Review of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Book Cover for "Stranger in a Strange Land" Religion and sexuality are two of the most difficult subjects to engage as a writer. Regardless of the writer’s intentions, someone is going to be deeply offended or challenged, probably both. Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land seeks to both offend and challenge. Heinlein uses the … Continue reading Review of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Still Foolin’ Em: Billy Crystal at his Best

Book Cover for Still Foolin' 'Em Comedy is often built on tragedy. Memoirs are a form of literature that often mines a person’s tragedy to create universal feelings in the reader. Billy Crystal’s Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys is a brilliant memoir from a … Continue reading Still Foolin’ Em: Billy Crystal at his Best

The Horrible Childhood of a Pulp Icon – Review of “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski

Book Cover for "Ham on Rye" Source Horror stories often involve the supernatural or the extra-ordinary. Often times the only mundane subjects in such stories are the principal characters, generally mortal men and women bereft in a world that once made perfect sense. But what if the world never made sense? What if the horror … Continue reading The Horrible Childhood of a Pulp Icon – Review of “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski

Beautiful Nightmares – Remembering Kentaro Miura

The Late Kentaro Miura, creator of Berserk The recent passing of Kentaro Miura has given me pause. Known for being the creator of Berserk, a dark fantasy manga that has influenced countless artists and writers over the years, Miura’s death hurt. I wasn’t a big fan of manga growing up. That had always been the … Continue reading Beautiful Nightmares – Remembering Kentaro Miura

“Love, Death and Robots” Vol. Two Review

Poster Art for Volume 2 of "Love, Death and Robots". Source If you enjoy my content and would like to show support, check out my page on buymeacoffee.com As should be abundantly clear on this page, I’m a science-fiction geek. My first exposure to science fiction was Star Trek, back in the 80s when the … Continue reading “Love, Death and Robots” Vol. Two Review

“Castlevania” Review – Part 2

Poster Art for "Castlevania". Source For the recap on the first three seasons, see my previous essay. Spoilers ahead for the final season of Castlevania, so don’t read if you haven’t watched yet. Heading into the final season of Netflix’s Castlevania, all but one of the characters is in worse shape than when the adventure … Continue reading “Castlevania” Review – Part 2

“Castlevania” Review – Part 1

Poster Art of "Castlevania". Source For an old school gamer like me, the notion that Castlevania was being turned into an animated series was just too good to pass up. For those that don’t know, Castlevania is a game franchise that first came on the scene with the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Since the initial … Continue reading “Castlevania” Review – Part 1

Building a Cyberpunk Campaign

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook. Available on Amazon Continuing on from my previous essays about character building, the next step is building the campaign (the story your players are going to experience and influence). There are no hard and fast rules for running a tabletop roleplaying game, particularly one like Cyberpunk Red. But there are some … Continue reading Building a Cyberpunk Campaign

The War at Home – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Battle Ground”

Cover Art for "Battle Ground". Available on Amazon When you look at Peace Talks and Battle Ground, they really aren’t two separate novels. Instead, they are a duology; two parts of the same story. Battle Ground picks up immediately after the end of Peace Talks and it rarely stops from beginning to end. If the … Continue reading The War at Home – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Battle Ground”

So You Want to Build a Cyberpunk Part 2

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook. Available on Amazon Picking up where the last essay ended, we’ve moved past the initial portion of the Lifepath setup, the character generation options available within R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk Red. This essay covers the next portion, which fills in the family and upbringing your character experienced before becoming an Edgerunner. … Continue reading So You Want to Build a Cyberpunk Part 2