About The Man in Black (Bill Silvia)

Blogger, occasional reviewer, and author working on my first novel.

A Long Time Ago: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

I’ve talked about this book and this trilogy a lot, but what the hell, it’s a new year, so it’s a good time for me to talk about one of my favorite Star Wars novels- #5, according to the Top 10 list I did about a year ago. Continue reading

Man in Black Review: Annals of Drakis III: Blood of the Emperor by Tracy Hickman

Drakis has been through a lot in a short amount of time. Despite being a slave, he was a respected warrior with friends and a devoted lover. Then the truth came, and his lover went insane, his home was destroyed, and he was forced to set North, not only to survive, but to fulfill an insane prophecy thrust upon him. As he was herded forward, destined to destroy the evil Rhonas Empire or die at their hands, he faced treachery within the ranks of the dragons that had professed to join his cause. Now, he is weary of battle, having faced the death of his beloved Mala- but the world won’t let him leave. The stakes are his own thousands of followers and the tyranny of the Rhonas Elves- not to mention all of the other characters we’ve followed along the Annals of Drakis. Is Blood of the Emperor a fitting conclusion, and does the time we’ve invested in this series pay off?

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Horror In Our Time: Dracula 3000 (2004)

Sometimes, I just get the urge to look up a random horror movie. This has provided some of the greatest moments in my cinematic life like Haute Tension, and has also provided absolute garbage like Night Shadow. Given my obvious predilections for Science Fiction, more often than not I’ll open up a Sci-Fi horror over another random movie, which led me to this… interesting… piece of work. To this end I give you Dracula 3000. This film (no relation to the better known Dracula 2000) is one of the most ridiculous movies I have ever watched. It starts off innocuous enough, with a salvage team in the year 3000 coming across an apparently abandoned ship transporting what amounts to a mausoleum, but it quickly devolves as Dracula reveals his true ability: to make ridiculous stereotypes into ridiculous stereotype vampires. Continue reading