Book Review: Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

I'm pretty much going to spend this review telling you every­thing wrong this book and the whole genre. Because if ever there's a book that embodies the genre Show Your Work is it. Despite that, you may want to consider buying the book. Because while Austin Kleon really doesn't offer a single new idea, it is possible that his amiable presen­ta­tion of the ideas will trigger you to act on them. In short, the emperor has no clothes, but it may not matter. It's a Quick Read Which trans­lates to, this is a small book. Don't let the 224 pages full you, the book has a lot of illus­tra­tions so the pages fly by. I read it in three days in between reading parts of three other books.

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Book Review: Beastheads by Mike Reeves-McMillan

This is the first review in my year long #GreatIndieRe­view­Pro­ject. The idea is simple. I'm going to post honest in depth reviews of a variety of sci-fi, fantasy (and related genre) books in the hope of bringing them to the atten­tion of people who may enjoy them. Not every book is for me. Not every book is going to be for you.  If you just want to get a quick feeling if this might be your sort of thing then skip down to the end and check out the sections labeled Is This For Me? and Did You Like It? Then click through to read the blurb and other reviews on Amazon.

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Death

You're going to die. I'm going to die. We are all going to die. Some of us will die soon, while others will just linger stub­bornly. Some will be happy and some will be miser­able. In the end they will all be dead though. Despite this absolute, inescapable, certainty, we don't like to think about death. It's uncom­fort­able for us I think.

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The Great Indie Review Project 2015

I write a lot of reviews. I post more reviews than anything else in fact. And I do it for purely selfish reasons. I like to under­stand what works (for me) or not and why it works. The reviews help me to do that. Well it's the begin­ning of the year and I'm feeling opti­mistic. Last year I wrote a respectable number of reviews, but this year I want to push that number way up. I plan to continue to read/watch my main­stream books and tv shows (plus the odd movie) and there will be the same reviews of those as always.

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TV Review: Agent Carter

Two episodes into Marvel's latest TV venture Agent Carter I feel like I have a good enough grasp on the series to pronounce it great. It's not impor­tant or worthy tv. It's not pushing the bound­aries or remaking tv drama in any way. But it is wonder­fully fun, and that's what I want from a tv series. It's basi­cally a glorious mixture of pulp, noir, comic books detec­tive fiction and James Bond influ­ences. The Femi­nist Agenda By setting Agent Carter in the post war period, the show gets to have its cake and eat it. On the one hand they get to show Peggy Carter as both an extremely capable agent frequently making her male colleagues look like fools (well there's the one compe­tent agent but he has lost a limb so he's sort of treated like another woman). On the other hand we have Carter going full femme fatale right in the first episode so they're more than happy to take advan­tage of the cliches when they have a chance.

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Zombiemart — Part 1) Night Shift (1st Draft)

One of the sucky things about working at a super­store is the night shift. Even if the store itself isn’t open 24 hours a day, there’s still a night shift because someone has to stock those shelves ready for the eager hordes of greedy shop­pers the next morning. And if it is open 24/7? Well then you get to stock the shelves while harassed by said greedy shop­pers. Usually not hordes of them though. Most of them like to sleep. However, if you happen to be in dire need of some money, say to repair a home that was trashed by were­wolves (or a demonic crea­ture of some inde­ter­mi­nate nature), in that case night­shift is great because they pay you more! At least that is what I was trying to persuade myself of as I walked under the glowing neon Super­mart 13 sign and into the air condi­tioned sterility of a chain superstore.

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DragonLance Re-Read: Dragons of Autumn Twilight - Part 5

Well how about that? We've reached the halfway point in the re-read covering chap­ters 17 through 19 and taking me just past the 50% marker in my Kindle copy of the book. The Story So Far So having survived, with more than a bit of luck, an encounter with a Black Dragon, the Heroes of the Lance now have a quest to under­take. They need to get deep into Xak Tsaroth and retrieve the Disk of Mishakal. A task that is compli­cated by the pres­ence of the previ­ously mentioned Black Dragon Khisanth, large numbers of Draco­nians and Gully Dwarves. The chap­ters mainly consist of Tanis and co blun­dering around rather inef­fec­tively in the tunnels, managing to kill a few Draco­nians, run away from more of them and be helped by comedy dwarves. What, More Comedy Dwarves? Yes, you may have thought that Flint Fire­forge was the desig­nated comedy dwarf for this partic­ular book, and he defi­nitely gets his moments here, but Gully Dwarves take this to a whole new level.

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