C. Greenwood Author Interview- Quest of Nine Isles Series

Hell other fantasy readers today we are flying from island to island with C. Greenwood. 

Lets give her a warm welcome. 

You have probably heard of Ms. Greenwood with titles such as Legends of Dimmingwood. I stumbled upon her on amazon and recently she was in one of my group giveaways with other fantasy authors. She has become pretty well known in the indie author world and I am excited to interview her today and get to know her more. 

  1. So your series, Quest of the Nine Isles was released this year. Can you tell us more about it. The world and the magic system and what inspired you to write it?

The Quest of the Nine Isles series was inspired by the legend of Atlantis. I started thinking about the sinking of the island and asked myself, “What would happen if just one person escaped to tell the tale?” Then I threw in some dragons and villains and the story grew naturally from there.

 

  1. Do you travel to do research for your book or do you use Google and other websites?

I do travel some. A recent trip to England and Scotland gave me a lot of inspiration, as I toured castles and saw ancient Roman ruins up close. A lot of what I saw made its way into the books I wrote last year. But I also do quite a bit of my research online. 

 

  1. How is Quest of the Nine Isles different from your other books?

This was my first time writing a series set on tropical islands or featuring ships and pirates, so that was a fun and different experience for me.

  1. Do you read LITRPG and what do you think about the genre?

I’m afraid I haven’t read any LitRPG, but some of my friends enjoy reading and writing it.

 

  1. I would like to know about your journey to becoming a full time writer. The market has become saturated yet it has become possible to make a great living as an author now more than ever. What was your journey like from your first book till now?

The publication of my first indie book was very different from my process today. I basically put that first book out there with no expectations and no idea whether anyone in the world would read or enjoy it. I was fairly sure no one but me would love it. I didn’t have newsletter subscribers, social media followers, or any sort of online presence in the fantasy world. Nowadays, thanks to my wonderful readers, supportive family, and to the writer friends I’ve made over the years, the publishing of each new book is much less scary and solitary.  

 

  1. What were the major lessons that you learned along the way?

I’ve learned that outlining my books in advance is a major time-saver. Also that writing every day, even on the days when I’m not feeling it, makes all the difference with keeping my ideas flowing and keeping my brain from locking up. It sounds silly but the best preventative I’ve found for writer’s block is to avoid stopping. Once stopped, it’s hard to build momentum again.

 

  1. Do you see your books becoming either a TV series or Box Office film?

While of course that would be fun, it’s unlikely and not really in my hands, so I don’t think much about it. I keep my focus on what I can control, and that’s always writing the next book.

 

  1. I read most of your books and love your writing. What advice would you give for someone to get good at writing? 

I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my books. My best advice for new writers is to approach writing like learning the piano or any other skill. Regular practice is everything. The more novels we write, the better we all get. I’m still growing and discovering new strengths and weaknesses, even after sixteen fantasy novels. 

 

  1. What books do you have coming up 2017 and 2018?

I’ve wrapped up all my projects for 2017. Sometime in early 2018 I’ll be releasing the fourth and final book in the Quest of the Nine Isles series. After that, the rest of the year is open and undecided. 

 

  1. What word of advice do you have for writes who are struggling, broke with little to no money for advertising, doubting themselves with family and friends telling them to give up and get a regular job? What advice do you have for these writers and how can they shut the noise around to focus and reach their goal?

That’s always the hardest stage. I know what it’s like, because I struggled for around five years in various types of publishing before finding a foothold through Kindle Direct Publishing. Our profession has a lot of drops and spikes, and in my experience that never fully goes away. The pressure to do more and do it better than ever before will always be there. That’s why it’s important to surround ourselves with encouraging friends who understand the struggle and support the dream. At the same time, writing is such an uncertain business that it’s hard to rely on as a sole source of income, except in the best of times. A bit of the pressure can be reduced by keeping up the day job while writing on the side, at least until book sales have held steady for awhile and some emergency savings are set aside. Beyond that, stubborn perseverance has been a big factor in the success of almost every writer I know. 

 

Ms. Greenwood thank you so much for stopping by and keep writing fantasy and flying high. 

Check out her books at http://www.cgreenwoodauthor.com/

 

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Thor Ragnarok Movie Review

Since the first Thor movie, I have not been dissatisfied. Thor has promised to be a fan favorite and despite the predictable Norse Mythology story lines, Marvel makes it worth your time from their perspective. One of the great things about the Thor movies is that we continue to see Thor fall from his godly form back to his human form. Just like in the first movie when Odin kicked Thor out of Asgard to earth and now in Ragnarok when Hella came and took over Ashard. 

It is much more fun to see Thor as a human than a good. I think this movie did a great job in bringing that back from the first movie. 

