Book Release: The Shifty Captive

Shelton “Shifty” Sharpe is the shiftiest member in the magic trade, and this is how he gets his start.  The page doesn’t work yet but you can purchase the ebook and print version here.

I will be releasing  profiles with portraits of  The Shifty Captive characters every Monday in order of their appearance.


The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

3 out of 5

Lisbeth is accused of murder, and takes it too casually throughout most of a long book.She feels untouchable because of her intelligence and her recently acquired wealth, and spends most of her time waiting things out. Thanks to her hubris that she ends up paying for it when she’s gravely injured by the end of the book. It feels like I’m supposed to feel sorry for her, but I think she should’ve kept on top of things and not let it get so far. I would’ve rated it lower if she didn’t become more proactive at the end.

The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

4 out of 5

This must’ve been the earliest examples of hard sci-fi. H.G. Wells did the best he could with what information we had. Though we now know the moon is uninhabited and the race he came up for it is unrealistic. He did do a good job illustrating the culture shock and intricacies of socializing with an alien culture. The protagonist goes for what seems like a simple travel adventure experience and then is overwhelmed at the thought of being the representative of his planet to an alien culture. Ethnocentrism is shown when he thinks Europeans “improved” the New World, and voices agreement withe the concept of “The White Men’s Burden.” This makes it is comical when
he is flustered by a culture he considers superior to his own. It’s like reading the travelogue of an ethical space tourist.

Book Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

3 out of 5

Imagine you are on a cruise in a top-of-the line submarine with cutting edge technology. You are introduced to a world of wonders and scientific marvels, but your cruise keeps going on and on to the point it’s no longer fun anymore and you’re starting to doubt the sanity of your captain. This isn’t a critique of Jules Vernes writing, but a description of the plot. Some may not want this cruise to ever end, but others may prefer to move on. Yet you’ve got to give Jules Verne’s kudos for inventing the concept of submarines in the first place and the other technology inside it. I can’t help envying his scope and vision.