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Destinaton Moon, Pizza and a Movie

06 Jan

Since I recently wound up my Adventures of Pizza Dude series, I could not resist sharing this headline and accompanying photos with you.

Japanese to Build Domino’s Pizza on the Moon
Yes, you read that right. The Japanese division of Domino’s Pizza has released plans to build a dome-shaped Domino’s on the moon, and would apparently support a drive-through suitable for space motorcycles (Lunazuki’s, no doubt). Of course, this thing isn’t going to get built THIS year.  The designers estimate it will cost U+00A51.67 trillion, (or about 21.74 billion US Bucks) to build and recovering such an investment will require a little more population than we have up there now.  But, when we set up the first moon colonies, Domino’s plans have the monopoly on pizza joints.

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Book Review: Scat

31 Dec

The Story

Scat by Jim Graham, sci-fi novelScat, by Jim Graham is an imaginative and intriguing story set in the far future that follows Sebastian Scatkiewicz, a.k.a. Scat – an American in the US Marine Corps and decorated war hero. After ‘retiring’ from the Marines he finds himself on a distant planet working in a mine. He gets caught up in a riot there, and is shipped to another planet where he is unwillingly swept up in a planetary rebellion. The major players in the war that ensues are not governments so much as mega-corporations, a regulatory commission and the people of the planet he’s on. All he wanted was to do his tour of duty in the mine, get paid and buy a patch of dirt to settle on. Now he’s embroiled in a war and he has to choose a side.

Mr. Graham employs some unique science and offers a very dark view of corporate domination that may appear all too realistic given the way things are going. The story undergoes several convolutions that turn the plot on its head and leaves you guessing where it will end up, and I love the twist at the end that serves up retribution for the villainous. All of the villainous. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Book Review: The Trilisk Ruins

06 Nov

The Trilisk Ruins (Parker Interstellar Travels #1), by Michael McCloskey, is a futuristic tale.  Mankind has achieved an efficient form of space travel and ventured out among the stars, but humanity and the people who try to manage it are not so very different from us today.

Among the stars, humanity has discovered evidences – artifacts – left by several technologically advanced alien races, but have not found any evidence that these races still survive.

Telisa Relachik is the daughter of a high ranking naval officer, the captain of a military starship.  She is trained as a xenoarcheologist (studier of alien artifacts) and highly resents the government’s increasing attempt to control possession and even knowledge of the alien artifacts. This puts her and her father at odds with each other.

Telisa accepts a job offer with an organization that has the ability – and the desire – to help her locate and study artifacts without government interference.  The only problem is that doing so is so illegal it carries the death penalty. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Book Review: 30 Day Clutter Bootcamp

23 Oct

30 day clutter bootcamp30 Day Clutter Bootcamp is a lively, active book that will spur you on if your goal is to get rid of the clutter and streamline your home.  Some of its features are:

  • 106 pages of decluttering magic.
  • 40 sure-fire decluttering techniques.
  • A 30 day clutter action guide.
  • A personal cheerleading squad on every page.
  • Inspiration quotes in callout boxes.
  • Quick and easy action days. Most under 30 minutes.
  • Flexibility. You can go at your own pace and comfort level.
  • 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. (No one’s asked for their money back yet!)
  • A unique category approach to decluttering so you won’t get overwhelmed.
  • All decluttering all the way. It’s not watered down with organizing tips. (declutter first. organize later.)
  • A ton and a half of inspiration to keep you bootcamping your way to a clutter free house.
  • 100% new content. This is not a collection of blog posts. None of the material in the book has been posted before.
  • Free support on her blog. Ask your questions or ask for inspiration and she’ll be here for you!

If you are looking for a guide to organizing your treasure-trove storehouse, this is not he book for you.  If you want a practical guide to sorting through and clearing out the mess, here is the answer.  And it’s all written in Tanja’s light-hearted, friendly style, so there are no lectures, no browbeating. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Book Review: Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge

09 Oct

Stopover at the Backworlds Edge by MPaxStopover at the Backworlds’ Edge is the second book in Mary Pax’s Backworlds series about bio-engineered human life forms that were created to be able to thrive in the harsh environments of planets that are not exactly, “Earth Normal”.

The Story

In this tale we find Craze and his new-found friends from the first book encamped at Pardeep Station, a sort of rest stop along the galactic interstate system, except Pardeep is out in the sticks, galactically speaking, and not an especially inviting place to go.

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Book Review: The Cowchip Café (Cowchip Al)

25 Sep

The Cowchip Café (Cowchip, Al) by Norman Morrison.  Reviewed in Kindle format. Book length is listed as 45 printed pages. Price: $0.99 at Amazon.com.

