Monthly Archives: June 2012

Book Review – Shada

Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas AdamsDoctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams by Gareth Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For fans of the classic Doctor Who, Shada was a story of legend, even before this novelization. Written by Douglas Adams and intended to be a six part series for Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor, the series was never finished because of a strike. Some of the footage shot for the series did eventually surface as part of The Five Doctors special.

Now, thanks to Gareth Roberts, himself a veteran of the new Doctor Who series, we can finally see what this unfinished series might have looked like.

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Book Review – The Zombie Handbook

The Zombie Handbook: An Essential Guide to Zombies And, More Importantly, How to Avoid ThemThe Zombie Handbook: An Essential Guide to Zombies And, More Importantly, How to Avoid Them by Robert Curran

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting read, though it focuses more on the historical and cultural zombies than on the Romero style of undead. It is a quick read, focusing on the various types of “zombies” that are found in the world, from the well known “Voodoo zombies” to mummies to even Irish zombies. Also included are stories of people who were supposed to have created zombies, and tales of zombies themselves.

I did have a problem with the treatment of the Romero zombies. There is some passing mention early in the book about this style, and one chapter called “Know Your Enemy” which seems to focus on the cinematic zombie entirely. These references seem out of place in a book that focuses almost entirely on zombies in the traditional sense. I felt that the book would have been better served if it just focused on the traditional rather than the cinematic.

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Quote of the Day – June 30, 2012

Cover of "Airplane! (Don't Call Me Shirle...

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Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

Rex Kramer (played by Robert Stack)

Airplane!

Strange Phone Call

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Cell phone Sagem my202X ubt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, I received a strange phone message on my cell phone.  This is not one of the usual strange calls I used to get back when I first got the cell phone.  At that time, I found out that the number they gave me had formerly been the number for a quite popular girl.  Furthermore, said quite popular girl seemingly forgot to tell all her friends that she got a new number.  Either that or all her friends absent mindedly forgot to update their contacts when she gave them the new number.

No, this one was actually directed toward me.

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Picks of the Week – June 27, 2012

Had one of those days?  Did it start bad and only get worse from there?

At least it’s Wednesday… new comic day.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Book Review – New Stories From The Twilight Zone

New Stories From Twilight ZoneNew Stories From Twilight Zone by Rod Serling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This edition features six stories from the classic Twilight Zone series. In reading these stories, it is obvious why Rod Serling was a master storyteller and why Twilight Zone remains such a classic. The standout story of the six is The Shelter. Devoid of the usual sci-fi and fantasy elements that Twilight Zone was known for, this story manages to build the suspense to its shocking conclusion.

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Avengers Assemble Bonuses

Cover art for Avengers (vol. 3) #1. Art by Geo...

Cover art for Avengers (vol. 3) #1. Art by George Pérez. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m working on assembling (pardon the pun) a list of the bonuses in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.

At the moment, I have come across the following:

  • Fantastic – Fantastic Four members
  • Assemble – Avengers members
  • X-Force – X-Men members (revised: it appears this bonus works for all mutants since I received it with a Wolverine/Scarlet Witch combo)
  • Asgardians – Thor and Sif
  • Tossers – Heroes who throw things
  • Sibling Rivalry – Invisible Woman and Human Torch
  • Eggheads – Using Genius level heroes (example: Hulk and Mr. Fantastic)
  • Defenders – Members of the Defenders super-team (example: Hulk and Doctor Strange)
  • Quartermaster – Using a lot of items in a battle

Players, are there any others that you have stumbled across while gaming?

Weekend Viewing – June 23-25, 2012

After a long weekend of thunder storms, trial verdicts, long drawn out baseball games and more thunder storms, it becomes necessary to unwind.  This week, it was with three separate movies.

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Book Review – The Bookman

The BookmanThe Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found this book falling into the usual trap that plague alternate histories, that being that it looks to change far too much. The end result is that the story gets muddled in all the differences.

The story gets further convoluted by wanting to include too much. Fictional and factual characters walk alongside each other, which does not help to keep a clear vision to the story. It is almost like the author had a number of ideas (both good and bad) and thought the story would be best if everything is included.

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Quote of the Day – June 25, 2012

Sherlock Holmes 2 - A Game of Shadows - infoviz

Sherlock Holmes 2 – A Game of Shadows – infoviz (Photo credit: Cea.)

People have an innate desire for conflict. So what you are fighting is not me, but rather mankind. War, on an industrial scale, is inevitable. I’m just supplying the bullets and bandages.

Professor Moriarty (played by Jared Harris)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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