Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Here is the trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins' Latest DLC entitled Initiation. It was just released today and if you have the Season Pass (like me) it is included.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
It's been a hellva month and right now I'm behind on my usual monthly reviews. I realize now I might have bit off a little more then I could chew when promising to get the last month book and movie reviews done and still do my yearly end review which is now just coming up.
I would like you to know that for this month I won't be doing my monthly reviews for this month and simply to my year end review instead, which should be coming up in a few days. I've been busy, I'm still busy and I need to concentrate on something which needs to get done soon.
So, again, last months review is kaput and the year end review is still on track.
Joseph Lewis Szabo III (pointman74250).
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So, here is to more writing days ahead.
Joseph Lewis Szabo III (pointman74259)
Sunday, October 27, 2013
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So, here we are with FONTS, Times Roman and not too small.
Indeed, it is a great day...just not on the day of release which is November 1st when it will only cost you $499.
I might buy one in a few years maybe months.
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But I'm not talking about me, it's YOU, yes YOU who must read more or I should say read better. It's time you put away thar copy of Rolling Stone, the WWE Magazine, The terrible Twilight Saga and get ready for some real literature.
Am I being a real dick for saying this?
You bet, and I can live with it. But, since your here now I want you to read a our three books you may want to pick up and try reading and see for yourself if you can enjoy them. What is the worst that could happen; yes you may hate it but it may also change your life. The first book I have to write about just to get out of the way.
So, it's time for:
Three Books I Recently Finished That Will Pleasure Your Eyeballs.
One: The Collected Works of William Shakespeare.
Well...it's not too bad...not terrible.
...characters needed work...flowery prose...
...not enough explosions...
Are you freaking kidding! It's Old Willy Bard with a quill in his hand, his worst is my greatness. Actually, I never wrote ANYTHING that rivals his worst because for mere mortals, like me, it's too damn good.
The material Shakespeare write is tragic as sorrow can be, as grand as any monument of Rome and funnier then anything expect maybe Richard Pryor on a roll. It shows you want a human being can with with just words, and it is just words...that's magic my brothers and sisters.
And yes, he was The Best Writer in History (Okay, maybe not, there might have been a janitor in a Wisconsin Truck Stop in the 1970's who was better) but even without the explosions Old Willy kicks your emotions like nothing before or since.
Yes, you should read it, not to just say you have but because great artist - and we only have few of those - are not just to be read or studied or revered but to be experienced. They are the ultimate weapons against things like ugly and stupid and sometimes evil. If that is true then Shakespeare is one of the best weapons we have and is power we should never lose.
There, I'm done.
Now, for a hellva segue.
Two: Tales from the Crypt Volume One: Ghouls Gone Wild by Don McGegor.
Again, just to get this out of the way: it ain't Shakespeare but it is pretty damn good.
The plot structures of this comic stories are as follow: bad people do bad things, the dead rises from the grave to take revenge on those who wronged them, end of story.
Each Crypt Tale is like this and yet they have their own unique charm, sometimes different from each other in both artwork and dialogue. This collected edition is one of the newer publishing from the long ago canceled EC Comics Line but reissued with a new publisher Papercutz. The EC versions are much better, more thrilling and some of the best artwork ever printed in the medium. What is on display here is still good and for $7.00 you may feel you get your money's worth; I did.
It's not deep, it's kind of dark and when it comes to entertainment for an hour or so you'll take this book and find some malevolent joy in reading about ghouls getting their creep on.
It's a good old time I just couldn't get enough of.
Three: The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany.
One of the most legendary and wonderful collections of short stories from a man who inspired Tolkien, Borges and Le Guin, I found myself experiencing pure magic with each page of this book, sometimes each paragraph, each sentence.
Irishman Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany published his third book in 1908. Welleran is comprised of 12 stories, some of them about Gods - in which Dunsany was an expert at creating - others about ghosts and long dead warriors. Most importantly, at least to me, were the writings of an ancient city so well explained, so full of imaginative thought out you'd think you're reading about the best local in modern or classical fantasy.
There was no a single part of Welleran I did not enjoy and the best part was the language itself. If you do not pay attention to the story - which you would so yourself a great deserves if you do not - just listen to these sentences in your head, they will sing to you like an Angel of Absolute Beauty.
Read this book, read it now.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is coming out with a new free update on September 25. It will include new modes, improved leaderboards and will include DLC sprites for Dig-Dug and Ralley-X.
This is one of the best games ever made folks and now we get more. Thank The Video Game Gods for small miracles.
