Monday Book Review: Paradox by Lee Nilsen

Paradox edited by Lee Nilsen Review… Summary: This is a very special book to me. It is a collaboration that I was invited to participate in. The book is nearly 400 pages long and filled with stories, poems, and musings centered around the “imperfect” hero motif (I dislike the term “imperfect” as I find nothing at all imperfect about these great guys!) The other great thing about this book is that the majority of the proceeds from the eBook go to a charity called LifeRollsOn.org, which helps people with spinal cord injuries to reclaim their lives, particularly through sporting events. The Good: A couple of the stories in here are long enough to be their own stand alone novellas! My favorite is The Best Friend by Annabelle. ¬†She has a...

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Interview: Robyn Bradley

Interview: Robyn Bradley

Robyn Bradley is the author of ¬†Support Our Troops – A Short Story , just 99 cents for Kindle. ¬†So far all the reviews are five stars, so I’m not the only one who thinks it’s quite good. ¬†The characters are strong and well drawn, the dialogue is crisp and engaging. ¬†The story drew me in immediately. ¬†The only problem with it is it’s very short! ¬†Definitely leaves you wanting more. ¬†And luckily, more is on the way. Before I get to the interview, here is the description of the book from Amazon: ¬†When Koty’s husband volunteers her to visit Jamie, a quadruple amputee who lost his limbs while serving in Iraq, neither Koty nor Jamie is happy. Jamie resents being “babysat” every day. Koty resents her lot in life: almost...

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Wild, Wild West

Wild, Wild West

Wild Wild West Yuck. ¬†That sums that movie up. ¬†I can pretty much stop there. This movie depends heavily on the stereotype of disabled=evil. ¬†This character comes across as not even human, just cackling and one-dimensional. I can’t imagine who thought this was a good idea. ¬†Why in the world did¬†renown¬†Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh¬†agree to this? Someone in this team of writers or producers decided that it would make sense for Loveless, who uses crazy machines to fight people, to be part machine himself. ¬†At least I’m certain that’s the way that person looked at a wheelchair. ¬†Did we really need yet another example of disabled=evil in media? ¬†I don’t care that it’s a stupid movie not meant for thought, just imagine how...

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Star Wars

Star Wars

If you are like me, you never think of Star Wars¬†being a movie with disability in it. ¬†A friend recently pointed out that Darth Vader is so bad-ass that you never think about him being a vent-dependent triple-amputee! I love that. ¬†He is disabled, but so powerful that no one crosses him. It would be ¬†a problem to me if the movie suggested that he became a psychotic bad guy trying to take over the world because he was bitter about the disability. ¬†Many writers would go that direction with it. Star Wars doesn’t go there. ¬†The disability is completely in the background and not used as part of the plot, except for the way his suit makes him look and sound super scary. That’s a win. ¬†Congratulations, Star Wars, I know you were just waiting for my...

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