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Trailer for the “Sage Alexander: Hall of Nightmares” Pilot

Trailers – I saw that this trailer for “Sage Alexander: Hall of Nightmares” had been posted on YouTube today. The synopsis of this Young Adult story:

A group of young Angelic Response Council members, each yearning to explore the boundaries of their angelic gifts, practically stumble into the Dark realm, the dominion of the Seven Princes of Hell. What started as a simple exploration quickly devolves into a fight for their lives. Inside a constantly changing structure that feeds off their growing terror, their only hope for survival rests in the hands of a missing Council member thought to be long dead.

This proposed TV series is based on the very popular Young Adult novel of the same name. I haven’t read it myself, but a granddaughter has and says it was very good. That seems to be a common consensus as the book is rated 5/5 on Amazon.

The pilot certainly looks promising. In addition to this just looking like a good story, I have the added incentive for it to be successful and picked up as a series – I know one of the young actors, Ashlea Rae.

What do you think after viewing this short trailer?


Trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Trailers – The trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was just released and the next installment in this series set in the Harry Potter Universe looks interesting. This film follows the further adventures of Newt Scamander.

I look forward to seeing this film when it premieres in November of this year.

Review of “The Mongrel Mage”


Book Reviews – “The Mongrel Mage” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (http://www.lemodesittjr.com). Mr. Modesitt has published more than 75 novels. This is the 19th novel in the “Saga of Recluse” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in another world where magic is possible. The primary character is the young White Mage Beltur.

Beltur was orphaned young and raised by his uncle, a powerful White Mage. On this world of Recluce there are White and Black Mages. They respectively have power with order and chaos. Beltur has been trained as a White Mage, but he is not very powerful.

As events unfold he finds himself on the run. White Mages are after him and surprisingly, he finds that he has far more skill with the order of a Black Mage. When the White Mages from his former home threaten his new home, he must apply all that he has learned to defeat their attack.

This is the first “Recluse” novel I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed the 21+ hours I spent reading this 554 page fantasy novel. I thought that the world of Recluse as well as the characters were very well developed. Having read this novel makes me want to go back and read the 18 that preceded it in the series. I also like the cover art for the novel. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “The Blue Widow”

Story Stories – The short story “The Blue Widow” is available from the Baen Books website. This story was written b J. P. Sullivan. This is a little different from the other short stories I have read at Baen as it is a fantasy rather than science fiction. Baen Books selected J.P. Sullivan as the grand prize winner of the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for this short story.

Teresa Kowalczyk is a member of a religious order that hunts monsters, a Blue Widow. She is given an assignment to travel to a remote village in Molovia. The village, Elik, is not unknown to Teresa as she was born and grew up there. Traveling back there stirs up her own personal monsters in addition to the one she was sent to hunt.

I found the 45 minutes I invested in this fantasy short story to be interesting. I would give this a 3.8 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

Review of “The Powhatan”

Short Stories – The short story “The Powhatan” is available on the Baen Books website. This alternate history tale took me about 30 minutes to read. This story was written by Tony Daniel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Daniel_(science_fiction_writer)). Mr. Daniel has published 10 novels.

I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in an alternative history where Roman Legions have occupied part of North America. The Romans have the city-state of  Potomak (located West of Washington DC on the Potomac river by the falls) under siege. Seventeen year old Wannas Kittamaquand is one of 22 who have been chosen to quietly go over the city walls and seek help.

I enjoyed this short story and would like to read more of the Universe in which it is set. Not only are the Romans in North America, but there are beasts and men you would consider part of a fantasy. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

Review of “The Sea Peoples”


Book Reviews – “The Sea Peoples” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by S. M. Stirling (https://smstirling.com). Mr. Stirling has published more than 55 novels. This is the fourth in his “Rudi’s Children” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in an alternate timeline, several years after the Change, when unknown powers disabled technology on Earth.

Earlier in the series Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Órlaith had been captured by dark powers. His sister, along with Japanese Empress Reiko, are searching the Pacific for John. They are briefly delayed by an assault on the Kingdom of Hawaii by the forces of Pyongyang (Korea).

I found the 9.5 hours I spent reading this 331 page alternate history interesting. While I had found the first novels written about the Change to be exciting thrillers I could hardly put down, I found this one falling far short of that mark. To me this was a slow and dull story for the most part. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Seventh Decimate”


Book Reviews – “Seventh Decimate” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Stephen R. Donaldson (http://www.stephenrdonaldson.com). Mr. Donaldson has published nine novels. This is the first of his planned “The Great God’s War” trilogy.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a fantasy world where magic is possible. The primary character is young Prince Bifalt, youngest son of the Bellegerin King.

Magic has somehow been stripped from the sorcerers of the kingdom of Belleger. Most likely this has been done by their long time rivals from the kingdom of Amika. Bifalt is sent on a mission to find out how the Amikans have done this and if possible, to discover how Belleger can strip magic from Amika. The war between the kingdoms has been going on for decades, and this final blow to Belleger will soon bring about their downfall.

