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Today at Kirkus: A Review of Lazarus One

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at Lazarus One from Image Comics.

From the post:

In the future, the world is split not into countries, but fiefdoms controlled by the Families.  The human population is divided into three segments: Family, who control everything, Serfs who have the skills and intelligence necessary to serve and be useful to the Family, and the Waste, who serve no purpose at all.  Each Family has one member who is trained to be something more.  Warrior, messenger, protector, envoy – whatever the situation calls for, the Family Lazarus is there to further the Family’s ends, and protect them from all threats, internal and external.  The Lazarus can be shot, cut, beaten, blown up, take an enormous about of damage, and walk away – eventually.  Their bodies can heal themselves, bones can reset and nit, cuts close, bruises fade.  A Lazarus is nearly indestructible.

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Planetoid by Ken Garing

This week over at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at Planetoid by Ken Garing.  Holy crap.

From the post:

In my constant search to find new and cool things for this column, I came across a cover that made me pause and stare for a bit.  I know, I know – you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover.  But still, we do it all the time.  In this case, the cover had this vibe about it, harkening back to the pulpish covers without the usual exploitation – there was no scantily clad vixen clinging to the over-muscled hero type.  As much as the cover invoked the pulps of the past, there was also this starkness to it.  All of these things resonated with me.  I couldn’t help but pick it up.  And now, having read the book cover to cover in one sitting, I have to say – I’m certainly glad that I did.

Sounds cool, right?  Well, read the rest of the review over at the Kirkus Blog.

In episode 225 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Gail Carriger, Jeff Patterson, and Jay Garmon talk about 2013in Genre. What were the highs and lows for us?

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In episode 224 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Aaron Sikes, and Carl V. Anderson talk about their favorite book of 2013, what they’re reading right now, and then we digress into a conversation about what’s wrong with Epic Fantasies these days. What is and isn’t working for us.

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Harry Dresden is Back in Ghoul Goblin

Jim Butcher may be in between Dresden Files novels at the moment, but Harry’s adventures continue – this time in a bridge story that takes place between Fool Moon and Grave Peril – books 2 and 3.  Ghoul Goblin is that story, and the focus of my Kirkus post this week.

From the post:

I talked about the Dynamite adaptation of Butcher’s Storm Front before.  They did a great job, and followed it up with another adaptation – book 2 of The Dresden Files: Fool MoonGhoul Goblin is a new, original story set between Fool Moon and book 3, Grave Peril.  Harry is hired to help a small town in Missouri where a family has recently lost two members, both under mysterious circumstances.  The Talbot family, Harry discovers, are cursed, and have been for a long time.  Worse, creatures from the NeverNever are hunting them, and only Harry has any hope of stopping them.  But the more time he spends in Boone Mill, the more the mystery deepens.

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Trailer: Earth to Echo

Synopsis: After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 223): Live From Worldcon with Michael J. Martinez

In episode 223 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Michael J. Martinez author of The Daedalus Incident.

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In episode 222 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Ria Bridges, Jeff Patterson, Django Wexler, and Fred Kiesche suggest the perfect gifts for the genre fan in your family.

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In episode 221 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Travis Heermann and John Helfers about their new kickstarter anthology Cars, Cards and Carbines.

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In episode 220 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Jeff Patterson, and Fred Kiesche discuss the 50th Anniversary celebration for Docto Who.

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Death Walks Among Us in Jonathon Hickman’s East of West

Over on Kirkus today, I take a look at another fantastic book from Image Comics – Jonathon Hickman’s East of West.

From the post:

Alternate histories have been a staple of science fiction for a very long time.  Some look so much like ours you can’t see the differences until they’re right up on you, while others feature drastic, sweeping changes – East of West is one of these.  The American Civil War continued on far longer than it should have.  The Indian Nations became one and threw their hats into the ring.  By the end, the continent of North America was split into the Seven Nations of America.  Fast forward hundreds of years and thee of the Four Horseman of the apocalypse, are working to bring about that end.  The fourth, Death?  Well, he’s on a more personal quest.  And the other three want him dead.

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In episode 219 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Django Wexler and John Stevens discuss which SF&F book that you love would you like to see made into a movie? Which one do you really hope never gets made because you’re afraid they’ll ruin it?

Bonus this week – Books We Are Reading:

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Superman, Batman and The Doctor Walk into a Cafe…

No, seriously…

The folks behind How It Should’ve Ended and Superhero Cafe, bring us a special video for Doctor Who Week – Who’s A Hero – featuring Superman, Batman and the Doctor.

Favorite line?

“What would a bat do with a screwdriver?”

“You could’ve saved Rory and Amy!”

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 218): Author Brandon Sanderson

In episode 218 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Brandon freaking Sanderson – oh yeah!

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In episode 217 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Django Wexler and Jeff Patterson discuss characters in science fiction and fantasy we want to be, and why.

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In episode 216 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester is live from WorldCon with author Django Wexler.

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In episode 215 of the SF Signal Podcast, despite technical difficulties and a slight headache, Patrick Hester wrangles a cornucopia of irregulars to discuss books that deserved a sequel – and why they deserved one. Plus: Highlander 2 and other silliness. Did I mention the technical difficulties?

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TRAILER: The Day of The Doctor

The full trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, is here!

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Fresh off his run in the theaters, and just in time for the DVD release of Man of Steel on Tuesday, November 12th, Screen Junkies brings us a great new animated Man of Steel…

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In episode 213 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester is live and in person at the 45th annual MileHiCon in Denver, Colorado. His guests are: Carol Berg, Edward Bryant and Stephen Graham Jones.

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