Now I did not read the comic book so if you want an in dept review with comic book sources then go check out a Youtube channel called Comic Books explained. 

The Good 

So first lets talk about the good stuff about Thor Ragnarok. 

Of course, just like in the trailer, the Hulk is back. As to how the Hulk ended up in that planet full of garbage, I have no idea  and honestly it is not well explained. I think they just wanted to bring back the Hulk so that him and Thor can fight. I know that in the comic book, the Hulk and Thor always fight and there is nothing funny about it like they make it seem in the movie. 

Loki is back of course. Loki is really the down guy. No matter how ahead he always gets, it never ends up well. However, it is always fun to watch Loki tricking Thor again and again. It never gets old. In this movie, Thor and Loki switch positions where Loki makes Thor look like the bad guy. 

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Ph: Jasin Boland..©Marvel Studios 2017

Hella was an amazing character but it threw me off that she almost had the same power as Loki. They both could summon daggers from nothing. Hella played the child who believes that they are the right heir to the throne. We have seen this in many movies in the fantasy genre as well as historical films like Gladiator. Brothers and sisters always fighting for the throne. I went crazy when Hella destroyed Thor’s hammer. Then of course Thor began to awaken his power of thunder out of no where, whenever he was in trouble. At that point I began to dislike it a little because I am just so use to seeing Thor with his hammer so to see him fight without the hammer feels odd and somewhat awkward. But that is just me. Overall, it was great. The actor who played Hella did a great job. I love evil female villains. It was like watching Rita Repulsa from the Power Rangers, or Bellatrix from Harry Potter or Disney’s Maleficent. 

The diversity in the movie was great. Personally I like to see diversity in movies because, I was raised in America. Seeing a variety of skin colors feels like I am at home. I know that Thor was based of Norse Mythology which is basically…white people history. Dont mean to be racist (I am latino). I think this is one of the things that is bringing a large audience to the Marvel Universe (and DC) is the diversity. We are one and we should use our uniqueness to make a world a better place. 

It was action packed. More action packed than the two previous movies. Hulk fighting Fenrir. Thor unleashing his thunder god powers without his hammer and Loki playing the hero. No match to the avengers movie but pretty darn close.

The Bad

If you know Norse Mythology well enough, it is predictable. You already know of the prophesy but the question is, how is going to happen? This is the part of the movie that I didn’t like. Whenever a prophesy has to be fulfilled takes the joy out of the adventure. Sure it gives the story more purpose but I feel as though its just too cliche. However, it is to be expected in this movie. 

Another thing that began to annoy me in the movie was the constant jokes. Dont get me wrong, humor is necessary but I feel as though they were trying to hard. They were throwing far too many jokes ( corney ones too). They were trying really hard to make it funny and not boring but I think the movie would have been just fine without the constant jokes. I appreciated if they were more serious. 

And that was the worst parts about the movie. Not sure if I would watch this movie again but its worth the $15 movie ticket. 

I give this movie 8 out of 10.

Thank you for reading dudes. 

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American Death Note Live Action Movie 2017 Review

Death Note is one of my favorite anime of all time. Next to Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. I dont really watch horror or mystery movies and shows but Death Note was one of those stories that were so well written that it is hard not to like it. 

The Death Note manga, anime and Japanese live action movie was brilliant. However, the American live action version of this movie was not to the level of quality. I didnt finish watching the movie on Netflix but I didnt have to. As an anime fan, I knew from the first 30 minutes of the movie that it was horrible. From the start I was wondering why was it so difficult to get something correctly that already had a blueprint. 

It was like a new student in art class trying to trace a picture with a transparent piece of paper and getting all wrong. 

There was already a live action of Death Note, so why did the American version sucked so much. 

The characters were wrong and didn’t feel like the original characters. So right now lets go over the characters and changes that were done to this movie. The story and yes we will talk about the racial factor of this movie that everyone keeps complaining about. 

Light Yagami

The bad

First of all, I dont have a problem with the changing of the names for the character. I think that if the story is going to take place in a different country then change the names to adjust. Light Turner. Not bad. The problem is that the Light in this movie…didnt feel like Light. 

In the original Death Note, Light Yagami was a well respected student. He had everything going for him. He was really intelligent and was very careful and smart about how he went about using the Death Note. Light was very paranoid too and so cautious. 

Then we have the American version of Death Note and all the intelligence is stripped from Light. He is no longer the strategic character we knew. He is not paranoid, in fact, within the first 15 minutes of the movie, he is already sharing what he knows about the Death Note with his new girlfriend. Light was an introvert but in the American version he came across as awkward rather than introverted. He was too emotional while in the original he always kept his emotion sin check. Light never wanted anyone to know that he had the Death Note. He did everything he could so that no one would find the note. This really bothered me because it ruins the whole nature of the story. 

