“Star Trek Beyond” Movie review

I really liked this movie.  It had a strong plot, good characters, and a lot of action.  The cinematography was outstanding.  The only thing that confused me was a picture of the old crew amongst the possessions of Ambassador Spock.  I thought this series had been a prequel, i.e. a young James T. Kirk and […]

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“The Goblin Emperor” Book review

Written by Katherine Addison, this book was published in 2014.  The main character of the book fascinated me and more than made up for the lack of action.  There is a lot of political intrigue and two coup attempts, but no wars or major battles. Maia is the fourth son in line to the throne.  His […]

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“Ghostbusters (2016)” Movie review

This is a remake of the original movie released over 30 years ago.  It’s hard to believe that it was so long ago, but I’m showing my age.  This time, the cast is all female with Melissa McCarthy, Kirsten Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.  Chris Hemsworth rounds out the cast as a handsome, but […]

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More Surgery–personal essay

On Tuesday, I went in for another round of surgery.  I can hardly believe this chain of events since I turned 65.  First, it was gallstones.  When the surgeon looked inside, she saw a cyst on my left ovary, so I had it checked with ultrasound.  Unfortunately, it was a complex cyst with a lot […]

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“Swiss Army Man” Movie review

This is the strangest movie I’ve ever seen.  Paul Dano is Hank Thompson, a young man stranded on a deserted island who contemplates suicide until he sees a body on the beach.  Daniel Radcliffe plays Manny, the cadaver.  Yes, really a dead man.  Hank changes his mind about suicide when he finds that Manny can […]

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“The Legend of Tarzan” Movie review

How many Tarzan movies have been made?  I don’t have any idea, but here’s another.  To my surprise, I found it very entertaining.  Tarzan was a good-looking dude played by Alexander Skarsgard and Jane was the very beautiful Margo Robbie.  But Samuel L. Jackson stole the show.  He plays an American diplomat, George Washington Williams, who was sent […]

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“Chapter One, The Blue Witch”

Here’s a preview of my latest fantasy novel, “The Blue Witch.”  It’s the second book in the series, “The Chronicles of Eledon.” Chapter 1 BLUE WITCH Alex glared at the bread merchant as she handed him two copper coins.  He grinned, a glint in his eye—he’d won this bargain and forced her to pay twice […]

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“The First Order” Book review

A thriller novel written by Jeff Abbott and published in 2016, it’s another Sam Capra book.  It was an easy read and kept me in suspense all the way through.  I thought the concept was interesting as brother meets brother in a deadly situation. Six years ago, Sam had received word that his older brother, […]

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“The Blue Witch” Cover reveal

Coming soon:  The Blue Witch: The Chronicles of Eledon Book 2. Charged falsely of treason, Alex searches for the Holy Grail in Eledon, the world of the Elves, in order to obtain a full pardon.

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“Free State of Jones” Movie review

The movie takes us to the Confederate side of the U.S. Civil War in the mid-1800’s.  Newt Knight is a soldier/medic, witnessing the worst casualties anyone can imagine.  When a young boy from home dies in his arms, he’s had enough and deserts his unit.  He takes the boy’s body home and escapes capture as a deserter by living in […]

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Trailer Video: The Black Elf

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