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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Friday, August 1, 2014

Big Ass Spider, a movie review

Big Ass Spider, a movie review

For some reason there are horror movies with spiders sometimes incorporate a level of humor that is generally lacking in monster movies.  The Arachnophobia movies used beloved comedic character actors from the classic television series Cheers, which clued the audience in to the fact that funny things were likely to happen.

Big Ass Spider by it’s title alone also hinted that along with the expected gore, and standard figures including; uptight military figures, children in danger, shapely actresses in tight uniforms (almost enough to tempt men into enlisting) and a dedicated weird scientist, the audience could expect more than a little fun.

In this opus, the hero/nice guy who couldn’t get a date if his life depended on it is an exterminator who takes jobs for a little old lady who pays him with baked goods.  He teams up with a Mexican security guard. Their interactions are reminiscent of early Cheech and Chong without the drug mentions.  At times their interactions seemed stereotypical, bordering on racist but the security guard proves heroic.  Most of the time the exterminator is even more clueless than his buddy.  

The exterminator’s motivation seems to be a mix of protecting the innocent and hoping to get a date.  I caught some of the references to classic movies slipped into the dialog and scenes as inside jokes. (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, The Caine Mutiny, 2001 and, of course, King Kong to mention just four.) I’m certain I missed some also. 

The city that takes a beating in this movie is Los Angeles.  The background location shots are spot on.  The spider climbs to the top of the US Bank Tower for the final confrontation. The exterminator and his buddy have to save the actress before an airstrike comes in to kill the beast and, unavoidably, thousands of innocent citizens. 

What happens? I don’t want to spoil it for you but don't be surprised if there is a Big Ass 

Spider II.


KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like something I need to put on my "to be watched" list.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, a good review. I might be afraid of a Big Ass spider, but in general, I'm not afraid of spiders so it wouldn't be as terrifying for me as it would for those with arachnophobia.

Shari Randall said...

Hmmm, Big Ass Spiders or Sharknado? Too many choices in horror movies these days!

E. B. Davis said...

I like parodies, but I'll pass on this movie, Warren. Even on a rainy day, I don't have time to watch movies or TV. You never said if you liked it. Did you? Was it fun?

Kara Cerise said...

I confess...I watched it. It had a compelling title and seeing Los Angeles (even if it's destroyed by a big ass spider) brings back good memories. My husband used to work in the US Bank Tower.