The Song “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon comes to mind with this book. It hits the ground running and doesn’t let up.
But I get ahead of myself. Micheal Lee Nelson asked for a review and I said sure. Then sends me the first two chapters to get a feel for the entire novel. First, a synopses:
Desperation is the father of invention.
In the year 2525, Ceres desperately searches for his parents, long held captive among the Galactic’s 500 colony worlds.
When he too is taken, forced to duel to save a slave with powerful secret abilities, he determines to fight his way to the top of the pirate ranks.
Can he justify this within his objective moral code? Will Ceres’ faith, his soul, survive?
As you can tell, this isn’t about Ceres, but a guy name Ceres. I was given the first two chapters to read. Micheal Nelson drops you in the action from line one and doesn’t give you time to really breathe (in a good way).
The first chapter deals with Ceres initial adventure to find his father and drops you in the action. The second chapter is a flashback to Ceres birth and why he was given that name, which is, of course, action packed.
Would I pick up the entire book? Yes, yes I would. If you are looking for a High-Energy Action Sci-Fi, then this is for you. Slam your favorite energy drink and get ready for a ride! Enjoy!
I just finished Death Race 2050. It’s crude, shrill, spastic, sadistic, has really terrible special effects (like Syfy terrible)…
…and a whole hell of lot of fun!
Let’s back up and talk about Death Race 2000.
There’s nothing wrong with Death Race 2000. It is fun and witty. However while it has biting satire, it doesn’t have a good message to back it up. “Fascism Bad, Freedom Good” is not that hard of a message. This movie doesn’t challenge me.
However Death Race 2050 not only has the biting satire, but it is also smarter than it actually looks. Sure it looks stupid on the surface, but it is really not. It takes aim the right, but it then it is completely non-PC too. Let’s take the main characters and break them down:
The Chairman of The United Corporations of America is the parody character of Donald Trump, but he is a globalist and is okay with putting people out of work.
Alexis Hamilton, the rebel leader, is actually working with the Chairman. The “resistance” (by being over-the-top violent and focusing on the wrong things) is actually helping Trump- …err, I mean the Chairman.
Jed Perfectus is supposed to be genetically-engineered athlete, parodying male masculinity. However this falls flat when standing next to Frankenstein’s real masculinity (more on him later). Even Perfectus thinks of himself as a sissy next to Frankenstein.
Minerva Jefferson is a Black Supremacist rapper, who turns out to be an educated intellectual who doesn’t believe what she preaches and is in it for the money. Proving that Racial Supremacy is intellectually hollow.
Tammy “The Terrorist” is a religious cult leader. However it turns out her religion is worshiping celebrity idols (much like we do today). At no point is there any criticism of Christianity.
An artificial intelligence self-driving car, ABE, goes bonkers and kills his own programmer.
Then there’s Frankenstein. If Roger Corman was making this movie to make fun of the right, Frankenstein is the beginning and end of the failure to convey this criticism. Where Perfectus projects masculinity, Frankenstein is male masculinity and he proves it by getting his job (the race) done. Frankenstein is so secure in his masculinity that he has a pet cat. Frankenstein does not like leaders or followers, only doers.
The world setting also lacks clear criticism of the right: Consumerism rules this world, but the right wants to get back to a manufacturing and build stuff again. Both the east and west coasts are wastelands. They paint fly-over country as dangerous because they have guns, but then they get to fight back (so win for fly-over country and gun rights!). Abortion and sterilization has not done anything for overpopulation. A public school sets aside several wheelchair-bound children for Frankenstein to kill, which he promptly kills the school administrators instead for their trouble. There is also not a single gay, bi, or transgender person in this movie (all are straight and comfortable in their gender).
If you are a liberal or progressive or social justice warrior, you are not going to like this movie. Sure it has nudity and fart jokes, but this movie is intellectually right-of-center.
If you are anywhere on the right, this will be a guilty pleasure for years to come. It may be campy as hell and you don’t want to let your kids watch, but I would recommend a watch or two.
There was no other possible ending to this battle:
At least, as the battle presented to us here. So many mistakes made it’s not even funny.
Right off the bat the Penguins had a 2.75 to 1 advantage over the Santa Claus (SC) army. You can tell by the end of the video that the Penguin army’s leaping of the ledges did nothing for them, but they died in such small numbers that it did not help the SC army.
Second, the Penguins had the high ground. Honestly, even Sun Tzu knew the high ground was important:
With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up. If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away.
The SC army had taken the narrow pass of a box canyon, but did not install a garrison:
With regard to narrow passes, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy. Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned.
The Penguins was able to surround the SC army at the entrance of the narrow pass of the box canyon and push them back with their superior numbers. If the SC army had installed a garrison or had been a heavy infantry (the killing of the very last Santa Claus showed how weak a class of infantry the SC army was), then it might have been a different story altogether.
Up and down, the Santa Claus army made one bad mistake after another. Nothing else gets you in the spirit of Christmas than seeing an army of 11,000 Penguins gut the weaker 4,000 Santa Claus army.