Light also wanted to be a detective like his father. In this movie he was just an anxious teenager. He was just a high school kid who got his hands on a death note and started killing criminals. In the original Light wanted to be a god among humans. In this movie, Light just wanted to kill criminals after what happened to his mother. 

Oh yeah, the acting was completely horrible when Light first saw Ryuk (While in detention, in the classroom) (face palm). He over reacted. The original Light would never jerk and flail around like that or hide under his desk. In the anime, when Light first saw Ryuk, he fell off his seat but he had the balls to look up and stare at the Shinigami. “I am not surprise, in fact, I have been waiting for you,” he said after a few minutes of meeting Ryuk. 

The good

The one thing that I did like about the Light Yagami (Light Turner) in this movie is that he had a better reason to do what he did. In this movie Light’s mother was killed by some criminal and that motivated Light in to the field of criminal justice like his father. In the Japanese version, Light was just bored and happened to stumble upon the Death Note. In the anime Light wanted to be a god among mortals. He had a bigger ego. More of a selfish reason to kill. 

“L”

The bad

Ok so lets get something straight here. Sure, L was played by an African America. Keep in mind that this is an American version of Death Note. I can understand why Light would be Caucasian and L would be African american. The director wanted Americans to be able to relate to the characters. Fair enough. We are more likely to watch a movie if the character look similar to us, right. Gotcha. 

But the problem is not the ethnicity. The problem is that the characters changed and it ruined the nature of the story. Light Yagami in this version was dumbed down and over reactive and too trustful. One thing that they got wrong immediately was that L went out in public. L Never Goes Out In Public! NEVER!. 

L never showed his face to the public. He knows that it is dangerous. The idea of L was there. White shirt, with acid washed jeans and barefooted. Eating candy while using his computer on the floor. They got the idea but the soul of the character was gone. There was a chase scene with L chasing Light. This never happens and it ruins the nature of the story. 

What makes Death Note really exciting is the suspense and the secrecy. L trying to figure out who the real Kira is. This all happens behind the curtains, not out in public. This is a mental battle. 

The horror element was removed from this story, there was not enough suspense and it felt more of an action movie. All they needed was explosions. 

So the fact that L was African was not the problem, in fact I think the actor was great. But the director and writers of this movie dumb down the characters and made them more emotional. 

Death Note is a mental battle between two geniuses. The entire time they are trying to hide their identities while manipulating other people and things around them. 

Oh yeah, did I mentioned that L was too emotional in this movie. 

Ryuk 

If there was one thing I liked about this movie and that other people loved about this movie, is that Ryuk looks more bad-ass than the original. Ryuk was more intense and his dialog was more aggressive. However I didnt like the fact that Ryuk was taking sides. In the original Ryuk never took sides and he watched both Light and L out of entertainment(Because Shinigamis are fucking bored). 

That is all I will say about this movie. 

How can something that already had a blueprint be a failure. This movie could have been so much better but the director and writer dumbed it down. It was a failure 

I give this movie 3/10 rating 

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Ready Player One By Ernest Cline Book Review- Best Book I Have Read In 2017

Introduction

There was a time when being a nerd or geek was a social penalty. You know what I am talking about. 
If anyone caught you playing Dungeons and Dragons then you were considered a geek and uncool and well…the odds of you getting laid were as high as winning the lottery. 

I know because I was one of them. I grew up in the 90’s watching the powerpuff girls, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z when it was still fresh. Yeah, the 90’s were great. And despite all nerdy entertainment that had made its way to day time telelvision and then a midnight session for more “adult cartoons,” being a geek was still consider odd, weird, bizarre, uncool and just plain old unfuckable (Yes that is right I used that word). 

Nerds and geeks had it rough all throughout the 70’s (despite the popularity of Star Wars and Star Trek). All throughout the 80’s and 90’s. But we began to see the light in the 2000’s thanks to you guessed it, THE INTERNET. 

You see if it wasnt for the internet, nerds all around the world would still be the same old anti-social outcast that modern society labeled us to be. With the internet geeks have become unstoppable. Although Comic-Conn existed since 1970, being a geek was still considered uncool. But then as the 2000’s started climbing with the internet age and all these cool gadgets, followed by the success of super hero movie (Spiderman in 2002). Closet geeks started to show themselves and their love for anime, cartoons, comic books and much more. 

While the superhero movies were such as Iron Man and started to take over the world of Cinema, more and more people saw nerd culture as something to be proud of. Especially in North America. And those who were Alpha geeks (You know, the once that go over board with cosplaying and turning their bedroom into a nerd sanctuary) were getting more respect. But lets not forget about the contribution of video games in this mix. The evolution of video games in nerd culture along with cartoons, comic books and even anime was as common as breathing. Even the jocks in school show love for the super hero movies. Even people who made fun of nerds and geeks still hit the theaters to catch the next super hero film (Thats right I am looking at you Avengers). 

