Albums of My Early Years

I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s list of formative albums, so here’s mine. For those who only want to know the list, they’re at the top. The reasons are below. KISS – Double Platnium Star Wars Soundtrack James Bond – Cassette of title...

Catalyst: a Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

There’s a reason why the original film was not titled Star Drama. Other than an odd combination of words, it just reeks of tedium. By its very nature, the word “wars” implies action, adventure, danger. It is those very qualities that are lacking in Catalyst, the...

A Year Without David Bowie

One year ago today, David Bowie left this world. Little did we know at the time that his death was merely the beginning of a deluge of death. From David Bowie to Carrie Fisher and everyone in between, the year 2016 witnessed what seemed like an unprecedented number of...

New Year’s Day 2017 – Resolutions and Goals

Happy New Year’s Day 2017! I suppose many of us make resolutions on the first of January every year. I know I do, and have for awhile. For many of us, resolutions often zero in on health. My weight management plan involves limiting my intake of sugar and weighing...

Favorite TV Shows of 2016

The year 2016 saw the end of my favorite TV show for the past seven years, the renewal of my now current favorite TV show, the discovery of two shows nowhere near my radar but loved them, and a television event for the ages. CASTLE For eight seasons, this show ruled...

Favorite Songs of 2016

The year 2016 produced some fantastic albums and songs. Here are my Top 10 favorite songs of the year, presented in random order…except the first one. That is my favorite song of 2016. “Put Your Money On Me” by The Struts The Struts put out my favorite album of 2016....

Bloodline: Season 1 – The Most Compelling TV Show of 2016?

By sheer coincidence I watched Rogue One and the first episode of Netflix’s “Bloodline” on the same day. After my wife and I had finished watching “Dark Matter” seasons 1 and 2—highly recommended, by the way—she scoured Netflix for a new show. She found Bloodline and...

Thoughts on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I saw the movie today at 10am in a theater populated by about ten folks. The downside to that is that there wasn’t a rapid theater full of Star Wars geeks who cheered at every single Easter egg thrown in the mix. And let me tell you: the Easter eggs were numerous and...

Book Review Club: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

(This is the October 2016 edition of Barrie Summy’s Book Review Club. For the complete list of reviews, click the icon following this review.) Halloween is a day to remember what we have forgotten. What have we let slip from our collective human consciousness?...