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SDCC 2017 – Sideshow

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SDCC 2017 – Sideshow

The always-fascinating Sideshow is once again setting up a booth at San Diego Comic-Con! Whether you’re interested in a figure from your favorite fandom (I don’t know that the 23-inch Loki figure will be there this year. I don’t know that it won’t be there either), or you want to check out Sideshow’s original horror/fantasy The Court of the Dead, there’s something for everyone at this year’s booth. Click the jump for deets on the booth and the SDCC 2017 page on Sideshow’s website.

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Review: The Queen of Swords – Golgatha Book 3

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Review: The Queen of Swords – Golgatha Book 3

When the blood fails, the Father of Monsters rises again to devour all.

The last installment in R.S. Belcher’s Golgatha series ended with the widow Maude Stapleton leaving her strange little town in Nevada in pursuit of her father. Martin Anderton has given up trying to talk sense into his only child, so he’s claimed custody of Maude’s inheritance, and her daughter, and Maude is headed to South Carolina to get both of them back.

Maude isn’t about to let anything get between her and her daughter, although the male-dominated law of the 1870’s, the reappearance of a monster she accidentally set free, and members of her own order – The Daughters of Lilith – are all set on making things pretty difficult for her. Fortunately Maude was trained as an assassin by the famous Anne Bonny – who also happens to be her her great-great-great-great-grandmother – and Maude has enough of the legendary pirate queen’s blood in her veins to make her a force to be reckoned with.

We’ve been hearing about Maude’s ancestor for two books now. In The Queen of Swords we finally get to learn Anne’s story, how she ran away to become a pirate, how she became the most feared woman on the high seas, and how she joined the Daughters of Lilith and traveled to the mythical bone city of Carcosa to face mankind’s oldest enemy.

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SDCC 2017 – Amazon Prime Video Schedule of Events

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SDCC 2017 – Amazon Prime Video Schedule of Events

Announcing Amazon Prime Video’s lineup for Comic-Con International in San Diego, featuring the Amazon Original Series The Tick and kids series Danger & Eggs and Niko and the Sword of Light.

In addition to cast and creator panels, autograph signings and sneak peeks at all three series, Amazon is creating an immersive Tick experience for Con attendees. Click the jump for a rundown of the events and the full schedule.

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Review: Every Heart A Doorway

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Review: Every Heart A Doorway

Alice fell down a rabbit hole to Wonderland. Dorothy was whisked away to Oz by a tornado. Wendy, Michael, and John flew away to Never Land with Peter Pan, and Harry Potter could just go to Platform 9¾ whenever he needed to enter the wizarding world. Literature is full of examples of children who stepped (or fell. Or were dragged) into one of many different variations of fairyland..

Some children when they return are happy to have escaped alive. Most grow up and remember their adventure as a childhood daydream. A few get to stay in fairyland forever. Seanan McGuire’s Hugo-nominated novella Every Heart a Doorway is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a school for those travelers who’d do anything to go back.

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Binary System Podcast #86 – The Alice Isn’t Dead catch-up episode (…part 1)

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Binary System Podcast #86 – The Alice Isn’t Dead catch-up episode (…part 1)

This week Binary System Podcast is organized and on top of all the things! Hah, kidding, we’re still playing catch up. This week we recapped episodes 4 and 5 of the latest season of Alice Isn’t Dead, and still had time to talk about House of Cards, Iron Fist, Twin Peaks (…seriously, someone tell us, why do dudes think barfing scenes are hilarious?…) Jurassic World, and the totally unnecessary but really pretty boxes they sent with the Comic-Con badges.

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Review: The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Book 2)

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Review: The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Book 2)

Father Earth did not always hate life, the lorists say. He hates because he cannot forgive the loss of his only child.

The first book of The Broken Earth series introduced us to the earthquake-prone world of Stillness, plus the orogenes who calm earthquakes, and the Fulcrum Guardians who keep the orogenes in line. It was also where we met the orogene Essun, who lost her childhood family…and then her ties to the Fulcrum, and then her new family, and then another family after that, until all she has left is her dying former lover Alabaster and the impossible task that he’s just dropped in her lap…

…right after he cracked the world in half. As bad as things were in Book 1, in Book 2 they’re about to get much worse.

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Binary System Podcast #85 – The Night Vale catch-up episode (…part 1)

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Binary System Podcast #85 – The Night Vale catch-up episode (…part 1)

Binary System Podcast is back on schedule! Mostly! A little? Okay, not at all, because we’re way behind on our Night Vale Recaps. So this week you get two for one! Listen in as we race through Night Vale episodes #108 (“Cal”) and #109 (“A Story about Huntokar”) in 20 minutes and still manage to fit in some thoughts on The Originals, American Gods, Moana, and Twin Peaks!

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2017 Hugo Awards – The Novelettes

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2017 Hugo Awards – The Novelettes

Hands up, anyone who knows the difference between a novelette and a novella. Anyone? Okay, a novelette is a work of fiction that clocks in at anywhere from 7500 – 17500 words; basically it longer than a short-story but shorter than a novella. Everyone take notes because there’ll be a test later.

This year the Hugo novelette division features six very strong entries (well, five, and one that wins for humor at least), covering the range from Partly Sci-Fi to Mostly Fantasy to whatever category you want to attach to Stix Hiscock’s story. Click the jump for a brief review of the Hugo 2017 nominees for Best Novelette.

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Binary System – The Batman Tribute Edition of “Our Favorite DeviantArtists”

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Binary System – The Batman Tribute Edition of “Our Favorite DeviantArtists”

Binary System Podcast has ONCE AGAIN been on the road this week (promise, folks, things will settle down soon. Probably just in time for San Diego Comic-Con to throw everything askew.) So instead of a podcast, this week we’re doing another post where we scroll through DeviantArt and look at all our favorite pieces. It’s a tough job, but we’ll do it for you, our loyal and devoted fans. All five of you.

We lost another one of our icons this month. Do a Batusi or two in honor of Adam West, and enjoy some Batman art from some of our favorite DeviantArtists.

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