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It"s been announced: two very critical pieces of info from Microsoft.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor) Winner!
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications) Winner!
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
“The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012
On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)Winner!
“In Sea-Salt Tears”, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
“Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“Rat-Catcher”, Seanan McGuire (A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)
“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
Best Short Story
“Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)Winner!
“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, June 2012)
“Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
Note: Category had only 3 nominees due to the minimum 5% requirement of Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.
Best Related Work
Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson Winner!
Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them, Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who, Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)
I Have an Idea for a Book … The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg, Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)
Best Graphic Story
Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics) Winner!
Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount) Winner!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
The Hunger Games, Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
Looper, Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)
The Cabin in the Woods, Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO) Winner!
Doctor Who, “The Angels Take Manhattan”, Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)Fringe, “Letters of Transit”, Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsm
an, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks”, Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who, “The Snowmen”, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
Best Editor, Short Form
Stanley Schmidt Winner!
John Joseph Adams
Best Editor, Long Form
Patrick Nielsen Hayden Winner!
Best Professional Artist
John Picacio Winner!
Dan dos Santos
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross
Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester
The Drink Tank, edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery and Pete Young
Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer Winner!
SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith
The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
Best Fan Writer
Tansy Rayner Roberts Winner!
Steven H Silver
Christopher J. Garcia
Best Fan Artist
Galen Dara Winner!
Brad W. Foster
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Mur Lafferty Winner!
Three Books I Recently Finished That Will Pleasure Your Eyeballs.
One: Axis by Robert Charles Wilson.
I won't say this book was a disappointment to me because it wasn't, in fact, I enjoyed it more then most books I can say I've read this year - even though this has been a specuatular reading period in my life. I will say however it is certainly not as well written, well planned out and as intriguing as Spin, the first book written by Mr. Wilson in which Axis stands as it's sequel. That book was flabbergastingly power and unique, I immediatly placed it on my one hundred greatest books I've ever read in my short life. So, I might have been expecting great things from Axis and while some of those things came our wonderfully, others just didn't quite work out.
Time for explaining: if you never read Spin you don't have to when reading Axis however it would be nice. The book takes place decades after the first book. On Earth, an event happens which changes the human experience forever: a global membrane is surrounding the planet, being placed out there by highly technological van Neumann machines called The Hypotheticals. Weeks and Months and Years go pass as slowly on our blue marble but outside the membrane comes a drastic time shifts in which the universe ages quickly, so quickly in fact the stars are not where they suppose to be anymore. By eventually, this membrane retracts and a huge Arch is set over the Indian Ocean, a portal to the planet in which Axis takes place and the planet is now a second home to humanity.
One character who lives on this new world is Lise Adams, which is trying to find what happened to her missing father ten years prior. Her Dad has always been interested in a group of altered beings called Fourths. Man was set back to Earth from Mars and delve ways in which to length a human life and Fourths are the result. Helping Lise is a pilot named Tuck Findley. Before their quest to find the information Lise wants, an event happens that maybe only explained by Issac, a child who seems to be able to communicate with The Hypotheticals. It is a frightening yet fascinating event one that may bring closer to the humanity and the beings which took care of them for so long.
This is a good book. It kept me interested till the end but the ending really is where things don't mesh together as they did in Spin. It has a great opening and a middle worth exploring so I guess with most of the book being well written I can forgive the ending somewhat, but certainly far not enough to call it a full blown masterpiece.
Again, good book, great writer, I had fun with most of it despite a few setbacks.
Two: Saga Volume 2: By Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples.
Still talking about disappoints based on a first book? Again, the answers is a big no, but like Axis it wasn't all in vain.
Saga Volume 2, while still a great work of art, is nowhere near the level of perfection that was Volume One and I think I know why: in Volume One I was thrusted into a world I had never before known. It was fresh and brutal and loving and dark and now with this volume it's more familiar and so its affects on my senses has lessened, not to a great degree but hey, I'm used to it. But then, even with this small complaint, it is better then most of the crossover, money grubbing, trying-to-make-me-feel-ultra-hip-and-failing-miserably-every-chance-it-gets comics that Marvel and DC churns out once or twice a year. Sure, those books are fun; Saga is also fun but it's also pure, fascinating, lovely created blends of art and story you will unlikely find anywhere in comics today.
