Reviews

Review: The Thief’s Daughter

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Review: The Thief’s Daughter

Jeff Wheeler returns us to the kingdom of Ceredigion with The Thief’s Daughter, the second book in the Kingfountain series.

It’s been ten years since the end of The Queen’s Poisoner, and they’ve been some of the happiest years of Owen Kiskaddon’s life. The terrified little Fountain-Blessed boy has now grown into a capable young man, training every day to become a fighter and tactician. Even better, he’s been able to spend most of that time living with the kindly Duke Horwath and the Duke’s granddaughter, Evie (that’s Elysabeth Victoria Mortimer to you.) Owen’s best friend – and possibly the love of his life – has grown into a beautiful and devastatingly intelligent young woman who’s just as determined to marry Owen as she was when she was nine.

But a nearby kingdom plans to attack Ceredigion, and there are rumors that one of the King’s deposed nephews is still alive and returning to reclaim the throne. Owen and Evie will have to thread their way through plots and assassination attempts while trying to prove their loyalty to a king who will do anything to protect his kingdom and his crown, even at the expense of everyone around him.

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Review: Inside (Xbox ONE, PC)

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Review: Inside (Xbox ONE, PC)

You’re running through a forest. There are men with guns and attacks dogs all around. You sneak as quickly and quietly as you can, but it’s no use. They are coming after you, and if they catch you, well, you don’t want them to catch you. In the opening moments of Inside, you will have no idea what’s going on. You won’t know why you’re sneaking past these armed men and their dogs and you won’t know why you’re a child that’s alone in the woods. The only thing you will know is that you have got to keep moving. You need to keep heading towards your goal. And, when you finally reach your destination, you’ll ask yourself “what the heck just happened?!” Hit the jump to read on! Read On

Review: Ghostbusters

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Review: Ghostbusters

There hasn’t been a movie in a while that caused more controversy over nothing than the new Ghostbusters. The who, what, why and hows of the announcement made headlines around the world. Well the movie has been released and we finally get to see what all the drama was about. And guess what? It was over nothing. This new version of Ghostbusters is fun, hilarious, and a great addition to an already loved franchise.

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Review: Masks

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Review: Masks

“And when the last of the traitors had been executed, the young Autarch made a decree: Henceforth all citizens of Aygrima would be Masked in all public places…”

The Masks are what makes the kingdom of Aygrima safe, everybody knows that. Enchanted to reveal treasonous thoughts, they protect the rule of the blessed Autarch from rebellion. And sure, Mara worries a little about whether the Masks change people, and she hasn’t been completely truthful about how much magic she’s still able to see. But it’s okay, the celebration for her fifteenth birthday is almost here, and as the Gifted daughter of the Master Maskmaker she’ll have the most beautiful Mask her father can make, and she’ll join Aygrima society as an adult and her father’s apprentice and it will all be fine.

Then her Masking goes horribly wrong, and Mara finds herself one of the unMasked. Outcast and doomed to spend the rest of her life as a slave in the Mines, Mara learns that everything’s she’s been told about the blessed Autarch’s reign is a lie. More than that, there are fellow outcasts working to overthrow the powerful Autarchy, and Mara has to decide if she can trust them as she tries to learn the extent of her own impossibly powerful magical talents.

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Review: Summerlong

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Review: Summerlong

It’s been three years since Peter S. Beagle released a short story or essay, and longer than that since his last novel. That’s a long dry spell, especially for someone who’s writing was such a big part of my childhood. Fortunately Beagle’s latest novel, Summerlong, is due out this September, and it’s absolutely worth the wait.

Retired professor Abe and soon-to-be-retired flight attendant Joanna have spent the last twenty-two years building a comfortable life for themselves. They have their own odd quirks, but also a lot of sense; they’re certainly not the type of people to be captivated by a total stranger and invite her to live with them. Except that’s exactly what they do a few hours after meeting the new waitress at their favorite diner.

The beautiful Lioness always has that effect, effortlessly charming the people she meets and causing everyone – customers, neighbors, children, whales, Joanna’s often-heartbroken grown daughter Lilly, even the usually gloomy Puget Sound weather – to fall head-over-heels in love with her. Abe and Joanna are soon exploring new dreams for themselves, and trying to ignore the nagging sense that there’s more to Lioness than she’s letting anyone know.

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Review: The Purge: Election Year

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Review: The Purge: Election Year

With the current political climate of Democrats and Republicans at each other’s throats and mass-shootings happening so often people barely seem shocked anymore, it should come as no surprise that a third Purge movie comes during an election year. Especially this election year, which feels like a precursor to an actual Purge. So give it up for the “life imitates art, art imitates life” scenario with The Purge: Election Year.

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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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