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Nov
29

Published by Xlibris in 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Stars: 3

 

The Dark Matter by DM Flexer is a fantasy novel more than anything else, although there are some odd dashes of science fiction thrown in. It takes place on Atlantis, which is a progressive city wise before its time and led by president Seneca.

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The readers are quickly introduced to the leaders of this impressive island as well as their Amazon enemies. After this brief stage setting the Amazons attack. The warrior women are mighty and the island is hard pressed to defend itself as are its leaders. The women proceed to rape many of Atlantis’ leaders including a rather long scene where Seneca is beat up and then molested.

 

The Amazons are beaten back, but they leave the island in a state of horror and death and this all happens before you are halfway through this short novel. The terror of war is laid at the reader’s feet, and Seneca escapes from the Amazons only to discover his wife is dying, but then at the last moment aliens arrive and save her with a healing potion.

 

The aliens offer to remove the remaining citizens because the island will soon go under the waves and/or be revisited by the Amazons. Soon the choice has to be made whether these people will move from earth to a planet where the new sun’s rays will transform them into animals.

 

I have to say the author fits a lot of plot twists and varied action in such a short novel and appears to have set it up for a sequel. The character development is done well, but we are still rushed through intense situations very quickly. I am not sure what the point of making helpless men get raped so often, but perhaps he is trying to get a message across about how awful it is for anyone.

 

This book was alright, but did not really thrill me. I liked Seneca, although some of his inner turmoil seems a bit silly. Rape is never fun, but I doubt think I would be having nightmares about a dead woman who forced a kiss on me. Men just do not react the same way to such things. Hell, I’ve had that happen to me a few times myself and never lost sleep over it. I might read the next one if I got it for free, but I would not be rushing to do so.

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Nov
27

Published by Wolfsinger Publications in 2011

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed by Michael D. Griffiths

Stars: 4

 

Claire by Kelly Kuntz is a science fiction novel. In the far-flung future a group of rough necks space fighters create a new field of employment revolving around protecting freighters from space pirates. It is an exciting and dangerous job, but the people are very loyal to each other. This is why it is so tragic when a miscalculation forces Claire to have to quit being a captain.

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The brother of the woman Claire accidentally killed comes to visit the outpost in the hopes of exposing these protectors and giving them bad press. Instead he finds Claire broken and suicidal. Against all forms of good judgement, save his own feeling of what is right, he decides to dedicate his life to helping the crushed young woman.

 

Although there is a strong element of science fiction here as well as some space battle action, much of the novel becomes a mix of learning more about these people’s way of life and trying to pierce Claire’s crippling depression.

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This book is more psychological than action packed. If you are looking for a new Star Wars this is not it. If you like exploring how new worlds could create new mental challenges for humanity, then this might be more your speed. It is a short novel, not much more than a novella, but it tells the story it sets out to do. Also, perhaps in this future humanity has evolved to a more enlightened state, but most of the people in the novel are very kind, which could be considered unrealistic, but hey, maybe the future is a better place.

 

This novel is well thought out and I found the mental health aspects realistic, which is something so many authors do not portray well. This is more of an introverted thinking novel, but if you enjoy such things, as I often do, you will find pleasure in seeing Claire’s struggle to reclaim her shattered life in this distant world

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Nov
20

Published by New Falcon Publications in 1977

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed by Michael D. Griffiths

Stars: 4.5

 

Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson is an exploration in 20th century understanding of the supernatural, spirituality, technology, and extra-terrestrial intelligence. Using research, interviews, and personal experience, Wilson attempts to make sense of what could be considered part of the mystery of the Illuminati and does a fine job of it I might add.

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The book covers everything from Timothy Leary’s experiments with LSD to Crowley’s Book of the Law. However, certain themes emerge as the book progresses. One of the primary items is the theory humans are being contacted, through telepathy, by ETs from the Sirius system.

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Wilson discovers many threads which reinforce this idea. Everything from modern data, to Egyptian deities, to mentions by Crowley. He formulates these beings appear to humans in a manner they will accept. For ancient peoples, they would be deities. During medieval times, they might appear to us as angels, which he believes happened to John Dee. In more modern times they have chosen to manifest as aliens.

