Thursday, June 14, 2018

THIS SUNDAY, on The Catholic Geek: Moira Greyland, The Last Closet, and More 06/17

The Catholic Geek: Moira Greyland, The Last Closet, and More 06/17 by We Built That Network | Culture Podcasts:

In this prerecorded episode, host Declan Finn returns.

About time, too.

After an opening monologue about leftists banning best selling authors from conventions, E3, and the Dragon Awards, Declan is joined by author and harpist Moira Greyland, where Moira will discuss her book, The Last Closet.

Along the way, they will discuss sexual abuse, the SFWA and their complicity in the crimes of Marion Zimmer Bradley, and LGBT culture.

Relevant links.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

#E32018: #NintendoE3

We open the last presentation of #E3 with ... a game rating? Are you seriously going to have a film that isn't perfect for children of all ages? Huh.

Daemon X Machina ... Mechs and lightsabers?  Huh. Okay.

Then next is ... what the heck? Umm... did someone get a new art director for Final Fantasy?

Xenoblade Chronicles 2? I knew that some of those voice actors sounded familiar.

Apparently, some Pokemon game. A Super Mario Party game.

Another Anime game.... Fire Emblem: Three Houses?  I heard good things about Fire Emblem.

And it's apparently a strategy game..

A few indie games, like Hollow Knight. Minecraft, Mario and Rabbit? Dragon Ball Z. A Crash Bandicoot Nintendo version? Hmm. Okay. Some Fallout and Dark Souls. Wolfenstein 2... I guess they really want all the money all those other games are making. 

Then there's more Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate, now with a few hundred characters... okay, only every character they've ever had. Literally.

And that's it. Huh. That's odd. I would have expected more in depth reveals.

Oh well.

If you're not interested in this, then you might want to try these books instead.

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#E32018: #UbiE3, #PlaystationE3

I continue to look at this week's E3. First, I want to finish looking at UbiSoft's presentation....

I didn't get through all of For Honor .... they still seem to lack a story, in favor of gameplay.... and they want to convince us that people wearing Crusader-level armor includes ... women.

Sigh. You know what people? I play Tomb Raider and don't have a problem with certain level's of "kick-ass kick" (99% of that gameplay is shooting, anyway), but do you people even understand how heavy medieval armor is? And they're not even using chainmail. They're using plate mail. Do you know how heavy that is? Are you kidding?

I'm not even going to be bothered with putting up that trailer.

Next is...Well, this looks very much like we're doing Greek mythology ...

Oh, wait, it's another flipping Assassin's Creed game.  Screw this. I'm out.

And yes, it looks beautiful. but I gave up on this POS series after a fistfight with a Pope in Saint Peter's for a plot point that wasn't about the main plot of the game, but the "overarching" subplot that's the weakest point in the whole series. We won't even go into history so terrible that Dan Brown is going "WTF?"

Okay, to heck with this. Ubisoft just fed a lot of time to Assassin's Creed. That was a waste of time.

On to Playstation. Let's see what they're doing.

They're going to open with The Last of Us 2.

They made the entire opening trailer that added nothing to our knowledge of the game except for "Ellie's gay now"?  Really? While I don't object, given what we know of her history from the DLC ... they dedicated an entire trailer to that? Really?

The really worrisome part of this is that I'm getting a distinctively Walking Dead vibe from the setting ... what very little I'm getting of the setting, because a quarter of this trailer is dedicated to setting up the "Ellie's gay now" stuff.

... And then she's stabbing someone in the neck. Well, that was a tonal shift designed to give me whiplash.

Why does this feel like they've decided to make Ellie even more vicious than Lara Croft? Do they really have Tomb Raider envy that bad? I'll grant that she spends most of her time dodging and running, but as far as continuing the story -- which was the most important part of The Last of Us part 1 -- this is fairly disappointing.

Next up a few teasers that barely even tell me what the games are. Something that is obviously Destiny 2 oriented.... I guess they couldn't afford Nathan Fillion to come back.

Then there's Ghost of Tsushima

What is this? Kurasawa directing a Batman Arkham game? Not that I'm objecting to that or anything...

A teaser for something called Control. Coming out in 2019. You'd think they'd have more content for it if it were coming that soon.

.... What is this? Mouse simulator 200?

No. It's apparently another Resident Evil game. A Resident Evil 2 remake. In January of 2019?

And, finally, Kingdom Hearts 3 ...

And we're going back to the Pirates universe, acknowledging the next chapters of that terrible franchise (seriously, how did it get past movie #3?). They, too, have gone the Black Flag pirate simulator route.

The graphics have become borderline photo-realistic with the live action actors.

The other day, I thought they were cutting back on the Disney worlds in their game. Apparently, I was mistaken, with Pirates, and Toy Story, and Wreck-it-Ralph, and Frozen, and Tangled, Monster's Inc., etc.  Oh well. At least they look like they're going to wrap-p some of their own mythology.

January, 2019.

And then, from Hideo Kojima ... a really beautiful game that seems to make no sense at all.

I think this is some sort of survival stealth horror?

Anyway, there is also Nioh 2, which looks like Samurai Dark Souls.

And then, there's ... Spider Man.

The game play looks very much like Spider Man Arkham Asylum with some DMC beat 'em up. And I'm good with that. Heck, they even start with a prison break at the Raft, using a plot point in New Avengers #1.

