Books & Other Topics

I’m currently working on expanding this section as the core repository for most of my topics. Books, comics, films, and editorial essays. Be sure to check back for more.

  • The Comic Book Story of Video Games: A Graphic Novel Review
    I’ve had this graphic novel sitting on my shelf for too long, setting aside a good time to sit down with it. These past couple of days, however, I’ve been flipping from page to page this excellently illustrated and narrated journey …
  • You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith: Pinball Love in Philly: YA Book Review
    While the industry in the gaming business model changes, Adam’s family’s pinball arcade and Whitney’s eSports Cafe are in direct competition with each other, and consequently Adam and Whitney. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith …
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    City of Shattered Light: Teenage Bubblegum Cyberpunk Outlaws – YA Fiction Recommendation
    From the author, Claire Winn, is a debut young adult science fiction novel that teeters on a megalopolis moon colony with a cast of fierce–and glittery–femme Fatales, their fierce cohorts, and an action-packed ride of cybernetic combat …
  • Quantum Leap – Last Call at Al’s: A Tribute to Dean Stockwell
    One of the best actors in Hollywood passed away in the past couple of days at age 85. Dean Stockwell, the actor/artist/environmentalist/cigar-enthusiast, is notably remembered for his role as Al Calavicci in the ’80s/’90s TV time travel …
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    Pumpkinheads: Seasonal Wholesome Graphic Novel for All (Review)
    This is another teen and YA appropriate, plus seasonally appropriate, review. Pumpkinheads is a very endearing and amusing graphic novel released pre-pandemic. It is the creation of author Rainbow Rowell and author / illustrator Faith Erin Hicks. It …
  • Another Kind: Cryptid Kids Hit Shelves, Fun YA/Teen Graphic Novel (Review)
    I’m thrilled to bring you another installment in my comic/book reviews, which really needs to be here to fulfill my original mission. Without a doubt, I’m tirelessly releasing indie game reviews with young adult/teen-friendly …
  • Why I Literally Want to Be James Halliday
    “James Halliday, he was like a god.” This is not a review, showcase, or anything, but it is a narrative I feel like rolling with. This topic entered my mind a long time ago when I first saw the film version of Ready Player One, and then …
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    Indie Game: The Movie: Personal Review
    Indie Game: The Movie is, suitably, a 2011 indie documentary made by Canadian Filmmakers about indie video games. It cracks open the shell of contemporary indie game development by following a handful of developers as they make their first games and …
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    Turtle Power: Definitive TMNT History: DVD Review
    Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a DVD documentary from Paramount Pictures, released in 2014. It covers every topic of TMNT lore like the comic book origins of Mirage’s Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. …
  • UFOs Miracle of the Unknown VHS Set
    UFOs Miracle of the Unknown: VHS Review
    Okay, it’s official, ViCtoRia the VCR is ONLINE. This idea came to me in a late-night deep meditation. I was thinking: what can I do that’s a cut above the rest? My Ancient Aliens review was a blast. Perhaps I could find something that …
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    Viva Amiga: DVD Documentary: Review
    I started computing around the time that the Amiga crossed over into cult following–or so I learned when watching this. I’ve always had a casual interest in retro computing in addition to gaming. I even have an Apple ][ in my possession …
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    Best of Ancient Aliens: DVD Review
    Well, howdy, friend. I suppose you reckoned I’d done gone and disappeared in a seamless maelstrom deep in the great sea. Well, I haven’t. I am back from my unexcused absence, and we’re going to be doing some things differently. …
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    By Night: Volume 1: Review
    Jane Langstaff is a technician at a biomedical lab in Spectrum, South Dakota. Lately, she’s been feeling things haven’t panned out for her after college as much as she would have liked. In a turn of fate, she bumps into a somewhat …
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Volume 1 Review
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019-) is a new comic book incarnation of the epic story settings of its namesake, written by author Kelly Thompson, artists Veronica Fish and Andy Fish, and letterer/author Jack Morelli. Readers can expect, delightfully, …
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    BOOK: The Zen of Zombie: Review
    Also: One important thing to say though, I really enjoyed this book, however, it is definitely NOT family-friendly! It is graphic and somewhat inappropriate, but I think it’s funny and these things aren’t as taboo when I see them in a …
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    2020, Goodbye, and Thanks for my Gaming Hermitage
    What the delightful year 2020 was. I really can’t say enough for the levels of complexity and hardworking teamwork my community and the world have taken upon themselves to uphold themselves to the safety of their fellow man and the restoration of …
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    “Cyberpunk” as a Genre And Not Just 2077
    It’s everywhere now. It’s downloaded into your cortex. Drips off the neon katakana of your tube hotel vacancy sign. It’s hidden in the channel tuned to static on your peripheral, cyphered, cybernetic headset. It provides the …