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Morgan Crooks
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So many movies on Netflix some good, some not so good.  - 
 
My review of Daredevil containing minor spoilers. 
Daredevil, the new Netflix series developed in partnership with Netflix is a wonderful, if somewhat frustrating, origin story for one of Marvel’s oldest and most interesting super-heroes. A lot of this story works exactly as ...
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+Morgan Crooks Great review! I saw the entire first season and enjoyed very much.
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Late-night Visitor
The noise came from outside. I couldn’t tell you much about it except for it sounded like two cinder blocks scraping together, really loud and unpleasant. I looked behind me because it almost sounded like car wheels on gravel, something that happened when p...
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Paragraphs
When my students ask me “how many sentences should a paragraph have?” I give the standard answer, the one most people give:  as many as you need. And for most writers, as many as you need falls within the three to five sentence range, a good figure for intr...
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Another great review of one of my favorite books, "Blindsight" by Peter Watts.
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Review of Year's Best Weird Fiction (edited by Laird Barron)
Anthologies like the Year’s Best Weird Fiction are a great place to catch up on favorite authors and discover new favorites. This anthology took a rather broader look at the meaning of weird fiction than I initially figured it would. Not much of the work wa...
Anthologies like the Year’s Best Weird Fiction are a great place to catch up on favorite authors and discover new favorites. This anthology took a rather broader look at the meaning of weird fiction than I initially figured i...
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What I Read in March
March turned out to be a busy month and I fell behind, way behind, on reading short stories. Having caught up, I’m putting down my thoughts on a selection of stories that really grabbed me last month. - Once Lost, Gone Forever by Gwendolyne Kiste (Electric ...
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Netflix's Daredevil
Daredevil, the new Netflix series developed in partnership with Netflix is a wonderful, if somewhat frustrating, origin story for one of Marvel’s oldest and most interesting super-heroes. A lot of this story works exactly as designed. Reflecting the gritty ...
Daredevil, the new Netflix series developed in partnership with Netflix is a wonderful, if somewhat frustrating, origin story for one of Marvel’s oldest and most interesting super-heroes. A lot of this story works exactly as ...
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Thoughts about paragraph length in establishing tension and suspense in a speculative fiction story. Uses an excellent story by John Langan as an example. http://ancientlogic.blogspot.com/2015/04/paragraphs.html
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"We're Home"
The difference between a good trailer and a great/legendary trailer  lies not so much in what the trailer contains but rather in what it does. The new Star Wars trailer does more than simply remind fans of why they might want to see the movie, it creates de...
The difference between a good trailer and a great/legendary trailer lies not so much in what the trailer contains but rather in what it does. The new Star Wars trailer does more than simply remind fans of why they might want ...
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"Year's Best Weird Fiction" has an enormous quantity of interesting and distressing stories, all chosen by one of my favorite horror writers, Laird Barron. While not all of the stories can be easily categorized within a specific genre, they do offer skewed and unique perspectives on the world, offered up by the best writers in horror, fantasy, and magical realism. 
Anthologies like the Year’s Best Weird Fiction are a great place to catch up on favorite authors and discover new favorites. This anthology took a rather broader look at the meaning of weird fiction than I initially figured i...
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My review of short stories I read last month. Another amazing Clarkesworld story from Ken Liu, "Cassandra."
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Characters versus Plot
Because a novel is enjoyed over a more extended time period, structure becomes an important component of making sure the experience of reading the novel is, in fact, enjoyable. Structure allows the average reader to follow along with plot, make certain assu...
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Work published in the Daily Science Fiction website as well as in anthologies released by Burnt Offerings, Dark Hall Press, and Mystery and Horror LLC. Check out my blog Ancient Logic for news, reviews, and essays about topics relating to speculative fiction.
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I've been waiting for years for a place like this near my town. Great atmosphere, delicious strong coffee, and terrific baristas. Just in time for the summer!
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reviewed 11 months ago
I'd recommend because of the outdoor patio overlooking water street and the drinks. The food was basic, not bad but nothing to write home about.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good food and efficient waiting staff. We went there on a Monday and encountered a pretty significant line. Portions are filling without being overwhelming.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I liked this place, good selection of books, especially the local interest section, and the cafe is spacious and yet somehow comfortable. This is the kind of place I wish my hometown had.
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Decent selection of breakfast dishes. I ordered a French toast made out of blue corn which was two wedges of bread with apple syrup, delicious but not the biggest portion. My wife ordered a short stack of pancakes and was presented with something like the bottom two layers of a wedding cake.
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reviewed a year ago
Knowledgable and friendly owner pointed me in the direction of local artists. Good selection for a smaller store.
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reviewed a year ago
Cool spot to find southwestern jewelry, pottery, and craft items. Helpful staff, great prices, and nice quality.
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