The Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz | Book Review

  I have never reviewed multiple books at once, but the Blue Bloods series is a series in the truest sense—the books cannot and do not stand alone.  Instead of reviewing each of them individually, I am going to give my general thoughts on the series and maybe a few specifics from the first book only.  That […]

Disney options rights to Lauren Kate’s ‘Fallen’ novel

Medora was kind enough to point me in the direction of this news item and it was a tough call between BSCkids and this site, but in the end I felt it belonged here.  Disney has optioned the rights to Lauren Kate’s young adult novel Fallen that heavily features angels.  Some believe that vampires and […]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – Final Review

Infinity Ward has made quite a name for itself since 2003. Beginning with Call of Duty, they’ve shown the world – and publisher giant, EA – that they can thrive on their own and take the action shooter genre by storm at the same time. Subsequent titles developed by IW’s “sister” company, Treyarch, haven’t lived […]

Shadow Season, Jump and Revolver | The Electric Mayhem

Shadow Season by Tom Piccirilli With Shadow Season, Tom Piccirilli shows that he is a master who is comfortably at the top of his game. Shadow Season takes elements of gothic horror and the haunted house story and mixes them with a crime story, coming up with a sure-fire end of the year top 10 […]

Does True A.I. Exist in Video Games?

AI_3A.I. – Artificial Intelligence…the imitation of life, choice, and behavior. A.I. is programmed into almost every aspect of a video game, from the way non-playable characters (NPCs) act, interact, and react in the world around them to the paths birds fly across the sky. As video games become more and more complex, A.I. systems follow suit. More microprocessors and raw processing power means additional layers of computation, random patterns, and simulations of emotional responses. But does A.I. boil down to basic pre-programming, void of emotion and reasoning? Or can the video game some day give us a real emotional experience just like another human can?

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47 Miles of Barbed Wire: Back to Regulate Like Warren G.

Friends, I have to tell you something important–this was almost my last column. I was going to resign, kind of, in a weaselish manner, or something like that. Just wasn’t feeling it anymore, having some personal and professional issues, all that stuff. Most of all, though, I was thinking that music criticism didn’t really matter […]

The Road -|movie review

The Road is, unfortunately, a boring movie, and the title might as well be Sittin’ Round the Campfire. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, is one of the very best books of the decade, and this adaptation falls flat for about half the running time. There are good actors, moments, and visuals, but the whole isn’t […]

Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold | Interview

Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold.  I have been a fan since the first book in the First Law found me in a bookstore, so I was very excited to ask him a few questions.  We talk shop on everything from doing research for fantasy books to […]

Heat Wave by Richard Castle | Book Review

New York City is in the grip of a heat wave, and Detective Nicki Heat is in the grip of a stubborn case.  Real estate mogul Matthew Starr was pitched from his balcony, and the only suspects either have alibis or could not have accessed his apartment at the time of the murder.  The case […]

God of War Collection (PlayStation 3) | Final Review

The God of War franchise has won over the hearts and minds of action/adventure gaming junkies the world over. With the looming release of God of War III in April 2010, SCEA Santa Monica – the studio responsible for the development of the franchise – felt it necessary to re-release the two original God of […]