SDCC Part 2: TV Shows and Specials

Hello again, fellow adventurers. Today, I’ll end the two-part SDCC preview posts with a look at the upcoming TV shows and other notable things that are coming out. I previously did the films and while I can’t do them all, I figured I’ll only discuss a few here since I don’t watch much TV to begin with these days (unless it’s the latest anime sensation, … Continue reading SDCC Part 2: TV Shows and Specials

Fiction Friday: The Queen of the Peri Takes Her Time

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review The Queen of the Peri Takes Her Time by Corey Flintoff.

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Fiction Friday: The Queen of the Peri Takes Her Time

Today’s short story is The Queen of the Peri Takes Her Time, by Corey Flintoff, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can find it here. Middle Eastern Mythology is something rarely seen here at the inn, and I can’t pass up a genie story. This one is written by someone not of Arab descent, but someone familiar with its history.

I’ve said previously that anyone can write any type of story with any character they choose, and this one I feel showcases the care that’s required for making Arab characters that aren’t just the default “let’s make them terrorists” trope. Something I’d love to see more of.

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Fiction Friday: Greetings Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice of Species!

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review “Greetings Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice of Species!” by Adam Troy-Castro.

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Fiction Friday: Greetings Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice of Species!

I love transformation. The idea of being something other than a human is a favorite idea of mine. Also, I love opportunities to be something else, whether through science, magic or in between. So this story is kind of about that, but it makes you realize that even life in outer space isn’t fair.

Today’s short story is “Greetings Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice of Species!” by Adam Troy-Castro, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine. You can find it here. This isn’t so much a story as it is a fun little idea, more of a what if. But it’s an amusing one, so let’s dive into it.

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Fiction Friday: The Chariots, The Horsemen

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review The Chariots, The Horsemen by Stephanie Malia Morris.

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Fiction Friday: The Chariots, The Horsemen

Happy Friday the 13th. It’s that unlucky day that for some reason, equate Friday and 13 as bad luck. So naturally, every so often in random parts of the calendar year, we celebrate all things unlucky. Black cats, broken mirrors, avoiding ladders, and dangerous camp-goers in hockey masks. And of course, spooky stories.

We’re doing something different in the celebration of bad luck with a haunting tale about disease and loss of will. Today’s short story is The Chariots, The Horsemen by Stephanie Malia Morris, as featured in Apex Magazine. You can find it here. It’s really short, but it manages to pack a chilling tale in such few words. So let’s give our luck a boost and review it.

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Cinemagic: FLCL Progressive Review

Cinemagic is a series where I talk about live action or animated Movies and TV Shows. Many of them are Science Fiction and Fantasy films that are anticipated enough to give them a watch. Today, I review FLCL Progressive.

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Cinemagic: FLCL Progressive Review

 

Way back in the early 2000s, a little-known anime series came out that changed how we looked at how a series is made. Relying less on plot and more on the art and animation. I’m talking about FLCL, one of my favorite anime series of all time.

FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly) is an original anime by Gainax (meaning it wasn’t adapted from a manga) that aired on Adult Swim way back when about a young boy named Naota who encounters a mysterious woman on a Vespa who curses him with a mysterious power that summons monsters and robots from his forehead. The whole series revolves around a mysterious, steam iron-like structure known as Medical Mechanica, the source of a dark power that could bring about the end of the world.

I’ll admit as much, the plot is confusing and it can be hard to follow, but the series doesn’t pride itself on story. It’s the cast and the animation is what makes it iconic. A story about a young boy living a normal life in Japan and his world becomes such a bizarre mess that he must go about his world despite these strange nuances. It’s also very short, only six episodes long. It wasn’t canceled, just structured that way.

In 2016, we learn of a follow up to the series, FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative, that Adult Swim and animation studio Production I.G. Since the original series ended on a decent note, I wondered what a sequel would do. Having finished the series on Toonami, I enjoyed the ride and felt that it did some things to feel similar to its predecessor and added it’s own flair. So here’s my take on it.

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Fiction Friday: Warcraft: Before The Storm Review

Disclaimer: Due to my busy schedule, I have yet to finish the actual book. As of writing this, I’m up to Chapter 26 out of 35, and according to the author, it’s a 90,000-word book (Plus it came out later in the month). I should have this done by the end of the week and immediately get into August’s book. Instead of delaying it like I said, I’ll give my brief thoughts on it and then make a follow-up post next week (there’ll still be a short story review, don’t worry) discussing the whole book, as well as the ending. For now, enjoy my (mostly) spoiler-free review.

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Warcraft: Before The Storm by Christie Golden.

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Fiction Friday: Warcraft: Before The Storm Review

I figured for this Fiction Friday, I’d review a book for an Expanded Universe series. These types of stories don’t get reviewed that often, likely because those that enjoy these franchises will read them. I’ve talked about Expanded Universe books previously, but aside from the Star Wars anthology, I haven’t reviewed any others. So let’s review something from an upcoming World of Warcraft expansion.

Today’s story is Before The Storm by Christie Golden. You can find it here. This is the prelude to the upcoming World of Warcraft Expansion, Battle for Azeroth. I’ll be sure to get in on the action when it comes out and maybe talk about it, but for now, let’s get into how this war starts.

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