DVD market releases some hits and some misses

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Defiance: Season 3 Review

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‘Extinction’ Film a Monstrous Post-<b>Apocalyptic</b> Event [Watch]

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Will Win Best Picture

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Cee-Lo Green “Sign Of The Times” Video

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Post Apocalyptic

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‘The 100′ News, Update: Alycia Debnam-Carey Says Having Clarke Is Hazardous; Show Boss …

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State Zero

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Grimmfest 2015: Full Lineup Announced Including The Hallow, Bloodsucking Bastards, Turbo Kid …

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Voted Surprise Winner of Critics’ Choice Award

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Chloë Grace Moretz Fights for Survival After Alien Invasion in The 5th Wave—Watch the First Trailer!

... Lawrence and Divergent's Shailene Woodley kicked some serious butt, it's Chloe Grace Moretz's turn to play heroine in a post-apocalyptic world.

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Mad Max review: Video game adaption doesn’t step on the gas until the 8-hour mark

... “Mad” Max Rockatansky, but until this year it had been even longer since we'd seen the post-apocalyptic wasteland wanderer on the big screen.

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Did Dr. Dre Discover Burning Man?

... structures of control—Burning Man has become a very costly endeavor; an ayahuasca-soaked post-apocalyptic-styled playground for the 1 percent.

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Post apocalyptic

Dominion Quick Synopsis: In a post apocalyptic world, God has disappeared. In an effort to bring his Father back,... Scripted TV Shows, SyFy.

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Is Sabretooth Really In Wolverine 3? Here’s What Liev Schreiber Just Said

The Old Man Logan story features a post-apocalyptic future of sorts in which Logan is, obviously, an older man and the last remaining X-Man.

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Night Visions and Day Dreaming

Dreams, or night visions, have always been key to my creativity. Even as a child, I dreamt in epics -- tales that would go on for nights, filled with ...

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End of the world: the post apocalypse games

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9/2/2015-ACTING-Pics / Recap From Final Week Of Principle Photography On ‘Romeo 3000′

(Pic by Jamie Morgan)

-This was a quick shooting day. Basically a pick up shoot for an effect that wasn’t done 2 weeks prior. As you can see from the pics, it’s pretty easy to see what we were filming. It was done rather quickly. Prior to me arriving was filming on some scenes that John & Berndele had to do as well. Afterwards me and Matt went up to Pulaski to catch the premiere of ‘AKA Alice’-pics / recap of that can be seen on that album.

-As you may or may not know from the ‘AKA Alice’ premiere recap, me and Matt didn’t get back to Utica till around 2 AM. I still had to drive to Syracuse-I’d left most of costume “c” there due to bad planning (20/20 hindsight ya know). How bad? Well, I got into Syracuse at 3 AM, then had to be up around 5:30 AM to be on the road back to Utica by 7 AM to hit the call at 8 AM-and with filming to go on all day. I was around 30 minutes late-my bad. Everything seems to be moving in slow motion when you’re dead tired… Then we all car pooled to this beach for filming. We had to go down a trail that, we were told, would only take 8 minutes to get to the beach. It was more like at least 20-30… The trail wasn’t as bad as that from Overhead Mountain, but it did bring back some flashbacks. :)
This was a smaller cast / crew than previous-John, Jennifer, me, Matt, Mark and Jamie.

-We then proceeded to get all dressed up on the beach. I’m glad it wasn’t humid this day. We went thru the speaking parts and then there were some action shots. Unfortunately, I can’t detail them here-or post pics-until the movie comes out. Spoiler alerts ya know…I think people will be very pleased with the action here as well as later this day. Hopefully we’ll hit all the emotional bulls eyes we are aiming at. In addition, one of the spikes on my arm bracer broke off and is basically forever lost within the sand. We all basically had to get sand out of our hair and clothes thru out the day. As you can see from the pics, I did have a fight scene with John. It came out very well I’m told. I was taught a wrestling move by John which was cool. I taught John that I sometimes go full out and accidentally pulled his hair for real-in addition to causing some damage on his cyborg arm. ( DOH! :) ) John did most of the heavy lifting when it came to falls and stuff since I’m rapidly approaching the date I qualify for my AARP discount :) Seriously, I was frustrated with myself cause I wasn’t in the shape I should’ve been for this. There were several factors involved in this but, bottom line, it was still my responsibility to be combat ready on this day and I wasn’t. However, I was told that the footage was great so…yes, I’m my own worst critic so maybe I’m being too hard on myself, but that’s the way I am-aging and lack of sleep / fitness be damned…

-Then we hiked back to the cars. I should’ve at least changed out of the boots, but didn’t. As a result, I had the skin from a section near my ankle basically rubbed off to a degree. Also had one of the buckles on that boot broken. The life on set huh? :) Still way preferable to the 9 to 5 grind for me… We then went to a pizza / sub place that was awesome (Johnny’s Pizza I believe) and rested / re-hydrated for the next part of the shoot-which was done in Cooperstown.

-After a long drive-and yes, I did konk out during this-we arrived. Jay S. was already there to meet us. Filming was done at this huge graveyard and we basically got filming done before it got too dark. BTW-big thanks to Jay suggesting that we can drive to the spot for filming, basically, instead of us hiking again. :) Once again, no talk or show pics (up to a point) here due to spoilers. This was basically a wrap for Jay, John and Jennifer (Mark was wrapped at the beach). All that’s left was me and Berndele the next day in Utica. By the time I got home this night, it was around 10-11 PM-and call was 8 AM. I think I need to get some PA’s :)

-At least I got some more sleep before this day. This was the shortest cast / crew yet-just me, Matt and Berndele. As you can see, this was a sword fight and I’m glad it was done on a separate day by itself. Now, admittedly, me and Berndele weren’t even able to get together to rehearse the choreography even once due to scheduling, distance, etc. In addition, with all the filming and other stuff happening in our lives, neither one of us was able to put the time we wanted to into it as was “due proper” :) Having said that, we broke everything down and put safety at the top. I can’t reveal the ending-and there really wasn’t any pics taken (except maybe still shots with what Matt was filming)-but it went off as well as we could. I will say it was a good thing I had the arm bracer on in regards to a blade swing and something that happens to me in many of the films I’m in with Mad Angel Films once again happened here :) Hopefully Berndele’s back has recovered by now -how’s that for being vague? :)

-We were basically done before noon. It felt kinda weird-like we had more to do-and we kinda do. Matt now has to go thru all the footage to review it and see what was missed and / or needs to be fixed. I already know of one pick up that I have to do. However, this was still the official “last day of principle photography” for ‘Romeo 3000.’ It seemed like it had just started and here we are at the end.

-I want to give a HUGE thanks to all the people involved in this production-whether we’ve worked together on previous projects or this was the first time. You were all awesome and hopefully we’ll work together in future projects. I know the aim is to get this done and released around summer 2016. I also want to say thanks to all the people who have supported us in anyway. It’s deeply appreciated and I hope that you all enjoy this film as much as we did in making it. Keep an eye out on the Romeo 3000 FB page for news and updates.

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Gamers, we’ve got a post-<b>apocalyptic</b> competition for you

Not only are we giving away a copy of the game alongside a brand new Playstation®4, but we've also got an ultra-slick, limited edition leather jacket ...

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Wes Craven: the scream of our times

... lapels, the hill-dwelling savages prefigure the simultaneously prehistoric and post-apocalyptic look of George Miller's Road Warrior and Fury Road.

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Tickets For The Live-Action ‘Attack On Titan’ Movie Are Available Now

Now you can guarantee your spot to see what's sure to be the two most epic post-apocalyptic movies of the season. Tickets for screenings of both ...

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Should Bethesda Software’s Fallout 4 And Fallout Shelter Have A Storyline Connection?

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and features humanity at its last dregs, trying to blend together and survive in different communities.

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Don’t Fear the Walking Dead

The original series follows a small group of survivors as they struggle to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic America destroyed by a virus that turns the ...

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“The Dolls of New Albion”

And there's “Zombies with Guns” from Tribe of Fools (pictured, right) at the Luna Theater, which takes a post-apocalyptic scenario to the next level to ...

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Shane Abbess’ Next Sci-Fi Thriller SFv1 Casts Up!

In what appears to be a sci-fi thriller with an apocalyptic edge, Shane Abbess' next film has found its main cast in Aussie actress Isabel Lucas (Daybreakers, Immortals) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight). Even though Abbess' last film Infini (review), only partially wowed, it's always exciting when the Australian director mounts a new, ambitious project.

The story, written by Abbess, follows Sy, a drifter who falls in with Kane (Daniel MacPherson), an off-world military contractor trying to rescue his daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) from peril while evading a global crisis caused by the military contracting company he works for.

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Post apocalyptic urban survival survival tactical axe

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Here’s Your First Look At The New ‘Fallout 4′ Power Armor Figure

We've still got a couple of months before we finally get to see the awe-inspiring post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 4 in full when the new game hits ...

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Action-Packed ‘I Shall Remain’ On Steam™ Offers A Thrilling Post-<b>Apocalyptic</b> Gameplay <b>…</b>

San Francisco, CA, September 2 nd 2015: After more than 3 years of hard work, indie game developer Scorpius Games is proud to announce the ...

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Vietnamese College Will Look Like an Overgrown Post-<b>Apocalyptic</b> City on Purpose

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)


There’s hardly a moment that’s not brimming with action and excitement in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a modern continuation of the “Mad Max” series substituting Mel Gibson for Tom Hardy as the lead. I’ve liked Tom Hardy since his role in the weirdo biopic “Bronson,” and although I haven’t seen this film’s precursors (!), I was intrigued by it’s rave reviews and no small amount of unwarranted controversy from feminist critics.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is not a particularly deep movie; not particularly wise to the intricacies of human nature other than the well-worn assertion that when the apocalypse rolls around, shit will go down. You know what? That’s okay.  Because what this latest installment does have is cool car chases, crazy set pieces, and kick-ass female characters (remind me why this was branded misogynist again?)

You know that a movie with a rock n’ roll gimp playing a flame-throwing guitar on the front of a fortified tank as the baddies ride into battle has got to have some redeeming social value, or at least be cool as hell. In the not-so-distant future, oil and water have become precious commodities and society has broken into factions, each more brutal than the last. Mad Max (Tom Hardy) is mad about stuff, namely the state of civilization and the death of his wife and daughter which have festered in his mind and culminated in crazy hallucinations.

He gets kidnapped by an insane cult led by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne,) who promises his ‘wild boys’ eternal paradise in Valhalla if the live- and die- by his will. Max then gets made into a ‘blood-bag,’ a commodity whose blood is to be used to renew Immortan Joe’s wild boy’s when the time comes. But Max escapes, and with much trepidation joins Joe’s renegade warrior Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and a group of the maniacal leader’s sexual slaves in route, the the ‘green place,’ a Utopian locale based on Furiosa’s distant memory.


I was pleased and relieved to see that Furiosa and Max’s relationship was not (as I feared it would be) ‘let me get past your hard-as-nails facade and awaken the woman within’ bullcrap. It’s based on mutual respect, certainly more than sex or romance, and I love how he forgoes shooting the gun at a crucial moment to hand it over because she’s just, y’know, a better shot. For someone who was expecting a filmy post-apocalyptic sex scene, maybe with incense and gauze curtains or some such shit, I was pleasantly surprised.

I am not the audience for this movie, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy it. I am the less-than-1% who actually prefers European art films and understated independent films to big-budget multi-million dollar smashes, but the nice thing about “Mad Max: Fury Road” is it doesn’t try to be deep or profound (like Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy) but just has fun being itself, a big fun goofy action movie of larger-than-life proportions, like playing a particularly epic video game. There’s scarcely a dull moment.

It’s interesting to see how classical mythology (namely Norse) has collided with modern sensibilities, selfishness, and consumerism with Immortan Joe’s boys (one of his warriors, a wet-behind-the-ears kid named Nux (Nicholas Hoult,) describes ‘going to Valhalla to eat a Mcfeast’- a little post-McDonald’s product placement there) ;) The wild-boy’s ideology reminds me of ISIS and any other cult or hate group worth it’s salt- you get to be an asshole, and you’re rewarded for it tenfold in the afterlife.

Watch it for the guitar gimp. And if not for the guitar gimp, watch it for Tom Hardy. And if not for Tom Hardy, watch it for Charlize Theron as an indomitable heroine and her group of newly liberated wards who must find their own deeply-buried strength. Never to we get the feeling that Theron’s identity as a woman makes her softer or weaker than any of the guys. And we don’t get that gag-worthy prerequisite scene where the warrioress takes off her helmet and tosses her hair around, making the stoic hero’s jaw drop.

This might actually be worth watching in 3-D. So pop your popcorn, put on your 3-D glasses, and put your innate need for deep meaning and intellectual stimulation away, because you’re in for a wild ride. I bet considering this movie’s wild success, Mel Gibson’s kicking himself for turning down the amount of money offered to play in this film. If you discard your initial skepticism (I’m talking to you, art film addicts and hipsters) at seeing a film that actually made loads of money- a remake, no less- I’m sure you will find a lot to love about this film.


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Vietnamese College Will Look Like an Overgrown Post-Apocalyptic City on Purpose – Curbed National

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Vietnamese College Will Look Like an Overgrown Post-Apocalyptic City on Purpose
Curbed National
The overhead rendering of Vo Trong Nghia Architects' design for FPT University in Ho Chi Minh City reveals an aesthetic something along the lines of Earth 100 Years After Human Civilization Has Collapsed. It looks like the type of place that Will Smith ...

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Mad Max Will Be The First Major Movie Releasing On Steam

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Wednesday SciFi Romance Round-Up

Every Wednesday we announce new releases, the week’s bestsellers and a selection of on sale and free SciFi Romance books. Pricing and best-selling information is compiled Sunday before posting and subject to change.

