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Movies and TV / Lie to Me
« on: March 04, 2009, 08:32:21 PM »
This is another good new show. It'a a lot like House, though I have a better chance at guessing the end. Still, it's not completely predictable and it's entertaining. I wouldn't say it's groundbreaking but it's got some interesting characters and good acting. Not sci-fi, but a couple of the people's ability to read expressions seems almost superhuman. :)

Movies and TV / Dollhouse
« on: February 28, 2009, 07:06:27 AM »
Anyone watching this?

I really, really like it. This is one good show—and Joss Whedon has learned his lesson. He's not fooling around with filler episodes—which with this show he could have easily done—but has gotten right to the meat. He knows he may only have a few shows to really make something special, and that's exactly what he's done.

Dan Wells / Burgers
« on: February 24, 2009, 07:01:35 PM »
Carl's Jr. has been my favorite since 1996. I don't know anything about Five Guys.

(This is in reference to the poll at Dan's website.)

Dan Wells / Now's your time, Dan...
« on: February 21, 2009, 12:12:35 AM »

For some viewers the idea of another Jane Austen-inspired period drama is sufficiently monstrous, but a coming film project seeks to update the formula with actual monsters, Variety reported. The movie “Pride and Predator,” directed by Will Clark and written by Mr. Clark with Andrew Kemble and John Pape, will juxtapose brooding aristocrats with a brutal alien that lands in 1800s-era Britain, attacking residents and leaving them with neither sense nor sensibility. The film, to be produced by Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, is the latest work to mix the hoary costume genre with elements of horror. A book called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” credited to Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and published by Quirk Books, will combine the Austen novel with “all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action.” And a coming novel by Michael Thomas Ford called “Jane Bites Back” depicts Austen as a frustrated vampire, taking revenge on those who have made money from her work.

Books / Hugo Nominations
« on: February 09, 2009, 10:13:07 PM »
Anyone going to Worldcon in Montreal, or who went to Worldcon in Denver, can nominate for this year's Hugo awards.

Brandon mentioned that Hero of Ages is eligible in the novel category, and Firstborn and Defending Elysium are both eligible in the novelette category. Eric James Stone mentioned his eligible stories here.

This year there's a category for Graphic Story. I'm nominating "The Ephemeral Proposition" by Minari Endoh from Dazzle volumes 5 through 7 (volume 7 was published in January 2008). Yes, I was the editor, but I love, love, love this manga to death and this story has been the series' high point of humor and heartbreak. I wish more people had taken the opportunity to read it.

What titles do other people think deserve to be nominated this year?

Video Games / Return to Dark Castle
« on: January 06, 2009, 07:21:30 AM »
Any other Dark Castle fans here?

I have been lusting after Return to Dark Castle only for two years or so since I heard of it, even though it was announced in 1999. Anyway, it finally came out, and I got it for my birthday. Beat it on Beginner over Christmas, and I'm now working my way through Advanced.

I decided on this playthrough to not do ANY of the Dark Castle or Beyond Dark Castle levels, but just do the Return to Dark Castle levels. It sure has been hard! It took me days to get the fireball, and then even longer to get the shield. Once I got those, though, the other areas have been going a lot more easily—it was basically impossible to get into the Witch cave without the shield so I couldn't get the stoneball, but once I had the shield I could get past those pesky barrels!!!

Basically, I'm entirely happy with this game. The nostalgia factor is huge and the new levels and the hidden levels are great. The only thing that could make this better is if the promised level editor finally came out.

23 the category of Epic Fantasy.

This is very nice, though it isn't a big surprise, since Hero of Ages got the best star rating they give and was the only book that month to receive it.

(I'm not sure how they divide up "fantasy" and "epic fantasy" for their categories, but you can't deny that Hero of Ages is epic, if the previous installations were less so.)

Here's the list of fantasy/sf nominees, ganked from Jo Walton's blog.

