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30 April 2016 @ 07:45 am
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29 April 2016 @ 04:14 pm
An okay-ish movie carried by Chris Hemsworth's consirable levels of charm.  Otherwise Emily Blunt's ElsaFreya seems more bewildered than evil, even when freezing people or attempting to stamp out love.   Nick Frost, as the only returning dwarf, provides basic sidekick comedy with his three shrunken co-stars.  Jessica Chastain seems to have sunk all her focus into maintaining her faux-Scottish accent, which she does do better than Hemsworth.  And Charlize Theron reappears in the third act gnaw on the icy scenery...
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28 April 2016 @ 05:26 pm
Short Fiction: Seanan McGuire's Snake in the Glass, Ursula Vernon's Razorback and Jim C. Hines' Chupacabra's Song

New Reads:
Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs
Josh Fruhlinger's The Enthusiast
(editors) John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey's the End Has Come:  Third in a triptych of apocalypse-themed short fiction anthologies.  The last focused on post-apoc survival and rebuilding.
Ilona Andrews' Magic Stars: A "Kate Daniels" series novella focused on Derek and Julie.
Tanya Huff's Third Time Lucky: Collection of short comic works about an immortal wizard.
Lexie Dunne's Superheroes Anonymous & Supervillains Anonymous: Gail is nicknamed "Hostage Girl" because villains think she's super-hero Blaze's girlfriend.  And then we he leaves town she ends up getting super-powers herself.
Michelle West's The Broken Crown
Andre Norton's Tales From the High Hallack vol.1: Collection of "Witch World" short stories.
Delilah Dawson/Kevin Hearne/Chuck Wendig's Three Slices:  A short story from each writer's setting.  All with a cheese divination theme.
Kevin Hearne's Staked: Latest "Iron Druid" book with, shockingly, many vampire opponents.

Rereads: None

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Garth Ennis/Jonh Mcrea's The Demon: Hell's Hitman

Total: 13

Short Fiction:  Django Wexler's the Shadow of Elysium, Delia Sherman's the Great Detective, Joe Abercrombie's Two's Company, Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Presents: Action Dude Vs. Doing the Right Thing and Brian McCellan's Ghosts of the Tristan Basin

New Reads:
C.E. Murphy's Baba Yaga's Daughter the Tales of the Old Races:  World building short fiction for Murphy's "Old Races/Negotiatior" series.
N.K. Jemison's the Fifth Season:  Excellent read, even if the flash-back part of the story somewhat overwhelms the "now" bits.
Daniel Polansky's the Builders:  Like if Sam Peckinpah directed a "Redwall" movie.
Peter Clines' Ex-Isle:  Supers vs. zombies AT SEA.
Nicola Griffith's Hild:  Iron age Britain historical fiction yumminess.
Greg Van Eekhout's Dragon Coast:  One more crazy heist, one more group of nasty cannibal wizards.
Michael McCloskey's Trilisk Supersedure
T. Kingfisher's the Raven & the Reindeer: Ursula Vernon's Snow Queen adaptation.
Daniel O'Malley's the Rook:  What if you woke up with no memories of your life but were told you were one of the leaders of England's super-powered, super-secret spy orginization.  Oh and some of your co-workers wanted to kill you for what you used to know.
(editor) Eric Flint's Ring of Fire IV:  Most recent pro-anthology for the "Ring of Fire" series.
Georgette Heyer's the Quiet Gentleman:  I've liked other Regency Romance style books, but this one didn't really work for me.
Sherwood Smith's Whispered Magics:  Collection of Smith's short fiction.
Joe Haldeman's All My Sins Remembered:  Such a depressing ending.  Soooo bleak.

Rereads: None

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
G. Willow Wilson/Adrian Alphona/Dan Slott/Christos Gage/Guiseppe Camuncoli's Ms. Marvel: Last Days vol. 4:  Short arc leading into whatever last year's summer crossover event was, with some Spider-Man team-up filler.
Joe Hill/Gabriel Rodriguez' Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega:  Used part of the tax refund to finally finish up the series.
Stjepan Šejić's Sunstone vol.4:  Argh!  Open lines of communication people!
Joe Casey/Nick Dragotta/Brad Simpson's Vengeance:  Better than average Marvel mini-series that got lost in the Big Events.

Total: 19

Short Fiction:  Seanan McGuire's Swamp Bromeliad & Velveteen Vs. the Consequences of Her Actions, Alyssa Wong's a Fist of Permutations in Lightning & Wildflowers, Melissa Marr's the Maiden Thief, Carrie Vaughn's That Game We Played in War Time, Caighlan Smith's the Weather, Dave Freer's the Changeling & the Phooka and David D. Levine's Discards.

