Review: White as Snow

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Review: White as Snow

Tanith Lee is something of a guilty pleasure for me. I started with her – well I guess “sinful” is a pretty good description – vampire novel “Dark Dance”, and every now and then I just have to find another one of her books for more trashy fun. A couple, like Storm Lord and Days of Grass have been somewhat forgettable. Most are intricate, dark, entertaining stories. White as Snow is epic.

Part of a series created by Terri Windling, where different authors would write their own take on classic fairy tales, this book was inspired by versions of the Snow White story that are even older than the one written down by the Brothers Grimm. Most people know that the fairy tales we hear nowadays are sanitized versions of the Grimms Fairy Tales. What didn’t know before reading the introduction (don’t skip that, it’s definitely worth a read) is that the Grimms themselves cleaned up the versions they heard. In the original stories, the fathers were a lot less kind-hearted, evil didn’t always meet a bad end, and rather than a step-mother, it was usually the mother responsible for torturing her children.

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RELEASED 4/14 – 4/18

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RELEASED 4/14 – 4/18

Every week millions of geeks struggle with the same affliction: their hard-earned money going to waste on food and rent when it should be going to much better things.

That’s why we here at the Pixelated Geek Laboratories are hard at work compiling data that will enrich all of geek-kind. Armed with this data, we created a list of some of the best places to put your hard earned money as our contribution to making life better.

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

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WonderCon 2014: so many panels, so little time

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WonderCon 2014: so many panels, so little time

WonderCon 2014 is only one week away! This is my second year attending, and I’m hoping to actually make it to a few panels this year. The problem is figuring out which ones to hit, while still making time for interviews for the website, snagging photos for the cosplay gallery, shopping for geek trinkets, and maybe remembering to eat something.

The full jam-packed schedule of panels, games, anime, and signings is here. The ones I’m most interested in are below. (In the case of scheduling conflicts between two panels I’ll either have to pick one, or run back and forth really fast between them. Note to self: pack my running shoes…)

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Movie Issues: Knights of Badassdom

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Movie Issues: Knights of Badassdom

This week the guys get their LARP on by watching the  2013′s Knights of Badassdom. We follow a bunch of LARPers for their big LARP weekend, but trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting succubus from the pits of hell itself! It’s a comedy filled blood fest with really good horror effects, an awesome looking demon, and Peter Dinklage being the coolest dude ever. We also discuss the new Marvel plan to have movies until 2028. It’s a full show, so grab your cardboard broadsword and download, because this is about to get crazy! Read On

Comic Issues #165 – The Return of Ross Thompson!

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Comic Issues #165 – The Return of Ross Thompson!

Back by popular demand, we’ve got Boss Ross Thompson on the podcast! Creator and coordinator of Kingdom-Con here in San Diego, Ross is a major name in SCA and tabletop gaming, and visits over 20 conventions every year. And as long as he’s given up sleep anyway, he dropped by the podcast for an hour to shoot the breeze about Wastelands, Clone Wars, his latest Kickstarter project, and what’s in store for this year’s Kingdom-Con.

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Review: The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Chronicles 1

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Review: The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Chronicles 1

In her career, Anne Rice has recreated the mythology of vampires, witches, ghosts, mummies, and whatever the main character was in Servant of the Bones. It was probably only a matter of time before she wrote a werewolf story.

Rice’s books are usually categorized as horror, and there are certainly a lot of horror elements in The Wolf Gift. But what stood out to me was the element of fantasy. I don’t mean fantasy as in dragons and unicorns and warrior elves, I mean fantasy as in daydream. The whole book felt like the result of many long sessions of staring out a window thinking, “Yeah, wouldn’t that be great…”

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[GDC 2014] Most Interesting Indy Titles

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[GDC 2014] Most Interesting Indy Titles

It was my first time at the Game Developers’ Conference this year. Of course, the hardware was nice, but the most interesting sights for me were showcases of the continuing creativity of the Indy developer scene. I came away quite interested in several major titles either currently available or soon to be released, and here they are.

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