More on John Wick

More on John Wick

There are only so many movies that I consider effectively “perfect.” Movies so tightly done, with good acting, good editing, every piece has its place, and even knowing the twists you can watch them over and over again. One for me is “The Usual Suspects”. Another is John Wick. OK, it’s not flawless. It’s certainly not terribly “original”.  But, and this is a huge but, it delivers exactly what it promises, with excellent pacing, interesting characters that behave exactly how you’d expect people to behave, and utterly fantastic fight scenes. It’s all in the details. It’…

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Loki's Child

Loki's Child

Loki’s Child reads like the unholy offspring of Robert Anton Wilson’s *Shroedinger’s Cat *trilogy, and This is Spinal Tap. Some of you – especially those who’ve delved into the surreal alternate history / worlds next door of the Illuminatus and Shroedinger books, will justifiably see that as high praise. Those familiar with Spinal Tap will wonder if anyone can capture the insider knowledge and sheer ludicrousness of the music biz. It does. If anything, Spinal Tap demonstrated that there are things in reality as weird and surreal as a RAW novel. Loki’s child takes that, and dials…

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Sabaton: Last Stand: Sparta

Sabaton: Last Stand: Sparta

In the fall of 480 BC, Xerxes, avenging his fathers loss to the greeks at Marathon, invaded the greek peninsula again. Various political factors left the city-states unable to field their main armies in a timely manner, so Leonidas, one of two Spartan Kings, took his personal guard of 300 men, their supply train, and in conjunction with some other forces, arrived at, and began fortifying the narrow pass between the cliffs and the sea. Roughly 7000 men faced an army often described in the millions, and even at more modern estimates of 150,000 faced staggering odds. The only…

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Review: Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (or, The Last Paladin of Shadows of MHI)

Review: Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (or, The Last Paladin of Shadows of MHI)

Before writing this I made the mistake of looking at the existing reviews. Heh. There was a lot of hate for Ringo in the comments. I also get it – Ringo’s sense of humor and story complements Larrys, but it’s different. I know people who can’t stand the Grimnoir books but love MHI. Go figure. So I’ll tackle complaints first: “Mary Sue” – my first hint you don’t read John Ringo, especially when you claim to like his other stuff. Have you ever met his characters? I don’t mean in the books – I mean the real-life…

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Review: Agent of the Imperium: A Story of the Traveller Universe

Review: Agent of the Imperium: A Story of the Traveller Universe

A long time ago, in a suburb far away, a middle schooler went into the local hobby shop. Most of this shop was dedicated to trains, miniatures, modeling, and such, but it also had an aisle with role playing games and classic wargames by companies like TSR, Steve Jackson Games and Avalon Hill. His eyes fell upon a large, 8.5 x 11 hardcover book. The cover had two people with futuristic weapons, in clothes that would easily fit in on the Millennium Falcon, or Serenity. They were leaving their ship via a transparent, enclosed gangway, ready for trouble.The…

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