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As stated above, these beings often appeared to prefer to communicate telepathically with humans as opposed to physically travel to Earth. Wilson and others believe these communications as often confused with supernatural experiences. They also conject these ETs’ share wisdom, which can be attributed to inspiring individuals, such as Crowley and larger organizations such as the Illuminati.

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If you enjoy this sort of intellectual exploration of the mysterious of the Multiverse than this would be a great book for you. However, it is a very dense book. No light reading involved here. Also, Wilson tends to assume certain things and then move on while using the unproven concept as a building block to make further assumptions. Lastly and somewhat sadly, he makes dozens of predictions, most of which were supposed to have happened long before the year we currently live in, which have not come to pass.

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Overall this is a must read for all students of The Great Work. I would recommend a reader to do research before picking this one up or you might feel a little lost. Also, unlike other mystic books this one tends to organize things a bit and could prejudice a reader toward a certain paradigm if it was not taken with a large grain of salt. It certainly leaves me with wanting to seek out more of Wilson’s work.

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Nov
15

Hello again, surprised to hear from me? I know I’ve happily spilled all sorts of jargon about the integrity of WildernessPunk and I still believe in what I have said, unlike the vast majority of our current politicians. But if there is anything I learned from this last election, truth, decency, and consistency are not considered important to most people living in the USA. Hell, if Trump can lie through his pouty lips and still get elected, why shouldn’t I be able to write about WildernessPunk from this rat room which keeps a ceiling over my head for another two days?

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First off, let me piss off, well almost everyone. In some respects, I’m happy Trump won. No hate mail yet, hear my out. I always knew this country had a slimy underbelly of horrid people and it took an ass-clown like Trump to help us determine how bad it really is.

Trump is like a bug exterminator who, instead of bringing poison, covers himself in dead meat and candy. All the human cockroaches filled with racism, entitlement, and hate rushed out of their dark corners and latched onto him. Trump didn’t create these people, he gave them an avenue where they no longer felt they had to hide their true selves and let’s face it, their true selves suck.

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Of course, not every Trump supporter is an evil, bigoted a-hole, some may have voted for him for reasons other than an agenda of hate, yet we still have to come to grips with the fact millions of people voted for a person who has no one’s interest in his heart other than his own.

Still, let’s back up a little. Oh yee of the left. Did you think there would be no consequences to your ever-constricting noose of political correctness? Did your concept of urban intellectual superiority and your removal from the people who struggle in the earth for a living work out well for you? All of you thought Hillary would win, didn’t you? Because you live in your own circles of self-indulgent rhetoric. You see things improving…getting better, but then you kept pushing, every increasingly obscure scrap of ‘God is Dead’ let’s replace his books with what we feel is correct and if you don’t like it, you’re a backward primitive.

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Guess what, the ‘backward primitives’ won. You pissed them off for so long they all poured out to vote for this one. Finally, a man for the people who hates the people.

But again, the veil is down. We elected a fascist. Mostly politicians try to hide their fascist leanings, but Trump just came out with the ‘why bother’ technique. He took a gamble. He believed there were enough people full of hate for their fellow humans he could just come out and be honest about his evil tendencies and policies and win. Hey look, he was right.  

So, what does this mean? Are we all just puppets to the wealthiest one percent? Well yeah. Money runs things and the amount of money and power some people possess now is truly sickening. Everything else is just a joke. Issues are used to distract or fulfill an agenda. We are all so polarized we don’t notice the world creeping towards its doom while we scream at each other. And as we workers do this, the elite sits back and laughs and laughs.

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Despite his endless lies, in many ways Trump may be the most honest man we have elected. It’s all out on his 10,000$ sleeve. He’ll send drones to blow up families with a heart full of glee and then brag about it. He’ll remove children from their parents and have people tortured and make no excuses. Laws and decency mean nothing to him. He is the pure id of the 1% exposed.

So, I ask you one last thing. If he feels safe showing this country his true self, what does this say about the rest of us?

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Nov
08

This impressive book of art based on the new remakes of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was put out by one of my favorite publishers, Titan.