So why do I continue to blabber about the rise of nerd culture you might be wondering? Well, the truth is that it makes me happy and proud. After reading Ready Player One, I was absolutely stunned that Steven Spielberg decided to make a movie out of it. Seriously. 

Ready Player One Book Review

This book shows the progress of nerd culture. Ernest Cline to his love for video games and 70’s and 80’s pop culture and wrote a book that he wanted to read. Great job my man. Ready Player One has to be the best book I have read in 2017. If yo have followed this blog, you know well that I am a writer. I write epic fantasy . I have been buying books since early 2017 and have not finished any of them until I found Ready Player One. Now, I already knew about the book since back in January of 2017. However, I was ignoring. Around the same time I discovered a new literary genre called LitRPG, which was short for Literary Role Playing Game. 

I was doing some research on the genre and I found out that it was invented by some Russian writers. However, the idea of writing this type of story was inspired by none other than one of my favorite anime, Sword Art Online aka SAO. 

Thats right dudes. When I found this out I was stunned. I felt like was missing out on something big here like when I first found out about anime conventions back in 2011. The genre already had a large following (but apparently not large enough for Amazon.com to list the category). Anyways, I read a couple of LitRPG novels and while some of them were good, most of them suck and were usually repetitive. Then I saw the trailer of Ready Player One and decided to read the book before the movie came out and OH BOY! I was hooked. 

Why I believe Ready Player One became so popular?

The main reason why most of us love Ready Player One is because of all the video game and pop culture references from the 70’s and 80’s. Sure that is true, but there is something much deeper than within it than our love for nerd culture. 

Whether if you like to admit it or not, we feel for Wade Watts living in the stacks. Which is basically a ghetto. Not only is he poor, but both his parents died and his is now being looked after by his aunt whom he is really not closed with. His only hope to permanently get out of the ghetto is finding Halliday’s three keys hidding inside the virtual reality world of OASIS. 

Sure, this story takes place in the future but as geeks, we can all relate to Wade (Parzival). The stereo typical nerd living in their parents basement. Right. In this case, is the ghetto. 

Anyways. 

Wade is the first dude to find the first key inside OASIS after years and years of millions, if not, billions of people trying to find key with the clue that the creator of the game left behind. 

I dont usually read books that are written in first person perspective but this one was absolutely breath taking. I felt connected to Wade and his friend. His love interest, Art3mis, going on his first date and all. It brings me to my nerdy high school days. This is where Ready Player One truly wins the hearts of its readers. 

I love how Wade knew so much about the 70’s and 80’s (Because that is what the creator of the game based OASIS on). He dedicated his life into stuying everything about James Halliday so that he can find the three keys and become the owner of OASIS and get that billion dollar award. 

What I like about this book is that although the focus is on Wade, it never gets boring and it keeps you on your toes. I found my self addicted to the book wondering how this mother fucker was going to find that key. I was so invested in the story that when Wade started slacking after he escaped that stacks, he became lazy and distracted. While he was slacking off instead of focusing on finding the keys to the reward, his crush Art3mis found the second key and his other friends got ahead of him. 

I dont want to give away too much of the book but all I have to say is that you will become emotionally invested into Wade. 

Also if you are a nerd like me you wont be able to put this book down, I promise you. 

Conclusion

Ready Player One deserves to be in theaters and the author of this book deserves every dollar he makes off the book. He has attacked the topic of a possible future in the real world. Virtual reality is on the rise along with Artificial Intelligence. These are (in my opinion) a threat to humanity. 

In the book, OASIS, the virtual reality world, people get to escape from their struggles of life such as extreme poverty, famine, over population, energy crisis, global warming and much more. Plugging into OASIS people get a certain kind of luxury without being wealthy. They can go to school in OASIS, find a job and a lot more stuff. There is so much to do in OASIS. You can become popular. 

And there lies the problem with virtual reality. As much as I love video games. When you replace the real world with a virtual world, you are ignoring the problems of the real world and not doing something to fix them. I love 

video games, dont get me wrong, eventually you will have to come back to reality and face the truth. 

Quote from the book

“Standing there, under the bleak fluorescent of my tiny one room apartment there was no escaping the truth. In real life, I was nothing but an antisocial hermit. A recluse. A pale skinned pop culture obsessed geek. A agoraphobic shut in, with no real friends, family or genuine human contact. I was just another sad, lost, lonely soul, wasting his life on a glorified videogame. But not in OASIS. In there, I was the great Parzival.”

AJ Martinez rates this book 

9.8 out of 10

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The Problem With LITRPG Novels

LITRPG

LITRPGIf you have been reading fantasy and scifi long enough (especially my books) then you have already heard about the new genre around scifi & fantasy. LITRPG which stands for Literary RPG. Which is based on RPG game (role playing games). 

To make the long explanation short, play a final fantasy, any Japanese RPG video game or watch the Japanese anime Sword Art Online and there you have it. LitRPG. 

The idea is that instead of playing an RPG games, you are actually reading about the player leveling up within the game. Commonly, the way the story goes is; something happens to the main character and he or she gets stuck in the virtual world. The he has to find a way out while of course playing through the game. Leveling up, finding items, you get the point. Again, watch Swort Art Online and you will see what I mean.

What inspired the genre was mainly Japanese anime such as Sword Art Online, .Hack/sign and some other ones such as BTOOM! which is not so popular. Also there is a movie being made by Steven Spielberg which will popularize the genre even more called, Ready Player One. I am sure you saw the trailer on Youtube or Facebook. Ready Player One follows the story structure of a gamer entering a gaming world to escape reality. 

Now that we are pass the introduction and you have a good idea of what LitRPG novel is like, lets talk about the problem with this genre. 

IT GETS OLD REAL FAST.

If you play videos, you know very well how much is sucks to watch other people play. (At least for me). Maybe you enjoy watching some Youtuber level up his character in World of Warcraft but not me sir. It becomes dull real fast and you just feel like playing. I am not going to name the LitRPG books I have read because I just dont like to start a fight or look for problems (or in this case drive web traffic to that author’s amazon page) but to read about a video game character level grinding page by page is fucking boring. Not that all LitRPG novels are like that but that is the idea of them. 

To make the genre interesting, I believe is better if the story is set up in  a game that is not an RPG game like final fantasy. 

At least in Ready Player One that main character plays different types of games that keeps you entertain. 

After reading a couple of LitRPG books, the genre became too predictable to the point where it just was not enjoyable anymore. The story feels like is dragging all the time and you wish the author would just skip the level grinding and fast forward to the part where he gets to the village and accidentally bumps into the next character that will join your party. 

At the same time, it is fucking cool that videos have even made it to the world of books. I love the idea of LitRPG but the genre needs more innovation, which is really not hard at all. Almost any video can be turned into a LitRPG novel. I am waiting for Square Enix to publish a story about a boy who got sucked into a video. 

Which by the way, the Japanese have been doing this (in anime) way before this genre arose. I already mentioned that the J-RPG pretty much gave birth to this genre. 

As a nerd, I would like to see more of these movies in theaters. I really fills the heart of a nerd. I know what you are thinking and the answer is no, Scot Pilgrim Versus The World does not count. 

That is it for this blog. 

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Coming 2018- Analyzing The Long Wait

I have been obsessed with this game probably since the seventh or eight grade. Now although it is a kids game and I am now 27 years old going to be 28 years old, I dare say that this is one of the greatest games I have ever played. 

If you guys have followed my blog and my books then you will know that I am also a Final Fantasy freak. I eat Square Enix for breakfast. I have played Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. No I have not played 15. It didnt get my attention. 

Yes, I love Kingdom Hearts more than Final Fantasy and finally Square Enix (Nomura) decided on a release date. 2018 is going to be a huge year for RPG gamers and Disney lovers. With the recent trailer revealing the world of Toy Story fans went crazy, my self included. 

The wait was torture and the side quest were annoying. Side quest such as 365 days, Dream Drop Distance, Re:coded and Unchained. It was just a way for Square enix to juice more money out of the franchise which I happily gave them my wallet. Nomura focuses on quality which I appreciate, however, I think the wait was too long and yet……I am glad that it took so much. 

Why waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 for so long was actually a good thing. 

Let me put it this way. After watching the trailer with Sora in the world of Toy Story, how good do you think it would have looked like in the PS2 or PS3. Think about that for a moment. The Unreal Engine software has given Kingdom Hearts such a realistic and smooth look not only that put it has also allowed the developers to add more movement to Sora’s virtual body. 

Sure, Kingdom Hearts 2 for PS2 was cool and then the HD version for PS3 was alright. However, quality is important and that is why it was better to wait for the game to be released for the PS4. I am not sure if you noticed but the worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3 are going to be massive. Look at the Herculies world. It is 10 times bigger than in the other games. There are areas that we have not even seen yet. It is almost like an open world (Skyrium anyone). If Nomura was in too much of a hurry and release the game for PS3, we would not have seen have the goodness that we have seen in previous trailers. 

In one of the 2017 trailers, we saw Sora running in the rain. There has never been a weather system in Kingdom Hearts but it looks like now it will happen. Also the many Keyblade transformations, the vehicle summoning, the new drive forms and now you can have more than 3 party members in your team. The story will be longer. There will be more gameplay, more things to do. Honestly, always felt as though the kingdom hearts games for the PS one and PS2 were short. the first game could be finished within 24 hours. The second game could be finished within 48 hours. Now it seems that it will take a good 80 hours of game play to finish the game. This also means that the level up system might change due to the massive world. 

All this could not have been done if part 3 was released for the PS3. I am glad that they waited. As angry as I was over the years, it was a good choice to wait for the PS4 to come out. 

I am an author and I have experience problems when releasing a book to quick. Especially now with self publishing. Indie authors are too quick to release a book with many spelling errors. Square Enix is all about quality and as a gamer you should expect the best quality game, instead of some half ass project released as a draft. 

The kingdom hearts worlds have gotten bigger and bigger. Sora can now do park core…..YES PARK CORE. 

Along with other amazing stunts that we will soon see. 

Confirmed worlds for Kingdom Hearts 3

  • Big Hero 6
  • Tangled
  • Frozen
  • Toy Story
  • Hercules
  • Hopefully they go back to Hallow Bastion aka Radiant Garden.
  • Twilight Town
  • Please no more little mermaid
  • Please more Tron
  • Disney is still deciding between Treasure Planet or Atlantis (Come on dude, you know which is best)
  • More Lion King (come on Disney)
  • More Pirates of the Caribbean, I beg you
  • Throw some Moana in there please (Not confirm yet)

and that is all I know for now.  

This game is like meth and cocaine for me. I played the old games more than ten times. I heard that Spider Man was suppose to join Kingdom Hearts since Disney bought Marvel but I would want that. They also said they were pondering about adding Wolverine. I say maybe as a secret boss. 

Anyways, thanks for reading. 

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Epic Fantasy Box Set Giveaway- 10 Authors One Box

Hello there lovely fantasy readers. I just wanted to let you know of more fantasy books available for free. #epicfantasy #darkfantasy …It is called FURY. Its a multi author fantasy box set with your truly along with 9 other fantasy authors. Short stories and full length novels dudes. Check it out. Its about 2000 pages of epic stories. Follow the link to get it >>>>>> https://www.instafreebie.com/free/UJdIL

My book the Ungifted Elf is in the box set. Here are the indie authors. 

  • The Ungifted Elf by A. J. Martinez (epic fantasy)
  • Signs of Portents by Lou Paduano (urban fantasy)
  • Cendrilla by Cordelia Castel (YA fairy-tale)
  • Blaze by Amir Lane (Urban Fantasy)
  • Rise by Devyn Jayse (sword and sorcery)
  • Goddess Awakening by A. Evermore (Visionary Fantasy)
  • Spirit Hunger by Ella J. Smyth (Urban fantasy Romance)
  • Few Are Chosen Mt McGuire (Humour fantasy)
  • The Sword of Tropagia by A. J. Chaudhury (Epic fantasy)
  • A Question of Faith by Nicole Zoltack (YA PNR fantasy)

We are all indie authors wanting to give you the best that we can. All free. 

This Box Set will only be available during June 2017. After that it will be taken down. 

Click here to get the Fury Fantasy Box Set

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Why I wrote Sin of Mages

I wrote this book in a desperate time in my life. Sin of Mages helped ease the pain. Click here to read it. 

Nothing says, “its time to get to work,” like when you lose everything and in fear of becoming homeless. 

Yeah, that fear was very real. You know that fear when you are shivering like winter cold and your bank account is close to zero while a debt is pilling up in your credit card. You know that fear when you are in deep shit and your family acts like they down owe you anything. They don’t really care about you only what you give them because, they see you as this nerdy guy who is never going to get very far in life writing some fairy tales. 

That fear when your car over heats and you have to pay money to fix it even though you just lost your job and have no other way to get around. You know that fear when you cant pay the rent and are starving because you cannot afford to eat the healthy organic food that you want because you got fired from your job.

Yup, that was me. I had just quit my shitty job at a call center for one that pays much more. One month into the new job I was told that I am no good and got fired. Shorty after that, while going to a job interview, my car starts to over heat and I had to spend money that I didnt have to fix it. Then I had to pay more than $2,000 or more of credit card debt. 

I was depressed, nervous, starving and living with a grandmother that had more emotional issues than a teenage high school girl crying over her boyfriend that broke up with her after three weeks. 

So with all this going on in my life, I had nothing else but a computer, internet connection and microsoft word. Oh, yeah, and a big dream of becoming a full time writer and hopefully a hotshot bestseller. Sounds difficult….tell me about it. 

