BOOK REVIEW: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

written by David Steffen Insurgent is a 2012 dystopic science fiction novel by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent (reviewed here) and the second in the Divergent trilogy. These stories take place in a future Chicago which is walled-off from the rest of the world and has been split into five factions: Candor (who value … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth

written by David Steffen Divergent is a 2011 dystopic science fiction novel by Veronica Roth, the first of a trilogy of books. The story takes place in an isolated city-state that used to be Chicago in the future, where it is walled off from the rest of the world where no one seems to know … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth

MOVIE REVIEW: Rango

written by David Steffen Rango is a 2011 computer-animated western comedy film distributed by Paramount Pictures. The protagonist (Johnny Depp) is a chameleon living a solitary life in a family’s terrarium acting out fantasy scenarios he invents in his ample spare time, and the family is driving with the terrarium in the back, when an … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Rango

TV REVIEW: Tales From the Loop Season 1

written by David Steffen Tales From the Loop is a science fiction series with a montage cast that premiered on Amazon Prime in April 2020, based on illustrations from the narrative art book of the same name by Simon Stalenhag. Underneath a small coastal town scientists have built The Loop, an experimental facility intended to … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Tales From the Loop Season 1

TV REVIEW: Miracle Workers Season 2: Dark Ages

written by David Steffen Dark Ages is the second season of TBS comedy series Miracles Workers. I use the term “series” very loosely here, because there is no plot continuity whatsoever between the two seasons–if they didn’t actually have the same name I wouldn’t call it a series. Besides the name, they do have a … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Miracle Workers Season 2: Dark Ages

TV REVIEW: Miracle Workers Season 1

written by David Steffen Miracle Workers is a TBS dark comedy series which, so far, has completely different topics and focus each season. Season 1 aired from February-March 2019, and is centered around the bureaucracy of heaven which is not as heavenly as we would like to believe, and is based on the novel What … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Miracle Workers Season 1

TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Skip-Bo

written by David Steffen Skip-Bo is a card game created by Minnie Hazel “Skip” Bowman in 1967, that has since been sold to Mattel. The object of the game is to completely empty your stock pile of cards, which in the standard rules starts with 30 cards (rules recommend changing this to 10 for a … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Skip-Bo

MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

written by David Steffen Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein is a 1999 straight-to-video cartoon film distributed by Universal Studios revising the version of the title characters from the 1983-1990 TV show. Three child-sized anthromorphic chipmunks Alvin (Ross Bagdasarian Jr) , Simon (Ross Bagdasarian Jr), and Theodore (Janice Karman), live with their adopted dad/manager Dave … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Bears Vs Babies

written by David Steffen Bears Vs Babies is a tabletop/card game from the makers of Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal, wherein you build fearsome Frankensteinian monstrosities to defeat and eat armies of vicious babies. Each turn you have several moves (how many depends on how many players) to stitch together your monstrous armies, attaching heads … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Bears Vs Babies

MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

written by David Steffen Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is a 2000 straight-to-video cartoon film distributed by Universal Studios reviving the version of the characters from 1983-1990 TV show. Three child-sized anthromorphic chipmunks Alvin (Ross Bagdasarian Jr) , Simon (Ross Bagdasarian Jr), and Theodore (Janice Karman), live with their adopted dad/manager Dave (Ross … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman