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Teaser Tuesday 4/22/2014: “Bad Radio”

Posted by jamesviscosi on April 22, 2014

So this week I’m reading Bad Radio by Michael Langlois, in which an eternally-youthful former Army Ranger and the granddaughter of one of his old World War II army buddies have to stop a necromancer who is apparently plotting to set up a transmitter, call in an Eldritch Abomination, and destroy the world. Or something like that. At this point all I know is that the “bad radio” in question seems to be a metal ring with eight spikes on it, and it is apparently powered by sticking the spikes into the eye sockets of four people. Ouch.

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Broken Bad: The Search for Another Show

Posted by jamesviscosi on April 15, 2014

So I previously mentioned that, having finished “Breaking Bad“, I have now been charged with finding a new show that can catch and hold my wife’s attention. Although there’s been no shortage of suggestions on shows that might fit the bill, those who are familiar with my movie rating system (“This movie put my wife to sleep in X minutes”) will not be surprised to hear that the search is not going well. WARNING: Minor spoilers below!

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Teaser Tuesday 4/8/2014: “Legon Awakening: Book One in the Legon Series”

Posted by jamesviscosi on April 8, 2014

This week’s Teaser comes from a book called Legon Awakening, by Nicholas Taylor. The first in a series, I started this book and then put it down, for various reasons, most of which were enumerated in a rather amusing fashion by a reviewer named Meg over at Goodreads. (Unlike me, Meg appears to have actually finished the book.) I did enjoy the book’s prologue, sort of, in that I thought the obviously-odious “Iumenta” kind of sounded like the Melniboneans of “Elric” fame.

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Neither A Review Of “Breaking Bad” Nor Of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Posted by jamesviscosi on April 1, 2014

So as everyone knows, for the past several months we’ve been binge-watching “Breaking Bad” (which, for us, means watching one to one-and-a-half episodes a night). Sadly, we have recently come to the end of the series. Season Five started out a bit slow, and introduced some new characters, which caused a very slight and temporary slump in interest.

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See You On The Flip Side

Posted by jamesviscosi on March 25, 2014

Last week, I reached into my huge pile of old correspondence from bygone days when I was looking for an agent and/or publisher instead of putting my books out directly, which led to a re-posting of some ancient (and extremely extensive) correspondence from David H. Morgan, a literary agent and editor who is now, apparently, associated with the University of Richmond. In this correspondence Mr. Morgan explained that, to conserve paper, he was recycling rejected disposable manuscripts by using the clean side for his letter, a fact that generated a bit of interest (Mango Momma: “I want to see what’s on the back of that rejection letter.”) So here we go!

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Do You Have A Partially Completed Manuscript?

Posted by jamesviscosi on March 18, 2014

It’s been a while since I did a Random Rejection, so this week I thought I would reach into my giant file folder of writing correspondence and pull something out of it. But instead of either a rejection or an acceptance letter, I drew this instead:

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Teaser Tuesday 3/4/2014: “The Prodigy of Rainbow Tower (Legends of Windemere)”

Posted by jamesviscosi on March 4, 2014

So this week I’m reading The Prodigy of Rainbow Tower by Charles E. Yallowitz, which is the follow-up to the earlier Beginning of a Hero, which pretty much read like an AD&D adventure. So naturally I thought it was great. The follow up is, as you might guess, more of the same.

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Still, Still Not A Review Of “Breaking Bad”

Posted by jamesviscosi on February 25, 2014

So here we are, partway through the fourth season of “Breaking Bad”, which we started watching on Netflix back in January — obviously we are amateurs when it comes to binge-watching TV shows. At this point “Breaking Bad” has pretty much been enshrined as the Best Show Ever. Not only does it not put my wife to sleep (with the single exception of the episode “Fly“, which she characterized as “too ‘Breakfast Club’-ish”; despite being a card-carrying member of Generation X, she is not a fan of “The Breakfast Club”), but she actually tries to get me to stay awake for it. Shades of “Beasts of the Southern Wild“!

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Teaser Tuesday 2/18/2014: “The Fall of the Empire”

Posted by jamesviscosi on February 18, 2014

No, not this empire:

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Teaser Tuesday 2/11/2014: “Death’s Hand”

Posted by jamesviscosi on February 11, 2014

This week I’m reading Death’s Hand, by S.M. Reine, in which Buffy and her watcher Giles try to stop Glorificus the hell-goddess from destroying the … oh, wait, sorry, that was Season 5 of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer“. No, in Death’s Hand, the kopis (AKA sword) Elise and her aspis (AKA shield) James are trying to stop a hell-goddess from destroying the world by letting her Armageddon Clock get to midnight. This naturally involves fighting hordes of zombies, demons, ghosts, and at least one necromancer. Apparently no one told them they could just pay 4 mana to remove counters from the Armageddon Clock during anyone’s upkeep.

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