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It is a truly impressive volume that has artwork to boggle the mind. I tell you one thing, I don’t remember them having artwork like this when I was a kid and in love with The Planet of the Apes series.

Not only is this artwork intense, but it is also expansive. Many subjects and scenes are covered here. This book would be a must for any serious fan of this series. I am no art critic, but I think most science fiction fans could get something out of this as well.

This is a pretty straight forward book and probably falls into the category of either you like it or you don’t.  If fantastic art is something you love, then you will get something out of this. If leafing through a volume of art is not your cup of tea, then you already know this.

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Downsides are, it is a little pricy at 26.24, but if you love this art it is worth it. Also, and it is not their fault, but the whole remake thing slows me down and I wish the same amount of energy could have been put into something new. Or a new Planet of the Apes series that took off where the last series ended and did not just remake it.

What you see is what you get here… literally. But if you love Planet of the Apes or just great science fiction art in general, you might consider grabbing this giant volume.

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Oct
28

Published by TooFar Media in 2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Stars: 2.5

 

Arms From the Sea by Rich Shapero is a science fiction book with a good deal of spirituality mixed in. It follows the somewhat difficult to interpret life of a young man name Lyle who worships the sea and its creatures even though he lives in a world of salt with a high-level of technology which is used to pacify most of the population. Few work in this new age and entertainment becomes more important than being productive.

Lyle rejects the seduction of the entertainment this technology creates and instead becomes involved with archeology, climbing, and then finally becomes a sculptor.The novel begins with Lyle defacing a giant statue which represents a society he despises. Just when it appears he will end up in jail, the ocean rises and kills everyone he has ever known.

He is rescued by a mysterious ship of odd fellows and is introduced to a octopusish god called the Polyp. This god talks with Lyle discussing the responsibilities of creation. This god also molds Lyle into different forms and does strange things like inserting his tentacles into Lyle’s mouth.

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Lyle has some adventures across the sea, but they seem nebulous and hard to follow. Odd things happen, which I suppose are meant to be metaphors, such as when a crew member tears boards out of the bottom of the ship and it starts to sink. In this case the metaphors perhaps overshadow the action, making it unclear. Also, there is little risk for Lyle because he has a god with him. Monsters attack the god handles them. Lyle gets his hand bitten off, but when he wakes up its back.

has some adventures across the sea, but they seem nebulous and hard to follow. Odd things happen, which I suppose are meant to be metaphors, such as when a crew member tears boards out of the bottom of the ship and it starts to sink. In this case the metaphors perhaps overshadow the action, making it unclear. Also, there is little risk for Lyle because he has a god with him. Monsters attack the god handles them. Lyle gets his hand bitten off, but when he wakes up its back.

 

 

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Lyle has some adventures across the sea, but they seem nebulous and hard to follow. Odd things happen, which I suppose are meant to be metaphors, such as when a crew member tears boards out of the bottom of the ship and it starts to sink. In this case the metaphors perhaps overshadow the action, making it unclear. Also, there is little risk for Lyle because he has a god with him. Monsters attack the god handles them. Lyle gets his hand bitten off, but when he wakes up its back.

 

Overall this is a spiritual self-reflective novel which uses a science fiction environment to aid in the ease of storytelling. Any thin veil between this future society and ours is easily seen through and the social commentary is clear. Things get more muddled with the half concealed homosexual overtones reminiscent of mid 19th century literature. I have become used to people just saying what they want these days and not needing to obscure such matters like authors were inclined to do fifty years ago.

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I recently read Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold, who is a philosophy student. So, I know you can mix a plot with action and humor and come out with a piece that still requires you to think and reevaluate your notions of really.

 

Perhaps my tastes are immature and lean toward action and adventure, but if you are looking for either of those things, this book does not deliver. However, if you are looking to put yourself into the mindset of a being focused on the rules of creation and would like to read a thought provoking novel where problems are not solved by violence or ingenuity, then you might enjoy this work.

