BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties is a 2017 graphic novel for kids, the third in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants), the series has been reviewed here. The title character Dog Man is a half-dog half-policeman who fights crime with the strengths and weaknesses … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man Unleashed is a 2016 graphic novel for kids, the sequel to the popular Dog Man graphic novel, previously reviewed here. In this novel, Dog Man (half dog half policeman) is facing off against both old villains (like Petey the Cat) and new: a telekinetic fish, another Petey made out … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man is a 2016 graphic novel for children written and drawn by Dav Pilkey, the creator of the Captain Underpants books. Just as, in the Captain Underpants books the Captain Underpants comics were invented by in-book characters George and Harold, Dog Man is their newest creation. The story begins with … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

written by David Steffen Allegiant is a 2013 dystopic science fiction novel by Veronica Roth, the final book in the Divergent trilogy after Divergent (reviewed here) and Insurgent (reviewed here). 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 … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book by Terry Jones

written by David Steffen Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book is a 1994 fantasy book by Terry Jones parodying the historical Cottingley fairy photographs of 1917 which caused a sensation when they seemed to depict realistic fairies with children. The story of the book begins when Lady Cottington is a young child and she manages to … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book by Terry Jones

Submission Grinder April Fool’s Recap

written by David Steffen Readers of Diabolical Plots may or may not know of its sister website also run by Diabolical Plots, LLC, called The Submission Grinder. The Submission Grinder is a donation-supported website to help writers find publications for their work–it hosts thousands of listings of fiction and poetry publications which are searchable by … Continue reading Submission Grinder April Fool’s Recap

MOVIE REVIEW: Onward

written by David Steffen Onward is a March 2020 CG-animated fantasy action/comedy film from Disney/Pixar. It had a brief theatrical release, but its lower ticket shows were attributed to shelter-in-place orders from COVID-19, and as a result it was published on digital streaming services much earlier than usual (we watched it on Disney+). Ian (Tom … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Onward

MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #8: People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson

written by David Steffen This is one of a series of articles wherein I examine a music video as a short film, focusing on the story rather than the music, trying to identify the story arcs and characters motivations, and consider the larger implication of events. The film this week is People Like Us by … Continue reading MUSIC VIDEO DRILLDOWN #8: People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson

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