Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Spoiler Warnings

October 6th, 2015

no-want-spoilersI know this is probably just another case of whining irresponsible online idiots who want everything done for them, but geez, it drives me crazy when an online discussion is going on, in a clearly marked thread, and someone comes by and cries how horrible everyone is because they’ve spoiled some aspect of the plot for them!  How awful!

Well moron, if you didn’t want to get spoiled, why did you go into a clearly marked thread for the subject matter you didn’t want spoiled?  Are you stupid? And then, after you made a mistake, why did you act like it was everyone else’s responsibility to keep you from being spoiled?

Book Review: Fuzzy Nation (2011)

October 4th, 2015

Fuzzy NationIt’s been a very long time since I read the Fuzzy novels  by H. Beam Piper, first published in 1962 with the story Little Fuzzy.  It’s a shame that Piper never lived to see the influence his works had on the world of science fiction and fantasy. John Scalzi knew though and has “rebooted” the Fuzzyverse with his novel Fuzzy Nation, a contemporary take on the basic story told in Little Fuzzy.  As much as he’s an excellent writer on his own, Scalzi is also a classic sci-fi fanboy, loving the work of Piper and Heinlein and I am just as big a fan of the classics, everything from Edgar Rice Burroughs, who wrote John Carter, to Asimov and Bradbury to Bester and Clarke.  However, a lot of these classic novels don’t hold up well, the concepts are amazing, the writing is somewhat dated, so when I found out that Scalzi had done his own take on the classic Fuzzy theme, I had to take a look.

Comic Review: Ant-Man – Larger Than Life #1

October 3rd, 2015

AntManLargerThanLife001coverIt’s clear that this Marvel one-shot is intended to tie into the Ant-Man movie and give a little background behind the history of the comic-book Ant-Man and the one currently appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course, they’ve done it before and I have no problem with it, I think they should do more to tie the comics and the movies together and create a crossover audience that wants to experience both.  But just because it’s promotional doesn’t mean it isn’t worth reading, so here’s a quick look at Ant-Man: Larger than Life.

TV Thursday: Extant Season Two (2015)

October 1st, 2015

The first season of Extant was problematic, at best.  It had an interesting premise but it was slow, the plot moved along in fits and starts and, I’ll be honest, I was less than impressed with a lot of the characters.  If you’re interested, you’ll have to go through my old TV Thursdays from last summer. To be honest, a lot of people were surprised that it got renewed, considering the low ratings numbers.

However, renewed it was and the whole series was revamped from the ground up, a lot of the problematic characters went away, a lot of the bizarre things they did last year were forgotten and now it’s a war between the aliens and the humans, with Humanichs foot soldiers leading the charge.

App Revisit: Simpsons – Tapped Out

September 29th, 2015

Springfield HeigntsI used to write about various Android app games that I was playing, but I haven’t really done so in a while, mostly because I haven’t changed much.  I’ve dropped some  games but I really haven’t picked up any and, for the most part, nothing significant has changed.  I did want to revisit the first app review that I ever did, Simpsons: Tapped Out, because I have some good and some not so good things to say about the game.

At least I’m honest.

Book Review: A Call to Duty (2014)

September 27th, 2015

Layout 1I love Timothy Zahn, in fact. he’s probably my favorite still-living author, I’ve read everything he’s ever written and anything he does is an instant buy for me. So when the first book in a series he’s co-writing with David Weber, an offshoot of the long running Honor Harrington book series, I knew I had to read it. I was somewhat familiar with the Honor Harrington series, having read at least the first couple, plus some of the spin-offs, but I wasn’t really a big fan, especially of more recent books which always struck me as absurdly detailed, to the point of being pretty anal.  So I went into this book with a bit of apprehension, would it be the Tim Zahn that I loved or the very heavy and overly-complicated later Harrington books?

Let’s find out as I take a look at A Call to Duty.

Comic Review: Nightcrawler #1-12 (2014)

September 26th, 2015

Nightcrawler 1 CoverNightcrawler is kind of an odd bird.  I love the character, I don’t necessarily like some of the things that have been done with the character.  He’s been the ultimate outcast among the X-Men, where many of the team could walk out into normal society and pass for human, he’s never been able to do that. As such, he’s been a poster child of sorts for the mutant discrimination aspect that’s always been a big part of X-Men lore.  They’ve also, from time to time, made him a huge religious fanatic, something I pointedly detest, although I can certainly understand it considering his situation.  He’s had a 12-issue series though and it’s time to take a look at how it went.  Let’s *BAMF* to it.

TV Thursdays: The Last Ship Season Two

September 24th, 2015

The Last Ship was somewhat of a surprise last year, after all, it had just about everything going against it.  It had Michael Bay involved, at least on paper, so explosions and shallow characters and minimal plot were to be expected, and most politically-driven shows have left a lot to be desired in my opinion, but it actually turned out to be one of the better shows last year and I was really happy when I heard that it was getting a second season.  Did it continue the high standards that it achieved last year?  Or did we find out that lightning can only strike once?  Let’s see.

Why I’m Not Upgrading to Windows 10

September 22nd, 2015

Windows-10Well, Windows 10 is out and frankly, I’m not impressed.  Of course, I wasn’t impressed with Windows 8, which is why I never bothered to upgrade, it was a complete dog, just like Millenium, another version that I never bothered with.

Microsoft, however, has been pushing people hard to sign up for the new OS, there are pop-up ads on my desktop begging me to reserve a copy but I never, ever get a new OS for at least 6 months after release, just so they can work the bugs out.  In fact, unless I start to hear some really, really good things about it, I may not upgrade at all.  I have something that works fine for what I need right now, why should I take a chance, even for free, on a product that may very well suck and not meet my expectations?

So here’s my reasons why I have no interest, at least for the moment, in upgrading my computer.

Book Review: The Last Colony (2007)

September 20th, 2015

The Last Colony CoverAfter struggling through the last couple of books, I return to the third book in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series and hopefully things will get back to normal. As I said in my review of The Ghost Brigades, one of the things that disappointed me in that book was the lack of John Perry, the hero from the first book who had gone completely missing in the second.  Well, he’s back and every bit as enjoyable as he started and that’s a good thing.  While this isn’t the last story told in the Old Man’s War universe, it is the last with John and Jane so let’s go take a look at their send off as we examine The Last  Colony.