 Science Fiction Novel

DUST Elizabeth Bear BantamSpectra (Jan.)
ZOE’S TALE John Scalzi Tor (Aug.)
GALAXY BLUES Allen Steele Ace (Apr.)
SATURN’S CHILDREN Charles Stross Ace (Jul.)
HALF A CROWN Jo Walton Tor (Oct.)

Fantasy Novel

THE HOUSE OF THE STAG Kage Baker Tor (Sep.)
SHADOWS RETURN Lynn Flewelling Bantam Spectra (Jul.)
SHADOWBRIDGE Gregory Frost Del Rey (Jan.)
GOBLIN WAR Jim C. Hines Daw (Mar.)
CAST IN FURY Michelle Sagara Luna (Oct.)
FORTUNE AND FATE Sharon Shinn Ace (Nov.)
KING OF SWORD AND SKY C.L. Wilson Leisure (Oct.)

Epic Fantasy Novel

PRINCEPS’ FURY Jim Butcher Ace (Dec.)
THE IMMORTAL PRINCE Jennifer Fallon Tor (Mar.)
BLACK SHIPS Jo Graham Orbit (Mar.)
HAWKSPAR Holly Lisle Tor (Jun.)
THE HERO OF AGES Brandon Sanderson Tor (Oct.)

Urban Fantasy Novel

MAGIC BURNS Ilona Andrews Ace (Apr.)
BITE THE BULLET L.A. Banks St. Martin’s (Oct.)
MIDNIGHT’S DAUGHTER Karen Chance Onyx (Oct.)
PURE BLOOD Caitlin Kittredge St. Martin’s (Sep.)
STORM BORN Richelle Mead Zebra (Aug.)
MAGIC TO THE BONE Devon Monk Roc (Nov.)

Everything Else / Coming to Utah this weekend
« on: December 04, 2008, 07:32:10 PM »
My neice is being blessed, so I'm going up this weekend. I'll also be popping in at Brandon's signing on Saturday.

Video Games / World of Goo
« on: December 02, 2008, 08:10:45 AM »
Anyone else playing this game? I got it for my birthday and love it. Now that I've figured out how to change the resolution to fit my 1920x1200 monitor it's even better.

I'm not much of a gamer, but after I saw the Ars Technica article about how 90% of the World of Goo copies are pirated (further analysis indicates it's actually only 82%) and the game has no DRM, I downloaded the demo and put it on my wish list.

Brandon Sanderson / Brandon video at
« on: November 22, 2008, 10:41:55 PM »

Movies and TV / Bolt
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:31:57 AM »
We just got back from this movie. It was WHOLLY AWESOME.

Seriously, this was a fantastic movie. I was completely un-disappointed by it. So often movies are disappointing these days, and this one completely isn't.

The movie we expected to see from the trailer was the movie we got. Hooray!

Three cheers for John Lasseter.

Brandon Sanderson / Brandon's novelette in Asimov's: Defending Elysium
« on: October 18, 2008, 03:54:35 AM »
Brandon's science fiction novelette (meaning it's between 7,500 and 17,500 words) "Defending Elysium" is in the October/November issue of Asimov's magazine. The December issue just came out, so bookstores will probably be pulling the October/November issue soon. I picked a copy up today in the Torrance Borders.

This is the story that won that UPC Science Fiction award in Barcelona a while back. It's something all you Brandon fanatics definitely will want to get.

Brandon Sanderson / Video: Brandon talks about Mistborn 3
« on: October 17, 2008, 07:09:33 PM »
Here's a couple links to the same video; I found it blogsearching. Did the craftygames people have something to do with this? Anyway, I haven't watched it yet since I'm at work, but it looks interesting.

Brandon Sanderson / Hero of Ages signings photos
« on: October 13, 2008, 04:24:01 AM »
When you go to a signing, get your picture taken with Brandon and post it here!

I'm going to the Torrance signing on Oct. 23 and will post here afterward.

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