Cinematics look good, gameplay looks good. Costume .... looks stupid, but I'm sure there's a skin for that.

And that's the end of the Playstation conference.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

#E32018: #UbiE3, part 1

My continuing coverage of E3 this year moves on with UbiSoft at E3. Ubi is known for Assassin's Creed, every game with Tom Clancy's name on it, Prince of Persia, and even the lackluster Watch Dogs.

... WTF? Was someone on drugs during this presentation? Because the opening act in the panda bear outside and the marching band ... huh?

Anyway, the first game looks like ... Hoth?  Hmm. I'm guessing it's the sequel to Beyond Good and Evil from ... many moons ago. Funny, I have some vague recollection of that game being set in a more tropical setting.

While I have no horse in this race, I will say that it looks far more interesting than the original game did...

And for some reason, the protagonist from the first game appears to be the villain of the sequel? Huh.

......... and the people on stage inform us that this is a prequel. Okay.

Let's see ... Rainbow 6: Siege contests. Racing games.

Sigh. And we're back to The Division 2. The Graphics are okay. Though "The Government Agency is going to save you" feels a lot less realistic than it's supposed to.

They're promising a story. But they also want to talk about American dictators.

Skull and Bones is coming, at long last. It was announced a while ago.

They're billing this as "There are no heroes" in this game.

It's almost as though they decided to make Assassin's Creed: Black Flag boating sections into a full game.

Transference seems to be a mystery- horror game backed by a video game company owned by ... Elijah Wood.  Who knew?

Well, this looks ... creepy.

And then there's ... Star Link

Starring ... Star Fox? I know it's called Star Link, but it's a furry at the helm of a space fighter.

Also, more "For Honor."  Eh. They couldn't get me interested the first time.

I have to get going, and UbiSoft is doing a two hour presentation, apparently. So, more later.

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#E32018: #SquareEnixE3

I like UbiSoft's introduction: The Shadow of the Tomb Raider commercial opens with a Keith David voice over ... and gives us an even bigger trailer.

Cue the Indiana Jones music.

..... And then they cut away to just some guy in a baseball cap. Sigh.

THough "Becoming one with the Jungle." Heh heh heh.

I like the look of the gameplay. It looks as good as the last two games. Though It's starting feel a little like Lara has become a member of the commando team from The Predator. Though it's nice that she's actually using a damn knife. Maybe melee won't be such a flipping chore this time around. Either that, or she's Batman.

Let's see, next ...

Okay, more FF14 online. Eh.

Sigh. Okay, okay, they really want Captain Spirit

Dragon Quest ... which is okay.

Hmm... Nier: Automata is coming to Xbox.  I gotta get my hands on this flipping thing.

Sigh. More Just Cause 4.  I should probably play one of these soon too.

The Quiet Man ... I don't know what the bleep this is, but is someone trying to do daredevil?

Kingdom Hearts 3

And .... that was a really short presentation. More like a long commercial. Huh.

.... And if you still have no horse in this race because you'd rather read than play games, have my novels.

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E3 2018: Bethesda

Next up on today's agenda: E3's Bethesda studios conference. The people who brought you a lot of RPGs, as well as the new Doom and Wolfenstein games.

Rage 2 ... more freaking dystopias. Okay. That's it. Now, they're all just starting to blur. In the gameplay footage, it looks even more like a Mad Max movie.

Sigh ... more Elder Scrolls online. I'm bored now.

An announcement trailer for Doom: Eternal ... which tells me nothing about the story, but shows off some nice graphics.

Quake ... again... sigh.

Prey? Again? The first game didn't work. The second game I heard no reviews of. Now, there's another.

.... And yet another Wolfenstein game: Youngblood. Set in 80s Paris. It'll be co-op. That's about the extent of the trailer, too.

They talked more about Fallout 76. Again, it looks okay.

Now with more nukes.

Also, they're releasing a BETA: "Break it Early Test Application."

Coming in November

.... And if you still have no horse in this race because you'd rather read than play games, have my novels.

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E3 2018: Microsoft

For those of you who remember, whenever the video game conference E3 comes around, I make it a point to look at what's coming.

Only this year, they decided to start E3 ON SATURDAY.  The bastards

There's Anthem ... which really looks like a combination of Titanfall and Destiny. I'm not sure that any of it is interesting enough to entice me for it it comes out in February.

Crackdown 3 ... does anyone care by now? Aside from Terry Crews chewing the scenery? They've only been piming this thing since ... I can't even keep track.

Sigh. Anyway, Microsoft started with an amazingly lackluster Halo: Infinity announcement trailer. And let's face it, that's all it was. An announcement...

And yes, this is lackluster to a guy for whom Halo actually brought me back into gaming.

We were then lectured for what felt like an hour (longest three minutes ever) and "artisans" (sigh).

And then there's Ori and the Will o the Wisps

I'll admit, this looks cute. It's the most impressive side scroller ever. I like the artwork and visual design. Though really what carries this is the music.

Then we had a trailer for Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

Holy ... well, they have some nice fire graphics. To be honest, this first trailer that makes me think "Wow, I might want to try this." Then again, it has gameplay.

On the one hand, this looks like a cross between Onimusha (which was an awesome game with a strong story) and Dark Souls (which was dark as hell for no story).

On the other hand, this looks an awful like like another game, Ghosts of Tsushima.

Let's see, more Fallout 4 updates, again.

