Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Whit, Christy & Brian

Dellani Oakes

 
 

Is it May already? To help us greet the month, we welcome three wonderful authors. All of them have been on before and we’re delighted to have them back with us.

 

 

Whit McClendon is the author of Mage’s Burden, Gart’s Road and A Mage Awakens Book 3, Short Workouts for Beginners Get Healthier and Stronger at Home (Jade Mountain Workout Series Book 1) Whit will chat with us from 4:00 – 4:40 PM EDT

 

  

Christy Nicholas is the author of Legacy of Hunger; Ireland- Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland; Scotland – Stunning, Strange and Secret – a Guide to Hidden Scotland. Christy will chat with us from 4:40 – 5:20 PM EDT

 

 

Brian Briscoe is the author of The Conflict…

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Character Quotes from Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani

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conduct front cover“That was a sophisticated device, Chief. Not your basic home grown shit. Whoever set that knew what he was doing.”

“He missed his target anyway,” the chief said, watching the flames.

“Did he? If his point was the scare that man, he was successful.”

“You don’t think he was trying to kill him?”

The arson inspector shook his head, shrugging. “I really doubt it. If you want someone dead, shoot his ass.”

“A bomb’s effective, isn’t it? Nothing says I hate you like an explosion in the fridge. Besides, they tried to make it look like an accident using the propane.”

The inspector shook his head. “I’m not so sure. The man who built that bomb did it in such a way that pieces were left. He had to know we’d figure out it wasn’t an accident. No, he meant for Quartermain to stay alive, but terrified.”

“Think he did…

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Miss Mary Mack

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The sound of little girls giggling and playing a hand clapping game could be heard all the way up to Old Man Oscar’s porch: “Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack…All dressed in black, black, black….She wore her buttons all down her back, back, back…”

“Whacha know ‘bout Miss Mary?” said the old man rocking while the children clapped along. Looking at him one of the little girls answered, “It’s just a song, there’s no Miss Mary!”

“Girl hush! I tell y’all it’s true, there was a Miss Mary and she used to run that ol’ orphanage near LaGrange road.”

Thinking these were just the ramblings of an old man, the girls continued to play on. Meanwhile a skeptical little boy asked, “Oh yeah, how come I ain’t never heard of no Miss Mary?” Seeing a little bit of himself in the boy, the old man answered…

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Yes, please, thank you DC!

Reblogged from: Grimlock ♥ Vision

Review:

Suicide Squad (2016-) #16 - Rob Williams, Tomeu Morey, Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea

Thank you for not turning Superman into a Nazi.   (Although Red Son, although that was very clearly an AU.   Thank you for not turning him into a Nazi in the regular verse, then telling us all how amazing this is, and trying to get real people to dress up as nazis.)   Thank you for offering a non-politicized option since apparently the only other options seem to be leaning far to the left or far to the right. 

 

Thank you for focusing on characters and exciting stories and well drawn comics.   (And as much as I love Jim Lee and his details, I find myself far more drawn to Daniel’s work as a penciler: a little smoother and less busy and I love the way he portrays Harley Quinn.)   More than that, I love the writing: the reason that Waller is going to Lex Luthor, for one.   I was surprised not only at what she wanted from him, but also why she wanted it.   It should have seemed obvious, but the storyline was dropped for a while and I thought even Waller wouldn’t do this, even though they were setting it up from last issue.  I thought someone would talk her out of it, a certain superhero would discourage her, something, but not this…

 

Things are going to get so, so interesting for the Squad.   And I plan to be there when they do.   This issue also seems to be the first one that isn’t broken up into two parts – and while it worked when they were doing background, at least for me, a lot of fans complained.   I don’t know if that’s what stopped them because they continued breaking it up, which I found a distraction when it seemed like they were really trying to tell one story in two parts once they’d dropped the backstories.   The real problem was that the two halves didn’t necessarily line up as neatly as the writer tried to make them, at least not for me.   But with one, clean story, Williams has upped his game, and I’m finding myself most excited for this series for now.   

