Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Return of the Reactor! After long last, I’m back. Mostly because their is just TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF to not tell you about it. So, here, in order of end date, are the Kickstarters that caught my eye.

Wayfarer Tactics ends September 28th. A toolbox miniature war game. Supports just about anything you want to throw at it.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 ends September 30th. Sequel to the award winning Divinity: Original Sin. Single player and multi player options. Heavy on the RP!

Mech Deck ends October 1st. Customizeable tabletop mech combat using dice, cards, and a hex based terrain system.

Burrows & Badgers Freelances ends October 5th. More anthropomorphic animal miniatures for a fantasy setting. An under served niche to be sure! This time, with a skirmish game.

Dark Age Outpost ends October 6th. A VERY reasonable price for some nice looking fortifications as well as historical minis.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar ends October 10th. I have to be perfectly honest. I have NO idea what this is based on. A lot of my friends are excited about it, though, and it certainly LOOKS cool. JRPG with action elements.

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan ends October 20th. Sidescrolling action RPG inspired by African folklore. The unique setting is a great change of pace.

Warpath ends October 11th. Mantic. Sci-fi. You know what you are getting. Don’t know? Go download the free alpha at their website.

Battle Systems Urban Apocalypse Terrain ends October 18th. Modern/post-apocalyptic terrain for tabletop gaming. Easy to use cardboard punch outs. Excellent graphic quality!

INFINITY Role Playing Game ends October 18th. Tabletop sci-fi RPG in the same setting as INFINITY by Corvus Belli.

El Alemein ends October 20th. The latest deck building game from Arclight, makers of Tanto Cuore and Barbarosa. Published by Kamikaze. Arclight has a great history with these, so should be well worth it.

Pixel Noir ends October 21st. Retro inspired video game with JRPG elements. Reminiscent of Shadowrun SNES.

EXCEED-Card Fighting Evolution ends November 1st. From the makers of BattleCON and Pixel Tactics, a non-collectible, card fighting game for two players.

The Book of Starry Wisdom. This one has not actually started yet, but come October 1st, you should definitely check it out!

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ZIMRETURNS

When you were a kid, a middle schooler, a high schooler, paranoid adult… you knew the truth was out there. Aliens are among us. Dib knows this too. But this isn’t about you or Dib! The IRKEN ARMY HAS RETURNED! HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH…

Invader Zim is back to wreak havoc on Earth.

Jhonen Vasquez, the master mind behind Invader Zim brought back his favorite under achiever as a comic. The original cartoon was developed by Nickelodeon in 2001. It took the adult viewing audience by storm with stories that were weird, filling a niche that hadn’t been filled since Animaniacs (RIP 93-98) was cancelled. The episodes had levels to them and references that tweens and strange adults could enjoy. The only competition at the time were web cartoons like Foamy the Squirrel from Neurotically Yours and the short-lived Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl. Beetlejuice was no longer in syndication and Ruby Gloom hadn’t yet been developed. These were the dark days.

We can now rejoice!

Zim has returned and it was all part of his plan. Poor Dib. He still lives next to Dib and Dib still wants to expose him as an alien. MWAHAHA.

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I read the first issue of the Invader Zim comic. It was my duty as a fan since his days in Carpe Noctem, the Zine, to read. I wasn’t sure what to expect because JTHM always took a nice chunk of time to read. Each issue had so many things written into the back ground and around the panels it took patience. Plus, if you didn’t look at everything in the panel you were missing half the jokes. The new comic for Invader Zim, is a condensed version of his usual comic style. There is still frenetic art and long blocks of charged dialogue. I read the comic in a very short period of time and then went back and looked over all the panels to see if I missed anything. Afterwards I had felt compelled to watch the series on Hulu!

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Needless to say, Zim is back!

I can’t wait for issue 2 because the first issue was just reintroduction of the characters. I  did find one panel very funny though:

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This is pretty much what he told the fans when a chance at making more episodes fell through.  Nickelodeon kept stringing him along for years. Out of love for his fans, Jhonen told them flat-out new episodes just weren’t going to happen and not because he didn’t try.

Gaz is back too! I adore her and her hatred for her brother. She’s venomous. Her prowess at making his life difficult is only rivaled by her ability to play video games.

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On top of everything there was a montage! Dib had to get back into shape. The issue takes time to explain why there was a large break and help introduce you to the principle characters once more. They did a great job. The writing and art were fantastic.

The next issue hits stores August 19. Go. GO NOW! Subscribe to the comic you FOOLS!

P.S. Absolutely do not sing the doom song to Jhonen. I’ve heard it drives him nuts. After re-watching the first episode of the show, I can see why.

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What the hell happened to Vampires? Twilight isn’t the first example of a touchy feely vampire but it sure has diluted the blood pool. Lately there are a lot of movies and tv shows coming out with vampires that aren’t your Mother’s vampire.

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Vampire Academy is the latest to add to the pool of weak vampires. They are so normal they have to have body gaurds.

My favorite vampires are Dracula from Braham Stoker’s Dracula and Armond from “Interview With a Vampire.” Here are examples of many, strong and yet gentle vampires. They are lovers and fighters and they don’t sparkle.

This post is mostly a rant. We’ll get you a good post tomorrow.

AllthewrongQuestions

Sometimes I read children’s and young adult books for fun. I mean, children know everything there is about fun right? I read them because I need something that doesn’t take itself so seriously. Other time, I read them because I want to see what the hubbub is all about. A word which here means, “what everyone  else is talking about.”

Lemony Snicket’s new book series is delightfully strange, much like a Series of Unfortunate Events. The new series actually focuses on himself. The main character is Lemony Snicket as a child.

Lemony Snicket picks the worst Chaperon to study under within his secret organization. They are assigned to help Mrs. Sallis, of Stained-by-the-Sea, obtain a lost object. While Snicket is trying to follow his chaperon’s instructions, he’s also trying to find a way to get back to the city and help a mysterious friend of his. Quickly, it turns out this is not a clear cut case of a stolen object. Snicket finds himself on his own with a threatening character named, Hangfire popping up behind a kidnapping and other dark happenings in the inky town of Stained-by-the-Sea. Will Snicket be able to return a lost statue and help his friend in the city?  Maybe those are the wrong questions.

All The Wrong Questions gives you an insight into the world behind A Series of Unfortunate Events. The characters are all children, well the characters that matter. The adults are all impatient, don’t listen or are absent.  You meet Moxie Mallahan, an aspiring and inquisitive (a word meaning to ask a lot of questions), reporter; Ellington Feint who has an interest in music and wants to find her kidnapped Father; and Pip and Squeak, twin brothers that help their Dad by driving the taxi. All the characters are distinct with quirks that help you like or distrust them instantly. The author uses internal monologue to move the story forward at a fast pace. Even though his books are 200 pages, they could be read in a few hours by a faster reader. You never know exactly where the story is going to take you. Most of the time you think you are going to wind up back in the hotel with your chaperon but you end up on an abandoned street with no houses.

I love Mr. Snicket’s writing style (aka Daniel Handler). He is humorous, intelligent and never talks down to his target audience. When he throws in unknown vocabulary he always explains the meaning of the word. If you have young adult readers, give them these books. They are full of fun and mystery; independent kids and clueless adults; and vocabulary building tools.

I would recommend this book to anyone. The second book, All The Wrong Questions: “When Did You See Her Last” just came out in September.