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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 224): Our Favorite Books of 2013 – And What’s Wrong With Epic Fantasies These Days?

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.

Click on over to the Kirkus Blog to read the rest of the post.

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 222): Massive 2013 Gift Giving Guide

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 221): Travis Heermann and John Helfers Talk Cars, Cards and Carbines

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 220): Panel Discussion of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

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.

Click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog for the rest of the post.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 219): Panel Discussion of Which SF&F Books We Do, And Don’t, Want To See Made Into A Movie Or TV Show

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 217): Panel Discussion of SF and F Characters We Want To Be And Why

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 216): Live from WorldCon with Author Django Wexler

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

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 215): Panel Discussion of Books That Deserved (But Never Got) A Sequel

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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Video: Man of Steel The Animated Series (Or, Superman is Kind of a Jerk)

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 213): Live from MileHiCon with Carol Berg, Edward Bryant and Stephen Graham Jones

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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Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor

Thor: The Dark World opens on November 8th. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at some of Thor’s more recent adventures for the Kirkus Reviews blog.

From the Post:

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.

Click on over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to read the rest of the post.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 212): Live from WorldCon with Author Trina Marie Philips

In episode 212 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester records a live interview from WorldCon with author Trina Marie Phillips.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 211): Books We Want To Read Before The End Of The Year (Part 2)

In episode 211 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes back Jay Garmon, Paul Weimer, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson to talk about books we want to read before the end of the year.

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