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Video Review : Dark Souls 3

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Video Review : Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3 is the unforgiving final chapter in the acclaimed Souls series. Designed for new comers and veterans alike, Dark Souls 3 combines the fast paced action of Bloodborne with the plotting, methodical game play that Dark Souls is known for.

After only playing Bloodborne, the sister series of the Souls games, I more or less went into the game entirely blind. And even though I had my teeth knocked out of me repeatedly, I’d have to say Dark Souls 3 is one of the best games I’ve played this year. Hit the jump and check out the video review! Read On

Review: Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird

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Review: Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird

Elizabeth over at Binary System Podcast has been trying to get me to read the latest Doctor Strange series almost since it first came out last October. I finally ran out of excuses when I stumbled over the gorgeous hardback graphic novel Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird, collecting the first five issues of the series written by Jason Aaron (Star Wars, The Mighty Thor, Avengers vs. X-Men), with art by Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, plus a couple dozen other X-titles).

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the character; Aaron gives you a quick history of the surgeon-turned-Sorcerer-Surpreme on the first page, and then throws you into a gloriously insane world of magic and monsters that’s hidden from most “normal” humans.

Ever since starting his new life as a sorcerer, Doctor Strange has been operating as something of a supernatural troubleshooter, driving out magical infestations from his home in Manhattan. But there are rumors that there’s something out there worse than alien parasites or demonic nightmares. And whatever it is, it’s getting closer, right when Strange is starting to realize that the price of using magic may be a lot higher than he can pay.

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Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

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Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Charlie N. Holmberg – author of The Paper Magician series – is working with a new type of magic in her latest book Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet (due out June 28). Instead of paper or metal or glass, the magician in this book works with food.

Maire is a magical baker who can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities. She can give someone a sense of love with a slice of cake, or a downtrodden worker new strength with a sugar cookie. She can even make baked goods do things they were never intended to do, like, say, making gingerbread strong enough to be used to build a house. Sounds like the makings for a whimsical, fun book, right?

Wrong.

Maire’s fanciful magic powers are just the backdrop for a book that’s almost relentlessly dark in places. The reader is quickly thrown into a story of Maire attempts to survive being kidnapped by marauders and sold to a lunatic, all while trying to recover her forgotten past. It’s also a story of love (lost and found), and little tidbits about what type of cake works the best for each kind of magic. The book is an intriguing mix of the cute and the dire, and none of my initial guesses about Maire’s origin ended up being right.

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Review: Finding Dory

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Review: Finding Dory

It has been 13 years since we first went on a life or death journey with Marlin and Dory as they searched for the missing clown fish, Nemo, in 2003’s Finding Nemo. It’s arguably one of the best Disney/Pixar films. So it should come as no surprise that Finding Dory is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. What could have been a cash grab sequel with no value ends up being a movie about self-discovery, family and love.

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Review: Just Over The Horizon – The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear

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Review: Just Over The Horizon – The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear

I’ve been meaning to read more of Greg Bear’s short stories, especially after reading Blood Music (my review can be found here), a groundbreaking novel that was originally based on one of his earlier stories. Fortunately his short-story collection Just Over the Horizon caught my eye right when I was looking for something to read over my vacation. This collection is volume one of what I hope will be several more books, and it features some of Bear’s earlier works from the 1970’s and 80’s, when he was already showing a dazzling skill at taking a concept that’s very tricky to understand, explaining it in a way that a non-scientist can at least start to understand, and then wrapping a story around it.

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Review and Preview – Transformers: Till All Are One

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Review and Preview – Transformers: Till All Are One

Picking up where Windblade left off, Till All Are One continues the story of post-war Cybertron, where peace hasn’t been everything everyone’s hoped for (and a little meddling in the background isn’t helping matters.) A recap and some spoilers in the review after the jump.

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Review: Warcraft

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Review: Warcraft

The time has come! Warcraft, based on the worldwide successful MMO open world video game series, has been unleashed on the world. Director Duncan Jones crafts a simple story to capture the hard-core fans of the series as well as the passing fans who just like good fantasy. What Jones did was take a video game with a straightforward story and turn it into an epic fantasy adventure with amazing special effects, interesting characters, and a solid footing for more movie adventures in an awesome world.

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Review – Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

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Review – Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

I remember believing that “wonder” meant “awe.” That the name they gave me spoke of admiration. Perhaps it did, once.
But the story keeps changing.

I’ve been curious about Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 ever since it was announced: Diana has had a tough time reaching the same status as the rest of the DC Trinity, and I’m wondering if Rebirth is where she’ll finally hit her stride. (Warning, spoilers below.)

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