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Character Quote: Geordie And The Beam Of Light by J.D. Holiday

Cover Geordie And The Beam Of Light 7-27-16Character Quote: Geordie And The Beam Of Light by J.D. Holiday

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Character Quotes from Heirs of Shakazhan by Dellani

March 31, 2017 by dellanioakes

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Heirs of Shakazhan is book six in the Lone Wolf Series. Sorry, it’s not out yet, but I’m working on it! Wil and Matilda have just had a spooky late night visitor, an apparition which, they reckon, is a telepathic projection. It attacks Mariah, their daughter, first and goes after her nanny. Wil tries to fight it but can’t, but with Matilda, it’s another story. She fights the entity—and wins. It leaves her shaken.

“He was incredibly powerful, wasn’t he?” his question hung between them unanswered for several minutes.

Matilda didn’t seem to be listening, but suddenly she shook herself and looked in his eyes.

“Powerful? Yes. He is quite adept at projecting himself over great distance. I’m still not sure how he does it or how far away he is….”

“Do you know who he is?”

She looked surprised, her eyes going wide. A slow smile crept across her features as she gazed at him.

“What?” He looked around nervously. This was the precise feeling he got when confronted with a lynch mob.

“You mean you don’t?”

Wil shrugged. Matilda chuckled, shaking her head in wonder. She looked self-satisfied and very cheeky, Wil thought.

“Well? Are you going to share?”

“I’m savoring this moment. It’s not often I know something you don’t.”

“Matilda….” His tone was ominous, his manner intimidating.

© 2017 Dellani Oakes

Alternate history Transformers/GI Joes crossover!

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Review:

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe: Tyrants Rise, Heroes Are Born - John Rieber, Jae Lee

This is set during World War Two and the problem is that Cybertronians have not been out in the open since then.   The thing is this is an AU, and I’ve known that since far before buying this.   It’s not canon, but it’s been called the best of this particular crossover – which, yes, has been done multiple times, all in comic book format.  

 

That being said, I’ve wanted to get this before now – and to this.   It’s not in the library system, was out of print for a while, and back then the used copies were going for at least fifty dollars a pop.   So when I saw this on sale for six dollars at Comixology, I grabbed it and ran.   I mean, Jae Lee!   Jae Lee draws the transformers!   And not only that, every single source I’d read said that the story was excellent as well. 

 

It didn’t disappoint.  I’d been saving this for a rainy day, but when Char reviewed a Gunslinger graphic illustrated by Jae Lee, I was reminded why he was such a shining star in the graphic novel world.   HIs illustrations are painterly, emotive, and just stunning.   So, yeah, I really wanted to see what he would do with one of my favorite franchises.   Despite reading all about this, I either didn’t know, or forgot, that one of my very favorites – Grimlock – was in this.   And he plays a rather significant role, which is saying something: much of the Transformers mythos is, sadly, not about Grimlock.   He starred in a couple episodes of Animated, was in some G1 – but not as much as I’d have liked, and has a starring role in Robots in Disguise, the new TV show.   He also has some clout in the IDW universe, as well as starring in the Transformers Beast Hunters comic tie-in to Transformers Prime.   But really, not much overall.   Even in IDW, he’s mostly coming in for an issue or two, then leaves.   Maximum Dinobots, the miniseries about the Dynobots, was one of his larger roles there, so I didn’t really expect him in this.   (Some of the G1 comics feature him and the Dinobots heavily, but again, not as many as I’d like and I find them inferior to IDW.)   It was a pleasant surprise.  

