Armageddon Seventy Years On

Cover of Amazing Stories, November 1941 Ed Earl Repp

This edition of Amazing Stories, a compilation of science fiction writing published monthly, was released in November, 1941. It featured the story Armageddon 1948 by American author Ed Earl Repp.

At the time of its release much of the world was at war, and Repp predicted a dire future for America seven years from then. The following month Japan finally succeeded in drawing the United States into the conflict.

A Roswell Remake?

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In the late-1990s and early 2000s, there was a cult television show about teens in Roswell, New Mexico, USA – the home of the alleged UFO crash in 1947. (Episode One is HERE.)

The show – based on a series of young adult books – was about a group of high schoolers, half of them regular teens, and half aliens from the crash, masquerading as teens to stay safe.

The basic plotline of the first Twilight book was taken from Roswell. In both stories the hero uses his powers to save the heroine’s life, therefore revealing his true identity to her. In both stories hero and heroine are biology lab partners and she has to cover up the fact he isn’t human. Etc. Only, this heroine is SO much stronger, and this hero is NOT a creepy stalker.

Now? They’re remaking Roswell, due out in 2019. You can see the new cast HERE.

I’m not sure I want to see this remake. Recently Hollywood hasn’t met an old show they don’t want to do a remake of. I wish they’d let cult shows be cult shows, and come up with something new!

A side note: I used to take ballet classes with one of the stars of the original Roswell TV series, so I feel a little protective of it!

The Week: 7th – 13th May

Autumn Sunshine Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 9th May 2018 Blue Sky Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves Garden Nature.

Autumn in Canberra (this was taken mid-week).

Happy Mother’s Day to people in Australia and other countries where it is celebrated this weekend.

What a weird week. Since I posted last Sunday, a hundred crazy things have happened.

It started with the crazy car accident that nearly took us out at the end of last weekend (that’s not my picture – I wouldn’t have done that when we were busy pulling people from cars).

Then there was the #cockygate trademark drama.

Which was followed by the #rebelliongate trademark drama.

There was a truly horrific crime in Western Australia, where a grandfather murdered three generations of his family on a rural property. Some men’s groups responded by expressing sympathy FOR HIM.

Then there was another terror attack in Paris. For me, the scary thing about this one is I’ve stayed right in that spot four times, sometimes for months at a time.

Today there is a major military memorial event here in Canberra, but the weather has finally turned to autumn. We went from wearing summer dresses outside in the sun on Wednesday, to snow in the national park near us on Friday. I hope it doesn’t rain for this event! (Update: it was all blue skies and sunshine!)

I also blogged about a reread of Tammara Webber’s Breakable.

And posted some Star Wars book craft for the upcoming anniversary of the premiere that took place in the 1970s.

 

 

The Week: 15th – 21st May

Such a spectacular week in Canberra! Well, we won’t mention Friday (but there is something nice about a rainy autumn day, as long as you can spend it somewhere like a pub – as I did!), but the rest of the week was gorgeous.

I always say summer is my favourite season, but this autumn has been incredible. I might have to change my mind.

This week was the anniversary of Stalin’s ethnic cleansing (some call it genocide) of the Crimean Tatars. It’s yet another Kremlin atrocity nobody ever mentions.

Massive Harlequin News

Born Sexy Yesterday

Catching Up

My review of The Disappearance of Lady Edith (The Undaunted Debutantes #1) by Christina McKnight

My review of No Other Highlander (The McKennas #2) by Adrienne Basso

My review of Claiming His Highland Bride (A Highland Feuding #4) by Terri Brisbin

This is a real book…

The Feminists by Parley J. Cooper

Published in 1971, The Feminists is apparently some fear-mongering futuristic nightmare sort of thing where women got rights and ruined the world.

I wish it was funny, but it just pisses me off.

“1992: To Be A Man Is A Sin, To Take A Woman Is A Crime…They rule the world, and top dog is a bitch! A small band of men and their women go underground to fight the final battle of the sexes!”

Temptation in Shadows by Gena Showalter

Temptation in Shadows by Gena Showalter

Originally released as part of THE BODYGUARD anthology, fall under the spell of Gena Showalter’s paranormal romantic suspense novella “Temptation in Shadows.” Every day he puts his life on the line, what will happen when it’s his heart in jeopardy?

Tall, lean, muscular—and definitely rough around the edges—Sean Walker is not your typical nightclub bodyguard. He’s a controller of shadows, able to wield darkness at will. But when a mysterious woman at the club turns out to have powers greater than his own, he has no choice but seduction…

Now exclusive as a standalone e-title, read the sexy story that captivate readers from New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter.

Temptation in Shadows by Gena Showalter

So much has been said about the changes in Gena Showalter’s writing since her conversion to evangelical Christianity, I jumped at the chance to review this novella. I was very curious to see how I would respond to her writing now, knowing I wouldn’t be particularly disappointed either way (I was never a huge fan of her books, but know she is very, very popular). I have a feeling this was written before the religion took hold of her writing, however.

Temptation in Shadows is paranormal/science fiction. It involves a really interesting concept, even if I thought it was a little bit icky.

I actually quite like stories that begin with a big betrayal, and this novella definitely has one: we have a hero who abducts our heroine. I like stories where trust has to be earned.

Perhaps because this is a shorter book and also one that works as a standalone story, I didn’t find the preachy, Bible-based themes the author’s newer novels are said to contain. In fact, I actually think Showalter is a much better author now than those earlier books I attempted a number of years ago.

I certainly won’t be seeking out the religion-oriented series, but I enjoyed Temptation in Shadows more than I expected to.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.