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Day 31 – Two upcoming appearances

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Day 31 of #scrypthalloween wraps up the month with good news in November. This Saturday (11/4) I will be signing books and talking about being an author at Bensalem library in Bucks County PA from 1-4 pm. I will also be at the Doylestown library the following week doing the same (11/11). Come out and say hi to me and some other authors. It’ll be a fun time. @buckscountylibrary #buckscountylibrary #bensalemlibrary #doylestownlibrary #author #reading #book #novel

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Review: Spider-man Homecoming

spider-man-homecoming-trailer-3Spider-Man is back at Marvel, but how did he fare swinging into action on home turf?  I’ll say this.  It was not the movie I wanted it to be.  I expected it to be the best of the existing Spidey films so far, but it fell just shy of Spider-man 2, which I feel remains at the top of the list.  So what was good and bad about it?

The Bad:

The Shocker felt like a rip off.  Which one?  It doesn’t matter.  Were either of these guys Herman Schultz?  Again, it doesn’t matter.  It was explained that the technology could shatter their arms, so that’s why the quilted yellow jacket was used.  Is it so hard then to put a mask on the men?  I’m just tired of half assed villain appearances.  Hopefully they bring him back soon.

Zendaya’s character was a waste.  Why was she even there?  She’s clearly not the MJ that we know as in Mary Jane Watson (At least she better not be).  And the whole team going to Washington DC?  How did anyone else not figure out that Parker and Spider-Man happen to be in both places?  Flash Thompson didn’t seem like Flash Thompson at all.

The Spider-Man A.I. suit is just stupid.  Get rid of the computer and give him spider-sense already.  This isn’t the hero comic book fans want. And Aunt May is hot of course, but her presence was lacking.  No mention of Uncle Ben either, but Peter did say his Aunt had been through a lot, so that can slide.

The Good:

I know I said the AI suit is a bad thing, but I do like the different web settings.  This actually can explain a lot.  The spider-tracers were also awesome to see, as well as the search light.  I liked the mentor being Tony Stark too.  It worked really well.

Adrian Toomes/Vulture, and The Tinkerer were perfect.  The way they were handled was done quite well, though I feel the final battle was a bit anti-climactic.  Ned was also a good friend for Peter to have and share his secret with.

The scene with Adrian Toomes in the car with Peter was very cool.  The little speech Keaton gave was chilling.  I’m not sure Liz as his daughter felt right, but it didn’t matter because she too was a welcome addition.

From Damage Control, to Spider-man/Peter Parker himself were great.  And shall I say that I think Tom Holland is our best Spidey/Parker yet!  I look forward to seeing him many more times in the role.

Overall assessment:

Homecoming is not the best Spidey movie because so much more could have been done to correct the minor plot holes.  That being said, it is certainly not the worst, and comes in right up there with Spider-man 2 as a close favorite.  I give it 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.

Where can it go from here?  I can easily see Spidey battling the Sinister Six with an ally or two.  I realize he’s got a role in Infinity War and more, but why not see what he can do against the likes of: Vulture, Scorpion, Tinkerer, Shocker, and two others.  I suggest a proper Rhino and Prowler.  It’s clear that Miles Morales exists in this universe, so make him Spidey’s ally and give the fans something to remember.  What did you think of Spider-man Homecoming?

Day 30 – The Thirst Of Cain (Cover Concept)

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Day 30 of #scrypthalloween – here’s a rough layout @dpipito did for the cover of my next novel THE THIRST OF CAIN. Readers demanded more of the villain, and since there was a time travel element to the last book, I was able to work in a story where we see Cain’s path to becoming that villain. The murder of his brother Abel is just the beginning. Release date in May 2018. #book #novel #coverart #conceptart #concept

Day 29 – Everything so Far

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Day 29 of #scrypthalloween displays all of my #novels and #books so far. The Lost Hour, A Course For Humanity, Cosmic Orbits, Devoured Universe, Alien Encounters, Planet Ate, Evolved Mutations, Genetic Morsels, Viral Upgrades, Techno Feast, Demonic Entities, Devil’s Dessert, Ghostly Hauntings, Souls 4 Supper, In Case Of Werewolf, Bones At Breakfast, Legends of Vampire, Blood The Second Helping, Zombie Incidents, Flesh and Leftovers, Eden’s Order Trilogy, Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy, Beyond Human Trilogy, No It’s Not. Yes It Is: Arguments, A Little Girl In The Land Of The Hiccups, A Little Boy In The Land Of The Sleepless Knights.
Covers done by @dpipito and myself. #timetravel #scifi #alien #conspiracy #technology #thriller #superhero #supervillain #demon #religion #angel #ghost #haunted #spirit #werewolf #vampire #zombie #childrensbooks #nonfiction

Day 28 – Create It, Plate It, Style It, Eat It, Love It

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Day 28 of #scrypthalloween shows a promo book we did for @homemadedelish called CREATE IT, PLATE IT, STYLE IT, EAT IT, LOVE IT. It had a handful of Roberta’s recipes and even though it is no longer available in print, her status on local and national television, radio and more has followers wanting a full cookbook soon. Make sure to follow her for all her fun adventures in food, drink, and lifestyle.

