Monday, November 7, 2016

Doctor Strange, RiffTrax: Live – Carnival of Souls, Timeless Good Clean Fun, and Ninja News

Doctor Strange Review

Another great entry in the Marvel universe!
It’s an origins film and fairly straightforward. But they stick to the source material, which I appreciated.
Yes, the graphics are amazing. It’s stunning how the rooms, buildings, and entire cities fold in on themselves. I believe over three hundred digital graphic artists were credited at the end.
The cast is perfect. Cumberbatch brings humor to the lead even as he remains self-focused and a little cocky – but the character is no Tony Stark. Ejiofor was in Serenity and he’s always good. The biggest surprise was Tilda Swinton. Even bald, she played the most normal and balanced character I’ve ever seen her portray.
This isn’t one of Marvel’s top films. It’s on par with the Iron Man movies. But it’s still a ton of fun and a spectacle to behold. In other words, even a less than stellar Marvel film is better than most movies.
Highly recommended. And stay for the two bonus scenes at the end.

Another fun outing with the guys!

Carnival of Souls is a film that had an interesting concept. It was then flushed down the toilet with abysmal execution, poor acting, and a plodding pace. It does have the distinction of being the most organ music you will ever hear at one time.

The guys had done Carnival of Souls in the past. It’s not one of their top performances, but they did bring some new jokes to the table.

Of course, nothing beats the RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show. You can download it from their SITE now or wait for the DVD which is coming soon!

And now for your enjoyment, some of the preshow slides:

Good Clean Fun

Welcome Crystal Collier here today to share her new book and some medieval funnies!

Thank you Alex for having me here today!

"Good, clean fun." What comes to mind when you hear that? One of the many things that makes me think about is "clean reads." I admit, I'm a bit of a wuss. I want limited language, palpable abuses, and PG-13 (or less) love scenes in my reading. The brain is a funny thing and it tends to cling to everything we put in it. It also sputters out what we put in it at the most inconvenient times. Warning to us all, eh? Best to put the kinds of things in your brain you'd like to see regurgitated. (Yikes. That sounds a little gross eh?)

So being a mom, my goal is to write books I wouldn't be embarrassed having my daughters (or sons) read. TIMELESS, despite having a good deal of romance, is like that. (As are the first two books in the Maiden of Time series.) (Knights, battles, time travel, an epic love story, and special powers...WHAT?!) So what do you say to some good clean fun?

The chore that never ends.

And what did Snow White ALWAYS do? (Ahem, the answer is clean.)

All else fails, throw the trash in the closet.

Cleaning really isn't torture, I promise.

I hope you laughed or at least smiled. And now while you're in a good mood, go buy my books!

And have a nice day.

What is your favorite/least favorite chore? Do you like clean reads? Don't care?

Find Timeless on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads

Ninja News

Thanks to everyone who posted for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and my awesome co-hosts.
I visit as many as I can and wish I could visit everyone. I hope everyone understands some months I do better than others. Sometimes IWSG day burns me out and I don’t go much farther. Maybe for December I’ll visit IWSG posts only and then catch up a day or two later with those who commented but don’t post for IWSG.
I do appreciate all of you! The kind words, the support you give each other, and the push you give me to keep this going strong.

I got a treat in the mail this past week! Robyn sent me an autographed copy of her book, Celibacy and Suburbia. Section two of the book is dedicated to me and the IWSG.
Plus she made a little something special for me.
Originally she mailed it with Hot Tamales inside, but the package returned to her opened and missing the candy. So somewhere out there are postal workers gorging on my Hot Tamales!
Thanks again, Robyn – you rock!

New Release! 
Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler 

“…a study in prejudice and race relations between white Canadians and First Nations peoples. Readers seeking more diversity in their mysteries will find this an eye opener.” - Library Journal

Find it on Amazon, Kindle, Amazon CA, Kindle CA, and Dancing Lemur Press

Anyone else see Doctor Strange? See the RiffTrax show? Have a I made you a fan yet? Ready for some good, clean fun? Was IWSG day awesome for you? Do you have any autographed books? You don’t have a box of twenty-three year old Yummy Mummy do you…?


Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Dr Strange.
And yes, Crystal... or should I say Krystal? (giggle)... I much prefer clean reads too.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I'm also looking forward to seeing Dr. Strange. Thanks for the review, Alex.

Congrats to Crystal and Joylene!!

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Congrats to those with new releases! Crystal will be stopping by my blog on Wednesday with more good clean fun (or at least humor).

I don't know how many autographed books I have, but I'd say at least a dozen. Most authors at conventions are happy to sign their books. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get Ursula Le Guin's the year she was at WisCon.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I really haven't wanted to watch the Marvel movies, but Dr. Strange sounds really good to me. Glad you liked it.

Truedessa said...

Blogger ate my comment - so I will keep this one short.

I still have plans to watch RiffTrax. I will be picking up both of the features writers books. I have enjoyed Crystal's series and so I need to see how she wraps it all up. I did notice she uses a clean read style, just enough to spark the imagination. I think it works very well for her series and targeted market.

I do enjoy a tantalizing story and I think it shows in some of my poetry. I know a hopeless romantic.

You are a busy man and try to get to as many as you can, we all know that and love you for all your do. You are light, keep burning bright.

Happy Monday Dear Friend!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

Mrs. Shady and I are hooked on the interconnected characters and story lines of the Marvel universe. Based on your review Doctor Strange has been added to our must see list. (Rachel McAdams is always a big draw for Shady.)

Thanks, good buddy, and have a great week!

mshatch said...

I definitely want to go see Dr. Strange!

Dean K Miller said...

Least favorite chore? Getting up in the morning.
Most favorite chore? Getting up in the morning to write.
Dr. Strange looks fun, indeed.
Yes you got a smile going to start my day . . . Thanks!

Arlee Bird said...

Good clean fun is getting more difficult to find. If that's what I'm looking for then I usually go back to older movies and TV shows or maybe take a shower.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Pat Hatt said...

Good clean fun can be hard to find. I mostly use a bit of swearing if anything when I write.

Good that Strange holds up well. Better than Iron man 2, but then that doesn't take much.

Crystal Collier said...

Lynda, I know. I'm never going to live it down. LOL. Bring it on. ;)

Thanks, Cathrina!

Truedessa, I'm so glad the clean read approach works.

Dean, LOL!

Arlee and Pat, I know, right?! What is with that?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't like cleaning, but I like it when everything is clean. :) I do enjoy decluttering and organizing things though.

Visiting IWSG blogs was a little tougher for me with NaNo, but I tried!

Happy Monday!

kaykuala said...

It is fun to have humor thrown in. Wonder how different it's going to be from the earlier one. Dr Strange, one to look for when it comes!


Ray Rousell said...

Very much looking forward to Dr Strange!!

Chemist Ken said...

I am also looking forward to seeing Dr Strange. And thank you, Crystal, for some good clean fun.

Chemist Ken said...

I am also looking forward to seeing Dr Strange. And thank you, Crystal, for some good clean fun.

H.R. Sinclair said...

TWO bonus scence--wow! :-)

Crystal, I like good clean books too! Especially when I'm in public! :p

Crystal Collier said...

Madeline, I hear you! If only it wasn't so hard to get in the zone...

Ken, thank you for reading!

Holly, oh yeah! Nothing is worse than a smutty cover when you're sitting on a bus. LOL.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Alex - I can't believe the postal workers stole your Hot Tamales! I hope the culprit got a tummy ache from eating the stolen goods :-)

Crystal - There's something to be said for clean books, especially when it comes to being able to read and talk about the same books with your family.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, you will enjoy it.

Sandra, bummer. I probably have that many.

Truedessa, I try to keep mine clean as well. And thank you!

Shady, go and enjoy!

Dean, it's always my least favorite no matter what...

Madeline, that's all you can do.

Charles Gramlich said...

I never read a Dr. STrange comic. I think he might have taken part in a few other comics I did read but I don't know much about him

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex and Crystal .. it's good to laugh - I expect I'll catch Dr Strangelove sometime ... but Crystal loved those thoughts ... medieval cleanliness. Pinched your hot tamales ... that's very rough to have to deal with ... all the best - cheers Hilary

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the review! I'm hoping to see Dr. Strange soon (really soon) and thanks for the tip about the two bonus features. :)
I love clean reads - thank you, Crystal! I don't like . . . well, any cleaning, but I really don't like the pile of never-ending laundry.