Amazon Top Five SFR

Amazon rankings are updated hourly. This list was compiled 8/30/15.

#1  #2  #3  #4  #5  


Pre-Order Specials

Black Ice Heart (Space Grit Book 1) by Ella Drake



Pre-order Price: $1.99

Print Length: 185 pages
Publication Date: September 21, 2015

Available on Amazon

Condemned and in transit to an asteroid prison, he found what he’d never had before–a chance to love.

A prisoner and his jailer are the only survivors of an attack by a band of half-aliens.  But why did they survive?

Black Ice Heart is a full-length science fiction romance novel that begins the Space Grit series and can be read stand-alone.


Faring Soul (Interspace Origins Book 1) by Tracy Cooper-Posey


Pre-order Price: $2.99
List Price: $3.99

Print Length: 222 pages
Publication Date: September 25, 2015

The truth about Bedivere threatens the entire Federation. His feelings for Cat might just save everyone.


“Despite the rhetoric that surrounds my much-maligned past, I happen to like the quiet life.”

Bedivere sat back as she was. “Liar.”

This book is the first book of the Interspace Origins space opera romance series.


Sacrifice (Tribute, #1) by Kate Pearce


Ebook Pre Order $2.99

eBook release: Sep 7, 2015
Page count: 125

Available from Riptide Publishing

Awaiting execution on a foreign planet, Anna Lee has nothing left to lose. It’s Rehz’s job to teach Anna to survive as a Tribute. And if she does, it’s his task to help her overcome the trauma of the experience. But this time he isn’t doing it to save his planet. This time he’s doing it for love.

WARNING: Explicit Sex and Violence, dubious consent and tentacle monsters!


Numbers (New Species) by Laurann Dohner

numbersDigital List Price: $8.99
Pre-order Price: $7.19

Print Length: 346 pages
Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Available on Amazon

Stories 14 and 15 in the New Species series.

140 – Dana is visiting Homeland when she meets a New Species who tugs at her heartstrings. As a widow, she knows firsthand the pain he’s suffering after losing his mate. Mourn isn’t so certain that talking to a human female will help him heal but he desires her. It’s possible she could become his new reason for living.

927 – Candi lost the male she loved, but never forgot him. New Species are her only hope to seek revenge for 927’s death. A human female claiming to have been reared at Mercile has demanded entry to Homeland. Hero rushes to Medical and comes face-to-face with his past. One look at Candi and the life he’s built since gaining freedom comes crashing down around him.


Featured New SFR Releases

Barbarian Lover (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 3) by Ruby Dixon



Kindle Price: $3.99

Print Length: 163 pages
Publication Date: August 28, 2015

Available on Amazon

As one of the few humans stranded on the ice planet, I should be happy that I have a new home. Human women are treasured here, and one alien in particular has made it clear that he wants me. It’s hard to push away the sexy, flirtatious Aehako, when all I want to do is grab him by his horns and insist he take me to his furs.

But I’ve got a terrible secret – the aliens who abducted me are back, and thanks to the translator in my ear, they can find me. My presence here endangers everyone…but can I give up my new life and the man I want more than anything?

Honour Bound (Lawmen of the Republic Book 2) by M.A. Grant



Kindle Sale Price: $3.53
Digital List Price: $5.25

Print Length: 350 pages
Publication Date: August 22, 2015

Available on Amazon

The Lawmen of the Republic: fierce, honourable, soldiers, men. But what happens when all that they’ve been told turns out to be lies?


Fall and Rising, by Sunny Moraine


Release date: Aug 31, 2015
Print Length: 432

Available on Amazon

This title is a Standalone set in the Songs of Slipstream universe.

Adam and his lover Lochlan are on the run and searching for a way to save his people from a deadly genetic illness. Fate draws them to a young pilot named Nkiruka, facing her fears of  becoming the spiritual leader for her people. With the fates of civilizations in their hands, they prepare for a final conflict that might be their only chance for survival—or that might destroy them all.


Space Wrangler (Space Rustlers) by Kate Donovan

spacewranglerDigital List Price: $6.50

Print Length: 369 pages
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Available on Amazon

On this frontier, love could get you killed. And that’s part of the rush.

Space Rustlers, Book 1

Like all miracles, a rip in space has its dark side. Through it, adventurers explore new worlds, smugglers make their fortunes, and wranglers like Rick Gage pit their skills against hordes of magnificent robots. The downside? Five percent of those who enter “the sinkhole” are never seen again.

Warning: This book glorifies outlaws, encourages lawlessness, condones unprotected space contact, and could lead to the rise of the kind of machines that don’t require batteries.


Erase Me Not (The Paradisi Chronicles) by Sarah Woodbury


Kindle Pre-order Price: $3.99

Print Length: 219 pages
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Available on Amazon

As a descendant of one of the Founding Families of the colony of New Eden, Abby has lived a privileged existence—up until the moment she wakes up in a rent-by-the-hour hotel room in the worst sector of New Seattle with no memory of how she got there. Friends and family are suddenly strangers, and the only memories in her head can’t be hers.

When the authorities accuse her of working for the Resistance movement and have evidence to prove it, Abby enlists her only friend, Raman, for help. Their quest takes them into the dark underbelly of the brave new world her family founded and reveals a far-reaching conspiracy which threatens not only Abby’s life, but the very foundations of New Eden.


Taking Stock by Barbara Elsborg


Kindle Price: $5.00
Digital List Price: $6.50

Print Length: 349 pages
Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Available on Amazon

Her last days on Earth could be out of this world.

One woman (with a brain tumor), two sexy aliens, and an off-world reality show.

Warning: This book contains two hot aliens with “interesting anatomy”, one lucky human heroine, zero-gravity ménage sex, male-male tongue worship, and all the toys one super store can provide.


Frost Station Alpha: The Complete Series by Ruby Lionsdrake


Pre-order Price: $4.95

Print Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: September 6, 2015

Available on Amazon

An ambitious Lieutenant protecting the infamously dangerous Frost Station Alpha meets the genetically engineered super humans set on capturing the station. And one of these powerful, sexy warrior decides he wants Tamryn too.

This ebook contains the complete Frost Station Alpha serial, previously published in six installments.


Silent Autumn by Veronica Helen Hart


Pre-order Price: $6.99

Print Length: 392 pages
Publication Date: September 7, 2015

Available on Amazon

A Dystopian future where drugs are used to suppress emotion. Content Taylor overhears something she shouldn’t and ends up traveling across the abandon and derelict stretches of the country with a man on a quest to warn the leader of another part of the country of an underhanded plot against them. Without her meds, Taylor experiences emotions for the first time.


Featured Shorts

5,001: An SFR Short Story by Tracy Cooper-Posey

5001Kindle Price: $0.99

Publication Date: September 2, 2015

Print Length: 31 pages

Available on Amazon

Aboard the generation ship Endurance, Engineer Caelen Williams tries to solve the riddle of draining water and learns that the convicted criminal and her former lover, Devar, is not the only one who may have been manipulated…. “You do want my apology,” he said gently. “You have for seventeen years.”


Solia’s Moon: OSA, Prequel to the Outer Settlement Agency Series by Lyn Brittan



Kindle Sale Price: FREE
Digital List Price: $2.99

Print Length: 84 pages
Publication Date: November 18, 2013

Available on Amazon


Taken by the Billionaire Alien Next Door by Jessica E. Subject


Kindle Price: $0.99

Print Length: 26 pages
Release Date: August 24, 2015

Available on Amazon

While searching for her new stepbrother to help with unpacking, she stumbles upon his smokin’ hot neighbor, all alone in his mansion and busy at work on a… flying saucer? Can Erika escape before he notices her, or will she be abducted by the sexy alien?

““What exactly do you think I am, Miss Erika?”

“An alien.” There, I’d said it, and I expected him to laugh in my face and deny it.

Instead, he placed his hands behind his back and stepped nearer. “And what if I am?”


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AUSSERWELT &amp; The Story

All was lost.
All is lost.
So much more snow than sunbeams these days.
What once was?
What once was.



The cold they marched through the rain,
Past the corpse of rebirth,







Blacked out the sun’s last refrain,
Endless cycle ended.

Rain strips the skin from our bones.
We fall into the cracks of the earth.
Silence. Desolation.
Silence. Desolation.




(A forest of stars – Microcosm;
Altar of Plagues – Through The Collapse: Watchers Restrained)


It was November last year, when Doru asked me to come up with a new story to be exhibited for the first time at Dark Bombastic Evening. I was extremely happy with his proposition, knowing that the people that follow my work enjoy this kind of events and will be present and also, because I fell in love with the festival since I first went there, in 2013, at the 5th edition.

This was followed by a few months of struggling to come up with an idea. After Melancholia, I was kinda over taking depressing, melancholic, really personal pictures, despite the fact that Doru kept telling me that he’d prefer to see something like that. The pressure was real and I think I started two projects that I soon dropped, because I wasn’t content with the fact that they were’n homogeneous. And then there was this guy, Pavel (also visit the page of this talented young bastard), who handcrafts leather masks and kept bugging me to go out and take some photos for his portfolio. First I put him on hold, telling him that I have a lot of thinking to do with my projects, but then, on a cloudy day I took a break and went out with him for some pictures.
And this is how it all started. Taking a closer look at all the pictures back home, I realized that I can bring something really interesting in form of a project out of this. We started to search for places to shoot, went out on 40 degrees celsius, tortured people with masks that you can’t breathe in (Pavel fixed that eventually), dressed them in black robes etc. La creme de la creme was definitely the almost-spontaneous trip to Buzludzha, the impressive communist monument that you can see in the last three pictures from the series. Not gonna bore you with that, it was awesome anyway.


In the end, despite the fact that I didn’t deliver something really personal, I’m pretty content with the result of three months of almost hard work, travel, edit, heat, pressure, sometimes crying, sometimes wanting to quit. Truth is, I had some really rough times a few months ago and I’m still struggling with some reminiscences and I almost wanted to give up on any kind of project. But in the end, I really believe that constantly pushing myself into doing this was part of the healing process.


Why Ausserwelt? Ausserwelt is a story about the end of human era, about the new “plague” taking over the earth and the rebirth of a new dark and bizarre world. My really tight connection to music inspired me to use the name of one of my all time favorite albums, which belongs to Year of No Light, which I also got to see live at DBE (fantastic show). Listen to the album and you’ll understand. The lyrics I used as backing story, belong to Altar of Plagues, another of my all time favorite bands. The music that inspired me in the creation process was mostly Lamia Vox and Terra Tenebrosa.

Thanks for reading and also here’s the whole series on Facebook.


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What to Read

Treat yo self to these titles:

1. No Matter the Wreckage, by Sarah Kay – This collection of poetry is beautifully written. I loved it from page one. Sarah Kay’s style is brilliantly insightful and charmingly funny. She is also one of the minds behind Project Voice, which is a great organization. For more information, you can visit their home page at http://www.projectvoice.co/.
2. Sunlight and Shadow, by Cameron Dokey – A light read for fairytale lovers, this book is my version of comfort food. It has everything: humor, suspense, romance, an age-old prophecy. What’s not to love?
3. Station Elevenby Emily St. John Mandel – I had thought I’d worn myself out of the post-apocalyptic genre until I stumbled across this book. One of the more realistic doomsday stories I’ve encountered, I enjoyed watching the characters’ lives merge together in profound ways, and I throughly enjoyed the style.

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REVIEW: The Apostates

apostatesThe Apostates by Lars Teeney

Reading The Apostates requires commitment. It’s so massive in scope that I feared that it’s one of those overly long science fiction sagas that couldn’t quite deliver. But those fears were put to rest when the story starts to take shape. It introduces us to New Megiddo, the post-apocalyptic dystopian America, ravaged by disasters and conflicts. The inhabitants are reduced to brainwashed citizens who find solace in a spiritual (cult) leader whose intentions are dodgy. The intricate plot can be quite overwhelming when different factions start to unleash their sinister plans.

It’s a heady mix of political ideologies, false religious beliefs, and political machinations. It will appeal to readers who like an intelligent story where some elements and scenarios are plausible. In fact, some of the scenes depicted in the story are happening right now but in a smaller scale (a surveillance state comes to mind). At times, it’s so frightening because it’s like looking into a possible future where the state has control of the population using means that impair freedom.

The narrative style lends an eerily foreboding atmosphere that’s hard to shake off. At times, the author seems to get lost in his passionate meanderings that prolong the story needlessly. But despite this, I would go so far as to say The Apostates is a masterful imagining of a future filled with uncertainty. It provokes and raises questions — a sign that you got yourself a good sci-fi thriller.

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“Fury Road” takes Max back to being a Road Warrior

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Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I have always hated impressionistic book reviews that lack any quotations or really explain anything besides the reader’s feelings. When you read reviews like that you’re getting more insight into their psyche than the substance of the book. I feel especially strong about the quotations part, and I feel like the worst offenders are takedowns of Guns Germs and Steel. The problem is less prevalent in reviews of fiction, but certainly not absent.

That said, it’s hard to write a review that does justice to a piece of art/text/work on which a person has spent so much time. Although most reviews offer more than Edward’s review of my short story, The Furies of Mars, which consisted in its entirety of the phrase, “truly awful and depressing,” it takes a lot of effort for a review to be substantial. I don’t promise substance in the following paragraphs, but I promise there will be at least one quotation.

Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic novel for people who prefer literary fiction to sci-fi which explains the National Book Award nomination. A Canticle for Leibowitz it is not. The book is trying to be Infinite Jest where the sci-fi adventure story is shown rather than alluded to in foot notes, except it’s carried out by peripheral characters instead of the book’s twin protagonists. And in a book that is, I’d guess, a quarter the length.

