3P Reviews, Book and Play Reviews, Shakespeare Week

The Tragedy of Life – Macbeth

Remember Pope Night? Probably not, considering it hasn't really been a thing in the U.S. since the 1770s, but this extinct anti-Catholicism holiday is worth looking up because everything about it is just odd, from how it stemmed directly from Guy Fawkes Day and likely led in part to Halloween, to how it involved children… Continue reading The Tragedy of Life – Macbeth

3P Reviews

Real Life Looks Worse – Watchmen (film)

As may be obvious by now, I’m using November to buff up my backlog and get a bit of practice in writing reviews on a tighter deadline. I’m definitely not doing this to cheat at NaNoWriMo. Anyway, this one is going to be basic because I’ve already talked about it — or about its source… Continue reading Real Life Looks Worse – Watchmen (film)

3P Reviews

Meals and Mimickry – Scott Pilgrim, Book Two

Relationships are hard, what with boyfriends and girlfriends and friend-friends, some of whom have secret evil exes that attack you at random with lethal weaponry and sick finishers. It's a common problem. We rejoin Scott and company as they struggle through the difficulties of Canadian adolescence, Scott with the dual quests of breaking up with… Continue reading Meals and Mimickry – Scott Pilgrim, Book Two

Lessons in Adaptation

Lessons in Adaptation: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

See? I told you I would do more on some of those recommendations. To be completely honest, though, I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to recommend either version of Good Omens. I like them both. I liked their better aspects quite a lot, actually. About a quarter of the way into the book, I was… Continue reading Lessons in Adaptation: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Breakfast Recommendations

Demons, Dreams, and Hellish Things – Breakfast Recommendations #1

With the glut of entertainment out there, it can be hard to get an idea of what's good to watch or read or play outside of anything new. I don't know that this new review series is likely to change things, but maybe you'll find it useful. The idea here is that every week (more… Continue reading Demons, Dreams, and Hellish Things – Breakfast Recommendations #1

3P Reviews

The Deserts We Make of Ourselves – Scott Pilgrim, Book One

  The world is a cold place. Life takes a lot out of you, even when the stakes are as low as they can get. This series is about a lot of things. It changes as you get older and see new ways to interpret its subjects. It’s more than it appears on its surface.… Continue reading The Deserts We Make of Ourselves – Scott Pilgrim, Book One

3P Reviews

3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Six

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters: 4 Aesthetics: 7 Creativity: 5 Overall Plot: 7 Subplots: 5 Sum: 28/50   Spoilers: Nope. None at all. Definitely not spoiling any of the series here. Audience Assumptions: I'm just going to hope you're familiar with the series by this point.   Season Eight Episode Six: The Iron Throne - ***  … Continue reading 3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Six

3P Reviews, Essays, Longform

What Makes a Good Character Relationship?

There are hundreds, thousands, maybe even more beautifully-written characters in published works. But what is a character on their own without any connection to the people around them? Isolated characters can only go so far; we are a social species, after all, so relationships of all sorts are important to us. Let's take a look at how fictional relationships work.

3P Reviews, Annihilation, Book and Play Reviews

3P Reviews: Annihilation (novel)

Annihilation (novel)   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Biologist, Anthropologist, Surveyor, Psychologist You may have noticed that I like discussing adaptations. You may have also noticed that I'm an extraordinarily slow reader whose penchant for books has diminished in recent years. If you haven't noticed, I certainly have. Lately, I've actively sought out a… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Annihilation (novel)

Essays

What Makes a Good Monster?

Everyone loves a cool monster design. I recently came across a Twitter thread on the subject and it got me thinking about what goes into effective horror monsters. There are a lot of schools of thought regarding horror in general, and because it's such a broad genre, its appeal will vary quite a bit from… Continue reading What Makes a Good Monster?