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Call Me Sam

Book 1 of the Heavenly Corps Chronicles

Chapter 1: Earth Angel

In retrospect, I should have known something was wrong from the beginning.

It started out innocently enough-my boss had called me to his office on another assignment, and I was promptly on my way there, striding through the white marble halls of the Celestial Corps building as my sandals slapped against the floor, adjusting the golden belt on my standard-issue white robes as I went.

Finally, I arrived at my boss's office, and Barachiel greeted me with what I assumed was a nod of acknowledgement. It's difficult to tell with seraphim. Angels come in all shapes and sizes-from the cloudlike wisps that some human souls become, to the humanlike guardian angels like yours truly. And then there are the higher-ranking angels like nephilim and seraphim, which are more, for lack of a better word, monstrous. These are the angels you rarely see depicted-mostly because dangers are rarely huge enough for the officers to be sent to Terra. In Barachiel's case, he appeared as a living swirl of eyes and wings, with a face barely recognizable in its center. But first and foremost, I knew him as my boss.

"Good morning, Samael," he rumbled in a deep, rich baritone. The formality was expected from him, but inwardly I sort of twitched at it. Other angels of my rank knew I liked being called Sam better, but I didn't dare ask that of Barachiel.

"Good morning, Lord Barachiel," I replied, inclining my head so that my halo dipped slightly. All higher-ranking angels than me were to be addressed as such-after all, the Almighty we served under was the Lord of Lords. "What mission do you have for me?"

Barachiel cleared his throat (how, I have no idea) and somehow gestured with a wing for me to sit down, which I did. Once I'd taken a seat in the office chair nearby, he spoke up solemnly. "Have you heard from Agent Remiel lately?"

I shook my head. Remiel was another guardian angel like myself, but since his last dispatch to Terra, I hadn't seen him at all. Admittedly, I was busy myself, but that had been two weeks ago.

No doubt knowing my answer in advance, Barachiel sighed, wings fluttering. "I was afraid of that. We've lost contact with him since his last mission." That wasn't good. When angels were dispatched to Terra, they had to send a progress report to HQ every day. The fact that Remiel hadn't sent one in for two weeks was ominous, to say the least.

"That, Agent Samael, is where you come in," Barachiel continued. "I am dispatching you to Agent Remiel's last known location. I cannot pinpoint his exact location at the moment, but one field agent should easily be able to find another. You are to leave immediately for Foxglove, Texas."

I nodded, getting to my feet. "I will give you my best, Lord Barachiel." As I walked through the halls, my head was awhirl with thoughts. Why hadn't Remiel contacted HQ in that amount of time? It was one of the first things us guardian angels were taught. And from that, it was easy to imagine the worst--that he was injured.  Which raised even MORE questions.  Few creatures on Terra could even see angels, let alone hurt us.  Our wavelength was just too high above those humans could see--and though certain animals could sense us, they had no idea what we were.  And as for our oldest enemies, the demons, seeing those on Terra was getting more rare with each passing year.  Even if Remiel had encountered a demon, the seraphim would have known the demon was on Terra first.  

I walked out to the takeoff platform, my mind still abuzz with questions--but then I shook it to clear it.  It would do no good to fly that way.  Concentrating, I stretched my limbs for a bit before spreading my wings, then leaping off the platform in a swan dive towards Terra.  And in that moment when I was airborne, suddenly none of that mattered.  Even back when I was first in training to become a guardian angel, I had taken to flight very quickly--simply because few things are more exhilarating.  Angels don't need to breathe the same way humans do--and from my point of view, they're missing out.  There truly is nothing like the sensation of soaring through the skies, with nothing in your way--just you and your wings to guide your path.  I barely noticed passing by a flock of birds simply because I was enjoying myself that much.  Much like them, my internal compass guided me toward my destination, and I carefully arced my descent until at last I was only a few feet off the ground.  

The town in question was nothing special--your typical rural suburb.  Gas stations, a few eateries, a grocery store or two.  I barely took notice of them as I flew just above the streets.  We angels have a special blanket of invisibility over us when we are dispatched, and we can even become intangible if need be, though only for a few minutes at a time--so I was in no danger of being noticed.  What I was concentrating on was searching for my coworker's aura.  Celestials, if they are close to another of their kind, can sense them.  Why heaven wasn't picking up his aura was a mystery to me, but perhaps I would have better luck if I was closer to Remiel.  At first, I sensed nothing as I drifted toward the older part of town.  But as the smaller modern buildings gave way to bigger brick structures, suddenly the atmosphere started to tense.  And then I smelled it.  

