Thor: Ragnarok, a review

If you know Norse mythology, you know that Ragnarok is basically the doom of Asgard. It is the end of all things. Can Thor, god of thunder, stop the cataclysm from happening?
Going by the first minutes of the film, yes. Yes he can.

When last we saw our intrepid Avenger, Thor had flown off in search of the Infinity Gems (the shiny MacGuffin devices from half the franchise). Finding none, he is now in search of the cause of his dreams: dreams of Ragnarok. It leads him to Surtur … some sort of magma …Satan … thing. Surtur monologes a bit about how he will destroy of of Asgard, bwahahahaha … and Thor interrupts him for some comic moments, and we’re off.

However, the end of all things isn’t quite averted. Hela, goddess of death, has been trapped for half a million years, and she’s out, she’s pissed, and she’s ready to rule everything.

So, nicely epic. But can they pull it off?

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Not Clowning Around: a Catholic Take on IT

I’m not someone who generally seeks out horror movies; when I went to see the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel IT, I was doing going to see a movie with friends. I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for, but I figured it would hopefully be a worthwhile experience. I was expecting an evil clown and some scary scenes. I came out of the movie with a fair amount of lingering fear and a bit of something else. Continue reading

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BlizzCon 2017: An Opening Ceremony Recap!

Some of you might remember that, last year, I did a blow-by-blow recap of the BlizzCon opening ceremonies, and it turns out I’m in a good position to do it again! For those who aren’t familiar, BlizzCon is Blizzard Entertainment’s annual convention, where they show off everything they’ve got slated for the coming year. In the Opening Ceremonies, they’ll give little teases and tastes of everything they’re planning, so everyone’s watching with bated breath. What will we see this year? Continue reading

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Review: Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland

Poor Rachel Griffin. She’s spent the last six weeks going through a lot of trauma.

She’s been sent to the infirmary so often, she’s bucking for a record.

She holds secret that could destroy the universe.

Friends have died. She’s been shot at more than most veteran police officers.

We won’t even touch on the dragons, the death cults, the demons, the angels, the elves, gods or monsters. The weight of whole worlds is on her tiny, 13-year-old shoulders….This isn’t even counting school work.

Welcome to round three of the Rachel Griffin novels Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland.

The plot is described as follows.

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Review: The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel 

You might remember that I reviewed the Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, by L. Jagi Lamplighter, in which a magical girl ended up at a magical school, collected nearly a dozen magical friends, joined a fraternity, investigated a mystery, saw an omen that heralds the doom of worlds, headed off an attack by an army of dozens of mind-controlled students, saved the entire campus, and provided support for a battle that involved the dragon that used to be Professor Moriarty.

Not bad for the first week, huh?

No. Sorry, my mistake. It’s not bad for the first five days of school. Take that, Harry Potter.

How do I know that book one was the first week? Because book two opens only a few hours after the end of book 1, and states she’s only been there five days.

If the books get any more dense, we’re going to have to call Rachel Griffin “Jack Bauer.”

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Music blog: Good to the Last Drop Playlist.

 One of the joys of writing, for me, is the excuse to play through a ton of music. It’s basically a soundtrack in my head, like with any film. This would probably explain that I tend to listen to a lot of John Williams and Hans Zimmer while I write.

Though of all the books in the Love at First Bite series, Good to the Last Drop is the one where I’ve used the most music while writing through everything. Heck, there are at least one or two chapters where I did nothing but play these pieces on a loop.

Some may need some explaining.

Some are even spoilery.

But I don’t think It’ll be too much of a problem if I post these here.

Heh

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Review: Star Trek Discovery

The USS Pizza Cutter?

The really short version of this review is simple: the more I look at Star Trek Discovery, the more I like The Orville.

Star Trek Discovery set the bar so low, Inhumans looked awesome in comparison, even though the pilot was weak.

Let’s go into why STD isn’t catching.

You have to first accept that this is before the era of Captain Kirk … yet the ship has better technology, including holographic interfaces. And someone took the criticism of lens flares seriously: this ship is so damn dark, how does anyone see anything?  The special effects are gorgeous. They are beautiful. You can see every penny of their $10 million an episode on the screen in high-res CGI.

Pity that not a single penny went into the acting or writing.

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