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Filmwhys #77 Monster Squad and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

The Why Haven’t You Seen This Film Podcast where my guest is Nolahn from The Lair of the Unwanted who asks me why I hadn’t seen Monster Squad, an 80’s family horror movie that’s somewhere along the lines of the Goonies meet the Universal Horror monsters. And in return, I ask him why he hadn’t seen Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the first animated Batman movie spun off of the successful animated series and some could say the best Batman film of all time. You can also find Nolahn’s book: The Bargain Bin Review on Amazon.
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Book Nights: Overtaken

Overtaken by Mark H. Kruger

After finishing up the first book in this series, Overpowered I was very excited to move onto the sequel. Even though it took me a bit longer to get into the book, once I got about halfway through I really wanted to rush through to the end. I’m glad that I was able to dig into this series which has really brought me around on the superhero novel, as the first couple I read were bad to mediocre, but these last three have all been a real treat to read. Not quite enough for me to go seeking out more on my own, but I won’t be turning down any future offers to review if they come my way. Here, Kruger is able to take the hero that he built up in Overpowered and change the situation in an unlikely and fascinating way. As usual, there will be some spoilers in this review so fair warning.
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Book Nights: Super Born: Seduction of Being

Super Born: Seduction of Being

by Keith Kornell

I was initially reluctant when I got an e-mail asking me to review a superhero novel, I was even more reluctant when I read the initial synopsis for it mentioning the main character as a single mom and a review blurb calling it “hypersexualized”. I also don’t own an e-reader which made me turn down a previous offer at reviewing a superhero novel, but even with my doubts they were still willing to send me a physical copy of the book. It was a rough start, I wasn’t fond of the overly sarcastic humor nor the frequent talk about sex which wasn’t helped by the cover that looked like I was reading a cheesy romance novel. The science mumbo-jumbo was equally over-specific and absurd, and the characterization of the superheroine main character felt like it was written by a man who was not a feminist by any stretch of the imagination. I soldiered on through the rest of the book was rewarded with much of the same, but underneath all of that there was an interesting plot that kept me wanting to know how it was all going to end up.
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