down and claim yet another childhood victim in their never-ending crusade to ruin anything they get their grubby, sweaty paws on.

Maybe that was a bit dramatic, but the point is, I didn’t know if I even WANTED a live action version since the anime movies were more than enough. But Monday, we got ourselves our first real look at the upcoming live-action film and…

I’m not sure what to think. Before we delve further, let’s take a look at the story of Detective Pikachu.

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Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Octopath Traveler from Square Enix.

 

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Back in the 90s, Japanese RPGs ruled the gaming scene. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Wild Arms, Secrets Of Mana, Romancing SaGa, Xenogears. Too many to list, but this was the decade where JRPG franchises thrived. Today, some still exist, but the western franchises are the true dominant ones now. Dragon Age, The Witcher, Pillars Of Eternity, Divinity, Warcraft, and others.
But one game came out for the Switch that is not only a hotly anticipated title but one that hits all that nostalgic notes. I’m talking about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch. It’s not about octopi, I assure you. It’s about eight seemingly isolated heroes who unite for a common cause. Each has their own history and their own story, but you can play all eight characters.
Going through their story would take forever and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for a long time. So I’ll just go through the nitty-gritty and explain the finer details of the game. Continue reading “Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler”

Stories I’d Love To See More Of

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I’ve reviewed a few stories where I look at it and say “I wish I could see more of it.” So thinking about that, I want to discuss stories I’d love to see more of. This could be simple things like certain plot lines and talking points, while others are more abstract than that. So here are a few things I’d love to see more stories about. Doesn’t mean I expect people to write it literally this moment, but I do have certain tastes. So let’s get to it. Continue reading “Stories I’d Love To See More Of”

Fantastic Wonder: Languages And Speech In Fantasy (and Science Fiction)

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Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about languages and speech in speculative fiction.

Language is such a powerful ability. We construct words of random letters or symbols and they allow us to communicate. Whether it’s something as understandable as English, or something as complex as Chinese or Russian, language is a part of humanity for the longest time. It makes us unique in such an isolated galaxy.

But some of us don’t make stories set on earth. A majority of authors do, but for those in our genre, we tend to create our own world, our own ecosystem, and of course, unique cultures and races.

And with a unique race comes, you guessed it, languages. And the best part is that we’re not entirely bound to languages in our world. Of course there’s English, but for fantasy, this would equate to Common, or something similar. We have to know what they’re saying, regardless of language.

So I wanted to go over my thoughts on fantasy or interstellar language and how we can best incorporate it into stories. So, let’s begin. Continue reading “Fantastic Wonder: Languages And Speech In Fantasy (and Science Fiction)”

Fiction Friday: Dragon Sea: Mage Reborn (Book 1) Review

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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 Dragon Sea: Mage Reborn by Brian Ference and Chris Turner

You know what I love? Dragons.
You know what’s missing from this blog? Dragons.
You know what this book has? That’s right: Dragons.
And also pirates. Put them all together and you have the book dreams were made of.

Today’s story is Dragon Sea: Mage Reborn by Brian Ference and Chris Turner. You can find it here. It’s a sea-faring adventure like a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and How To Train Your Dragon. A boy with nothing to lose and everything to gain, stumbling upon an adorable dragon. Let’s have a ride, shall we? Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Dragon Sea: Mage Reborn (Book 1) Review”