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2014 Reading List Update [19 Aug 2014|05:57pm]

Well, instead of going with something I already owned, I ended up getting a couple of books out from the library instead. Two new additions to the list!

1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4. The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
5. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
6. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
7. The Night Eternal by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro

I actually finished these a few weeks back, but I've been slacking in updating for a wide variety of reasons.

Anyway, The Strain Trilogy is now done and it... was a bit meh. It started off fairly well but gradually fell apart as it went on. The ending and the revelation of the origin of the vampires in particular were massive letdowns. Ah well, can't win 'em all.

A Storm of Swords was ridiculously long, but it had a nice amount of important events scattered throughout it's length. I really enjoyed seeing where it different from the TV series and loved how the book's have been fleshing out the world. They've also done a fantastic job at conveying the scale and effects of the war, unlike the show. Looking forward to continuing the series, but at the moment I'm torn between reading ahead or waiting for the next season. Maybe it's time to take a break from the series and crack into some of the other books I've got lying around and need to polish off?

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2014 Reading List Update [28 Jun 2014|06:25pm]

Well, instead of going with something I already owned, I ended up getting a couple of books out from the library instead. Two new additions to the list!

1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4. The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
5. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

The Fall was a pretty quick read, A Clash of Kings only took a little longer to get through.

The Fall and The Strain felt like an odd mix of horror and summer blockbuster. Everything involving the vampires is pretty creepy and fairly well done, but then you end up with weird stuff that kind of clashes with that tone. Things like the gangbangers and the luchador as vampire hunter were fun, but felt a bit out of place against the grimness of the rest of the book. I definitely enjoyed it though, and kind of love that the vampires feel like a mash up of Del Toro's different takes on the concept. Looking forward to getting my hands on Night Eternal and finishing up the trilogy.

A Clash of Kings was looong, but man did it pick up speed in the last 100 hundred pages or so. Picking out the differences between the book and the show was pretty interesting, and I think the perfect Battle of Blackwater would be a mishmash of the two. The novel's have done a wonderful job at foreshadowing and setting up plot threads that will develop into major things later on. I think it's done it much better than the show actually. Also, the way it fleshes out the setting and the world is heads and shoulders above the show. Good stuff.

Not sure what to move onto next. Obviously I'd like to get the next books in both series, but I'm tempted to crack into something new while waiting for them. Then again, I still need to finish A People's History of United States, so I'll probably just focus on that until I hear from the library.

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Booklist 2014! [06 Jun 2014|07:15pm]

Been a bad year or two for my reading habits, but maybe that will change!

1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

BOOM! Kicking off this years list with three books! YAY! Admittedly I'm kicking off this years list six months into the year, but better late than never, right? Not quite sure what to try out next. Tempted to return to Howard and crack into The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, but I've also got Gilead's Curse lying around, and ordered a few books through the local library. Guess we'll see what happens over the next day or so.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer [19 Feb 2014|12:55am]

Yep, looks fun.

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Merry Christmas! [24 Dec 2013|09:51pm]

I don't post here that much, but I do lurk and keep an eye on my friends list, even if I'm really quiet about it.

Anywho, just wanted to pop up and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holiday season in general!

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A 2013 Reading List Update! [28 Oct 2013|11:21pm]

Finished off another book, which means it's time for another update! This brings my total book list up to... 6. Ugh.

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil
4. Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
5. The Conquering Sword of Conan by Robert E. Howard
6. Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine

So, Pacific Rim might not be high literature or anything, but it was a fun little read that expanded upon the world of the movie a bit. It was clearly based on an early version of the script and the book included several scenes that ended up on the Deleted Scenes special feature, not to mention a few scene's that didn't! I generally don't go for Extended Universe material, but I have to admit that this has me wanting to read the comic and wishing for more novels, comics or movies. I just want more Pacific Rim in general I guess.

Anywho, I guess I'll be getting back to The Aleph and Other Stories. Hopefully I'll be able to get through that before the end of the year. It's been a horrible book reading 12 months, I'll need to step it up next year.

