Fiction Friday: Ghost Island

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 Ghost Island by E. E. King.

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Today’s short story is Ghost Island by E.E. King. You can find it here. This is a tale of mystery and apocalypse as our story takes us to an Island off the coast of Japan. I’m up for a Japanese story as much as anyone, so let’s get to it. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Ghost Island”

Playing With Imagination: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee!

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 Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s go Eevee! from Nintendo and Game Freak. As most might know, I’m a huge Pokemon fan. In fact, if I remember right, Yellow was the first game … Continue reading Playing With Imagination: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee!

Fiction Friday Thanksgiving Special – Thanksgiving

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

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(Disclaimer: This story contains strong language)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of us in the states that celebrate it. Hope you guys are stuffing yourselves silly. I figured due to the title, we look at an actual Thanksgiving story. Most TV shows these days have a Thanksgiving special, and most of them involve sitting around and eating the typical Thanksgiving feast. This story does have that, but it does contains a creepy twist.

Today’s story is Thanksgiving by Jeffrey Ford, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can buy it here. You ever have that one person your family knows that mystifies you. You don’t know who he is or why he even know your parents, but he hangs out regardless. Well, this is the case here. Let’s dig in, shall we? Continue reading “Fiction Friday Thanksgiving Special – Thanksgiving”

Fiction Friday: Talk To Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy

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

Ever have that toy that looked innocent enough, but turned out super creepy, as if it wanted to kill you? Well, that’s what this story reminded me of, only in mobile app form.

Today’s story is a bit intense, but I felt it was a very masterfully built tale of bullying, harassment, and AI monitor lizards. Today, we’re reading Talk to Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy by Theodore McCombs, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine. You can find it here. Imagine something like ABC Mouse or something similar, only it chastised you for being behind, screwing up, all to the point of merciless cyber-bullying.

Oh, and the thing hacks into your smartphone like Skynet and Facebook on steroids. Yikes.

Well, let’s begin.

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Cracking The Case Of The Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer

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

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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Fiction Friday: The Hollow Tree

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Fiction Friday: Legion Review

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How insane are you? I am. In fact, I’m so crazy, this is going to be a two-part review! That’s right, this is too big for one blog post, so let’s begin.

Today’s novel review is Legion by Brandon Sanderson. You can buy it here. Mr. Sanderson is a very prolific writer, penning numerous fantasy series such as Mistborn and Stormlight, and now, he’s released his novella series into one book, with a brand new story. So let’s see what this is all about. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Legion Review”