Reviews

Review: The Shotgun Arcana

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Review: The Shotgun Arcana

In the two years since I finished The Six Gun Tarot – the first book of the Golgotha series and R.S. Belcher’s debut novel – I’ve managed to read his urban fantasies Nightwise and The Brotherhood of the Wheel, and enjoyed the heck out of both of them. I just found out that the third book of the Golgotha series is coming out in June, so I’ve now officially run out of reasons to put off reading the second.

The Shotgun Arcana starts decades before the main story, with Malachi Bick – prominent Golgotha town citizen and also exiled angel – joining the rescue party that finds out exactly how some of the members of the Donner Party managed to survive being trapped in the frozen wilderness with no food. Only in this version of 1840’s California, an ancient relic was responsible for sparking the atrocities that winter. The relic’s influence is contagious, and spreading fast.

Twenty-three years later, the most horrible people from around the world find themselves called to Nevada. A tiny town on the edge of the 40-Mile desert is becoming the nexus of murderers and cannibals (and worse), along with angelic battles, mad science, Pinkerton detectives, American-Indian magic, and a trapped horror from the dawn of humanity. Things are about to get very weird in the town of Golgotha.

They might, just possibly, get even weirder than they already are.

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REVIEW: Sherlock S4 Ep2 Various Observations and Fangirling (Contains Spoilers)

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REVIEW: Sherlock S4 Ep2 Various Observations and Fangirling (Contains Spoilers)

Not a minute by minute review, but does contain spoilers, a little profanity and a ton of jumping to conclusions.

Welcome back to the crazy world of Sherlock. I survived Episode 1, barely. I tried not to get on social media and read any speculations for episode 2. I did okay, but here I am talking about the second episode and all my thoughts wander to what in the hell is going to happen next? But before we talk about the future let’s talk about episode 2.

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The Best Books of 2016

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The Best Books of 2016

2016 may not have been the best of years, but it saw the release of some amazing books. And since Elizabeth has been focusing more on her artwork these last few months (check out her Daily Doodles on instagram) this year I get to keep the entire “Best Of” list for myself, myself, you hear?! Mwa ha haaaa!

*Ahem* Sorry, got a little carried away there. Click the jump for a list, in no particular order, of my ten favorite books from 2016.

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Review – Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

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Review – Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

I’ll admit it, I’m more unfamiliar with Vixen than I am with any other DC character (except, you know, folks like Dream Girl or Scandal Savage or anyone who hasn’t had a TV show in the last decade.) I hoped this issue would be a good jumping on point for the character. See below for preview pages and a review of Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1.

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Review – A Monster Calls

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Review – A Monster Calls

By guest columnist Narrator26.

It’s very rare that I opt to view a film that is being promoted through its ability to make you cry, but A Monster Calls‘ buzz through word of mouth made for top priority viewing following a seemingly endless stream of excellent reviews. Having not seen so much as a synopsis or trailer, I went in completely cold.

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Review – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition and Mods

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Review – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition and Mods

By guest columnist Rich Kuhaupt.

The land is in chaos; civil war has begun, vampires and werewolves roam the cities and countryside unchecked, bandits lie in wait for unsuspecting travelers, frostbite spiders, draugr, daedra, hagravens, giants, and rogue mages are everywhere, and now dragons have returned! The time has come to return to Tamriel and save Skyrim.

This past October, Bethesda Softworks released their remastered RPG “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition” for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, and while it may not have contained all the changes and upgrades some fans were hoping for, it’s more than worthy of addition to any RPG fans’ PS4 or XB1 library.

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Review and Preview – Love: the Dinosaur

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Review and Preview – Love: the Dinosaur

The fourth book in Frédéric Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci’s “Love” series will be available next month, but we’ve got a quick look at it today. The art is as gorgeous as the other three volumes, and the story is just as in depth (and downright depressing) as we’ve come to expect from this series. See below for preview pages and a review of Love: the Dinosaur.

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Review – Silence

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Review – Silence

By guest columnist Ben Zuk.

So here we are, a new year, with new movies to be watched in the church we like to call a cinema. One of its greatest priests Martin Scorsese releases the passion project he’s laboured hard to get on the screen for longer than I’ve been alive. A sense of anticipation and awe permeates the theatre, a feeling that remains throughout the majority of the movie.

Until it just doesn’t for the last 20 minutes or so.

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Review: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

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Review: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s ring in 2017 with a review of Anne Rice’s latest installment in the Vampire Chronicles.

The previous book in this series ended with Lestat becoming the host of the ancient force that connects all vampires throughout the world. The famous Brat Prince is now Prince Lestat, linked to the spirit Amel – who the vampires learned is fully sentient and aware. Anything that harms Lestat will now harm all other vampires, so Lestat will have to bear that responsibility for the rest of his existence.

You all knew that situation wouldn’t last.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis introduces another race, sheds new light on the origin of the vampires, and completely alters the course of their future. After this, everything’s going to change.

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Review – Passengers

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Review – Passengers

By guest columnist David Leninhawk.

“Passengers” has an interesting concept for a story. In the future, Earth has become overpopulated and too expensive to live on. A corporation has developed a new revenue stream out of colonizing distant planets, recruiting people to move there for free in exchange for paying 20% of their future earnings to that corporation for life, and sending cruise spaceships to and from those planets by putting people into “hypersleep”, where they can be preserved without aging for the duration of the journey.

In this film, a ship moving at half the speed of light takes 120 years to get to the colony. The film begins with a malfunction causing one passenger aboard the ship to wake up out of hypersleep 90 years before the ship will reach the colony, meaning he’ll grow old and die alone on the ship before it reaches the destination since he’s somewhere in his 30s.

Click the jump for a spoileriffic review of director Morten Tyldum’s space-age action(sort of) romance(?).

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