I wrote Sin of Mages out of desperation. Although the main character, Akielas, is much older than all the other characters, there was so much happening and he felt like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. The story was suppose to be a prequel to another book that I was dying to write, but I will tell you about that much later. 

I was starving and writing my book. I had outlined the story on a notebook and my fingers shivered at the same time. I was skinny and and it took me almost two months to find another shitty job to pay my bills. Within those two weeks that I was unemployed, I was able to write more than half the book.

I released the book in December, 24, 2016 and the feedback that I got from readers was so awesome.

I put the characters through so much lost and pain in the story. It was a reflection of the things that I lost in life. My job, my car, starving. And around that same time that I was in deep shit, the girl that I wanted showed up one day with my friend. You can already imagine how shitty I was feeling without even having a car to take her out on a date. I was so low on confidence that I never heard from her again. She was probably wondering why I didn’t ask her out or anything.  

Call me crazy or abusive, but the characters in my story were not going to have a good time, not with a writer like AJ Martinez who had gone through so much shit to write a book that could or could not become a success on amazon. 

However, I dont regret it. It was a fun story to write and I love Willow and Eckxio in the story. Writing gave me hope. Hope that one day this wont happen or I will be in a better place. Sin of Mages is the first book I wrote for a series. Before that I was writing a standalone novels. It helped ease the pain and the nervousness, diving into this fantasy world so that I wont have to worry about money so much. 

Perhaps it can help a reader feel better and relate to the characters. I hope you like it. 

Read Sin of Mages and enter the world of Odealeous click here.

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Logan Movie Review And Explanation

Hugh Jackman gave us the Wolverine. Now is time to depart. All things must come to an end and I must say it was a good way to end Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine. Some people will say that the ending was bad but I think it was the right way to end it. 

This has to be the most realistic X-men movie that has been made yet. The other movies were more for a younger audience (its all for the kids). Especially the “X-men Origin-Wolverine” Movie, which some people say it was horrible and I say it was good enough. You have to remember that this is the Hollywood Wolverine not the comic book Wolverine. 

The comic book Wolverine would be a short hairy dude with big muscles. However, Jackman was not a bad man for the role, dont you think. 

Logan

Like I said. All things must come to an end and how can someone who is basically immortal rest in peace. Being immortal is not easy and dare I say that god must lonely in his kingdom. I believe that the reason this story had to be told for such an amazing character was to set Logan free from suffering. Think about it. Logan does not die and throughout the years he has seen the people that he loved the most vanish from his life such as Jean. He watched many of his X-men brothers and sisters die. It would only make sense that what had made him stronger was the very thing that was killing him. The adamantium cloak over his skeleton. 

In the movie, Professor X apparently had a seizure that killed many of the mutants. Of course who else would survive but Logan. And so our good hero became detached and afraid to create bonds with people again. The man was so sad he had thought about putting an adamantium bullet in his brains and end his misery. Its only natural that one would be so melancholy after going through so much. 

So what is this movie really about?

It is about Logan’s legacy. Which is why Laura was brought to him. X-23. The Wolverine character is too popular and loved to just abandoned. Even in gigantic anime franchise such as Naruto, is hard to just let it go sometimes because of how close the people have become with the character. In the Naruto anime, his son, Boruto, would carry on Naruto’s legacy. In this movie Laura, X-23, would carry on Wolverine’s genes and thus metaphorically speaking keep him alive (Ahem….the claws). 

Wolverine first appear in 1974 in one of the Hulk’s comic issues. Ever since then he became a fan favorite. 

I am not saying that Laura will take Wolverine’s place but she will be something to remember him by. (as far as the movies go). 

Comic book realism

What I love about this movie is that it felt so real. Like someone’s real life story. I believe that the next X-men movies will be similar to this one. With as much realism as possible. The way Professor X and Logan were behaving with each other, the grumpy grandfather and the son who is sick of taking care of the old man. We finally get to see the real Wolverine in action. I say that because of how bloody the movie was and this is how Wolverine fights. He just digs his claws into his enemy and is not afraid to spill blood. In the first few X-men movies the directors were afraid of showing too much blood but now I think that is going to change. 

Logan’s wounds not healing up, one of his claws not coming out and him finally having white hair. Despite how much pain he was in it could easily be said that perhaps Logan feels more human than ever. 

The story was like a road trip with slice of life and classical American action movie with of course a lovable mutant. The movie was sad and strangely heart warming. 

That is all I have to say about the Logan movie. A.J. Martinez gives this movie….

9.5/10 

 

 

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Berserk Anime and Manga- Analyzing Guts in this Dark Anime Fantasy Series

Golden_Age_SagaDare I say the Game of Thrones of Anime. Why? I can hear you say. Well, it is gritty, it is dark fantasy, sure there is so much action and bodies dissected but the dialog is deep. It has a medieval setting in a land call midland much like Tolkien’s Middle Earth. If that does not speak fantasy then I don’t know what does. 