Fallout 76 ... a prequel? Supposedly 4x the size of Fallout 4. Set in West Virginia.

Graphics are nice. But then again, at this date, they better be flipping photo realistic....

Then again, my first Fallout game is my only game thus far. Fallout 3 was just that inspiring.

Captain Spirit is... cute. From the same people who did Life is Strange, so that be entertaining.  No, I don't see that the trailer is worth sharing, really.

Metro Exodus ...

While I like the graphics, in an in-game engine. this looks too much like a Fallout setting with Wolfenstein: the New Order gameplay, all with a Russian accent.

And Kingdom Hearts 3 ... on Xbox?

Is it just me or are the voices off? Especially on Sora?

Anyway, the visuals are pretty nice. And obviously, they're doing their darnest to jam in as many Disney properties as possible. Also, a little too much Frozen-esque music, and too little feel that this is a Kingdom Hearts game. One of the nice things with the KH series is that it felt like it's own thing, with a layer of Disney on top. I had actually considered that KH3 could do without Disney, and just use the lore they already have.

Obviously, someone insisted MUST BE MAOR DISNEY.

Then again, I've only seen four Disney properties total around KH3 (Frozen, Monsters IncTangled and Toy Story), which is a lot less than I recall in the other games.

Sigh.... They have a Sea of Theives expansion. How nice. They may even have a story this time. Are they going to admit that the initial release was just a beta that they wanted to test out first? Also, why does it look like that Pirates of the Caribbean is sailing into Mordor?

And then there's an EA game.  It looks nice. It's in Japanese for some reason ... eh, it's Battlefield V, and it's only there fore a few seconds.  Sorry, but EA has burned through most of my goodwill a while ago, and I've been waiting on Battlefield: Bad Company III for years now.

Forza Horizon $ ... Nice graphics. Nice cars. Cute trailer. About it.

And then there's this....

Why does it look like Bioshock's latest dystopia is being run by the Joker? Let's see, it's in the British isles, and emotions you can take in a pill. Sounds like a Doctor Who episode.

Is anyone else suffering from Dystopia burnout?

Let's see, there's another commercial for glorified MMO shooter Battlegrounds.  Again, eh.

Am I the only one decidedly unimpressed by some of these reveals? Or am I just cranky.

Tales of Vesperia ... hey, someone tell Jon that we have his next year's Dragon Award video game. It looks nice. But I think you're supposed to know what's going on to understand anything.

Then there's this ... I could tell what it was going in. The Division 2.

Oh look. they may have plot this time.

But no thanks. I don't think so. Fool me once .... well, they tried, but didn't succeed. And IT'S STILL AN MMO.  I don't want another MMO. I would like a plot please.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

... Oops. It looks like Lara just started the end of the world by accident.

It also looks amazing.

And ... Devil May Cry? 5? So they're not doing the reboot? Or are they? I can't tell  Because their reboot was simply Devil May Cry.

And ... is that the brunette from DMC3? Because I don't remember her being Southern.

Okay, I'm a little confused....

Okay, according to the rest of the conference, this is actually a sequel to DMC4.

About time.

And ... an Anime based video game called Jump Force. With Dragonball Z and .... Death Note?

Jump Force ... huh.

Let's see, a Dying Light 2 trailer that makes me even less interested than in the first game. Meh.

And... what the hell? Battletoads? They're bringing back Battletoads? I wasn't even that good at the first game, and I'm getting Nostalgia flashbacks.

Just Cause 4 ... [shrug]. Part of the problem I have is that this looks like a dozen different games, and our hero is so visibly interchangable with every other action hero trope, I have no interest.

ANOTHER GEARS OF WAR GAME? Geez. Aren't they done with this series yet? And mobile? AND a tactics game?

And Cyberpunk 2077 .... apparently, it's coming eventually. But no, this isn't grabbing me as much as the previous trailer. Sorry guys.

So, there are four of five games here that have actually caught my attention. We'll see how well they develop.

.... And if you have no horse in this race because you'd rather read than play games, have my novels.

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2018 in review thus far

Do you know how strange it is to have no had a new novel published in 2018?

On the one hand, I feel like I'm slipping.

On the other hand, I know what's coming.

This year, six books of mine have been rereleased.

Pius Tales (The Pius Trilogy Book 4) by [Finn, Declan]

And this year isn't over yet.

July: Live and Let Bite
August: Good to the last Drop
September: Hellspawn
November: Cult of Death
TBA: Planetary Anthology: Jupiter
TBA: Planetary Anthology: Pluto
TBA: Planetary Anthology: The Moon

And perhaps for Christmas, I release a self published book... you know, one of the ones I promised I would have self published already.

Eh. I've been busy. I'm getting married this year. And I'm dealing with letting go of stress by staying out of Facebook fights and blocking schmucks.

Enjoy. I have to go back to work.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

DC Comics Rebuilds Vertigo, now with more "I can't Even"

What the Seven Hells is this crap?
“It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo. We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me—new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.”

The DC Vertigo brand will expand its slate with seven new series: Border Town, Hex Wives, American Carnage, Goddess Mode, High Level,  Safe Sex, and Second Coming.
Border Town? 
“When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on.”
I'm not sure what's worse -- the inherent racism in assuming that every resident of Arizona is an "ignorant redneck" who assumes that every Hispanic is Illegal / Mexican / whatever is scum; the cliche of "motley crew of high school misfits" to the rescue, (thanks, I saw Buffy the first time) or that someone probably wanted to cook up a "This will piss off Trump" storyline.

