Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Blog, New Fun

         hey those few people who have actually visited this blog.  I've moved.  Not that I don't like writing about weird books but it's limiting.  I have overly in-depth thoughts about everything.  So I've created Fancy Book Learning, a blog about Smart Stuff to talk about it all.

The new link is fancy-book-learning.blogspot.com

Some stuff that will be coming down the pipe include:
Review of the new Les Mis movie.
A written analysis about why Shadow Run fails as an RPG setting.
Stuff about movies, RPG's, video games, etc.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Postmortal - speculative fiction done right.

 Note: This is a short one, but don't worry, I'll be posting more throughout the week.  I promise.  Some of these dang things have been backlogged for about a month.

            Speculative fiction holds a special place in my heart.  I would consider the 7th grade to be the year that I really became as dedicated to reading as I am today.  The book that got me to transition from young adult literature to the heavier adult stuff was Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  Since then I’ve read everything that I could from Dr. Crichton, even trying to track down the non-fiction works that are out of print with varying levels (read: complete lack of) success.  Those of you who know Dr. Crichton’s work will know where I’m going with this, because Michael Crichton is the disputed king of modern speculative fiction.  Between Sphere, Timeline often thought of as the goofy Michael Crichton novel, the controversial State of Fear and the admittedly pretty impenetrable and egotistical Next, Michael Crichton has dominated the genre since the 1980’s with a slew of highly intelligent and entertaining titles.  So why are these stories (at least to me), the gold standard in speculative fiction?  In order to dissect such a question, I’ll be looking at another novel by a different author with similar themes and traits, in particular this novel deserves a bit more recognition by the public at large.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Back from the Dead

Hey guys.  Sorry I went radio silent there for a while.  I really don't have a particular reason.  I've just been lazy for my part.  I'm new at this whole "blog" thing but I'm back now and you can bet that I'm kicking it into overdrive.  New stuff is coming down the pipe.  And not just Weird and Wonderful Books either.  I'm looking to expand my horizons with commentary on all walks of geek life.  Just giving you something to look forward too.  Anyway, the post proper begins after the jump.  It's a fun one, I hope you enjoy:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Wheel of Time and covert misogyny

            I used to love the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I feel bad about how harsh I’m going to be on it.  Robert Jordan or James Oliver Rigney Jr. as his friends knew him, was not only one of the world’s most prolific modern fantasy writers, but he was also a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a nuclear engineer for the United States Navy.  In short, he accomplished a great deal more then I have at the moment so far be it from me to insult the man’s work.  When he passed away in 2007 at the relatively young age of 58, the world lost quite a man.  That being said, arguably the man’s greatest accomplishment is the incredibly lengthy and in-depth Wheel of Time series.  The Wheel of Time series is hard to describe, hell, I’ve rewritten this sentence at least thrice already trying to.  WoT as the fans abbreviate it on that internet, is difficult because so much of it is based upon concepts rather then story, which is both a blessing and a curse in many regards.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Clarification is in Order:

I want to clarify some things.  There is a slim (read: near impossible) chance that you've read a few of these posts on the website http://bizarreinternet.com/.  That's because I'm the primary content producer for said site.  This blog is just a way of making my work look more professional for the moment.

That being said, my first allegiance is to Bizarre Internet.  Which, for the record you should be checking out, we've got a lot of great stuff heading down the pipe.  Think of it as one half meme collection and one half insightful (at least I hope) writing on weird literature.  And with out powers combined we form...well, hopefully a profitable website.  I just wanted to clarify some things.  Everything that appears on this blog will probably appear of Bizarre Internet first.  For now you can enjoy my first two articles and the introduction outlining my plans for the column.  Enjoy.

Weird and Wonderful Books: Fan Fiction, WTF and OMG

            Ah fan fiction, where would we be without you.  You can partially attribute fan fiction to the creation of Bizarre Internet (we finally have a name, I’m glad) since our first post was about a crossover fan fiction dealing with Dragonball Z and The Diary of Anne Frank.  But fan fiction is more then bizarre ideas and slash fan fiction that demonizes female characters.  Only most fan fiction is this bizarre, but I do kid.  Fan fiction, as a medium, is much more complex then this and is indeed worthy of some inspection.

Weird and Wonderful Books: The Hunger Games and A Step in the Right Direction

            All right, so we’re going to start with something semi-topical, namely The Hunger Games and its two sequels by Suzanne Collins.  The series has become incredibly popular this year with the first book in the series being adapted into a blockbuster film, which made a hefty sum and garnered mostly positive reviews.  So what makes this trilogy both worthy of a film adaptation and weird and wonderful enough to be my initial topic?  Well, I believe that The Hunger Games represents a very important topic in the genre of young adult novels.

UPDATE: I've been rereading my old posts and I've realized that this post is far from my best work.  So enjoy The Hunger Games post 2.0