EBook Review: The Moonlight Hauntings: A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Boxset by Mason Dean

The Moonlight Hauntings: A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Boxset

I’ve only had a chance to read the first book in this set which is all about Gabbington Mansion in Glenmont Maine, and I can’t wait to read the rest.

I think this story is really great, but it did seem a bit pat in places. I did like the mystery and suspense of finding out who the killer was. The ghosts weren’t spooky, but I guess I’ve watched too many horror movies as well as “reality” ghost hunting shows because they weren’t all that interesting either.

It was a nice story thought, and I am eager to read the next story in the set all about Quenby Mansion in Georgia.

I do recommend this if you’re looking for a light read. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself on Amazon!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Gotham Ghosts – Audio Book Review

This story was written by Craig Schaefer, and the audio book was narrated by Susannah Jones. It was originally released in April 2019.

I got the book because I thought it was going to be a really good ghost story, and I didn’t stop to read the description. It wasn’t what I thought it was, but I’m glad I didn’t read the description before I bought it. If I had, I would have missed out on a really good story.

This is a story about Lionel Page, a reporter who makes a living debunking everything from faith healers to pet psychics, and he has no limits to how far he’ll go to get the story. He gets a tip from a mysterious woman named Regina Dunkle about a supposed lost manuscript written by Edgar Allen Poe. Is it real, or is it fake? Regina will pay Lionel to find out, and he gets the scoop no matter which way it goes.

Madison Hannah is also on the hunt for the manuscript, and she finds Lionel a willing partner, once she decides not to kill him.

This book is a supernatural thriller with a thread of romance woven through it. It’s done tastefully and feels almost natural. This is a welcome change from the blatant, in-your-face romance a lot of books are full of these days. Even when it doesn’t really fit the plot of the story, authors seem to think romance should be in there somewhere. In this story, the pair becoming a couple seems to be a natural thing and doesn’t interfere with the rest of the story.

I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it to anyone who likes stories with magic, mystery and a bit of romance thrown in. Warning: there are some death scenes a sensitive person might not want to hear about. I’m a horror far so, it didn’t bother me.

As always, don’t take my word for it, give the story a listen. I am on the hunt for the written book to add to my library.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Maximum Ride – Movie Review

Released in 2016 by Paramount Pictures and now available on Amazon. Films stars Allie Marie Evans as Max, Patrick Johnson as Fang, Lyliana Wray as Angel, Gavin Lewis as Gazzy, Tetona Jackson as Nudge, Zayne Emory as Iggy, and Luke Gregory Crosby as Ari.

This movie is supposed to be based on a series of books about a group of human/avian hybrids created in a lab who were removed from the lab when they were all very little and are now trying to make their way in the world without being captured and returned to the lab.

Right off the bat, the film differed from the book. Max has breasts. She’s not supposed to have breasts as she oviparous, and in the book she has a breast bone, not breasts. All they had to do was bind the actress or give her some to wear to cover it up. It’s not a small issue – it’s part of the Max character.

Iggy is blind, but he’s not skinny like he is in the book. He’s built. He makes for nice eye candy for the younger generation, but he doesn’t fit the character. His thinness is talked about in the series to some extent and while it’s not a health/performance issue, it does add to the fact he’s a bird person.

The rest of the cast is pretty decent though I don’t remember Gazzy being so into bombs.

A major thing is none of them have visible wings!! In the books, their wings are on the outside, part of their skeleton! They can’t pull them in, and Iggy actually wears an overcoat(missing in the movie) to cover his. This last part might be a misremembrance on my part – please correct me if I’m wrong. I am not wrong about them never pulling their wings into their bodies or having weird slits in their backs for their wings to come out of.

What made me stop watching not even a third way through the film was when Max’s wings emerged. They were tiny!!! Not only than, they weren’t even proper wings! In the book series, the wings are huge with the kids’ having around a 6 foot wingspan each! On the younger kids this is most likely smaller, but the older ones would have wings this size. The fact these wings were so ridiculous and unrealistic was a slap in the face, I think.

