Facade | Sandman Meditations

Stories about faces freak me out. This wasn’t the case until I was nineteen and my face changed quite severely because of what was, I was told, basically a lymph node disorder.  It took a year to get a proper diagnosis, and another year of heavy-duty medications to solve the problem, so I spent about […]

a Marjorie M. Liu Interview | Dirk, Steele, and Comics

Recently I was given the chance to have a phone chat with best-selling author Marjorie M. Liu, author of the “Dirk & Steele” paranormal romance series and “Hunter Kiss” urban fantasy series; Marjorie is also a current writer for Marvel Comics with “X-23″ and “Daken.” In anticipation for Marjorie’s latest Dirk & Steele novel, In […]

All Star Superman #2 | Top Single Issues

Over the next few posts I’m going to analyse and deconstruct what I view as some of the greatest single issues of comics I have ever read. Some will be old, some will be new. Some will be extremely smart, others complete and utter gleeful fun. In the end, they will simply be my choices. […]

Welcome to the Rileys | review

Welcome to the Rileys is the only special screening I tried to get into at New Orleans Film Fest but could not, due to how quickly it sold out (that fact made me take no chances with 127 Hours and The Black Swan).  My primary interests in the film were that it was set mostly in […]

Heroic Bloodshed: John Woo in Hong Kong | Tokyo Drifter

John Woo makes cool films. His Hong Kong action films are amongst some of, if not the best, action movies ever made. Films like A Better Tomorrow and its sequel, A Better Tomorrow II, The Killer, and Once a Thief had high grosses that contributed to the golden age of Hong Kong Cinema during the […]

A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland | Book Review

I had this book on my shelf for the better part of a year before I picked it up to read.  I had really enjoyed the original trilogy in the Nine Kingdoms world Kurland started in a couple fantasy-romance novelas (for anthologies), but she uses a style of storytelling that lends itself to a certain mood.  It has always struck me as […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Sandman Meditations

Dates in fiction always cause my meaning-minded ears to prick up, and when a date is the first text in an issue of Sandman, a work rich with allusions, I pay close attention. “June 23rd, 1593″ are the words that invoke this story, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  June 23rd: St. John’s Eve, one of the […]

Shane Got a Gun – The Walking Dead ‘Wildfire’

I’ve been very, very critical of “The Walking Dead.”  The show had a fantastic pilot and a lot of promise that I feel it hasn’t lived up to.  You may disagree.  Several of you have, actually.   It seems as though no fall television show has created so much furious discussion on the Internet. But you […]

The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers | Book Review

Eva Forge is the last Paladin of the dead god Morgan.  She is a warrior, raised to the sword from her childhood, and she is watching the Cult to which she is dedicated dying by slow inches all around her.  She accompanies one of the leaders of her cult on a mysterious mission to enlist […]

Dredging Suzhou River: Artifice and Art |Tokyo Drifter

At the very beginning of Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (Sūzhōu Hé) the unnamed and unseen narrator and protagonist whom works as a freelance cameraman tells the viewer that he is fine filming anything just so long as the client doesn’t complain. His camera, he says, shows things the way that they are. This statement recalls that […]

a Mark Charan Newton Interview | Nights of Villjamur

Mark Charan Newton is an urban fantasy author who’s currently two novels into his writing career and, judging by the sheer tonnage of critical acclaim which now includes a place in Library Journal’s top 5 best SF/F of 2010, is only just getting warmed up. For those of you already familiar with his work, Nights […]

A Dream of a Thousand Cats | Sandman Meditations

What an appropriate time to read the second story in Dream Country, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” — I have only in the last two weeks become a servant to cats again, myself.  One of them, a long-haired black and white fellow named Alex, seven years old and quite happy to no longer be […]