J A Garrett

Curiously nerdy posts.

Armada: Ready Player Two?

Don’t compare it to Ready Player One… Don’t compare it to Ready Player One…   This was the mantra I kept repeating to myself as I cracked open Ernest Cline’s … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Rook: Chess code names ahoy!

Whew. It’s good to be back. Work lately has been extremely demanding, which has cut drastically into both my reading and writing time. But now that summer camps are over … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Red Dragon: Revisiting a classic.

Happy Friday! Today I’m doing something unusual for me. I’m reviewing a classic novel, instead of my usual random whims. I chose to read Red Dragon by Thomas Harris in … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Inside Out: Sometimes it’s good to be sad.

So this past weekend, I went to go see Inside Out with my wife on our date night. You probably don’t need me to tell you that it’s a great … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Altar Girl: Black souls wear white shirts.

I did something out of character this past week. I read a book. That’s not the part that’s out of character, obviously. No, the part that departed from my typical … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hannibal: The best show you’re not watching.

I don’t mean to sound like a hipster, but I want to talk about one of my favorite shows that is unfortunately a bit obscured in the TV landscape. That … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Half the World: YA with swords. Lots of swords.

Another week, another book. This time, I took another ride with Joe Abercrombie. Now, I’m a pretty big fan of his, as evidenced by how I’ve bothered to rank all … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kung Fury: You’re a loose cannon, but a darn good cop.

I’m a day late, I suppose, but I figured I’d weigh in on the current youtube-kickstarter phenomenon. As I’ve written before, I’m no stranger to Kickstarter projects. But somehow, I … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

The City Stained Red: So a guy, an elf, and a dragonman sit down at a bar…

If there’s been one steadily growing source of inspiration in fantasy writing in the past few decades, it would definitely be Dungeons and Dragons. This is funny to consider, since … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mad Max: Fury Road… there and back again. With explosions.

So. I just got home from watching the hottest movie of the week (and perhaps maybe the year, judging by rottentomatoes.com). It took some convincing to get my wife to … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 2 Comments
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