Alien Tango—Business as Unusual

Alien Tango by Gina Koch book cover
Alien Tango by Gina Koch

Alien Tango is the second in Gini Koch’s Alien series (I’ve read but not reviewed the first book, Touched by an Alien—I liked and recommend it). Following the adventures of Katherine “Kitty” Katt and her boyfriend from Alpha Centauri as they deal with threats both terrestrial and extra.

1—Nutjobs Everywhere

After defeating the psychotic head of the Alien Super-Beings in the first book, things seem to be settling down for Kitty and Jeff Martini (the alien boyfriend), which for Kitty means boredom. But then Alpha Team is summoned to Florida to deal with a problem no one will explain to them and things go wrong one after another. There’s an anti-alien conspiracy afoot, something incorporeal has hitched a ride back to Earth with the crew of a top-secret space mission, and Kitty’s garnered a muderous stalker. Continue reading “Alien Tango—Business as Unusual”

The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season Two—More of the Same

The Doctor Blake Mysteries
The Doctor Blake Mysteries

I don’t have anything substantively different to say about season two than I did about season one. The mysteries are still good, the atmosphere is still gloomy, and the character development still has good subtext. However, Danny is gone with a new young copper taking his place. This cop has been sent from Melbourne to spy on the Ballarat police department. Later in the season, Superintendent Lawson gets into some internal political trouble, so we’ll see if he comes back next season or not.

I still enjoyed season two of The Doctor Blake Mysteries and will be watching the third season on Netflix.

American Gods—An Unusual Journey

American Gods by Neil Gaiman book cover
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, follows Shadow after he gets out of jail and comes to work for someone who calls himself Wednesday as he tries to rally the old gods for a war against the new.

1—The Gods

We meet gods from many pantheons during the course of Shadow’s journey with Wednesday. Wednesday himself is Odin, from the old Norse pantheon. There’s Mr. Nancy, Anansi, from Africa. And Kali from India. Some of my favorite are Mr Ibis and Mr Jaquel—Thoth and Anubis—and Bast and Horus from Egypt. Easter herself makes an appearance. Czernobog and the Zoryas. And then of course there’s the hall of forgotten gods that Shadow dreams about. Continue reading “American Gods—An Unusual Journey”

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: the Series—Atmospheric

R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series
R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour The Series

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour is a kids’ show, a horror anthology series that clocks in at two seasons.

1—Dark

The thing this series does best is atmosphere. It’s always genuinely creepy. They do a lot with such a short time frame—less than half an hour (though there are a few two-parters). It’s a short story format, sometimes focusing on plot, sometimes focusing on character, but always with that mood. Continue reading “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: the Series—Atmospheric”

Castlevania Season One—Just A Beginning

Castlevania season one
Castlevania season one

Castlevania season one is a Netflix original animated series. It’s horror and there is gore but the story so far is intriguing.

1—No, Really, Just A Beginning

At just four episodes long, this season is short. The first episode is taken up with Dracula and why he unleashes demon hoards upon the world. The rest of it is mainly Trevor Belmont coming to terms with what happened to his family and deciding he actually does want to protect people. Continue reading “Castlevania Season One—Just A Beginning”