Sad thing this, they could have made a halfway decent Buffy retread if some of the obvious idiocies weren't so blatant.

Hex Wives?  Oh dear, this isn't going to go well, is it?
 “The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power…

So .... are they trying to turn "witches" into some sort of "female empowerment" allegory? Because, yes, that's just want I wanted -- SATANIC RITUALS IN MY HEROES. For the love of ....

And yes, Satanic. I saw the cover. Pentagrams and everything.

Oh yay.  Shoot me now, really.

I'm afraid to even ask about "American Carnage."
“In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.”
WILL YOU PEOPLE STOP WITH THE WHITE SUPREMACIST BS! Those stories were done to death in the 90s. Like high school shooters, all you're doing is giving the actual three dozen white supremacists some encouragement and giving them disproportionate attention.

Also, if they had any sense of reality, what they would do is have the murdered "fellow agent" have been killed by another undercover officer.

Like this

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Now, what fresh Hell is coming next?

"Goddess Mode"...

This will be as bad as Hex Wives, won't it?
“In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.”
I'm just going to guess that all of the monsters are men. Because we didn't have enough 1970s pseudo feminism kicking around.

Funny enough, most of those were objects of ridicule because they were self parody. They're still just as insane, but they're taking it seriously now?

Oh, and it's written by Zoe Quinn, friend and fan of Gamer Gate supporters everywhere.... not.

High Level, ... I'm sure this will end well.
“Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned.”
I'm not sure what's worse here: a "messiah" or more "end of the world" BS.

 Safe Sex
“A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government.”
DC Comics! Your last best hope to encourage sex trafficking! Because all sex workers are doing it willingly....

Guys, even the people who are doing it willingly aren't all doing it willingly. A good chunk are doing it because THEY HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER.


Second Coming... oh, now what?
“God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.”
Let me guess, all of the eeeeevvvvviiiilllll Christians are Trump supporters, interchangeable with the Westboro Baptist Church, and "love" means accepting every vile sin on the books.

I can't even begin to wrap my brain around this. It's like every lefty /Socialist talking point ever.

  • Toxic feminism? Check.
  • Anti-borders? Check.
  • Anti-Christian? Check.
  • LBGTQXYZ? Check.
  • Ray-cis! Check

Screw it. Here, have my novels. Which have sexy badass heroines without being super-annoying Waif-Fu, and actually feminine. Filled with action, super-heroics, actual Christianity, and explosions.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

ConCarolinas Postscript

You can't turn your back on a leftist douchebag for five freaking minutes before they decide to pull something else.

The other day, I said this entire mishegas with CaonCarolinas and John Ringo was over. I even sent them a letter of congratulations. I even started making plans to talk Superversive and Silver Empire publishers into joining me in their dealers room.

And then I see this from David Weber.

THE CONVENTION ISN'T EVEN OVER A WEEK and the lefty lynch mob is trying to get the two sane members of the Con Committee, Jada and Luis, kicked off. They've even started a petition to get 600 signatures to remove them.

Weber wishes to have as many people as possible buy supporting memberships for 2019 and
post on the Carolinas Facebook page that we have done so — one by one — and why, and inform them that if, in fact Jada and Luis are evicted from the concom, they may have our money this year, but they will never get it again.
Weber continues.
For myself, I will say only this. If, in fact, Jada and Luis are removed from the concom, then ConCarolinas is DEFINITELY going back on to my list of cons I will not attend, and I will be urging everyone that I know to never attend that convention again.
We are not telling them that they cannot invite whoever they want to invite. We're telling them that once an invitation has been issued, they have no business revoking it just because of online hysteria, whether it comes from the left or the right. If the people fighting to remove Jada and Luis from the concom simply cannot or will not understand that, and they win, then this convention in my opinion will deserve to die because it will have voluntarily cut itself off from the 50% (minimum) of fandom which does not approve of banning anyone.
This is their decision. We can weigh in, we can hope to sway them in the direction of open-mindedness, civility, and sanity. We can't MAKE them go there, but if they decline, then we don't have to go wherever the hell it is they think they're going.
Weber has set up his own counter-petition, wherein he notes
We're here to support Jada Hope and Luis Diza's stance on the demands to disinvite guests at ConCarolinas based on unfounded and unproven stories posted by Internet pressure groups.

Our goal is to obtain as many signatures as possible as a way of demonstrating who is truly in favor of diversity by raising our voices. We'd like to count them in the hundreds, but we'd really rather count them by the thousand.

This is not a petition to support inviting guests who the con committee believes would be problems for the con or who do not seem, to the con committee, to be a "good fit" for the people who attend ConCarolinas. We who sign this petition are saying only that once an invitation has been issued, the guest invited should not be subsequently disinvited simply because someone else planning to attend the con will be uncomfortable in that guest's presence.

We believe that no one, left or right, should have an ex post facto veto right over who can and cannot be invited to a convention nor should the vocal minority, who do not work for the con in any capacity and are simply attending A PRIVATE EVENT of their OWN FREE WILL , be allowed to exert that kind of influence over a convention.

We believe that if ConCarolinas ejects Jada Hope and Luis Diza from the Convention Committee (the managing body of the convention) and reverses the position they have taken on the dis-invitation of guests, then no one who believes in freedom of expression should attend this convention ever again.