IWSG rocked, Alex!!!

Chrys Fey said...

Dr. Strange does look like a fun movie.

Congrats to Crystal and Joylene!

Juneta key said...

Congrats to all the new releases.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Crystal Collier said...

Cynical Sailor--I'm right with you. I LOVE having book discussions with my family.

Hilary, you're such a sweetheart.

Tyrean, I know! Why won't laundry or dishes just be done already? ;)

Chrys, thank you!

Unknown said...

I've heard so many good things about Doctor Strange! Crystal - good for you for writing stories your daughters can read. I have one book my nieces and nephews can read, one they can't. :)

Joanne said...

glad we agree on Doctor Strange. Just a fun movie experience
Timeless is everywhere - hope it sells well
I look at cleaning as exercise - that helps. I do hate bathrooms, Ray hates vacuuming
The Crown on Netflix is quite good. We shall see what transpires on Tuesday......hope the world keeps spinning. Have a great week

Dianne K. Salerni said...

The Snow White note made me laugh, so there you go!

It is more likely that my teenage girls will ask me to drive them to see Doctor Strange and then ask me to please go away and pick them up when it is done than that I will get to see it myself ....

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm seeing Dr. Strange later this week. Not sure what day. I have a shelf of autographed books, mostly from writing friends. I think we all have our own interpretations of what 'clean' means in a book.

Crystal Collier said...

Libby, that's fun. You're like, "So read this one, but not that one"?

Joanne, I hope it sells well too. Thank you. I see cleaning as exercise too. It's especially true when it comes to stretching & flexibility, eh?

Dianne--Glad to supply a laugh.

Susan, if I can talk out the concepts without blushing in front of my son, that's my gauge.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I want to see Dr. Strange, but even more want to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I may have to give in and go to a theater instead of waiting for the DVD.

Sandra Cox said...

Good morning, Alex.

Congrats again, Crystal. Wishing you many sales. I too like things on a PG13 level:)

cleemckenzie said...

Waving at Crystal with all my best! And thanks for the morning laugh.

Love the title Celibacy and Suburbia, and the over on Joylene's newest is haunting. Good luck to both author.

Tonja Drecker said...

No, Yummy Mummy's in this house. I'm hoping to see Doctor Strange, so glad to hear it's a solid Marvel movie. Congrats, Crystal! I read the series and loved it. said...

Thanks, Alex. It's great to see my book and art set up like that. Darn postal workers. May they read this post.

Never heard of Yummy Mummy. Thank goodness I don't have a 23 year old, or even 2.3 year old, box of them.

Congrats to Crystal, Joylene, and all new authors.

Keep on. We love you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ellen, I know! That was so wrong.

Tyrean, that's good to hear!

Joanne, no matter what happens tomorrow, we know the cockroaches will survive.

Dianne, bummer!

Patricia, can't wait on that one.

Thanks, Robyn! There was another one besides Yummy Mummy that didn't take off.

The Angry Lurker said...

Big fan of Benedict as Sherlock but will always try a new marvel movie if I can!

A Beer for the Shower said...

"Even a less than stellar Marvel film is better than most movies." - Ain't that the truth? We're gonna see Doctor Strange later this week. Very excited for it.

And I can't believe no one's mentioned it, but that Beetlejuice/Candyman joke is absolutely brilliant.

Karen Lange said...

Nice to see Crystal here. Wishing her much success. And cheese too, of course. :)

Thanks as always, Alex, for the info and news. Had to laugh at the one about the Florida Tourism Board.

Crystal Collier said...

Sandra--thanks a ton! You rock.

Lee--*salutes* Glad to help start your day right.

Tonja--thank you.

Robyn--you're awesome!

Karen--I'll take the cheese. Thank you so much!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thank you so much for featuring my newest novel, Alex. You are a kind man. I can't wait to See Doctor Strange. I love Cumberbatch. He's so good as Sherlock. Thanks again, Alex. Best to you.

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations to Crystal and Joylene on their releases!

