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.
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.
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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 Moon. Ghoul 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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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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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:
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.
“What would a bat do with a screwdriver?”
“You could’ve saved Rory and Amy!”
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?
The full trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, is here!
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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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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