*sigh* This is going to be terrible, isn’t it? I mean, remakes are always awful because they-
*in a state of shock for several long minutes with his mouth agape*
Okay then, this might not suck after all. I have goose-bumps, goose-fucking-bumps people! This doesn’t look like an exact rip-off, yet not insulting to the characters.
Elizabeth Banks appears briefly as Rita Repulsa to give us a sweet, sweet taste of things to come. Bryan Cranston as Zordon (do I need to say more?) is not in the trailer, but I am expecting a great performance from him. Bill Hader is going to voice Alpha 5 (looking forward to that).
I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. However this trailer has raised the bar. Next up, Beetleborgs!
I was asked to review a novel by one of my Twitter followers. I told him, sure why not.
Now, full disclosure, Jeff Faria did give me a copy and told me not to review it if I didn’t like it. I have also only read the first two prologues. Here is a summary of the book:
In 2231, twenty-five billion people walk the Earth. Few lack basic food and shelter. Energy is cheap and abundant. A vast army of ‘bots serves our every need, and those who can afford to do so might live forever. To some, it is a golden age.
But Earth is devoid of resources, now harvested on or around Mars. Nations are ruled from above by governments owned by enormous transnats, and from below by powerful street gangs who have largely usurped the police.
This world is not for everyone. A fifth of the world’s population has withdrawn into the drug Nirvana, while millions more have chosen Martian exile. And a phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that shocks the world.
Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection. As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.
Again, I have only read the first two prologues (31 chapters total, including the prologues), but what I have read is very interesting. I can honestly say that I will finish the novel and highly recommend getting a copy to read yourself.
It is a “high sci-fi” novel with all the neat gadgets you would want. It has great characters who operate this stuff. With all the talk about going to Mars, why don’t you do yourself a favor and take a trip Jeff Faria is offering to you right now!
Come on, admit it. You fucking love Gaston. When you think of Beauty And The Beast, you think of Gaston’s song (using a cover, because my site):
So of course when I saw the teaser for the live-action movie:
My first reaction was, who is playing Gaston? And of course it is Luke Evans, because it could have been no one else. I mean, look at that beef-cake:
BAM! Please tell me how the image of Emma Watson being manhandled by a bare-chested Luke Evans will not haunt your dreams! That image alone should fuel fires tonight! Who cares about the CGI Beast, when we have Luke Evans as Gaston!
Due to the poor performance of my GoFundMe Campaign, I am going to have to extend my break a month to further work on my book until May 2nd (which is actually my birthday).
The idea was the finish it up, polish it, and then get it to an editor for grammar/spelling clean up. I would then get a cover and Kindle formatting thrown in, all for a one time $1,000 fee. It is not a bad deal when you consider that most editors and cover makers online nickel and dime your ass. It was a one-stop-shop made of awesomeness. Sadly it was not meant to be.
Now I am going to have sit down and go over the book a 2nd/3rd time without the benefit of fresh set of eyes. I also have to pray I get the Kindle formatting right. Both editing and formatting is sadly going to take time away from me creatively. And now I have to take time to shop around for a book cover. All time I don’t have.
Now I’m not mad nor I am going to cry “unfair” to the world. Some people did donate and I very grateful. Others didn’t see the value in my work and I am not going to bitch to them. Sure I am disappointed with all the crowdfunding money being thrown around, but whatever. I am also going to leave the GoFundMe campaign up for the next month. If I can get to the $1,000 somehow, all the better.
I was going to post this yesterday, but to be on the safe side I didn’t want anyone thinking that this is an April Fool’s Day joke.
Okay now! I am really cooking on completing and editing what I wrote for NaNoWriMo. I have finally settled on a titled and reworking earlier chapters of the book. I fully intend to publish it on my own. However I do want to get edited professionally, a cover made, and formatted to Amazon Kindle.
How can you help me? By giving a donation here. If 100 people would be willing to toss me $10, then I will be forever grateful for your help. In my foreword of the book, I will personally thank everyone who donates. However I also have stuff I can do for you if you send me more than $10. I don’t know if I can send out free copies on Kindle, but I can guarantee you a first draft copy on a PDF file for $50 or more donation. I am not completely done, so I can add you as a character for $100 donation or more (limited). And if you donate $500 or more, you can write a foreword to the novel based off the first draft preview (limited).
Like I said, $10 is all I am asking from you. If you can toss me $10 and you get another 10 people to do the same, I can make my goal in no time. God Bless all of you!
I am suspending further 100-Word Challenge posts until April 4th.
This is because those posts are draining my creative abilities and I really need to re-focus my efforts on my book from last NaNoWriMo. I have also found that I have to make a post in-between these entries, because own personal my OCD wants me to seperate these 100-Word Challenge posts. So to combat the mental break I feel coming on, I need a little help by taking a break from the grind.
This does not mean that I will not post any blog posts, just that I no longer feel that I HAVE to. I will also resume the 100-Word Challenge posts on April 4th, even if I have not yet finish my book.