Oxygen – Book Review

Oxygen by John Olson and Randy Ingermanson is a science fiction suspense novel that feels akin to the movie, Apollo 13. That movie was based on a true story about a mission to the moon that went horribly wrong. Oxygen, the book, is a fictional story about a mission to Mars that went horribly wrong. Oxygen takes that story type into several unexpected directions that are thrilling and delightful. One element that added to the human drama was the fact that the crew is made up of two men and two women. This allowed for a romantic interest to weave … Continue reading Oxygen – Book Review

Conclusion of End of the Rope

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my story as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Please let me know your reactions through comments, emails, or Facebook posts. To go back and read part 1, click HERE. To go back and read part 2, click HERE. END OF THE ROPE – part 3 – by Scott Cahan … Erin pushed the door closed and was immediately overwhelmed by the bright sun that engulfed her. She closed her eyes and stood still on the cement stone in front of the shelter door. She tried to take a moment and prepare herself mentally, but she … Continue reading Conclusion of End of the Rope

The Martian – Movie Review

The Martian, the movie, gets a STAR from me for several reasons. My first reason goes back to my review of the book a few months ago (read it here). Although I considered it one of the best books I’d ever read, I was not able to give it a full endorsement because of the over abundance of fowl language throughout the book. The movie dials back the bad language to a much more reasonable level. The cussing is still there, mind you, but it’s only a fraction of what was in the book. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a big improvement. … Continue reading The Martian – Movie Review

The Martian – The Book

The Martian, by Andy Weir – If entertainment value was all that mattered, I’d give this book the biggest star I could fit on this blog page. That’s because it is a remarkable book that had me hooked from page one. The story is so simple yet it hit something deep in my soul that made me care about this astronaut, to the point that I couldn’t sleep until I found out if he would make it or not. It’s man vs. nature, a familiar theme in movies, taken to a place where nature is a million times more powerful than … Continue reading The Martian – The Book

CINDER – Review

When I read the story summary of Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, the premise was so out-of-this-world, I just had to read it. The best I can do to describe it is to say it’s a dystopian teen romance that involves robots and aliens and the plague, and oh by the way, it’s a re-telling of Cinderella. What I Liked – Marissa Meyer has a comfortable style of writing that kept me turning the pages. Her characters were all distinct, fully formed and easy to love or hate which ever the case may be. The main character, Cinder, is complex and extremely well … Continue reading CINDER – Review

Earth To Echo – First Look

Earth To Echo will arrive in theaters this July 4th weekend. Today was the first time I’ve heard of this movie. Judging from the trailer and some of the buzz I’m seeing on movie sites, it could be really good. It looks like it’s an alien-come-to-earth movie in the vein of E.T. and Super 8, two of my favorite movies of all time. This one, like those, is centered around the group of kids who find the alien; every boy’s fantasy.Beyond the interesting plot, I’m also giving it attention here because it will be rated PG. Here is the plot … Continue reading Earth To Echo – First Look