I really have to stop doing this, but when books are made into TV shows and movies, I really have to stop reading the books ahead of time, such that I know where things are going, even when they don’t go exactly to plan. I started watching the Wayward Pines TV series before I even knew there were books, then I went and read and reviewed all three books in the trilogy before the series was over. I’ve got reviews of the books coming up but I’m going to spoil pretty much everything here and point out where the show stays faithful to the books and where it goes far afield. You have been warned. So let’s go take a look at a nice little town called Wayward Pines.
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Not long ago, on The Dice Tower Podcast, there was a segment about how to interest non-gamers into playing board games and the final recommendation was not to overload new players with tons of requests to play games or you risk burning them out.
How about you just don’t be a gaming fanatic?
It seems like just about everything I’m reading these days is either a movie or TV tie-in. Most of my favorite authors haven’t written anything recently and so I’m turning to books that have inspired, or are going to inspire, TV shows and movies I like. Wayward Pines showed up on my radar and was a surprisingly good series so, of course, I couldn’t miss reading the books by Blake Crouch that inspired it. This is the first book in the trilogy. They’re not particularly long, but they are densely packed and if you enjoyed the series (see my review for that here), you’ll love these as well.
Let’s follow the bizarre adventures of Ethan Burke right down the rabbit hole into Wayward Pines.
You know, I am not a fan of Cyclops. I don’t know that I ever have been really, but since I’ve been reading his adventures since he first appeared in Giant Size X-Men and then into X-Men #94, I suppose there have been times that I’ve liked him more than others, but let’s be honest, he’s really been kind of a whiny little bitch who cried about losing Jean Grey a lot and he’s never been much of a leader in my opinion. During the excrebale Avengers vs. X-Men event, he became even worse and has never really recovered. This isn’t that character, this is Cyclops at an earlier point in time, not long after he joined the X-Men and while I did get this entire series, it always fell to the very bottom of my reading pile. Always. Maybe my recent utter hatred for the character influenced my choices. Now that it’s over though, I guess I might as well give it a read and report on what it’s like. This should be… well, if not fun, then at least interesting.
Orphan Black is a bit of a strange story. Way back when it first started, I decided I didn’t want to watch it. A story about clones? Didn’t sound interesting to me so I entirely ignored the first couple of episodes, at least until I went to a convention and sat through a panel on the series and decided it was something I wanted to check out. I was really glad that I did because the first season was really amazing, especially Tatiana Maslany’s ability to play multiple versions of herself so unbelievably well, she deserves to win every award television has to grant and it’s a crime she hasn’t gotten any so far. But that said, as the second, and now the third season progressed, while I am still impressed with Maslany’s performance, the rest of the storyline isn’t exactly blowing my skirt up and that’s why I figured I had to talk about this latest season. So here goes Orphan Black season three.
Over on TheRPF, there’s a discussion going on about Disney, now that they own a lot of popular media properties, going postal on costumers and unauthorized prop makers and there are a lot of people up in arms, calling Disney all kinds of names, just because they might call in the infamous Disney lawyers on people who are doing things under the table. But there is one very important thing that these people are forgetting, one thing they absolutely refuse to acknowledge: Disney is 100% within their legal rights to do it if they choose to do so!
The Martian was first self-published by Andy Weir in 2011, after which the rights were bought by Crown Publishing in 2014 and re-released. It is currently being made into a movie starring Matt Damon and will be hitting theaters this coming November. This is another one of those books that initially flew completely under my radar. I don’t tend to seek out new authors very often but even when I do, this is a very near-future, more-realism-than-fiction story that I probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to, but after having it recommended to me, I grabbed it and I’m glad that I did. Here are my thoughts on Andy Weir’s The Martian.
I’m really not sure why I picked this up, I suppose that some of it had to do with the upcoming Ant-Man movie that will probably be out by the time this posts. I also picked up the 2-issue Ant-Man preview and I guess that I just kept going with the next Ant title.
This isn’t about the original Ant-Man, but Scott Lang, the man who stole the Ant-Man suit and has been desperately trying to make a living with it. When he decides to go it alone in a new town, his estranged daughter Cassie becomes the focus of a fight against time. Can getting small help save her life?
A while back, having seen the trailer for this series, I wrote on a forum that I saw nothing of interest and, although I would watch an episode or two, I really didn’t foresee finding much enjoyment here. I really wish I had listened to my earlier self as this new series, brought to questionable life by J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis, has been nothing but a disappointment. Okay, take a deep breath and let’s try to make it through Sense8.
My wife has maintained a subscription to OtakuUSA since it started, in fact, I think it’s the last physical magazine subscription we have. I page through it occasionally to see if there’s anything interesting out there in the world of anime, although let’s be honest, it only talks about things that are officially released in America and that’s a small subset of things that actually come out in Japan, so I don’t know how much value it really has.
Anyhow, I noticed in the most recent issue that there were a number of conventions announcing almost exclusively American voice actors and American actors of shows that weren’t anime and I started to question whether these were really anime conventions.