Random Walk – Book Review

Reviewed by Scott Cahan Random Walk by Rachel Lulich is a hard science fiction novel with heart. It effectively balances scientific detail with characters that are easily relatable and likable. The story follows a three-person crew of astronauts as they attempt the first manned mission to Mars. Though the astronauts are the number one focus of the book, the crew on the ground play an equally important role. I won’t give away the plot but suffice it to say, things do not go as planned and the crew of the Pioneer finds themselves in some serious trouble. As soon as … Continue reading Random Walk – Book Review

Fin’s Revolution – Great Podcast

I’ve become a big fan of podcasts. Fin’s Revolution is as the top of my favorites list, and I couldn’t help but want to share this rare find with my readers. It’s by the author of two novels called Fiddler’s Gun and Fiddler’s Green. His name is Pete Peterson, and in the podcast he’s reading his books. Pete has a great voice for reading and he’s actually very good at doing different voices for each character. It’s as well produced as most audiobooks, but it’s presented here in podcast form. The title Fin’s Revolution is the title he’s given the … Continue reading Fin’s Revolution – Great Podcast

My Favorite Middle-Grade Fiction Books of 2019

Because I am the author of two middle-grade fiction books, I have a special interest in seeing quality books from that genre get the attention they deserve.  As a book reviewer, I try to spread my book reading time out between my three favorite genres; science fiction, fantasy, and middle-grade fiction. In the past, I tried to choose my favorites from all 3 genres and squeeze them into one all-inclusive top ten list.  I found that my favorite middle-grade books had a tough time competing with my favorites from the other two genres. Not because they are lesser in quality, … Continue reading My Favorite Middle-Grade Fiction Books of 2019

My Favorite Science Fiction books of 2019

In 2019 I read and reviewed 33 fiction books. 17 of those were science fiction novels. In this post, I’ll list my top five favorite reads in the sci-fi category. Keep an eye out in the next few days for two more posts; one for the category of fantasy and another for middle-grade fiction. This list is not a list of the best books that came out this year. It is simply the best books that I happened to read and review this year. My top five are simply the ones that I fell in love with as I read … Continue reading My Favorite Science Fiction books of 2019

Now That’s Funny #4 – Mr. Bean Christmas

Mr. Bean might be the last brilliant comedian who also happens to be G-rated. If you haven’t heard of him I encourage you to look him up on YouTube. Everything he does is hilarious. The sketch that I’m sharing below is perfect for the holidays. It includes a rather large turkey plus some awkward Christmas celebrations between Bean and his girlfriend. Enjoy. Continue reading Now That’s Funny #4 – Mr. Bean Christmas

Now That’s Funny #3 – Carol Burnett Show

The Carol Burnett Show ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978. For most of the 70’s it aired on Saturday nights at 10pm and it was one of the highlights of my week as a boy. Carol and gang, including Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway, set a new standard for sketch comedy. I have vivid memories of laughing with my Mom and my brothers as we watched her show on Saturday nights religiously. It was difficult to pick out a video to  share here because there were so many classic characters and sketches that came from her show. … Continue reading Now That’s Funny #3 – Carol Burnett Show

Metal and Bone – Book Review

Metal and Bone by C.I. Chevron is inspired by the classic story of Cinderella, broadly reinterpreted through a steampunk science fiction lens. The main character is called Ella by the poor oppressed people that she calls her friends while the wealthy aristocrats know her as a mysterious thief named Cinder. She is beautiful and kind, as we would expect, but she is also smart, brave, and resourceful. The world that Ella lives in is marred by poison gases in the air and a whole class of citizens who have been crippled or maimed by war and disease. Ella is one … Continue reading Metal and Bone – Book Review

Now That’s Funny #2 – Monty Python’s Olympics

This is part 2 in my series of blog posts that highlight some of the great comedy from the past that was not dependent on vulgarities or sexually related humor to be funny. Monty Python is another huge influence on me as far as the kind of humor that I enjoy. When it comes to my inspirations for my Glazed Man and Rat Girl books, the top two are definitely SCTV (see my previous post) and Monty Python. Specifically, I’m a big fan of the old Monty Python and the Flying Circus British TV show, plus their classic movie, Monty … Continue reading Now That’s Funny #2 – Monty Python’s Olympics