The fight scene that followed right after was sheer stupidity with the stop action I couldn’t watch a second more. Yes, it was 2016, but we had some kick ass movies come out that year:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Rogue One
  3. Deadpool

That’s just three, but they all had great fight scenes! Paramount should be ashamed of themselves for turning a great series into a crap film.

I don’t recommend watching this movie. Read the books by James Patterson instead, you’ll like them a great deal more. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it, I’d never tell you what to do. I can only offer my opinion. Check out the movie, and the books, if you like and please, if you do, feel free to share. I’d love to hear what you think.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Shop Titans – Game Review

I actually play this on my PC on the Steam platform. I had played it on my phone, but it’s much easier to play on PC. This game is also FREE.

This is a game where you basically:

  1. Make things to sell from blueprints
  2. Decorate your shop to bring in more customers
  3. Recruit Heroes and Champions to go on quests to bring back items to create with. Things like Silver Powder and Glowshrooms
  4. Upgrade your suppliers’ buildings to get your materials faster
  5. You get a pet to help with charming your customers so you can get them to pay more for items.
  6. You level up your blueprints to make more and more expensive and powerful items
  7. You outfit your Heroes and Champions with things you make and buy from in game characters.

The game is very laid back, and you have no time limits to make things. There are guilds, I’m in one, and they give you perks like

  1. Help you level up by completing bounties
  2. Bounties give you items from Grab Bags once you get 100 guild coins
  3. Leveling up buildings in the city is done by everyone and not just you
  4. You get help with upgrading furniture in the shop
  5. You can buy/trade with other members

I’ve been a member of the guild I’m in: Bastionhold for a month now, and I enjoy it a great deal. There’s no pressure to do anything, but I do because it helps me as well as the guild.

Gameplay is super easy, and leveling doesn’t slow down until you get around level 30. I’m at level 41 myself, and I’m the highest ranked – right now.

I really like how I can play and do very well without having to spend any money. The game does offer things for money and has three special suppliers in town you can only get if you buy them. They aren’t necessary to the game however – they simply add to it. I also like how on the PC, you don’t get all the ads like you do on the Mobile App. That gets annoying after a while.

I recommend this game to everyone who wants something laid back and easy to play. If you want to join my guild, I’ll be happy to have you! As always, don’t take my word for it – check out the game yourself. It’s on Steam and from the Google Play store for sure – there may be other places to find it as well, but I don’t know them myself.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver.

Site Review: Ribblr

I just found this site: Ribblr recently, and I’m hooked!

It’s a lot like Ravelry in that you can buy and sell patterns, but it’s so much more! I made a couple of free patterns, and I really love how interactive the patterns are.

  1. Journaling – each pattern allows you to keep a journal related to that pattern. You can share the journal with the public as well. I used it to keep notes on what yarn and hook I used, how long it took me to make the pattern and what I thought of the whole experience.
  2. Marking – each pattern allows you to mark off which line you’ve done in the pattern so you always know where you are and where you stopped if you take a break

The site is divided by level of experience or you could just view the entire library of patterns. It’s also searchable by free and paid patterns and by designer.

You can have a creator account as well as a designer account so you can access both if you like. I’m more of a creator, but I know a lot of people who both create and design so that feature is nice to have.

I strongly suggest everyone check them out, even if you don’t create yourself, you might know someone who does and can buy them a lovely pattern they don’t have.

If you check this site out, please let me know. I’d love to hear what others think of the site!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Book Review: The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul

Published in 1997 by Random House Publishing Group. this is the complete six part series based on the fictional city of Blackstone as imagine by John Saul. This is a horror series so be warned.

While Stephen King is my favorite horror writer, I like John Saul as well. He slowly builds up the horror using things like dolls and handkerchiefs to scare the pants off the reader. This use of the mundane is very like King and thus, helps to sell the scare.

While I like the plots, and the stories in general, his writing style is awkward reading for me. He mixes action in with his dialogue, often burying dialogue in a short action scene. I find this makes the flow jerk a bit, but that’s just me.

So, here are the short stories in this series, all in one convenient book:

Part 1 An Eye For an Eye: The Doll

This is pretty self explanatory – it’s about a cursed doll. It’s a lot like Annabell, and it’s a girl doll. While not quite original, the way the characters react to the doll as well as the actions of the doll itself make this story unique and quite creepy.