 

Grimlock is also in character: 

 

 

He talks like Grimlock and he acts like Grimlock – for the most part.   He’s a little more friendly with the meat than I’d like, but my favorite Grimlock is IDW: he’s mean, and he only cares about the Dynobots.   (And once they go into actual dinosaur mode, they do call themselves the Dinobots, but I like Dynobots: it makes them feel less… meaty.)   He’s dumb, but smart enough that readers question whether or not he’s just playing dumb so when people underestimate him, he can crush them.   He’s quick to anger and brutally ruthless – which is why the other Dynobots turn on him at one point.   And I never found another Grimlock I found hotter.   (Which worries me on some level, but… there you go!  I also realize I like fictional bots that I would be… wary about in real life, so I’m allowing myself some fantasy wiggle room.)

 

Not only that, but if you look at Robots in Disguise, there are some continuities where Grimlock is more meat-friendly.   G1 Grimlock got fairly close with Spike’s son Daniel.   And we’re talking about fellow warriors here, so if anything, Grimlock would have respect for them.   When they lead him to some Decepticons to smash, well, how can he not like them?

 

 

Proof that the Joes know what Grim wants. 

 

 

Well, it didn’t quite happen that way – but I wouldn’t point that out to Grimlock if it keeps him thinking of the Joes as friends!   Not only that, he listens, he learns, and he uses their logic against them at one point. 

 

To which a Joe says this: 

 

 

Predictably, the Joes and Autobots create real friendships, ground in the shared desire for peace and the brotherhood of combined experience in war.   That binds them together.   The Cobras and Decepticons snipe at each other, all while trying to undercut one another’s power.   Basically: this is all in character, at least for Transformers.  I know almost nothing about the Joes continuity.  I assume it’s all good since such care was taken with the other side, though.   The story basically is that Cobra uncovers the Decepticons and the Joes uncover the Autobots.   From there, it’s waging a world war, trying to incorporate those elements. 

 

And it does it beautifully if you don’t mind too much WWII aspect.   (Which I don’t; I’d prefer it that way.   There are some hints like when a Joe hopes that people have been enslaved in Europe.   When Optimus Prime becomes suspicious, and narrows his optics and asks ‘you hope they’ve been enslaved?’ the Joe answers that the other option is their all dead.   There are hints of the horrors, but nothing that’s concrete.   The closest is Bruticus, a combination of human and Cybertonian technology, arguably a more concrete knock at Nazi science and ‘medicine’, but alternately simply there for the narrative.)

 

It’s more about wartime and what happens to soldiers, and yes there are limitations in what human technology can do at this time.    That seems less important than the bonds that are created, and the anger that is stoked, and the conflicts of peace versus power.   It all read like a natural progression to me, as well. 

 

 

I was happy to see Cobra Commander and Megatron in this battle for power.   Anything else would have been a slap to Megatron’s face, a misuse of his character.   The Commander gains control of the Matrix early on and uses it to browbeat Megatron in submission; when Shockwave defers to Megatron, the Decepticon leader rebukes him, knowing what the Commander could do otherwise.   This, I believe, led to Megatron not only allowing the Commander to use Shockwave so brutally – payback for that insubordination, as well as denying the Cobras further use of Shockwave’s might – but in him allowing other abuses to regain his own station.   Again,  an absolute dick move, and just what Megatron would do: he doesn’t believe it will hobble him in the fight against the Autobots, and he would absolutely lash out at someone who tried to control him as the Commander did.

 

Basically, yes a perfect crossover.   Jae Lee, I should point out, illustrated this a while ago.   While I find all his artwork lush and gorgeous, I prefer his later work.   I also feel this is fair to say; his early work is better than what I could do on the best day of my life, but as he evolved, I think he strengthened his art.   This is still some of the most lovely Transformers artwork I’ve seen, and the grittiness fits the period it’s set in, too.

 

Two more comments.

 

 

Ravage looks brutally efficient and I love it: 

 

 

Scarlett rides Bee at some point and noticing the awkwardness asks if anyone’s driven before.   He’s pretty much silent and she’s like ‘aw, adorable.’   Later on he says this:

 

 

Primus, there has to be porny fanfiction about this.   Please, please, please let there be porny fanfiction about this.   This makes it a new ship: Scarlett/Bee.   Yes, please, yummy!

 

 

 

 

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