 

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Oct
26

Collapsing Hotel Flagstaff Arizona: So, either I care about your health and safety, dear reader, or I hope this will get someone to hire me for my ability to teach you CPR before I get thrown out of the decency-impaired hotel I’m staying in. I’ve been teaching people CPR all over this beautiful state for almost 18 years now and I’ve learned a few things, most of which revolve around how little I would trust the average person to preform CPR on me. Heimlich though, that’s another story. If CPR is the horror show, then Heimlich is the keg party with the wet t-shirt contest. Don’t worry, I’ve never said that in my trainings, except for the ones I do while drinking.

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The first thing you’ll want to know, besides where that mouse went so you can delete this window, is have I ever used the Heimlich on a living person, which in case you didn’t know, is so much more fun than using it on a dead one. And the answer is yeah, duh, you think I could have made it this far without someone I know being an idiot?

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I was having a lovely lunch on a table filled with about ten other people when this one guy eyed his buddy’s sandwich. I’m not a 100% sure what might have gone through the dude’s mind at the time, but I think it might have been something along the lines of, ‘if I eat that sandwich in one bite, that means it’s mine.’ He preceded in putting his words into action and violently shoved the whole sandwich into his mouth. Instant karma, he began to choke to death.

 

I leapt up and went behind him doing the Heimlich. One, Two, Spew. The sandwich sprayed out over the rest of the table. Chunks of soggy tuna hung from noses, were splattered over eye glasses, and floated on the top of milk. It was a wonderful bonding experience for everyone got to share the same sandwich in the end.

 

Celebrities aren’t immune to Heimlich adventures. David Duchovny, of X-Files fame, was enduring another rough day walking along the beach in LA. He had just begun to wonder if 11am would be late enough for beer:30 when this man came running up to him holding his hands around his throat in the universal symbol for, ‘I’m choking.’ Even David knew this and said, “Alright turn around and I’ll give you the Heimlich.”

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He had done a full round when the guy leaned back and said, “I’m having a heart attack.”

 

So, David scolded him and told him he needed to watch Sanford and Son so he could learn the universal heart attack sign. “This is the big one. I’m coming for you…”

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I have another LA story. Apparently loads of people choke in LA. This woman is alone in her place just throwing the ball around for her new dog. She decided to eat an apple and a huge bite gets lodged in her throat. She calls 911, but since she can’t talk, she wonders if they will come to help her. She tries to clear the object out herself, but begins to lose her strength. After toppling to the floor, she wonders if 911 will show, will she ever wake up again? That’s when her dog runs over and says, “Rut roo,” jumps on her chest, frees the object, and saves her life. Yep, you can google that action and learn her friend won Dog of the Year, and if you were curious…golden retriever.

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Lastly, we have a story which doesn’t take place in LA, thank Yig. Dude-guy, is driving to work in the morning. There are things you aren’t supposed to do while driving…put on makeup, clean under your fingernails, talk on the cell phone, although text messages are okay, but no way are you supposed to eat. Well this fella broke the last law and started to choke. Again, I’m not sure what went through his mind, but he decided, “I can make it to the ER,” and proceeded to drive there.

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Yeah, he didn’t make it. Instead he passed out and slammed into a parked car. But he had his seatbelt on and out the object flew. I’m not saying that if you are by yourself and choking that you should hop into a car, put on your seatbelt, and then drive into a tree, but I just want to holistically give everyone a chance to stay safe. You’ll be thanking be later and if I end up saving your life, please buy me a beer, before the rats eat up the last of my tent.

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Oct
24

Alright, so I said the last post might be the final WildernessPunk post, at least for a while. On a side note, it has been odd not writing them. However, as plans go I think I won’t be accumulating any bad karma or letting down my integrity by completing a few aspects of the WildernessPunk theme. Either I’m wrapping it up or setting the stage for a new beginning. I guess time will weigh in on which direction it goes.

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Yet although a few things of note have occurred, WildernessPunk was never intended to be a dairy, so for this post, I’m inclined to just let the pictures speak for themselves and let your imaginations fill in the rest.

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For any fact lovers out there, the Wilderness part of WildernessPunk slowed down officially on the evening of Sunday 10/16/16. I got a place of sorts coming full circle to the rat-trap I first stayed when I migrated out of the woods and back into Fake World after all Hells had broken loose for me in April.