Picture the scent of rotting meat--an ugly, decaying odor of flesh past its expiration date.  And now picture someone throwing that meat into an open flame.  That scent assaulted my nostrils, and I instantly knew what it was.  I had been trained to fight them from when I first became a cadet.  The acrid, burning smell was the first sign we were told to look for.  Though humans had such a poor sense of smell, they could never detect it--but I had little doubt of what had happened to Remiel now.  What I smelled was the unmistakeable odor of a demon.  

Responsibility to rescue Remiel or not, part of guardian angel's missions was to eliminate demons, and it was the only lead I had, so I set off toward the smell down a nearby alleyway.  The scent grew nastier as I kept going, finally reaching a small back lot between two buildings that opened up to reveal two large green structures--dumpsters, I think, where humans threw their garbage away.  One of them had been knocked over, and rooting through the refuse was my target.  

The thing was almost as big as the dumpster itself, and stood on four muscular legs that ended in spiked toenails.  At first glance, it may have looked like a large Terran dog--until you took a closer look.  Tendrils of flame sprouted from its shoulders and the top of its head, yet it didn't seem to burn the things it touched.  It had a massive, drooling maw full of razor-sharp yellow teeth, and red eyes that gleamed with hate.  This wasn't just a demon--it was a hellhound.  I had no idea what the creature was doing here, but even as I thought of that, the creature's gaze swiveled over to me.  Its eyes narrowed, and in the time it took to blink, it turned on its heel and charged towards me.  
Call Me Sam: Chapter 1
Okay, this is the first piece of original fiction I've submitted in a while, so here's the skinny.  This is Chapter 1 of a possible e-book I want to write.  I've had ideas for novels in the past, but I've seldom had one so vivid that demanded I write it as this one did, so I decided to go with my gut on this one. 

I read a lot of urban fantasy books, and a lot of them feature vampires and wizards, but I've never read one featuring an angel before.  I believed there was untapped potential there, but according to the people on Twitter, there's a series called Blackwings out there, which I hadn't heard of.  My bad.  However, this idea I came up with on my own.  Long story short, this is the story of Samael, or Sam to his friends, a guardian angel that is sent on a routine mission to Earth, only to find a lot more trouble than he bargained for.  I'd say more, but I don't want to give too much away yet.  I plan on selling this when it's actually finished, but I think the first three or so chapters will be posted here, for free.  This story is really begging me to tell it. 

Now, I say original, but there are a few references to other angel's depictions--both in Christianity and in other media.  If you'll notice, the angels I bring up in this chapter all have Biblical names--Samael is named after an archangel, for example.  (And not the demon from Silent Hill.)  As for Barachiel, you'll probably recognize my depiction of seraphim if you've read A Wind in the Door.  To be fair, though, that's how they're described in traditional texts too.  Traditionally depicted angels are pretty monstrous, guys--they're not all winged humans. 

Anyway, let me know what you think! 
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Book Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy, by Ian Doescher.

Verily, the force ’tis strong with these!

I’ve always felt like kind of a minority among Internet reviewers. Most of the ones I follow seem to be huge fans of Star Trek and prefer it over Star Wars, but with me it’s the exact opposite. I never got into Star Trek, and maybe it’s the fact that I saw the Star Wars prequels first, but I don’t hate them as much as everyone else seems to. Granted, nowadays I can understand why people like the Star Trek movies (well, half of them anyway) and hate the Star Wars prequels, even though I don’t agree with all of it. But with the upcoming release of The Force Awakens, I think it’s time that I shared with you something awesome that I discovered completely by accident–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.

Give that title a second to sink in–William. Shakespeare’s. Star Wars. It sounds strange, obviously–but impossible? Well, not if you really think about it. Star Wars has been called a space opera, and what are operas if not stage plays with singing? On top of that, themes like war, betrayal, coming of age, and shifting allegiances are present in both Star Wars and many, MANY Shakespeare plays. And if Wrath of Khan can be Shakespearean, then why can’t Star Wars? And therein lies the logic behind Ian Doescher’s adaptation of the original Star Wars trilogy into three books/stage plays, under the brand of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.”

Now, if you’re the skeptical type, as most of us on the Internet are, and the inherent awesomeness of this idea hasn’t overwhelmed your senses yet, you might be thinking “What’s the point? It just sounds like you’re adapting the original Star Wars scripts into Ye Olde English.” The people who think that, probably aren’t Shakespeare fans. Admittedly, they can be a bit hard to get into nowadays, but if you go back and read them, or even see a good screen adaptation, you’ll probably find there’s a reason why Shakespeare is quoted by everyone. (Hi Kyle.) First off, there’s a poetry to his language–and I’m not talking about iambic pentameter, at least not necessarily. I mean, he has a way of making the most mundane dialogue sing, and that’s true in this adaptation as well.

