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Overly opinionated owner and author of You can get updated on his posts directly on the blog here or through the usual social networking suspects. What? You expected me to say something interesting here? That's what the blog posts are for.

Dragonlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Dragons Of Autumn Twilight Re-Read

I've never blogged a re-read before, so to a large extent I'm making this up as I go along. The basic idea is that I'm breaking the book down into about 10 chunks so I have a decent amount to discuss, but it doesn't take a year to get to the end of it. For this first part I'm looking at the prolog and Chap­ters 1 through 4 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Before I get to that though, I thought it would be worth setting the scene a little bit:

Dragons of Autumn Twilight was published in 1984 and fantasy fiction was rather different back then. Most of the big names we're currently familiar with hadn't been released (no Wheel of Time or Harry Potter or Game of Thrones). There were a few block­buster series (Eddings Belgariad and Brooks Shan­nara spring most readily to mind) but the market was much smaller and there wasn't much in the way of licensed or game based fantasy fiction. Drag­onlance changed that in a big way.

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Movie Revew: X-Men — Days Of Future Past

There was a time some years ago when the X-Men movies were seen as the height of super­hero adven­ture on the big screen. Things have changed a lot in the last decade. Mutants no longer reign supreme in the comics or the movies. Unable to partic­i­pate in the great Marvel Plan and hampered by a truly atro­cious movie in X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men movies just don't get the atten­tion they used to.

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The Office by LoboLoss

Fiction Short: Pulp Noir

I knew I was bringing him trouble before I walked through his door. It's not like I had much choice. The room stank of ciga­r­rette smoke and sweat. The man behind the desk looked like he hadn't slept, or bathed, in a week.

He looked up as I entered and for a brief moment some­thing flick­ered in his eyes? Hope? Curiosity? And then it was gone, his bruised and battered face a cynical mask once more.

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Doctor Who Review: S08E10 — In The Forest Of The Night

An episode with signif­i­cant struc­tural flaws yet it enter­tained me anyway. Steven Moffat has gone on record that part of his vision for Doctor Who is for the show to be a dark fairy­tale. This approach is certainly not univer­sally popular since it tends to down­play the science elements of the show. How strong those science elements every were is admit­tedly debat­able, but still it's a bit of a hot button with people. I mention this because Season 8, Episode 10 — In The Forest Of The Night just screamed fairy­tale to me.

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Calling All Fans Of Pulp

The Pulp Stories collec­tion on Medium is intended to be a source for modern fiction that takes inspi­ra­tion from the pulp era of story­telling. I’m looking to serve both readers and writers with this collec­tion. What Is Pulp? The origin of Pulp fiction is the cheap fiction maga­zines of the first half of the 20th century. Printed on cheap paper they aimed at populist enter­tain­ment with an emphasis on escapist fiction.

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The Wolves Of West Virginia Part 4: The Wolves Howl

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Wolves Of West Virginia

My head hurt a lot.

There was a giant knot right above my temple which got progres­sively more painful every time I prodded it. My Wal-mart shift was. Well… have you ever been to Wal-mart? That's what it was, only with a sore head and not enough sleep. I was really looking forward to getting home to my comfy bed and crashing for the evening. At least until I remem­bered Steven.

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The Clockwork GiantL

Book Review: The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson

Okay so this is a slightly unusual situ­a­tion. I'm reviewing a book that won't be published until 2015, but it was published when I bought it. That's because the author self-published and then subse­quently sold the book and a sequel to a major publisher. That expla­na­tion out of the way let's talk about The Clock­work Giant by Brooke Johnson. It's a Young Adult novel with a steam­punk setting and a heavy emphasis on romance.

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