Part 2 Twist of Fate: The Locket

This is a heart shaped locket like one used to give to daughters and girl friends. It opens, and you could put something inside like a picture or a lock of hair. The one in the story has a lock of hair in it. I won’t spoil the story for you, but it made me rethink wearing any type of jewelry for a while.

Part 3 Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon’s Flame

This one is about a lighter that was shaped like a dragon’s head. The story is a bit gruesome so fair warning!

Part 4 In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief

This is another one that’s self explanatory. I can’t say much more without spoiling the story.

Part 5 Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope

A stereoscope is like a ViewMaster but much, much older. It uses two pictures of the same scene only slightly different which, when you look at them together through the scope, makes the picture look 3D. It came to being about 1830-40,and it was made to be a toy, to amuse people – like the ViewMaster. In the story however, it’s not that amusing.

Part 6 Asylum

This is where all the things in the other stories had come from, where their evil had been born. This asylum was back in the 1940s or therebouts, and it wasn’t the nicest place in the world to be committed to. I can’t say much else, but I’m sure you’ve seen enough horror movies about asylums to know how this series is going to culminate and end.

I recommend you read this book. I enjoyed it myself, but not everyone likes the same things I do. If you do read the book, let me know. I’d like to talk to someone about it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

The New Mutants – Movie Review

Produced by 20th Century Studios and released in 2020. It’s directed by Josh Boone who cowrote the screenplay with Knate Lee. It’s loosely based on the Marvel comics series The New Mutants. It stars Maisie WilliamsAnya Taylor-JoyCharlie HeatonAlice BragaBlu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.

The movie is about five teenage mutants being kept in a “hospital” of sort and looked after by a “doctor” who not only tends to their physical needs but their mental states as well. All five have killed people whether by accident or on purpose. They are all quite powerful though Rahne Sinclair is the lowest on the scale with her werewolf alter ego. The most powerful is Danielle “Dani” Moonstar whose psychic abilities are on par with Jean Gray pre Phoenix.

I am a big fan of the comic book series this movie is loosely based on, and I can tell you they mucked up the backstories on ALL of the characters. Illyana is very powerful in the comics and she’s also the youngest of the group. Her dragon, Lockheed is real and not a sock puppet. Illyana, in the comics was never abused in any way, she’s actually a devilish little git with the ability to go to hell and control demons.

In short, the comics are way better than the movie as far as stories go.

Still, the show had a decent plot, and the action was good. The actors were okay too, nobody really stood out as an Oscar winner – not to me. Still, it’s better than a poke in the eye.

As always, don’t take my word for it. See the movie for yourself and then, let’s chat about it. I love discussing things with people, even if they have different opinions than mine – even more so in fact.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Ready Player One – Movie Review

This is a Warner Bros. film that is based on the book by the same name. It was directed by Stephen Spielberg. It stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Phillip Zhao, and Win Morisaki. It was released in 2018.

This movie is a futuristic sci-fi set in 2045. The world is overcrowded and pretty miserable. They use online games as a way of escaping as well as a worldwide hub called Oasis. Oasis is a pure world for gaming, no ads, no marketing just fun. It provides access to even retro games like Adventure Quest and Pong. Avatars are fully customizable and can be anyone/anything the player wants.

The creator of the game died and willed that the winner of a contest he designed would win control of the Oasis and all it’s games. The contest has clues leading to three keys, and each key leads to another area of the contest with its clues and keys. The clues are based on the life of the creator and all sorts of data on his life is available in the Archives of the games should the players want to go through them. The clues are very tricky as are the games you have to beat.

I was with my gentleman friend when it was on cable, and we only caught the last 30 minutes of it. We had fun trying to identify as many of the avatars from our days playing old school games, and there were quite a few of them. The main character uses an avatar that looks a lot like those used in the Final Fantasy franchise.

Just recently, I was able to watch the entire show, and I quite enjoyed it. I liked the plot, and the idea behind the movie. It was geared more towards kids I guess, but it was still a great movie to watch. The actors were quite good and though I didn’t recognize any of the kids, I did recognize two of the adult male actors. They did fantastic jobs in their supporting roles as the antagonists.