I’m serious about the comparison. David Foster Wallace’s ghostly influence is apparent throughout the book, rising and falling depending on which voice we’re inhabiting. The language is more accessible, but the feelings she’s trying to evoke are the same. A sample:

An incomplete list:

No more diving into pools of chlorinated water lit green from below. Mor more ball games played out under floodlights. No more porch lights with moths fluttering on summer nights. No more trains running under the surface of cities on the dazzling power of the electric third rail. No more cities. No more films, except rarely, except with a generator drowning out half the dialogue, and only then for the first little while until the fuel for the generators ran out, because automobile gas goes stale after two or three years.

That’s at the end of the first section there is a long list of things gone with the end of civilization. This is where the book shows the most promise, and I was excited to keep reading. Unfortunately, from here it zips through five different plots, and there simply are not enough pages to sustain the story. There is not one central story, around which the others are woven, but five independent plots that drop in and out, three of which are supposed to be equally important, I think.

Essentially, the book takes what would be a long sci-fi short story, about a traveling, post-apocalyptic theater troupe’s experience in a cult town and its ensuing bad experience (I want to say disaster, but the story doesn’t merit such a strong word), and spins a backstory around it that takes up the bulk of the novel. Or perhaps, the book takes several short stories or novellas and changes some of the details so they can all be tied together.

There are glimpses of a good story here, and there was just enough promise to keep me going until the end. For a moment I had hope she would tie it all together brilliantly, but alas, that does not happen. We see the connections between various post-apocalyptic characters, but the development of these connections is so rushed and packed into the final third of the book that it seems like maybe her editor told her she needed to give the reader something more.

Despite all this, I didn’t dislike the book. It is for the most part well-written, and eminently readable. But if you want to read a well-written book with a slapped together ending, I would recommend Swamplandia!  by Karen Russell instead. Both also have the similar quality of having chapters from the perspective of male characters who, while not terrible, are not written realistically.

The book I’m currently reading is Starlights and Storm, by Gaston Rebuffat. It’s the first of a fat stack of books I’m reading to research a follow-up to Goblin Ambush: A Dwarf Story. The dwarves are getting the novel treatment, and I want to do it right.

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Apocalyptic Fantasy

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SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+ is the perfect Bluetooth speaker for an apocalypse

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A Boy and His Dog (1975). by Post-Apocalyptic.com. 1:30:26. Play next; Play now. Night of the Comet Widescreen Full Movie 1984. by Jen Dobbins.

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Post Apocalyptic by the numbers

Its been a very long time and no post - a few years in fact. Its been difficult to keep tabs on 'post apocalyptic' happenings in the media just because there has been so much of it. As far as my own voice was concerned, I felt like I didn't have too much new to offer with so much new post apocalyptic work being done in the arts. This subject still interests me; just call it a bad case of blogger's block.

So I will put my toe in the water once again and observe what the latest trends and figures are for 'post apocalyptic' over the decades by digging into Google Trends, Wikipedia articles, and Google Keyword Planner (an advertising tool).

Below is the graph from Google Trends showing the interest in 'post apocalyptic' searches since 2005:

What is interesting is the increase of both literature and films of this genre. For instance, a list of movies over time:

We are half to the next decade and it looks like film and it looks like the output of post apocalyptic films will double before 2020. This from another doubling of output from the 1990's - before then it was pretty stable. Perhaps the list isn't perfect - maybe not enough foreign movies or not 'pure' post apocalyptic - but regardless, it an interesting trend.

The chart below is rough (very rough) volume count of a Wikipedia article of post-apocalyptic themes through the decades. It is important to note is that for year, I used year the year of origin as some TV, movie, game and books series can cut across decades.  Below is a quick excel graph I whipped up after collating the decades from the above article:

This shows that we may have reached 'peak post apocalyptia' in early 2000's; if the current trend continues, there will be less original post apocalyptic literature in the current than in the 1980's. So while interest in the subject is trending up, as well as in films, new wellsprings of post apocalyptic art is possibly in the decline.

More specifically, below are some keywords taken from post apocalyptic searches per month from Google; it shows a pretty strong interest in the arts, including fiction, film, games, television and fashion. Not outrageously high number counts, but it displays that there is still a healthy interest in the subject matter.

Keyword Average Monthly Searches
post apocalyptic 33100
post apocalyptic fiction 18100
best post apocalyptic movies 6600
post apocalyptic books 6600
post apocalyptic games 5400
post apocalypse 5400
best post apocalyptic books 2900
post apocalyptic tv shows 2400
post apocalyptic clothing 2400
post apocalyptic romance 1900
post apocalyptic fashion 1600
post apocalyptic mayhem 1600
post apocalyptic anime 1600
best post apocalyptic games 1300
post apocalyptic series 1000
top post apocalyptic movies 880
post apocalyptic films 880
post apocalyptic world 880
post apocalyptic novels 880
post apocalyptic city 880
post apocalyptic definition 880
post apo 880
postapocalyptic 880
post apocalypse movies 720
post apocalyptic art 720
good post apocalyptic movies 590
post apocalyptic survival 590
post apocalyptic tv series 590
best post apocalyptic novels 480
post apocalyptic movie 480
post apocolyptic 480
post apocalyptic shows 480
post apocalyptic mmo 480
post apocalyptic rpg 480
post apocalyptic clothes 480

So based on these rough indicators gleaned from online research tools, it looks like post apocalyptic interest, especially in the arts, is increasing. The only caveat would be that perhaps original work is on the decline, with a greater emphasis on serialised content.

Is this a bad thing? Some very popular films and games spanned decades such as Mad Max (1970's, 1980's, 2010's) and the Fallout Video Games (1990's, 2000's, 2010's). A few have jumped genres across across the decades, such as the Walking Dead - from comic book to TV series. Whilst there is debate whether sequels ruin the original, I do think the cases above the content has remained fresh. That is a testament that the genre is standing the test of time.

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Uber’s fleet of Mad Max cars are causing post-<b>apocalyptic</b> mayhem

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Craig DiLouie Recommends: Fear the Walking Dead

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Death Trash

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Dogs in Space! Virtual Reality for Your Pets

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STEELWING To Release ‘Reset, Reboot, Redeem’ Album In November

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9 Most Riveting Post-<b>Apocalyptic</b> Movies

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JK Rowling’s truth about Hagrid spawns sad ‘Harry Potter’ fan theory

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Sacred Mountain – a post apocalyptic novel

An avid reader, I have an eclectic collection of books on my shelf.  Romance, comedy, thrillers, young adult books…there aren’t many genres I won’t read.

Sacred Mountain, the first in a series of books (Book 1 in the Moreno Series) by Paige Robbins is an action packed post apocalyptic romance that will keep you guessing.  It addresses the issue of life in an “off grid” situation.  Imagine for yourself the complete collapse of a nation.  No means of communication.  Life as you know it no longer exists.  How would you survive?  Who would be in your innermost “circle”?

In a pSacred Mountainost war climate in a nation torn by war, Sissy Moreno fights another battle, with an old flame. Paige Robbins does an excellent job fleshing out her characters and developing an intriguing storyline. From the first page, the reader is drawn into a world of survival and preparation, with cops who aren’t always good, and heroes in unexpected places.

Paige Robbins shows a keen eye toward potential social situations with an awareness of off grid living. It’s evident she’s done her research well as she draws a picture of self-sufficiency and sustainability where each of her characters has a position to fill. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and have saved her as a favorite so I will know when the sequel to this book is released.

If you’d like to read more, or purchase the book, simply click on the book cover. Amazon offers a free “look inside” feature so be sure to enjoy a glimpse inside this book.

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On DVD: Magnificent ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ roars into stores (full home-video listings)

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The full, first wave line-up is as follows:

Green Room (Our Cannes Review)

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Land Of Doom (1986)

Don't know who they are, but they're not in this movie

Don’t know who they are, but they’re not in this movie

If you’re a bandit leader in a post apocalyptic situation, I’d probably recommend not indiscriminately slaughtering everyone you come across. Villagers, that poor mass of cannon fodder, do useful stuff like keeping infrastructure in good repair and growing the food that you steal. At some point they’re all going to be dead and neither you nor any of your goons will have learned any of the important life skills like planting crops and sewing those lovely leather outfits you future-people seem to enjoy so much.


And if you’re a remotely discerning movie viewer, I’d definitely recommend not watching this tedious garbage. Boom! Nailed it! Star of this particular delight is Deborah Rennard as “Harmony”, a striking blonde who survives the slaughter of her village and decides to…actually, I’m not sure what she’s doing. Probably trying to kill the guy who did it, but it’s really never made clear. She’s a badass, described on IMDB as a feminist but really just angry…and who can blame her? Every man who meets her wants to kill her or rape her, which might have at least something to do with her being the only woman in the entire movie (certainly the only one who doesn’t get immediately shot).


All men bar one, that is – Anderson (Garrick Dowhen, looking like a low-rent Thomas Gibson), who’s also after the warlord Slater. She finds him bleeding in a cave, and he says he’s been there for days, indicating he’s close to death. But no! He’s fine, he just needed some motivation to get up and get going, it would seem. So, the two of them wander through the wilderness for a bit, before having a confrontation with Slater, and then setting up a sequel which most definitely never came thanks to one of the stupidest “we ran out of money, will this do?” non-endings it’s been my displeasure to watch. The actors at least tried, the filmmakers just gave up really quickly.


That’s really it. If you like seeing normal bikes with sort of cardboard armour glued to them riding round Turkey, then this might be the movie for you; otherwise, almost certainly not. The sole moderately interesting thing is the location – the cave villages of Turkey, one of the more unusual places to live on Earth. But when you’ve had enough of looking at them, and realise no-one’s going to drop in a weird out of place reference to how great Islam is (like the even-more-terrible-than-this “Turkish Star Wars”), then there’s really nothing remotely interesting about “Land Of Doom”. Okay, if you’re really trying to find entertainment, there’s a bunch of guys who dress like Jawas (talking of Star Wars), and a closing theme devoted to our star, called “Harmony’s Land of Doom”, which is awful-ly good fun.


I don’t imagine Deborah Rennard gives two hoots about us mocking her old movie, though (perhaps Garrick Dowhen might, as he never acted again). Mostly retired since 1997, she’s married to two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis, who wrote “Million Dollar Baby”, “Crash”, a couple of recent James Bond movies, and was the creator of “Due South”, one of my favourite TV shows.


I would recommend looking elsewhere for your cheesy 1980s post-apocalyptic fun. Check this list out, I reckon a good 90% of them are more entertaining than this.


Rating: thumbs down


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Land Of Doom (1986)

Don't know who they are, but they're not in this movie

Don’t know who they are, but they’re not in this movie

If you’re a bandit leader in a post apocalyptic situation, I’d probably recommend not indiscriminately slaughtering everyone you come across. Villagers, that poor mass of cannon fodder, do useful stuff like keeping infrastructure in good repair and growing the food that you steal. At some point they’re all going to be dead and neither you nor any of your goons will have learned any of the important life skills like planting crops and sewing those lovely leather outfits you future-people seem to enjoy so much.


And if you’re a remotely discerning movie viewer, I’d definitely recommend not watching this tedious garbage. Boom! Nailed it! Star of this particular delight is Deborah Rennard as “Harmony”, a striking blonde who survives the slaughter of her village and decides to…actually, I’m not sure what she’s doing. Probably trying to kill the guy who did it, but it’s really never made clear. She’s a badass, described on IMDB as a feminist but really just angry…and who can blame her? Every man who meets her wants to kill her or rape her, which might have at least something to do with her being the only woman in the entire movie (certainly the only one who doesn’t get immediately shot).


All men bar one, that is – Anderson (Garrick Dowhen, looking like a low-rent Thomas Gibson), who’s also after the warlord Slater. She finds him bleeding in a cave, and he says he’s been there for days, indicating he’s close to death. But no! He’s fine, he just needed some motivation to get up and get going, it would seem. So, the two of them wander through the wilderness for a bit, before having a confrontation with Slater, and then setting up a sequel which most definitely never came thanks to one of the stupidest “we ran out of money, will this do?” non-endings it’s been my displeasure to watch. The actors at least tried, the filmmakers just gave up really quickly.


That’s really it. If you like seeing normal bikes with sort of cardboard armour glued to them riding round Turkey, then this might be the movie for you; otherwise, almost certainly not. The sole moderately interesting thing is the location – the cave villages of Turkey, one of the more unusual places to live on Earth. But when you’ve had enough of looking at them, and realise no-one’s going to drop in a weird out of place reference to how great Islam is (like the even-more-terrible-than-this “Turkish Star Wars”), then there’s really nothing remotely interesting about “Land Of Doom”. Okay, if you’re really trying to find entertainment, there’s a bunch of guys who dress like Jawas (talking of Star Wars), and a closing theme devoted to our star, called “Harmony’s Land of Doom”, which is awful-ly good fun.


I don’t imagine Deborah Rennard gives two hoots about us mocking her old movie, though (perhaps Garrick Dowhen might, as he never acted again). Mostly retired since 1997, she’s married to two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis, who wrote “Million Dollar Baby”, “Crash”, a couple of recent James Bond movies, and was the creator of “Due South”, one of my favourite TV shows.


I would recommend looking elsewhere for your cheesy 1980s post-apocalyptic fun. Check this list out, I reckon a good 90% of them are more entertaining than this.


Rating: thumbs down


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Mad Max Launch Trailer Released

... third-person action game where players become Mad Max, a lone warrior in a savage post-apocalyptic world where cars are the key to survival.

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Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter is my #1 YA Action/Fantasy/Dystopian pick for 2015, and you need to get your hands on it ASAP

I’m not going to waste time – you need this book.  It is compelling and different than any other dystopian/action/fantasy book I’ve ever encountered, and I’ve read it four times since I got the ARC in April.  That is impressively weird, even for me.  I adore the first person point of view and the tough, competent protagonist.  I adore the world building and the strange mix of reality TV, gladiator, and myth-gone-wrong that the characters navigate.  I admit that I have a crush on this book, and I think you will, too.  I hesitate to say this because it is kind of a laughable cliche in the YA book world, but if you liked a The Hunger Games, you will probably really enjoy Hunter.


