My Novels

Robots and Vampires:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/918304

http://www.lulu.com/shop/joshua-corbeil-stoodley/robots-and-vampires-a-cyborgs-odyssey/ebook/product-23955234.html

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00VTWMR7W

https://books2read.com/u/m2r98o

The Standard Tech Case Files: The Black Coats:

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00VTWMR7W

https://books2read.com/u/3npdlx

The Standard Tech Case Files: The Dead and The Damned

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MRSBC7I

This Isn’t The Apocalypse, So Stop Comparing To Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Maybe?

Hello all you happy people! Are you alive, well staying the fuck at home?

Good.

So, first things first. I’m fine, working slowly on my writing projects while playing Tales of Berseria. And waiting for Trudeau to pay me while my dog-sitting slowly dies. 🤷‍♀️What are you gonna do? Point out to the Americans that they’ve always been self-righteous thieves who will gladly murder the entire rest of the world so as to maintain their fragile egos? That’s sounds like a great plan!

So yeah. Donny-boy and his team of Yanks are stealing masks from Germany, France, his own fucking states and is trying to block 3M from shipping masks to Canada. Back to Canada, I should say, as all the supplies used to make the damned things originate here. Holy Godzilla, Donny, I always knew your country was evil, but past administrations at least tried to do a little good. You’re like, Monty Burns at this point.

Something else that’s been bugging me: the recent takes I’ve seen comparing this pandemic to apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. It goes something like this: this, normal if nasty, pandemic isn’t destroying society but bringing it together (no fucking shit, Sherlock), so clearly those macho (wtf?) post-apocalyptic stories like Mad Max: Fury Road (the angry, feminist post-apocalyptic movie that deconstructed every aspect of modern masculinity it could get it’s hands on is now uber-macho? What?) are wrong! In short, it’s the old school yard shout of ‘I read better books than you, ha ha!’ given an intellectual, sort of feminist veneer.

Here’s the truth, oh chuckleheaded ones: the reason the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t behaving anything like apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is because they’re completely fucking different events! Covid-19 is a virulent, dangerous coronavirus, true. It’s killed a lot of people and will kill more.

It is not: Skynet launching all nukes at once (Terminator), total and sudden environmental collapse (Mad Max), an asteroid smashing into us and reenacting the K-Pg extinction (the nineties. God that was popular in the nineties), nor is it some massive volcano spewing tons of ash and whatnot into the air.

You know what’s common to all those scenarios? The suddenness of it. As opposed to a pandemic, which is pretty slow (by disaster standards, anyway) giving us a ton of time to react.

Have we done so? Er, not as well as we should have. But we, even the Americans, have taken the steps necessary to contain the virus. It will end. The death toll will stop, and the economy will recover. It will be a different society at the end, and hopefully a better one, but not the fucking end!

Stay safe. Stay at home. Don’t listen to Trump.

Birds of Prey and the Massaging of Margot Robbie’s Ego

Just in case anybody’s wondering what my opinion on the upcoming BoP movie is.

There are a long list of problems with this damned movie, and Harley (played by the terrible Margot Robbie, who is also the producer and driving creative force behind this drivel) is at the top of the list.

  • First, there’s the fact that Robbie can’t act for shit.
  • Second, there’s the continued sexualization of someone with a mental illness. But now, with a thin feminist veneer, so that makes it a-ok!
  • Third, Harley is hogging an awful lot of the spotlight. She’s shown to be more competent than Black Canary, Huntress is virtually absent from marketing, and Cassandra Cain (the alleged main character) is nowhere to be seen! Okay, not quite. But she’s vanishingly rare.
  • Speaking of Cass, this version of Cass is pretty damned ableist. Cass in the comics suffers from PTSD, is illiterate, probably autistic, definitely neuro-atypical and a skilled martial artist. Movie!Cass is a random, mouthy kid who needs to be saved.
  • Helena Bertinelli is being played by an Anglo.
  • Where the fuck is Barbara Gordon? You know, the founder of the team?
  • The teams outfits are…wrong. Okay, I get it, BC’s outfit won’t work on film. Arguably, it doesn’t work in comics either. But why is one of the world’s greatest martial artists wearing a goddamn sports bra and long hair?
    • Harley looks an 80’s streetwalker
    • Huntress is wearing some kind of leotard thing and cargo pants.
    • Cass is dressed like some rich person’s version of a homeless person.
  • Black Mask is a camp gay stereotype.

There is nothing, nada, that makes me as a fan of these character want to watch this movie.

And, frankly, there shouldn’t be anything that makes you want to watch it either.

I’m Back!

Hi guys! First post of the new year, and it is a short one, I’ll admit.

First things first. Some of you may have noticed a new addition to the top post on this site. Yes, ladies and gentlemen I’m now on Draft2Digital! Those universal book links will take you to any bookstore to buy my books.

And that’s kind of it for this week. I’ll be back next week with a longer, well, rant about how the new Birds of Prey movie is fucking terrible.

Have a good week!

That Little Rey of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine: A Speculative Analysis On Rey

Morning peoples!

I know this is rather later than I promised, but I think it’s worth it. A ton of new teases concerning Rey have come up in the last few weeks, and though they haven’t altered my overall view of the situation, they are fun to think about.

So, let’s jump under the cut to about the (current) last Jedi!

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The Leader of the Pack: A Speculative Analysis of Poe Dameron

Greetings peoples! I’m sorry I haven’t had any fresh content for you for the last couple I’ve weeks; I’ve been battling a cold.

But I’m (mostly) over it now and back in action! Today I want to talk about one of my favourite characters and definitely one of yours:

Poe Dameron!

Join me under the cut!

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How To Destroy A Villain In Two Movies: A Speculative Analysis Of Kylo Ren

Greetings my fellow Star Wars junkies! I’ve been busy detoxing with the more wholesome fare of Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but it’s now time to wander back into cinematic equivalent of heroin.

This week we’re looking at a guy who’s gone from interesting mid-level villain to less-than-credible galactic-level threat to useless appendage.

Yes, we’re talking about Kylo Ren! Join me under the cut!

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Detective Pikachu, I Choose You!

So guess what I saw last Friday?

The world’s first live-action PokĂ©mon has been out for three days and has proven to be a success with audiences, rolling towards a fifty-five million dollar opening. Which is pretty good, seeing as Soulless Cash Grab: Endgame is still out there raking in millions.

But what is it about Detective Pikachu that makes it so good? That allows it to resonate with audiences? And why do crusty old critics hate it so much?

Join me under the cut as I answer these questions and more!

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