Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Two For Two, I Fell Asleep Watching "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

I have been joking about going to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as a way to get in a much needed nap, but I didn't think it would actually become a reality. Yes, I fell asleep in the first one, but I really thought that was a fluke. An anomaly. A freak occurrence. Nope. Once again I fell asleep to the dulcet tones of Orcs and clashing swords.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Was "Game of Thrones" Really That Surprising?

When the last episode of Game of Thrones aired this weekend, the internet exploded. If you listened carefully you could actually hear the collective gasp as things happened. I'm not going to say what things because this is a SPOILER FREE post, but let's just say they were big. But was the ending really all that surprising?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"Grimm" Turns Out To Be My New Favorite

I started watching Grimm when it debuted last year and thought it was just okay. There wasn't anything horribly wrong with it, but it felt like Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a twist. I really liked Buffy, but the premise was so close that I couldn't help comparing the two and Buffy always won. I watched a few episodes, decided it wasn't worth my time, and moved on. Until now.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Wake of the Bloody Angel

Pirates are cool. I don't care who you are or how old you are, there's just something innately cool about the idea of pirates and hidden treasures and swashbuckling sailors on the high seas. Author Alex Bledsoe manages to combine all of that with a hard-boiled detective story that makes for a fantastic read.

This is actually the fourth book in the Eddie LaCrosse mystery series. Each novel stands on its own, but  after reading the first one I went back and started at the beginning and found you get a lot more out of them when you read them in order.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Evil Will Always Triumph Because Good Is Dumb

As a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I know that a suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy a story. Even one set in modern day New York City is going to ring a bit untrue to many of us unless we're willing to accept that it's not going to be perfectly accurate in every way. The whole point of fiction is to transport you to another world, so even if it happens in a location that exists, the events aren't bound by reality.

It's part of the fun, letting go of what you know and jumping into a world created between the covers of a book, or on a television or movie screen. But, even in those worlds, things still have to make sense. If you establish that cars can fly, then they all have to fly unless you have a really good reason why the one a character is using is stuck on the ground. It's the same for motives and actions. They have to make sense within their own world, or the story simply falls apart. Which is why it drives me nuts when good is stupid.

I know, the good guys can't have all the answers the minute a story starts or there isn't a story to tell. They have to find clues, uncover conspiracies, and discover the truth a little at a time. But, if the character is a cop who's been on the force for twenty years, then he ought to be able to notice the guy telling an obvious lie if the audience notices. I think Lord Dark Helmet said it best in Spaceballs.
"Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."

I think this particular ailment has infected one of my favorite shows, Once Upon a Time, in which the sheriff seems to be the most oblivious character in the whole series. Sure, she gets that the Queen/Mayor is evil, but she's completely incapable of trapping her in a single one of her convulted lies. She's been outsmarted so many times that I'm actually beginning to root for the Mayor. If our tight-pants wearing, perfectly coiffed, sheriff just spent a few extra minutes thinking instead of primping,then maybe she'd figure things out. But no, she's completely clueless.

I want to root for the good guys, I really do. But good is so stupid they're making my head hurt

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spartacus: Vengeance Cast Interview and Giveaway!

Spartacus: Vengeance
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This week I was thrilled to participate in a conference call interview with four cast members from Spartacus: Vengeance, which has it's third season premiere on Starz on January 27th. The call included cast members Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Peter Mensah and Viva Bianca who spent over an hour talking with all of us about their characters, where the show is going, and the challenges of filming such an intense series.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Essential Geek Quotes: "We're All Fine Here..."

Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
If you don't know how to fill in the rest of that quote, shame on you. Yes, I'm being horribly judgmental but I am an avowed Star Wars fan and that quote is one of the biggies. It's right up there with "Use the Force, Luke!" and "I've got a very bad feeling about this." I think it's fair to say that having at least a few Star Wars quotes in your repertoire of witty comebacks is a geek essential. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Princess Saves Herself in Princeless

Behold, a beautiful princess is trapped in a tower guarded by a fierce dragon and only the bravest knight in the land can save her from her terrible fate. Oh, woe is the helpless maiden! Yeah, that's not this story.
This comic, which is the first in a series of four, is all about a maiden who is trapped in a tower, but is completely done with it all. Her parents put her up there in the hopes that a strong, young prince would happen along and save her, thus providing the kingdom with a worthy heir. But our heroine, Princess Adrienne, needs no rescuing and has other ideas about how royalty should treat their children. The story and whimsical style will appeal to both adults and kids and Princess Adrienne's trusty dragon will have everyone longing for one of their own.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #34 Best Backseat Games, Christmas Shopping and a Contest

In this episode we review the Muppet Movie, talk about the rumored Dr. Who movie and rant about the season break of The Walking Dead. We also talk about the best games for backseat gamers. Skyrim is not on that list. And with only 18 days until Christmas, we break down the best online shops to fill all your Christmas needs.

And announcing an awesome new contest for all you creative geeks!