Goodreads Summary

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

My Thoughts

Joyeaux was raised on the mountain by monks and taught to hunt the magical monsters who torment humanity in a post cataclysm world.  She has her own magic and her hounds to keep her safe, but hunters are rare and by law they are suppose to come to the capital for training as soon as their ability emerges.  Joyeaux has avoided that fate for years but is forced to leave the people she knows, loves, and protects when her uncle is politically pressured to bring her to the Capitol.  Thrust into the intrigue and dangers of a society being held together by half truths and fear, Joyeaux must rely on instinct and her training to survive both the monsters and the humans.  This is the best thing I’ve read this year!  It isn’t very often that I finish a book and then read it again before the week is out, but Hunter is just that good.  It is crazy good.  The original storyline and action kept me glued to the pages, and I was so sad to see it end.  I adored Joyeaux and her matter-of-fact narrative style, a style that gives readers a refreshingly rare female warrior who is tough and capable and brave but who isn’t sullen and emotionally stunted.  The magical systems and world building are clear and thoughtful, bringing in a wide array of mythical and folk tale monsters that most of us have never seen before.  There was a lot of awesome battle and a little bit of romance.  I was completely satisfied with the complexities of the plot and the resolution at the end.  My only complaint is that I will have to wait a long while for the next book — there better be a next book.  Smart, engaging, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, Hunter is going to be a big hit with readers of both genders in my high school classroom.  The only thing I think might turn you off about this book is the initial pace. A lot of time is spent helping the reader get settled into this world, but I certainly thought it was important, and I found it fascinating.  I cannot wait to share this book with my students and fellow YA readers. Language and situations are appropriate for grades 7+, but adult readers shouldn’t pass this one up either.  Five Star Perfection.

This book is available in our classroom library, because I ordered it in April!

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Why I’m Happy Reading Dystopian Novels

No, I’m not a cruel robot propagating the idea that humans should be subservient to machines (OR AM I?). Simply put, reading dystopian novels makes me happy. Before you judge me, hear me out.

In high school I was an outcast—as many book nerds unfortunately are—and I frequently felt unsafe and unwelcome. Reading was my escape from this reality. Stories about characters that overcame what appeared to be insurmountable odds bolstered my own confidence and put my suffering into perspective.

Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale impacted me the most during this time. Bullying was nothing compared to being forced into a predetermined role in society. The oppression I felt paled in comparison to women stripped of all their rights. These two stories taught me how to be empathic and self-aware. In a small way, because of what I read, I felt powerful instead of helpless.

As an adult, I happily faced new challenges while reading other dystopian novels. The Hunger Games nursed me through a devastating year at my undergraduate college. California challenged my perspective on sibling relationships. Unwind made me into a grateful daughter. Each new book I read, whether I liked it or not, allowed me to grow and—to my surprise—gave me a deep sense of satisfaction.

Do not misunderstand me; I did not revel in the pain of the main characters. In a lesser sense, I could relate to their struggles and hated the adversity they faced. No, what made me happy were their victories. Despite the chaos, at some point, the characters overcame the odds.

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Book Review – Dark Life by Kat Falls

A future Underwater world I want to be a part of!

Dark Life Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Science Fiction, Adventure

No. of pages: 304

From Goodreads:

A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea, Dark Life follows the settlers of the world’s first subsea settlement as they defend their homesteads against a brazen band of outlaws.

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family’s homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws’ attacks on government supply ships and settlements… 

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I went into this novel with no idea what it was about other that it being science fiction and set in the ocean, and what I got was so much more.

A futuristic adventure that weaves elements of ocean life into every facet of the story line tickled my girlish heart. I love, love, love marine biology and was delighted with language, slang and snippets of underwater organism characteristics throughout this original tale.

Told through Ty’s POV we experience how the human race has adapted to live in the oceans depths – living quarters and sea floor farms… with all the dangers that come from the undersurface habitat. Things that bite, shock and sting, not to mention drowning or being crushed by pressure. And if that wasn’t fascinating enough, politics, a missing person investigation and family life are thrown into the mix. Ty is a confident character with an adventurous spirit which kept me enthralled.

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Additionally, his younger sister Zoe and newcomer Gemma (from the mainland topside) add strong female characters to help him along his journey. I particularly enjoyed the portrayals of females in this sense, each adding valuable support to our protagonist, but to be reckoned with in their own right.

Kat Falls has a writing style that draws you along – the tension keeps building to culmination. She also weaves in scientific terms and observations effortlessly in a way of easy understanding so you don’t feel like a dope. And the story line…. I seriously did not know what to expect from one moment to the next, Kat kept me guessing right to the end.

I immediately jumped online and ordered the second book in this series, Rip Tide, upon finishing this book (and maybe some of her other titles too). Highly recommend if you love adventure, action and anything to do with the denizens under the oceans surface… Escapist fantasy at it’s finest.

Overall feeling: Hot Damn that was great – give me the sequel RIGHT NOW!

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For mere end

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Molte persone hanno

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Metro Chronicles: Short Novella

CHAPTER 1: The Extinction

“You are the chosen one to restore balance to the world.”

Words which had soothing effect few months back has cursed undertone now with demonic intent along with preposterous responsibility for which Mia was never prepared. Setting her green eyes, matching the color of poisonous gas vomited by small green goo filled puddle few meters away to setting sun which resembles dying out sodium vapor lamp through smeared out visor glass and rising mist and vapor and radioactive waste particles, she could only have her imagination to help her truly realize the beauty of “the upper world”. Future of the mankind now lays on her hand, in fact considering the current situation, laying in her hand as she clamped fingers around small glass vial containing green liquid safely; competing against green of her eyes and that poisonous gas. And this is the only color left in the world laying in front of her as mankind has chosen to utilize broad deep brushstroke in darker shades of grey and blue to paint the canvas of the world. Crumbling concrete structures which had been once heralded as homes of millions of families, now stood like crumpled paper toys with metal girders poking out like broken bone; misplaced and utterly painful; acting as massive sarcophagi entombing those who were not lucky enough to get shelter and of those brave STALKERs who chose to embrace courage and exploration over cocooned stale life in the metros worse than death.

It had been 40 years since “The Moment” when mankind decided to introduce nuclear weaponry in the war on massive scale, wiping out almost entire humankind and reducing better part of the earth to nothing but radioactive nuclear test site. Millions years of fit-for-survival biodiversity had been swept clean with single stroke. Radioactive clouds hung in the air had choked the life out of plants and vegetation within few years, leaving numbered few which survived due to transition from photosynthesis to fulfilling nutrients requirements from dead rotting meat. Known animal species were replaced by grotesque creatures so foul that it seems that they were drawn out of some hell-hole created by nuclear crater. Mankind also survived, in vast connected metro networks and underground silos and bunkers.

Sitting at the base of fallen statue of old-world forgotten leader Mia was well aware of Metro entry lying nearby for quick escape. But more than sudden attack of predators of upper world, Mia was much concerned of thoughts playing out currently in her mind which she feared only going to be climaxed in tragedy. She wanted to remain here in this “real” world forever without her hazmat suit and air-filters and tangled connectors and tubes; just in plain clothes to feel the real air and smell the real earth.

Few years back, Mia’s world consists of her own metro station along with few neighboring ones which she travelled on occasions and that was also in keen observation of his father. After her father’s sudden demise due to severe radiation poisoning through pork meat; she feared to be alone and vulnerable to harsh metro conditions. She knew there was no place for young girl like her in such a lawless world. Community made of men where only primary objective in life is to survive and nothing else to do is major contributing factor to women objectification and “misuse”. Still Mia was different. Even though she was not the fighter, she was intelligent enough to avoid unnecessary attention and find her way through proper channels. She was good at setting up traps. Handmade from whatever available and if required, death traps. Her trap for mass-cremation of massive swarm of tunnel rats with the use of few solvent canisters and radio controlled trigger detonator earned her reputation of savior of her station from over flooding of tunnel rat migration with only downside as complaints of burning meat for weeks.

Things were changed after death of her father as if some conspiracy had snatched the protective cover to make her exposed to sadistic society. She could feel the attack on her fabric of dignity with weapons of malevolent gaze, sneering comments and twitching hands to find the opportune moments, waiting for Mia to let down her defense, exposing weaknesses of womanhood which once found could be taken advantage of and eventually used to tear apart whatever left of her self-dignity. So she decided to move out to those big hub stations where rare combination of good work and safety was not entirely unfeasible.

Not that Mia was afraid to travel alone but uncertain, unexplained and unexpected “anomalies” were frequent happening which would make one disable of living life and worst devoid of easy death. It was mandate to travel in groups to reduce death toll. One logical thinker had also come up with “The Collective Subconscious” rule which set lower threshold value of group comprises of human to 4 which had dramatic but effective reduce in “anomalies” effect over last decade and also death rate.

During the search of such traveler groups, she met Dmitri, the old man known in Metro as “The Dmitri” whose sole objective was to travel through Metro, scouring different stations on the way and conducting “his special work”. At that time she was not aware that he would give her opportunity to attain ultimate salvation and hence the purpose in the life. He would give her power to perceive the real upper world which she never thought existed before along with excruciating pain and burden of her own existence.

To Be Continued…..

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Gizmodo India

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Gizmodo India
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Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Darkest Minds - Bracken

The Darkest Minds

By Alexandra Bracken

Series: The Darkest Minds, Book 1

My Rating: 4 Stars

I added this series to my “to read” list a couple of years ago.  I’d even checked out the first book but hadn’t gotten around to reading it.  Then I saw it come up as the monthly Teen Book Club read for my Library and thought that I’d better read this book since I need to be able to talk about these books.  So I picked it up and started reading it.  I’ll admit it took me a while to get into this book.  It wasn’t that it wasn’t a good read.  My mind just wasn’t in it for some reason.  But that was short lived.  I was quickly drawn into this fast paced story.  And once I got into the book it was an amazing read.  I simply couldn’t put it down.  Such a unique plot and some of the most bad-ass characters I’ve seen in a long time.  I loved the character development of Ruby and truly enjoyed watching her grow into a pretty tough chick.  Though this fits perfectly into the dystopian genre, it verges on superhero style and has plenty of action, intrigue and suspense to keep you hooked until the very end.  In fact, you’ll run off and get books two and three as soon as you close the back cover.  I absolutely guarantee it!!


In America, children become afflicted with a disease called IAAN at puberty which is usually between the ages of 10-14.  It kills most children but the few who survive are changed forever.  They develop powerful abilities that make them dangerous.  The children are rounded up and sent to “rehabilitation camps.”  Never to be heard from again.  As America struggles to survive the after effects of IAAN, the forgotten children must rely on themselves to survive.  Ruby, was sent to Thurmond on her tenth birthday after a tragic accident that resulted in her parents locking her in the garage.  After six long years at Thurmond, it’s discovered that Ruby has been hiding a very powerful secret.  She has to escape if she’s going to live.  With the help of an unexpected person, Ruby flees Thurmond.  But her saviors aren’t what they appear to be and Ruby must once again get away.  During her flight, she stumbles upon a small group of fellow teens who have also escaped from their camp.  Together they will seek out the mysterious Slip Kid and his elusive East River.  There they hope to find everything they have been searching for.  But not everything is as it seems, when they arrive at East River.  And it’s enigmatic leader has secrets which may bring more trouble than Ruby and her friends bargained for.  In the end, Ruby may have to make choices that will take her further and further from the things that will bring her happiness.

My Thoughts

AWESOME BOOK!!!!!  Yes, I loved this book.  It’s a fabulous start to a series and is sure to draw you in and keep you hooked.  Alexandra Bracken may just be one of my new favorite authors.  I had the please sure of meeting her at the Young Adult Literature Festival in Charleston, South Caroline a couple of years ago and that’s when I first heard about this series.  I’m saddened by the fact that I let this series go unread for so long.  But no longer.  This is definitely going to be one of most recommended series this year to both friends, family and customers.  I’m most certainly moving directly on to the next two books.  They will move to the front of my queue in my “to read” pile.  And that is saying something since I’ve been focusing on trying to read all the books out in series that I’ve been following.  I was determined not to start any new series until I was finished with all the other ones I was reading.  But The Darkest Minds has changed all that.  And I’m ok with this turn of events.  I’m thinking this series is going to be one of my best picks for the year and it’s still relatively early in the year.  I have at least 150 more books ahead of me, but I’m confident that this book and this series will still stand out at the end of the year.  If you are interested in a great read that is YA but can easily peak adult interest, check this series out.  I’m certain you’ll love the plot, the characters, and the vast complexity of the world that Bracken has created.  Everything about this book was truly amazing.

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Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens [Continued ...]

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Cover image obtained from www.amazon.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.amazon.com


Author: M.R. Carey

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Finty Williams

Length: 13 hours and 4 minutes

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Holy Moly! What a terrific audiobook! I would give this a 6 Star rating if it were possible!

Narration is simply perfect and the story grabbed and held my attention from the very first sentence.

Just when I thought the post-apocalyptic genre and especially zombie fiction held no more surprises, along comes THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS!

Did I mention that I LOVED THIS AUDIOBOOK?

Well, even if I did say it already, I will say it again … I LOVED THIS AUDIOBOOK.

Melanie is the best young heroine I have read about in quite a while. She is definitely not the typical young girl that readers/listeners have come to expect. She may be different, but she is terrific.

I usually write a synopsis of each book or audiobook I review, but I am going to break that tradition for this review because I do not want to ruin the story for potential readers or listeners.

The setting is post-apocalyptic England and the author does not go into detail about what happened. She gives the listener enough information for them to figure it out on their own. As an avid reader I appreciate the fact that the author assumes her readers/listeners have enough intelligence that they do not need every tiny detail spoon-fed to us like idiots.

