Archive | Uncategorized

13 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

TV Review: Eerie Indiana (1991-1992)

written by David Steffen Eerie, Indiana was a 19-episode episodic young adult SF/Fantasy show that aired on NBC in the 1991-1992 television season.  It was followed in spring 1998 with a 15-episode spinoff Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension on Fox Kids (which I’ll touch on briefly but is not the focus of this review).  I […]

Continue Reading

22 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Descendants

Descendants is a 2015 Disney Channel original live-action musical movie based in the United States of Auradon where each kingdom is based on an iconic Disney movie, but 20 years later.  Twenty years before marked the end of ALL of the Disney movie stories, when the now-united kingdoms all apparently vanquished their biggest villains simultaneously, and locked them away on a magicless prison island to leave Auradon safe.

Prince Ben’s (Mitchell Hope) coronation is near.  He is the son of Belle and Beast, the rulers of the Aurodon, and Ben has decided that his first official proclomation will be that he will start giving the second generation of the island a first chance at a decent life–the villains have had children on the island and those children are likewise confined.  As part of a pilot program, he chooses Mal (Dove Cameron, of Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie)–the daughter of Maleficent, Evie (Sofia Carson)–the daughter of Evil Queen of Snow White, Carlo (Cameron Boyce, of Disney Channel’s Jesse)–son of Cruella DeVille, and Jay–son of Jafar.  The reluctant teenagers are invited to become students at Auradon and try to rehabilitate there, and they’re pressured by their parents (especially Maleficent) to accept the invitation in order to find a way while they’re in Auradon to unlock the barrier securing the prison island.

Continue Reading

22 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

GAME REVIEW: Her Story

written by David Steffen Her Story is a keyword searching mystery game developed by Sam Barlow and released in 2015. The game begins with you looking at a console program on what appears to be a Windows 95 machine.  The program has a search box with the word “murder” in it, and 4 video clips […]

Continue Reading

20 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

written by David Steffen The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a computer-animated children’s comedy action movie produced by Warner Animation Group, the sequel to 2014’s The Lego Movie (reviewed here). Five Years have passed since the dark events of Taco Tuesday when President Business (Will Ferrell) tried to use the CRAGL to fix all of the […]

Continue Reading

13 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Spoiler Alert

written by David Steffen You are the Chili Pepper Knight, and you have already vanquished your foe and rescued the princess. But, now, time is rolling backwards and you have to replay the game in reverse, in this comedy platformer from Megafuzz in 2013. This is harder than you might think, because if you take any […]

Continue Reading

07 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: End of Watch by Stephen King

End of Watch is a speculative mystery book by Stephen King, the third in a series of mystery books about retired detective Bill “Kermit” Hodges.  The first book in the series is Mr. Mercedes, the second book is Finders Keepers.  The nature of the series means that I can’t really describe the contents of this book without major spoilers for the other books, especially Mr. Mercedes.  So, if you don’t want those spoiled, stop right here.

Continue Reading

05 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Diabolical Plots Year Four Available for Preorder!

Diabolical Plots Year Four is now available for pre-order at major ebook vendors like Amazon and Kobo!  See the books page for links for this and all of the other books published by Diabolical Plots.

Continue Reading

20 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Uncanny Magazine Podcast

Uncanny Magazine is an online Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine with a commitment to diversity.  Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damien Thomas are the co-publishers and co-editors-in-chief, and Michi Trota is the managing editor.  The first issue of Uncanny Magazine was published in November 2014.  Uncanny Magazine has already been nominated for and won multiple SF/F awards, including winning the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, and multiples stories first published there nominated in the Hugo story categories, winning a Parsec award, as well as being a finalist for World Fantasy Award and Locus Award.

Continue Reading

13 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

DP Submission Email Delay

written by David Steffen This morning the Diabolical Plots submission system started experiencing issues sending emails, so this will prevent me from properly resolving submissions until it’s fixed. Also, submissions can be made and you will get the confirmation number on the site (write that down if you want to check status!), but the issue […]

Continue Reading

27 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

HUGO BOOK REVIEW: Provenance by Ann Leckie

Provenance is a science fiction novel written by Ann Leckie released in September 2017, which takes place in the same universe as her breakout Imperial Radch trilogy (Ancillary Justice (2013) , Ancillary Sword (2014), Ancillary Mercy (2015)).  This book takes place shortly after the events of Ancillary Mercy.  It doesn’t share any of the characters or settings, but some of the political forces, cultures, technology, and alien races are familiar to those who’ve read the trilogy.  I don’t think you’d have any trouble following the story if you hadn’t read the trilogy, and I think it would work fine as a standalone, but you may have a shortcut to understanding certain elements from having seen the cultures and species in the previous books.

Continue Reading