Monthly Archives: July 2021

Release Date Change For The Kaiju Preservation Society

It was going to be released on March 22, 2022 (in the US and Canada). Now it’s going to be released a week earlier: March 15, 2022. Why the change? For abstruse reasons relating to international distribution, and also because, well, why not, apparently the date was open on Tor’s schedule, so here we are. […]

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Sakuraco July Box Review

By now, you’ve probably come to expect my monthly snack box review posts, and with this post I shall have met said expectation, because this post is my review of the July Sakuraco Box! If you haven’t read any of my previous Sakuraco posts, Sakuraco is a company that is dedicated to bringing you authentic […]

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The Big Idea: Ada Hoffman

In the face of adversity, it’s easy to think everyone is going to turn on each other. Author Ada Hoffman shows us that the opposite might also true, in the Big Idea for her newest novel, The Fallen. ADA HOFFMAN: When I wrote The Outside I had the luxury of writing an apocalypse. Cosmic horrors […]

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Is This The End of Our Hero, Coke Zero, Part III: The Final Zeronation

News arrives to me today that the Coca-Cola company is yet again tweaking both the formula and look of Coke Zero (more formally known as Coke Zero Sugar, but literally no one outside Coke’s marketing department calls it that). This is the second time Coke has tweaked the Zero formula, the first time being in […]

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The Big Idea: Ryan Van Loan

You know what they say about power, right? So does Ryan Van Loan, and for his novel The Justice in Revenge, he looks at the famous saying, and tries to seek the truth of it. RYAN VAN LOAN: My Big Idea began with that old saw: “power corrupts”. The actual quote is “power tends to […]

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Today’s Intense Moral Outrage

Look, the whole fuckin’ point of M&M’s is that they are the milk chocolate that melts in your mouth, not in your hand™. So this unholy monstrosity is not only questionable the level of composition (really? As the add-in to a chocolate bar, you’re adding… chocolate? Really?), it also goes against everything M&M’s stands for […]

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When is Cookie Dough not Cookie Dough

Last night Athena tweeted this: “Now, wait,” you say, “isn’t all cookie dough edible? Because if not I’ve been doing cookie dough wrong this entire time.” No, it’s not you, dare I say all cookie dough is made with at least the intent of having the end result of the dough be edible. However, “edible […]

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The Big Idea: Jennifer Estep

So you’ve created a world for a book series, and the series… ends. What becomes of the world and the characters in it? Can you go back? How do you go back? And why? Lots of questions, which author Jennifer Estep is tackling in this Big Idea for her new novel Capture the Crown. JENNIFER […]

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Is Reality Really Real?

I watched The Matrix last night for technically the first time, but between the internet and being in the room when my parents have had it on, I’ve seen a lot of it in bits and pieces, and certainly seen all the action scenes, anyways. I’m not here to review it, interestingly enough. I’m here […]

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The Big Idea: Jason Fischer

Author Jason Fischer gives us a look at the first installment of the Books Of Before & Now series in today’s Big Idea. Come along as he tells you of the epic journey Papa Lucy & The Boneman went on before becoming a published novel. JASON FISCHER: Can a homage become its own unique work? Papa Lucy […]

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The Big Idea: Sarah Henning

Author Sarah Henning has returned to the Big Idea, to subvert your classic fairytale expectations and take them for a spin in the second book of her Kingdoms of Sand and Sky series, The Queen Will Betray You. SARAH HENNING: This time last year, I wrote a post about the Big Idea behind The Princess Will Save […]

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A Look “Inside”

I’ve never been the biggest fan of stand-up comedy. Growing up, I never wanted to watch somebody just stand there and tell stories I couldn’t relate to, or say jokes I didn’t really get. I watched a lot of cartoons, and not much of anything else. So it was only in 2015 that I discovered […]

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The Big Idea: Robert V. S. Redick

Wind your way towards Sidewinders, the second installment in Robert V. S. Redick’s Fire Sacrament trilogy. Follow along in his Big Idea as he tells you of the genius that went into creating this novel. ROBERT V. S. REDICK: On the last page of my epic fantasy Master Assassins, everyone is laughing.  Everyone who isn’t dead, that […]

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Richard Donner, RIP

Film director Richard Donner, best known for Superman and the Lethal Weapon series, has died, and this makes me sad. As I noted on Twitter, he once sent me a thank you note when I was a critic, because I was kind to his film Radio Flyer, a strange and fantastical little film about child […]

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Cloud Road, 7/2/21

Maybe an unbroken chain of clouds across the sky isn’t all that big of a deal, but you know what? I thought it looked pretty neat. In other news, I’m close to finishing my current writing project (the third Dispatcher novella), which is good, because I promised I would have it in next week. I’m […]

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