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Oct
06

By October 2018, Trump’s uncouth behavior and Kavanaugh’s boorish entitlement have either caused the citizens of the United States to want to hang their heads in shame or shout, ‘give us more, we can’t get enough of this politics gone wild.’ But instead of focusing on the naysayers and people how follow logic or possess common sense, let’s focus on some of the creatures who support the Republicans this mid-term election, such as the Undead. After several nights of sleepless exploration and losing three pints of blood, I’ve finally able to bring you the…

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Top Ten Reasons Undead support the Republicans in the Mid-Term Election

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  1. Because Orcus asked them to.
  2. Parasites who feed off the working class have to stick together.
  3. Both need functioning brains.
  4. Vampires respect any being who uses his charm to induce humans to act against their own self-interest.
  5. Both fail to give up even though their time has passed.
  6. Why wouldn’t the undead favor things with a cold heart?
  7. Many Republicans are undead.
  8. Like ghosts, they are things which should have long since passed, but refuse to quit haunting the present.
  9. Mummies love climate change.
  10. Something about Trump’s base reminds them of zombies but they can’t quite put their rotting finger on it.

 

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Sep
28

Walking Through Fire by Sherri Cook Woosley

Genre:  Dark Fantasy

Publisher:  Talos Press

Published: 2018

Reviewer Rating:  4 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

 

 

 

Walking Through Fire by Sherri Cook Woosley covers a great deal of interesting ground and might be hard to tag a genre to, but I am going to go with Dark Fantasy, which, at least for me, means a fantasy novel which takes place within our current age.  The novel revolves around Raquel and her son Adam. Adam is fighting cancer, but even this takes a back seat when the modern world is decimated overnight by a supernatural firestorm which all but destroys civilization.

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Raquel and her son survive the beginnings of the aftermath by staying in the hospital, but once he gets better, they are forced to leave. Instead of remaining in the city, she decides to try for her mountain cabin. She encounters more things which are becoming increasingly difficult to explain but arrives there and manages to make a few allies.

Things get worse after meeting some soldiers who kill her friend and create a conflict which injuries Adam. Adam’s illness once again forces her to journey to where she has been told she can find a cure. However, this time the trek takes her through a land she barely knows. Evil men and women work for gods and goddesses and fight each other as well as devour human life energy.  Soon Raquel knows she will have to accept she is living within a supernatural war and will need to take a side if she is going to be able to see herself and Adam through the building conflicts.

I enjoyed how traditional gods and goddesses were used and also how they became real beings which needed to be dealt with. Making this happen without any reference to the more popular myths many follow today proved even more satisfying. The novel takes its time developing Raquel and her changing attitudes. She shows growth and the author does a great job making her hesitate and remain skeptical of the supernatural forces until she has little choice but believe.

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Downsides for some might be the main character’s lack of heroic action. There is little physical conflict in the first parts of the novel and Raquel does not fight back like a typical action hero. However, in most ways this makes her more realistic and believable. I was also a little uncertain how such intense new cultures would be created in just a couple months. I also wonder if the author should consider adding more character points of view in the upcoming novels. It was alright to keep the inner workings of others a mystery to her, but it could also make the series more epic.

I enjoyed this novel and read it fast, which is a good sign. I think the Misbegotten world is inventive and Raquel is not a typical fantasy hero. Also, although Raquel might be sheltered, she is exposed to real horrors and the novel does not pull punches in this respect. I also liked how Raquel’s magical powers helped her become an equal player in this dangerous world.

I think the work is well done. Lovers of Dark Fantasy should be sure to check this out. Mothers who love fantasy might get an extra kick out of this one too, but men will enjoy it as well. I certainly did.

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Sep
14

By September 2018 Trump’s behavior had upset most of the rational and intelligent people with a strong enough stomach to listen to his verbal litter, but what about the Vikings? Where do they weigh in on the matter? Some thought they might have favored Trump due to his might makes right modality. Others believe his lying, bitchy, and cowardly behavior would have them chewing on the edges of their battle axes. After an in-depth journey into legends, myths, and more than a few mead halls, I, Alex Bone, can finally bring you the real story.

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Top Ten Reasons Vikings Won’t Vote for Trump

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  1. Because he asked them to.

 

  1. He never uses an axe.

 

  1. Only a fool wears his tie so long, for it is far easier for an enemy to strangle you with it.

 

  1. Vikings never have a pay a woman for sex.

 

  1. Only girly men get bone spurs.

 

  1. Build big wall on river. Very stupid. Sad.

 

  1. Never trust an old man without a beard.

 

  1. Even Loki never lied so much.

 

  1. Someone with a body like his doesn’t deserve to be a narcissist.

 

  1. Viking don’t want to sleep with their own daughter when there are so many other people’s daughters to choose from.

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Sep
11

By September 10th, 2018 Trump’s behavior was more erratic as his allies fell one by one to Mueller, got fired, or fled on their own volition. The Republicans could be sacrificing their party on the long term, to get paid on the short term. Trump is both supporting and destroying the Republicans by getting the youth more involved with politics than ever before. Yet despite trying to destroy the country, the environment, and his political party, it looks like Trump, instead of grabbing a parachute, would rather go down in flames until there is nothing left but ash.

