This is the quadmonthly happiness report for June 2022. Our belief here at FirewaterCorp is that happiness is defined as always having something to look forward to. In our world, choices in entertainment play a huge role in this pursuit. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2022 Update): Are You Not Entertained?"
Season 5 of The Expanse series on Amazon Prime was based upon this novel. Until now, I’ve always thought that watching the streaming series prior to reading the book it was based upon actually enhanced my reading experience. It fed me visual images that helped bring the printed words to life for me, giving me […]Read more "Nemesis Games (The Expanse Book #5), by James S.A. Corey — a review"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2022. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the October 2021 update, the following books were completed: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in) Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove […]Read more "Looking Forward (February 2022 Update): New Year, Same Pathology"
My earliest memory of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (later rebranded as CSI: Vegas after spinoffs kept spinning off) was a conversation I had with a radio deejay about the show. The radio deejay was a man who would become my nephew, by marriage, a couple of years after this conversation. The venue […]Read more "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Body of Evidence, by Max Allan Collins — a book review"
In the late 1990s, I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club. You’ve heard of the SFBC, right? It is one of those mail-order places, like the Columbia House Record Club, where you get to select several items (books in this case) for a negligible price, but are contractually obligated to purchase a […]Read more "Wolf in Shadow (Jon Shannow #1), by David Gemmell — a book review"
Is there a better time than during a global pandemic to release a limited-run television series about . . . a global pandemic? Probably not. I’ve been a fan of the novel The Stand, by Stephen King, since the late 1970s, when it was published. In his dedication of the book to his wife, Tabitha, […]Read more "The Stand: Limited Series (2020) — a review"
For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
I’ve owned other digital books. But, I believe this may be the first time I’ve ever owned professionally written fiction that exists only in digital form. I downloaded all six of these novella-length stories onto my Kindle Fire a while back. They were either free to me as an Amazon Prime member, or so cheap […]Read more "The “Nameless” Series, by Dean Koontz (digital collection) — a review"
I’m watching Season 5 of the Amazon series The Expanse as the episodes drop, which means I’m probably already into the plot of the novel published after this one, Nemesis Games. It doesn’t matter. Season 4 covered a lot of what happens in Cibola Burn, and I never felt that watching the streaming series before […]Read more "Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4), by James S. A. Corey — a book review"
I’ve written about Firefly on other occasions. Like all fans of the show, I’ve bemoaned the fact that this science fiction series, created by patron-nerd-saint Joss Whedon, was cancelled after only a single season. The show was so richly drawn, with compelling characters and potential plotlines that could have easily sustained five additional seasons, perhaps […]Read more "Firefly: The Story Continues . . . (adventures in other media)"