I highly recommend seeing this game if just for the fun of seeing old games from your past – if you’re older than 40 anyway. 🙂 Don’t take my word for it, check it out, and I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Scrivener: Writing Program Review

Many years ago, I was one of the winners of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is held every November and has participants from around the world. That year, one of the prizes for winning was a free copy of Scrivener. That was about ten years ago, when I wrote the rough draft for Crimson Knight.

I have only had to update and pay for the right to use the program three times, and the program has gotten better in many ways and in others, it needs more work.

One of the issues I’ve found with it is that you practically have to take a course to learn how to use the program. In fact, there are quite a few online classes as well as books teaching you how to use Scrivener. I didn’t have those resources so, I wasted quite a few hours learning how to do things correctly. It was a lot of trial and error, mostly error, and I am still not fully sure of what I’m doing.

That said, let’s talk about the program a bit.

What is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a program designed to help writers write. Sounds like a word processor from back in the day, but it does a great deal more than that. In addition to helping you format your work using either the presets provided or custom elements, it also:

  1. Assists with editing during the writing process by highlighting words spelled incorrectly and missing punctuation.
  2. Allows you to choose how you want to set up your project by choosing either a blank page for a custom project or choosing presets like manuscript, recipe, play, journal, etc.
  3. Saves your work as almost a dozen different formats including .docx and .pdf

Manuscript Production

This is the main reason I chose to use Scrivener many years ago. Once you decide to write a manuscript, it allows you to choose which kind: fiction or non-fiction as well as play/movie script. Then it:

a. Set up Title Page and Chapters

b. Separates Chapters into Scenes

c. Provides a Corkboard view so you can check each scene individually with ease

d. Has places for notes and research

e. Saves everything in one file so you don’t have to worry about losing your notes or forgetting where you found something.

f. Compiles the finished project according to choice: print or e-book.

My Experiences

My main issue was learning how to format and make sure all the formatting was done to the entire body of work. I have found you have to preset all the formatting vales before you start writing because if you don’t, it’s a major headache having to go back and fix everything.

Also, formatting for an e-book is much different than formatting for a print book, and you have to pay attention to the space around your text so you don’t use more than an e-book creator program will allow you to. Same with print, many self publishing programs have boundaries on the book pages you can’t put anything in because it will be damaged during the printing and cutting process.

Conclusion

Scrivener is a great program and despite all my issues learning how to use it, I don’t want to use anything else. The only error in this program that I’ve found is user error. I suggest buying a book and taking a course to learn how to use the program unless you’re hands on like me and don’t mind finding out how to use it on your own.

Don’t take my word for it, of course. Try out the program for yourself. I think there are trial versions available. If you like it, it’s well worth the price of the licensing.

If you already use the program, feel free to let me know your thought/feelings about the program. I’d love to hear from you.

Before I go, I want to remind everyone of the raffle I have going on for a few more days! If you’re new here, check out the full story at the link below:

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Thank you so much for reading down this far!

See you on the flipside and forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

STEEMIT – site review

I have not been on this site long so this isn’t a definitive review. I just wanted to bring this site to your attention because more and more sites like this one are popping up. I am not sure why, but this is the current trend.

STEEMIT uses blockchain technology to store all the content added to it. People can earn STEEM, a cryptocurrency only useful on this site, and it’s sole use seems to be to allow the posters to add more content to the blockchain.

As I’ve said, I’m still new to this site. I have found that threads that claim to be English are full of posts in non-English languages and thus, I am unable to respond or add to the posts in order to earn STEEM.

It’s also not that user-friendly, and you have to dig to find anything helpful to aid you in learning how to use the site. They have an Academy, but I haven’t found much of use on there so far.

I am not sure how active I’ll end up being on this site, but I don’t want you taking my word for how the site is. I encourage you to check out the site yourself and decide on your own if you’ll use the site or not.

If you do check out the site, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you!

Before I go, I’d like to remind everyone I have a raffle going to help me pay for some of Mimi’s vet bills. Please, feel free to use the custom button for buying less than $5 worth of entries. For more information check out the bottom of this post:

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Thank you so much in advance, Mimi and I greatly appreciate it!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!