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An Author Interview with Amie Gibbons

I’m interviewing writer Amie Gibbons, best known for her urban fantasies. I regularly review books like her novel The Gods Defense. She’s written a number of other paranormal mysteries and legal dramas. And I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Gibbons.

Do Tech Companies Control What We Read and Watch?

Two of my enthusiasms are films and books. My tastes in both are eclectic, spanning a number of genres and ranging from pure entertainment to more serious reading and viewing.

To that end, I have been an Amazon Prime customer for years, paying my annual membership dues and taking advantage of the “read for free” deals and some of the discounts. One of the things I have valued is the way that Amazon keeps up with my purchasing habits and viewing preferences and makes suggestions based on my past purchases and films viewed. The recommendations are frequently useful.

I have also read the recent criticisms of those who write the algorithms for tech companies as being politically and philosophically biased, but hadn’t experienced it until quite recently. And I’m still not completely sure I have.

An Interview with Novelist Daniel Humphreys

I have to admit that I’m a red shirt in Daniel Humphreys’ third novel A Place for War. He needed a name for a red shirt character in a book he was writing, and among those who volunteered, he picked me. This was a fun activity for me as a zombie fiction fan. Surprisingly, my character survived to the end of his third Z-Day novel. However, this isn’t all Daniel Humphreys has written. I had the honor of interviewing him regarding past and current projects.

Dave Chappelle’s All-American Anti-PC Heresies Vs. Ramy Youssef’s Woke-Intersectional-Islamist Cousin-Loving

Check out my new article on Islamist entertainment at The Daily Wire

I had a new article published yesterday at The Daily Wire. I compare and contrast the comedy specials of two American Muslims, and Ramy Youssef, coming down very hard against the latter:

Among the fascinating phenomena of America’s most prominent Muslim activist organizations is how they decide which Muslims to lift up and which to ignore. Compare two recent comedy specials. One, Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix special “Sticks & Stones,” which is generating intense reactions given its choice of material — including abortion, #MeToo, Transgenderism, “the alphabet people” (referring to the expanding acronym LGBTQIA+), and the implications of the “cancel culture,” which seeks to silence all who do not adhere to the “woke” doctrines of political correctness.

Thinking about this hilariously offensive special brought to mind another recent comedy special that challenged different cultural taboos: Millennial Ramy Youssef’s “Feelings,” released on HBO on June 29.

An Author Interview with Jon Del Arroz

I’ve reviewed a number of Jon Del Arroz books, reading ones as diverse as “The Stars Entwined” and the steampunk short story “Knight Training”. I recently had the honor of interviewing him after his first Nano Templar book came out.

Tamara Wilhite: Your Nano Templar book hit number one in Amazon’s Christian Futuristic Fiction category upon release. I saw it praised as yet another category where you’ve hit number one. What are all the categories you’ve been published in?

Jon Del Arroz: Amazon lets a book be in about 6 or 7 categories. So this one’s in a general military science fiction, Christian fiction, religious fiction and a couple of others. I’ve also had space opera, genetic engineering, steampunk, superhero, so I’m a bit all over the map but always in a science fiction or fantasy capacity (so far!). I was a little nervous about going into Christian fiction because it’s such a different market than my others, but it seems to be resonating more than many of my books.

Reviewed: The BBC’s “Brave New World” Movie

The BBC is well known for its science fiction. Doctor Who is simply the most well-known. They have also been making science fiction movies based on classics like “1984” and “Brave New World”. The 1980 BBC version of “Brave New World” stands out for both its innovative style and its respect for the source material.

LI Novel ‘Red Line Blues’ Reviewed At American Spectator by Daniel J. Flynn

“Looking for Love in All the Wrong (Political) Places”

The author of such noteworthy books as A Conservative History of the American Left, Intellectual Morons, and his new title Cult City reviews one of Liberty Island’s literary novels:

Red Line Blues, the first novel by Scott Seward Smith, arrives more than six years after its Obama-Romney election backdrop. If its setting seems passé in the wake of the seismic presidential election in between then and now, its theme strikes as so very 2019.

Neither the decade nor the distance between the older Owen and twenty-something Audrey jeopardize their relationship. The political chasm does. Owen votes Republican; Audrey, Democrat. You can bridge a generation gap and wormhole the way to long-distance-relationship success. The notion that love can transcend political disagreements seems further fetched the further we find ourselves from James Carville and Mary Matalin’s wedding day.

Click here to continue reading at The American Spectator.

Read chapter 1 of Red Line Blues here.