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I sit and pace in the shabby, but feel a little happy. For some reason this place gets AMC and I’ve been twirling through a Walking Dead marathon, getting my Rot on, while working on my own Zombie Apocalypse fiction. I never saw season 6. (Hard to get that done when all your possessions are removed and you live in the forest.) So, it’s been a triple layered climax as I go through the first five, then a season I didn’t see, and the first of a new season tonight. I’m nerding out a little, but hell I haven’t watched television in over half a year.

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I would say something along the lines of it’s the little things, but this isn’t little. Some of the scenes in this show have hit me in the gut with a sledge hammer. When Rick and Carl are reunited with baby Judith… I look it hard core.

 

So what’s worse than the Zombie Apocalypse? Answer… our Legal System. At least Rick gets to hold his baby.

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I had another epiphany since the last post, which left an impression. I managed to see MDC, Millions of Dead Cops, Multi-Death Corporation, Millions of Damn Christians etc. Two songs they sung affected me.

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The first was Dick for Brains.

 

“Oh baby, I love you true, I’d do anything you want me to, but why, why? Dick for brains. Dick for brains Why am I so insane. Let you give me a golden shower, but why? Why? Dick for brains.”

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And I thought, this has been my theme song for too long. It’s time to change the paradigm or perhaps I already have.

 

Then conversely, I heard them sing Selfish Shit. “I take what I want or else I throw a fit. I don’t care who I take it from because I’m a selfish shit… welcome to the living Hell I create.”

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I wonder who that song reminds me of?

 

Are you wondering how strange is it for me to return to the land of heat, toilets, and showers? I suppose it’s not as strange as me feeling guilt over it for some reason. Part of me honestly feels like I’m letting myself down. I know I could hack sleeping outside for at least until Thanksgiving. It makes sense when I have all these lawyer meetings and court dates, but those are slowing down to a trickle for a few weeks.

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I might be getting a few paying gigs where I’ll have to do my singing and dancing of informative chaos for people, though, so perhaps it might be for the best. Well not really, but at least I’m not bumming showers and having tense mornings while I tour from mini-missions to mega-missions.

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One thing remaining consist is my solitude. No children of course, other than my lovely daughter living overseas. When your let loose in the world, events often force you into social interaction if you are lucky enough to have good friends. (Read, “Can I take a shower, dude?”) However, when I have my four enclosed walls I have to force myself to go out and interact. But don’t worry too much… I do. It’s just weird to have more choices again. That and being able to stay up past 7pm.

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It comes down to this. I enjoy putting my words into action and a really, really enjoy not being a part of this system of bullshit. Okay, I know I’m still part of the system, but I like it to be as minimal as possible. I dare you to measure my carbon print.

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This election makes it easy to be an anarchist. Being exposed to the pure insanity of how unfair our legal system is, makes me want to run into the woods screaming. It’s tough to be right all the time, but it’s easy to forget how unfair the world is when your fridge has a few days of food in it and you are watching a movie while drinking a cold one. Yet, step out of line and you become a method of production for the system to leech off.

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No new taxes, unless you count creating huge fines needing to be paid for non-crimes and uninstantiated lies.

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I may be getting dragged back in, I might end up with a few new bear traps on my nethers, but let me say here and now, I’m feeling done with the chaos explosion of humanity and the rules it feels obligated to create to keep the clogs in line. You might see me, hear me, cuz I love my people, but I need my TAZ. (Temporary Autonomous Zones)

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Oh crap, TAZ. I forgot about TAZ. I might have to toss up another post. Sorry, but I have a duty, an obligation, or perhaps just an unrelenting desire to spew. If the bullshit isn’t done, then neither am I and since it will never be done…

 

Neither will I

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Balancing Bone

Oct
20

Published by Wolfsinger Publications in 2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Stars: 4

Bonded Agent by David B. Riley is a science fiction novel recently published by Wolfsinger Publications. The tale focuses on Sarah Meadows who works for the biggest insurance company on Mars. Do not let her job description put you off however, for Sarah lives a very exciting life and gets into adventures which grow in magnitude and importance as the novel progresses.

