audio from KGB’s Fantastic Fiction reading with me and Chuck Wendig

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Deeply disappointed that you weren’t able to make it to KGB’s June Fantastic Fiction reading to hear me read from A Furnace Sealed and Chuck Wendig read from Wanderers?

WELL BE DISAPPOINTED NO MORE! Because the full audio from the reading is now available. It’s just like being there! (Really, it is — the lighting in KGB is ridiculously low, so you can’t hardly see anything anyhow, so the audio is pretty close to the same experience……………)

Check it out!

another look at the comments in the great superhero movie rewatch

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It’s fascinating to me to see which movies in “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” garner lots of comments and which ones don’t. I did a look at this a while back, but I thought I’d take another look, especially since that last one was before I got to MCU Phase 2 or the DCEU.

  • 173 comments: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 167 comments: The Dark Knight Rises
  • 166 comments: Man of Steel
  • 133 comments: Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 121 comments: Iron Man 3
  • 121 comments: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • 118 comments: X-Men
  • 113 comments: Ant-Man
  • 108 comments: Superman, Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • 107 comments: The Dark Knight
  • 106 comments: Watchmen
  • 104 comments: Iron Man
  • 103 comments: Superman Returns
  • 102 comments: Deadpool 2
  • 96 comments: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • 96 comments: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • 93 comments: Thor: The Dark World
  • 92 comments: X-Men: The Last Stand
  • 90 comments: Justice League
  • 88 comments: Avengers
  • 87 comments: Wonder Woman (2017)
  • 83 comments: Suicide Squad
  • 82 comments: Spider-Man (2002)
  • 82 comments: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • 79 comments: Thor
  • 78 comments: X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 76 comments: Spider-Man 2
  • 76 comments: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 74 comments: X-Men: First Class
  • 73 comments: Deadpool
  • 72 comments: Spider-Man 3
  • 72 comments: Daredevil
  • 71 comments: Batman Forever and Batman & Robin
  • 70 comments: Mystery Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • 68 comments: Batman Begins
  • 68 comments: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • 65 comments: X2: X-Men United
  • 60 comments: X-Men: Apocalypse
  • 59 comments: Batman (1989) and Batman Returns
  • 58 comments: Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • 57 comments: Sin City
  • 56 comments: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • 56 comments: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 56 comments: Aquaman
  • 55 comments: Modesty Blaise and My Name is Modesty
  • 54 comments: V for Vendetta
  • 52 comments: Judge Dredd and Dredd
  • 52 comments: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • 52 comments: Green Lantern
  • 52 comments: Men in Black, Men in Black II, and Men in Black 3
  • 51 comments: The Incredible Hulk (1977) and The Return of the Incredible Hulk
  • 51 comments: The Rocketeer and The Phantom
  • 50 comments: Blade, Blade II, and Blade Trinity
  • 50 comments: Iron Man 2
  • 50 comments: Dick Tracy (1990)
  • 48 comments: introduction post
  • 48 comments: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • 46 comments: The Spirit (1987) and The Spirit (2008)
  • 44 comments: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  • 44 comments: Fantastic Four (2005)
  • 43 comments: Logan
  • 42 comments: The Wolverine
  • 41 comments: Captain America (1990) and Fantastic Four (1994)
  • 40 comments: The Punisher (1989), The Punisher (2004), and Punisher: War Zone
  • 39 comments: Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing
  • 39 comments: Red Sonja
  • 37 comments: Spider-Man (1977) and Dr. Strange (1978)
  • 36 comments: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk
  • 36 comments: Hulk
  • 36 comments: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • 35 comments: Generation X and Justice League of America
  • 35 comments: Catwoman
  • 35 comments: Ghost Rider
  • 34 comments: Howard the Duck and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 34 comments: Constantine
  • 33 comments: Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon
  • 33 comments: Steel and Spawn
  • 32 comments: Jonah Hex
  • 31 comments: The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer
  • 31 comments: The Flash
  • 30 comments: Barb Wire and Tank Girl
  • 29 comments: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • 28 comments: Superman and the Mole Men and Batman (1966)
  • 27 comments: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • 24 comments: Wonder Woman (1974), The New Original Wonder Woman, and Supergirl
  • 24 comments: Dick Tracy (1945), Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, Dick Tracy’s Dilemma, and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
  • 24 comments: The Losers
  • 21 comments: Witchblade
  • 21 comments: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • 21 comments: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • 20 comments: Elektra
  • 20 comments: Man-Thing
  • 19 comments: Hellboy (2004)
  • 16 comments: Kick-Ass 2
  • 16 comments: R.I.P.D. (which has only been up for four-and-a-half hours as I type this)
  • 14 comments: The Mask and Son of the Mask
  • 14 comments: Kick-Ass

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: R.I.P.D.

