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Doctor Who Press Conference with Steven Moffat

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Doctor Who Press Conference with Steven Moffat

Doctor Who returned to the BBC this past Saturday with a brand new episode, The Bells of Saint John, and a brand new companion, Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Last week the BBC held a press conference with writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, to answer questions about Doctor Who in general and this new season in particular. Moffat was, as usual, very witty and engaging, giving reporters little tidbits about future episodes, without giving too much away about the upcoming adventures of the Eleventh Doctor and his mysterious new companion.

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Review: And Another Thing

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Review: And Another Thing

Most craft give a nod, however brief and unfriendly, toward beauty. Vogon ships did not nod toward beauty. They pulled on ski masks and mugged beauty in a dark alley.

I really wanted to like And Another Thing, Eoin Colfer’s sequel to the late Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series. In the end, however, I can only recommend it under very specific circumstances.

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part Two

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part Two

Welcome to part two of “Ten Books, a Thousand Pages,” where I read the first hundred pages of ten books released this year. (Part one is here.) My rules for the books I picked:

  1. They need to have been written in 2012.
  2. They need to be sci-fi or fantasy titles.
  3. They need to be sitting someplace front-and-center at the bookstore.

With any luck one of these will make a perfect Christmas present for your favorite book geek. Or a present for yourself, if someone put a bookstore gift card in your stocking.

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part One

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part One

Over at the pixelatedgeek.com offices, there’s been a lot of talk about Holiday Gift Guides and presenting a list for every category of entertainment. As one of the book reviewers, I couldn’t make up my mind: do I list a bunch of great books I’ve already read, or do I review the new books that have everybody excited? I figured the second would be more fun, except for the fact that there’s no way I can finish reading enough books between now and Christmas to make a worthwhile list.

I read pretty fast, but I can’t read that many books in time. But I can certainly read parts of many books.

On that note I bring you “Ten Books, a Thousand Pages.” I’ve picked ten books and read the first hundred pages of each title. Some might argue that a hundred pages isn’t a fair assessment of a book (what if it’s a terrible book with a great ending?) but I think that far into a book, you’ll either love it enough to continue or quietly put it down and go find something you like better.

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Review: Raiders!

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Review: Raiders!

Raiders!” is the story of a Raiders of the Lost Ark fan film made by several boys in their teens back in the 1980’s. What started as a summer project ended up becoming a spectacular cult classic that even got Steven Spielberg’s attention.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

I was honestly relieved when I ran across The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, because here is a book that has everything I was looking for.

Lately I feel like publishers are pushing so hard for books in the currently popular genre of vampires, magic, Game Of Thrones ripoffs, et cetera, that they’re not paying attention to the fact that half of it reads like bad fan fiction–full of predictable plot lines and really awful dialog. (Yes, I read fan fiction; we all have our guilty pleasures.) So I’m always happy when an author like Catherynne M. Valente, who knows how to write, gets published.

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China Miéville’s Railsea

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China Miéville’s Railsea

The secret to reading a China Miéville story is this: he’s going to give you an impossible premise to accept. It’s going to be weird and unrealistic and against all laws of nature, but you’re going to have to believe that that’s the way this world works. Once you accept it, your reward is a very tightly-woven creation built on an internal logic that always makes sense within the boundaries of his world.

And the first impossible premise of Railsea is this: you can’t walk on the ground.
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Review: China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station

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Review: China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station

China Mieville’s newest book actually came out a couple months ago, but I’ve been saving it for the long flight I’ve got to take next week. So in the meantime I’ll just do a little review of the book that turned me on to his writing in the first place: Perdido Street Station.

I’ll say right from the get-go that I don’t feel this is a steampunk story, though I’ve heard a few people call it that. Steampunk tends to cover a pretty wide range, so I get why people lump Perdido in there. But I think its only steampunk element is that it takes place in an extremely high-tech world that never got further than the steam engine. Instead of planes, you have dirigibles. Instead of robots, you have steam-powered “constructs” clanking past with coal-burning boilers inside. There’s plenty of clockwork and trains and “computers” that are programmed with levers and punch-cards, but that’s where the steampunk element ends. There isn’t much of a Victorian feel to anything, there’s an almost modern industrial grittiness to the world, and the aliens all over the place detract from any steampunk vibes.

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Adam Warren Video Interview

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Remember when I said I was done flooding the internet with articles about Adam Warren? How three book reviews and an e-mail interview were more than enough? Well, I lied.

Because when you get offered a chance to interview the Adam Warren, at Comic-Con, in person, you take it. Yes I’m a crazy fangirl, and I don’t care, because he’s awesome.

Join us as we talk with artist and writer Adam Warren about the newly released Volume 7 of his sexy superhero series Empowered.

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