“This Force, by troth, I’ll never comprehend!
It doth control and also doth obey?
And ’tis within and yet it is beyond,
‘Tis both inside and yet outside one’s self?
What paradox! What fickle-natur’d pow’r!
Aye: frailty, thy name– belike–is Force.”–Luke Skywalker

One thing that both Shakespeare and Doescher perfected was the art of the soliloquy, shown here. Basically, it’s like a monologue with more rhythm. When characters have a monologue in a movie, it’s just them speaking–but here, that speech has rhythm and tempo to it that helps it resonate with the reader.

In addition, one advantage Ian Doescher has over the original Star Wars trilogy? Hindsight. Even those who are Star Wars fans probably realized at some point that, despite his claims to the contrary, George Lucas didn’t plan EVERYTHING out when creating Star Wars, even just the original trilogy. “From a certain point of view,” anyone? But now that all of the movies are out, you can look at something from the first movie and tie it in to something in the third. So in some ways, this retelling actually covers up plot holes the original movies had. Another invention of Shakespeare is the aside, a monologue from one character to the audience. This is usually used to provide more insight into a character’s motivation, which is true here as well. Obi-Wan doesn’t tell Luke that Vader is his father (spoilers!) because he doesn’t think he’d be ready to know. And surprisingly enough, another character that gets asides to the audience? R2-D2. Yes, R2-D2 has actual lines in this series that don’t just involve beeping and squeaking. And they pretty much confirm the fan theory that R2 is really a snarky character who feels like he’s surrounded by either idiots or cowards–or both, in 3PO’s case.

“This golden droid has been a friend, ’tis true,/ And yet I wish to still his prating tongue!/ An imp, he calleth me? I’ll be reveng’d,/ And merry pranks aplenty I shall play/ Upon this pompous droid C-3PO!/ Yet not in language shall my pranks be done:/ Around both humans and droids I must/ Be seen to make such errant beeps and squeaks/ That they shall think me simple. Truly, though,/ Although with sounds obilque I speak to them, I clearly see how I shall play my part,/ And how a vast rebellion shall succeed/ by wit and wisdom of a simple droid. [R2-D2]”

And of course, who could resist throwing in a few references to the Star Wars fandom, considering how huge it is.

“I pray thee, sir, forgive me for the mess/And whether I shot first, I’ll not confess.- Han Solo”

I haven’t spent much time going over the plot, I know–but really, it’s the original Star Wars trilogy, I hardly need to. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you probably know it by heart–but honestly, that’s part of what makes William Shakespeare’s Star Wars so great. These movies are so famous you’ve probably seen them through parody enough to know how the original movies go–and yet, by converting it into Shakespeare plays, you see the original trilogy through new eyes. This is one remake that gives a completely different, and I daresay, even better feel to the original.

One word of advice before we go, though–if you can, don’t just get the books. Get the audiobooks, at least the ones on Audible. They have a full cast, and the dialogue sounds even better when read aloud–you know, like an actual play. But however you experience them, this is one piece of Star Wars media where the force is definitely strong.
Book Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Originally uploaded July 7th, 2015. 

I still love this series, and I maintain that it's even better in audiobook form. 
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Well, here we are again. I didn’t think I’d be stepping back into book reviews, especially before I filmed the Season 6 finale of my Cartoon Hero series. I assure you that it is still coming, but I can’t film it currently due to the lack of a prop I need. So blame the wait on the postal service.

That being said, maybe it’s for the best that I have some free time. I’m finally watching Batman: The Animated Series, but more importantly, another reviewer reminded me of something I wanted to talk about for a while. Linkara’s most recent review at the time of writing this was of the comic Steam Wars by Fred Perry. I’m familiar with Perry’s work, especially his animations, but until recently, I’d never read a comic by him. However, in 2012, the year I graduated college, I went to my very first anime convention, A-Kon 23. It was there that a certain Fred Perry comic caught my eye–a comic that would prove to be so awesome that I singlehandedly started the TVTropes page for it, because I felt more people needed to know about it. And since one of the works of Fred Perry is still fresh in our minds, I believe now would be a good time to go back to it again and tell you why. This is Time Lincoln.

First of all, though, one caveat–that cover image you see up above this text is kind of a lie. Or rather, it was done by a different artist, Brian Denham, in a style a lot more detailed than Perry’s, which is more cartoony. It’s hard to convey in a text review, but if you’ve seen any of Perry’s work, you know what you’re in for. It’s not bad, just a different style than what the cover promises.

