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Review: The Clockwork Dynasty

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Review: The Clockwork Dynasty

For the first time I see what must be my own hand. An economy of brass struts wrapped in supple leather. And now I truly begin to understand that I am also a thing in this world. Not like the doll who is writing a few feet away with all the mindfulness of water choosing a path downhill. Something more.

Daniel H. Wilson, author of the popular Robopocalypse series, has a book coming out this August about a completely different type of robot: a sentient race of clockwork beings who have kept their existence a secret from humanity for centuries. Until now.

In 1709 Russia, a creature of clockwork and leather opens its eyes to see the delicate porcelain face of a doll that’s been cleverly made to write. In present day Oregon, June Stefanov examines a centuries-old writing doll, trying to record everything she can before it’s inevitably lost to whoever it is that’s been destroying clockwork rarities. June carries a strange relic passed on by her grandfather, and before the end of the day she’ll be running for her life from a monster who’s trying to steal the relic and then silence June before she can pass along the word she learned from the doll: avtomat.

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Binary System Podcast #77 – WTNV episode 105 “What Happened at the Smithwick House”

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Binary System Podcast #77 – WTNV episode 105 “What Happened at the Smithwick House”

This week’s Welcome To Night Vale episode offers up a short story. It’s a tale about a family, and a house, and a hole in the nursery wall. Cecil refuses to learn anything from the story, and we’re not entirely sure if there’s anything to learn from it. But it’s deliciously creepy, and the music by Disparition adds just the right touch.

But it’s not just a WTNV recap this week, oh no. WonderCon was last weekend, and Elizabeth’s got the scoop and the pretty pretty pictures of all the talented cosplayers. She also went to see a live show, nothing too big, she just got to see and get re-tweeted by Neil frikking Gaiman, and he’s exactly as awesome to hear as he is to watch.

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Review: Sleeping Giants

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Review: Sleeping Giants

There I was, this tiny little thing at the bottom of a hole, lying on my back in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Rose was only eleven years old when the ground opened underneath her. The rescuers who arrived on the scene found, not a sinkhole, but a fifty-foot square shaft, covered in glowing carvings, surrounding an impossible artifact at least a thousand years older than human civilization.

Seventeen years later, physicist Dr. Rose Franklin finds herself in charge of the team assigned to find out how the gigantic robotic hand works, what it was doing beneath a forest just outside Deadwood South Dakota, and whether there are more pieces buried in other parts of the world.

The hand isn’t just impossibly old; it’s made of elements that couldn’t have been found on Earth, and the technology is far beyond anything humans could have made. Worse, it might be a lot more than humans can control.

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Binary System Podcast #76 – A Small Plan

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Binary System Podcast #76 – A Small Plan

“This week we have no plan.”
“We kind of have a plan.”
“We have a little bit of a plan.”
“We have two things to talk about, so, that’s a tiny plan.”
“It’s better than no plan at all.”

This week we talked about Kong: Skull Island (since both of us have seen it now,) Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters, and Tom Hiddleston, because of course Tom Hiddleston.

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Review: Summer in Orcus

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Review: Summer in Orcus

1. Don’t worry about things that you cannot fix.

2. Antelope women are not to be trusted.

3. You cannot change essential nature with magic.

– Instructions in a stained-glass window, written on a book carried by a saint wearing purple sneakers

Eleven-year-old Summer dreams of adventure…but if she’s honest about it her idea of “adventure” involves a little freedom from her over-protective mother. It would be nice to do things like go to camp, or ride a Ferris Wheel, or maybe just take a bath without someone checking every five minutes to make sure she isn’t drowning. She certainly never planned to step through a magic portal and wind up all on her own in a strange new world with a weasel on her shoulder, but then who does?

Starting life as an online serial, T. Kingfisher’s latest book Summer in Orcus dives headfirst into a land of bird aristocrats, manticore cheese, snail marketplaces, and a masked warlord serving the mysterious Queen-In-Chains. It all starts when Summer has a chance meeting with Baba Yaga, who sends her on a journey to find her Heart’s Desire.

It might have been helpful if Baba Yaga had told her what that is.

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Binary System Podcast #75 – WTNV episode 104 “The Hierarchy of Angels”

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Binary System Podcast #75 – WTNV episode 104 “The Hierarchy of Angels”

This week the twins recap the latest episode of Night Vale and talk about how angels can’t have building permits and dragons can’t practice law. (Apparently you can’t just tell somebody that the City said it was okay for you to build a roller coaster. Even if you spell all the words right.)

After that Kathryn gave us a breakdown of NC Comicon: Oak City, and Elizabeth gave us her picks for Amazon’s “Pilot Season.”

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Artist Alley, Vendors, and Misc Information

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Artist Alley, Vendors, and Misc Information

It wouldn’t be a comic book convention without a chance to mix with artists and buy some stuff! And while you’re mixing and shopping, it’d be helpful to know what not to bring with you. Or arm yourself with. And if you’re an artist looking to work for one of the big publishers, IDW and Action Labs Entertainment will be reviewing portfolios this weekend, and they do accept bribes (and by bribes, we mean cookies.) Click the jump for helpful links from the NC Comicon: Oak City website.

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