If I did have a 23 year old box of Mummy Yummy, I'd have to treat it with caution. I could envision starting off a horror movie with someone eating something like that.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations to Crystal and Joylene on their releases. I must admit I enjoy Doctor Strange much more than I thought I would. The scenes after the credits were a nice bonus.

Suzanne Furness said...

I quite like hoovering, Crystal! I find it strangely satisfying!
Sorry I didn't post for IWSG this time, Alex but I ran out of time midweek. I would like to see Dr. Strange.

Andrew Leon said...

I've been trying to figure out where among their 14 films I would put it, but I'm at a loss. Partially because I'm just at a loss to rank those movies at all.

Elephant's Child said...

Congratulations to Crystal and to Joylene. I have loved seeing their work blazoned across the blogosphere.
And I do have some autographed books - and treasure them.

Karen Walker said...

ISWG is one of the best things for me in the blogging world, Alex. The support is incredible. Everybody knows how much you do for this community, so just do what you can. We understand.

shelly said...

Crystal, enjoyed your post. Hi, Alex!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

IWSG is a fun monthly event I look forward to and glad you helped start it all Alex. Crystal is so much fun and my least favorite chore is ironing. Congrats to Crystal and Joylene on your new books. I plan to see Doctor Strange as soon as it comes to Jamaica. Glad you enjoyed it Alex. Did you know that The Secret Life of Pets is on the verge of beating Batman v Superman on the top grossing movies of 2016 list? That would mean it will beat every superhero movie (also Deadpool and Suicide Squad) on the list except Civil War. Which I believe speaks volumes about the greatness of animation. Especially since this one is a Non-Disney movie and based off an original idea. Which proves that Hollywood has no real excuse to keep rehashing stuff. Original ideas can be packaged to sell well to audiences.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Arlee said: good clean fun is getting harder to find all the time. I enjoyed DOCTOR STRANGE but a ticket mishap took the 3D experience from me. I know it would have added much more to the film.

Crystal Collier said...

L.G. & Mason-- Thank you!

Suzanne--That's awesome. I liked vacuuming until I worked for a hotel for a summer. Whew!

Elephants child--Thank you!

Shelly-- I'm so glad. Thank you for that.

Sheena-kay--I don't blame you on ironing. We've abandoned it all together for steaming.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see Doctor Strange! As for clean fun, I enjoy it. I enjoy the other kinds too, but clean fun is such a relief sometimes.

J E Oneil said...

I'm really not sure about Doctor Strange. I don't know if it's because I'm overdosed on superhero movies or just really find the whitewashing thing distasteful.

What's Yummy Mummy?

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

I want to see Doctor Strange, but gotta convince hubby we need to drive over to Canada.

SpacerGuy said...

I must see Dr Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch is quite the villain. Thanks for reminding me. I have a signed book of I am spock by Leonard Nimoy so thats unique. Its always cool when an author like Robyn sends an autographed copy of her work and candy! She must be smitten with Alex the Ninja haha

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Ha, ha! Yes, I laughed. Great post.
I prefer clean reads.

Jemi Fraser said...

Too funny about the Hot Tamales!!!
I like all different 'heat' levels in my books - just like I like all different kinds of genres and age categories. It all depends on my mood! :)

Barbara said...

I didn’t think Doctor Strange would be for me but after reading this, I’ve rather changed my mind.

In answer to Crystal’s questions, my least favourite chore is window cleaning and yes; I do like clean reads.

I’ve not seen Doctor Strange yet but as mentioned above I think I probably will. I’ve got one or two autographed books on my shelves, and would like a few more!

Thanks for an interesting read.

Jo said...

I'm looking forward to Dr. Strange too. Sounds a good movie. I enjoy my love stories to be without graphic descriptions. I know what happens in the bedroom, I don't need it described in detail.

Sorry about your hot tamales Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brandon and Bryan, good of you to notice!

Joylene, you're welcome! Sorry I was late.

LG, it would be a bit stale...

Mason, yes they were!

Suzanne, no worries!

Andrew, I can rank the top three, but that's it.

Karen, thank you!

Sheena-kay, I'd be more excited if it had been a really great film. At least Zootopia is ahead of it.

Roland, bummer!

