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Carl Shirley
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Lives in Hampton, VA 23666
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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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Book Review: The Curse Merchant
There was a single line in the first few chapters of J.P. Sloan’s The Curse Merchant that convinced me to continue reading beyond the pages of the Kindle sample I had downloaded. “He had a ruddy tone to his face that gave him the look of a man who had been ...
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Selma: 100 Word Movie Review
Director Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the story of the historic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other noted civil rights activists. The film actually covers events in the three months before the...
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The Genius of Stephen Colbert
Beth Greene. Oliver Queen. Charlie Skinner. Of all the deaths brought to us by the overhyped December finales of scripted television, none will be sadder than the coming death of Stephen Colbert. Oh sure, the real Colbert will survive to replace David Lette...
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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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Season of Disappointment
Warning: Spoilers Ahead There are a handful of television programs airing in the first few months of the year that I look forward to watching, the last eight episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead , the new season of Downton Abbey on PBS, and the Netflix origin...
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Binge Watch: Space 1999 Edition
My recent efforts to catch up with the science fiction television programming I watched in my youth (see Binge Watch: Classic Galactica Edition ) recently led to me acquire a subscription to Hulu Plus , the only streaming content service (that I am aware of...
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: 100 Word Movie Review*
Orcs and Elves and Dwarves, oh my. No one should be surprised at the identity of three of the titular five armies that go to battle in the final installment of Peter Jackson’s bloated adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit . Or that the human residents of L...
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A Cold and Broken Hallelujah (Long Beach Homicide): 100 Word Book Review*
I spent quite a bit of time wading through samples of Kindle Books that I had downloaded before finding one that was interesting enough to continue reading. Tyler Dilts' A Cold and Broken Hallelujah (Long Beach Homicide) grabbed me with an interesting openi...
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