Monday, April 11, 2022

CassaDark Tour, The Adam Project Review, and Star One Review

The CassaDark tour continues! Today’s stop is at Thoughts in Progress.

Here are last week’s and this week’s stops – a variety of guest post topics and one wacky interview:
April 6 – Diane Burton
April 6 – Kathy McKendry
April 7 – Cherie Colyer
April 8 – Toi Thomas
April 11 – Jemi Fraser
April 12 – Life by Chocolate – Robyn Alana Engel
April 13 – Gwen Gardner
April 14 – A to Z Challenge Blog
April 15 – Thoughts in Progress

And a special thanks to the dozens who posted about my book release. You guys rock!

For those who missed it:

“Cavanaugh returns to the world of his Cassa Series…for a fourth inventive space opera.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Find CassaDark at iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Scribed, and Goodreads
And would love it if you could vote for it on Goodreads’ Can’t Wait Sci-Fi Fantasy of 2022 and mark it Want to Read.

The Adam Project Review

From the IMDB: After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, and Zoe Saldana.
Direct to NetFlix and starring Reynolds, I didn’t have high hopes for this one. Which meant I was in for a big surprise!
Yes, it’s Reynolds being Reynolds, a role he does so well (with or without cursing). But the story was solid, the acting solid, and the special effects really good. And we really enjoyed it!
The film has heart, and the center of it is the two Adams. Neither is perfect – the elder scolds the younger for being so hard on his mom and then vice versa when it comes to their dad. There are some tender moments, probably the best one is when mom enters a bar for a glass of wine and elder Adam talks to her.
The movie is about conspiracy and elder Adam searching for his wife, played by Saldana. There are tense moments along with lots of banter between the two Adams.
Again, this one really surprised me. Recommended!

Star One – Revel in Time Album Review

From the mastermind and master musician, Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), comes the third Star One album, focusing on time-travel movies.
Unlike previous albums, this one is a double CD. We get the full album, plus all eleven songs sung by alternate singers. This is a nice touch by Lucassen to include the alternates in the final product.
Lest you forget from my reviews of the other two albums, Star One creates songs about science fiction movies. (And sometimes shows.) So half the fun is figuring out what movie is represented by each song.
The title track is fun – Revel in Time. These lyrics should give you a clue as to the movie:

Climb aboard this strange machine
Hang on, enjoy the ride
Jump into this crazy dream
Step inside and let it fly

Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven
Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Abe Lincoln
Sigmund Freud, Socrates, and Billy
Snatched from time
Kidnapped from the annals of history

Yes, that is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!

See if you can guess this one (answer next week):

Oh newly arrived back in old 55
You're not even alive yet
But what have you done... mother and son
You're fading away, yeah

And when the lightning strikes
You have to be precise
Exactly ten-o-four
And not a second before

Overall, this is the most rocking Star One yet. A little heavier with a lot of fun.
Favorite songs - Bridge of Life, sung by Damian Wilson (movie – Frequency) and Today is Yesterday, sung by Dan Swano (movie – Groundhog Day).
If you like fun rock/prog with a nostalgic touch, this is the album for you.
Highly recommended!

Visited some of my tour stops? (And big thanks to those who’ve purchased my book!) Seen The Adam Project? Heard of Star One? Can you guess the movie? Think you could guess the other films from the lyrics?

Be sure to visit the Thoughts in Progress!
Plus we have the honor of Janice Hardy visiting the IWSG site this week.


Elephant's Child said...

Huge congratulations - and of course I will be visiting Jemi.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'll have to add The Adam Project to my watchlist. :)

Congrats again to you, Alex!

Natalie Aguirre said...

So glad to hear you liked The Adam Project. I wasn't going to add it to my list, but now I will. Hope you continue to have a great blog tour.

Birgit said...

Back to the Future! I hope I’m right. Congrats to you deserve a bestseller and all the accolades. I’m glad you like this one film by Reynolds, one who truly gives back. I want to see this movie.

PT Dilloway said...

If I still had Netflix I would probably watch that movie. As others have guessed, that song is Back to the Future. I guess that synced pretty well with a time travel movie and time travel album.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

All the luck with your blog tour, Alex. I'll visit Jemi. Yes, this sounds like Back to the Future. I'll need to add the Adam Project to my to watch list. Sounds intriguing. Have a beautiful week!

kaykuala said...

The prolific writer you are, Alex, congrats! Just to let you know Hank has had health issues lately. Had chest pains on Wed 30th March night, wheeled into Emergency and warded. Discharged from hosp on Mon 4th April. Will be going for my angiogram forthwith. Managed to appear for 'G' in the April Challenge. Stay safe, Regards.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth and Natalie, give it a watch!

Birgit, well done!

PT, yes and it did.

Victoria, yup!

Hank, prayers for you!

J E Oneil said...

I wasn't very interested in The Adam Project, but now I might have t ogive it a try.

Liz A. said...

I've been hearing good things about The Adam Project. I may have to check that out.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Good luck with your new book, Alex. Your stories rock. I enjoyed the Adam Project.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

The Adam Project was really good. I concur with your recommendation. :)

Truedessa said...

I saw some clips of the Adam Project looks interesting. I started reading your book, I am enjoying it so far. Best of luck to you.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm happy for you. Your latest book is a winner. Thanks for reviewing Adam Project. We always enjoy Mr. Reynolds movies. Glad to hear this one won't disappoint. He's come a long way from the lower mainland of B.C., Canada. said...

No worries, Alex. I'll return your teleporter. I mean, I have no idea where it is. We're all set, friend.
Much love and gratitude.

Joanne said...

Keep jetting about the blog-o-sphere. Fun tour. I did like the Adam Project. It was very heartfelt. I like Ryan Reynolds a lot, but he can do sincere too after all the quips.

Sandra Cox said...

You've got a lot of fan friends;)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Bill & Ted - that is funny.

Keep rockin' the tour.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Truedessa, thanks!


Thanks, everyone!

Ray Rousell said...

I watched the Adam Project last night. Its not a bad film at all.

Cherie Colyer said...

I saw Adam's Project. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Damyanti Biswas said...

Huge Congratulations, Alex!

I'm looking forward to reading the entire series again, and welcoming you on my site for the next IWSG.


Stacy McKitrick said...

Oooh, The Adam Project looks interesting (and I have access to NetFlix). The album sounds interesting, too. The lyrics were easy for me: Back to the Future.

Have you watched Resident Alien? Oh my gosh! I love that show.

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

Sounds like a good plot to CassaDark. I hope it does well in sales.

Sandra Cox said...

I love Ryan Reynolds. I'll have to be on the lookout for that one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ray, it's not!

Cherie, as was I!

Stacy, you got it. And yes - we love that show. The last episode had us rolling.

Donna K. Weaver said...

The Adam Project was a hoot!

Rhonda Albom said...

Woohooo! Huge congrats on your latest book, and on your busy book tour. I am looking forward to seeing this one on the bestseller list :)

Andrew Leon said...

The kid they got for Adam Project was really good.
I might have to check that album out.

Sandra Cox said...

On my way over to Mason's.

Toi Thomas said...

Hope the Cassa tour is going well.
Glad to hear that The Adam Project is worth a watch.
I enjoy the cover art for the Star One album.

Blue Grumpster said...

So true. it’s Reynolds being Reynolds, and I loved the movie. Didn't see that one coming.