The character development in this audiobook is simply superb. As the story progresses, the listener cannot help but sympathize with Melanie’s situation. The same thing can be said about the character: Miss Justineau.

Dr. Caldwell is a terrific villain. It is also interesting that she can be seen as either a heroic figure or an evil monster depending on who is judging her character.

This book is not just pure entertainment (although it is extremely entertaining). It is also a treatise on what it means to be human.

This would be a terrific book to read as part of a book club. There are so many topics and scenarios that take place that are worthy of the “What Would You Do in that Situation” discussion, that this single book could be discussed at multiple book club meetings. Discussions could also arise on ethics and what actions can be justified “for the greater good.”

The narrator has an English accent, which, due to the setting of the audiobook is appropriate. There are many variations of English accents depending on which region of the UK the speaker hails from. Some accents are difficult to understand, but the accent of the narrator of this audiobook is very clear. She is quite simply brilliant and whoever it was that chose her to narrate “The Girl With All The Gifts” deserves to recognized for making the perfect choice. I will definitely be adding Finty Williams to my list of favorite narrators.

Overall I rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Photo obtained from www.goodreads.com

Photo obtained from http://www.goodreads.com

M.R. Carey is a pen name for author Mike Carey. Mike Carey is a British writer whose work spans comics, novels, film scripts, and TV shows. After writing shorts for British sci-fi comic 2000 AD and a few one-shots for Caliber Comics during the 1990s, he was offered DC/Vertigo’s Lucifer — henceforth the longest running and most successful Sandman-related spinoff to date. While continuing to work with DC on Vertigo series like Crossing Midnight and graphic novels like God Save The Queen, he took over as lead writer for Marvel’s X-Men (now X-Men: Legacy) in 2006. His work includes DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer, Marvel’s Ultimate Fantastic Four, the Felix Castor novels, The Steel Seraglio (with Linda and Louise Carey), and DC/Vertigo’s The Unwritten (with Peter Gross).

To find out more about M.R. Carey visit his official website at


Photo Credit: Clara Molden

Photo Credit:
Clara Molden

Finty Williams is a 41 year old actress living with her 18 year old son, Sam in London, England.

Finty is the daughter of award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench and actor Michael Williams. She spends her weekends visiting her mother at her childhood home near Reigate in Surrey.

In a newspaper interview with “The Telegraph” Finty said “I wanted to be a dancer – which is why I’m so thrilled to be the voice of Angelina, in Angelina Ballerina – but I grew the wrong way and, when I was about 13, my leotard stopped fitting and I was turfed out of ballet class. I sort of fell into acting when I was doing my A-levels, and got offered a TV series, and then I did the whole drama school thing at Central.”

To read the entire article (written by Anna Tyzack) go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/11031677/Judi-Denchs-daughter-to-compare-me-to-mum-is-ridiculous.html

Photo Credit:  Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features

Photo Credit:
Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features

Perhaps it is not surprising that Finty Williams became an actress since both her mother (age 80) and her father (deceased) were/are in show business, but Finty has never needed to rely on her pedigree to land roles. She has worked hard and paid her dues and landed roles based solely on her own incredible talent.

Going by her narration of “The Girl With All The Gifts” I am extremely impressed with her skills as a narrator.

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Fear The Walking Dead – premieres in the UK this evening

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I’ve heard a lot about Richelle Mead, of the acclaimed Vampire Academy Series and Georgina Kincaid Series, but I haven’t read them. So I was able to go into this book free of prejudices (good and bad) and judge this book for what it was.

RUNA is a technologically advanced, godless society, and it has servitors who stamped out religions (those that they deemed dangerous) and praetorians (super soldiers) who uphold the national security. Justin March is a servitor, who was discredited in his last mission and therefore exiled to Panama for the last four years. However, someone has been killing patricians (aristocrats) in recent months, and with recent clues to the doings of a religious cult, Internal Security decided to bring back its top servitor to solve the crime. As the job is dangerous, Mae was assigned to protect him, Mae whose beauty captivated him, yet wanting her was a trap he had no wish to fall into. He thought he’d solve the case with his cunning and brilliance, but what they didn’t foresee was that the gods are moving, and they’re coming back to reclaim the humans who had rejected them…

I normally don’t like to read about gods and goddesses, having had a bad experience years ago when I read David Eddings’ Sparhawk books, where there’s this goddess who favored Sparhawk who later incarnated to be his daughter while retaining her full powers. What?!?! That made me hate the entire series, and more so especially when this goddess proved annoying. However, I’m glad to see that that isn’t the case here. The gods and goddesses in this book are powerful, yes, but they’re limited by their elect, priests, prophets, followers. I hope this limitation doesn’t change during the rest of the series or I’ll be seriously pissed. It’s okay to create powerful beings and give them the run of your world, however, you have to establish rules and boundaries within which they can run. Even powerful gods and goddesses shouldn’t be able to break the rules that you have set in your world, or it’ll be chaos.

The worldbuilding was pretty good, with rich details and vivid descriptions; I could totally foresee the futuristic society in RUNA described in the book happening several decades into the future. After all, we’ve already come a long way in terms of technology; what’s a few more steps for geniuses like Steve Jobs? I like that there are different kinds of societies in the book–the first-world, sophisticated country like RUNA, and a third-world, backward province like Panama. Having lived in both first-world and third-world countries, I can believe such disparate worlds exist at the same time on the same plane. Not only that, but each place serves as a contrast to the other. In this, I think the inclusion of Tessa, as a provincial girl who had the good fortune to go to RUNA, is a smart move, as it allows us to see RUNA through the eyes of someone who’s seeing it for the first time, like us. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tessa also serves another role later on. Right now, she’s Justin’s prodigy, and already her observations are helping him. She’s a great major character; I like reading and seeing things from her POV. And no, she’s not Justin’s love interest; she’s a sixteen-year-old girl who’s trying her wings out as Justin’s ward. That scene with Val and Dag, Mae’s praetorian friends, is a hoot. Tessa’s observations are astute, especially this one sentence, when she was at a concert where her friends in this godless society are all agog about the band:

“It was another of those moments when Tessa was struck by how an antireligious country managed to find gods without even realizing it.”

That sentence struck me only because it pretty much describes our society today. We think of gods as those we worship in churches or temples, but there are also other gods as well that people don’t consciously think they’re worshiping but that they are–money, knowledge, celebrities, etc.

Mae Koskinen is a cold, haughty, super soldier, able to kick ass (literally) and whip out a gun faster than you can blink. Think Lara Croft. Somehow, I like her though, because she embodies girl power. Instead of the guy protecting the girl, in this story, it’s Mae protecting Justin’s ass. And, I like it. She serves as a role model for girls who’ve been told that they can’t do this or that, whose voices are silenced, or who are “forced” into cultural or traditional roles instead of being allowed to find their own way. She feels deeply, but she’s been trained by both her patrician upbringing and praetorian training to keep emotions hidden and not to show anything on her face.

Justin March is a hero you love to hate. Mainly because his denial stage regarding Mae went on a bit long. However, thinking about his situation, I suppose you can’t blame him; I would probably be as ambivalent as him. He is also womanizer and abuser of alcohol and substance. I don’t know what that says or what message the book is sending out that we have a man like that for a hero. And that he needs all those because he needs to shut his brain down sometimes. Hmm… I’m not sure I like him. But he is brilliant, and fiercely loyal to his family (which includes Tessa). So he does have redeeming qualities, and he’s strangely fascinated with Mae. He also has two talking ravens inside his head, and while it was initially a mystery why and how they could be there and be conversing with him, we can see early on in the story that they serve some master that Justin didn’t want to serve. Immediately, there’s conflict there and a mystery that piques the interest. So I hope he grows up over the course of the series.

Richelle Mead’s writing style is easy to read, and she drops mysterious facts and hints about or concerning the characters throughout the book that compels you to read on. Sometimes though, I wish she’d include a one-liner that explains things so that readers aren’t left bewildered. Example, the first time she mentions “ree”, it’s in connection with Mae’s praetorian friend Chow. At that point, the author could’ve written a simple, one-line explanation of what ree is. The reader could’ve understood the context at that point and at the second mention, understood the power of ree. As it is, I believe it’s only in the third mention that ree was explained. I understand the need to keep some things unexplained initially, like the comment about stars and flowers, the presence of the ravens, etc, but surely ree doesn’t fall into that province.

However, for the really important terms, like what does RUNA stand for, there’s a glossary at the end of the book. It comes in handy to understand the terms and thus the story. Also, before reading, it’ll be good to take a peek at the author’s website where she gave an overview of her world, as well as character sketches of her three main principals: Mae, Justin and Tessa. I stumbled onto it by accident, and it was a big help in understanding the story, especially in places where there was no explanation until later on in the book. Perhaps the author means to avoid info dumps, and also perhaps, the book needs another pass at edits. The hazard of writing about a new world is to work out the balance of giving enough details so as to enhance reader enjoyment of the story and not go over the line of info dumping.

GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS is a great story, and while it may have been slow to start, some of the events/scenes were needed to set up the story and introduce the readers to the world of RUNA. I found them interesting and I enjoyed getting to know the world that Richelle Mead has built.

I would’ve given this a rating of 5 stars, but I knocked one star off because the romance sucks plus some other small stuff I have complaints about. But mainly because of the romance. In fact, there’s no romance at all, except for Mae and Justin dancing around each other. Justin had good reason not to want to fall for Mae, and so he held her off at arms’ length. At the end, I think he even sort of gave her up to another. Sucks, right? Oh, and I hate his dog in the manger attitude. He “just didn’t want to give her up” to some other guy, but he can have his numerous women? Give me a break. At this point, I’m not even sure Justin is the right man for her, except that she seemed to be hung up on him. I’m only hoping that either their romantic development have some sort of advance in the next books or that they each find the partner they deserve. After thinking it over, I think we’re merely seeing the tip of the iceberg in their romantic development. As a romance reader, I’m used to the romance being resolved by the end of the book, and that’s not the case here. I think the author is developing their relationship little by little, with lots of advance and retreat. In the meantime, I think they’ve gotten to become friends. Certainly, they confided in each other things that they hadn’t told anyone else. That has to count for something, right? And, I expect Justin to GROVEL BIG TIME before he gets Mae. I would be disappointed otherwise.

One more thing: I do have to say that Justin must be so special that the god would do so much for him in order to acquire his allegiance. I look forward to seeing what Justin does have and what he can do for this god that the god indulged him again and again. I also find it a fun irony that for all his sidestepping and getting out on a technicality, Justin would be bound by what he himself did. Or said.

Anyway, it’s a great start to what promises to be a amazing series. I can’t wait to read the next book, The Immortal Crown.

Rating: 4 stars

The Romance Review

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The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance.

In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.

Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.

As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.


Wow, I have never written such a long review. I’m amazed at myself. Almost 1,700 words. Wow. But if you read the book, you’ll understand why. There’s just lots to talk about.

Anyway, I’ve decided to list down some hanging threads in the book for reference in reading the next book/s, in case I forgot. I mean, book 2 The Immortal Crown is out, but who knows when book 3 will be available? By that time, I expect I’d have forgotten some things I know so well about Justin and Mae.

Some are maybe mini-spoilers, but even if you know about them, you won’t know the context in which they appear, so maybe not too spoilery. In any case, go away now if you don’t want to know.

So here they are, the hanging threads:

1. woman jaguar who attacked both Mae and Justin
2. the amber dagger that someone gave Mae, that is said to be blessed by some deity
3. the military’s genetic profile on Mae was altered
4. possible mole in Internal Security? – Justin mused how the bad guys learned that he and Mae were there at the warehouse

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RENDERED by Samantha Jacobey

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TITLE – Rendered
SERIES – Irrevocable Series
AUTHOR – Samantha Jacobey
GENRE – New Adult
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 226 pg. / 54K+ words
PUBLISHER – Lavish Publishing, LLC
COVER ARTIST – Nicolene Lorette Designs

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How do you survive, when the only life you’ve ever known disappears in a single night?

With more friends than she could count and the daughter of two wealthy attorneys, Bailey Dewitt had a life most kids dream about. A cheerleader, the auburn haired beauty lived in a large house, where she could afford to be and do whatever she wanted. Residing in a smaller community outside of Chicago, she attended high school, getting ready for college and the fabulous career that would one day be hers. And in a single night, she lost it all; the night her parents died.

Dragged away from the only home she has ever known and forced into the care of her renegade uncle, Bailey must learn to play by a new set of rules. Faced with tough choices, she soon learns that nothing will ever be the same. When she meets Caleb Cross, she realizes her life in Illinois had been a lie. For the first time in her life, she has the chance to be happy. That is, if she can earn her place among the people in the tiny prepper community of Lawson…

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“Ok,” he agreed reluctantly, his lips curling downward, “But you said a few minutes. Let’s say goodnight first,” he twisted them into a smile, sliding his hands up her arms and around her back. His mouth pressed to hers, her resolve softened, allowing him to deepen the kiss. Slowly, he inched between the shrubs along the edges of the walkway and worked her towards the building.

When her spine met the brick wall, she felt a brief surge of excitement, hiding in the shadows with him and his body pushing against hers. A moment later, panic gripped her; his fingers had found flesh and tickled her waist. “Ked, stop,” she managed to free herself enough to protest, before he reclaimed her, holding her in place while he continued to pull at her clothing, trying to force her onto the ground behind the short bushes.

Falling, Bailey hit the earth beneath her, bruising her knees as she went down. Rolling onto her back, she flailed her limbs wildly, the weight of him making it hard to breath. She emitted a loud shriek, and a hand clamped over her mouth, pressing her cheek painfully against her jaw and teeth.


Samantha Jacobey is a middle aged woman who earned a BS in Business Management and has worked in half a dozen fields. With a relentless zest for life, she enjoys action and adventure, as well as all the love and romance it has to offer. Creating stories in her mind for many years, she has put some of them into print for the world to share, and hopes you will enjoy reading them as much as she did creating them. What drives her most is the love of a good story and is confident you will enjoy her latest creation.



