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I was more than a little skeptical of the first movie. Thor was never one of my favorite characters growing up. First, he talked funny. All ‘thou’, ‘thee’, ‘verily’, and whatnot. Second, well, he just wasn’t accessible to me as a reader. I couldn’t identify with him – he was a god, after all. Truth told, I enjoyed the alternate Thor versions Beta Ray Bill and Eric Masterson (Thunderstrike) in the comics more than I did Thor himself. But the movie converted me. They stripped away all the things about Thor I didn’t care for or identify with. They brought his humanity to the forefront and made the character likable, and accessible, without losing the core of who he is and what drives him. Yes, they changed up his backstory (Don Blake became a one-liner joke), but in this situation, I was actually for those changes. With that in mind, I offer up 5 graphic novels featuring Marvel’s God of Thunder, Thor to get you ready for The Dark World.
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In episode 210 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down with Gail Carriger, author of The Parasol Protectorate Books, Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless, and the new YA Finishing School Books, Curtsies & Conspiracies, and Etiquette & Espionage.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 208): Panel of Irregulars – What Books Do We Want To Read Before The End Of The Year Part 1
In episode 208 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes two of our newest Irregulars, Sarah Chorn and Ria Bridges, along with a couple of long-term Irregulars, Larry Ketchersid and Lisa Paitz Spindler to discuss three books we want to read before the end of the year.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 206): John Joseph Adams, Mary Robinette Kowal, Matt Forbeck and Tobias Buckell on Kickstarters and the new Anthology Project – HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY
In episode 206 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes Mary Robinette Kowal, John Joseph Adams, Matt Forbeck and Tobias Buckell to talk about kickstarters in general and the new Help Fund My Robot Army: an anthology of improbable, futuristic, magical & alternate-world crowdfunding projects.
Soulless, the first book in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, turned four years old this week, so over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I thought I’d take a look at the Manga version of the book.
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Miss Alexia Tarabotti lives in Victorian England. She enjoys high tea, reading books, the company of her very best friend, Ivy Hisselpenny, and the vampire, Lord Akeldama. Alexia’s family sees her as a spinster, too old to marry, and a bit of an oddball for not caring one-whit about it. She lives with her mother, step-father, and two step-sisters. When a starving vampire attacks her at a social event, he is shocked to learn that Alexia is a preternatural, a ‘soulless’ being who has the power to render the supernatural mortal through touch. She is forced to kill the vampire, which only complicates matters. Lord Maccon, a werewolf, a member of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, and the Earl of Woolsey, arrives to investigate. He and Alexia spar verbally, but she is sent home. The next day, she is invited to visit the Countess Nadasdy, Vampire Queen of the Westminster Hive…
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 205): 2013 Live Worldcon Interview with Editor and Author Betsy Dornbusch
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 204): 2013 Live WorldCon Panel with the Authors, Editor and Publisher of BEYOND THE SUN
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 203): 2013 Live Worldcon Interview with Editor Laureen Hudson from Hunt Press
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 202): 2013 Live WorldCon Panel with the Editors of Glitter and Mayhem
In episode 202 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes Lynne M. Thomas (2013 Hugo Award winner – Best Fancast), Michael Damian Thomas (2013 Hugo Award Nominee – Semi-Prozine – APEX Magazine, and John Kilma (Hugo Award Winner – Electric Velocipede 2009) to discuss the genesis and journey of the Glitter & Mayhem (APEX Books) anthology from conception to publication launch party at Worldcon in San Antonio, Texas.
John D. showed this to me, and it’s worth sharing. Say what you want about Pacific Rim - go on, it’s okay – but you have to admit, the giant Jaegers (mech) and Kaijus were fairly awesome. This was the first film that made me think two very cool, live-action adaptations were now possible: a Mechwarrior film, and a Robotech film.
In the video below, we see how the FX for both Jaegers and Kaijus were put together. The layers and detail is just awesome. Check it out after the jump.
This comes to us via GeekyTyrant – a very well done short film from director K-Michel Parandi about privatized police forces in New York City, 2095. Don’t have the right coverage plan? Better upgrade, or the police might not be able to help you. The production value on this film makes it look slick and solid, on par with what we’ve seen from Hollywood these days. The concept reminds me (a little) of Judge Dredd.
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From the mind of Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and illustrated by Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga: Volume 1 (978-1607066019) tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers out to leave their past behind and start a new life together. Alana is a winged-being from the world known as Landfall. Her world is at war with the inhabitants of their moon, called Wreath. Drafted to fight in that war, Alana eventually found herself working as a prison guard where she met Marko. Born of Wreath, Marko, too, was a soldier. His race has horns and can wield magic, whereas the people of Landfall are technologically superior. Somehow, the two fell in love and decided to desert their respective armies and build a new life together. That new life is complicated by the arrival of Hazel, their child, who represents something neither side of the war thought possible; genetic compatibility.
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Today at the Kirkus blog, I take a look at three graphic novels based on Jim Butcher’s smart, sarcastic and difficult to kill private eye/Wizard, Harry Dresden.
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The idea of adapting novels into comics has been around for a little while now, and quite frankly, is the source of my column here at the Kirkus blog (most weeks). Not everyone approaches it the same way. Butcher launched his adaptations with a brand new story written specifically for the comics – Welcome to the Jungle (978-0345507464), which takes place immediately before the first Dresden Files novel – Storm Front. More on that in a minute. Welcome to the Jungle sets up the Dresden Files universe. Karrin Murphy is the head of Chicago PD’s Special Investigation unit. Ron Carmichael is her partner. Whenever anything weird comes up, they call in one Harry Dresden, Wizard. On this particular day, a mysterious death at the zoo is weird enough to make that call.
To read the rest of the post, click on over to the Kirkus Reviews blog. Go on. Do it. I dare you…