New Reads:
Stephen Leather's Once Bitten:  Meh vampire fic.
Seanan McGuire's Chaos Choreography:  Latest "InCryptid" novel, going back to Verity Price and a reality dance show reuinion.
R.J. Ross' Shadow Boy:  Most recent "Cape High" book that wraps up the Evil Presidential Canidate arc.
(editors) Walt Boyes/Bjorn Hasseler's Grantville Gazette vol.62-64
Ken Liu's Grace of Kings.  The rise from peasant gangster to Emperor.
Orest Stelmuch's the Boy From Reactor 4:  Ukrainian and Russian gangsters, Chernobyl and hockey.
George R.R. Martin's A Knight the 7 Kingdoms:  Collection of the Duncan & Egg/Hedge Knight stories.
Tamora Pierce's Magic Steps, Street Magic, Cold Fire, Shatterglass, the Will of the Empress & Melting Stones.  Bingeing on nearly all the remaining "Circle of Magic"
(editors) Will Shetterly/Emma Bull's Liakek 1:  First in a shared-world anthology series.
Joe K. Lansdale's Savage Season.  Stupid Sundance preview week making me think I could record all of Hap & Leonard so I had to read the book instead.  Good book though.
Jeff Vandameer's Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance:  I heard there was a television adaptation for this trilogy in the works.  If they get it right it will be super-creepy and amazing.
K.J. Parker's Downfall of the Gods.  One goddess' long scam against her pantheon, though I'm unclear as to her motivation.

Rereads: None

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Shannon, Dean & Nathan Hale's Calamity Jack:  Steampunk/fairy tale mash-up sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge
Ananth Hirsh/Yuko Ota's Lucky Penny

Total: 22
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24 April 2016 @ 05:04 pm
Howard the Duck #6: Writers Chip Zdarsky with Ryan North, Penciler Joe Quinones, Inkers Joe Rivera, Marc Deering & Joe Quinones, Colorists Joe Quinones & Jordan Gibson & Letter & Production Travis Lanham.  The second half of the Squirrel Girl cross-over.  Which means this issue has "alt text" like tUSQ.

Jem & the Holograms #14: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Sophie Campbell, Story by Thompson & Campbell, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee.  The Holograms apologize to their loved ones and get ready to try and stop Silica even if it means shutting down Synergy permanently.  Plus Pizzaz' dad is a bit of a putz.

Lumberjanes #25: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Carey Pietsch, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  Swarms of magical kittens.  'nuff said.
Bee and Puppycat #11: Written by Patrick Seery, Illustrated by Ji in Kim & Letters by Warren Montgomery.  Oh no, Puppycat is sick and won't take his medicine.  What will Bee do?

Astro City #34: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Brent E. Anderson, Lettering & Design John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft & Color Art Peter Pantazis.  Steeljack and Cutlass bring the Case of the Villianous Collector to a close.

Savage Dragon #213: Writer & artist Erik Larsen, letters Chris Eliopoulos, colors Nikos Kovtsis & flats Mike Toris.  Dart recruits Barry Dragon, son of Dark Dragon.  Plus super-babies.
Invincible #127: Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler & Inker Cory Walker, Colorist Nathan Fairbairn & Letterer Rus Wooton.  Mark works to re-connect with his family.  And a secret traitor is revealed!
Mirror #3: by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim.  Aldebran the Minotaur joins Zun the Mouse and Phinx on their journey North to see the Guardian, Blackfish.
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23 April 2016 @ 07:50 am
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20 April 2016 @ 10:49 pm
Joanie "Chyna" Laurer dead at 45
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20 April 2016 @ 10:06 pm
Melissa McCarthy is always entertaining, but I'd say this movie falls in the lower ranks of her movies.  Alongside Identity Thief or maybe Tammy (which I haven't seen).  Dinklage is also amusing as her obsessed, weirdo ex.  But the movie is more a sequence of amusing scenes rather than a comedic story as a whole.  The faux-Girl Scout vs. other faux-Girl Scout battle royale actually doesn't hold up as well as it did in the trailers.
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17 April 2016 @ 06:49 pm
Adventure Time #51: Written by Christopher Hastings, Illustrated by Ian McGinty, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Steve Wands

Gotham Academy #17: Writers: Brendan Flethcher, Michael Dialynas, David Petersen;  Artists: Adam Archer, Sandra Hope, Steve Wands, Annie Wu, Serge LaPointeMichael Dialynas & David Petersen.  I'm actually stopping on both these books.  For Gotham Academy its the near complete change-over from the starting creative team, not even counting these "Yearbook" anthology issues.  Though I will probably grab the Gotham Academy/Lumberjanes book when it comes out.  As for Adventure Time, fifty plus single issues, numerous one-shots, graphic novels and mini-series just feels like a good place to step away.

