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XD [Jul. 9th, 2013|12:20 am]
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"Double Edge" by Emika [May. 11th, 2013|11:57 pm]
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2013 Reading List Update! [Apr. 14th, 2013|12:00 am]
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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! [Feb. 22nd, 2013|05:03 pm]
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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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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2013|02:17 pm]
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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! [Dec. 25th, 2012|11:04 pm]
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Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Pacific Rim Trailer [Dec. 12th, 2012|08:13 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

YES!

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The Sad Ballad of Arcee.. [Oct. 5th, 2012|04:54 pm]
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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! [Sep. 8th, 2012|12:34 am]
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Funny, funny stuff.

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