Some of us have attended ConCarolinas in the past, as either a ticket-buying attendee of the con or as an invited guest. Under the ‘I’m signing because...” section please indicated if you’ve attended in the past as a guest or attendee and if you will attend in the future if they are removed.

The video below shows the apology that Jada Hope made at the end of ConCarolinas 2018 on June 3rd to John Ringo and re-emphasized the con's commitment to an inclusive atmosphere for all people.
See, ConCarolinas? This is what happens when you give in once, even just a little, to the lefty mob. They owned you once, even for a little while, therefore they're certain they can own you again. They won't go away until they are routed or until they win. They'll wear you down, howl for your blood because they have nothing better to do with their endless hate, and you endure them until they go away in search of other prey. They took one look at what they saw as your capitulation over Ringo, "knew" they could do it to Correia, and moved onto Origins. I expect they're going to shoot for DragonCon next, just because.

But hell, look at how low these leftists set this bar: 600 signatures. That's it? They think that's all it will take? I have more members in my author Facebook group.

I really hope that DragonCon is looking at this infiltration and going "oh Hell no." Because this is what some bozos are going to try to do to them -- maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. I am sick and tired of all of these muthaf****in lefties trying these dumbass muthaf****in tactics to screw up my muthaf****in conventions. Literally tired. I was going to go to bed, tuned into Facebook and discovered THIS BS.

Enough is enough.

On the bright side, a side by side comparison at the moment between the two petitions ... is no comparison. The numbers by the fake lynch mob are laughable next to the steamroller that is Weber's petition. I think there are some people at Con Carolinas is going to look at the "remove Luis and Jada" petition and face palm, wondering "Why did we ever believe these a-holes were a threat? There are so few of them." I mean, the only way that the lefties can get their petition through is if they borrow all of the Chinese bots from File 770. And right now, I wouldn't put them up against Weber's army.

When Weber says "fire for effect," he means it.

Anyway, if you want to drop comments on the idiots and make fun of them for trying this in the first place, click here.

If you want to join the wave of people at Weber's petition in support of sanity, click here.

And if you've done that and you have the time, the Dragons are coming, go nominate stuff over thereIf you don't have your ballot filled out already (either IRL or in your head,) here's my list. It includes the lists of other people, so there are options. Just remember to vote.


And if you've done all of that...
Here, have a book about vampires and Vatican ninjas
Something to relax to. Because they have no politics.
[And, book two]

Now pardon me, I'm going to bed.

The Dragons are Coming! The Dragons are Coming!

My Dragon Award list this year boils down to "what is eligible in which categories."

If you published between 7/1/17 and now, link me.

If you have something you'd like to suggest, link me -- with the author name, title, and what Dragon Category / categories you want to suggest it for. The full list of categories is here.

Best Science Fiction Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Alternate History Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Media Tie-In Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Horror Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name]

Best Comic Book
[Series Name] / [Volume - Publisher]

Best Graphic Novel
[Book Name] / [Author Name - Publisher]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series, TV or Internet
[Show Name] / [Network or Content Provider]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie:
[Movie Name] / [Director Name]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game: 
[Game Name] / [Gaming Company or Creator]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
[Game Name] / [Gaming Company or Creator]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game:
[Game Name] / [Gaming Company or Creator]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game

ALSO, if you have an entire list of your own thoughts, link me. I'm posting Jon Del Arroz's Happy Frogs list in my posts. I'll take any one else's.

My goal is to basically make a book discussion list. Where everyone can see everything that's come out, and do it to the best of my ability. Which isn't much, but everything gathered in one place is a handy reference.

The Dragons are coming.
If you don't have your ballot filled out already (either IRL or in your head,) here's my list. It includes the lists of other people, so there are options.
Just remember to vote.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NEW RERELEASE: Demons are Forever

I would like to announce that Silver Empire has rereleased my novel, Demons are Forever.

I'm certain at this point there are least of few people who are going "I've never heard of this book. How is this a rerelease? I have to buy Demons are Forever right this minute."

While I am loathe to say "do NOT buy something," please hold on a second before buying Demons are Forever.

It used to have a different title.

But Murphy's Law of Vampires was a slightly too-long title.

And Demons are Forever as a title for book two works better with the title of the next novel, Live and Let Bite.

If you've never read it -- or need a refresher....
After saving Brooklyn from a nest of vampires, Amanda Colt and Marco Catalano are a little banged up. He's been given a job offer to deal with vampires in San Francisco, and it's a tempting offer - it would get him away from Amanda, his feelings for her, and get her away from the darkness inside him. When a death in the family compels Marco to move to the West Coast, they're both left to fend for themselves.

Then the creature known only as Mister Day leaves their world in tatters, and they must once more join forces against the darkness. Only Day is no vampire, but a creature beyond their experience. It will take the combined might of Marco, Amanda, and all of their allies just to slow it down. They have no weapons that can kill him. They have no way to imprison him. To even fight him is death.

But they have to try - or face the end of everything they love.
The Love at First Bite Series
Honor at Stake (ASIN B07CS11F97) - 2017 Dragon Award nominee for Best Horror Novel!
Demons are Forever (ASIN B07D2DF4TM)
Live and Let Bite (Coming July 10th!) - 2017 Dragon Award nominee for Best Horror Novel!
Good to the Last Drop (Coming August 14th!)
So, if you want to look at the newly edited works, or if you've never seen it before, now's the time to jump on board.

