January 23, 2014

SF&F Literati Meet Monday

SF&F Literati Meet Monday, January 27, 2014
When: January 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Oak Park Mall
11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214 
On the 2nd floor by the windows 
Book of the Evening: Ack-Ack Macaque
Author: Gareth Powell

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Startling, fast-paced SF from one of the most striking new voices. A cigar-chomping monkey, nuclear-powered Zeppelins, electronic souls and a battle to avert Armageddon.
In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain's best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed 'Ack-Ack Macaque'. The trouble is, Ack-Ack Macaque is a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey, and he's starting to doubt everything, including his own existence.
A century later, in a world where France and Great Britain merged in the late 1950s and nuclear-powered Zeppelins encircle the globe, ex-journalist Victoria Valois finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who butchered her husband and stole her electronic soul. Meanwhile, in Paris, after taking part in an illegal break-in at a research laboratory, the heir to the British throne goes on the run.
And all the while, the doomsday clock ticks towards Armageddon.

Next meeting: February 24, 2014!
It's time to get started on February's Selection!
Book of the Evening: The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes
Author: George Mann
Overview from Barnes & Noble:
A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural Steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in dark and dangerous Victorian London. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury & Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes

Available from Barnes & Noble and other fine booksellers.

IMAGE CREDITS: Book cover image for Ack-Ack Macaque is courtesy of Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Book cover image for The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes is courtesy of the bilingual Norwegian and English blog of Cluva, "Bookworm with a Writing Itch."

January 18, 2014

Man of Steel Mini-Review by David Sooby

Title: Man of Steel
Director:Zack Snyder
Produced by: Warner Bros.
Reviewed by: David Sooby

Man of Steel.  Wow. How to remove the heart and soul from the Superman origin story, even with a blockbuster budget, and top-notch acting from several in the supporting cast, including Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner. No wonder it got "mixed reviews." I think the writer and/or director made the same mistake that Kenneth Branaugh made in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1994): He neglected to give us any reason to care about the characters. Lois Lane was pretty much a non-entity, too.

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to IMDB for the Man of Steel poster image.

January 11, 2014

KC Horror Book Club January 2014 Meeting


By Joe McKinney

Date and Time: January 12, 2013 (Sunday) from noon to 1:30.
Location: The Green Room Burgers and Beer
Address: 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite D, Kansas City, MO.
Event Notes: 

Come and discuss Quarantined by Joe McKinney and grab some food too.

The citizens of San Antonio, Texas are threatened with extermination by a terrifying outbreak of the flu. Quarantined by the military to contain the virus, the city is in a desperate struggle to survive. Inside the quarantine walls, Detective Lily Harris is working burial statistics duty at the Scar, San Antonio's mass graveyard, when she finds a murder victim hidden amongst the plague dead. But Lily's investigation into the young woman's death soon takes a frightening turn as yet another strain of the deadly flu virus surfaces, and now Lily finds herself caught up in a conspiracy orchestrated by a corrupt local government intent on hiding the news from the world and fighting a population threatening to boil over into revolt. As the city erupts in violence, Lily is forced to do the unthinkable. With the clock ticking toward annihilation, Lily must lead her family through the quarantine walls and escape with news that just might save us all.

-Permuted Press & Earline Beebe

Check the Facebook Event Page for more information.

Please contact Earline Beebe for more information on the Facebook event page.
Image from: SITE. Published by Permuted Press.

January 07, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 January Meeting

Family Spirit
Date: January 11, 2014
Time: 4:50pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Corey B.
Food: Mexican & Seafood
Costume: Casual

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

The Uninvited

(1944, 99 minutes) Directed by: Lewis Allen

Starring: Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, and Cornelia Otis Skinner

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!

After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer. The movie below is the suggested title. Other options will be available for discussion during the dinner!

Feature Presentation!
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

(1945, 104 minutes) Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!

The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 

The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. The "Web Under Construction" sign comes from N-Media.net Many thanks to these websites!