RIP Terry Pratchett

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For those who missed it, Terry Pratchett died of Alzheimer’s 3 days ago. Sir Terry wrote plenty (including the excellent Good Omens with Neil Gaiman) but is rightfully best known for the massive, hilarious Discworld series. I cannot describe it, I can only beg that the world read it. I haven’t finished, and I’m so glad I have more, now that there won’t be any more written.

I don’t have anything else to say. Rest in peace, Sir. I will always be jealous of your hat.

P.S. Ook.

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Double Review: American Gods and Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

THESE BOOKS!!!

THESE BOOKS!!!

Okay! I have a spare minute to blog now, so I’m going to talk about 2 of the 3 Neil Gaiman books I just read, American Gods and Anansi Boys.

American Gods followed Shadow, a man whose wife died the day he got out of prison, while having car-sex with his best friend. With basically nothing left in his old life, he accepts a job offer from a mysterious Mr. Wednesday. I don’t want to explain much more, but here’s the gist: gods walk among us, and a war is coming.

If all that sounds cliche, don’t be fooled. This is not Percy Jackson or whatever. This is well put together, and fun, and deeply weird, and fairly original. And I have to say, Gaiman possesses the rare gift of endings-once he has a book going, he knows exactly where and how the end is going to go, and if he doesn’t, he’s a hell of a good faker. The protagonist was sympathetic-ish without too much of the book spent on making him so. Plot twists are unexpected and not too numerous. In case it was unclear, I loved the hell out of this book.

So then Gaiman decides that whether or not he’s done with Shadow (apparently not, he just published a new short story about the guy), he’s not done with the world, and along comes Anansi Boys. Anansi is the African spider trickster-god. Probably you’ve heard of him. He was featured in American Gods, and now we meet his kids. And they have to deal with each other, and a bunch of other gods wanting revenge for Anansi screwing with them in the past.

This book was a total stylistic change from American Gods. It was way lighter, and the protagonist (named Fat Charlie) was much easier to like. But the 2 books were both fantastic, and I recommend them to the entire flippin’ world.

Oh, hey, I just thought of a really good analogy. If these books were episodes of Doctor WhoAmerican Gods would be Blink and Anansi Boys would be The Lodger. That… is actually insanely spot-on. Well done me. Fans of the episodes should read the books, and vice versa. (Two of my favorite episodes as well).

Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

Hi! Okay, it has been a while since I wrote anything. I’m not going to add anything now other than an excuse.

My excuse is, I’ve been too busy reading. I’ve gone through 3 Neil Gaiman books (if you count Good Omens, which he cowrote with Terry Pratchett), and I just finished Codex Bound, the second book in the Magic Ex Libris series, by Jim C. Hines, (to say nothing of The Inimitable Jeeves by the great P.G. Wodehouse), and now I’m working on Leviathan Wakes, the first book in the Expanse series, by a couple guys under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey. And I have about 11 books lying around waiting for me to get to them after that. I’ll review these soon, but for now I’m just basking in them. Back soon.

Side note: please respond to my below post! I need input, Stephanie!

Okay, thanks, and I shall return when my reading list diminishes.

What 10 Books Should Be In This Bookstore?

Think on this one...

Think on this one…

Howdy! Okay, this is quick. I need advice on the inventory of a bookstore (long story): if you could put just 10 books (I need sci-fi/fantasy mostly, but any books) into this bookstore, what would they be? What writers can NOT BE MISSED? I actually need input, so please respond to this.

Thank you in advance! Until next time…

Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

This is a bad day. A very bad day.

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Leonard Nimoy, known best for his portrayal of Spock in the original Star Trek series, died this morning at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, announced that his death came at the grip of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

For a full and proper obituary, visit New York Times site.

I think it’s high time for a Star Trek rewatch. His memory amongst friends, family, and fans will undoubtedly live long and prosper.

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Comic Review: Planet Red Hulk

SMASH!

SMASH!

Howdy! This is like the 3rd time I’ve tried to write this post, it keeps disappearing from my drafts, but anyway: I haven’t written any comic reviews in a while, so I decided to write about Planet Red Hulk, written by Jeff Parker.

Red Hulk is old Hulk antagonist Thunderbolt Ross, turned into his least favorite thing in the universe (voluntarily, by the way) and punching stuff in the FACE. This volume introduced 2 new, kind of awesome antagonists: Ross’s old army protege Reginald Fortean, who serves the same role Ross played in Green Hulk storylines (Captain Ahab type using military tech to track down and kill the Hulk) , but is much better at it, which is nice. Also, there’s a cyborg-type being from a lab accident in an earlier volume (which I did not read) called Zero/One. I can’t really understand her motives, but she’s a pretty cool villainess, and her and her unwitting henchman are easily the most interesting characters in the comic. Here’s a picture.

Zero/One.

Also, the Hulk is in a space accident and wakes up on a strange planet where he has to deal with being the “chosen” of some people while defeating a tyrant and fighting as a gladiator. If this sounds exactly like Planet Hulk, the earlier Green Hulk epic tale, that’s because it is. And they recognize and explain that (weirdly, but they do).

Okay, let me get this out of the way: under no circumstances should anyone read this book who has not already read Planet Hulk at least twice. Okay? Planet Hulk is vastly better in every way, and is basically required reading for anyone who cares about comics enough to make it this far into my review. It’s really good, and there is a lot of punching.

THAT SAID: If you’ve read Planet Hulk, this’ll be fun. More punching, and Zero/One and Fortean continue to be awesome villains. This is a total therapy read. After the worst Monday of your life, read Planet Red Hulk. You know.

That’s it for now, folks. (I did NOT steal Porky Pig’s catchphrase there. Hah.)

It’s kind of my one-year anniversary!

Hi! So this marks 365 days since I started this blog… sort of. I wrote a few posts, then between May and October I did literally nothing for some reason, then I started writing again. So I’m actually celebrating in October, but I thought I’d mark the day.

Random thought: I’ve been watching The Flash on Hulu, and where the hell does he live? I don’t think I’ve seen inside his house once in 9 episodes. What is this?

Ciao!