Book Review: “Immortal” by Traci L. Slatton

June 30, 2014 | Posted in FANTASY, HISTORICAL | By

The Italian city of Florence, where much of the action in Immortal takes place.

When we first meet Luca Bastardo, the central character of Traci L. Slatton’s 2008 novel Immortal, he is awaiting execution—and it is a fate he is willing to accept after living a very rich life spanning nearly two centuries…

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“American Love Songs” failed to rock my world

June 29, 2014 | Posted in LGBT THEMES, ROMANCE | By

American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane

Once again, I found myself intrigued by an original gay romance novel set in the rock and roll world. And once again, I found myself disappointed by a book that failed to…

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CON.TXT 2014 Convention Report

June 28, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

A CON.TXT tradition: panel notes posted along the hotel corridor.

Two weekends ago (June 13-15, 2014) I attended the CON.TXT fan convention, which is held biannually in Silver Spring, Maryland. CON.TXT is a slash-focused, multi fandom convention, so it is always interesting to see…

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MasterChef Season 5 Episode 5 Recap and Review: June 23, 2014

June 24, 2014 | Posted in EPISODE RECAPS, REALITY TV | By

MasterChef screencapture

It’s time for the second team challenge of this season of MasterChef. The remaining 17 contestants find themselves somewhere along the coastline of California. Jordan talks a little bit about his past as an overweight teen—he’s ready for this challenge.

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MasterChef Season 5 Episode 4 Recap and Review: June 16, 2014

June 17, 2014 | Posted in EPISODE RECAPS, REALITY TV | By

MasterChef season 5 screencapture

As the home chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen, the judges have an announcement to make: unfortunately “Little” Gordon has had to drop out of the competition due to illness. (Specifically what illness is not specified on the show nor

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MasterChef Season 5 Episode 3 Recap and Review: June 9, 2014

June 10, 2014 | Posted in EPISODE RECAPS, REALITY TV | By

Screencapture from episode three of MasterChef season 5.

Last week two competitors said goodbye to the MasterChef kitchen: Astrid and Whitney leaving 20 of the “best home cooks in America” still in the game. But this week it’s going to be an “all out culinary war” as they face their first team battle, and according to the opening voiceover…

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Collecting Vintage Quadraphonic Vinyl Records

June 7, 2014 | Posted in MUSIC, VINYL RECORDS | By

One specialty area of Vinyl record collecting is quadraphonic.  This basically means records that have a special sound mix of 4.0 surround sound. Many times these records can sell for 3 or 4 times the amount of the regular stereo

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MasterChef Season 5 Episode 2 Recap and Review: June 2, 2014

June 3, 2014 | Posted in EPISODE RECAPS, REALITY TV | By

Screen capture from MasterChef Season 5 episode 2. Watch it now with Amazon Instant Video.

Last week we had our first chance to meet the Season 5 contestants, and watch as the Top 30 became in fact the Top 22. Those home cooks lucky enough to receive their aprons now are facing their very first…

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Can you teach an old convention new tricks?

June 2, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

Flyers on a hotel corridor window at MediaWest*Con 34.

Last week I posted my MediaWest*Con 34 convention report, where I talked fairly extensively about the greying of the convention as a whole and how the event seems to be slowly dying. This has been an issue with MediaWest for some time…

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