In The Shoes Of My Nemesis

“Blast that infernal man,” I threw my hat in the chair as I stormed past, “time and time again he is there, standing in my way.”

Grabbing the bottle of brandy, I poured a measure and slumped in the chair at my desk. “The smug look on his face when he solves the crime.”

Looking at the papers spread there, I sigh and collect the bunch in a pile.

“Months of research and planning. Gone! All because of that damn detective!”
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Speakeasy #145: Bluff

I have spent years chasing the tail of my darkness. Each day playing out like a game of cards. My life bouncing from table to table in a big tournament. Getting the big win, no one able to read my tells.

‘Til my bluff got called.

Now I play a smaller stakes game. A few other players at the table, a couple tough guys and the dealer. Going for the win, a shot at the big game.

But my bluff gets called. The dealer frowns, the toughs get up.

A pinch in the arm.

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Group Haiku Project: Fellowship of the Ring

I had such a great time with the Hobbit Haiku project that I thought it would be fun to do it again with the Lord of The Rings series, and throw it open to others to contribute.

So here is how I want this to work, if you are interested in contributing a haiku to the project please add a comment below on which chapter you want to take. For now one chapter per person, I will update the list as the chapters get claimed.

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Review – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

A week ago I was able to catch the latest installment of Peter Jackson’s telling of The Hobbit. I’ve had my doubts about the stretching of The Hobbit into three movies. Given that this particular work is around 350 pages and each of the Lord of the Rings books is one to two hundred more… Well since Jackson did one movie for each book of the trilogy, I just don’t get it.

Now with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I was pleasantly surprised at how good a job he did with the added material pulled in from side references and other works of Tolkien. I did have my issues with the movie, the stone giants and part of the escape from goblin town come to mind, but on the whole I thought it was well done. I had high hopes that the second movie would do a similar job with respect to the source and just enhancing the story with the new material.

Unfortunately this was not the case.

I must give warning, from here on I slide into spoiler territory a bit. However since I am reviewing a movie based off a classic work, I think I should be ok. You have been warned. Continue reading Review – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit Haiku, The Journey Ends?

So, nineteen haiku later and The Hobbit is complete. When I started the project last month as my answer to Rob’s Epic Fantasy Genre Haiku Challenge, I didn’t expect it to be so well received. Or to get guest submissions for some of the chapters. Many thanks to Rob for the challenge and to Cimmy for sending over her entries.

I had so much fun doing this, especially getting others involved that I was thinking of continuing on with The Lord of the Rings. My general plan to start with will be to provide the list of chapters and allow folks to claim one as their own. I figure I can either accept the submissions or maybe reblog entries from the individual’s blog. Expect a post on this in the next few days.

Anyway, without further ado I give you Hobbit Haiku in its entirety. Continue reading Hobbit Haiku, The Journey Ends?