Bookshine Reviews Chromed: Delilah

Spoilers: Steph quite liked it ūü§© “The main character, Delilah is a genuinely tough, kick-ass protagonist; a professional who gets the job done and deals with the consequences afterwards.¬† I loved her! Delilah¬† is a short, sharp rush of awesomeness…” Check out the full review below: https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/chromed-delilah-richard-parry-future-forfeit-city-stories-book-2/

Three to See, One to Avoid

I picked up a bunch of movies on physical media. If you’re on the fence about Alien: Covenant, Ready Player One, Thor: Ragnarok, or A Dark Song, this might help your decision-making process. Alien: Covenant This is a good monster movie. If you watched Prometheus and left wanting to /wrists, this is not the same thing. Where Prometheus was ridiculous to a fault (e.g., why can people not run sideways out of the path of a giant rolling donut…), Covenant is a return to an Alien movie where they don’t try to explain too much (busting things in the process ‚Äď what even was the black goo…), and give you the horrific scenes you want. Covenant follows the crew of a colony ship. Pulled off-course by an accident, they set down on a human-habitable world. Unfortunately, the monsters beat ’em Read More …

It’s Now Safe To Talk About Christmas

October’s behind us, which means my birthday is also behind us. You can stop sending me gifts for my incept date and start planning my seasonal loot haul. What do you mean, this isn’t about me? Okay, okay. Let’s take a slight tangent toward retailer recommendations and see where we end up. You might be feeling a little lost if you’re an Amazon shopper, wanting books for a loved one. You look in the genres. You try and find something in the top ten that looks rad. In sci-fi, you find nothing but bare-chested romance. Cyberpunk is a trash fire of lit-RPG romance. Hell, romance is everywhere. Here, I’m going to: Show you the problem, then Give you my top five solutions. Let’s rock. A good friend and I were having wine (and beer, and…) the other night. We agreed Read More …

A Quiet Place

We watched A Quiet Place. It’s fucking terrifying. Best damn frightener movie we’ve seen in ages. The basic plot is: monsters. A little more detail? Okay. The nasties track sound. The story centers on the Abbots, starting with a no-punches-pulled entree into the horrorscape Earth has become. One of their kids (played by Millicent Simmonds) is deaf, the family able to communicate in sign language before the invasion started. It’s saved them, and they’ve found a haven in a quiet farmstead. Haven, except for the at-least-three monsters in the area. The danger isn’t just “monsters.” That’d be too easy. Evelyn (Emily Blunt) is pregnant, and she must face giving birth and, with Lee (John Krasinski), raising a baby in a world intolerant of the slightest noise. How the family bands together, and the sacrifices they’re willing to make for each Read More …

Becoming Human

Last night, I finished my first play through of the masterpiece Detroit: Become Human. I say¬†first because after the initial, “Huh.¬†Huh. Oh,¬†man, humans are such assholes,” I then thought, “If we make sentient machines, we are¬†totally boned,” and¬†then I wanted to play it again. Detroit follows a theme fans of Blade Runner won’t have trouble with: humans make gods, and gods don’t like being slaves. It’s a refrain you’ll find in my novel¬†Upgrade, as well as my¬†Tyche’s Progeny series. If you liked those stories, this game is in your lane, yo. In¬†Detroit¬†you play as three androids, struggling with ‘deviancy’ (androids gaining emotions). Markus leads them. Connor is tasked with shutting them down. And Kara wants to save her adopted daughter. This game is currently running at 9.6/10 on IMDB. The real crime here is it’s not a 10. There’s a Read More …

Deadpool 2

Better than the first one. Hurt myself laughing. It’s official: Ryan Reynolds can do no wrong. You should definitely get this in your collection. Now I want to see a Domino movie, because¬†Zazie Beetz was awesome. I was a little disappointed at¬†Dennison’s performance, but the rest of it was outstanding. I’m pretty sure Brolin spent a lot of his on-screen time with Reynolds trying not to laugh. My rating: ūüĎ欆Must own.

Game Night

Your Monday recommendation: Game Night. I’ll be honest. I am not a fan of cringe. As cringe humor seems to be on the rise, I tend to run away from comedic movies. Enter my savior: Points of note: Great performances from McAdams and Bateman, who have great on-screen chemistry and timing. Low- or zero- use of cringe for humor. The best lines are not in the trailer. The movie is¬†like the trailer too, which is a neat change for Hollywood. My rating: ūüĎć Would see again. Do yourself a favor and get it today.

Five Cyberpunk Shows to Die For

A little extreme? We’ll see. Back when I was trying to work out what spun my wheels in fiction, I discovered this little book called¬†Neuromancer. It was by this William Gibson dude, who I had never heard of, and my library’s copy has such a worn cover it screamed to be read. Gibson, I was told at the time, had no tech background. He’d made this whole storybook universe that was plausible because he wasn’t shackled to the beliefs us tech junkies held. And, here we are many years on, coming up with [A|V]R virtualities. Who would have known? Dunno if the story is true, but it’s a neat one, so feel free to spread it around. The genre was this thing called¬†cyberpunk. Never heard of it before, but I was hooked: a high tech future but with our same Read More …