In her latest two books, Grim Lovelies and Midnight Beauties, Megan alludes to eight different fairy tales that grew out of the magical and dangerous world she meticulously built for her characters. Megan is giving writers of all kinds and backgrounds (high school age and older) the option to turn these short prompts into actual fairy tales. The best story written for each of the eight prompts will be included in a digital Grim Lovelies fairy tale collection entitled Beastie Tales.
Synopsis: In this suspenseful sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as William Foster, a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his beloved wife (Alice Eve) and children are tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect his family, William recruits a fellow scientist (Thomas Middleditch) to help secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. When William learns that he can only replicate three of the four family members, he makes a decision with fateful consequences.
Review: William Foster (Reeves) is a scientist obsessed with figuring out how to put human consciousness into clones of his family members who died in a car crash. Instead of calling the police or EMTs, his first thought it to map their brains. There were several decisions along the way that made me question the writer’s thought process. But suspending all disbelief, this was an exciting and suspenseful thriller. Keanu Reeves’ role is a bit different than I’ve seen from him before, and I thought he did a great job with this quirky character.
This film has gotten very mixed reviews. But I’m glad I gave it a chance. As a fan of most science fiction, the techno babble doesn’t faze me. The story, though strange and frustrating at times, is surprisingly unpredictable and really picks up in the last 30 minutes. I was even surprised by the ending – it took several turns I didn’t see coming. Through it’s faults, I enjoyed this one.
BLU-RAY / DVD/ DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES: · Audio Commentary with Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson · “Imprint Complete: The Making of Replicas” Featurette · Deleted Scenes
Synopsis: Though the ragtag group of misfits known as the Black Star Renegades won a decisive battle by destroying Ga Halle’s War Hammer, the war is far from over. In response to losing the crown jewel of its fleet, the evil Praxis empire has vengefully reinforced its tyranny across the galaxy–but its rule won’t be had so easily. Led by hotshot pilot Kira Sen, a growing rebel force stands in the way of Praxis’s might. Not only do they possess the will to fight for galactic freedom, they also possess the ultimate ace in the hole: The mythical Rokura, the most powerful weapon ever known.
Too bad Cade Sura hasn’t figured out to use it.
As Kira wages an increasingly bloody war against Praxis, Cade is left with only once choice: With Ga Halle scouring every star system for the coveted weapon, Cade embarks on a dangerous mission into uncharted space to discover the Rokura’s origins. Only then can he learn how it can be wielded. Because if he doesn’t, all hope for the galaxy might be lost.
Review: We Are Mayhem is the direct sequel to Black Star Renegades. Cade has an incredibly powerful weapon that he doesn’t know how to wield. And the ruthless Ga Halle will do anything to get her hands on it. Meanwhile, the rest of the Black Star Renegades fight against an evil empire and even Kira’s own father.
This sequel once again has the feel of “Guardians of the Galaxy” meets “Star Wars.” Cade, trying to learn how to use the Rokura, felt a lot like Luke going through his Jedi training. These are fallible characters with good hearts – they are likable and believable. And the story is a lot of fun – filled with suspense, drama, and intrigue. The excitement builds to a big showdown, and I found myself reading faster as the suspense built. This space opera is incredibly enjoyable and a great conclusion.