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2014 Godzilla Teaser Leaked! [04 Oct 2013|02:32pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Get it while you can!

Godzilla 2014 Teaser

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2013 Reading List Update! [02 Sep 2013|03:18am]

I'm on a mini-roll! Two updates in nearly a month. It'd be nice if I could keep this up until the new year, but school's right around the corner, sooo... eh. We'll see what happens I guess. Anyway, on with it!

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil
4. Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
5. The Conquering Sword of Conan by Robert E. Howard

Yep! My fifth book of the year is the final collection of Conan stories from Robert E. Howard. I have to say, I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I thought I would based on the previous two volumes. Howard just seemed to lapse in to lazy, hard to ignore racism more frequently here. Still, there were a few good stories scattered throughout, the highlight being "Red Nails" of course. "Beyond the Black River" turned out to be a fairly pleasant surprise, though it was hard to wrap my mind around the setting existing Conan's world given what we've seen of it so far. It was also difficult to adjust to the idea of the Picts as Native American stand ins. Still, it was a fun little rump, helped in large part to a likeable supporting character.

Anyway, at the moment I've decided to give Jorge Luis Borges a try and I've finally cracked open The Aleph and Other Stories. Interesting, thought provoking reading so far, though at times I do feel a little out of my depth. We'll see how it goes I suppose.

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A Rare 2013 Reading List Update! [02 Aug 2013|04:02pm]

WHOA! Yeah! I read things other than manga and comics... sometimes. Anyway, just last night I finished off the highly enjoyable Yurei Attack!, and that means its time to update my reading list.

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil
4. Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda

Uh-oh. I need to shift my reading into turbo or something, 'cause at this rate I'm averaging one book every two months. Anyway...

Yurei Attack! was a lot of fun, it's by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda and serves as a 101 guide to all things related to Japanese ghosts. It follows a similar format to the other two books in this thematic trilogy, Yokai Attack! and Ninja Attack!, with a number of entries providing background on different ghosts, haunted places, ghost storeis and more. They also included a brief overview of Jigoku, aka. the afterlife/underworld/hell, Yurei themed toys and much, much more. It's a nice lil' 101 guide for anyone interested in Japanese horror, myth, lore or superstitions.

No idea what to read next, I just know I need to read something and get it done, otherwise I'll have read embarrassingly little this year.

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XD [09 Jul 2013|12:20am]
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"Double Edge" by Emika [11 May 2013|11:57pm]
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2013 Reading List Update! [14 Apr 2013|12:00am]

Finally finished off The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil(aka. Kim Newman of Anno Dracula fame). Which brings my total read books for 2013 up to... 3. Fuuuuu....

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil

I really enjoyed it, though it took a little while to get through. It's a collection of stories featuring Genevieve, a predecessor of sorts to the Genevieve from Newman's Anno Dracula stories, but quite often she's a peripheral character in them. Despite, or perhaps because of Yeovil/Newman's willingness to sideline the title character we get a wide variety of tales featuring a large and varied cast of characters. Detectives, scryers, playwrights, revolutionaries, nobleman, serial killers and more. It's really a pretty solid collection and many of the stories are nice satirical takes on the fantasy and related genres. Good stuff.

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Reading List Update: 2012 Final List and 2013's List! [22 Feb 2013|05:03pm]

It's been a while since I've updated my reading list, but there's a good reason for that. I haven't been doing a whole lot of novel reading. I never said it was a good reason!

Anywho, I managed to polish off one other book in 2012 to bring that years grand total up to... 12! Here's the final list for those curious.

1. Gotrek & Felix: The Second Omnibus by William King
2. Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
3. Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
4. From the Front Porch to the Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth Century America by Beth L. Bailey
5. Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
6. MM9 by Hiroshi Yamamoto
7. Caledor by Gav Thorpe
8. The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Louis Borges
9. Palace of the Plague Lord by C.L. Werner
10. Maohden by Hideyuki Kikuchi
11. Real World by Natsuo Kirino
12. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters by August Ramone

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters was a rather enjoyable non-fiction book detailing the life and career of, surprise, Eiji Tsuburaya! For those who don't know, he's the man behind the special effects for a good chunk of the early Godzilla movies, including the miniatures, matte paintings, suit effects and more. He'd go on to found his own studio, and to create Ultraman, a Japanese sci-fi/superhero franchise which continues to this day. There's a full and more thorough review on my review blog, here.