The last time we found ourselves in this world, Marko's parents Barr and Klara are leaving deadly Planet Cleave with their son, his new bride Alana and Hazel their child on a tree ship away from danger. Barr has a helmet in which he can travel instantly to another planet and Marko and Klara dies so he does so to find Izabel, one of Cleaves Horrors, a sort of ghost who they befriended in Volume One. While mother and son do this, Barr gets to know his daughter-in-law while The Will, the bounty hunter set to find the Marko and Alana tries to find a child he found in Volume One so she does not go back into the business of prostitution.
This is a great comic, one of the best investments you could possibly give yourself. Of course, you'll have to buy both in order to understand what is going on but it's worth it. However, and it must be said, this is some extremely adult subject matter as hinted in the description above. In fact, a few months back it was banned for including some hardcore sex scenes. Now, it you can stomach such images and are not easily turned off by the material then buy it, keep it and cherish it. Just remember more of this series is to come and my only hoped is the damn thing goes on forever.
Three: Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg.
From reading both The Book of Skulls and now Lord Valentine's Castle, I get the impression Robert Silverberg is less of a plot-driven artist and more of an all character and if-you-don't-like-it-you-can go-screw-yourself kind of writer. I mean that in the nicest way possible by the way. I have nothing against character driven fiction but normally it doesn't always go that well. Lord Valentine's Castle is one of those rare exceptions because it is never boring and never feels lie Silverberg doesn't know exactly what he is doing.
Valentine wakes up one morning to find he does not remember who he is, only that he knows his name. He holds the same name as the Majipoor leader but that could be just a coincidence. He's lost, alone for a time but later he finds a new happy home with a circus group, learns a new trade of juggling and then falls in love with a woman. But later Valentine remembers he is in fact ruler of Majipoor, driven into a new body by the man who currently holds his throne and now it's up to him and his new family to bring back the rightful heir to their planet.
The book is paced rather slowly, which I suppose would be a problem if it was lacking in bad characterizations or theme that just didn't matter. The overall plot doesn't come right away because Silverbeg wants us to know the character he has created so well we think we've lived with them for years. I Would have like more action but that is my own person taste.
Lord Valentine's Castle exists on and is created by a artist who writes on his own terms. If you like the book that is just fine, but the way Silverberg wrote it I'm sure he likes the book a whole lot more.
Richard B. Riddick is not the kind of guy you want on your team any other time except in the situations in Pitch Black. In most cases it probably would be better if he was just a dead, that is if you can kill him at all. But on the planet the crew and passengers of the Hunter-Gratzner land on, a man who sees in the dark, who can killing anything and anyone and who is completely fearless might be their only change of making of making it off this rock instead of a terrible death and being the cause of indigestion for a very hungry beasts.
Director David Twohy threw me in trip in this film. He'd made a wonderful, quite creepy Science Fiction called The Arrival with Charlie Sheen a few years back which was very effective. While I thought very highly of that film I have say Pitch Black is a whole lot better, mostly because of Vin Diesel, a major superstar now but back then still relativity unknown. Here Diesel plays one of the best Science Fiction antihero to come along in film since John Carpenter's S.D. Bob "Snake" Plissken, another badass who you can't help by love and, quite often, wishing you could be this cool under pressure.
Riddick is criminal, a murderer who is on ride with the cop who captured him, the flight crew and other passengers when, on autopilot, the Hunter-Gratzner is caught behind a comet and is forced to land on a planet. This world is hot and murky and has three suns. Later, we find the world has some deadly creatures, nocturnal creatures. Why complain about them with a world with three sun?
You'd better start, because soon those three suns are about to eclipse. And to make matters worse Riddick has escaped.
But wait, Riddick can see in the dark. While in prison he had his eye modified so he could see who is attacking him. Eventually, he is caught but the night is coming, and it's up to Riddick to help get the power cells from the Hunter-Gratzner, get it to a shuttle left over fromman abandon camp and leave.
Easier said then done, because the lights just went out and is feeding time.
What makes Pitch Black better then just your average, run-for-your-life crapfest is characters and a director who believes in the material. The most interesting person here is Riddick by the other players are not any less of well rounded. Johns, the cop carrying a Riddick in tow, is another kind of evil not explained right away. Fry, the docking pilot, made a mistake and she is trying her very best not to have the same thing happen. Iman is a Muslim, who loves the people around him and has faith God will deliver from evil. Jack is boy with secret which will come up later in the film who loves Riddick, who doesn't care about his murderous past.
The action and scares in Pitch Black are genuine. It doesn't start out that way but the levels of tension grows until that is all you can think about. It continues to grow until the end when a surprise comes and it's sad while not being overly complicated.
I couldn't get enough of Riddick and the world of Pitch Black. All I know is I want more.