Author Archives: JD DeLuzio

Sir Sean Connery, 1930-2020

Sean Connery, best-known as the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen and a seven-times Bond, has died at ninety. His lengthy career also included an Oscar-winning performance in The Untouchables (1988), and an appearance in the Indiana Jones franchise (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), of course).

Rest in Peace.

Novel Review: Curious Toys

Hell Gate’s ominous white pavilion looked more like a church than a ride: a church with an enormous red devil perched on the roof… The devil was plaster and lath, but Pin’s mother still crossed herself every time she walked past.

A little late but fit for the season: this novel, released last year by much-lauded, cross-genre writer Elizabeth Hand manages to be a mystery, a postcard to Chicago’s long-gone Riverview Park, a tribute to outsider artist and writer Henry Darger, a coming-of-age story, and a tour of hell. If you don’t know Hand’s work, she has published fourteen novels, and won Nebula, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and International Horror Guild Awards. She’s also written several licensed works for the Star Wars, X-Files, Twelve Monkeys, and other franchises.

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Novel Review: Rosemary’s Baby

The night was mild and balmy and they walked; and as they approached the Bramford’s blackened mass they saw on the sidewalk before it a group of twenty or so people gathered in a semicircle at the side of a parked car. Two police cars waited double-parked, their roof lights spinning red (35).

Ira Levin’s influential novel remains quite readable, and makes a devilish companion piece to the Halloween season.

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Discovery Review: “Far From Home”

Discovery‘s first season drew fire for (among other things) diverging from the expectations of many fans. Season Two engaged in damage control, addressing apparent inconsistencies and bringing in Christopher Pike’s crew, who proved so engaging that they’re getting their own series. This season takes the crew into the post-Federation future, but the second ep wants very much to assure us, this is Star Trek after all.

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