JE, it fit the story. And Yummy Mummy was like Count Chocula.

Spacer Guy, that is awesome!

Barbara, go see it in 3D.

Jo, exactly!

Birgit said...

This did put a smile on my face. I like those cartoons. I do want to see Dr. Strange because it looks cool and I like Benedict Cumberbatch. I love the original film Carnival of Souls and find it an excellent B movie. Are you talking about this film or some remake?? Good luck tomorrow and whoever gets in, the sun will still come up the next day. Let's hope the mud slinging will stop.

DMS said...

I almost saw Doctor Strange this weekend, but things came up and I ended up not going to the movies. Good to know the movie is worth seeing. :) Excited to see Crystal here today. Wishing her all the best.

I love signed books and have a special spot for them on my shelves. :)

Tony Laplume said...

My sister, and apparently everyone else in the theater that evening, didn't realize there was a second credits bonus scene, so they walked out after the first one with Thor. Darn you Thor! Although of course it was probably Loki's fault, right?

Crystal Collier said...

Angel--Clean for us!

Beverly--Yes! My work is done here. ;)

Jemi--I understand moods.

Barbara--Ugh! Windows. They're never 100% clean, no matter what you do! =)

Jo--I hear you.

Birgit--Glad we at least got a smile out of you.

Jess!--Great to see you here too, and thanks!

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't have real books--all of mine are on my Kindle. I can see what you mean about burnout. You have a LOT of blogs to keep up with. I'd be surprised if you never needed a break from it all! As for clean reads, yes, I do prefer cleaner books. I don't like blood and gore and graphic violence and sex scenes aren't really my thing anymore. In my 20s, I read (and wrote) more than my fair share of romance, though!

Liz A. said...

Bummer about the candy. Stupid thieves.

I completely understand if you skip my blog on IWSG day. No worries.

I'm not a fan of violence and gore, but language doesn't bother me so long as it's used sparingly.

Susan Kane said...

Dr. Strange was excellent! We stayed for the ending. Benedict was a perfect Dr. Strange...we were in our 20s then, and collected all the issues.

My most hated chore: washing dishes. In our family of 7, I was the designated dish washer when I hit 10. Piles and piles of dishes.

mail4rosey said...

Happy to see the review on Dr. Strange. We almost went to see it this past weekend but opted for Trolls instead. I think we'll see it this weekend.

stephen Hayes said...

We saw Doctor Strange this past weekend and while I did like it I found all the special effects fatiguing and at the expense of character development.

alexia said...

Oh crap I missed opening weekend of Dr. Strange!!!! How did this happen? I will have to amend this right away.

And yay for Crystal! I can attest it's a great clean read.

erica and christy said...

I do prefer clean reads! And I'm so excited for Crystal. :) I, too, think about my kids reading my books someday and that definitely influences what goes into my books! Christy

Michael Abayomi said...

Doctor Strange was great. Definitely up there with the likes of Iron Man in terms of how well its origin story was executed. :)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Just poppin in to say hi...

Nicola said...

WOW! Some people don't deserve a position of trust. A Hot Tamales thief? What is the world coming to? Nevertheless, what a lovely thing for Robyn to do. I wish her lots of luck with her book sales.

Congrats to Crystal and Joylene! Have a super week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, it was the original.

Tony, bummer! Most everyone in our theater stayed.

Stephanie, mine are all on my iPad now, but I do still have shelves of real books.

Liz, I'll try not to though.

Susan, he was great in the role.

Christy, that is something to think about.

Hey, Lass!

John Wiswell said...

Huh, thought I'd commented already. My mistake!

I'm very glad to hear Dr. Strange is fun. I want Marvel to make more off-beat decisions as their recent movies have stuck too close to formulas and worn on me.

And thanks Crystal for the clean fun! Those were really cute.

Crystal Collier said...

Stephanie, I think writing for kids long enough will do that to you--not that we shouldn't all be a little more sensitive.

Liz, I would have said the same thing until I read A Tale of Two Cities several years back. There is definitely a point at which the gore can leave the stomach unsettled, even in a book.

Susan, I totally understand that! Whew! I think that would ruin anyone.

Alexia--you rock. Thanks for the cheer.

