Reviews Archive

Conan: The Scarlet Citadel

Posted November 27, 2017 By John C Wright

I am rereading Robert E Howard’s Conan yarns in publication order, and noting how they have improved with age. Often dismissed as a mere boyish adventure tales, adult eyes rereading these alleged boy’s stories will see depth to them.

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Conan: Phoenix on the Sword

Posted November 5, 2017 By John C Wright

“KNOW, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars—Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women […]

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Conan and the Critic

Posted November 2, 2017 By John C Wright

  It is an eerie thing to reread the half-forgotten stories treasured in one’s youth. For better or worse, the old haunts never look the same. The worse happens when eyes grown cynical with age will see tinsel and rubbish where once glamor gleamed as fresh and expectant as the sunrise in the Garden of […]

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Posted August 25, 2017 By John C Wright

Not a full review. This is a half review. There are sort of spoilers below, but there is not much to spoil. Read at own risk.

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Wonder Woman is Wonderful

Posted June 8, 2017 By John C Wright

Everything I heard about the movie WONDER WOMAN beforehand intimated that it would be terrible. My daughter went to see it, and rolled her eyes in a typical teen girl scornful way when I expressed doubt, and she sternly and imperiously commanded me to go (despite that, as a father, I outrank her by more […]

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Go See Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Posted May 15, 2017 By John C Wright

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 proved that Hollywood can still make good, fun, spectacular, adventure story blockbusters if they put their minds to it. The sequel does not disappoint nor betray the original, as so many sequels do. Good sequels concentrate on character development, and good space opera will blow up at least one planet […]

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Writing Advice

Posted April 25, 2017 By John C Wright

Here is what I would have done differently had I been the head writer for Disney’s dull and dispirited feminist morality play BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which is a parody remake of their animated masterpiece of the same name. Instead of having Gaston and the villagers arriving to kill the Beast, I would have had […]

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Ugly and the Beast

Posted April 25, 2017 By John C Wright

A friend gave me a free ticket to see the live-action remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I am glad I spent not one penny. It was an abomination from stem to stern. It was terrible. Save your money. Buy whiskey. Get drunk instead. You will have more fun vomiting into a porcelain toilet than […]

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Case For Christ in Theaters Now

Posted April 20, 2017 By John C Wright

Let me take the opportunity to recommend the movie CASE FOR CHRIST, which is based on the book by Lee Strobel. As someone who lived for many years as an very atheistic atheist married to a very patient Christian, I saw my old self in the main character’s shoes, and was fascinated. This is a […]

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Posted March 14, 2017 By John C Wright

I have boldly attempting a Jeffro Johnsonian feat of reviewing most or all of the authors in Lin Carter’s Ballatine Adult Fantasy series from the 1960’s. Today’s offering is one of my least favorite books of all time: TITUS GROAN by Mervyn Peake. Although I try to be fair to it, alas, I fail. […]

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