Here’s a recent radio interview I did about my writing career. It sounds weird calling it a writing career, but I talk about The Castes and the OutCastes and my newest book, William Wilde and the Necrosed. It’s a YA fantasy that’s kind of a mix between Stranger Things and Percy Jackson.
All William Wilde wants is to get through his final year of high school, survive the terrible cafeteria food, and avoid the bullies. But then comes a beautiful, new girl who seems to know too much about him; friends who’ve all along lied to him, and magic that he never wanted. Toss in a zombie-like Terminator out to kill William, and you have something like Stranger Things mixed with Percy Jackson.
As with The Castes and the OutCastes, Nick Podehl does the narration.
I’m working with an artist to come up with an image of Li-Choke. This is a preliminary sketch:
I just finished watching Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. I liked it, but I’m a bit tired of the genre mashup aspects. I want a straight ahead monster movie. This one is like 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was a sorta monster movie transplanted at the end onto what had been up to that point a tense psychological thriller. Same here. Most of the movie is a tense sci-fi disaster movie that explains how the Cloverfield monsters came to Earth, which is fine.
One thing, though: the size of the Cloverfield monster at the end . . . just how big is that thing? Or is it flying?
Gorgeous new pictures of Jupiter as a time lapse video from the NASA Juno probe. This is more like the 21st century I was expecting.
I love football. There’s nothing like it when your team wins. Of course, some people are lucky enough to be Stealers (intentional misspelling) fans and get to watch their team win ALL the time. But others are raised in a finer city but cursed with a worse team. In my case, the Cincinnati Bengals. Ugh! Anyway, the season ended last week. It was a disappointing season but it ended on a fine note with a titanic touchdown.
So, I seemed to have screwed up by making William Wilde and the Necrosed, Book 1 of the Chronicles of William Wilde available for pre-order. Whoops! I didn’t mean to do that until late January, but there you go.
A long overdue movie review. It’s of Justice League. Spoilers galore so stop reading if you plan on watching it.
What a fun mess of a movie. I’m still trying to figure out how I could have enjoyed a movie that was so wild and bizarre. Multiple origin stories that basically say, “Here’s your hero!”. Check. A nonsensical story line about ‘mother boxes’ that somehow unite and destroy all life. Or maybe the Earth. I can’t remember. Anyway, it’s probably not important but check. Russian family in danger. I thought we weren’t supposed to like the Ruskies? I guess they’re ok when an alien is threatening to destroy the world. On we go with Greek gods fighting super-powered aliens. Check. Some stupid sounding, stupid looking villain with an even stupider name. Steppenwolf in this case. And yes fanboys, I know he’s an old DC villain, but c’mon, Steppenwolf? The wolf of the steppes? Whatever.
Anyway, the story starts with Steppenwolf (stupid, stupid name) arriving on Earth, beating down the Amazon nation and making off with the Mother Box. Next, Bruce Wayne is putting together a team. He meets the Flash and Aquaman and their origin story. Apparently Barry was struck by lightning and chemicals while Aquaman . . . not sure how Aquaman came to be, but it sure is cool when he walks right into a tidal wave without any sense of fear. Not as cool when he gets his butt handed to him by yon Steppenwolf. The wolf of the steppes.
Later on, Bats and the team learn from Wonder Woman—she joins them, too—about Steppenwolf, and Shazam! (whoops, that’s a different hero and he wasn’t in this movie). Anyway, the Justice League forms. They pick up Cyborg. Another brief origin story and a father doing anything to save his son. I think. Or maybe the father was the reason his son became Cyborg. Whatever.
The League forms and realizes they can’t defeat the wolf of the steppes. Not without Superman! So they revive him. The most obvious ‘secret’ in the movie. Yes sirree, they do that and Superman promptly wipes the floor with the entire League. He’s about to crack Batman like a Liberty Bell, but thankfully, Lois shows up. For some reason, Superman becomes evil whenever Lois dies. She must be some form of morality kryptonite in human form. It makes more sense than anything else since she’s pretty pointless otherwise.
More mayhem ensues and ta dah! Bats and Supes are friends. Whew. What a whirlwind of a movie.
BTW if there are lots of typos, that’s my normal writing style, and I was too lazy to edit.