The Autumnlands #10: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Benjamin Dewey, Color Art Jordie Bellaire & Lettering & Design John Roshell & Jimmy Beancourt of comicraft.  Learoyd & Dusty continue up the mountain, searching for the source of the radiation poisoning.  Also they meet and help a goat.
Shutter #20: Writer Joe Keatinge, Artist Leila Del Duca, Colorist Owen Gieni & Letterer John Workman.  Kate has to decide whether to recruit her sister Maieli aka the Normal One into her mission.
Monstress #5: Writer Marjorie Liu, Artist Sana Takeda & Lettering & Design Rus Wooten.  Travels with a member of the Court of Dusk.  Also a treatise on the Five Races.
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16 April 2016 @ 08:00 am
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15 April 2016 @ 03:51 pm
No Bill for the official start, as he was laid up recovering from a stomach bug.  Which meant his bard, whose concert is the central point to start, was off-panel.  The roommate's dwarven crime boss/fire mage was the only other fully returning character from the previous time Matt ran.  And Brendan was getting a lot of use from my new Ultimate Intrigue book.  He especially seemed to like the new evil-PC version of the Leadership feat that imporves his leadership score when he murders underlings.  I brought a reworked version of my witch Abra Kadabra, who basically teleported away within moments of officially meeting the evil Halgrim...

The other players, running Ted the CN Barbarian, Two-Pack Shaker CN Ranger and Not-Gomez Adamms Neutral necromantic Alchemist were perfectly happy joining up with the murderous criminal.
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13 April 2016 @ 09:47 pm
Been a while since I've posted about a movie.  But lets get back to it with this clever indy-ish scifi flick.  Got bits of E.T. and Starman and various other help special alien/individual/witch evade government goons and get home.  In this case we've got an 8-year old boy with strange powers who had been raised by a generic Texas cult/commune called the Ranch.  Who's on a road trip to freedom with his dad, played by Michael Shannon.  Plus Adam Driver as an NSA analyst trying to work out whats going on.  And midway Kirsten Dunst as Solar Boy's mom...
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10 April 2016 @ 04:59 pm
Bee & Puppycat #10: Written by Patrick Seery, Illustrated by Ji in Kim & Letters by Warren Montgomery.  Man I can't even remember how long its been since the last issue.  Here Bee learns a valuable lesson in letting the past go from her job trying to patch together a planetoid.  And bonus story "Fairy PuppyCat" by Ko Takeuchi and translated by Mami Harada.
Giant Days #13: Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney Cogar & Letters by Jim Cambell: A return to Tackleford with SGR guest appearances from Esther's previous BFF Sarah Grote and Eustace "the Boy" Boyce.

Survivor's Club #7: Writers Dale Halvorsen & Lauren Beukes, Artist Ryan Kelly, Colorist Eva De La Cruz, Additional Inks Mark Farmer & Letterer Clem Robins:  Everyone's horrors look to be coming out with the group split between the Hellgate Video Game and the Haunted House.

Lobster Johnson: the Forgotten Man: Story by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, Art by Peter Snejbjerg, Colors by Dave Stewart & Letters by Clem Robins:  Hobos!  Sewer Cannibals!  Gunplay!

Knights of the Dinner Table #230: Development Team Jolly R. Blackburn, Steve Johansson, Daved S. Kenzer, Brian Jelke & Barbara Blackburn.  Oh man, this HackJack flipping scheme of Brians is becoming his most disastrous.  I mean it looks like it will disrupt everyone's GaryCon experience and possibly crash Bob & Sheila's relationship in addition to being a giant financial loss.

Prophet: Earth War #3: Story by Brandon Graham & Simon Roy, Art by Grim Wilkins, Colors by Joseph Bergin III & Lin Visel & Letters by Giannis Milonagiannis.  An assassination mission by one of the young Prophets, Diehard & Rein the Space-Lizard-Girl does not go to plan.
The Wicked & the Divine #18: Writer Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton Cowles & Flatter Dee Cunniffe:  Persephone is back from the dead and Baphomet is jail breaking the Morrigan.
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09 April 2016 @ 07:49 am
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08 April 2016 @ 07:49 am
Happy happy birthday birthday to yendi and crimsonjoe
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03 April 2016 @ 02:56 pm
Ok, lets try to keep the semi-regular posting going.

Saga #35: art by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan & letters & design by Fonografiks.  Fat the Will continues to force the gay investigative journalist couple to help him hunt ex-Prince Robot.  Who is working with Marko and Alana to jailbreak their kid and Marko's mom.  Said kid being smuggled out with the help of one of her teachers who doesn't want Hazel executed due to her hybrid status.

the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6: writers Ryan North with Chip Zdarsky, artist Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi color artist & Travis Lanham letterer & production.  The start of a crossover with Howard the Duck.  Plus additional guest stars Rocket Raccoon, Kraven the Hunter, Biggs the cyber-killcat who looks like the cat from W3 aka that super-sad book about cyber-killpets and Weapon II; the wolverine prototype when they used a squirrel.

