July292014

Picture book review: Instructions by Neil Gaiman

Picture book review: Instructions by Neil Gaiman

"Instructions" by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess.

“Instructions” by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess.

Instructions by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Charles Vess, is a picture book that originally appeared in the more adult work, Fragile Things, as a poem. However, the success of Blueberry Girl gave them the idea to have Charles Vess illustrate Instructionsas well. You can read more about the birth of this picture book from the…

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July252014

Book review: Beyond the Sun anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Book review: Beyond the Sun anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

"Beyond the Sun" edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

“Beyond the Sun” edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

I enjoy short stories for a variety of reasons. I like quick little bites of story which grab my attention and give me a quick payoff. I also enjoy seeing how well authors can include all the necessary bits of a story and wrangle them into a coherent whole in a short length. It’s not an easy task and not every author is adept at it.

Brian Thomas…

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July222014

Book review: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Book review: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

"All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

“All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

All You Need Is Kill is a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, translated by Alexander O. Smith. It tells the tale of Keiji, a soldier caught in a time loop that repeats every time he dies. The recent movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on it.

As a story, “All You Need Is Kill” was very gripping, with quick pacing, unrelenting action, and an intriguing…

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July182014

Film review: The Three Caballeros

Film review: The Three Caballeros

Poster for the theatrical release of "The Three Caballeros".

Poster for the theatrical release of “The Three Caballeros”.

The Three Caballeros is a sequel to Saludos Amigos, and features Donald Duck receiving gifts from his friends in Latin America. This film is closer to a regular feature than its predecessor due to the overarching plot regarding the presents, but it is still broken into multiple vignettes reminiscent of a Latino Fantasia. It also makes…

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July152014

Book review: Vicky Peterwald - Target by Mike Shepherd

Book review: Vicky Peterwald – Target by Mike Shepherd

"Vicky Peterwald - Target" by Mike Shepherd.

“Vicky Peterwald – Target” by Mike Shepherd.

When I heard Mike Shepherd was doing a series about one of my favorite minor characters in the Kris Longknife books, I was excited. Vicky Peterwald – Target by Mike Shepherd is the result of that effort, and Shepherd is already working on the sequel.

Vicky Peterwald is the spoiled and demanding daughter of the Emperor of Greenfeld. After she attempted…

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July112014

Graphic novel review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Graphic novel review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

"Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol.

“Anya’s Ghost” by Vera Brosgol.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol is a charming book that fans of ghost stories and graphic novels will find refreshing. Not all graphic novels have to look like they came out of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. It’s nice to see alternative styles flourish in the post-comic shop world. I picked this book up when it was first released. I found it delightful from cover…

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July82014

Film review: Treasure Planet

Film review: Treasure Planet

Theatrical poster for "Treasure Planet" from Disney Animation Studios.

Theatrical poster for “Treasure Planet” from Disney Animation Studios.

The first time I saw the poster (left) for Treasure Planet, I remember thinking, “Is Square working with Disney now?” The film came out around the same time as the first Kingdom Hearts game, so it was logical reasoning, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Square’s designers influenced the designer who worked on this poster.

Loosely…

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July42014

Short fiction review: Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

Short fiction review: Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

"Firstborn" by Brandon Sanderson.

“Firstborn” by Brandon Sanderson.

Firstbornby Brandon Sanderson is a military science fiction e-short released by Tor and available on most e-reader platforms. The story focuses on the plight of Dennison Crestmar, the underachieving failure of a son who inexplicably has the faith of his father, High Duke Sennion Crestmar, and the High Emperor. Dennison is given command after command yet fails to…

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July12014

Visual novel review: Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1

Visual novel review: Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1

"Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1 - Learning to Manage Chaos".

“Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1 – Learning to Manage Chaos”.

Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaosby Dischan Media has a dysfunctional story, but its soundtrack and art will help you feel like you haven’t wasted your money. I had heard about this visual novel when its sequel was announced on Kickstarter.com. Although the incentives were enticing (contribute $5000 and get a…

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June272014

Film review: The Princess and the Frog

Film review: The Princess and the Frog

Theatrical teaser poster for "The Princess and the Frog".

Theatrical teaser poster for “The Princess and the Frog”.

I love the atmosphere of New Orleans, the food of New Orleans, and the architecture of New Orleans. So, when I heard back in early 2009 that Disney was setting their next animated film in New Orleans, I was excited.

The Princess and the Frogstarts out giving a little backstory about our main character, Tiana (voiced admirably by Anika Noni…

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