This was fun and funny for me for several reasons, including the criticism that Honor at Stake didn't have a big enough threat as a primary villain .... which is funny, since the enemy in HAS needed a magical ninja operative, a 100 year old vampire, and a genius martial artist to subdue him, and that last one had an arm, a leg, and several ribs broken / cracked / shattered.

It was funny because I had already created the next creature for Demons are Forever, Mister Day.

Heh heh heh.


And since we have two out of four as a Dragon Award nominated novel, I figure I should mention that the Dragons are coming. If you don't have your ballot filled out already (either IRL or in your head,) here's my list. It includes the lists of other people, so there are options.

Just remember to vote.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Ringo and ConCarolina, Finale

Okay, and everything is done.

Remember how John Ringo was uninvited from ConCarolinas because of online Lefty bullies screaming for Ringo's blood? That Ringo agree with CC to not show up because they were worried about being unable to protect him? And then, somehow, the message released by ConCarolinas looked that Ringo was the problem?

Well, they admitted that they done screwed it up. 

But more importantly, that this wouldn't happen again. That if someone whines that "I feel unsafe with this guest," ConCarolinas will tell these people to suck it up.

Congrats, guys. You admitted the mistake. You fixed the mistake. You won't do it again.

Okay, I'm happy.

This comes hot on the heels of DragonCon also doing the right thing with regards to insane lefty BS. The woman running their fantasy track strongly cheered on one of the psychos who went after Larry and got him banned from Origins.

"Charlotte" in this case, said....

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Yeah. She went went to her personal DragonCon page, ranted and raved about how dare DragonCon allow everyone a seat at the table, "making victims sit next to their abusers" .... and we're still talking about Larry and Ringo, by the way.... and that she would lobby to never have them on her track at DragonCon.

.... And now she's gone.  I would give you links and screen grabs, but the entire page has been shoved down the memory hole. I'm not entirely clear if she quit or was fired.

Nor do I care.

DragonCon stood up for fun over politics.

Before this woman disappeared her page down the memory whole, I left a comment on Charlotte's page. And someone else was wise enough to

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After all, DragonCon really didn't like Charlotte's fascism.

But yeah, I'm still proud of DragonCon for being wonderfully sane.

And I'm happy for ConCarolinas proving me wrong, and coming to the right conclusion at the end of the day.

As I said in my last post about this:
On the one hand, Ringo isn't the only Baen author they have as guests. Dave Webber, Tedd Roberts, etc. These are only a handful of the guests from previous years that I'm aware of. Are the Social Justice douchebags going to stop? No, they're not. They never do, they never will, and they never shall ... unless they meet actual, genuine push back for their stupidity.

So, the question is not "Who boycotts the convention over Ringo?" The real question becomes "Who's next?" The SJWs have tasted blood, and they're never satisfied, and thus they will become hungry for more. The NEXT question after that is "how far does the lefty horde go before the ConCom tells the horde to go screw off?"
Apparently, the lefty horde had already crossed the line, they just didn't know it.

And, between sane people like David Weber leading the charge of calm discussion, and the flack ConCarolinas took, sanity prevailed.

Now all Jon del Arroz needs to do and take over WorldCon after his lawsuit, and we can see just how crazy the lefties will really get.

While I think of DragonCon, the Dragons are coming.
If you don't have your ballot filled out already (either IRL or in your head,) here's my list. It includes the lists of other people, so there are options.
Just remember to vote.


Review: The Hidden Truth and A Rambling Wreck

On 9-11, the capitol was burning, the white house destroyed. The newly sworn in President Lieberman swore to get the terrorists and their Saudi backers. At least the World Trade Center is still standing.

Welcome to the alternate history of Hans Schantz's The Hidden Truth.

In book 1, our hero, Peter Burdell, trips over an obscure fact: three historic deaths in electromagnetism that happened before their time. Conspiracy? Maybe? But that would require modern technology and knowledge to sway the course of history...

So in A Rambling Wreck, this leads to a 400 year old (minimum) conspiracy that spreads through government, science and academia.

Part of the problem with reviewing one book at a time is that, here, they're really one continuous novel. We follow Peter as he follows an obscure piece of historical trivia that doesn't jive with other sources of history, and then he goes right down the rabbit hole. The end result is that these books are one part alternate history, one part paranoid political thriller. Usually, paranoid thrillers are a turn-off for me, since they tend to be exhausting. Here, though, it feels more like Person of Interest. It's a little paranoid. With touches of the FISA memo sprinkled in. (And Hans wrote this over a year ago, so, worry about his prescience.)

It's a fun series. There are parts that drag, but not many. Most of the slow bits are highly informative and interesting. You get to learn stuff. This one is politics and science heavy. The history here is the easy part. The politics is merely the terrifying part.

Foucault's Pendulum, that masterpiece of Umberto Eco (wherein he created Dan Brown as a fictional character long before anyone had ever heard of him) took every paranoid conspiracy theory, fed them into a computer, and the computer tied them together into something apocalyptic.

Hans has taken over a hundred years of historical facts and made a conspiracy that will scare the heck out of me for a long while.

This is why I want to nominated the sequel to  The Hidden TruthA Rambling Wreck, for this year's Dragon Award for Alternate History.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Black Panther

Image result for black pantherI finally saw Black Panther on DVD.