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Entry #41: Rest Stop (Click here to start at the story’s beginning.)

I stopped the lorry at a caravan site in a farmer’s field, near an old farmhouse taken over by The Family. I was welcomed by armed men and women pointing guns and crossbows. They could see me wearing a Pure Blood uniform, which would have required some serious explaining if their leader had not been expecting me. Fortunately, Dex was there. He ordered them to lower their weapons and let me park in the field. My vehicle was followed by Maggie’s. The two lorries were emptied of their passengers with the help of The Family. Everyone injected with the necrovitalis virus went to a large tent for a medical examination. They would have to be quarantined. I knew most would die in days – but they would die free, not in a cage. It was the most anyone could do for them when nobody had a cure for the zombie virus. As for the others, they were also isolated for the time being because The Family needed to be cautious. The Family could not welcome a bunch of strangers without taking precautions. Some people – like Slater and Dr Frost – needed to prove themselves trustworthy.

Dex greeted me with a hearty handshake. “Well done. You did a lot better than I hoped. I heard Oxford blowing up from here. Sounded like thunder. I would have enjoyed seeing that. You deserve a good rest before I debrief you. There’s a caravan for you and your friend. It has solar panels on the top providing electricity for a hot shower and cooked food. I suggest you get yourself cleaned up and eat breakfast before coming to the farmhouse.” He grinned. “I imagine you’ll eager to get that PBA uniform off?”

Yeah,” I said. “I feel like a bad guy wearing it.”

That’s how I used to feel too. Well – get some rest for that debrief. We’ll do it in an hour.”

Angela and I were shown to the caravan, then left alone. The caravan smelled like fresh linen on a summer day. Someone had gone to town spraying an air-freshener. I appreciated the effort. The caravan looked brand-new. Clean and shiny.

Wow,” Angela said. “This is pretty luxurious for a caravan, like something a celebrity would own. Is this a dream, Ben? Am I going to wake up in that horrible hospital still a prisoner?”

No – this is real. That’s over.”

I still can’t believe Neal is gone.”

Neither can I.”

We’ve got to find Hayley and the others.”

I know.”

Angela opened a door and looked into a room. “Uh-oh. There’s only one bedroom. Do you think Dex thinks we’re a … you know?”

I frowned. “A what?”

A couple.”

Oh. Maybe.”

Angela smiled awkwardly. “That would be … weird, right?”

Yeah – weird,” I said, though I thought it wasn’t so weird, really. If we hadn’t just gone through hell, I would have told her the truth, that I didn’t think it was weird at all. “Look, I’ll sleep on the couch in this compartment. It looks comfy. You can take the bedroom. You need to get a good sleep in a real bed, not a hospital one. Do you need to take more painkillers or anything?”

No, I’m fine. Very tired – but fine. Thanks for asking.”

While Angela went for a lie down in her bedroom, I stripped off my hated uniform in the bathroom, which had a clean toilet and a mould-free shower cubicle. Everything smelled of another air-freshener – a lavender one that made me sneeze. I stepped into the shower and turned it on. Hot water! I did feel like a dream. An amazing one. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the hot water running down my weary body. Nothing had ever felt so good. I showered off dirt, blood and sweat, lathering my body with all kinds of luxuriant shampoos and shower gels.

Ben?” Angela said through the bathroom door.



For what?”

For coming to find me. Thanks.”

Ben?” she said again, softly.


I wouldn’t mind it.”

Mind what?”

Being a couple. I’d like that. It wouldn’t be weird. It would be great.”

Her words left me breathless.

Ben, are you okay? Did you hear what I said?”

Yes,” I said. “I heard. I’d like that too.”



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Te Yarn o’ Alyx

            I dunno how long I gon’ be writin’ tis fo’ but I sho ain’t gon’ stop now. Mana tole me tat tis yarn was one fo’ te Scratchas, so I asked an’ tey tole me sho. So here I sit, my ass cryin’ on a floor o’ stone, sayin’ my yarn tuh a bunch o’ ole wizemen.

It began on te sec’ day o’ te week. Te summer sun rose early, an’ after I dun my mornin’ kowtow tuh te Bud, I gon’ on down tuh catch fish fo’ te morn meal. Was a sore catch, but I got ‘nough for Mana an’ Sis. My Pata gave me te brains tuh catch fish when he was livin’ but he been food fo’ te bugs fo’ bout nine winters now. Anywhile, I took on back tuh my dwellin’ with te mornin’ catch when I found Sis was gone. I asked Mana, and she said tat Sis spent te night with Mikel. Yay, Sis’ was te mos’ beautiful an’ divine lady in all te Peak (o so she say). Men an’ boys an’ cuzs would all come askin’ fo’ her hand, but she said nay tuh all ’em. Save Mikel. With his smart an’ charm an’ looks he took my Sis’ hand when she seen fourteen winters. He seen sixteen, but my Mana paid no mind tuh age ‘siderin’ my Pata took her hand when he’d seen ten winters mo’ tan her.

I digress an’ I sorrisome bout tat. I do tat oft’ as I got Glance-Mind (o so te doct tell me) an’ I can’t stay on a topic fo’ mo’ tan a sun-spot o so it seems. Anywhile, I cooked te fish fo’ Mana an’ myself an’ went on down tuh te Shkol’ fo’ me learnin’. Yay, I seen fifteen winters (toh I look like I seen seventeen) an’ have a luv fo’ gainin’ mo’ brains. I got a great Sifu, Sifu Mara, an’ ole man with a beard o’ snow straw, but his brains is greater tan anyone else’s. He came out tuh te circle in his robe (full o’ amberstone an’ sky-jewels) an’ began his lesson. Dat wuz when I perceived fo’ sho tat Sis was missin’. It came like a scar out o’ te sky an’ sent shivers down my spine. She never would miss Sifu’s teachins. Mo’ tan tat, Mikel wasn’t tere also. So durin’ hours ‘tween lessons, I got up an’ went down tuh Mikel’s dwellin’ an’ found both o’ ‘em gone. It was just as I’d afeared.

I was bat-gone-crazed. I ran tuh Sifu Mara shoutin’ at him: “Sifu Mara! Sifu Mara! My Sis’ an’ Mikel be missin’ here! Tey ain’t in tey’re dwellin’ o my own.”

Sifu was slow tuh talk back. He tugged his head side tuh side. “Yay, I ‘ware tat, Alyx, I’m ‘sprised ya didn’t realize ‘til dis sun-spot. Yay, tey came tuh me last evenin’ with tears in tey’re eyes. I ask ‘em, ‘Wuz wrong sweet young’uns?’ An’ tey tole me tat in te middle o’ te night, a dream snatched Eva awake.”

“A dream snatched Sis? What kin’ o’ dream?”

“Nay, wuz no dream pear-a-say, but a divination.”

Tat wuz when I went on stumblin’ back with my hands ova my talka. “A divination? Ya mean tuh tell me te Bud hisself went whisperin’ tuh my blood? To Sis?”

Sifu Mara tugged his head up and down slowlike. “Yay, ‘tis ‘cisely as I say. Te Bud was tere with his Eight-Fold Legs an’ Four Heads o’ Wonder tellin’ truths tuh ya Sis. He tole her tuh go on down from te peak an’ tuh visit te Sea o’ Gonggong.”

Tat was when my eyes got wider tan te moon. “Sea o’ Gonggong! Tat blood-haired demon will eat ‘em holelike!”

“Nay, but te Bud offered his fortification tuh keep te Gonggong from doin’ so. I wouldn’t have sent ‘em if I perceived tey was in danger.”

“What are tey goin’ for? Did te Bud say what tey would find?”

“Only a truth fo’ tey’re matters. Ya perceive what tey’re matters was?”

I tugged my head from side tuh side. “Nay, no matters I perceive.”

“Well, ya should tell ya mana so she can be pleasant-minded ‘bout ya Sis’ wherabouts. None o’ ya should go after ’em. I’m tellin’ ya fo’ ya safety. Te Bud promised fortification fo’ ya Sis an’ Mikel, but not fo’ other folks. Tey will ‘turn. I’m sho o’ it.”

I tugged my head up an’ down in belief. But tey didn’t ‘turn. Days swept by an’ soon weeks. I grew real worrisome an’ wept befo’ bed, prayin’ as hard as I could fo’ Sis tuh ‘turn. But she never did so.

I ‘member one day lookin’ up at te clouds passin’ by with my good pal Dayvid. He was a short young’un (seen as many winters as I) with glowin’ sun hair an’ a smile brighter tan te happiest Bhikkhu. We was watchin’ te clouds when I got a wonderin’ on how it came tuh tis sun-spot; how it came tuh Sis bein’ gone. Course it all started with te Zux who was livin’ hundreds an’ hundreds o’ winters ago. With all tere brains tey could cross skies an’ cure sickness. Tey lived tuh see ova a hundred winters I been told! But tey fell all te same as tey got tuh a place so high te only place tuh go was down. Wheneva I queried Sifu Mara if tere was mo’ people outside te Peak he say yay, but not sho where. Nor is he sho whether he wants us talkin’ with ‘em, fo’ mo’ people lead tuh mo’ brains an’ brains ain’t always te same, an’ tere can be quarellin’ with different brains. Tats how te Zux fell durin’ te Way Way Back after all.

Anywhile, I digress. As I was layin’ lookin’ at te clouds I ‘cided tuh find Sis. Yay I perceived tat it wouldn’t be no barrel o’ fish, but I was eager all te same. When I queried Sifu Mara he tole me nay, sayin’ tat I had tuh give Sis time tuh complete her exodus. But time is different tuh every man. So I tole mana one evenin’ I was goin’ an’ she back-pushed me fully.

“Ya’ve got a braver heart tan te man who brought ya here,” she tole me with a grin-o-teeth. “I perceive ya might not ‘turn, but at tis sun-spot, I’m too afeared tuh keep ya back. Ya’ll be goin’ all te same. I’ll be prayin’ tuh te Bud every time I can. I love ya, Alyx, an’ I love ya Sis. Now go fin’ her an’ bring her back tuh tose who love her!”

Mana kissed my brow and set me off. I went in my sheepskin an’ cotton-net, an’ also brought me some rope, a net fo’ fish, an’ a biter tat I used fo’ ground-bird killin’. As I stood on tat stony hillview with te world fallin’ beneath me I heard a familiar voice cry out my name.

“Alyx where ya goin’!” I swung tuh catch Dayvid runnin’ my way. He came with food an’ water, plenty fo’ both o’ us. I tole him bout my plans tat mornin’ but made him swear not tuh follow.

“Dayvid, didn’t I tell ya tuh stay back!” I said tuh him.

He tugged his head side tuh side. “Yay, I sweared tuh stay back. But I also ‘call another time I sweared tuh ya. We was fishin’ an’ ya fell in, an’ ya had a mendin’ leg at te time, so ya couldn’t swim well. So I went in an’ gotcha. An ya perceive what ya said tat day? ‘Dayvid, ya saved me here now. I can never bless ya ‘nough. I swear tuh save ya should I be able tuh.’ An’ I said right back, ‘Yay, Alyx, ya can save me all ya want, but I promise tuh save ya whenever I can as well. Ya ain’t gonna be bug food as long as I’ve still got air in me. I swear tuh te Bud an’ all his heads an’ legs.’ An’ so’s what I said an’ what I sweared.”

I smiled ten an’ looked at te ground, hopin’ he couldn’t see me grow red in te starlight. “Ya got a memry sharper tan biters, Dayvid. Fine, ya can come, but ya’ve got tuh keep ya share o’ te load.”

“I’d be happy te share so.”

An’ so we went off, climbin’ down from te Peak, rollin’ into te hills o’ green tat lay below. I perceived my way round pretty well at te start, an’ same fo’ Dayvid. Sifu Mara taught us, showin’ us ole maps o’ te world we lived in. The Peak fell down tuh te Hills o’ Hunters, an’ ten tuh te Slopes o’ Crags, an’ ten tuh te Falls o’ Shadows. Beyond te falls lay mists tat carry on tuh places only te Bud perceives.

Dayvid an’ I hiked fo’ te first night fo’ a few hours down te Hills o’ Hunters. Dryads tall as te stars soared round us as we crossed into te woods. Tey was full o’ dark an’ sly creatures slinking under every corner. We didn’t make no fire in fear o’ drawin’ preds, so we went tuh sleep under te light o’ te stars with te food from our sups in our bellies. Te sun’s fingers pulled our eyes open te next morn, an’ on we went.

We cut tru te woods fo’ countless days. We crossed fields an’ clear patches an’ would wash in te sun when we could. Every now an’ so we would find a creek o pond an’ fill our bottles an’ move on. Lucklike te weather was chilled, so we never needed tuh drink too oftensome. Every now an’ so we would hear somethin’ crawlin’ o creakin’, an’ we would draw our biters bracin’ fo’ te worse. But tey never came ‘til one night, when we was closin’ in on te Slopes o’ Crags, I saw a pair o’ wild-eyes stalkin’ us. Yay, Dayvid was sleepin’ an’ I was keepin’ watch, an ‘tween two dryads a pair o’ eyes, swampy white, pierced me. I lifted my biter an’ stuck tuh my feet. I didn’t want tuh wake Dayvid cause I perceived he was needin’ his strength, but I wasn’t sho if I could take ’em eyes alone. I flinched towards it an’ loosed a growl. Te eyes wavered an’ swung on off. I didn’t sleep tat night an’ was in awful need o’ rest durin’ te next day’s march. I forced myself on, but Dayvid wasn’t sufferin’ it. He found me a spot in a shady patch by a creek an’ let me slumber. I argued tuh stay awake, but it was o’ no worth, fo’ sleep was too strong a beast tuh wrestle.