What we do get, however, is a story just as amazing as Abraham Lincoln traveling through time could promise us, and more. Perry seems to love steampunk, or at least wholeheartedly embraced it, and this book is all about that. It opens on Joseph Stalin aiming a steampunk pistol at the back of Abe Lincoln’s head in Ford’s Theater, as everyone else is frozen in time. Before you think “God, this comic is short–and in poor taste,” Stalin does what every mad evil genius does and starts monologuing. Because hey, you have a captive audience, so what else can you do? He exposits that thanks to he and his cohorts breaking into Rasputin’s secret lab, he discovered the secrets of the Void, a mystic force that exists on the boundaries of our reality that allows the people who control it to travel through time. Through this, he was transformed into Void Stalin, but in the process of telling the frozen Lincoln this, he makes two fatal mistakes–he lets Lincoln see into his eyes, allowing him to see the Void, and he keeps him long enough for a league of other historical time travelers to show up. They are Ben Franklin, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and George Washington Carver, all sporting time travel abilities and mystical tools of their own, including freeze rays and force fields. Apparently, Lincoln would grow to become Void Stalin’s greatest foe, traveling through time and beating him at every turn as the hero Time Lincoln. And unfortunately, by letting him see the Void, Stalin gave him the ability to travel through time in the first place. Whoops. And if you think that’s a time paradox, Time Lincoln is ultimately who pulls his younger self into the Void by causing a time paradox when the two touch each other, effectively trading places with him. And that’s not even getting into the ending.

The four manage to fight Stalin off for now, and recruit Lincoln to be their newest member–but Stalin is not alone. With the aid of Mao Tse-tung, a demonic version of Hitler called Mephitler, and Fidel Castro, he plans to conquer all of time and space. But of course, our heroes follow him through the Void to face him at every turn. And really, that’s what the crux of this book is–Abe Lincoln and other historical figures travel through time to fight dictators who are trying to change history in their favor. But honestly–that’s all it needs.

Oh sure, there are a few more serious scenes–there is one bit where Albert Einstein ponders if creating the atomic bomb was worth it, since it led to the creation of the bad guys’ ultimate weapon, and it’s surprisingly somber. But really, you read this comic for the same reason you read something like Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which is also surprisingly serious, but that’s getting off topic)–to see awesome historical figures doing awesome things. And in that respect, it delivers. The action sequences are all great, with creative fighting using the portals and gadgets associated with the historical figures, and even a REALLY memorable dogfight near the end, where Mao Tse-tung’s army of super-powered up steampunk planes try to shoot down Air Force One with President Obama in it, which they counter with an army of planes led by Amelia freaking Earhart! And that’s not even getting into the historical cameos which happen near the end of the book, which I won’t spoil for you–but let’s just say it plays off the fact that everyone makes jokes about the connections between Abe Lincoln and JFK.

However, much as I laud praise upon this book, it’s not perfect–and that’s mostly down to one aspect. Being a story about time travel, the story direction jumps around quite a bit, which can get a bit confusing. It might take you more than one read to understand the order of what happens, as it did for me.

But really, it’s worth doing so. Time Lincoln is one of the most unapologetically awesome stories I’ve ever read, it uses its characters well, and if the title sounds awesome to you, then trust me, it will be. Whatever you think of Fred Perry’s other work, I’ll say that he did a fantastic job with this. A definite must-read for the geek in all of us.

Oh, and also, there’s a second series out now called Jack To The Future. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to beat a path to the nearest store that sells it, since I didn’t know about it until researching for this review.
Book Review: Time Lincoln (Fate of the Union)
Originally uploaded June 10th, 2015. 

One of the most interesting concepts I've seen for a story, until Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter came along.  And I still haven't read Jack to the Future as of this upload...
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My name is Eli, I'm 22, and I'm a writer by trade. My dream is to one day write screenplays for Hollywood movies, and have them be successful ones.

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Happy birthday to the Cartoon Hero!!!
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Happy Birthday, Eli! Here's hoping it'll be a good one! :)
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I love your accent for some reason...you're from the south arent ya? umm Arkansas right? I am from Georgia. but yeah i hope to see more of your videos its too bad reviewers unknown got deleted because i still see the link to the site on your channel.
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Episode 6 of walrus reviews is up,, thanks for all the help, you get mentioned in the credits : thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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I found a movie that you might want to take a crack at reviewing (I'd make a review video myself but my good computer blew up and now I'm using my old vista) Just six word, my friend, just six words "Tyler Perry's Madea: The animated movie "

I took the liberty of embedding the trailer in a journal so you can see if it's worth it or not: thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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If you check out and review the anime, School Days, be forewarned, it will make you angry
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hey, hero
I'm almost at 50 subscriber milestone on the youtubes, hear take place in the 50 subscriber special vote to determan what MLP Episode gets the Walrus treatment next: thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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Hey, CH, hears a link to a special preview of Walrus Reviews: Maude Pie: thewalrusclown.deviantart.com/…
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Hello Mr. Eli Stone.
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