Cephus' Corner

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

RPG Review: Monster of the Week

May 3rd, 2016

Finally got to sit down and actually play a game of Monster of the Week, a game I talked about a while back and have been really excited to get to the table.  I’ve had the game for a while, but I have never had enough people together at the same time to be able to actually play through a game. So, with my oldest daughter home from college for spring break and just before we left for Wondercon, we got in a session, creating characters and jumping into an adventure and honestly, there are some things about the system that I really like and some that I don’t.  Some things I both like and hate for different reasons.  But here’s my take on the game.

Tokusatsu Review: Ultraman X (2015)

May 1st, 2016

I think it’s pretty clear I’ve had a negative opinion toward most modern tokusatsu shows. I haven’t cared for any Kamen Rider series since Kamen Rider Fourze in 2011 and with Super Sentai, it probably goes back to Magiranger in 2005. For Ultraman, the last thing I’ve even watched all the way through was Ultraman Nexus back in 2004. I’ve described my feelings on the whole thing in detail before and I’m not going to do that again.  But I decided to take a look at the newest edition, Ultraman X and it just might change my mind.

Comic Review: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 (2015)

April 30th, 2016

The actual title of this is Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha, but that’s way too long for a title. This is actually one of those comics that I hate, where they start a story line as a means of getting you to buy into an ongoing series in which it continues. Or in this case multiple series that I don’t read.  They want you to start reading the Guardians line of comics and I’m really not interested.

So this is, in reality, a review of the first part of the story.  Hey, you make do with what you’ve got!  So let’s get started.

TV Thursday: Mythbusters Remembered

April 28th, 2016

If this gives you any idea how far out these get written, I’m composing this on 3/5/16, the day the last episode of Mythbusters aired, yet it won’t actually publish until the very end of April.  But anyhow, even though Mythbusters isn’t the kind of show I usually review, it was one I specifically skipped back when I was doing my full TV Thursday recaps, now that it’s come to a close, I wanted to say a few things about it. 

Can Writers Redefine Their Terms?

April 26th, 2016

This is something that I see come up quite often in writing circles and I have a problem with it each and every time I see it.  Recently, I saw someone ask how you would fit leprechauns into a science fiction story.  Well, you can’t.  If we look at the characteristics of what defines a leprechaun, we have magical little men that have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  None of that is science fiction, it’s fantasy.  You might be able to fit it into a science fantasy story, but that’s not what the original question asked.  So can you just redefine what you consider a leprechaun?  Get rid of the magic, get rid of the pot of gold, or find some way to make it all technological, not magical.  Does that solve the problem? Well no, because you’re no longer talking about leprechauns, are you?

Book Review: The Tale of the Wicked

April 24th, 2016

Time for another John Scalzi short story, this time “The Tale of the Wicked”. While the last one that I reviewed wasn’t exactly futuristic sci-fi-ish, this one certainly is and it asks some really intriguing questions.

As anyone who reads Scalzi knows, he’s a serious science fiction geek.  He’s a huge fan of the genre and knows the classics backwards and forwards.  He demonstrates that once again here when he takes a look at Asimov’s three laws of robotics and takes it one step further.  So let’s see how this short story plays out.

Comic Review: Carnage #1-5 (2015)

April 23rd, 2016

Carnage has never been my favorite Spidey villain, in fact, neither has Venom or any of the other alien symbiotes that we’ve seen spring up over the years.  But where Venom became more or less a hero, Carnage is a cold blooded psychopathic killer. So what makes a comic about him worth looking at? The fact that so many heroes need to come out to stop him, or at least that’s my hope.

So here’s the first story arc in the new Carnage comic. Let’s see how things unfold.

J-Drama Review: Young Detective Haruya #1-10 (2015)

April 21st, 2016

I’ve been using the Japanese title for a lot of these J-dramas but I think I’m going to switch to the English translation, after all, nobody really knows what Seishun Tantei Haruya actually means, do they?

Based on a Japanese light novel named “Endo Kurejitto ni Saiteki na Natsu”, published in 2007 by Eiichi Fukuda, it explores college age kids trying to get by while solving mysteries along the way. What could be better?

So let’s take a look at this 10-episode 2015 series  and see how mysterious it is.

Anime Review: Aldnoah.Zero Season One (2014)

April 19th, 2016

I really don’t keep up with much in the way of anime these days, most of what’s being produced isn’t my bag.  I’m currently getting Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans but that’s about it.  So I was idly looking for recent mecha series and I stumbled across Aldnoah.Zero, a 12-episode series that came out in 2014 and from what I could see, people really liked it so I sat down and worked my way through it and I have to say…

They were right!

Book Review: Accelerando (2005)

April 17th, 2016

I’ve got to say, modern and near future science fiction is not usually my thing.  I’m the type who wants to go big or go home.  But I’ve wanted to read some Charles Stross for a while, I’ve actually had this book sitting around for quite some time on my “get to sometime” pile, but other things kept coming first.  So finally, I got into it, the story of Manfred Macx and his descendants over a series of 9 shortish stories that explore the history of the tech singularity that overtakes humanity.  So after all that time, was Accelerando worth the wait?  Read on to find out.