Something Different

Hey everyone.  As previously announced, I have a short story coming out in the Four Horseman universe.  If you haven’t been reading the books, they’re along the lines of David Drake’s Hammer’s Slammers books, only set through a combined universe with a variety of authors.  The basic theme is space mercenaries in powered armor, so what’s not to like, right?

 

The anthology is now live on Amazon.  Link: http://amzn.to/2yUle8D

My short story, Argonaut, is one of several in the anthology.  Feel free to check it out and see what authors you may enjoy!

 

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November Booknado!

My book, Prisoner of the Mind, is featured here, but you can find some other neat books, too!

Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance

Just in time to help while away those hours of holiday leisure time, a flurry of fresh fiction blows into town! Let the gales of November shiver the dead leaves outside, while you cozy up indoors with a great new read!

As always, click on any book cover image to read more and shop.

NEW RELEASES

MAGA 2020 & Beyond (anthology) by multiple authors, forward by Milo Yiannopoulos
Making America great again, one short story at a time.

Streets of New York City by Leo Champion
In a near-future dystopia, Jeff Hammer, airborne mercenary turned tenement guard, starts a free-market revolution.

Minds of Men by Kacey Ezell
Evelyn Adamsen grew up knowing she had to hide her psychic abilities. Then the U.S. Army Air Corps came calling.

Calexit – The Anthology by multiple authors, edited by Stephanie Martin
When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for…

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Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok

I finally had the time to watch Thor: Ragnarok.  Short version: it’s a crazy, fast-paced, often ADHD, humorous, adventure.  Go see it for yourself.

Long version: the movie is funny, the action scenes are over the top and Cate Blanchet is a fantastic villain.  The interactions between Thor and Loki are witty and charming and there’s even a couple of moments of endearing emotion, as you sense they are two brothers who have gone their (very) separate ways but still care for one another (even as they try to kill one another).

The constant humor is great, though I wonder how well it will hold up over time.  Thor, normally the straight man, is making witty quips and throwing out cheesy one-liners almost constantly.  At times, it feels like a series of 80’s one-liners tied together with a bunch of action scenes.  Still, the jokes are funny and the situations are dark enough that without this level of humor, it would be a pretty depressing movie.

There are no major plot twists (or at least, nothing that’s not hinted at from the beginning).  This is a movie about Thor beating down those who get in his path (and occasionally being electrocuted, I mean, what’s up with that, he’s the God of Thunder, how is electricity his weakness?).   It has something of a Blues Brother vibe, “We’re putting the band back together!”  But that campy humor works… because the situations are so ridiculous and desperate that sometimes unleashing a Hulk on your home planet is preferable to the alternative.

It’s not a movie without flaws.   The director definitely went with humor as a way to diffuse the very dark overall plot line.  That’s fine, but I do think they could have spent a bit more time exploring the sacrifices and efforts of all the non-Thor Asgardians.  They had some terrific actors like Idris Elba who were basically in cameo roles.  The plot was fairly predictable, the villain(ess) was bad, even charmingly so, much like Loki, but without as much background or motivation.

I really enjoyed the movie, I may go see it again, but  I didn’t love the movie, not the way I was hoping.  There were no deeper themes, other than the occasional bit about family.  This was an action movie, first and foremost.  Which is fine, but it left me wanting just that little bit more.

Kal’s November 2017 Forecast

November is here!  I  hope everyone is doing well, I am looking to wrap up the year with one or possibly two more books.  I am working on Jormungandr’s Venom, the third book of the Rising Wolf series of books and I hope to have that to my publisher by the end of the month.

My project after that is Valor’s Duty, the third book of the Children of Valor series.  I am hoping to get it done in time for release in December.  Needless to say, that is a lot of writing, but I think I will be able to manage it.

My writing progress after that is still somewhat up in the air, but if I can, I want to get  back to writing in the Eoriel Saga.  The fourth book in that series is nearly finished, but I have been sidetracked by a lot of other things every time I try to sit down and write more in that world.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!