The journey is long and treacherous. Not only must Bifalt and his men survive harsh conditions, but they must also survive attack by forces from Amika. He soon discovers that the plight Belleger is suffering under results from far more powerful forces than merely their enemy Amika.

This 314 page fantasy was an interesting 8.5 hour read. While I liked the overall story, I found it a bit dull. The cover art is nice, but I believe that something relevant to the story would have been better. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Review of “Mask of shadows”


Book Reviews – “Mask of Shadows” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Linsey Miller (http://www.linseymiller.com). This is Ms. Miller’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and a little Mature Language. The story is set in another universe where magic is possible. The main character is young Sallot Leon.

Leon is a thief. S/he (Leon is a bit gender fluid) wants to get away from robbing the nobles. From one young woman victim, who Leon is quite taken with, she finds a notice of an upcoming audition to become a new member of the Queen’s Left Hand – the Queen’s personal assassins.

Leon sees the audition as a way out. This is not an easy competition. Leon is the last of 23 to be accepted. Not only must the competitors prove their abilities, but assassination of fellow competitors is not only allowed, but encouraged. Leon must use skills learned fighting on the streets to survive. As the audition progresses, a tutor is assigned to Leon to help with reading and language skills. The tutor turns out to be the young robbery victim and before long feelings develop between the two.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 352 young adult fantasy. I liked the characters that were developed in this novel and the plot. It is never clear what gender Leon is, so this should be considered a LBGT novel. This is a miner point and doesn’t really impact the story much. I liked that it was a world of magic, but the magic is now just part of their history. The cover art is OK, but something relating to a scene in the novel would be better in my opinion. I think that Ms. Miller did an excellent job on her first novel and I look forward to reading the second book planned for this duology. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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macOS New App Release – Dungeons 3

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Product Announcements – Kalypso Media of Hamburg, Germany  has released the Gaming sequel Dungeons 3. It is out now worldwide on the Mac App Store.

The Dungeon Lord has returned once more, and this time is bringing all his dark forces together to offer gamers everywhere the biggest and best Dungeons experience yet. With a huge roster of units and rooms to build in your underground lair, co-op support for all game modes, re-worked overworld mechanics and a range of improvements to the multiplayer experience, Dungeons 3 has everything an evil heart could desire as Mac gamers begin ‘evilfying’ the sickeningly colourful and fluffy fantasy overworld.

To celebrate the release of Dungeons 3 and the Dungeon Lord’s inevitable victory over the forces of good, the busy Snots at Kalypso Media are pleased to reveal the game’s slap-happy launch trailer, fittingly dubbed “Classical Beats”, which they hope will encourage gamers everywhere to employ some casual violence towards their minions in their quest for infamy.

In Dungeons 3, the Dungeon Lord has successfully united the forces of evil and established the roots of his dark empire, leading him to the next step in his diabolical quest: expansion! Through enticing the dark elf priestess Thalya from the fluffy clutches of the surface world to become his chief lieutenant, the Dungeon Lord has found a way to direct his campaign of conquest from the confines of his underground lair. With Thalya on the front line, and the united forces of evil to support her, players will have to use every trick in the book to best those do-gooders of the overworld, once and for all!

Unleash your dark side by creating a unique underground dungeon from a huge array of rooms, traps and structures. Raise the most terrifying army the world has ever seen, by choosing from despicable creatures such as orcs, succubae, zombies and much, much more. Then, once you have built your forces, emerge from the darkness and guide your army to the light of the overworld, where you will corrupt the land and dispatch anything even vaguely heroic, cute or unicorn-shaped. And in a first for the Dungeons series, experience randomly generated levels, so that no two sessions are alike, never-ending fun for any evil conqueror!


  • The dungeon manager you’ve been waiting for: Dungeons 3 is the biggest, best, and evil-est dungeon sim yet, topped off with a fully reworked overworld RTS mode
  • Under new management: Command the united forces of evil under the guidance of new character Thalya and lead them to victory
  • Size does matter: Extensive single player campaign with 20 missions and more than 20 hours of playtime, randomly generated levels, a brand-new co-op mode for two players, more rooms, and more unique abilities
  • Speak no evil: The fan-favourite Dungeons narrator is back with his unmistakable voice, continuing the Dungeons legacy in the best way possible

Device Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 3.63 GB

Dungeons 3 (1.1) is $39.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – Book Review

Book Reviews – I had to reblog this as I think this is one of the best Fantasy series I have ever read. I recommend it highly.


l9780312850098The Wheel of Time series is one of the biggest selling fantasy franchises, with over 80 million books in the series sold, and published in over 20 languages. Jordan (real name James Oliver Rigney) is considered one of the masters of epic fantasy, and along with R. R. Martin, ranked as one of the nearest rivals to Tolkien. But despite this acclaim, there is a very polarized community; The Eye of The World seems to be a book people either thoroughly loved or thoroughly disliked.

The prologue opens with a scene from the past, showing a mighty battle between two wizards. Despite the aesthetically exciting scene, it felt flat and lacked the emotion or context to grab my attention or to make me care about either side. The characters spoke a lot of hackneyed “Epic English” which I found was more distracting than engaging. Though it was a valiant attempt to hook…

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