Conan the Avenger #24: script Fred Van Lente, art Brian Ching, colors Michael Atiyeh & letters Richard Starkings & Comicraft.  Conan's army attacks the city.  Loyalists work to rescue the queen.  Evil witch twins begin worrying.

Jem and the Holograms #13: written by Kelly Thompson, art by Sophie Campbell, story by Thompson and Campbell, colors by M. Victoria Robado & letters by Shawn Lee.  The Dark Jem saga continues  and Jerrica is freed from the mind warping after Jem tries to put her tongue in Rio's mouth.
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02 April 2016 @ 07:43 am
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31 March 2016 @ 05:26 pm
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30 March 2016 @ 08:28 am
And last night we had the wrap up debrief and rewards for the Trial of the Beast.  Crazed father and monster pseudo-son were reunited.  Trauma counseling was used and serious psychiatric help was recomended.  And "rewards" which were totally not bribes were given to get us away from the schloss and all its monster golem building evidence.  Though Matt's Cognac decided to stay on as the Count's new Igor.  Then a debrief with the Judge who brought us in to defend the Beast in the first place.  Who revealed she was a member of the Palantine Eye and wanted us to continue working for them, investigating what the Whispering Way are up to.  So more reward moneys!  That plus finally unloading all our various loots for cash gave us a decent payout to end the adventure with.  I'm pretty sure Callix will be able to afford the first versions of those paired magical nunchaku I want.  And maybe some better armor.  Though it will likely be a year or two before we swing back to Frazer's campaign...

After that was the set-up for Matt's Unamed Sandbox-style campaign.  The roommate will be bringing back his pyromaniac dwarf wizard would-be crime boss.  Bill has his celebrity dwarf bard with inquisitor wife.  And Ive got a rewritten version of Abra Kadabra the witch.  Eric has some style of ranger and Frazer is planning on a Gomez Addams style character, though he's still noodling around the build.  And Bryon missed the session but last mentioned he was leaning towards a front-line barbarian or the like...
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26 March 2016 @ 07:42 am
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23 March 2016 @ 12:28 pm
Last week saw the penultimate battle for the campaign.  After a brief pause to loot, level up and rest we moved on to what would be the final area of the castle.  Another bridge and another tower.  After some magical scouting by Cognac we eventually bypassed much of said tower to go directly to the roof and the strange machinery there.  Eventually we got the paired devices working, which were a stormcaller that powered a machine to remotely puppet the Beast.  Who was moving towards the final tower.  So with the halfling piloting the friendly golem the rest of us had to deal with his ugly "brother".  A smorgasboard of stitched together monstrosities called the Aberrant Promethean.   After a tough fight, and with the eventual help of the beast, the boss golem was put down.  Leaving just one final wrap-up session and a well earned break for Frazer from GM duties.  As of now Matt's volunteered to restart his old campaign.  Or at least something spinning out of that one.  Meaning I get to dig out my revamped version of the witch Abra Kadabra...
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19 March 2016 @ 07:48 am
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17 March 2016 @ 06:07 am
A happy holiday birthday to qraccoon
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12 March 2016 @ 07:47 am
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11 March 2016 @ 03:35 pm
I think at this point even Callix, who is pretty much the only character who actually sympathizes with the Beast, is growing to truly hate his "dad" Count Chocula. Or at least his bloody museum/menagerie. So Matt's Power of Drunk rogue actually ends up helping the group. 'Cause the Nixie charms him. Which means he "rescues" her by finishing off the basilisk. Which was good 'cause Eric's fighter was temporarily turned to stone and Callix was paralyzed by the NEW monsters. Which were variant vargouilles who had grown out of the corpses of gorallions. So giant gorilla heads with flappy wing ears and paralyzing howling and licky attacks...

Then Cognac the Drunk somehow negotiates with the nixie and gets a limited wish off her by escorting her to the river and freedom.  Which he uses for a magical bottomless flask of brandy.  Then we rest, with everyone but the roommate's rogue just sleeping for eight hours 'cause we need the hp recovery (doubled for some of us thanks to Callix having ranks in Heal).  But Josstafl ends up shooting some intruder that Frazer hints was actually a potential ally.  Ah well...

Then we continue onward into the world's worst museum.  Where some of us have to deal with a black pudding ambush and others with dangerous mushrooms.  We manage to get past both, and Matt's new everfull flask is even usefull in saving Joss from the mushrooms.  And so we end the session with many of us beaten, burned and battered.  Say an hour of game time after waking and we need to camp again really.  So missing have a dedicated healing magic caster in the group...
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10 March 2016 @ 10:11 am
A happy and celebratory day to seanmonster
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