I feel like mentioning that this review has spoilers is the right thing to do, but really Oblivion spoils itself in the first five minutes and this review turned into more of a recap. I don’t think good movies tend to start with five minutes of exposition explaining the setup and back story and what the main… Read More »
Hawken: Genesis (Archaia)answers the question “What’s my motivation?” for payers of Hawken the game. Hawken by Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment is part Total Recall, in that it’s set in a ruined dystopian planet; part my desperate hopes for what Pacific Rim will be, a ridiculous mecha battle royal; and part Gundam where everyone is… Read More »
The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse by Nina Post Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Amazon blurb: As Pothole City races to rebuild, a bounty hunter-turned-building manager must find a missing Cluck Snack executive, settle a bitter dispute between warring donut shops, and foil yet… Read More »
A private Learjet filled with scientists travels across the ocean toward Miami. As it passes through the Bermuda Triangle, strange effects disturb the instruments and violent weather envelops the aircraft until it plummets out of control and vanishes without trace. In Miami, Sheriff Kyle Sears arrives at a murder scene. A woman and her daughter… Read More »
The Facebook Diet by Gemini Adams Release date: January 30, 2013 Publisher: Living Consciously Publishing Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review. Also note that this review is being posted on both Apocalypse Mama and In Case of Survival. Blurb: There are now 1 billion people on Facebook.… Read More »
Existence by David Brin Release date: June 2012 Publisher: Tor Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Amazon blurb: Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence. Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone… Read More »
Welcome to the apocalypse. You’re a parent. Are you prepared? Note: I was able to take this class for free because I’m reviewing the class for ICoS. I’ve written about post-apocalyptic parenting in the past here on ICoS. Being a post-apocalyptic parent is something I think about, albeit a little less often than I think… Read More »
We all know having the proper supplies, tools, and even clothes for the apocalypse is vital. We prepare our bodies with exercise and diet, but how do we prepare our mind? How do we ready ourselves for the predators who will use mental tricks and manipulation to assert their will?
I recently read an article about Pick up Artistry or PUA. It’s a school of thinking and series of behaviors designed to coach men that women aren’t interested in to manipulate, bully, and otherwise deceive their way into bed.
There’s a book, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss, about understanding and employing this technique that has a nearly perfect score on amazon with about 720 reviews. Overwhelmingly, these Seven Hundred and Twenty people, likely a vast majority of men found topics like “Selecting a Target” and “Isolating the Target” to be valuable information.
Read the book, not to become this kind of person but to recognize them when they approach you, your friends, your daughter. Explain to your friends and relative what it looks like to be manipulated by a Pick up Artist. Every potential victim needs to not only be confident in their own mind and cues it’s providing but also aware of what might be churning in the mind of that seemingly vulnerable man who needs help on the other side of those buildings.
The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone Publisher: Centrinian Publishing Release date: May 18, 2012 Note: Review copy provided by the publisher Amazon blurb: WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE? One Planet. Two Worlds. Population: Human … 7 billion. Others … unknown. When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air… Read More »
At PAX Prime 2012 I was able to spend time and have a great conversation with David, a Lead Desiginer at Red 5 Studios. Please understand, nothing bad has ever come from the level of enthusiasm, sincerity and thoughtfulness David showed. Firefall is a game created by people who love games and quality and science fiction and stories and badassary.
I watched the trailer and was slack-jawed in awe of this amazing story and design. These characters were compelling and this story was engaging. I saw designs that surpassed my science fiction, dystopian dreams. I read comics with narrative and dialogue that had me smiling to myself in public because that shit was AMAZING!
Unfortunately, I can’t say all of those loved and amazing things make it into the Firefall game. Firefall the universe and idea are expansive, exciting and brilliant while Firefall the game promises something far different.
No cover image available at this time The Future We Left Behind by Mike A. Lancaster Release date: November 13, 2012 Publisher: Egmont U.S. Review copy provided by the publisher (Note: This book was published in the UK as 1.4) Currently, there is no blurb for the U.S. version of the book, so here is the… Read More »
In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake. Everything changes when Zora, a… Read More »
Today the review for John Xero’s book, This is the New Plan, went up (link here). Well, I’m excited to say that John Xero has been generous enough to offer one of our readers a free copy of the book (in e-book form)! John wrote 33 stories for this book. (Well, 33 that he included in… Read More »
This is the New Plan by John Xero (available now) Review copy provided by the author. Amazon blurb: This is the New Plan. Thirty three genre-blending works of fiction. Thirty one flash fictions book-ended by two short stories. This is the way the world dies. The way it is born. The way it lives and… Read More »