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.
From the post:
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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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.
From the post:
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.
From the post:
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…
REVIEW SUMMARY: A decent offering marred by an art style so grotesque as to be horribly distracting.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After battling a menagerie of his enemies, The Flash (Barry Allen), wakes up to find the world has changed. Atlantis is at war with the Amazon’s of Themyscira, who have destroyed Europe, and claimed the United Kingdom as their own. In this alternate world, it’s up to Barry Allen and this world’s version of The Batman to set things right again, or die trying.
PROS: Decent story; nice to see Barry’s version of The Flash in an animated feature; this Batman is interesting (not all alternates have been); another fun romp through the ‘what if’ catalogue of stories.
CONS: The physical representations of the heroes (the art) is weird, grotesque and distracting; even without having read the original comics, the twist was predictable.
BOTTOM LINE: As a fan of the animated movies DC has been pumping out, this one is much better than the previous few and well worth your time.
Over on the Kirkus Blog, I’m taking a look at Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith and the Codex Reckoning. From the post:
Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith and the Codex Reckoning begins with an explanation: “A few short years into the 21st century, the laws governing the universe change – time flows at a different angle, space folds against the grain and positive particles aren’t so sure.” This lays out what can only be described as a wild ride. Aliens. Space monkeys. Robots. Little Green Mercenaries who love to kill humans. A man with three brains (didn’t Steve Martin make a movie like that?). Rayguns. Adventure. Astounding Space thrills has it all, plus more.
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From the post:
Before Emma showed up in Storybrooke to shake things up on Once Upon A Time (ABC), or Nick found out his family had a certain, special heritage on Grimm (NBC), fairy tale characters were making a come back in a comic book series called Fables, written by Bill Willingham and published by DC Vertigo. Quickly growing in popularity with comic book readers, the book has kept going for over a decade, and has spawned several spin-offs. Up until now, I’ve avoided reviewing Fables simply due to the sheer volume of material available. I mean – where do you start? Turns out, you just have to start at the beginning.
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