The Story

Cowchip Cafe, eBook, sci-fi, norman MorrisonThe Cowchip Café by Norman Morrison is a delightful novelette set mostly in the only restaurant in the small rural town of Cowchip Alabama.  The cast of characters include:

  • Lewis Stubbs: the restaurant owner, rebel, idealist.
  • Port Love: the cook. An older black man living in a typical southern town and dealing graciously with the prejudice that entails.
  • An assortment of “old farts” having their weekly get-together for coffee and tale swapping. Included is the former town mayor.
  • And a nutty alien who orders a burger and triple hash browns before threatening to destroy the planet.

Along the way we learn something of the town of Cowchip Alabama’s quirky history, how Lewis came to own the restaurant, and some interesting background on Port Love. The “old farts” discussion includes a flash of light seen the night before and their experiences (real or imagined) with alien visitation.  The Mayor’s diplomatic background comes into play in resolving the current instance of otherworldly invasion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Friday Date Night: Destination Space

25 Aug

Destination Space, movie, scifi, classic, 1950sOne of the Simple Pleasures of life that Marie and I enjoy is a standing “date night” where we set time aside specifically to spend it relaxing together doing something we both enjoy.  One of our common interest is 1950′s Sci-Fi movies.  What we call Schlocky Sci-Fi.  We have quite a collection of our own, and we have discovered that we can “rent” others on-line and watch them on our television by patching my notebook computer into the TV with an HDMI cable.  Those we particularly enjoy we will purchase for the collection.

Rentals can be had from Amazon.com, Hulu.com, and Netflix.com.  Pricing generally runs either $1.99 or $2.99 from Amazon (our preferred provider) and both Amazon and Hulu offer some free rentals.

This week’s selection was “Destination Space”.  Details provided with the listing were: Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Book Review: Torch Ginger by Toby Neal

20 Aug

mystery, crime novel, Hawaii, Toby Neal

Torch Ginger is the second book in the Lei Crime Novels series written by Toby Neal, the first being Blood Orchids.

In this book, main character Leilani Texeira is a police detective who must lead her team in solving serial murders that involve the disappearance of a certain class of tourists and are probably cult related.  These murders occur on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, which is, as Ms. Neal’s story describes it: “…the last of the Wild West, a jungle paradise of secretive people and strange spiritual forces.”

The first obstacle Detective Texiera encounters is the fact that murders have been occurring for some time and the police have not noticed.  The second comes in the form of the ambitions of others on the police force with whom she serves. And there is the issue of a past love, someone she is desperately trying to leave behind, being assigned to her team. Add in the fact that Lei falls in love with one of the suspects, and throw in a spiritualist who is consulting on the cultic aspect of the case, but seems more interested in Leilani’s personal life.  And there is Leilani’s past; something she doesn’t like to talk about but threatens to interfere with her ability to do her job, and you have the threads that weave the tapestry that is Torch Ginger. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Review Building an Author Platform that can Launch Anything: a Social Media Minibook.

19 Apr

author, platform, marketing, promotion, sales, networkingBuilding an Author Platform that can Launch Anything: a Social Media Minibook, by Toby Neal, is a concise yet information packed mini-book that gives straight-forward advice for authors on how to build an author platform (writer-speak for a system of marketing and promotional tools) that will build readership and excitement for both the author and their book.  The end result: sales!

Book Description:

Effective steps to building an author platform that can take advantage of free programs and launch any book into visibility and better sales.

Self published or not, today’s authors have to develop their own “platform” for reaching book buyers. This power-packed booklet contains tips based on author Toby Neal’s sales and psychology background and experience with her bestselling crime novel, Blood Orchids. These secrets maximize social media to build an author platform that can bring fast, wide-ranging visibility and increased sales to any book.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Book Review: Sullivan’s War, All Good Men Serve the Devil

02 Apr

Sullivan’s War 1: The Story

book review, Sullivans War, Michael K Rose

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Rick Sullivan is an idealist, bent on ending a corrupt government’s strangle hold on his home planet of Edaline.  Sullivan is the bad-guy and not above killing people to accomplish his goal.

Frank Allen is an investigator in the equivalent of a galaxy-spanning FBI.  Someone killed a planetary assemblyman, Frank is part of the team sent to investigate.  This quickly pits him against Sullivan in a planet hopping game of hide and seek that comes to involve an assembly of colorful and often loathsome characters.  There is little regard for The Law among the fringe planets and Allen and his team meet with opposition even from among their own side. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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