6 Reasons Why Star Wars the Force Awakens is just like Star Wars A New Hope

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Today’s article is a guest post by my brother Vonrick. He’s a big Star Wars fan (as are we all) and wanted to voice his concerns about the new movie The Force Awakens. Here’s what he has to say:

The Force is with us again, and that means we get to revel in more lightsaber swinging, laser blasting, Millennium Falcon flying action.

But for those of us who grew up in the 80’s, all this recent activity looks kind of familiar. The new Star Wars movie echoes a lot of events from the original released way back in 1977.

Now it’s good to learn from past success and give the audience more of what they want, but that’s no reason to dust off the carbonite copy and use it as a template. Even Han Solo could tell you that carbonite isn’t that flexible.

Seen […]

Review of 2015 and The Way Forward

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2015 is over and we’re in a new year.

And after all the fireworks and champagne and resolutions, it’s time to get back to work, and get back to writing.

But before I start, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on last year’s accomplishments, plan the way forward, and give readers an idea of what I’m working on.

Here’s how my 2015 writing went and what I have set to achieve for the new year.

Writing Progress

My main project is my novel Guardian of the Cursed Crown.

In April, I hired editor Jesse Rebock to look it over. I worked with him before and I was happy with the results so I’m confident he can really push the story forward.

In May, I started a collection of short stories which I’m calling Chronicles of the Cursed Crown. These short stories […]

Top 5 Dialogue from Joe Abercrumbie’s the First Law Trilogy

The First Law Triology by Joe Abercrombie

You can tell by my reviews of Joe Abercrumbie’s the First Law Trilogy over at My Books Escape that I’m a big fan of these books.

The story is gripping, the characters are memorable, and the writing is a joy to read.

One of the things that I consider great about this trilogy is the dialogue.

Throughout the story, the characters say things that either makes you think or keep you on the edge of your seat.

So what are the greatest words said?

Here’s my top five dialogue from the First Law Trilogy.

Logen talks to Quai

Logen is relaxing on a balcony in Bayaz’ Library. Quai comes over to say thanks for not leaving him to die by the lake.

When Quai asks if Logen has seen a lot of death, here’s the response:

Logen: “I’ve fought in three campaigns, in several […]

5 Reasons Why Fantasy Readers Should Watch History Channel’s VIKINGS

History Channel’s Vikings

Do you watch History Channel’s Vikings series?

Well every time I tell a friend about it, I get the same negative response.

Why? Because they make documentaries, not great series like Game of Thrones.

If you believe that, then check out my guest post over at SF Signal: 5 Reasons Why Fantasy Readers Should Watch History Channel’s VIKINGS

So what do you think of it now?

Let me know in the comments.

5 Ultimate Fantasy Weapons They Actually Made

Men-at-Arms

Admit it!

You love fantasy swords so massive they seem impossible to wield, and so mystical they have their own life story.

But these swords are pure fantasy, right? Any real version is just a disappointing mockup of cheap plastic, right?

Well that’s what I thought until I came across Men-at-Arms, a reality show about awesome guys creating the awesome swords we love – out of actual reinforced steel.

So Which ones are the greatest?

Here’s my list of the top five ultimate fantasy weapons they actually made.

Sword of Omens: Thundercats

Men-at-Arms: Sword of Omens

In the Thundercats series, the Sword of Omens is a legendary blade that can only be used by the Thundercat Lord. Being indestructible, razor-sharp, able to shoot blasts of energy, and giving Sight Beyond Sight are all just samples of what this sword is capable of.

While this real version […]

Science Fiction Fantasy at E3 2015

Electronic Entertainment Expoo

Being someone who loved video games growing up, and still wishing I had time to play them now, I like to keep track of the latest in the industry. And the best place for this is the annual convention known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short.

Ever heard of it?

E3 is where all the video game giants gather to show what they got coming up for the next couple years. The main competitors are Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, with 3rd party competitors such as Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA filling the gaps.

While there’re many different types of games on display, I like seeing those in my favourite genre: science fiction fantasy.

I checked out all the conferences, on-line of course, and saw some really great science fiction fantasy games I’m really looking forward to playing (or hearing more about).

If you also […]