The Dark Knight’s Top 5 Foes

Every super hero has their dastardly devious and definitively evil ensemble of enemies.  The Dark Knight is no exception, and indeed, I can’t think of another super hero who has a list of arch enemies quite as extensive and well-known as The Batman.  After much heated debate about whether or not Bane was the right choice to conclude The Dark Knight Trilogy, we thought it would be fun to share our top 5 of Batman’s Most Wanted list.  Because each of these characters brings their own unique blend of intriguing back story and motivation, it would be an injustice to rank them among themselves. Here they are, presented in no particular order. Continue reading

Review: Legacy of the Force

Legacy of the Force is a nine book series set decades after the original Star Wars films.  The aim of the series is to recapture some of the magic, drama and characterization that made the original film series so memorable.  Ultimately, Legacy of the Force delivers a tale that is poorly paced but also compelling and entertaining, with a whole lot of Boba Fett thrown in for good measure.

Much like the previously published New Jedi Order, the Legacy of the Force series is a collaborative effort between multiple different authors.  Whereas The New Jedi Order had several different authors with a wide variety of literary backgrounds, Legacy of the Force is written only by three.   Continue reading

Review: Intensity

For the last couple of years, I have dedicated the majority of my reading time to that wonderful “master of horror,” Stephen King.  Lately, I have felt the need to branch out from Stephen King, but still stay firmly within the horror genre (I love being scared).  A couple of years ago a friend of mine recommended I read a Dean Koontz novel titled Intensity.  It sat on my shelf collecting dust until just recently.  I have never read anything by Koontz as far as I can remember, but his name frequently comes up when discussing horror fiction.  After reading Intensity, I understand why.
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Exclusive: Abigail and the Christmas Quest

Hello my not-so-captive audience.  As you know, we review and preview and generally discuss essentially all things entertainment related.  As I was meditating on this, a thought occured to me: we spend all of our time talking about books meant for adults, but couldn’t we include children’s books into the mix as well?  The answer to that question is a resounding “yes.”  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one I wanted to discuss, so I thought to myself, “hey, I’m writing a children’s book, why don’t I preview that?”  The exact line of thought did not occur precisely like that, but who’s gonna tell?  Enough rambling.  Below is your exclusive first look at Abigail and the Christmas Quest (title subject to change).

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Amazon’s Quest to Change the World

Any of you who have listened to our podcasts know that Matt and I are addicted to the Amazon Kindle.  It has (for me, at least) reKINDLED my love for reading and has made accessing new books easier than walking into the library and picking up something to read.  I have said from the beginning that Amazon is on a mission to change the world of literature, and yesterday they made several announcements that will push them even further along toward that goal.

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Day 7: Revenge of the Sith – The Novel

Revenge of the Sith was a pretty darn good movie in comparison to The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, but unfortunately it failed to deliver on some of the most important events and promises that had been made since the production of episodes I-III was announced.  There were certain things that Star Wars fans desperately wanted to see that were not shown, and other things that simply failed to live up to the enormous expectations that had been set.  This comes as even more of a disappointment when fans began to realize that all of these things were originally planned to be in the film, but were cut for reasons beyond our individual comprehension.  Fortunately, the novelization of Revenge of the Sith exists and tells the story that the film fails to do.

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Day 5: The Thrawn Trilogy

Go to your local bookstore’s science-fiction or fantasy section and you will find hundreds of movie and video game inspired spin-offs. You will see shelves riddled with sub-par plots and writing that can usually be described as “glorified fan-fiction.” While that may be a little harsh to the authors who have put their hearts, souls and massive amounts of time into creating these novelizations or adaptations of films, I doubt anyone would argue that these books are representative of literary genius. There are, however, a few exceptions, and Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy sits on the top of this list. Continue reading