The Wolves Of West Virginia Part 6 — Running The Wolves

The woods around me were a tight tangle that threat­ened to trip me with every step. I pushed through the brush, shielding my face from the branches. I wasn’t even worrying about staying quite. The bird’s stare haunted me. It scared me. I didn’t know what I was dealing with, but there was some­thing in this wood that could handle eight were­wolves with ease. That alone was terri­fying. Sure they weren’t in wolf form yet, but they were strong already.

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Dragonlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 3

Part three of my Dragons of Autumn Twlight Re-read covers chap­ters 10 through 12. "Tanis, we must leave. There is nothing more we can do and we must reach Xak Tsaroth. Then we will have our revenge." The Story So Far Despite Raistlin's warn­ings the company enters Darken Wood. At first it all seems fine and pleasant, but after night falls things change. Tanis notices that his elven sight is not working and the company finds itself surrounded by the spirits of the dead. Raistlin is able to commu­ni­cate with them and they are taken to meet a group of centaurs who in turn take them deeper into the wood to meet the Forestmaster.

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TV Review: The Flash S01E05 — Plastique

Although I'm watching it weekly it's been a while since I checked into The Flash with a review. So let's take a look at episode 5 Plas­tique. While its TV sibling Arrow has, largely, steered clear of super powered char­ac­ters it seems The Flash fully embraces them. Right from the pilot episode where it gave us a reimag­ined Weather Wizard, the show has not only openly embraced super powers, but also the, rather goofy, villains that are Flash's Rogues Gallery. Plas­tique, however, is not tradi­tion­ally a Flash villain but rather a spar­ring partner for Captain Atom. As, I'm sure it's no coin­ci­dence, is General Eiling. Monster Of The Week So far The Flash has largely stuck to a supervil­lain of the week format with only the CW soap-opera elements and the little tags at the end about Dr. Wells serving to move along any larger plot.

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Book Review: The Thirteenth Tower by Sara C. Snider

The Thir­teenth Tower offers a rather different style of fantasy story from the usual epic.  It's a much more personal tale and also smaller in scale. The world does not seem to be in the balance here. The story here is all about Emelyn and her place in the world. You might be forgiven, on reading the opening chapter, for thinking you were reading some sort of Downton Abbey type of novel. Certainly that seems to be the type of world that Emelyn lives in, working as a servant in a house owned by a well to do family. But this low key begin­ning lulls the reader so that when the weird­ness begins happening, it is all the more striking. And the strange carnival of wildlings or fae crea­tures with the towns­folk firmly in their spell has an almost dream­like quality to it that is also very effective.

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Doctor Who Review: S08E12 — Death In Heaven

As I mentioned in my review of Dark Water, Steven Moffat doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to concluding two parters. Indeed if there's one crit­i­cism you can always levy at him it's that he tries to cram too many ideas into his stories. I loved Dark Water which kept the action going from begin­ning to end and set up multiple cliffhangers for the season finale. But would Death In Heaven be able to deliver? Yes and no. There are some really strong elements to Death In Heaven with the inter­ac­tion between Missy and The Doctor being right there at the top of the list. But there's also some clever use of imagery and  a solid reso­lu­tion to the Danny/Clara rela­tion­ship as well. Looking purely at the plot outlines almost every­thing is right.

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Fiction Short — The Black Bat Cornered

Quinn wrenched open the door and launched himself through it, knocking the man on the other side flat on his back. He could feel his heart pounding in his chest as he ran into the ware­house. He could hear the foot­steps of his pursuers close behind. At least they didn't have the dog with them. He needed to hide, get his breath back, get a plan. The ware­house was large and dark, apart from the lantern near the entrance. Perfect for the Black Bat. Maybe there was another exit somewhere.

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The History of Science Fiction Part 11: 1950 — 1959 — TV, Radio and Movies

During the 1950s science fiction exploded out of print and onto the airwaves. Of course people were already used to seeing science fiction in the movies, but now they could expe­ri­ence it on the radio or watch it on tv. A lot of what was produced for the Amer­ican market was aimed firmly at the juve­nile audi­ence but there was also some more sophis­ti­cated output too and outside of America the BBC produced a number of very worth­while serials. But let’s start with movies where crea­ture features were proving to be popular. But there were also some adap­ta­tions of clas­sics and some movies that remain note­worthy to this day. We are now at the point in this history where it is completely imprac­tical to list every­thing or even every­thing that has some signif­i­cance. However there are trends that can be high­lighted. Movies So called crea­ture features were a big draw at the movies and the 1950s produced quite a few of them.

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