Talk About It Tuesday / Doubleheader of Doom!

This is part one of our Doubleheader of Doom! Part 2 launches tomorrow for Halloween and I'll post the second video here. So stay tuned!

This book has two monsters; the first being the one living inside the main character, the second being bad formatting. The book also has two divergeant genres; historical adventure horror and action sci-fi. I feel the historical horror chapters with the minor inserts into history worked better than the action sci-chapters. Anyway I'm surprised the main character, when he got to the late 20th century, did not try to tame the creature with Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. That always tames the savage wild pre-schoolers.

This is Part II in our DOUBLEHEADER OF DOOM1 (lightning effect here) A compilation of scary stories written by black women from around the globe, it challenges our notions of race in horror writing. Black folks are frequently the main character, and occasionally, also the villain. There were only a few stories I did not like, but best yet, none that I skipped. That's pretty impressive for a book full of different authors 

One of my reviewed writers had a story in this compilation and that's how I found it. Therefore, readers and listeners who are creators! Get posted in genre collections and I might stumble upon your works while looking for authors I previously reviewed! It's the way to my show! 

Talk About It Tuesday / The Darkside Trilogy

Fans of the radio show have heard about his book at least 200 times. That’s a literal statement, because there are at least 200 episodes of the Genesis science fiction radio show. I actually went back and checked.

If you’re new to the program, then I’ll give you the quick run-down. In the first book of the The Darkside Trilogy, called Discovery, in 2002 a team of navy scientists are tracking an asteroid heading towards the moon. Using their gravity detectors, they learn that the asteroid is being controlled by unknown entities. A mysterious UFO crash in Iraq and an FBI investigation in Atlanta are quickly tied together and the truth is revealed. A group of black “separatists” with advanced technology are living on the moon. And they are not in a sharing mood, which sends the world into a big tizzy and threatens war with the colony.

In the second novel, Conception, we learn how the all-black moon colony was formed. In excruciatingly stated detail. Essentially, a black scientist discovered a means to control local gravity. Working together with his equally clever friends, they enhanced their discovery and set out to find a place where the evil white society can’t bother them. The night side of the moon becomes the perfect place and they establish an underground base there, well before Apollo 11 showed up. With the help of a friendly lawyer, they recruited many intelligent black Americans and the colony thrives away from white America. But they still love baseball and rib tips. We see the events of Discovery through their eyes in this novel.

In the conclusion novel Confrontation, the world really wants to form ties to the colony, now floating in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. They send 2 ships and sneak aboard a character who was instrumental in the first novel to make contact happen. Unfortunately, the ships and the Chicago police trigger a confrontation with the colony and its always angry leader. And then the Earth makes the already angry guy even more angry. Confronted with the knowledge the humans won’t change their ways, the colony decides to end their threat and make their thoughts known in the most deliberate terms imaginable.

The three books are similar enough that it’s hard to treat as three separate novels. So instead, I treat the series as one big story. That repeats itself. Over and over again.

Mr. Hayashi was a good sport, and while I was short on time, I feel like I covered the key parts of the novels that I wanted to praise and chastise him for. What do you think? Was I too harsh or did I talk too fast? Time was short so I probably sound like I was in full motor-mouth mode.

And yes, I have reviewed 51 member works (this episode was 49, 50, and 51). I made it this far, and I hope to continue reviewing books and other works for the foreseeable future.

Talk About it Tuesdays / Genesis Magazine Summer 2017

In this week's review, I run through the five published stories in the Summer 2017 issue of Genesis Magazine. Our site uses Genesis a lot. Genesis Magazine, Genesis Radio, Hyundai Genesis, Genesis Auto Body Repair... yeah you get the idea. I'm not saying change the name, though.

Keep it, because we've already built the brand.

The stories in this magazine came out pretty well. They would have been better if Joomag wasn't so buggy. I had a lot of trouble using Joomag to read the stories. It wouldn't change pages when zoomed in and you had to be zoomed in to read stories. Feels more like a photo magazine program than a story magazine. I would consider using a better hoster in the future. 

My favorite story of the bunch was the last one. We humans refused to go quietly into the night and certainly felt up to taking it to the aliens. Take that, Independence Day!