Day 27 – sCrypt Publishing

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Day 27 of #scrypthalloween looks at sCrypt Publishing as a whole. The logo, designed by @dpipito , was originally used only on the spinoff comics, but since we’ve grown and now have services that include editing, advice, cover art, and assisted publishing, it has become our “Script within the Crypt of the mind.” sCrypt Publishing brings those deep, creative thoughts out for new adventures every day. Check more out on my site http://www.rickpipito.com or drop me an email for inquiries. #publishing #book

Day 26 – A Little Boy In The Land of The Sleepless Knights

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Day 26 of #scrypthalloween looks at my children’s book A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS. @dpipito returns with more awesome artwork for a tale I wrote for my son. My goal was to write a bedtime story that made children realize that they can go on many adventures in their dreams.

It’s available in print and digital at Lulu.com, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble…

official description: When a young boy refuses to sleep he finds himself trapped in the Land of Sleepless Knights. This is where all children go when they don’t get enough rest. Can he figure out how to escape in time or will he turn into one of the Knights and be consumed by the Cranky King?

Day 25 – A Little Girl In The Land Of The Hiccups

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Day 25 of #scrypthalloween shows my first children’s book A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS. I wrote this story for my daughter, Lana, and it quickly became a reader favorite. With outstanding watercolor artwork by @dpipito it brought my writing into a whole new genre.

Available at lulu.com, Amazon, and B&N in print and digital…

official description: When a little girl finds herself a long way from home, she must help her new Eskimo friends to rid their land of the Hiccups, miniscule little creatures that are more of an annoyance than anything. From award winning author, Rick Pipito, the story is aimed for a young female audience, but can be enjoyed by all. With art by Dan Pipito, this heart warming tale will inspire young readers to never give up hope and put their best thoughts forward.

Day 24 – No, It’s Not. Yes, It Is: Arguments

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Day 24 of #scrypthalloween goes in a different direction with my nonfiction book NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS. For the cover, I took two opposite pics of my face and merged them into what you see here. It was my goal to present a funny take on arguing with some unbiased facts from each side, and some stories from my own life.

I will have to update it with a newer version soon, but in its original glory it’s available in print and digital at Lulu.com and Amazon…

official description: Do you know that argument you have that never goes away? Is there someone you know who always seems to fight with others? When you try to debate something, do you lack enough facts? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Take an adult journey with author, Rick Pipito, through some very common disputes to see both sides of the story. People argue over things because they are opinionated. This happens often when a person can’t see the opposite point of view. In an unbiased attempt to extinguish some fiery tempers, this book presents each chapter with a few personal, and humorous experiences. Facts are evenly displayed for both sides, in order to truly define where one stands. Movies, politics, religion, science, etiquette, sports and more, may be some things you see a little differently or more concretely by the end of this book.

Day 23 – Beyond Human Trilogy

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Day 23 of #scrypthalloween looks at my BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY. @dpipito did the cover art as a tribute to DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man. It shows a figure that is not quite human, but something else. You can see human traits in one of the images. The #book includes the #novels: GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE, plus the spinoff short stories: EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS. There is also a bonus log entry at the end, which acts as a bridge between the end of this trio and the beginning of next…

official description: GENETIC MORSELS introduces the new generation to our world, but their arrival brings with it the next step in human evolution. As the first world leader begins to unleash an army of super clones for his twisted plans, the young heroes must figure out how to stop him at all costs. Can they resist the enemy or will their own abilities prove too difficult to harness? PLANET ATE follows the corrupt trail left by a politician into buried secrets about the history of mankind. An organization called the A.T.E. will race against the clock to uncover the truth about visitors to our world. If they fail, an extraterrestrial threat will succeed, bringing with it mankind’s extinction.
DEVOURED UNIVERSE takes a crew of unlikely astronauts into deep space. As they follow a transmission from a nearby galaxy, they will discover that science fiction holds much fact. Their journey will send them to other worlds to seek out an element and alliances, in order to halt the eradication of reality itself. –

Available in print and digital at Lulu, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble sites.