Cephus' Corner

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

Why I Hate Fantasy RPGs

March 19th, 2017

I’ve been listening to a lot of roleplaying podcasts lately and one thing that I always notice when someone is playing D&D or Pathfinder or some other fantasy system, at least when they’re playing them seriously, is that I really lose interest very quickly. I’m fine when they’re playing for laughs, but when they want the listener to take what they’re doing seriously, I just can’t do it. Fantasy roleplaying, to me at least, is a complete waste of time and here’s why.

Belated Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

July 17th, 2016

I kept meaning to see this movie.  Everyone said it was amazing, but I just never got around to it until now. For some reason, every time I almost did, something came up and I had to pass.

But now I have and I find it hard to believe that almost 3 years have passed since it came out.  Does it stand up to critical scrutiny?  Was it worth all of the hype?  Should I have seen it earlier?

Well you’re going to have to go below the fold to find out.  Let’s go see if Gravity is as good as everyone says.

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.

Book Review: Rewinder (2015)

April 10th, 2016

I just stumbled onto this book through a writing podcast and thought it sounded like an interesting idea so I gave it a shot.  I’m not the biggest fan of time travel stories, they tend to either be a bit ridiculous or way too overly complicated.  I guess that’s a bit silly because I used to be a huge fan of Simon Hawke’s Time Wars books back in the mid 80s, so what the heck do I know?

But anyhow, I figured what the heck, I’m running low on books anyhow and I’m really glad that I did.  So let’s take a look at Rewinder and see if it’s a good… time.

Belated Review: The Martian (2015)

April 5th, 2016

Sometimes it’s kind of a shame that I wouldn’t get caught dead inside of a movie theater.  I have to wait until things come out on Bluray and this is a movie that I was really looking forward to.  I read and reviewed the book last year and enjoyed it and I hoped that the movie wouldn’t disappoint, although I found it hard to understand how it would translate into a film.  One guy, alone on Mars for 18 months, doing science… that’s not a recipe for an exciting sci-fi movie, is it?  But make a movie out of The Martian they did and now that I’ve finally seen it, what did I think?

Well what are you sitting there for?  Go find out!

Book Review: The Lives of Tao (2013)

March 13th, 2016

There was a time, not that long ago, when I had lots of time to read, so much so that I was doing a book review every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the… wait a minute. Well, before I ran out of time and, let’s be honest, ran out of the huge backlog of books that I had piling up.  I ran across this book while listening to a writing podcast and it sounded like an interesting concept so I grabbed it and the two sequels.

As it turns out, it was indeed an interesting concept, so let’s take a look at Wesley Chu’s The lives of Tao.

TV Thursday: The Expanse Season One (2015)

March 10th, 2016

Syfy, in their return to science fiction programming, has tried some big things in the past year and perhaps none so big as the TV adaptation of James A. Corey’s book series of the same name.  But while some of their attempts have succeeded, others have flopped and it was an interesting question to see what their 10-episode series would do.  So here’s my look at The Expanse and whether Syfy got it right.

TV Thursday: Continuum Season Four (2015)

November 12th, 2015

Well, now Continuum is over.  Show creator Simon Barry said he wanted this series to run 7-10 seasons to tell the story that he wanted to tell but he got 4. Well, 3.5.  And honestly, I’m glad that’s all he got  because the show, which started out fantastic, has turned into a really mediocre at best series and that’s really a shame.  Following what I think is a very weak season 3, they announced that he’d get an additional 6 episodes to wrap everything up.  So, how did the abbreviated fourth season and series finale go?  Let’s grab our time orange and find out.

Book Review: Impulse (2013)

November 1st, 2015

I rarely buy physical books anymore, my bookshelves are full and I really have no room to put more, nor time to make them, therefore I get e-books almost exclusively these days.  However, following my last book review, I was putting a physical book back on the shelves and I saw this series, written by Steven Gould, that somewhere in the back of my mind, I recalled that there had been another book released for.  So, off to Amazon where I got not only this one, but the one that came after that I wasn’t even aware of!

So, here’s my surprise review of Impulse!

Cephus' Corner

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