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It was a fun comic book in 2001, turned into a mediocre movie in 2013, despite the presence of Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kevin Bacon. But it does have a Robert Knepper moment! The great superhero movie rewatch suffers through R.I.P.D. so you don’t have to…

An excerpt:

It’s frustrating, because the pairing of Bridges and Reynolds should’ve been comedy gold. Instead, it is comedy pyrite.

At least the supporting cast is fun. Kevin Bacon puts on a Southie accent and is delightfully evil as Hayes. Mary-Louise Parker provides deadpan awesomeness as Proctor. James Hong and Marissa Miller do a wonderful job channeling Reynolds and Bridges (hearing Pulsipher’s cowboy aphorisms come out of Miller’s mouth is hilarious, and nobody ever went wrong casting Hong in anything). And it is a true joy to see Robert Knepper bringing the nervous sleaze as a deado.

This movie is trying oh-so-very-hard for a Men in Black meets Ghostbusters vibe, but without any of the verve and wit that made those movies enjoyable, instead being more like Men in Black II meets Ghostbusters II. None of it works, as Pulsipher is a low-rent K, Walker is a low-watt J, Parker is a little too much Zed, and the deados transforming into monsters are all pale copies of Vincent D’Onofrio doing the bug in an Edgar suit.

guide to my Patreon content

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Since December 2017, I have been providing content on my Patreon. For $1/month you get movie reviews, and each tier upward from there also gets you more stuff: cat pictures ($2/month), TV reviews ($5/month), short excerpts from works in progress ($7/month), vignettes featuring my original characters ($10/month), and first looks at my first drafts ($20/month).

This post will be updated regularly with the new content that shows up on Patreon: the movie and TV reviews and the vignettes.

Movie reviews ($1/month):

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Proud Mary
  • Black Panther
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Deadpool 2
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • First Man
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • Animal Kingdom
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Highwaymen
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home
  • A.I.
  • Unbreakable
  • Scream 2
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dolemite is My Name

 

TV reviews ($5/month):

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • MacGyver
  • The Librarians
  • Doctor Who‘s “Twice Upon a Time”
  • Major Crimes
  • Feed the Beast
  • Breakout Kings
  • Black Lightning
  • The Alienist
  • the fourth season of M*A*S*H
  • Lucifer
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Mindhunter season one
  • the fifth season of M*A*S*H
  • the second season of Jessica Jones
  • Doctor Who‘s “The End of the World”
  • the third season of M*A*S*H
  • Deception
  • seasons 1-3 of New Tricks
  • seasons 4-6 of New Tricks
  • the sixth season of M*A*S*H
  • Doctor Who‘s “City of Death”
  • the fifteenth season of NCIS
  • the fourth season of NCIS: New Orleans
  • seasons 7-9 of New Tricks
  • Black Lightning season one
  • the seventh season of M*A*S*H
  • the eighth season of M*A*S*H
  • Magnum P.I.
  • the ninth season of M*A*S*H
  • Claws
  • Doctor Who‘s “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Good Place
  • the tenth season of M*A*S*H
  • Snowfall
  • Daredevil
  • Animal Kingdom
  • the final season of M*A*S*H
  • FBI
  • Prime Suspect seasons 1-4
  • The Good Cop
  • seasons 10-12 of New Tricks
  • Mayans MC
  • I am the Night
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  • Imposters
  • the first season of M*A*S*H
  • Bonding
  • Prime Suspect seasons 5-7
  • Undercover
  • Republic of Doyle
  • Jessica Jones season 3
  • the second season of M*A*S*H
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
  • Snowfall season three
  • Intelligence
  • Highlander: The Series season one
  • Murdoch Mysteries season one
  • Highlander: The Series season two
  • Highlander: The Series season three
  • Highlander: The Series season four
  • Highlander: The Series season five
  • Highlander: The Series season six

 

Vignettes ($10/month):