When I woke next ‘twas nearin’ evenin’ but we kept movin’ on tru te night, perceivin’ tat te Crags was close. We found ’em near midnight an’ went on down, findin’ a path tru te rocks. It was a straight shot down over ’em mossy stones an’ hills tuh te Falls. We could hear ’em rushin’ an’ singin’ an’ Dayvid an’ I was eager tuh reach ‘em. We spent several nights an’ days tru te Crags with te sky clouded an’ grey over us all te time. The air was cole an’ brisk, an’ every now an’ so tere was a monsoon, but we went on anyhow. On one o’ tese nights, when scars cracked in te sky an’ water sloshed onto us, tat we heard a howl.

Dayvid an’ I met eyes an’ felt our hearts breath heavy. We drew our biters an’ touched back tuh back, embracin’ te fight. It came hard an’ quick, fo’ ’em swamp eyes I saw earlier came with brothas an’ sistas. Tey was a pack o’ volks, with yellowed fangs, black claws, an’ fur like jet an’ silver. Davyd an’ I cut down half te pack when tey ‘cided tuh turn round with tey’re tails behind tey’re legs. But tey wasn’t te ones cryin’ te most. I was.

Dayvid fell, with bites an’ cuts an’ such coverin’ his body from head tuh toe. I wept, I wept louda tan te monsoon, cradlin’ his head. I loved Dayvid, yay I loved him mo’ tan I could o’ loved a brotha. But te sun came an’ wiped up te tears o’ te sky an’ te tears o’ my cheeks. I put Dayvid in te grassiest o’ spots direct under te sun an’ prayed harder tan ever tuh te Bud fo’ a life o’ love an’ peace beyond. Not lookin’ back, I went on tru te Crags, makin’ my way fo’ te Falls. Te vangs didn’t follow no mo’. Soon I came tuh te Falls an’ saw nothin’ but mists below. So I tied up my rope an’ cast it down. I went on stumblin’ down te rockface ‘side te fall o’ water, prayin’ tuh te Bud I would survive.

Yay, tat great smilin’ Bud must listen tuh some o’ my prays, fo’ I made it down tru te mists with not a scratch on me. I was in a place o’ wet floors an’ overflowin’ weeds. Tere was no end in sight. So I drew on forward. It took me tree days an’ tree nights till I came tuh te end o’ te land o’ weed an’ water floor. I heard a sound o’ shiftin’ water an’ smelled sometin’ I ain’t never tought was livin’. Soon te floor turned hard an’ coarse, becomin’ small, shiftin’ fragments tat got stuck ‘tween my toes. Ten I saw it: Te Sea o’ Gonggong. It stretched on in a ceaseless run. Twas te sky on earth, tat’s what it was, nothin’ but blue all round. As I looked on, I reckoned I was on a high stone press-a-piece. A path o’ grass slithered tru it towards te sea. Toh tere was other places fo’ me tuh go, it was like hands was draggin’ me down it. I perceived tat Sis went tat way. I perceived with a hole-heart. Te moon was high in te sky as I walked down it. Te stars was grinnin’ an’ tey led me on. Yay, tuh tis day I sho tat te Bud was grinnin’ down an’ bringin’ me along, leadin’ me tuh Sis. Fo’ I found her lying near te water in a bed o’ grass.

Te white, coarse earth swept away where she was. She was sleepin’ an’ her skin was glowin’. My breath was lost when I found her, an’ I wasn’t sho if I could move. But I could an’ so I did, toh slowlike. She was in her favorite gown from home an’ she put flowers in her hair. I rubbed her arm an’ her eyes fluttered open. She shot up an’ grabbed my arm, breakin’ my skin with her nails. But I didn’t care nohow. I wept an’ held her close sayin’ again an’ again, “Sis, ya brotha’s here, yay, ya brotha’s here.”

She looked at me fo’ real long like I was a stranger. Then suddenlike she was smilin’ an’ sayin’ tuh me, “Alyx. Yay, ya my brotha, Alyx.”

I queried right straight what had happened tuh her an’ Mikel. She tole me how she had seen te Bud an’ tole her an’ Mikel tuh come tuh te Sea o’ Gonggong, fo’ Sis wanted tuh see te world, but was afeared. But te Bud came an’ tole her tat he would help her with her dream. He tole her tat she an’ Mikel would find a boat tuh take em tuh a new land. An’ so tey came here. When tey came tey found te boat as fo’tole but as tey got in, te Gonggong struck. Mikel was sucked in tuh te water an’ Sis fell back into a deep-sleep. She wept ten, slowlike, fo’ te loss o’ Mikel. But ten she looked an’ smiled at me.

“I knew ya would come, Alyx,” she said. “Te Bud tole me in my sleep. I had a dream most fascinatin’. I saw te Bud, with his eight legs an’ four heads, showin’ me all sorts o’ reckonins. I saw te Zux an’ all te products o’ tey’re brains. I saw people with skins o’ different shades, an’ speakin’ in tongues I couldn’t try tuh break. I saw te Way Way Back up tuh tis very sun-spot. An’ I learned; I learned somethin’ most bat-crazy, Alyx. Tis world an’ te ‘verse it lives in goes forward. Fo’ time is ceaseless an’ can never go back. But humans, people, us,” Sis was gesturing ‘tween she an’ I, “we are circuits. Our acts keeps us movin’ in circles. We always build up cities an’ brains, an’ end up tearin’ it down. Human nature is one great circuit goin’ on an’ on makin’ te same mistakes. But tere are some who can change it, who can jump outta te circuit an’ go with te forward flow o’ time an’ keep us from dyin’ ova an’ ova again.”

“Yay, people like who?”

“Like us.” I had no words tuh say tuh tat. ‘Stead, I looked ahead, an’ I saw it. I saw te boat. ‘Twas small an’ ole, definite from many winters gone. I felt a tug at my hands, drawin’ me tuh it. I wanted tuh go in. I wanted tuh cross te Sea o’ Gonggong an’ meet te folks all over te ‘verse. But I ten looked behind me an’ saw, climbin’ into te stars, te Peak. I looked back at te boat an’ Sis an’ smiled slylike. We’d cross te Sea o’ Gonggong. I perceived tis as sho as te smile o’ te Bud an’ te risin’ o’ te sun tat we would. But not today. Takin’ Sis’ hand, I turned towards te Peak.

“Let’s go home,” I said.

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Z for Zachariah

I don’t trust him!

Year Released : 2015z_for_zachariah
Director : Craig Zobel
Cast : Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine

In my recent look at the films that I am looking forward to in 2015 I chose this post apocalyptic film starring three of the best young talents in Hollywood today. Margot Robbie in particular has come out of seemingly nowhere in recent years to become one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, and is starring in hit after hit.

I came across the unexpected opportunity to watch Z for Zachariah on Sunday afternoon and took the opportunity as soon as I had the chance, so I am genuinely hoping that it lives up to my hopes.

Some of you may be puzzled as to why I am reviewing a film which will probably be pretty mainstream, it’s because I live in the UK and there hasn’t been a single trailer or TV spot released for this film, and at the time of writing it doesn’t even have a release date. Everyone once in a while I do review films released at the cinemas if I feel that they won’t be well known, and despite the cast I just get that feeling with Z for Zachariah.

Also, on a more personal note, at the moment I am running a crowdfunder so I can complete a life goal. I have mentioned in previous articles that I am going through the process of changing gender and am finally at the stage where I can complete the transition. So if you’re willing to contribute even just £1 then it would be greatly appreciated. It expires on September 23rd, and if you do choose to contribute then simply click the image below (I will remove this when the expiry date comes.



Ann (Robbie) lives in the middle of a farm several years after an event that killed off the vast majority of human life. Her farm is in the middle of a valley that was somehow left exempt from whatever wiped out life, and Ann herself is afraid to go out of the valley after her family left, never to return. One day, whilst hunting, she stumbles across a man (Ejiofor) in a radiation suit and follows him as he bathes in a local pool. Ann quickly tries to grab his attention as the waterfall that sources the pool comes from outside the valley and isn’t safe.

The man, who reveals his name to be Loomis, spends the next several days being cared for by Ann as he becomes violently ill. She does eventually nurse him back to health and the two develop a friendship. Whilst exploring the house, Loomis finds a generator and realises that the water from the pool can be used to give the house electricity, although Ann declines the opportunity as it would mean tearing down her father’s chapel.

After the pair decide that they won’t enter a romantic relationship, a man called Caleb (Pine) wanders onto the farm and claims to be from a nearby town called Aston, a town that neither Loomis or Ann have heard of before. Ann eventually relents and agrees to tear down the chapel, and she and Caleb develop start a romantic relationship. Loomis becomes jealous of the two and starts to use any opportunity he can to wedge them apart, but will the perfect opportunity to take Caleb out of the picture be taken?


Worth the wait?

In many ways yes, the film isn’t amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but they get a lot of what they attempt right.

I’m going to start off by something that always disappoints me in films like this. In a lot of post apocalyptic films there are a lot of stereotypes, such as characters trusting no-one but themselves, the characters having a radio with no-one to talk to and all vehicles well beyond the state of working, but the one that always pisses me off is that films like this are introduced in a way where you think they’re the only ones alive, but it turns out that there are hundreds, if not thousands of survivors that are relatively near by.

One such example being the Will Smith film “I Am Legend”. The film is presented in a way where Will Smith is the only man left alive, but they cop out of this and start introducing a lot of new characters by the end, and it feels wasted and it would have been more poetic to have the character finish as the only one alive. In many cases it feels like a deus-ex machina because without the new characters being introduced in “I Am Legend”, the film wouldn’t have been able to finish with a seemingly natural conclusion.

“Z for Zachariah” is not like that at all. You go into it being shown that there are only three characters, and there genuinely are only three characters in the entire run time of just over 90 minutes. There are no other characters introduced at any point, not even in any flashbacks (of which there are none, which is another stereotype), and this is definitely refreshing in so many ways. The film presents itself as only having three characters and it sticks at that. It doesn’t try and get fancy, it just does what it says on the tin.


So based on that, I might as well talk about the performances of both actors and Robbie in turn as it won’t need going into at length.

I like Margot Robbie, I think she is an excellent actress and has a natural charisma, however, in both of her previous mainstream roles (The Wolf of Wall Street and Focus), she has been cast in roles where using her sexuality is a prominent characteristic, especially in the former of those two films, but in “Z for Zachariah” there is nothing sexualised about her character whatsoever (I’m not even entirely convinced that she is wearing any make up during the film) and allows Robbie more freedom to just act. Her character doesn’t dress in a feminine way, expect for the odd scene here and there where she is in a dress, and she gets to betray this independent, if still somewhat vulnerable character.

Pine, despite having the shortest screentime of the three, still imposes his mark on the film very well and you can tell that he has experience in the genre (the film Carriers, which I still review one day) via the use of mannerisms and body language use. Caleb is an interesting character as you’re never entirely sure of exactly what his true intentions are, and Pine plays on that so well. Without going into it so much that it gives you a spoiler, it’s almost perfect that the character’s fate is left very open.

Despite the more than adequate performances of Robbie and Pine, it is Ejiofor that arguably steals the show and has the most varied character. The character changes more than any of the others and therefore Ejiofor gets the most to work with, and he does well in showing each side of Ejiofor, ranging from his happiness and flirtations with Ann, right to when he almost hits for whilst drunk and the way that he becomes exceedingly jealous when he realises that he has lost his chance with Ann. The internal conflict in the final scene he shares with Caleb is portrayed beautifully.


Away from the characters, the filmmakers got the look and feel of the film spot on. The feeling of isolation and loneliness if felt throughout the film, especially when Ann is walking around the town and even from the absolute basics, you can tell that she’s been on her own for a long time, such as the irony of a sign on the side of a repair shop being broken. The cinematography is outstanding and as good as the acting in a film of this nature is, I would argue that the look is far more important and I can’t praise it enough.

The soundtrack is haunting and adds to that almost hopeless feel that inevitably comes from post-apocalyptic films, right from the haunting ambient tones to the haunting melody that Ann plays over and over again on the church organ.

The strange thing is that I didn’t feel particularly entertained by the film, but looking back at it I can’t really point out a single negative, the movie just works


As I mention above, I wasn’t overwhelming entertained by Z for Zachariah, but it is an astonishingly well made and well acted film. I can’t put a finger on a single thing that I didn’t like and yet I feel no urge to ever watch it again, but aside from that is it one of the better films that I have seen for a while.approved

Pine, Robbie and Ejiofor all put in excellent performances and all successful show why they are all Hollywood A-listers at this moment in time. Each brings their own little twists to their characters and Robbie in particular comes out of the stereotype set by her characters in previous films, showing her flexibility and chameleonic availability.

I have no idea if this will actually get released in UK cinemas, but if it does then I would recommend giving it a chance. It’s length is just long enough to feel like your time and money is well invested, without getting to a length that feels ridiculously long.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Partners With Uber for Post-Apocalpytic Rides

If you happen to be in Seattle for the PAX Prime convention and you're in need of a lift, you'll be able to request a ride to Valhalla via Uber through the ...

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[Book Review] Shatter Me (Book #1: Shatter Me Series) by Tahereh Mafi

Paperback, First Edition, 340 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
Original Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
ISBN: 0062085506 (ISBN13: 9780062085504)
Edition Language: English
Series: Shatter Me #1
Characters: Adam Kent, Juliette Ferrars, Aaron Warner, Kenji Kishimoto, Castle

Synopsis from Goodreads

  • I have a curse
    I have a gift

    I am a monster
    I’m more than human

    My touch is lethal
    My touch is power

    I am their weapon
    I will fight back

    Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

    The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

    The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

    Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Review

  • Books that are set in a Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic environment has a great impact to me especially this book. I’ve seen this book before, when I went to Fullybooked (a local bookstore here in the Philippines). I was amazed by the cover. The eye one. I honestly do judge a book by their covers so… bear with me. The cover got me hooked. I was in the brink of buying the  Shatter Me book but then, I decided not to because I haven’t heard anything about the book so far and I am more of into John Green books by that time. So enough with the drama, Shatter Me is a very great book. When I’ve started reading it, I can’t take my mind, my heart, my soul and my eyes off the book. It is so amazing. I love how Tahereh Mafi wrote the book. And I love Juliette Ferrars. I love how she does have that lethal touch and everything about her. The conflict in the story is also good. The antagonists have strong characteristics and so are the protagonist. And also, AARON WARNER!!!!!! and and andddddddd ADAM KENT!!!

