Do you miss Francis? Yes, yes I do! Review of House of Cards, Season 6

Maybe that’s all you really need to know about House of Cards, Season 6.  The series finale (?) begins with Claire sitting precariously in the oval office and an off-screen resolution to Kevin Spacey’s delightfully devious President Underwood. Long story short, he’s dead. I understand and agree with the rationale behind Kevin Spacey’s firing butContinue reading “Do you miss Francis? Yes, yes I do! Review of House of Cards, Season 6”

The Peasant Sylvie & Evil Little Dagmar: Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Shepherd’s Moon Inn (& Tavern) “Grampy, I thought it was your left leg that was hurt?” Moonie paused mid stride to look back at his granddaughter Sylvie. She was standing just behind the bar, dusting sheep hair from the countertop as she observed him with a seemingly innocent smile on her face. MoonieContinue reading “The Peasant Sylvie & Evil Little Dagmar: Chapter 2”

Off topic: Why I like Meghan Markle

Apparently, Meghan just passed 100 days of something, being a royal I presume. Let me start by saying that I’m an American who could really care less about the British monarchy.  Sure, I watch The Crown and Will and Kate seem like a likable pair but all the pomp and circumstance does absolutely nothing forContinue reading “Off topic: Why I like Meghan Markle”

Borne: An Accessible and Riveting Introduction into the Wonderfully Weird World of Jeff Vandermeer

It’s odd to admit but I’ve recently realized that I have somehow stumbled into a reader relationship with Jeff Vandermeer.  It all started because I, an unpublished fantasy author, began to worry that my young adult fantasy wasn’t – well – weird enough.  I can’t really remember how I found Vandermeer’s Wonderbook.  Maybe it was throughContinue reading “Borne: An Accessible and Riveting Introduction into the Wonderfully Weird World of Jeff Vandermeer”

Original Work: The Peasant Sylvie & Evil Little Dagmar (Chapter 1)

By way of introduction readers of this blog will know that I have written a young adult fantasy entitled “The Madian”.  Perhaps not surprisingly (going by agent feedback) that work is getting very little traction on this blog, WattPad, or FictionPress.  So just for fun I thought I’d share an earlier work that is probablyContinue reading “Original Work: The Peasant Sylvie & Evil Little Dagmar (Chapter 1)”

Sharp Objects Limited HBO Series Review: A Lot to Admire, But Not As Much As The Book

I probably should start off by saying that I loved the book. Seriously. I read Sharp Objects several years ago and protagonist Camille Preaker is a character that has stayed with me since.  I’ve often wondered where she would end up and if she could ever allow herself happiness. I certainly hope so. Keep that inContinue reading “Sharp Objects Limited HBO Series Review: A Lot to Admire, But Not As Much As The Book”

The Southern Reach Trilogy: Opaque, Unique, Non-linear

I came to Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy the way I often do to new books these days, through an introduction by way of a film. I saw the movie Annihilation and honestly wasn’t sure what to make of it. The movie’s end was deliberately left open to interpretation and I decided to seek out theContinue reading “The Southern Reach Trilogy: Opaque, Unique, Non-linear”

My Spoiler Free Review of “The Last Jedi” – There is a lot to absorb. Give it time to sink in, it may change your initial take.

“WTF just happened?” “Where the hell do they go from here?” Those were my first two very unsettling thoughts while leaving the cinema after watching “The Last Jedi.”  I can understand if one were compelled to write a review of the movie immediately upon first viewing the overall sentiment would not be positive (as evidencedContinue reading “My Spoiler Free Review of “The Last Jedi” – There is a lot to absorb. Give it time to sink in, it may change your initial take.”