One problem that I’ve had this year are series based on books that decide they really don’t want to be based on said books and are just going to do their own things. That happened on Wayward Pines, that happened in Zoo, and it happened right here on The Strain, which is really a shame because the book was so much better than this season turned out to be. I know that I’m supposed to be reviewing based on the actual show and not the expectations of the book, but it’s so sad when things go so horribly wrong. But anyhow, let’s look at season two of The Strain and see where everything went sideways.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
As is pretty clear, I read a lot of books. However, it’s really hard to keep track of who is putting out what and when. It didn’t used to be that hard because all of my favorite authors, people that I was friends with, used to just send me a free copy of their book when they were released. Sure, that’s really convenient, but even for those who didn’t, they’d call me or e-mail me with an announcement and I’d run right out and buy it. I rarely, if ever, missed a book.
Today though, that’s not the case. Sure, I still get some books in the mail, or I get ARCs sent by my writer friends, but as I’m branching out and reading more and more authors that I don’t personally know, I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with who is releasing what and when. This is a problem.
It wasn’t that long ago that I reviewed Ernest Cline’s fantastic book Ready Player One and I said I was looking forward to his next book, Armada. Well, it’s out and I’ve read it, I sat down to devour it the day I got it and it is, if you’ve read RPO, pretty much what you’d expect. Steeped in 80s geek culture, encompassing everything from video games to music to television and movies, if you grew up as a geek in that era, this is the stuff of legend for you.
But the question on everyone’s lips has to be, is it good? After all, RPO was Cline’s first novel and it was fantastically popular, can the nostalgia lightning strike twice? Let’s find out.
The first volume of Uncanny Avengers had a pretty decent run, starting a bit weak, but turning into a really worthwhile series, right up until AXIS, at which point it fell apart and got cancelled. Marvel relaunched the series earlier in the year and brought back Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna and immediately, we had the same high quality comic that the first volume had at its height.
At least until the dark times… at least until Secret Wars, which killed the series at 5 issues and immediately took the wind out of my sails as I was just getting back into the swing of things. Of course, it’s hard to compare the two volumes because out of the cast from the first, only two return in the second. Wolverine is dead. Thor isn’t Thor. Captain America isn’t Captain America. Havok went crazy and kidnapped Wasp. Wonder Man is dead. Kind of.
So with all the changes, is this still a great book? Well read on and find out!
There are some shows that I really look forward to, either consistently, or during exciting cliffhangers. Then there are shows like Dominion, which I find myself struggling to get through, wondering why I bothered watching the current season. Why did I watch Dominion this year again? I just can’t figure it out and that really isn’t a good thing. So let’s see if we can work through this conundrum and see how season two of Dominion fared.
I 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?
It’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.
It’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.
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.