My Rating

4.8 out of 5 stars

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The New World

Written by Ricardo

“What is this?” Charlotte asked in the gap between shoving more of the half-melted brown substance into her mouth, occasionally stopping to wedge a chunk out from between her molars with her tongue. “It looks kinda like poop,” she stopped chewing then, with several blocks of the stuff in her right hand and looked up at the man beside her, horrified. “It isn’t poop is it?”

“No, you idiot, of course you haven’t,” the man replied. “It’s a food from the Old World.”

“Oh, so it isn’t…?”

“No,” he interjected. “Just eat it.”

“Oh, okay.” Charlotte looked down at her hands, where the chunks she had been holding had begun to melt, creating a hardened shell around her palm and the base of her fingers. She shoved the chunks in her mouth, chewing at her hands like a cat trying to groom itself.

The man shook his head, looking up and away from the girl pulling more of the stuff from a broken vending machine. He scanned the area around him, trying to mark out any potential hiding spots or escape routes, either for himself or for anybody else currently in here. But he found it difficult to concentrate when all his eyes could see was what used to be there.

It had been nearly fifteen years since he was in this particular supermarket. He with his girlfriend the last time, buying groceries and kitchen appliances for their new house. He even remembered, rather oddly, the vending machine. He tried buying a drink from it but the damn thing ate his money. It took almost two decades, but he finally showed that vending machine what for.

Illuminated aisles showed shoppers the way to their selected produce for the day. The burning heat of thirty 700 watt light bulbs went largely unnoticed. Nobody cared, it was normal. But there was a brief moment after stepping back outside from your weekly shop when natural sunlight was appreciated. And the warmth of it too, rather than the chilled air conditioning and stale smell of sweat.

Now all that surrounded him were filthy floors, shattered windows, and the shelves were pushed into each other in order to create makeshift camp sites and barricades. Everything was either riddled with bullet holes, or plastered in blood, or the green sludge that those things emitted whenever you so much as touched them. This was a hot-spot for them. In actuality, this was good as it meant it was one of the few places where no humans came, meaning supplies. And lots of them. He checked his bag was still intact and nothing was leaking, tightening the cross-body strap around him. They made a good haul today, they’d have enough to survive the next three months.

“Shaun, what’s that man doing?”

The man stopped right where he was looking, between two empty and defrosted chest freezers with the lids torn off. Charlotte must have started looking around too and saw him before Shaun did. He could see the figure between the freezers clear as day, on his knees, with one hand on the freezer beside him vomiting blood and a puddle of green sludge in front of him. Shaun’s heartbeat seemed to triple in speed after seeing the man at the freezers and hearing the Howler tear the revolving door out of the wall, throwing it into the parking lot behind it, and showering the entrance in a glowing green spatter of goo.

Shaun dropped behind the shelving units where the vending machine was and where Charlotte was sitting wide-eyed, a mouthful of the chunky sweet stopping her from screaming. As her eyes filled with tears, they locked on to Shaun. He never thought he’d be so thankful that she had an insatiable sweet tooth. He placed a hand over her full mouth.

“Listen, we’re going to get out of here the way we came in, okay?” he waited for her to nod in confirmation, her tears now streaming down his hand. “You go to the manhole, I wedged it open so you can pull it back open. Get back to the shelter, I’ll be right behind you.”

Charlotte obeyed, crawling through the door entitled Staff Only. Shaun heard the manhole cover drag across the ground, and her footsteps descend the ladder. He took several deep breaths, getting his thoughts together. Now that she was gone, all he had to worry about was getting out with his supplies. He clenched his hands into fists until his knuckles turned white and peered over the shelving unit.

With our next batch of content coming up in October under the theme “Halloween Scarefest”, it’s a great time to conclude August’s work with a post-apocalyptic short story. Loosely tying into both themes, Ricardo’s story was written on behalf of a past Half Hour Challenge and we can’t get enough of it. In fact, we hope he writes more! If you enjoyed his HHC, you can read his other stellar work published on Inkblots, including “A Sweetened Ache” and “Love After Death”. 

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Hey, remember that show GOD EATER? Which airs sometimes, when it feels like it, but not necessarily every week? Well, it’s still around, and you know what? Those who have been patient with it, like myself, have been rewarded: the last two episodes have been excellent. Episode five tore away the invincibility of the titular God Eaters, and Episode six stripped them of their weapons, making these supposed hunters the hunted, at the mercy of the elements and their own fear.

Fighting the Aragami, saving the world; these are meaningless this week. The mission, the only mission, for Lenka and Alisa, is to stay alive. And the harsh, rain-soaked, Aragami-infested world doesn’t make it easy. But we’re drawn into this basic, visceral, at times pathetic struggle for survival.


Lenka saves Alisa’s life by giving her CPR, and they then hole up in a hotel room. His God Eater is broken, her’s is missing, and he’s at the end of his tether, bleeding out in the corner. Alisa first considers leaving him behind to go look for her God Eater, but instead gets him on the bed and patches him up. It may be an uncharacteristic act of kindness, or a pragmatic move, seeing as how she only had one pill left when she woke up, and she took it. After that, she’ll need Lenka.


The crux of the episode is that without her drugs, Alisa falls into a state of intense anxiety and helplessness, almost reverting to when she was a small child happily playing hide-and-seek with her parents when an Aragami killed them before her eyes. I didn’t see this as neutering or weakening Alisa as a character. On the contrary, I saw this as finally revealing who Alisa really is beneath the tough-as-nails exterior. The drugs don’t just repress her fear, they repress everything else that makes her a person, making her nothing but a tool for killing Aragami.


It’s gratifying to see the curtain pulled back and to see some actual emotion in Alisa’s eyes, voice, and body language. In a way, both God Eaters are rendered inert: Lenka because his Arc is dead; Alisa because she’s lost what the Cowardly Lion called “Da Noive”, which had been drug-induced up to this point. Now, she’s back to playing hide-and-seek, against Aragami she could pummel in her sleep under ideal circumstances.

What I appreciate most about GOD EATER’s recent foray into hopelessness is that it’s so utterly and mercilessly stripped away all those ideal circumstances. Now the Aragami have all the advantage, just as they do over all the other helpless humans scattered around the rainy wasteland. Seeing the disheartened look on Alisa’s face, and the look of fear whenever the Aragami find them, really draws us into their plight, where even a simple gesture like Lenka offering his cape thingy is given extra significance.


When her parents were killed, she was left all alone before she was old enough. Now, at least, Lenka is by her side, and while he’s probably scared too, he’s not as profoundly scarred by his past. He’s for lack of a better term, simply better-adjusted to this world, and doesn’t need drugs to stare down Aragami. And that’s exactly what he ends up having to do, since even when Alisa finds her God Arc, it doesn’t magically make her better in the head. She’s still paralyzed by fear when the Aragami surround her.


Lenka is bandaged up, but his Arc isn’t long enough to reach the foes, and when it is, he’s only able to deliver a tap to them. You can see the Aragami figuring out these guys are no threat; only food. Lenka knows when it’s pretty much Game Over too, so he drops his useless weapon, puts himself between the Aragami and Alisa, and either makes peace with his end or prays for a miracle. He gets the latter when Lindow comes out of nowhere and easily defeats the low-level baddies.

After making a slightly sexist remark about protecting people being “a man’s job”, he admonishes Lenka for almost giving up and putting his life in someone else’s hands. Lenka, not wrongly, protests that there really wasn’t shit he could do, unless his God Arc magically came back to life, which would be no less a miracle. He and Alisa are safe now, and Alisa is sure to get back on the meds as soon as they get back to Fenrir. But now Lenka, and we, know and understand her a little better, and the rough hand she’s been dealt.


Back in Flashback Land, Aisha discovers Johannes has been falsifying reports, blah blah blah, then comes to his house, ostensibly to comfort him. Their relationship will eventually produce the dour Souma, and their work will be insufficient against the approaching Aragami explosion and apocalypse.

Alisa’s flashback made perfect sense this week, and added to the power of her arc, but we didn’t even see Johannes or Souma, so I continue to be perplexed by the show’s need to end episodes this way, aside from reminding us that they’re starting to figure out how doomed they are. At least it didn’t interrupt anything important in the present.


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Cover image obtained from www.simonepond.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.simonepond.com


Author: Simone Pond

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 24 pages

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Release Date: February 26, 2015

Publisher: Ktown Waters

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image obtained from www.simonepond.com

Image obtained from http://www.simonepond.com

This short story is part of Simone Pond’s Voices of the Apocalypse series. There are ten stories in this series.

Ransom Sherman is a sixty-three-year-old retired farmer who lives deep in the woods of Ohio. He lost his farm years earlier when the bog corporations seized control of the Midwest’s farming industry. He was forced off his own land, but didn’t let that stop him from stealing back some of his own chickens. Now he sells their eggs at the local farmer’s market.

In fact, he met Keyla Johnson on his way to the market one morning. The first thing he noticed about Keyla was not her black skin, it was how small and scrawny she looked. He knew she couldn’t be much older than twelve years old and just from looking at her, he knew she was all alone in the world.

Both Keyla and Ransom have had it rough for a long time, but, maybe this unlikely duo will find solace from being together.

Twenty-four pages should not be enough space to fully develop a single character, so it definitely should not be enough to develop two characters. Yet, somehow Simone Pond has managed to exceed my expectations.

I rate THE GIFT as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Simone Pond is an award-winning author of dystopian fiction. Her current series includes The City Center, The New Agenda, The Mainframe, and The Torrent. She also has a short story series called Voices of the Apocalypse.

She grew up in Kensington, Maryland – a small town just outside of Washington D.C. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Follow her blog at Simone Says… http://www.simonesaysblog.com

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Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven - Emily St. John MandelStation Eleven is a post-apocalyptic novel exploring how the world would continue after most of the population has been decimated by the Georgian Flu.  After the virus strikes the world is plunged into confusion with no electricity, antibiotics and worst of all no internet!

Twenty Years after the outbreak of the flu the survivors formed small rural settlements, people made homes out of old McDonald’s and gas stations.  Visiting these settlements in North America is the Travelling Symphony.  This is a small group of actors and musicians travelling and performing Shakespeare to survivors, because in their opinion, “survival is insufficient” a quote from Star Trek.  Some of the members of the Symphony collect relics of the past, such as TV guides and celebrity magazines, obsolete items, but ones which allow the older members of the symphony to remember.  Other people outside the Symphony collect relics and artefacts on a larger scale, such as the large museum at the airport which displays useless items of the past such as iPads, motorcycles and credit cards.

The characters in this story are a bit hit and miss.  I really enjoyed some of the characters such as Clarke and Arthur Leander, their stories were well fleshed out and they really allowed you to connect.  Other characters didn’t receive such kind treatment, many were left with huge gaps in their stories, and it made it hard to care.

The story was fun to follow, with flashbacks to Arthur Leander’s life to show how integral his life was to the main characters, and even how his life affected the lesser characters.  The story flowed well, with just the right amount of suspense to keep the plot line going.  I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t wait to get to the end.  But the book ended on a big cliffhanger, and weirdly I wasn’t compelled to find out the answer.  I don’t really know what that says about the book, or me, but I found that the story alone was enough.

I would recommend the book to others, it was a good read and also its a really pretty book! I mean look at that cover! It deserves a place on your bookcase!


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Book Review: The Fallen (Fantasy)

The Fallen – Book 1 in The Fractured Series                             Author:      Melissa B

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Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness

Published by: Candlewick Press
on September 1st 2013
Pages: 472
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, LGBTQIA
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository
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“Here is the boy, drowning.”

This book starts with the main character drowning. Yep, he dies. That’s not a spoiler because that’s there in the very first sentence. Seth is a 16 year old boy and he drowns in the ocean. And then he wakes up, bruised and thirsty but seemingly alive. Where is he? And how did he get here? 

You shouldn’t go into this book knowing anything more about it than that. I knew nothing more than that and I’d have been a bit angry if I did, because the thing that makes this book so good and so exciting is not knowing what the hell is going on. Did he actually die? And if he did, why and how is he here? Is he in hell? Heaven? Or somewhere else entirely? And why was Seth in the ocean in the first place? 

This book is so. good. I was hooked from the very beginning on both the plot and the writing. It’s a survival story and I love those. It keeps you guessing. It keeps you scratching your head and asking yourself “how??” “why??” I personally love that about books, as I’ve previously said in my review of The Knife of Never Letting Go, also by Patrick Ness.

More Than This is split into 4 parts and while the first part might come across as slow to some, that first part was my favorite. I found it intense, engaging, and quite terrifying in its utter desolation. In the second part things changes, and you might have to reconsider your theories on what’s going on. You will have to do that a lot while reading this. 

The characters in this novel are great too. It alternates between present time and flashbacks to Seth’s life before, dealing with his family and friends, where we find out about a tragedy from his childhood that has shaped his entire life. Tomasz is one character that I really liked. What a cutie-patootie.

Another thing I really loved is the casual homosexuality in this book. It’s very matter-of-fact, like it should be, no big deal. 

This book has a pretty open ending and while I liked how it ended I’d kill for a sequel. You’ll find out why that is if you read this book, which you should. John Green says it best in the blurb: “Just read it.”

Have you read this one or other Patrick Ness books? Have your read anything similar to this, because if so I want it right now. 

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