Premise: T'Challa is now the king after his father was murdered in Civil War (cue flashbacks ... really, we need flashbacks that go on more than a few flashes?). Wakandan war criminal Ulysses Klaue, arms dealer, pops up on the radar. You may remember Ulysses Klaue from Age of Ultron, played by Andy Serkis, who is no longer trapped in a motion capture suit.

What they don't know is there is another force working with Klaue that can lead to T'Challa, and Wakanda's, downfall...

What did I think?

.... Eh. It was Okay. A little slow, though.

Okay, it's a lot slow.

How slow?

When we get to our first major action sequence, a ritual duel to affirm retaining the crown ... because in a highly advanced civilization like Wakanda is supposed to be, right of ascension by combat is the way to go... Which just makes it look like Wakanda has great tech, and the culture never caught up. Uh huh....

Anyway.... While we have a brief skirmish at the opening, and the ritual challenge right after, neither of these really feel like a Marvel film. T'Challa's sister Shuri is playing Q, and she's cute, but that's about it. There's a lot of discussion about whether or not Wakanda should show off their tech to the rest of the world,. Blah blah.

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And our first real bit of Marvel action takes place nearly 50 minutes into the film. They go into a cool bar in South Korea, I was half expecting the film to become like unto a James Bond like spy thriller when they walked into a casino that I'm almost certain hosted Daniel Craig at one point.

But that's interrupted by a chase, and then a Marvel finally movie breaks out.

Image result for black panther martin freemanAnd then there's the real hero of the film: Bilbo Baggins -- I mean Martin Freeman. As the only one with no genetic modifications (yes, apparently Black Panther is the result of a home-grown, do-it-yourself Super Soldier serum) and no high tech gadgets, Freeman's character Everett Ross (who debuted in Civil War) seems to be the only one in the entire film who has saved anybody.

Yeah... remember when people complained about Man of Steel when Superman couldn't be bothered to save anyone as Smallville or Metropolis was blown apart? Yeah. Ross saves one of T'Challa's spies, getting shot for his trouble. T'Challa saved no one. Even in the opening, he was interrupting an operation just to send an invite.

Now, I saw a lot of people hyping that Black Panther had the most developed MCU villain to date. Honestly, he was about as developed as Aldrich Killian of Iron Man 3, and he was motivated by the same thing -- revenge. For this film, Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, grew up in Oakland, and one evening, he came home to find his father dead on the floor. Killmonger is left alone, abandoned, and grows up to enter Wakanda, having never seen it.

Killmonger's ultimate goal boils down to a race war that he expects to ... you guessed it ... take over the world

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Killmonger. Because we need shirtless scenes for the girls.
.... I'm sorry, if one drops a ton of guns into Oakland, are the local gunmen going to try to take over the world? Or hold up banks? I suspect that Killmonger did not think this plan through. Not to mention that his only plan for taking over the world under a racial banner seemed to boil down to "Give out weapons like party favors, and we'll win."

This is not the intricate planning that made Killmonger the threat that he is in the movie...

Then again, the plan that even makes him a threat relies on a lot of things happening that were contrived.

Honestly, there was just so much stupid going on in this film. There is an act 2 "twist" that is quite contrived. There are a lot of stupid motivations going on throughout the film, and I'm not sure I'm all that happy with them. For the second half of this movie to happen, we need several forced internal conflicts to happen, as well as contrived plot points and character decisions.

The film is about 20 minutes too long, packed with atmospherics, and how many times can we linger on someone being buried in a ceremony? How many different ways can we have flashbacks to the opening sequence? How many different points of view shots can we have in the same sequence and setting?

I think too much time was spent building up T'Challa's sister, and his mother, and his bodyguard, and his tech, and not enough time building up T'Challa. Most of what we saw of T'Challa in this film can be summed up by seeing The Lion King. I'm sorry, T'Challa in the comics is supposed to be insanely smart, with multiple PhDs, and even discovering a different realm of physics. Here, I don't even get a sense that he's that great a leader. The actor has the gravitas, I'll give him that. And I think he had more character in Civil War than he did in his own film.

Again, this is my first viewing. But I'm looking at the CGI war rhinos and went "Wait, you guys needed more time to for resolution on those rhinos, didn't you?"

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This is his look a lot in this film
Maybe this will improve as I rewatch this. But the first half of the film is around Ulysses Klaue as the villain, and frankly, I think this would have made for an interesting duel. Heck, you have T'Challa out in the pursuit of a criminal who outran his father, murdered people in his kingdom. T'Challa can team up with Ross of the CIA, and hunt down Ulysses Klaue and stop whatever he has in mind. Killmonger could have lurked in the shadows and come out at the end, perhaps even revealing himself as he murders Klaue....

No. This film looked like Ulysses Klaue became completely unhinged after having his arm cut off by a ten-foot tall Raymond Reddington. Either that or Andy Serkis was drunk and / or stoned off of his ass while on set. Between Klaue and Serkis, I can't tell which one was shoe-horned in. Honestly? It felt like either they changed their mind mid-movie, or he was a throw away.

It was an okay film. I enjoyed it more than Ant-Man. Maybe more than the first Thor film.

Right now, being generous, 7/10. My perspective may improve with further viewings.

The Dragons are coming.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The attack of Fall TV, 2018

Dear world...