Christy, it definitely puts perspective on things, right?

Nicola, Thanks!

John, so glad you enjoyed them! Wishing you cheese.

Crystal Collier said...

Alex, I know what goes into your support of everyone--not just on IWSG day, and I am totally amazed. You. Are. Epic.

We saw Dr. Strange and loved it. My husband more than me--probably because I was drugged up on allergy meds and TRYING to be comfortable in a theater. Haven't been comfortable sitting in a theater chair since my car accident in April. Terribly frustrating. *sigh* I need to see the movie again, but at home where I can be comfortable. Those end scenes were awesome.

The hot Tamales thing, I thought that only happened in other countries. I could make a border comment here, but I won't.

And yay for Joylene! I think she's got the internet on its knees these days with all her epic tour stuff.

Patsy said...

The good clean fun did make me smile!

Christine Rains said...

I'm excited to see Doctor Strange this Friday! Crystal always manages to make me laugh. :) Plus her books are awesome! I'm still trying to catch up from IWSG day, but my mom is down visiting, so it will have to wait. :)

Michelle Wallace said...

These days, good clean fun is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
I prefer clean stories too.
Crystal's cover is really lovely. I also love Joylene's atmospheric. Congrats to these two ladies.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Though I haven't watched it yet, I'm anxious to watch Riftraxx on Amazon Prime. I'm trying to conclude my ST:TNG binge first though.
I love the Rifftrax screenshots though. The funniest is the William Shatner masks. LOL
NO, I don't have any old boxes of Yummy Mummy, though I do have some fairly recent ones. Jeffrey Scott secret - I collect cereal boxes. That is, the limited editions. I probably have over 100.

Crystal - Loved your funnies. Yes, I love good clean fun & reads. Truth be told, all my writing is PG-13 and below. My YA series I'm trying to conclude is written that way. It's something I would never be embarrassed to have someone younger read. Knowing you write that way makes me more anxious to read one of your books.

Sandra Cox said...

The HH wants to see Dr. Strange.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats to Crystal!

Dr. Strange looks like a good movie, but the next movie I'll see in theaters is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. :)

I'm still chuckling over the one about Florida and Drag Me to Hell.

Al Penwasser said...

Never a big Dr. Strange guy. But, I like Cumberbatch.
First time I saw him was in Star Trek Into Darkness. He was a great villain. I never bought into an Englishman playing a character called Khan Noonian Singh, but he was really awesome in that movie.
Hopefully in this one, as well.

dolorah said...

I've been thinking about seeing the Strange movie; glad it has some world building and back story so I don't feel like I'm starting in the middle :)

Some days, all cleaning is my least favorite. But, its so mundane - ok except for cleaning the stove and fridge - that I like the busy work. I'm not an all-out cleaner, just bits here and there as the mood strikes me. No, my home is not a disaster, when I'm home. As for "clean" books, I don't care, usually, as long as the plot and characters are well done. However, if a book calls itself "erotica" and uses terms like "thrilled the flower of my being" its not erotica. I like books to use the language of their genre: if that calls for f-bombs, ok; or sex, violence, blood, ok. I hate it when someone tries to "clean up" a story's content to attract delicate readers. On the opposite side, I get just as unnerved when gratuitous content is added just to attract readers who like all that foulness in a story. Ya know?

Congrats to all those with books out. totally love Joylene's cover. Looks like a book I'd enjoy.

Ha, I knew postal workers were opening our mail before delivering it!!!

Rhonda Albom said...

Thanks for the reviews, Alex.

Loni Townsend said...

Great memes, Crystal. :)

Doctor Strange looks like an amazing cinematic experience. I hope I get to see it in the theater. Lately, all of my movie viewing has been at home. Maybe I can convince my husband to take a day off for a date. ;)

Crystal Collier said...

Patsy, I'm so glad!

Ah, Christine, you just made me smile. Thank you so much.

Michelle, thanks!

Jeffrey--here's to us! Clean reads are the best.

Cherie, thank you!

Donna--A work should be true to it's core, eh?

Loni, glad you enjoyed them.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I LOVED DR. STRANGE! I just wish they hadn't forced Ben Cumberbatch to hide his accent. I would have loved that deep resonating British accent as opposed to the American one he adopted.

