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Carl Shirley
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Lives in Hampton, VA 23666
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The Martian: Book Review
The Martian , by Andy Weir, a science fact heavy science fiction novel about an astronaut abandoned on Mars, started life as a self-published freebie available on the Internet. In October it will debut as a science fiction blockbuster film directed by Ridle...
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Mr. Holmes: 100 Word Movie Review
There are some mysteries that even Sherlock Holmes cannot solve, mysteries of memory, age and human relationships that are not easily distilled into mere facts. In Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes the great detective’s inability to easily solve such mysteries catch...
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Jurassic World: 100 Word Movie Review*
Jurassic World , directed by Colin Trevorrow, is a film about the world’s smartest people making the world’s stupidest mistakes, the same basic premise as the original Jurassic Park 22 years ago. Set on the island featured in the original film, Jurassic Wor...
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Old Man's War: !00 Word Book Review*
Old Man’s War , the 2005 debut novel from science fiction writer John Scalzi , is an immensely entertaining sci-fi space opera. The breezy narrative style and compelling plot make this book a quick and fascinating read. Told from the first person point of v...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron: 100 Word Movie Review
The first question you might want to ask yourself after sitting though Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is “What year is this?” Because at two hours and 20 minutes the Age of Ultron is almost an eon. After that, you probably won’t ask much else, or thi...
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Besting Bad
What do you do after completing one of the most critically acclaimed TV series in the history of the genre? Where do you go from the top? For Breaking Bad producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould you go back in time and tell the story of Saul Goodman (Bob O...
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Mr. Holmes: 100 Word Movie Review
There are some mysteries that even Sherlock Holmes cannot solve, mysteries of memory, age and human relationships that are not easily distilled into mere facts. In Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes the great detective’s inability to easily solve such mysteries catch...
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Skynet vs. Genisys: The War Between the Machines
The following is an analysis of certain story elements contained in the film Terminator: Genisys, and not a review of the film. Warning: Spoilers Terminator: Genisys , the fifth film in the 31-year-old Terminator franchise, offers us yet another version of ...
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My Time Lord Name
Your time lord name is: The Adjuster Your original Gallifreyan name is Nesillwindathloomzontan, or Nesill for short. Back on Gallifrey, you led a dull and uninteresting life, working as a Transduction Barrier supervisor, based in the Capitol – but now, yo...
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When Good Television Goes Mediocre
Warning: This Post is Dark and Full of Spoilers Last year I wrote a blog post about Why I’m Done With Game of Thrones (On Television Anyway) . Shortly after explaining my reasons for abandoning the televised adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice ...
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The Silence of the Galaxy
The following was written in response to Chuck Wendig’s latest Flash Fiction Challenge. He presented two (2) twenty (20) item lists featuring well known fictional properties that, having been chosen randomly, would be combined to inspire a short story of 2,...
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: 100 Word Book Review*
Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is a novel about abandonment, loss and coming to terms with the past. Tsukuru Tazaki was one of a group of five friends, who finds that he has been cut off by the other four during a vis...
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