Magnum P.I. 2018 REBOOT

20 seconds into this "Magnum" reboot trailer, I want to commit arson.

37 seconds, my eardrums are bleeding.

38 seconds, I'm ready to throw rocks at the screen


.... So they got the Ferrari, Hawaii, and the dogs right.

Best part of this is the music.

Originally, this was going to be a sequel series, where the lead would be Magnum's daughter. She was the product of a Catholic marriage to the woman he married in Vietnam. The situation was very Casablanca, right down to a Major Strasser. It was an interesting premise that I looked forward to.

Then they apparently decided to scrap it in lieu of a reboot.

This? This is BS. This looks like they're going to take everything from the original, pour in every modern cliche, and hit frappe. The caretaker being a stuffy British gentleman? No, we need Strong Female Cliche #4 variant. Magnum's buddy the helicopter Pilot TC as a small business owner who gets annoyed at Magnum constantly burning fuel, goodwill, and getting his company chopper shot full of holes? Nah, he's just going to be oh so happy to leap in whenever Magnum says jump.

Magnum concerned about the Ferrari? They burn through two in the course of one trailer.

Ugh. I give this show five minutes, if I'm bored enough to try it. I won't be.

Funny thing is that they could have had a "Strong Female Character" / Eurasian minority and check off all of the check boxes, and probably made a more interesting series if they just kept the premise as "daughter of Magnum," but no, they have to rewrite and destroy something perfectly reasonable in the first place.

I'm going to go play the REAL series now. Thank you


Because the world needs Dick Wolf to have another TV show.

This lacks all charisma and energy.... like every other Dick Wolfe show.

And oh, look, more left-wing propaganda, because what the world needs is another f**king white supremacist as a bad guy on television.

Wouldn't it be strange if someone had a communist as a bomber? Or a Black Lives Matter psychopath planning another riot as the bad guy every once in a while?

Goodbye, Dick. You're appropriately named.

The Rookie (ABC)

Oh, look, ABC has decided to once again invest money into Nathan Fillion's plus-10 charisma in order to bring in tons of cash.

This ... may not suck.

Manifest (NBC)

Sigh. This feels like every other stupid gimmick show since Lost aired. Like Fast Forward or something equally moronic.

Not interested. Bye.

New Amsterdamn (NBC)

On the one hand, I really like Ryan Eggold. He stole part parts of The Blacklist, he is a great actor, highly versatile. And Freema from Doctor Who. I would really like them to have employment.

On the other hand, this feels like The Resident. "Let's save the medical system!!!!"

Um, how about we start by REMOVING ALL THE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON HEALTHCARE AND LET HOSPITALS RUN HEALTHCARE LIKE HEALTHCARE??? Another show that blames "Big Hospital as soulless corporation" over government interference is not going to figure it out, and if they pull that crap, I hope it gets cancelled.

I'd rather it not.

Murphy Brown (CBS Reboot)

Apparently, Roseanne is back, and is pro-Trump.

So someone decided that they needed to bring back Roseanne and make it the Anti-Trump. Yes, because that's going to work.

Guys, this show wasn't that funny the first time around. It's going to be less funny this time around.

The commercial isn't even entertaining enough for me to post on my blog. If you want to find it, you can find it on YouTube yourself. Sorry. It's 4 minutes long. I stopped at 81 seconds in. I couldn't tolerate it anymore.

Reverie (NBC)

I like Sarah Shahi from Person of Interest.

I've enjoyed Dennis Haysbert's acting ever since Now and Again.

And that guy from Heroes who was never allowed to be half as interesting as I thought he could be.

This is a summer replacement program, out on May 30th. It may work.

God Friended Me (CBS)

I want to like this premise. I really do. It reminds me of several TV shows I enjoyed, like Joan of Arcadia, and they want to mix it with Bones or Castle.

And it has Joe Morton. I've wanted him to have a real career since Speed in the early 90s.

Ugh. There are so many ways for this to get screwed up. But I'd like it not to suck.

Whiskey Cavalier (ABC)

Oh look, it's that guy from The Unit, and his boss is that other guy who always plays cops. And they're in a spy comedy.

This looks almost charming. Very Mr. and Mrs Smith.

I think this is ABC's to screw up.

The Fix (ABC)

Sigh. This is brought to you by Marcia Clark, the DA who let OJ Simpson get away with murder as she rewrites her own biography.

.... But it's got Robin Tunney from The Mentalist. She was enjoyable on that one. And she doesn't look like she's aged at all.

And it has ... that black guy from Lost and The Mummy Returns. And Scott Wolfe, who was never allowed to have an interesting career.

I never bothered with the OJ trial the first time around. I don't want to have an entire TV show around it.

I like the actors, but I'm tapping out of this one.

The Passage

Well, this is going to end well.

Mad science and what looks like vampires.

And ... I don't think so. I know how The Last of Us ends.

Shows I Don't Care About

These shows lack all charm and interest for me. The Actors are uninteresting, or the premise is uninteresting. And I won't even bother with a ten foot pole. Nor will I inflict them on you.

I don't even care enough about these to hate them, nevermind post the trailers. But if you're interested, you can look up.

Grand Hotel (ABC)
Charmed (2018 reboot, CW)
Proven Innocent (FOX)
All American (CW)
Happy Together (CBS)
Burden of Truth (CBC -- PBS Canada)

The Dragons are coming.
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