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Review: Ninefox Gambit

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Review: Ninefox Gambit

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate may have won a battle, but she’s been officially disgraced for using forbidden strategies to do it. Ordinarily this would mean execution – or worse – but she’s been given a chance to redeem herself. Heretics have captured The Fortress of Scattered Needles, and to recover it Cheris will be using the most dangerous weapon available: the famous tactician Shuos Jedao.

In his entire military career Jedeo never lost a battle, including his last one where he slaughtered thousands of civilians, the enemy army, his own army, and everyone aboard his ship. It’s been four hundred years since he finished off each of his command crew with a bullet to the head, and the Hexarchate is still no closer to understanding why.

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Review: Spectrum #0 from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion

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Review: Spectrum #0 from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion

On Free Comic Book Day (Saturday May 7!) we’ll finally get to see Spectrum. Not a preview or a handful of pages, but a full-length issue from writers Alan Tudyk and PJ Haarsma and artist Sarah Stone, the artist of Transformers: Windblade, so I was throwing my money at them as soon as I heard that last tidbit. Except I don’t have to throw money, because it’s free. See below for the review!

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Review: Doctor Who – The Shakespeare Notebooks

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Review: Doctor Who – The Shakespeare Notebooks

“…The Shakespeare Notebooks is an astonishing document that offers a unique insight into the mind of one of history’s most respected and admired figures. And also, of course, William Shakespeare.”

Tomorrow marks 400 years since William Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil. In that time his reputation has grown from a somewhat well-known playwright to the most famous writer in the English language. I’m sure fans of Shakespeare have dreamed of traveling to early seventeenth century Stratford-upon-Avon and meeting the great playwright at least once; imagine how often a centuries-old Time Lord with access to his own TARDIS could make the trip.

Newly discovered “The Shakespeare Notebooks” is a comprehensive collection of journal entries, rough drafts, additional characters, annotated scripts, and many other snippets from the Bard’s personal writing which will give you an idea of just how much of an influence that a mysterious “Doctor” had on his life.

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Review: Bone Swans

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Review: Bone Swans

The beautiful cover art for C.S.E. Cooney’s 2015 book Bone Swans was what first caught my eye. The fact that it’s a short-story collection meant I’d definitely get around to reading it sooner or later, but seeing that at least two of the stories were retold fairy tales sealed the deal; a 99-cent sale for an e-copy of the book was overkill, but much appreciated.

I’m really glad I picked this one up; I’ve never ready any of Cooney’s work before, but she’s automatically on my favorites list now. Her style is equal parts folksy, flamboyant, romantic, lyrical, filled with atmospheric paragraphs you fall into. The characters are just smart-aleck enough to make me root for them, and each of the five stories here is a jewel.

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Review – Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld

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Review – Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld

This dark, sprawling realm is rife with unimaginable creatures, feral beauties and dazzling temptations the likes of which you have never seen.
Luckily, you have a guidebook…

I got lucky with this review: I wanted to take a look at the upcoming Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld just because I liked the cover and the description, and because I thought it was one of those large, hardback art books you see like Dragonology or Egyptology: big on pictures and small on story, but very pretty to look at.

I was a little off the mark with the Dragonology comparison.

I had no idea this was the story behind the elaborate displays I’ve seen at the Sideshow Collectibles booth at San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon, with the otherworldly figures and prints. I love the Death’s Siren piece and the Shepherd of Souls print, and I’ve always meant to find out what they were all about, but kept forgetting.

So this is a sign from somewhere that it’s time to read up on it. That’s disturbing and awesome at the same time.

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Movie Issues: The Jungle Book

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Movie Issues: The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau’s remake/reimagining/retooling/reboot of Walt Disney’s 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book tells the same story we’ve all come to know as kids and into adulthood: Mowgli, an orphaned human boy, sets out with his animal guardians on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threat of the evil Shere Khan. That’s the story at its core, a true retelling of the same story you already know. So if you liked the one you’ve grown up watching then most likely you’ll like this too, since it’s the same thing.

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