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Thad Rutkowski’s Ponderous Pops

In her introduction to The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, Tara Masih defines flash fiction using… read more Thad Rutkowski’s Ponderous Pops

Axel Greece

An 80s song for an 80s story. There are two very enigmatic men in Lyddie’s life: Phelps, her botanist husband,… read more Axel Greece

An Incredible iZombie Promise

Where ABC and Fox make you wait a week to see the latest episode (unless you have a cable subscription), The CW understands that it’s commercial TV (not subscription) and that its viewers can’t stop their worlds (no matter how much they want to) to sit and watch their favorite show or, as in my case, take a chance on a new one. … ”The Exterminator” is a good episode in my opinion because it got me wondering if Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, the show’s creators, would ever make an episode where Liv is frustrated by the stereotypes people have about zombies (like the cavemen in the old GEICO ads ) or write an episode where Liv had to confront own biases towards “Walking Dead” type zombies.

Sequeling Shakespeare

Based on the novel “The Kouga Ninja Scrolls” by Futaro Yamada, “Basilisk” tells a story similar to Romeo and Juliet’s… read more Sequeling Shakespeare

Where Angel Should Have Gone

WARNING! SPOILERS! Child of television. When I was told AJ Scudiere’s Under Dark Skies was a “supernatural crime thriller” and… read more Where Angel Should Have Gone

The Duality and Deconstruction of James Junya Thompson

A friend once told me that Hesse’s Steppenwolf was a different book when read at 40 from when it was… read more The Duality and Deconstruction of James Junya Thompson

Jacob Mendelsohn All Knowing All Seeing in All My Goodbyes

I tried to find a song or video the summed up the tone of Jacob Mendelsohn’s book without the religious… read more Jacob Mendelsohn All Knowing All Seeing in All My Goodbyes

Neil Gaiman’s Ocean At The End of the Lane

Thanks to PBS, every English school boy I read in the first person sounds like Gian Sammarco’s Adrain Mole, the… read more Neil Gaiman’s Ocean At The End of the Lane

Page of Ultron

In “The Next Avengers” Ultron has taken over the world and it is up to the children of the original… read more Page of Ultron

Kate DiCamillio’s The Tiger Rising

Magnetic North’s “We Belong.” My favorite line: “We’re getting tired of proving we belong.” Kate DiCamillio tells an immigrant’s tale… read more Kate DiCamillio’s The Tiger Rising

On Goodreads: The Shunned House

The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was infatuated with HP Lovecraft for a… read more On Goodreads: The Shunned House

Sentimental About Local/Express

When Curtis Chin (founder of the Asian American Writer’s Workshop) asked me to submit something to an anthology he was… read more Sentimental About Local/Express

Kate Scott’s Counting to D

Bowling for Soup: Maestros of high school angst Samantha Wilson is dyslexic. She cannot read (at least not at the… read more Kate Scott’s Counting to D

So I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse

The Return of the Living Dead was my introduction to zombie movies. It had an amazing soundtrack. 45 Grave’s “Partytime”… read more So I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse

Keith Kornell’s Super Born

Stephen Chow’s Forbidden City Cop begins with a confrontation between several famous swordsmen and a police officer. It is a… read more Keith Kornell’s Super Born

Lemony Snicket’s Who Could That Be At This Hour?

It would have been too easy to include the trailer or a clip from the move adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s… read more Lemony Snicket’s Who Could That Be At This Hour?

Nika Lubitsch’s 7th Day

It’s chapters are easily divisible by the mock news clips she provides to give you a quotient of interconnected episodes from a series about a woman on trial for murdering her husband. … Regarded as a classic, the discriminating observer cannot ignore that the story pushes the boundaries of coincidence: Kim Novak’s character happens to resemble the woman depicted in a painting, who happens to have a tragic backstory, and then Jimmy Stewart’s character happens to catch a glimpse of Kim Novak’s character, leading the movie’s conclusion (neatly wrapped up in Kim Novak’s confession).

Infographic: Comparing Ebooks and Books

Listing as a book reviewer at the Indie View has opened my world to a dynamic culture of ebook authors…. read more Infographic: Comparing Ebooks and Books

Picturing Books: Red Fish

Tae Eun Yoo’s The Little Red Fish is pretty story about a boy’s fantasy adventure in a library. It seemed… read more Picturing Books: Red Fish

Glad in Utah

I am in Salt Lake City, Utah for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference. One of the… read more Glad in Utah