Sandra Cox said...

We don't have the Yummy Mummy, but our son has a box of cereal with his high school football team on it:) Remember those?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Crystal!

Jeffrey, nothing wrong with binge watching that show. And you should take a picture of your cereal box collection.

Sandra, good!

Al, he made you not notice.

Donna, I just aim at the readers like me.

Loni, go! Sounds like you need it.

Sandra, wow.

Tess Julia said...

Looking forward to Doctor Strange, although I still haven't figured out what it's about. Good, clean, fun- definitely my cup of tea! I don't need the x-rated stuff to entertain me, but it's getting harder and harder to find good books without it!
I've turned to biography and non-fiction lately to avoid it.

Denise Covey said...

Favourite chore -- laundry. Least favourite -- ironing. Urk. Dr Strange? Not sure...

Julie Flanders said...

Hahaha the Florida Tourism Board was my favorite. Also, the poor Cleveland Browns fans. But I can't feel too sorry for them, they have the Cavs and the Indians were so close.

Always nice to read a post from Crystal.

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XmasDolly said...

Loved your reviews and your cute jokes! Have a wonderful day and HAPPY almost THANKSGIVING to you and yours! hugs

HRBennett87 said...

1) I can't wait to see Dr. Strange.
2) Flynn in Narnia would be AWESOME

Donna McDine said...

Terrific post as always. So true as to what we put into our brains is what we put out. If we put positive thoughts out into the brain and positive actions out into the world hopefully it will have a ripple effect!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tess, I don't write X or R rated.

Julie, very true!

Jerry, thanks!

Robert, it would be funny!

Crystal Collier said...

Tess--I'll second that. It is definitely harder to find, but I've discovered a couple awesome resources.

Denise--You like laundry? I guess I won't mind it too much when I'm only doing it for two people, but it's a little overwhelming when doing it for 6.


Donna, agreed. That's the best philosophy!

Hart Johnson said...

Really exceited to see Doctor Strange but waiting until my son is visiting from college. He is the person I most want to see it with, and if memory serves, college was not a big time for going to movies, so I don't think he's gone.

As for the "good clean fun"... I am not too picky either way. Clean or dirty. But romance works best for me if I have to use my imagination a bit or I get tangled in logistics (wait, can a person bend that way?) Takes me out of the story.

baili said...

My son has watched this fabulous movie and loved it .
We will soon visit him and ofcource my two youngers are counting the days .
Enjoyed your amzing post dear

baili said...

My son has watched this fabulous movie and loved it .
We will soon visit him and ofcource my two youngers are counting the days .
Enjoyed your amzing post dear

Sandra Cox said...

How you keep up with the blogs, writing, your music, work and eek out a life is beyond me;)

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on getting a book dedicated to you! Autographed books are also really wonderful. I probably have some hanging around somewhere, most likely inherited from my parents' collection.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

You are amazing with your comprehensive posts. The Doctor Strange movie sounds like a good one. Just don't ever get to a movie theater anymore. Sorry that our little town no longer has one. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Dihiwi said...

I can't wait to see Doctor Strange. I hear the special effects are amazing. I've liked the Iron Man movies but I admit it's partly because of the actor and his personality. We'll have to see about Doctor Strange. Keep up the encouragement for us other writers. It's much appreciated. IWSG

Elsie Amata said...

Hilarious! Someone took the candy out of the package? Well, at least they returned the package so she could send the book back to you. Robyn is a class act with a great sense of humor! Just adore her!

Toi Thomas said...

Great post as always. You mean so much to IWSG and we understand just how much you do.
Haven't seen Dr. Strange yet, but I will this weekend.
While I do prefer clean reads, I don't mind something more mature from time to time as long as it's not too extreme and I know what I'm getting into ahead of time. I really don't like when an assumed clean read turns to filth in a matter of paragraphs.
I do have a few autographed books and I adore them.

Heather R. Holden said...

My pop-culture deficient self has actually seen Carnival of Souls! But because I am pop-culture deficient, that means I haven't Doctor Strange...LOL. (I'm weird.)

And congrats to Crystal on her latest release! While I enjoy various types of stories at any rating, I do think "clean reads" are underrated. Definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of those in the mix!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, some days I don't...