  • Cassie Zukav: “A Windy Night in December at Mayor Fred’s Saloon”
  • Super City Cops: “Plea Bargain”
  • Dragon Preicnct: “An Unexpected Trip to Sandy Brook Way”
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “Returning a Favor”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Papa’s Pool”
  • Bram Gold: “Sunday Night at the Kingfisher’s Tail”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Don’t Ask the Question if You Don’t Want the Answer”
  • Super City Cops: “Fuck, Marry, Kill”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Gan Brightblade and the Swamp of Kormak”
  • Bram Gold: “The Principle of the Thing”
  • Dragon Precinct: “The Streak”
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “An Inherited Phone Case”
  • Bram Gold: “The True Meaning of Hanukkah”
  • Cassie Zukav: “No Vacancies”
  • Super City Cops: “Oh, What a Knight”
  • Bram Gold: “Don’t Have a Cow, Man”
  • Bram Gold: “The Street Name Game”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Spoiler Warning”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Cover Me”
  • Bram Gold: “The Worst Case”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Sisters Need Not Apply”
  • Super City Cops: “One Building, Two Cases”

 

Commentary (for all):

  • Toxic Masculinity and Carol Danvers

 

a most excellent KGB Fantastic Fiction reading with the mighty Chuck Wendig

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Last Wednesday, KGB Fantastic Fiction hosted me and Chuck Wendig reading from our latest books. It was a delightful evening, with the KGB Bar filled with people, and lots of folks promising to order/preorder our books.

I went first, reading most of Chapter 5 of A Furnace Sealed. While I have two new novels out this year, I thought it made more sense to read from the book that takes place in New York City at an NYC reading than the high fantasy police procedural Mermaid Precinct.

After a brief break, Chuck read the opening from his forthcoming novel Wanderers. Chuck is an amazing writer, and an awesome reader, and now I’m dying to read his novel.

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We had a wonderful time, and some people bought books, and then we had a great dinner afterward, and a good time was had by all.

While Chuck and I knew each other through online interactions, mostly on Twitter, we’d never met until last week, and he’s as much a delight in person as he is on Twitter and on his brilliant blog. (If you don’t read Terrible Minds, you totally should.)

There will be audio of the reading on the KGB Fantastic Fiction site very soon……..

my schedule for Shore Leave 41

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As I have every year this millennium, I will be a guest at Shore Leave 41 at the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. I’ll be doing my usual programming, including a Boogie Knights concert Saturday morning, Meet the Pros Friday evening, and other keen stuff. And I’ll be putting in time at the eSpec Books booth as well.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday

6-7pm: “Writing for Themed Anthologies,” w/Mike McPhail, Susan Olesen, Joshua Palmatier, and Hildy Silverman (Belmont)

10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros, w/the entire gang of author guests (Hunt/Valley corridor)

Saturday

11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Hunt/Valley)

12-1pm: “Star Trek: Discovery Season 2,” w/Rigel Ailur, Dave Galanter, Amy Imhoff, Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein (Salon A) — I will be late for this, as it’s right after the concert, and I’ll need time to break down my percussion and change

1-2pm: “Batman Turns 80,” w/Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Russ Colchamiro, and Glenn Hauman (Salon E)

3-4pm: “Captain Marvel,” w/Rigel Ailur, Hildy Silverman, and Laura Ware (Salon E)

4-5pm: “Self-Defense 101” (McCormick Suite)

6-7pm: “Meeting eSpec Books,” w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Mike McPhail, and Dayton Ward

 

Strangely, I have no programming on Sunday. I’ll probably be spending the day relaxing, and/or being at the eSpec booth and/or doing an autographing at the Novel Spaces booth.

Hope to see folks there!

 

a nice review of Articles of the Federation

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A decade and a half later, and my 2005 political Star Trek novel Articles of the Federation is still getting attention. This time it’s Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews, who has read all of President Nan Bacco’s subsequent appearances, as well as her initial appearance in A Time for War, a Time for Peace, but didn’t get around to reading her solo novel until now. Check it out!

An excerpt:

While this novel came out in 2005, for some reason I never got around to reading it until just this year, despite the fact that the subject matter is right up my alley. This has proven to be a glaring oversight, as Articles of the Federation has now firmly established itself as one of my all-time favorite Star Trek novels. Full of memorable characters and finally showing how the government of the Federation operates on a day-to-day basis, this novel was a heck of a lot of fun to read. I wish there was a lot more focus on the governance of the Federation in Star Trek, as it is fertile ground for new and different stories set in my favorite science fiction universe!