A book review of Assassin’s Creed Renaissance, written by Oliver Bowden and based on Ubisoft Montreal game Assassin’s Creed II. Discussing the changes and omissions in the novel, as well as adding the possible reasons for it, and talking about the difficulties in translating a game into a novel – and why it may not work.
A review of Junichiro Tanizaki’s 1947 novel, “Naomi.” Discussing the story and characters, as well as Tanizaki’s perception of life in the 1920’s of Japan, and how the outlook of foreign culture in Japan has changed today.
A review of Stephen King’s 2006 novel, “Cell.” A return to his old-style horror, discussing possible inspiration behind the novel, and other tidbits. The ending is not spoiled in this review.
A look at Koji Suzuki’s popular “Ring” trilogy, discussing how the series moved from horror to sci-fi, its influence on Japanese pop-culture, and how the film series took on a life of its own.
A review of Philip K. Dick’s “Ubik,” an odd sci-fi published in 1969 about a world moving backwards in time – except for the characters trapped within. A look at some of Dick’s possible religious beliefs and how it pours through his novel. The ending is not spoiled in this review.
A book review of “The Passage,” written by Justin Cronin. A look at the writer’s spontaneous success with this best-selling post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror, and the fascinating way in which it’s written. No spoilers in this review.
A book review of the late Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend,” discussing themes, and reasons for its massive popularity from numerous film adaptations to inspirations. In this phlog, I don’t give away the ending – so no spoilers.
A look at Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. This review examines such themes as free will and what it means to be human, as well as compare the novel to Kubrick’s film and discuss why the ending was altered. Spoiler alert: ending is talked about in this phlog.