1. Book Review: The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

    Book Review: The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

    Those of you who are familiar with Joseph Campbell and the concept of the monomyth are going to spot some very familiar structures in The Warded Man. While this may only be the first part of the Demon Cycle, Peter V. Brett makes liberal use of the Hero’s Journey for each of the three protagonists in the novel.

    None of them get all 17 steps, but there’s plenty of familiarity in the basic structure…

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  2. Time Heist made for a pleasant palate cleanser after the intense and format challenging episode that preceded it. While it didn’t have the big ideas that Listen threw at the viewers, it gave us plenty to enjoy. For a start as the name indicates this…


  3. Doctor Who - Time Heist Poster

    This weeks episode of Doctor Who is called Time Heist and once again The Radio Times has produced a downloadable poster for it.

    I love the retro vibe I get from this one.


    #DoctorWho   #TimeHeist


  4. Google Maps Views

    Okay that’s new and rather cool.

    For a start it’s further incentive to post photos publicly on G+.

    Previously I’ve been able to get some of my photos on Google Maps via Panoramio. I’m not sure if this is totally separate to that or an overlapping service.

    #GooglePlus   #GoogleViews


  5. Well apart for the bit where it shared it privately the plugin to autopost from Wordpress worked okay I guess.

    ▼ Reshared Post From Eoghann Irving ▼

    So here’s some really cool artwork by artist JP Valderrama which he calls Locked In. On the surface it looks as though Boba Fett has this Predator in his sights. But then you remember that Boba Fett can’t shoot much better than a StormTrooper and is in…


  6. Powers - First Cast Photo

    So while the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Power comic for FX died, it is still being adapted. Just for the PlayStation Network. Which means I’m not at all clear when if ever I may get to see it.

    Still I’m somewhat curious and they’ve released the first photo showing us Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim as played in the tv show by Sharlto Copley and Susan Hayward.

    Okay, really not quite what I was expecting. Still from what little I’ve seen of Copley he’s a capable actor and I really can’t judge much of anything off one photo.

    For those who aren’t familiar Powers is a noir tinged police procedural comic series about an ex-superhero detective and his partner who investigate cases that may be the result of super powers.

    Not that it matters since I have no way of watching it anyway…

    #Powers   #BrianMichaelBendis


  7. Disney Word Art - Be Our Guest

    A clever portrait of Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast (one of my favorite Disney movies) constructed out of the words to the song Be Our Guest.


    #Disney   #BeautyAndTheBeast


  8. Firefly Fan Film - The Verse

    What’s that? You’re a Firefly fan? Then you should probably free up the 15 minutes it takes to watch this fan film.

    Admittedly the CGI won’t match up to tv standards and maybe a bit more shooting time would have given more polis, but it’s a good effort on a tiny budget.

    My only real criticism is that in hewing to the Firefly vibe they maybe stuck too close to the setup of the show rather than giving us a different view of the same universe. But I’m picky like that.

    #Firefly   #Serenity


  9. Tolkien Fan Art - The Death Of Boromir

    Some wonderfully expressive artwork by Peter Xavier Price inspired by The Lord Of The Rings. He’s going directly from the text here not the movies or any previous interpretations and I think he’s nailed most if not all of the details.

    'A mile, maybe, from Parth Galen in a little glade not far from the lake he found Boromir. He was sitting with his back to a great tree, as if he was resting. But Aragorn saw that he was pierced with many black-feathered arrows; his sword was still in his hand, but it was broken near the hilts; his horn cloven in two was at his side.'

    JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Book III, Chapter 1: The Departure of Boromir


    #TheLordOfTheRings   #Tolkien   #MiddleEarth   #Boromir


  10. Doctor Who Review: S08E04 - Listen

    Well that was rather brilliant.

    It’s a Moffat episode (through and through) so the online debates are following the tediously predictable path but this is a case where Moffat is playing to his strengths, not letting his ideas get away from him.

    Traditionally in Doctor Who the “time” aspect of the show has been limited to getting the Doctor to wherever he needed to be for the story to happen. That’s generally not how Moffat has approached things however. He is the person who coined Timey-Wimey after all. For a while this was refreshingly different. Then it became expected from him. And in some cases it just became overly confused.

    In Listen Moffat treads a fine line as we move backwards and forwards through time to tell the story. But in this case it’s relatively easy to follow and it makes an internal sense. There is in fact a lovely symmetry to the resolution we get here.

    Another thing that Moffat is terribly fond of (with good reason) is the notion of the monster we can’t see. What he has tapped into several times previously is the fact that the scariest thing in the world is the monster our brains imagine out of shadows. Thus we got the Weeping Angels, Vashta Nerada, Prisoner Zero and The Silence.
    The human brain is the ultimate pattern matcher. And when it can’t match something… it just makes it up. And the monsters that it makes up aren’t cool or cleverly designed. They’re just fucking terrifying.

    Listen is both a scary story exploring this again and a meta analysis of the concept. In the end… The Doctor scared himself. I’ve seen people complaining that we don’t get to find out if there really were monsters outside the ship or that we don’t get an explanation for who the thing under the blanket was in Rupert Pink’s bed. They’re wrong. We get explanations. We get multiple explanations. That’s the point. The uncertainty is what scares us. It’s what scares the Doctor. In some ways it’s maybe why he does what he does. How better to face fear than to go looking for it.

    It’s interesting to me that the 12th Doctor is perhaps the most pro-active Doctor we’ve ever had. Yes all the Doctors have been curious and prone to sticking their nose in where they didn’t belong. But here the Doctor essentially meditates on a problem and then goes to find the answer. Only the 7th Doctor has really shown any evidence of that sort of planning previously.

    Also of note is that once again Clara gets a lot of face time. She’s very much the agent of this story. Yes it’s the Doctor’s obsession that’s driving, but Clara is the one who actually gets things done. Her interactions both with a young Danny Pink and a young Doctor make for a nice bookend to the story.

    There’s also obviously a long game being played with Danny Pink. Clara is very carefully keeping him separate from the Doctor and yet the fact one of his descendents is the first human time traveller cannot be a coincidence. I’m very curious to see exactly where that is going.

    And because I can’t help myself, more praise for Peter Capaldi. His driven and manic Doctor in this episode was another captivating performance.

    While I find a lot of the criticism of Moffat to be overblown (and entirely too personal) there are some legitimate issues with his work in the last couple of seasons, not least of which is over-exposure to certain tropes.  That said, one should never forget that Moffat can absolutely nail Doctor Who when he’s on his game. Listen is the best episode of Season 8 (so far) and a top notch Doctor Who story.

    #DoctorWho   #PeterCapaldi   #12thDoctor   #DoctorWhoSeason8