Diane, they are incredible!

Elsie, yes she is.

Heather, that made me chuckle.

Unknown said...

I love how much you enjoy your RiffTrax peeps! It's so much fun to look forward to something and not be disappointed. Congrats to Crystal and Joylene!

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

I've been planning to see Doctor Strange ever since I heard it was coming to the big screen and am definitely seeing now after hearing good reviews about it including yours.

Good clean reads: I prefer to use the term family-friendly. I enjoy them more in YA. Anything beyond a PG-13 read I can enjoy as long as all the story elements are integral to the plot.

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

I've been planning to see Doctor Strange ever since I heard it was coming to the big screen and am definitely seeing now after hearing good reviews about it including yours.

Good clean reads: I prefer to use the term family-friendly. I enjoy them more in YA. Anything beyond a PG-13 read I can enjoy as long as all the story elements are integral to the plot.

LD Masterson said...

I love Crystal "clean" reads. And congratulations to Joylene.

My stories are a little darker but I do my best plot-problem-solving in the shower...would that make them "clean"? I'll have to ask Crystal.

Crystal Collier said...

Hart, it's really interesting where everyone falls on the spectrum, but I could have guessed you're goo with both ways.

Toinette, I hear you there! When a book falls outside of your expectations it can be enough to break it.

Heather, you and me both! Bring on the clean reads.

Lexa, thank you!

Steven, Family-friendly is great too, but typically that implies it's meant for younger minds as well (3-12). I still like story worlds geared toward mature individuals, but without the unnecessary extremes.

Linda, LOL! Well, that would certainly make you clean.

Sandra Cox said...

You and your wife have a glorious weekend!

Fundy Blue said...

Visiting a bit late, but at least I can visit! I enjoyed your post as always. I have got to get to a theatre and see some of the great movies that you are reviewing! I enjoyed Crystals "Good Clean Fun" contribution. She's on my list of IWSG authors I want to read. And of course Joylene's aboriginal book. Congrats to all the amazing IWSG writers you champion ~ and thanks for all you do for us! Take care!

Tamara Narayan said...

IWSG was awesome, so awesome in fact, that I have over 60 comments to return. Yay!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Dr Strange. Yeah, IWSG days do get hectic, so I'm sure people will understand that its next to impossible for you to visit everyone. Don't worry about it. Too bad for your missing Hot Tamales :(

Nick Wilford said...

Dr Strange sounds like a lot of fun. Great to see Crystal here. Clean reads - yeah, they're a good thing, but I don't mind slightly less clean stuff as long as it's not in place of characterisation or plot.

You're still doing an amazing job with IWSG, Alex! I'm sure no one has any complaints.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD - funny!

Sandra, enjoying it so far!

Fundy, thank you.

Tamara, that's awesome.

Nick I hope not.

Blue Grumpster said...

The character is no Tony Stark... but entertaining nevertheless. The special effects reminded of Inception. Maybe that's just me.

Have a great Sunday, Alex.

Intangible Hearts said...

Thanks for the great reviews. I think I might need to see the Doctor Strange movie, even though I'm not that familiar with that Marvel character. Timeless also sounds like a nice romance but I'm very surprised about those postal workers who stole the candy!

Mason T. Matchak said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Doctor Strange. The origin story thing is a little formulaic, but the movie itself made up for it, and Cumberbatch's performance was excellent.

And don't have a general preference for cleaner or not stories, so long as what's happening has a purpose. If something's R-rated for a reason, that's fine. If it's gratuitous or objectifying or what-have-you, not so good.

Crystal Collier said...

Fundy Blue--Aw! I'm so glad I made the list. Thanks!

Nick, there's definitely a time and place for both, eh?

Intangible Hearts, thasnk!

Mason, I'm totally not surprised by your response. =)

Deniz Bevan said...

Ha ha! I like those jokes. I can't believe they stole your candy!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Oh. I remember that cereal! It used to be one of my favourites.

IWSG day wears me out (in a good way). I can't even imagine how it is for you!

nashvillecats2 said...

Good luck with your EBOOK Alex.
Wonderful post as always with lots to take in and digest.