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Top Ten Reasons Trump Will Never Step Down

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  1. Because each time he watches Fox everything looks great!

 

  1. Every week he remains, he’ll be able to destroy more of the USA.

 

  1. No one is more bigly better than Trump

 

  1. If he steps down, how could he be sure the wealthiest 1% will be taken care of?

 

  1. No one else is willing to work as hard to bring about global warming, I mean, if it existed.

 

  1. Dysfunctionalism isn’t something you just walk away from.

 

  1. He would never abandon his loyal employees, now if he could just figure out who they are.

 

  1. It’s hard for someone of his girth to step down off anything.

 

  1. He’d never want to retire, he heard people who retire often start to read.

 

  1. Dictators never step down.

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Sep
10

Hush Sisters Hush by Donald KruegerGenre:  Science Fiction

Publisher:  Xlibris

Published: 2016

Reviewer Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

 

 

 

Hush Sisters Hush by Donald Krueger can be labeled a science fiction novel in theory, but the vast majority of the novel focuses on people living through normal midwestern lives without conflict or amazing results.

Let me back up a little first. I tend to get a little excited when I receive a strong looking novel from a major publishing house and I look forward to reviewing them. However, I also receive books from first time authors with less known publishers. I like to throw these other authors into the mix as much as possible. I have often been very surprised by these novels. Yet the results are not always so positive.

I was moving into a new place last month and with my books boxed up, I was hard pressed to find a new book to review. Opening a random box, I grabbed the first book I saw, which was Hush Sisters Hush and I wish I had dug a little deeper, but like a good guy (who had most of his books still boxed up) I finished the thing.

The book revolves around a female writer and her newest project who turns out to be a man who’s lived two hundred and fifty years. Geff ages roughly one year for each ten which pass. Sarah begins to investigate and discovers he had led a productive but mostly uneventful life. Soon her research indicates he might be one of six clones which aliens left on earth for no obvious reason. After meeting two more of these slow aging six, Geff begins to try to send a message into space to contact the planet they think they were sent from.

There are more than a few issues I have with this one. First off, there is no adversary, and we are a thousand miles from a protagonist. No one so much as causes the characters a single problem and is nothing but as helpful as they can be. None of the long-lived people suffered a mishap from their fellow man and lived remarkably boring lives. The pace is slow without much really occurring other than people assisting them in learning more about their outer space origin. Then, after a slight build in excitement, their message to their home planet goes unresolved, as is discovering more of the missing clones. Also, Geff gets Sarah pregnant by having sex with her once, but somehow none of the three of them has ever had a child in the last 250 years.

Not too many positives here other than you could read the book to children, although I doubt it would keep their attention. The sisters in the title are the nuns who looked after the clones and the book has a Christian feel, where we could all reach a heavenly nirvana by being polite, white, and rich. Sadly, it is a nice book set in a trouble-free utopian world where everyone is nice to each other, but like most super happy and sweet people, spending time with them tends to get boring quickly.

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Sep
07

On September 4th, 2018 Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh began the process of being approved by the US senate. Throwing all caution, fairness, or logic to the wind, the Republicans are rushing to push this judge through before Trump gets arrested or impeached (maybe both). This move for more power could end up baring the price tag of taking down their whole party, but we will have to wait and see, but for now, in their eyes, Brett is the perfect appointee, so let’s review their reasoning.

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  1. When he overturns Row vs. Wade it will destroy the Republican party for decades.
  2. Republicans love backing the most unpopular nominee in thirty years, what could go wrong.
  3. Only 71% of United States citizens are for legal abortions so the Republicans do not have to worry about angering them, they will still have their bronze aged base.
  4. Who does not love an old fashioned racist?
  5. Republicans do not need the women or youth vote to win elections.
  6. Because we do not want to be as progressive as Ireland.
  7. We would not want to be more liberal than the pope.
  8. Why not throw a bone to the followers of a dying bronze age myth?
  9. Elected Republicans do not have care about the future of their party because they will not live long enough to see its destruction.
  10. If educated, liberal woman are forced to take their pregnancies to term they will be raising more children who will grow up to be liberal voters.

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Sep
03

Top Ten Reasons Michael Cohen is Innocent

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On August 21, 2018 Trump’s lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, plead guilty to eight crimes, but since many believe Trump can do no wrong, this must be a clever ruse. I mean, come on, Trump never shots from the hip and is always eight chess moves ahead, well, he would be if he learned how to play.

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  1. Because Trump said so.
  2. Because Cohen said so, wait, he plead guilty.
  3. Crimes should only be for the poor.
  4. He’s guilty now, but if Trump pardons him, he’ll be innocent… right.
  5. Facts don’t matter in legal issues.
  6. Pleading the Fifth doesn’t always mean you’re guilty.
  7. Rich white men are always innocent.
  8. Trump’s base wants him to steal from them.
  9. He thought fascist cronies were allowed to steal.
  10. Because feelings are more important than the truth.

