The Best of Cast of Wonders 2019

written by David Steffen Cast of Wonders is the YA branch of the Escape Artists podcasts, edited by Marguerite Kenner and Katherine Inskip, covering all speculative genres and aiming to appeal to YA audiences.  Marguerite Kenner announced at the end of the last episode of the year that that was the last episode she was … Continue reading The Best of Cast of Wonders 2019

The Best of Drabblecast 2016-2019

written by David Steffen The Drabblecast is a weekly (theoretically) podcast of strange stories for strange listeners (such as yourself). It is edited, published, and hosted by Norm Sherman. In 2016-2017 it gradually fell into hiatus for a couple years until a big relaunch plan with a Kickstarter to help keep it going. It’s very … Continue reading The Best of Drabblecast 2016-2019

MOVIE REVIEW: Spies In Disguise

written by David Steffen Spies in Disguise is a 2019 computer-animated action/comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The movie follows super-suave celebrity spy (ala James Bond) Lance Sterling (Will Smith), who is on the top of his game, able to infiltrate an enemy’s facility and make it look … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: Spies In Disguise

TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Pass the Pigs: Pig Party

written by David Steffen Pass the Pigs: Pig Party is an expanded version of the game Pass the Pigs. In case you haven’t played Pass the Pigs (which I’m guessing you haven’t) it is a simple game where you score points based on how the pigs land. For instance, a single pig on its feet … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Pass the Pigs: Pig Party

TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Uno: Super Mario Edition

written by David Steffen Uno: Super Mario Edition is a special edition version of the familiar Uno game much-beloved by generations (which in itself I’m guessing is based on the existing game Crazy Eights, but with trademarks and special cards). For those not familiar, the goal of Uno is to get rid of all of … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Uno: Super Mario Edition

BOOK REVIEW: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

written by David Steffen written by David Steffen Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a 2004 fantasy novel by Susanna Clarke conveyed as a historical account of two magicians interested in the revival of English magic in the 19th century. English magic has been on the decline for centuries, to the extent that those who … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

BOOK REVIEW: Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler

written by David Steffen Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler was the second book published in the Patternmaster series (preceded by Patternmaster), as well as the second book in the chronological order (preceded by Wild Seed). I read the books as a collection that included the four main books in chronological order, rather than … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler

GAME REVIEW: Undertale

written by David Steffen Undertale is an RPG game developed by indie developer Toby Fox published by 2015. Its based on a familiar format to many gamers–the RPG, walking around the map and contending with random monster attacks and boss fights as you go fulfill your quest. You can fight the monsters, like you’d expect. … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Undertale

BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

written by David Steffen The Testaments is a 2019 near-future (or I guess alternate-history at this point?) novel by Margaret Atwood, a sequel to the well-known 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale (reviewed here) (which in itself spawned the ongoing Hulu TV series of 3 seasons, seasons 1 2 and 3 reviewed here). Note that for … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Monument Valley

written by David Steffen Monument Valley is a 2014 touchscreen indie puzzle game developed by UsTwo. The plot is fairly light, even for a puzzle game, and the main focus is on maneuvering from one door to another door, with a charming and simple graphical apperance. Optical illusions play a big part in the puzzle … Continue reading VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Monument Valley