Movies, Television

Witches, Cats, Thrones & My Childhood Fav Returns

Henry Cavil in the Witcher

So Comic-Con is still bringing lots of trailers and information and we haven’t even hit Marvel yet. And there’s also that trailer that wasn’t at comic-con and I think I’ve finally made my peace with Game of Thrones- even that one lingering question that I’d still like an answer to.

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Books, Movies, Television

The Sirens of Gotham & What’s Next for Harley

Gotham City Sirens

Gotham City Sirens

Possibly controversial opinion…

Between DC and Marvel I think DC has the better characters. I mean yeah the cinematic universe Marvel is better although DC has some good animated stuff and DC definitely has the better villains and anti-heroes in my humble opinion of course.

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Movies

Finally an Aquaman Trailer!

war seahorses in aquaman trailer

“Permission to come aboard?”

Like he has to ask!

One of my two most anticipated films of the year- DC finally stopped screwing around and feed me the Aquaman trailer!

And I must say that much Jason Momoa in one shot was like balm after a really crap morning. 🙂 I think this trailer actually had a ton of pressure on it because of the effects because of the question of how the underwater stuff would work but I must say it looks amazing!

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Books

Comic-Con Inspired Reading

Paper Girls

Paper Girls

Brian K. Vaughn

Grade: A

A little bit of random reviews and comic-con inspired reading for people who won’t be there this weekend. (I’ve always been torn on comic-con like part of me really wants to go at least once but part of me thinks I’d be absolutely miserable.) So… I read and watch everything on line 😉

Paper Girls Volume 1 is a graphic novel about four, well, paper girls who go out one morning and have increasingly strange things happen. They find what looks like a Dalek and then there’s disappearing people, strange creatures, people from the future (maybe?) and a whole lot of intriguing adventure and plot lines.

The art work by Cliff Chiang is really lovely in this one and while this is only volume one I’m totally down for more. This is not really one for kids despite the title. There’s a shooting, suicide attempt, some sci-fi like violence and because it’s 1988 some discriminatory language from one of the main characters.

I’m definitely looking forward to Volume Two.

Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline (B-) didn’t get the best reviews but it wasn’t bad for a “weekend take this to a convention” book. I actually listened to the audible book narrated by Will Wheaton.

The story is about Zack Lightman whose wildest dreams come true one day and he finds himself defending the Earth from an invading army that’s a lot like the video game he happens to excel at.

At first the pop culture references weren’t too bad. Mostly because I understood them but everything does kind of wear on you. At a certain point in this story I really thought it was all in Zack’s head. The problem was once I got to that point it was so extremely hard to take any of it seriously. You could also see where it was all going. Wheaton’s narration really did help save my enjoyment of the book.

One Con Glory

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn (B) My e-book version of this one was only about 107 pages. It’s a quick fun read about an entertainment like reporter covering the conventions and her search for the under appreciated somewhat forgotten hero of her childhood. In toy form of course.

There’s also a cute guy whose a closet nerd. It’s a pretty fast easy read. But the characters were fun and lively even if the supporting cast wasn’t that deep or interesting. And I can understand the love for under appreciated characters. You connect with who and what you connect with you know?

Lastly there’s Zeroes (B) by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti:

Zeroes

This one started off slow to me but the characters, while not entirely likable or easy to connect with,  had some really intriguing powers. Especially Scam who has a voice (that he can’t control) that seems to be all knowing and starts mouthing off in the middle of a bank robbery which only leads to increasing trouble for him. There were times the voice seemed almost demonic.

Another intriguing power was the ability to control crowds which could be good or bad but was at one point used to calm the situation during the bank robbery. I liked how the powers were described and used and there’s definitely some good stuff here. Good characterization but I just wasn’t feeling it for some reason. Right now it’s like I feel it was an interesting book to read but I can’t imagine going onto the next one at this point. It’s like I was feeling the powers themselves but not really the plot.

Recommend: Definitely Paper Girls.

Enjoy the weekend wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!

Books

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

Author: Felicia Day

Genre: Real Life Stuff

Grade: A

I may be a little weird because honestly the only thing I really know Felicia Day from is Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog years ago. The idea of on-line gaming both fascinates and terrifies me because I am not good at the games and I have a completely addictive personality and will get way to into it. Something she talks about!

This is basically the story of her life from her rather odd childhood through her hardcore college days (seriously a double-major in math and violin!) to the fact that after that she packed it all up and decided she wanted to go to Hollywood and be an actress. The internet for her was always a way to socialize and make friends. It’s a little scary but when she starts talking about and showing pictures of the old dial-up and early generations games I was like- I know that! And it wasn’t really that long ago! Was it?

This really is more about her descent into the gaming world and how she parlayed that into a bigger career doing something that she never imagined but something she loved nonetheless. I enjoyed this one a lot. She has the voice of a friend and it really helped that so much of what she was talking I felt like we had in common. Hell, I may not game but I know obsession.

It really is one of those biographies where you can say yeah, I think if we meet in real life we’d be friends! There are also really cute pictures and graphics throughout.

The only thing that I found slightly strange was Day uses the last chapter to go into “gamer-gate.” It’s important and I’m glad she talked about it. Coming at the end of the book it’s kind of terrifying what was going on and what people were doing. She obviusly didn’t let it get to her but at the end of an otherwise upbeat book it seemed weird to talk about how the “gamer” lifestyle has changed- and not for the better. I felt like oh, this is something I want to check out and then read that and thought nope, pretty much all my on-line fears not doing it.

Recommend: Yes. Even though I wasn’t overly familiar with her I found this book strangely nostalgic and a lot of fun to read. It’s always nice to read about people who have successfully forged their passions into thriving careers. I can always tell myself one day that’ll be me. One day.