Skullkickers Treasure Trove V1

Over on the Kirkus blog this week, I take a look at Skullkickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1.  From the post:

I’m gonna be honest. I picked up SkullKickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1 before Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising. But I read and reviewed the Pathfinder book first. I bring this up because the two books share a writer – Jim Zub. SkullKickers is almost a resume for Zub to be able to write the Pathfinder comic. As a stand alone, SkullKickers is a fun homage to that dark corner of genre where sword and sorcery meets fantasy and gaming to become something irreverent and well worth your time, and mine. In fact, once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  The book follows the adventures of two mercenaries. As near as I can tell, we never know their real names. We have a Dwarf (Shorty?) and a Human (Baldy?) working for hire. The story begins in the town of Mudwich where our heroes are dealing with an overweight werewolf and his cult of followers.

Click over to the Kirkus Blog to read the rest of the review.

I was perusing Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction edited by Guy Haley, and found out that I am perhaps even less of a sci-fi trivia king than I thought.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to see the 10 things that I learned about Sci-Fi from reading Sci-Fi Chronicles

Q: When is a Book More Than a Book?

It used to be that reading a book just meant, y’know, reading a book. Not so much anymore.

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I remark on When a Book is More Than a Book.

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I’m taking a look at a new graphic novel adaptation of Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows.

From the post:

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks is the first book in The Night Angel Trilogy. Yen Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group has just released a graphic novel adaptation by Ivan Brandon and Andy MacDonald. I first learned about the graphic novel when Weeks visited Denver as part of his book tour for The Broken Eye, book three in his Lightbringer series. Having enjoyed the Yen Pres adaptations of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate books, I was excited to see how Shadows transferred to the comics medium. For the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

Click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to read the rest of the review.

October is my favorite month for reading horror stories. For this month’s Adaptation Watch at Kirkus Reviews, I take a look at horror stories that are being adapted for television and film.

Go check out ‘Tis the Season to Be Frightened! Check Out These Scary Stories Before You See Them on TV and Film.

October is my favorite month for reading horror stories. This week, over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I pick a dozen recent horror titles that will help you get your scare on.

Go check out 12 Excellent Horror Reads for The Month of October.

Hellblazer: Original Sin

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the character of John Constantine in Hellblazer: Original Sins.

From the post:

Created by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette, John Constantine, who first appeared in the pages of The Saga of The Swamp Thing, became the featured character in Hellblazer. A Liverpool native, Constantine is a working-class magician in Thatcher’s Great Britain when the series starts. Hellblazer: Original Sins (978-1401230067) contains issues 1-9 of the original series, plus two stories from the pages of Swamp Thing. In the first story, a childhood friend of Constantine, who dabbles in magic and illegal drugs, accidentally lets loose a demon, Mnemoth, who infects humans with an insatiable hunger. And it’s spreading, growing stronger. To stop it, Constantine will have to travel from Liverpool to Africa, and then to America. He’ll have to enlist the help of a Voodoo Doctor, and avoid the ghosts of his past who literally haunt him to this day.

Click over to Kirkus to read the rest of the post on John Constantine.

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I anme name my top picks for Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October.

Did I name your favorites?

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Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME

One of my favorite books is easily A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I can’t remember when I first read it, but when I went back to it a couple of years ago, I was struck by its prose and outstanding story.

What’s more astonishing is that it was rejected dozens of times from publishers, before going on to win one of the major awards for YA literature. Moreover, it’s still highly relevant to any teenager or young reader today.

Go read Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time over on the Kirkus Reviews blog.

Now at Kirkus: Gotham Central

This week over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at two books which may have inspired the new Fox TV Show: Gotham.

From the post:

With Gotham premiering September 22nd on Fox – and with all the positive buzz about the show – I couldn’t pass up on the chance to talk about Batman here at Kirkus. Especially considering my love for the character and the mythos. But Gotham isn’t really about Batman. It’s about the city which gave birth to him, and to so many other characters we’ve come to know so well. A city that breathes all on its own, and is, for all intents and purposes, a character in its own right. How do I tackle that one?

Want to read more?  Of course you do! So click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog and check out the rest of the post…

How I Learned to Respect the Power of Fiction

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I talk about How I Learned to Respect the Power of Fiction.

I blame Bradley Denton.

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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the latest body-swapping science fiction and fantasy books in an article titled Science Fiction Lets You to Slip Into Something More Comfortable.

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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the latest Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Adaptations.

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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I name my picks for The Best Speculative Fiction Reads in September.

Check it out and tell me which titles I missed.

Almost ten years ago now, I picked up a copy of Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris and was struck at how different it was compared to a number of the other books I was reading at the time. It was an interesting and probing novel, one that I don’t think I fully understood at the time. (I still don’t).

Lem is an author who is truly uninhibited by genre convention. Last column, I looked a Ursula K. Le Guin, and have been thinking quite a bit about how science fiction authors began to put themselves into a box midway through the century when it came to ‘hard’ science fiction. Limiting a story in some regards requires one to limit one’s own imagination: after all, we’re talking about fiction, where authors can make up whatever they choose. Lem was one of the authors who could make up a considerable story and then deliver it.

Go read Stanislaw Lem and His Push For Deeper Thinking over at the Kirkus Reviews blog.

Looking for a Fun Read? Kaiju!

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog today, I talk about recent Kaiju reads.

Check out Looking for Books That are Shamelessly Fun? One Word: Kaiju! at Kirkus Reviews…

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of science fiction’s greats: her stories Left Hand of Darkness, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Dispossessed rank among the genre’s best works, and she moves easily between science fiction and fantasy, writing things that science fiction authors had barely touched before she came onto the scene. To say she was influential is to undersell one’s words.

I have to say, of all of Le Guin’s works that I’ve read, the ones that I’ve enjoyed the most was A Wizard of Earthsea, which I read years ago. Of all the fantasy novels I’ve picked up, it’s probably one of the ones that’s stuck with me the most.

Go read The Left and Right Hands of Ursula K. Le Guin over on Kirkus Reviews.

Hollywood loves to bet on a sure thing. And what’s more of a sure thing than basing a film or a television series on a classic book or short story?

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I take a look at Upcoming Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Adaptations (Classics Edition) – Part 2.

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Did you veer notice that there are a lot of sf/f/h adaptations? And did you notice that many of them are based on sf/f/h classics?

Well I have. And over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I take a look at them.

Check out Upcoming Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Adaptations (Classics Edition) – Part 1 at Kirkus Reviews…

30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

I’ll have to confess that I read Neuromancer only a couple of years ago, and at the time, didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It was a book about computers, written before computers were really a thing. The strange thing about William Gibson’s fantastic novel is it’s staying power and how it’s positively brimming with fresh ideas in a genre gone stale by the early 1980s. Going back to re-read Gibson’s works (especially in Burning Chrome), I’m shocked at how vibrant and raw his writing is.

Neuromancer is one of the more important books to enter the genre, and as it celebrates its third decade in print, it’s an interesting one to go back and look upon and to understand just how revolutionary the title was at the time.

Go read 30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer over on Kirkus Reviews.

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