Shining Spirit Blade of Victory

It’s hard to talk about Spirit Blade without sounding like either a raving fanboy or a nitpicky hater. I purchased the first edition of this story to listen to it in the car on family vacation. I was immediately hooked. The audio design was wholly immersive, the music was resonant and complex, the lyrics were clearly extremely personal. I wound up buying copies for all of my friends and family (Christmas was conveniently near). Not satisfied with his original product, Paeter Frandsen (the creator at Spirit Blade Productions) remastered and released the Special Edition two years later, putting to good use the experience he gained in producing the sequel – Spirit Blade: Dark Ritual – and Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude of a Dream.

The Special Edition makes everything that was good about the original into something truly remarkable, without actually fixing any of the flaws in the production. Even so, this is both the creator’s and this listener’s preferred production of this story.

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Megatrain Boarding Call

I’m in the reaction chamber with Phil Elmore, action-adventure author and editor of the upcoming anthology Spirit of St. Louis, a collection of flash fiction revolving around a post-apocalyptic future where incredible roaming megatrains have taken the place of cities. The setting visuals are described as “art-deco steampunk”, and each 1000 word flash fiction entry will be illustrated by a tarot card style painting by John “Johnny Atomic” Jackson. Elmore has issued a general call for entries into this particular project and the planned series that it preludes.

Just as a bonus, we also kick around some other projects going on at League Entertainment, including Duke Manfist: the Justifier, and Phil’s upcoming project “Augments”. We share our thoughts on some of the problems and unique joys of being an anthology editor, and the vital role of imagery and artwork in selling a written work.

Critical Press Media has also issued a call for manuscripts for two new Benefit Projects to be compiled over the summer: “Miracles”, and “Forerunner”. More information about both of those can be found on the submissions page of the Critical Press Media site.

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Asgardian Box Office

Curtis and I gather round the coffee table to kick around Thor. Not harshly, mind, but we do feel that it needs to be kicked a bit. I really wanted to like this movie in the same way that I like Iron Man or the Incredible Hulk. Unfortunately, the result was somewhat lackluster – with a story that just didn’t live up to the potential of its characters. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of good stuff going on in this movie, and we found it to be an acceptable offering, if not a particularly outstanding one.

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Roney Zone Radio: Hosea

Direct from the Roney Zone and into the Reaction Chamber, Jeff Roney stops by to share some insights into his version of a classic biblical love story.  The story of Hosea and Gomer is not well known, but Roney and his cast of voice actors breathe dramatic life into this touching tale.

Hosea: a love story

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NPR vs the Zombies

Happy Halloween!

Great things happening fast at Critical Press Media.  A new magazine launches with the November issue: the Data Vault.  We re-issue Edgar Rice Burrough’s classic adventures on the lost continent of Caspak in “The Caprona Adventure”.  Check them out on the website, buy the magazine as a printed copy or digital download, and read thrilling adventure for free in the library.

Spirit Blade productions released Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude of a Dream exclusively as a digital download from their website.  Enjoy the trailer and then go buy the whole thing.

In the mood for a new experience in horror?  I give a cursory review of Hoad’s Grim by Jack Kincaid, and play the first five minutes of the dramatized audio book.  Download the whole project for free from the author’s website or from the Internet Archive.

The Bardic Contest is still on for the month of November.  Get your entries in early!

The feature presentation is a duo of offerings from National Public Radio, and the classic summation of that relationship from Smart Bomb Radio.

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Savage Detectives

I realize we’re only two episodes into the new television season, but I’m really impressed with Nathan Fillon’s new crime drama “Castle”.  I get my father on the phone for a better perspective of television crime through the years, and wrap it up with a review of the newest addition to my gaming library – Savage Worlds!

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