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J. Goodson Dodd

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J. Goodson Dodd was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He has often remarked that he showed a particular aptitude creative storytelling and invention. At the age of twelve with the aid of a childhood friend he produced his first short film and continued to write screenplays throughout highschool, producing them on a shoestring budget with a small cabal of close friends. While attending college at the University of Houston he steered his focus toward prose work. He eventually graduated with a degree in English Literature with a minor concentration in history.

His first novel, “A Dark Tomorrow,” was published in January of 2009 after spending a solid month in seclusion following a self-proclaimed personal crisis following an explosion of overw
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Cynicism is not healthy. I don’t know how else to start this little essay without laying that out up front. Cynicism can be overtly damaging and yet I see so much of it with regard to the media we consume.

Allow me to provide context; in 2013 I started a weekly podcast about bad movies called Pop and Schlock. It evolved over time to be a many-headed beast, but in my mind our driving focus was al...

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Good and engaging but the structure bobs and weaves in a way that undercuts tension. Characters voices sing under the author’s pen but the story is just so-so.
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My Experiences as an Executioner by James  Berry
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Fascinating read. It isn't what one would expect from this type of writing and yet at the same time it very much is. Berry's verbage and expressions provide an insight that can only be called intriguing if not altogether engaging 100% of the time.
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Sharpe's Honor by Bernard Cornwell
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Another “Sharpe is a spy” tale that works quite well as a direct sequel to Sharpe’s Enemy, though it lacks that volume’s overall punch and sense of tension. Well written, as are all of the entries, and breezy in its construction.
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Sharpe's Enemy by Bernard Cornwell
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One of the best in the series by far. Of course, I’ll say that any time Sharpe has to deal with Hakeswill who has to be one of the most loathsome villains in fiction. It’s an exciting entry, and masterfully handler with regard to rising tension and i ...more
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The Last Jedi by Jason Fry
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I greatly enjoyed the story of The Last Jedi and some of the expansions here are insightful but Jason Fry’s prose isn’t exactly electrifying and it doesn’t take time to linger on the dramatic beats the way it should. Still, one of the better noveliza ...more
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Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
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More handily crafted prose on the part of VanderMeer; artistically and creatively inspired, the story gives little in the way of what most would call "closure" but offers instead ambiguous resolution to the stories of the characters who have struggle ...more
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Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
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The operative word here is “frustrating.” The craft on display is magnificent and layered but the end result feels hollow. I love the angle of the follow-up here. What I don’t care for is Vandermeer’s decision to provide an advancement on the narrati ...more
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