 

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Skinjumpers

Aug
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Genre: Thriller

Produced by:  Loin’s Gate

Release Date: 2018

Reviewer Rating:  4 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

 

Sicario, Day of the Soldado was produced by Loin’s Gate and released June 29th 2018. It stars Academy Award Winner, Benicio Del Toro and Academy Award Nominee Josh Brolin. When the government of the United States struggles to discover how a new ring of suicide bombing attacks are occurring on their home soil, the trail leads to Mexican drug cartels who are aiding the terrorists by helping them cross the southern border.

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Josh Brolin plays a fixer for the US and hires one of his best agents, Alejandro, (Benicio Del Toro) to be part of his strike team against the cartel his intel led them to. Action, mayhem, and bullets ensue with some serious nail-biting action. The drug lord’s young daughter is captured, and this helps to insure the region engulfs into a drug fueled war.

Alejandro is separated from his allies and after some mistakes and betrayals, he takes it upon himself to put morality before necessity and protect the daughter he has become the sole protector off. With limited resources, he sets off to smuggle her into the USA. This takes the viewer into the tense situations required to enter the USA illegally.

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If you like action, this movie will do it for you. The gunfights appeared realistic and brutal. My favorite part was witnessing how effective helicopters can be, even against will armed and trained opponents.

It you like thrillers there may not be too much to complain about here. It is very violent and sometimes I get disturbed by movies having such a bloody body count and focusing on the irrelevance of human life which so many possess. It is a bleak and depressing movie, which considering the plot, should be no surprise, but this might not be a good date movie.

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Again, the action is high paced, and the tactics used are impressive. Both the main actors are a real pleasure to watch and are what takes the movie into a higher level of excellence. I enjoyed how Alejandro found the path of morality within the building backstabs and bloodshed, but people should consider this a movie which is not for the faint of heart.

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Aug
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Genre: Science Fiction

Produced by:  Universal Studios

Release Date: 2018

Reviewer Rating:  3 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

The Purge focuses on a small family and associated individuals who are living in the area where the first Purge is to take place. The Purge is a night where nothing is illegal, and people can do whatever they wish and suffer no consequences from the authorities. The idea is to test The Purge in this small area to determine whether it should be used nationwide. The people in charge believe the release of aggression will lower crime throughout the rest of the year.

The story focuses on a brother, sister, and her kingpin drug dealing ex. Many people leave before the purge, but others stay to get a cash payoff for doing so. The brother was supposed to leave but then stayed to be part of the purge.

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Once the Purge begins, those who created it, discover these people are not as evil as they might have guessed. After a few hours in, the night becomes more of a street party than a massacre. Growing worried the project might be canceled, the government sends in troops and groups of racist scum.

Soon The Purge turns into a true nightmare as trained troops and white supremist hunt down the black heroes. Most likely they all would perish if it wasn’t for the intervention from the sister’s drug lord ex. He and his well-armed gang take the pawns of the government to town, but even they might not be enough to see these people through the horrible night.

The Purge grows creepier as maniacs in masks and other bizarre gangs take to the streets reminding one a little of The Warriors film from the seventies.

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The overtones of racial conflict are obvious within this film. Blacks are defending their neighborhoods from racist low lives. I certainly have no issue with this and it is fun to see black gangsters blowing away the klan. However, I am not so sure I like the drug lord being the hero of the film, but I suppose it makes sense for there to be some logical reason there would be an armed an organized opposition to the military.

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Despite the spikes of weird villains, I had a hard time getting too excited by this movie. It seemed everyone was prepared except the victims, who found themselves alone in the streets when it was a bad place for them to be. Again, I’m not sure a drug pusher is my idea of a good hero. So simply put, the villains were more interesting than the heroes here. I think with a little tweaking this could have been a lot better. It just strikes me as an interesting idea which was used to propel the movie through a quickly and poorly written plot.

However, if you like strange adversaries and enjoy the chance to see black heroes take down some racists and other killers for hire this is a fun rump. Might be good for a Friday night movie of the sofa, but I would not rush to the theater for this one.

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Aug
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On July 20, 2018 Amazon’s owner, Jeff Bezos, was considered the richest man in modern history (Besides Putin). So, Amazon is obviously doing well. However, since they are always looking to get a hold of more of your hard-earned cash, they are searching for new eye grabbing slogans. Some work better than others and here is a list of the ones which have not made it to banner ad status.

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Top Ten Slogans Rejected by Amazon

 

  1. We want all the money.

 

  1. If slavery wasn’t illegal, we’d sell them too.

 

  1. Keep buying or Jeff Bezos might only make 240,000,000 dollars a day.

 

  1. You can give us your paycheck without leaving the privacy of your own home.

 

  1. Where else can you be naked and still buy clothes?

 

  1. You might as well support us because you’ll probably be working for us soon.

 

  1. New Alexa app spends your whole paycheck for you.

 

  1. No need to feel guilty about not shopping locally, because now you can’t.

 

  1. We help promote homogeny worldwide.

 

  1. Now you can help destroy the middle class in the comfort of your own home.

 

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