Meanwhile I've also started off on my 2013 list, with two books down already!

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda

Errantry was a pretty damn enjoyable short story collection from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Hand. I did a full write up for it on my blog, here. While the whole book is pretty enjoyable, easily the best story of the volume is the deeply unsettling "Near Zennor". Definitely worth a look.

Ninja Attack! is the second book in a series of factoid/reference books from Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda. It's full of entries about the historical Ninja, their exploits, enemies, allies and more, and includes a few sections on their general history and their influence on Japanese and world wide pop culture. It follows a format similiar to that of their first book, Yokai Attack! and I found it to be just as enjoyable! Now I've got to get around to picking up their third book in the Attack! series, Yurei Attack! a guide to Japanese ghosts.

I'm not sure where to go from here book wise. I'm back in school and the amount of reading I have to do for it has increased a bit, so I'm a little worried that I might not be able to read quite as much as I wanted to. In addition a lot of my reading time is now dedicated to manga as my weekly column at Comics Should Be Good rolls on. I've got plenty of things lying around though, just got to figure out what I'm in the mood for.

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[18 Jan 2013|02:17pm]

Today in 1932 Robert Anton Wilson was born. Which means it's the perfect excuse to spread this around some.

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Merry Christmas! [25 Dec 2012|11:04pm]

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Pacific Rim Trailer [12 Dec 2012|08:13pm]
[ mood | excited ]

YES!

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The Sad Ballad of Arcee.. [05 Oct 2012|04:54pm]

I just found out about the origins of Arcee from the Transformers. Her UK comic one is bad, but the IDW one is just.. wow.

Behold the wonder of Arcee's UK origin.

And be amazed at.. uh... "her" IDW origins.

Arcee: IDW Generation 1 comics

Over six million years ago, Arcee was an early test subject of the mad genius Jhiaxus, after he decided to introduce gender into the Transformers just to see the results. Her fundamental CNA was altered, giving her a "maddening maelstrom of contradictory sensory input" and causing all other Transformers to sense a fundamental difference about her and inadvertently use feminine pronouns around her, something that she loathes. Left dangerously unstable, Arcee failed to live up to Jhiaxus's standards and was abandoned, but, driven by an implacable homing instinct towards her creator's experiments, she cut a mech-fluid swath of carnage across several planets in her obsession with destroying everything Jhiaxus created. She was eventually taken down by Tyrest Accord enforcer Ultra Magnus and incarcerated on the Autobot penitentiary on Garrus-9. As was policy for threats of her level, Arcee's spark was separated from her body, and in his limbo, she found a kind of peace.

Wow. Just.. seriously dude? This is what they've come up with for her over the course of nearly 30 years? She's either forced upon the Transformers due to a straw man feminist group, or is some sort of weird, nightmarish, forced trans, serial killer?

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Japan's Unsung Hero... Gun Caliber! [08 Sep 2012|12:34am]

Funny, funny stuff.

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The JLA/Transformers Crossover That Never Was.. [30 Aug 2012|02:36pm]

Phil Jimenez’s JLA/Transformers crossover pitch was undeniably ‘epic’

From the annals of “Oh, What Might’ve Been” comes this doozy, courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis: art from Phil Jimenez ‘s pitch for a Justice League/Transformers crossover that, for some reason, never came about.

“Oh, what an epic that would have been,” Jimenez wrote last night on Twitter, saying to one follower, “You missed out on Wonder Woman’s invisible jet becoming a very cool Transformer.” You can get a peek of that in the image above, along with an enormous Bat-former and, perhaps best of all, Optimus Prime as a Green Lantern. (He added this morning, “Giving credit where credit is due: the idea for Optimus Prime as a GL was none other than [IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall's].”

The link has a little more plus an awesome looking piece of promotional artwork.

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