Middle-earth Madness in Paperback

Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:51
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Middle-earth Madness is my new book all about both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies! My Middle-earth Madness section on this website is all up to date, so you can click on it to get all the details and find out how to purchase the book electronically or now in paperback. I have a copy now in my hands, and I think it’s really a great collector’s item!

 

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DS9 Reviews Part 32

Monday, October 6, 2014 12:49

Welcome to another installment of my reviews for all 715 episodes of Star Trek. Today I finish Deep Space Nine Season 5. I’m rating these episodes on a scale of 1 to 10 with the following meaning:

1. Abysmal, 2. Terrible, 3. Bad, 4. Poor, 5. Mediocre,
6. Fair, 7. Good, 8. Great, 9. Superb, 10. Perfect

In addition, I’ll be rating (on a scale of 1 to 10) the historical importance (HI) of the episodes – looking at how much they tie into other Star Trek episodes or lay down important precedents.

Empok Nor: 7.5

Scavenging an old Cardassian space station for equipment, O’Brien’s team discovers they are not alone.

Air date: 5/19/1997
Teleplay by Hans Beimler
Story by Bryan Fuller
Directed by Michael Vejar

“I’m not a tailor. Not for the moment anyway.” – Garak

It’s O’Brien and Garak in a murder mystery without the mystery. (Actually, it evolves into DS9’s version of “The Most Dangerous Game”.) This horror episode, pairing up the two characters for the first time, takes place on a mostly abandoned sister station, giving the episode and the show a new setting at no expense. (Here’s a secret: the sets for the sister station are actually the regular DS9 sets with new lighting! Don’t tell anyone.) Star Trek, going back to “The Man Trap,” has often struggled with horror stories, but director Mike Vejar is up to the task here, handling the timing with expertise. The episode builds its suspense nicely before delivering “jump” moments at just the right times. Meanwhile, having a sister station not only saves money but story time. There’s no need to orient the viewer to the new setting. We know the Promenade is the Promenade and Ops is Ops.

Is Empok Nor a Top Ten episode? Of course not. It’s a low-budget filler episode that doesn’t lend itself well to repeat viewings. (Nobody would argue that this is either the best O’Brien episode or the best Garak episode.) But does it succeed at what it sets out to do? Absolutely.

 HI: 3

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DS9 Reviews Part 31

Sunday, October 5, 2014 20:35
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Welcome to another installment of my reviews for all 715 episodes of Star Trek. Today I continue with Deep Space Nine Season 5. I’m rating these episodes on a scale of 1 to 10 with the following meaning:

1. Abysmal, 2. Terrible, 3. Bad, 4. Poor, 5. Mediocre,
6. Fair, 7. Good, 8. Great, 9. Superb, 10. Perfect

In addition, I’ll be rating (on a scale of 1 to 10) the historical importance (HI) of the episodes – looking at how much they tie into other Star Trek episodes or lay down important precedents.

Ferengi Love Songs: 7

Quark discovers that Grand Nagus Zek is having a secret relationship with his mother.

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Middle-earth Madness Review

Sunday, September 28, 2014 7:58
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You always hope for good reviews for your books, but you never know. Glad to see this first one for Middle-earth Madness:

As a constant reader of TheOneRing.net, I was thrilled to see they had written a book. This incredibly detailed volume caters to the ultimate nerds among the so-called “Ringers.”

After some history on the background and difficulties leading up to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, the book delves right into scene-by-scene analyses of the first two Hobbit films. The analyses include witty summaries, “geeky observations,” and also revelations of the films’ rare mistakes.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the tidbits and thoughts expressed in Middle-Earth Madness. As someone who went from knowing very little about hobbits in 2012 to a full-blown Tolkien geek at the DOS midnight premiere, I appreciate the opinions and observations from all these fellow fans of J.R.R. Tolkien—an incredible man who used his God-given gifts to challenge and inspire the world.

Middle-earth Madness

Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:23
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My newest book is available for Kindle and Nook! It’s all about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. Find out more (and read a sample chapter) at TheOneRing.net.

Ten years go by fast

Sunday, August 24, 2014 17:38

Here are Keely and I in photos exactly ten years apart. The first was taken on August 20, 2004 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. The second was taken August 20, 2014 in our home. (We refuse to age.)

Where is Gandalf?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:26
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Bwahahaha… love it


Middle-earth Madness

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 22:20
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Here’s the official announcement for the book I’ve been working, along with a sample chapter. The Star Trek book will follow.

The Third Hobbit Film Trailer

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 22:18
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Well, here it is. They used Billy Boyd’s song from The Return of the King, which is a good choice. Overall, a good tease:

Went to Disney

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 20:07
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Been working really hard on a project, but I did take some time out to go to Disney World and hang out with the Princesses.


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