Friday, June 26, 2015

Movie Review: Chain Reaction

The Story: Two young scientists working on a project to create a new, clean energy source are shocked when the project is blown up and they are framed for working with foreign agents. As they go on the run to try to clear their names and find out what’s going on, they aren’t sure who to trust and who wants to use them then kill them.

My Thoughts: While the story of Chain Reaction is somewhat on the pulp fiction side of things, the movie is surprisingly entertaining. Exciting action sequences are lined up one after another, and the characters and themes are complex enough to keep the film from being nothing but a series of neat explosions.

The director also made The Fugitive, which was a superior film, but this one is still pretty good. Strangely, critics gave it got poor reviews. Perhaps they were expecting another The Fugitive, and were disappointed with the solid but not spectacular results. The only serious problem with the movie is the unnecessary and annoying level of profanity. Otherwise, it’s a fun thriller.

Content Overview: Some harsh foul language, mostly taking God’s name in vain. Violence is mild.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Published Story: The Silver Rose

A fairy tale of mine, "The Silver Rose," was just published in the June edition of TWJ magazine! The story is currently exclusive to the magazine's newsletter subscribers.

TWJ previously published my thriller story "Shattered," and it's available to read online: http://twjmag.com/fiction-nonfic-poetry/shattered

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Book Review: Outcast of Redwall by Brian Jacques

The Story: A badger escapes from slavery with the help of a kestrel and ends up becoming lord of a mountain kingdom. Meanwhile, the ferret warlord who once enslaved him has raised a mighty army and is coming to conquer the mountain kingdom, which will bring these two enemies face to face once more.

My Thoughts: Few authors can cram a book as full of memorable characters as Brian Jacques can. And few authors can come up with so many amusing and exciting scenes, from rowdy feasts filled with original songs and vividly described food to journeys through mysterious and dangerous settings. These elements are in abundance in Outcast of Redwall.

Although repetitive storylines drag down some of Jacques’s later books, this is one of his earlier books, and the story is adequate enough to tie all the fun scenes together and give the charming characters plenty of interesting things to do. The Redwall series is not for all tastes, but for those appreciate whimsical animal fantasy, this novel is one of the best.

Content Overview: Frequent mild violence. Some pagan religious elements.