Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SO I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE MOVIE FOR THIS SUMMER!!!

Adam Sandler does it again!  The man is both a comic genius and a thespian divine; all of his movies have been harshly underrated.  I have no idea why the critics are so hard on him; it simply baffles me.

Nah.  Just kidding.  I am not going to bag on Blended.  I have not seen the movie, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Sandler--mostly based on Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, and Spanglish.

My new favorite movie of the summer, so far, is Edge of Tomorrow, with Tom Cruise--an actor I generally want to dislike.  Cruise isn't allowing me the luxury of disliking his work.  In his new career as a science fiction action star, he's risen to new heights.  He was good in Oblivion; he completely outdoes himself in Edge of Tomorrow.

I am not going to describe the storyline in detail because I don't want to give anything away.  Let it suffice to say that Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhogs Day with guns and aliens.  (If you've seen the previews, you already know too much about the movie.)

Cruise is great in the movie.  So is Emily Blunt.  Bill Paxton is in the movie as well.  The best thing I can say about his performance is that I didn't realize it was him until I read the closing credits.

This is the first movie I have seen this summer that gets an A.


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

BTW--Here Is my Summer Movie Tally Thus Far

Godzilla--Time for the big lizard to change his last name from "Zilla" to "Awful."  Okay, maybe that's a bit too harsh, but I still give this movie a C-.

X-Men: Days of Future Past--Incredibly well acted, great story, lots of imaginative special effects--A-.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier--I am going to get hate mail for this, but I found this movie overrated.  The acting was fine the pacing was great.  Overrated in this case means I went to this movie looking for an A+ and walked away giving it an B+.

Divergent--Is two movies in one.  For its first first two-thirds, the movie reveals an interesting, though slightly derivative yarn about Katniss meeting Edward after going through the sorting hat.  It pulled me along for the ride.  It really did.  Then the action starts and the detailed storytelling vanishes.  The first section of the movie scores a B+.  The last third scores a C-.   I'll compromise and give this movie a C.

Noah--You know that scene in the previews in which this guy tells Noah something along the lines of, I am here with all of these men and you stand alone and defy me?  Remember, Noah responds, "I am not alone."  I always thought he meant God.  When you actually see the movie, you realize he means he has an army of thirty-foot rock golems.  I'm not joking.  I wish I were.  It turns out that the whole reason Noah was able to build the arc was because he had his golems do the heavy lifting.  Too bad the golems couldn't have done the heaving heaving on this movie because it was a drag--weepy, maudlin, and misplaced--even if you overlook the Biblical liberties taken by the writers.
In this version of the Biblical story, Noah wanted to murder his grandchildren and two of his sons tried to kill him; now there are some twists that I never expected.
I'll give this movie a D, it gets bumped up a few notches because it never failed to surprise me.

I noticed how much more I have written about the more disappointing movies.  I have a lot to say about X-Men and Captain America, but most of it comes with spoilers.

One thing, where are the non-super hero movies?

Here are the FINAL Wayson Harris Covers

Well, here they are... the American and British covers for the final Wayson Harris book.  What can I say, I hope you will judge this book by its cover because covers don't get much better than this.

Okay, yes, once the book is out, I hope you will give the content a try.  My goal was to send Harris off with an apocalyptic bang.














I hope you'll like what happens inside the book as much as what is happening on the outside.

Friday, April 11, 2014

DONE AT LAST!!!!!!

Wayson Harris #10, The Clone Apocalypse is done at last.  I have a few weeks left to polish it until it shines, and I plan to use every moment of that time.

The book is HUGE, the longest Wayson Harris novel, and I haven't added the "HISTORY" section at the front of the book.

I hope you guys will like this book.  As this one really is the final one in the series, I want Harris to leave his friends hoping for more.  It's a big, grim, sprawling story, and I really, really hope you all like it.

Steven L. Kent

PS.  I have an AMAZING Christian McGrath cover I want to add to this post, but I don't have permission yet.  Christian also seems to have wanted to let Wayson go out with a bang.  He pulled out all of the stops on this cover!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

WATCH OUT, SHE SAYS SHE CAN TAKE HIM


NEWS FLASH (Taken from USAToday):



Ronda Rousey says she could hang with Floyd Mayweather in an MMA bout




To be precise, Ms. Rousey says:

“I would drop down to the ground and crawl over to him as fast as I can,” Rousey said. “I wouldn’t even stand up, I wouldn’t be near him. I would just do a little army crawl over there… I would just be skittering after him like the one dude in Bloodsport that was doing the whole monkey crawl fight system. I would do that. I would just bear crawl over there, too low for him to hit me, and tackle him down.”


And Floyd Mayweather isn't the only male champion receiving catcalls from across the gender gap. 

Inspired by Rhonday Rousey, NASCAR and Indy pioneeress Danica Patrick has issued a public statement daring Lance Armstrong to man-up, drug-up and pit his pedaling skills against her Indy car.

Also, Women's Speed Skating champion Lee Sang-hwa has put Usain Bolt on notice, declaring that any time he wants to step on the ice, she'll show him what 500 meter-speed is about.

Perhaps the most daunting challenge came from Russian weightlifter Tatiana Kahirina, who has accused U.S. figure skater Ross Miner of ducking her challenge to a power lifting showdown.

Whenever I hear about these shark-dares-bear-to-step-in-the-water challenges, I always think it says more about the challenger than the challenged.  Rhonda Rousey is a phenomenal fighter and may well be the best female fighter in the world; but she makes herself look part insecure/part megalomaniac when she brags about being able to out-kick and grapple a boxer.  Now if she really wants to dazzle, she should fight Mayweather in a boxing ring under WBA rules.

That would be impressive.













Saturday, February 08, 2014

INVISIBLE INK.

One of the earliest forms of invisible ink was urine.

In the novel, Dr. No, James Bond sent a message to M using invisible ink.

In his response, M warned Bond that the alcohol levels in his ink were unacceptably high.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Best Graphic Audio Cover So Far, By Far

Well guys, as you may have noticed, I have been just about silent on the old blog for the long, long while.  My apologies. At some point I fell very, very behind on The Clone Apocalypse.  As things now stand, I am pretty well caught up, and  the book is still slated for 2014 release--but not in October.  This time it comes out in December.

Sorry.

In the meantime, Graphic Audio has really stepped it up on the cover of Clone Assassin!

As I have stated many times, I genuinely love their dramatizations.

Sorry I have been so scarce, guys.  In truth, they say that authors who cannot keep up with their blogs are better off not having one.  I wonder if that is true.  I love chatting with you guys, but old Sad Sam's is looking horribly neglected.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Naens is right; it's time for "Clone Assassin" Spoiler Town

If you have comments, questions, or concerns regarding the latest Harris adventure, this is your chance to vent... within the realm of civility.  I will try to respond.