September 29th, 2015
I 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.
September 27th, 2015
I 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.
September 26th, 2015
Nightcrawler 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.
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.
September 22nd, 2015
Well, 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.
September 20th, 2015
After 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.
September 19th, 2015
This is one of those titles that doesn’t seem to have any arcs, it just has a long, long, long story. In fact, if it wasn’t for Secret Wars, for which many Marvel titles screech to a catastrophic impact into, it would probably still be going.
I have mixed feelings about Storm as a character. She’s gone from one of my favorite X-Men to one that I really hated and back again, several times over. She’s gone from being a goddess to being a mohawked punk and I much prefer the former to the latter. In that, she’s got a lot in common with Cyclop. But do their solo books turn out the same? Do they have the same problems, now that they’ve got dedicated stories? Let’s find out.
September 17th, 2015
Syfy has traditionally done a Sci-Fi Friday, putting all kinds of sci-fi shows on a night that really gets very little viewership because the usual audience is out on Friday nights. Of course, geeks spend their Fridays at home, they have no dates, they’re not out at parties, they have nothing better to do than watch TV and that brings us to this week’s season wrap-up, freshman show Dark Matter.
Strangely enough, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie wrote Dark Matter as a pitch for a TV series but when it wasn’t picked up, Dark Horse Comics picked it up as a comic series, then, after seeing the comics, Syfy ordered 13 episodes as a TV series, so it goes around and around in circles. So was this TV pilot-turned comic series-turned TV series any good? You’ll have to read on to find out.
September 15th, 2015
I’ve kind of gotten into watching woodworking videos on YouTube and I know that there are a lot of people trying to make a living making videos and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it seems that a fair number of them have stopped being fun and interesting and have gone straight to non-stop advertising.
There’s nothing wrong with advertising and I know it’s expected that if a company sponsors a particular video or project, you have to mention them but there’s a difference between giving credit where credit is due and being an ongoing commercial for these companies.
September 13th, 2015
I happened across this book, I think I’d heard it mentioned on a sci-fi podcast or something, but it kind of falls outside of my normal reading material, at least my normal literary reading material. Sure, I read this kind of thing in comic books all the time, super heroics and dastardly supervillains, but I’ve only stumbled across it a couple of times in book form so I thought I’d give it a shot.
This is the first novel by former CIA agent and Marvel and DC writer, he’s even the co-writer of Grayson, a series I very much enjoyed. So let’s go up, up and away and look at A Once Crowded Sky.