Fire from Heaven – Review

Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault

Published in 1969

Pages: 370

Genre: Historical fiction

“The child was wakened by the knotting of the snake’s coils about his waist.”

Those familiar with the myth of Heracles will notice its connection to the opening line of Fire from Heaven, by Mary Renault. Hera, jealous of Zeus’s infidelity, sent two snakes in Heracles’ crib in order to kill him. In this tale about the childhood of Alexander the Great, however, the snake is a friendly creature owned by his mother. Connections between the strongest of Greek heroes and Alexander abound in the novel and, as the young prince grows into his glory, the hero becomes a sort of patron god for the young conqueror whose greatness was apparent from childhood. Continue reading “Fire from Heaven – Review”


Music Monday: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

Album: The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

Album Cover
The Black Parade

Released: October 23rd, 2006

Band Info:
My Chemical Romance was a rock band from Newark, New Jersey that was active from 2001 to 2013. The band’s line-up was made up of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryer. Founded in the wake of 9/11, My Chemical Romance released their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002 that was followed by Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge two years later, which led to their commercial success. The band topped their previous releases with the 2006 concept album, The Black Parade, which gained a decent amount of critical acclaim and led them on to an arduous touring schedule. The band’s final release, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, was also a concept album that had more pop sentiments and received positive reviews despite alienating some fans. My Chemical romance broke up in 2013 and have since released a greatest hits album in 2014 and a tenth anniversary reissue of The Black Parade in 2016.

Band Photo
My Chemical Romance dressed as The Black Parade in 2006.

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Gladiator (2000) – Review

Gladiator (2000) Poster

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson

Cast: Russell Crowe, Richard Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, and Oliver Reed

Length: 2 hours and 35 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.” Continue reading “Gladiator (2000) – Review”

Mythology – Review

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Illustrations by Steele Savage

Published in 1942

Pages: 465

Genre: Mythology

“Greek and Roman mythology is quite generally supposed to show us the way the human race thought and felt untold ages ago.”

This sentiment, which begins Mythology by Edith Hamilton, expresses the limited worldview of not only the author, but the book itself. Primarily concerning the Greek and Roman myths and gods, Mythology collects some of the most famous stories in one place. All the greatest hits are here, including Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Judgement of Paris and Fall of Troy, and Oedipus’s folly at trying to escape fate. Mythology also contains lesser myths and the histories of tragic families; the only kind that the Greeks had in their myths. Continue reading “Mythology – Review”

Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

I have some very exciting news to share today (hence the special, second Monday post); last month, I had a piece accepted to be included in the upcoming book, Minnesota’s Emerging Authors: An Anthology of Nonfiction!

The book will be available to buy through Amazon and Z Publishing’s website on August 21st, but you can pre-order now at this link for a copy. This is the first publication to have accepted my writing, so it would mean the world to me if you bought a copy, or even told a friend who may be interested. Minnesota’s Emerging Authors: An Anthology of Nonfiction contains 19 short works by writers such as myself discussing relevant and poignant topics, with each of us doing our best to seek and realize our truths.

Feel free to check out Z Publishing House’s website for more information and the other books that they have published!

Thank you for reading and enjoy a photo of my cat enjoying the sun!

Hunter on the porch


Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – Review

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Poster

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Written by Michael Arndt

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, and Steve Carrell

Length: 1 hour and 41 minutes

Genre: Comedy, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.” Continue reading “Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – Review”