Book Review: ‘A Time to Sow’ by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

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Star Trek: A Time to Sow is the third book in the “A Time to” series produced by Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster, and was written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore and released in April of 2004.

When the “A Time to” Series was launched, there were certain promises made. This series is meant to bridge the gap between Insurrection and Nemesis. And yet all of the reveals and development that was promised has yet to even become present three books in. 

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Book Review: ‘The Rules of Enchantment’ by Wendy Tardieu

October 27, 2020 at 4:00 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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So there’s a first time for everything, right? Well The Rules of Enchantment is the first time I’ve read an “erotic fantasy adventure” novel. I’ve read lots of fantasy books, and some of those have gotten pretty steamy, but this of course takes it just a bit further. However, maybe not as far as you might think. If you’re a fan of fantasy stories and you like romance, this might be right up your alley.

The story takes place in a world where people gifted in magic can go to academies to learn more about spells and such. There’s an Order of Shadows, an Order of Light and an Order of Sight. Each school has a different focus on the magical arts. Beyond the magic schools, the world lives in the shadow of an event that happened long ago. A sorcerer named Malantheus and his followers crafted a powerful gauntlet that could rule the dead. They rebelled against the kingdoms of the world as they wanted to cast off the restrictions placed on magic. Malantheus was stopped, the gauntlet locked away, and his followers were doomed as spirits to haunt an enchanted forest. All of that creates the backdrop for the world.

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Movie Review: ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

June 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

If you like watching giant monsters fighting each other and wrecking cities, then Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah all get some serious action in this movie as they fight each other for dominance of the world while all the tiny humans run for their lives or get smashed to pieces. But there are humans in this movie, and they do get a lot of screen time. Thankfully it’s a great cast of memorable B-list actors who keep the entire film entertaining and interesting. Don’t expect a super intelligent, deep movie, however, if you’re here for fun, you’re in luck.

One thing I liked about Godzilla: King of the Monsters is that it builds off of both Gareth Edwards Godzilla movie and Kong: Skull Island. There’s no erasure of the previous films and they’re all integrated into one narrative universe. This film even builds on the story to setup the next film in the franchise, King Kong vs. Godzilla. While you only get a glimpse of Kong in this movie, there is plenty of screen time for the other monsters, even some of the monsters other than the big four who get top billing. They integrate the whole Monarch group whose monitoring and studying the monsters with the idea of a hollow earth theory, and the idea that these giant monsters somehow help bring balance to the planet despite all the destruction they cause. By using those other films to help develop the story, it adds some serious momentum for the world their building. And as a fan of all three films, I’m really enjoying what they’re doing. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’…

Video Game Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’

January 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Reviews, scifi/fantasy, Video Games | Leave a comment

The Assassin’s Creed games are an interesting lot. On one hand, you get these big open world areas that you can explore with each game diving into a different area of history. In Odyssey, it explores the world of ancient Greece in a time where Sparta and Athens are at war with each other. You can captain a boat and cruise the high seas, wander the forests and hunt deer, climb mountains, explore islands you’ve probably never heard of, and walk the streets of towns that likely no longer exist. On the other hand, Assassin’s Creed is a combat game focused on ridiculous assassination skills. While there is no palm dagger in Odyssey, there is a broken spear with which you can dispatch your opponents with gravity defying acrobatics. Or you can just hack and slash your way to victory. Either way, it’s a game that merges violence and beautiful scenery to create a 3D world you can escape into. The story, however, is another matter. Continue Reading Video Game Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’…

Movie Review: ‘Glass’

January 29, 2019 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

Glass is the final movie in M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy, and fans have been excited since the easter egg ending of Split. This movie brings together the characters from both Unbreakable and Split, creating a new take on the idea of superheroes. In a world so focused on superheroes, it’s surprising and refreshing to see something tackle the subject matter in a new way. This isn’t a humorous sci-fi adventure like Guardians of the Galaxy, a grimdark vigilante tale like a Batman movie, or an over the top capes and super beings royal rumble like an Avengers movie. Instead, this is a fairly grounded story that is first and foremost an exploration of characters. It is the characters, not the super powers and special effects, that drive this movie. And it is because of that that this movie has so much to offer. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Glass’…

Book Review: ‘Rogue Protocol’ by Martha Wells

August 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, TOR | Leave a comment
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Rogue Protocol is the latest novella in Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries series, and like the rest, it’s a fun read. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘Artificial Condition’ by Martha Wells

May 11, 2018 at 3:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, TOR | Leave a comment
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Martha Wells is one of my favorite writers, in large part because she knocks out such great stories. Her latest is Artificial Condition, the second novella in her Muderbot Diaries series. It follows an artificial construct (a robot with cloned human tissue) who gains its freedom and embarks on a journey to find out why it murdered all its employers in a massive mining massacre years ago. Along the way, it makes friends with a ship and deals with some murderous humans. Lucky murder is something the Murderbot is good at. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

April 28, 2018 at 8:16 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

Avengers: Infinity War is an event 10 years in the making, thus this will be a completely spoiler free review as this is a thing far too important to ruin.

The good news – Infinity War did not disappoint. Somehow they managed to juggle, shuffle and bounce back and forth between a huge cast of characters and several storylines without missing a step. It didn’t feel messy. It didn’t feel confusing. It didn’t feel choppy. They managed to keep each section of the story engaging, fun and entertaining. All of the characters had a moment to shine. The action and fight scenes were all well done. The CGI looked good. It hit high marks in all categories. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’…

Comic Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland #18’

April 11, 2018 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

I Hate Fairyland #18 rocks out yet another great issue, and remarkable so considering this one doesn’t even feature the main character of the series. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

March 15, 2018 at 12:04 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

A Wrinkle in Time is, quite simply, a bad movie. With horrendous dialog, a childish story, and cliched characters, there’s not much to recommend. It was unclear from the promotion of the movie whether this would be a film for all ages or a straight up kid’s film, but I can certainly clear the air on that one – this is a movie for kids. And by kids, I mean young kids. Pre-teens and younger. Anyone else, I’d recommend staying far away from this one.

First off, this movie is based off a book. Unfortunately I’ve never read the book, so I can’t make any comparisons between the two. For those who haven’t read the book, here’s the synopsis. The movie stars Storm Reid, who plays Meg. She’s a kid whose father is a NASA scientist, but who disappeared four years ago, and ever since then she’s grown isolated and is picked on and bullied at school. She’s developed a very low self-esteem which she struggles with throughout the movie. Storm does a great job in the role, but no amount of great acting can overcome the limitations of the script in this film. Rounding out the cast, which isn’t very large, is Charles Wallace, Calvin, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mr. Murry. Charles Wallace is Meg’s adopted brother, who she gets along with great. However, he is an extremely perky, outspoken child. An extreme. In other words, he can be very annoying. Calvin is one of Meg’s few friends, and he has a huge crush on her. He also has some really corny dialog. Think Anakin in Attack of the Clones. The three of them are recruited by three very weird, mystical women named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. They kind of teach the kids how to travel through time and reveal to them that there’s this evil thing called The It that is spreading throughout the universe causing people to act bad and it’s holding Mr. Murry, Meg’s dad, prisoner. They’re looking for warriors to fight the It and they’re going to help Meg and her friends to get Mr. Murry back. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’…

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