Berserk is created by Kentaro Miura. It was first published on 1989. Ever since its debut it has been the most jaw dropping manga of its genre. The blood, the gore, the tone of the story and the world in which it takes place. It is a dark story with adult content such as sex, violence and for SAW fans out there, torture. 

If you are reading this post I am going to assume that you already know much about this manga but what we are going to talk about in this article is, Guts, the savage warrior or should I say, the black swordsman. 

Berserk is not another anime about some loner who wields a giant sword that magically sticks to his back (Do I hear Final Fantasy 7). Is not another story about revenge although that is what the character is ultimately trying to accomplish. Berserk is about betrayal and trauma. It is about the bird and worm (I will get to that in just a moment). There is also a lot of ying yang symbolism in berserk and if you watched the anime or read the manga then you know what I am talking about. Finally, Berserk is a about the philosophy of destiny. 

The Bird and the Worm.

 What do I mean when I say “the bird and worm.” To put it easy, the white hawk and…the street rat (sorry Aladdin). 

Guts was always a mercenary since the beginning of the story. He fought for money and lived as a drifter. His whole life changed when Griffith came into his life. After Griffith saw how guts took down a powerful opponent with one swing of his giant sword Griffith immediately wanted Guts for his band of mercenaries. 

Griffith and Guts dueled and surprisingly Guts lost and was forced to join the band of the hawk. Griffith had a purpose and Guts fought because he liked it, for the money and because swing his sword and taking life was all he knew. Why did this happen? Here is a psychological and anthropological answer. 

Those who know how work for those who know “why.” In other words, those without a purpose work for those know who their purpose. 

If you watched the anime, in the very beginning you see a demon hand holding a behelit and says

“in this world, is the destiny of men controlled by some transcendental entity or law. Is it like the hand of god hovering above. At least it is true, that men have no control, even over his own will.”

Guts destiny was then controlled by Griffith and the white himself said that, “you are here to help me fulfill my dreams and die for me.” Guts agreed or shall I say, had no other choice and yet he and Griffith became good friends in the end. Fighting for Griffith Guts found some meaning to life than just spilling blood. 

In the Berserk manga the prophecy said 

When the Sun has died five times, a red lake will appear at the West of the city with a name both new and ancient, and it will be the sign that the fifth angel, the Falcon of Darkness, is born. The Angel shall be both master of the sinful black sheep and king of the blind white ones. He is the one who shall bring an age of darkness upon the world.

Griffith was using his band of mercenaries to fulfill his dreams but in the end he ended up sacrificing his mercenaries so that he can become the fifth apostle and king of darkness. After raping Gut’s girlfriend all hope seemed lost with an army of fiends at Griffiths command. The skull knight saved Guts and his girlfriend Casca but this was not luck but rather fate.berserk femto

Guts is the Berserker and also the black hawk who will take down the white hawk. The white hawk will seemed like he will bring light to the world however, I believe that Guts will be the true bringer of light. This is what I mean by the ying yang symbolism in the Berserk story. The anti hero really is the hero and the white falcon that radiates light and stands so godly will actually be the world’s end. berserker armor

Guts has been also labeled as “the one who defeats fate.”There has been many times when guts should have died or was near death yet he came out alive. He is such an important character that he somehow manages to live. The Skull Knight called Guts “the Struggles.” The Skull knight must know something about Guts that no one else does, after all he also has used the behelit to become a demon. The Skull Knight has also assisted Guts many times and I believe that this is for a reason. Guts defeats fate, when everything seems lost and all hope gone he still turns things around. Lets not forget, he escape the sacrifice ceremony and Griffith is not complete until he sacrifices Guts and Casca. I am not sure if that is necessary at this point or if Griffith even considered it. One thing is for sure, Guts and Griffith must fight much like Naruto and Sasuke were meant to fight. 

Griffith betrayed his men and he will now betray the world. He will bring the demon world to the human world for sure this time. 

The reason why Guts will succeed is because he has been fighting darkness within and without. Remember the beast of darkness within Guts, it was a manifestation of his hatred towards Griffith after the events of the Eclipse. Sure Guts has lost control of the beast within him but he has learned to control it (somewhat). Also realize that his hair is turning white and in Japanese culture hair color is very important. It is something common in anime. The hair colors of characters are chosen according to their rivalry. Like in Final Fantasy 7, Clouds Striffe’s hair is blonde compare to Sephiroth which is white. It was set up that way to oppose each other. berserk black swordsman

At first it seemed that Guts had no part of the story and that it was all about Griffith but it was Griffith betrayal that triggered Guts uprising. 

Thanks for reading dudes. 

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