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There are a few different races filling up our universe in this work and strangely, Sarah dislikes the people of Earth the most out of all of them. Although she is human, she ends up siding with the “lizard men” race known as the Tau. The Tau are at war with Earth, but not Mars or humanity.

Sarah’s aid starts with small things, but soon she is conscripted into their army and is awarded the title of general. As it turns out, she has the abilities of a major strategist and her skills for thinking of what no one else would consider, enables her to make choices which create situations where her enemies cannot keep up.

This novel is inventive and has the feeling of an older type of classic like John Carter of Mars, where the story is more important than worrying over whether other races could exist in our solar system. I had no problem with this and found the different races and their cultures interesting. The Tau were almost more funny, because of their odd behaviors which did not mesh well with most humans.

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I think this story rolled out well and Riley pulled off what he had set out to do. At first I felt concerned that each chapter felt like a short story strung together. I’m not a big fan of episodic fiction. Turns out though, this was not the case. If anything Riley tied up all the loose ends of this book better than most. There was a bit of oddness running through the novel. Hard to put your finger on. The characters were likable, but often made choices which seemed a little off. Then again, if one was raised on Mars, you could end up being different.

I found this novel to be a hidden surprise. I was not expecting much, but found it a very enjoyable read. I loved the interaction of different cultures and species. I also liked how Sarah made her own rules. She thought of an idea which would work and she acted on it even when others found it irregular. I would recommend this book for science fiction fans and more so for the lovers of the classics. I would give anything else by Riley a read if I got the chance.

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Oct
12

Okay, so it is not like I haven’t hinted about this. Everyone has pluses and minuses in Life. Responses to responsibilities, gifts and people gunning for them. Okay, maybe you don’t have all those things, but I do. If it was just me, and I’ve said this too, I’d be off so deep, that I’d be losing the punk, but instead, since I’m not as free as I could be, it looks like I’m closer to losing the Wilderness.

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And I fucking hate it.

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I’m not a wimp and I’m not bowing out because I want to. I could keep on going. Fuck this bullshit flowing in all directions around me, once humanity is involved, um… do you see who’s running for president? I’m so ready to throw in the towel on this modern world of crap and eat ants, but I’m a father and my kids will end up tortured and insane if I don’t do everything in my power to fight back against the lies, the system, and the darkened evil that thrust me into this situation in the first place.

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Okay, a little focus Boney. So besides what may or may not happen, I need to think about the viability of WildernessPunk. What allows it to exist and what pushes it into the realm of watered down hypocrisy. Believe it or not, I have some integrity. I wouldn’t feel proper writing about WildernessPunk while sitting in a heated room and watching the rain crash against the windows.

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So what’s a Boneman to do? I don’t want to drop the flag of WildernessPunk, but then again, I have no desire to be a poser, spewing about experiences and such which aren’t real, let alone challenging. I know I tend to wax on about concepts that could be considered around a warm wood stove, but I think some of the impact of WildernessPunk has been knowing I’m writing in the woods and posting the blasts while resurfacing within Wifi-ed coffee shops and pubs.

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Is there a middle ground? What would give me the right to continue? Is living in a rat bag hotel close enough? …Naw. Crashing on a friend’s floor? …closer. Can I pick it up if I head into the woods for a weekend? …Maybe, but it still lacks the impact of taking a long term commitment to the low tech surviving from high-tech model.

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Perhaps I can finish the horror and free my balls from the bear trap, so I can start again. It very well could happen and it might end up being more intense.

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Another option could be starting up something new, something different, something… but damn it I really enjoy the whole WildernessPunk concept, from top to bottom, it’s rewarding while being challenging and fuck it, it’s mine.

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Okay, Boneman, time to get it together and Constantly Kick some Ass in a new way. Maybe gear up some in the process. Living minimalistically might be romantic and certainly easier to roll around on a mountain bike, but one of the advantages of falling back into the real might be an ability to gear up for a more serious exploration of WildernessPunk. Having Hot Spots, solar charging, and maybe even a tent, might change things. I could go deep, but still be e-jacked.

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So instead of the woods, I sit here today within the Hotel Monte Vista. The leaves of gold falling like snow over the wet streets. One more night, then a new page.

 

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I’ll bet I’ll remain a very hard man to track down.

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