Send in your handmade geeky holiday ornaments during December and GGN will showcase your talent and pimp links to your shop. At the end of the month, we will run a contest and one super lucky winner will be the proud new owner of all the showcased items!

So, if you have an online shop selling awesome geeky ornaments, send an email to for details!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Once Upon a Time vs Grimm

There are few things true geeks like more than a genuine debate about who or what is the best of something. Who's the best Star Trek captain? (Kirk) Who's the best Doctor? (David Tennant) So it's really no surprise that when Once Upon a Time and Grimm, two very similar shows, debuted this fall people immediately started to argue over which was better and which would manage to escape cancellation.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files #13, Ghost Story

I started reading The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher somewhere around the time book five was released.  It was all because the covers on the shelf of my local bookstore looked interesting.  Sure, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but sometimes that's all you have to go on and you take a chance.  So, I picked up the first book in the series, Storm Front, and carried it home in hopes it would prove to be at least okay.  Two days later, I was back at the bookstore and bought the next book, and the next, and the next until I'd read them all and had a new name on my list of favorite authors.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #20 Falling Skies, Violent Games for California

In this episode, we discuss why kids will be begging their folks to move to California, review the new TNT series Falling Skies, and fall way off topic in a battle involving Hobbitses. 

Also, Geek Girls Network is giving away a super awesome Falling Skies Tote Bag – Listen in to find out how to win!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Harry Dresden "Ghost Story" Preview!

It's always a happy day when a new book is released in a favorite series.  On July 26th, Ghost Story, the 13th installment in the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher, will finally be available.  This is one of my favorite series and the cliffhanger at the end of the last book was a doozy.  If you've never read them and are a fan of urban fantasy, then head to the store and pick up Storm Front, the first in the series.  It will introduce you to wise-cracking wizard detective Harry Dresden and the version of Chicago that he calls home.  On the other hand, if you're already a fan, then you can now read the first two chapters online!  Chapter One has been available for a few months and Chapter Two just came out last week.  In all, the first five chapters as well as audio versions read by the author will all be made available in advance of the release.  What are you waiting for...go read!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

You Vex Me, Game of Thrones!

The buzz surrounding the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones was nearly impossible to miss. Fans couldn't stop talking about how excited they were to see his amazing world finally come to life. They talked of dire wolves, and swords, and epic battles. I wanted to share in that excitement, but since I'd never read the books I could only muster so much enthusiasm. The one bonus to this was that I had no preconceptions about what the show should be and wouldn't be disappointed by the omission of a favorite scene. So, right along with the legions of die hard fans, I sat down to watch this grand, fantasy adventure. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Harry Dresden: Ghost Story

The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher are one of my favorite series.  The stories are fast-paced and well-written.  The characters are genuine and have you rooting for them (or against them) within minutes of their introduction.  I buy new releases in this series on the day they come out because they're on my "buy in hardcover the second they hit the shelf I don't care how much they cost" list.  Yes, they are that good.  If you've never read the Dresden Files and aren't acquainted with the underdog, wise-cracking, ever the punching bag of the universe Harry Dresden, then you need to go to the bookstore right now and pick up a copy of "Storm Front".  This first book will introduce you to the wizard detective and likely keep you up too late reading about his misadventures in Chicago.  If, like me, you are completely up to date, then you are in for a special treat.  Penguin has released the first chapter of Ghost Story, Book #13 of The Dresden Files which doesn't even come out until July 26th.  Additional chapters will be released in June as well as an audio reading by the author, all of which is detailed over at Jim Butcher's website.  You could be a purist and wait for the release of the whole thing this summer.  Nah....Go! Now! Read!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The D6 Generation Podcast #56 Dresden Files RPG Interview

The folks at Evil Hat Productions have been hard at work developing the new Dresden Files RPG based on the series of novels by Jim Butcher. As a huge fan of the books I absolutely love this game!  I sit down with Clark Valentine and Lenny Balsera of Evil Hat to talk about what it was like to work on this project and debate the chances of Jim Butcher being an actual  Wizard.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr22min mark to hear my interview.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game Review

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 I have been a big fan of Jim Butcher's "Harry Dresden" series for a few years, now.  Each time a new book is released I stock up on caffeinated beverages and stay up too late reading just one more chapter because I have to know how Harry gets out of his latest fix.  Well, earlier this month all us Dresden fans got a double-whammy of goodness with the release of the latest book, Changes, and the start of preorders for The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game.  The game is comprised of two volumes that have every detail you could possibly need to run a successful game.  They won't be available until June 23rd at Origins, but you can preorder them right now directly through Evil Hat Productions or through participating game stores and instantly receive almost-complete PDFs to tide you over until June.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Slithy Toves and Harry Dresden

I once memorized Jabberwocky in it's entirety for a test grade in school.  I also memorized and then had to recite the prologue to The Canterbury Tales in Middle English.  I still don't know what these assignments were supposed to do to help me on my way in the world.  I know what they actually did do, which was to create in me a deep dislike for reading anything not easily pronounced.