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So, the pilot episode came out yesterday, and I was only able to watch it today. Did anyone else watch it? I wrote a little review on it at my blog. So, if you're curious about it, check that link out.

If you did watch it, what did you think about it? Very curious to know what other people think.

Spoiler for Hiden:

The deaths of over a hundred and fifty prisoners in the Northson County Jail due to a fire of unknown causes is not very worrisome for most of the townspeople of Northson, but for Sheriff Gordon Matthews, it was tragic. His younger brother was in that blaze. Drowning his sorrows with alcohol, he is on the verge of committing suicide when his Deputy went on an inexplicable rampage and tried to kill him.

The Sheriff who, just moments before had a death wish, found himself fighting fiercely for his life. Now he also has to figure out what caused his Deputy to suddenly attack him, and what else was out there. He could feel the choking presence of evil and its impending horrors. No clue other than the eerie sounds of music playing on radios that have gone dead.

So, I know I've been gone awhile, and this is why. I've devoted all my attention to getting this story published, and I succeeded! You can read it for free (including future chapters), and if you end up liking it, it would mean a lot to me if you took the time to vote for it here.


Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Chew
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:29:21 PM »
I've recently started reading this series because it's been recommended to me twice already. I was a bit hesitant about the premise, but it really is quite good. Funny, thoughtful, and has just the right amount of macabre investigations to be a real page turner. Only on issue 2 so far, so was curious if anyone else was reading this.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Classic Movies
« on: February 27, 2013, 05:37:01 PM »
Well. I've recently been trying to watch those classic movies since I haven't been able to get a new book to read. And I'm not in the mood to read one either. So, I've been trying to watch a few supposedly classic movies in that spare time. So far, I have watched:

Citizen Kane
The Third Man
The Sting
Sunset Blvd.
Singin' in the Rain
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Strangers on a Train

Any recommendations? You could make your own list of what movies you think are classic, and we could take turns watching each other's list. My list was made from reading reviews written by Roger Ebert.

I'm thinking of watching more Hitchcock movies, but he made over 50 movies in his lifetime, and I don't want to start watching his worst movies first.

And the reason why this doesn't tie in with Favorite Movies is they don't necessarily mean they're the best.

Oh, here's my list of what I think are classic movies that I made after watching the movies.

Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Jurassic Park (I & II)
Saving Private Ryan
Black Hawk Down
Silence of the Lambs
Django Unchained
The Man With No Name Trilogy
Fight Club
Godfather (I & II)
Star Wars Saga
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
King's Speech
Catch Me If You Can
The Terminal

As you can see, I'm a big fan of Spielberg.

You up for watching all of the movies on the list I made myself?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What Fantasy Books Haven't you Finished?
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:38:15 PM »
Well, I recently said something like I can easily drop a book if I don't care for the beginning. But I also know a lot who've stuck it out (even if the book, for them, is terrible), and then there are those that have just ONE book they just couldn't finish. The book doesn't necessarily have to be bad - there are plenty of reasons why you couldn't have finished it. You could have lost the copy, and your budget is too tight right now. Etc.

Let me list mine.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. Started it. Loved the writing, but it was too... much? I'm not one for those ultra-slow builds, and I really did have to reach for a dictionary often. I thought the concept was awesome, but in the end, I couldn't make it past page 100, I think.

Sharps by K.J. Parker. I actually liked the beginning of this book. The concept was pretty cool, and I liked the characters. But, once they reached the fencing tournament, things got a little confusing. Probably because this isn't necessarily the first book set in the world. It isn't a bad book, but I just got too confused near the middle.

A Shadow In Summer. I picked this book because of the cover. It reminded me of the Night Angel Trilogy, and I loved that. I have to say, the beginning didn't sit well with me. I like Japanese-esque worlds (fan of mangas), but it just didn't click. Stopped it at page.. Hundred and fifty. May try it again someday when I've got the time.

(Basically, all of Pornokitsch's favorite books - I couldn't finish them.  ;D )

Ender's Game. Didn't click with me. Writing wasn't awful, but I just couldn't seem to muster the strength to read it.

Neverwhere. I actually lost my copy. It was good, but I'm too cheap to get a new one.

American Gods. This tale's more complicated. For me, American Gods is one of those books where... you have to be in the right mood. And since I've gotten it, I haven't been in the correct mood for it. I got to the first hundred pages, but haven't felt like continuing it. Not bad by any means, but I just don't feel like it, at the moment.

The Novice by Trudi Canavan. This is actually an interesting story. I think I was 9 (so this was five years ago) and my sister dared me to read Magician's Guild. So, I read it. SHOWED HER UP. I was... okay with it. I didn't care much for reading in general, so it probably wasn't all that bad. I just didn't like the idea of reading. Read the Novice, and I got stuck on the chapters of this one character... Who was basically just going to a different country for a huge library. Yeah, so I dropped that. May give it another try in the future.

Uh... I can't think of any more, though I'm sure there are loads more. For now, those are the books I couldn't finish. How about you people?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Best Fantasy Cover Art
« on: January 31, 2013, 03:29:27 PM »
I don't really think this will be as funny as the Worst Cover Art topic, but I am curious to know if there are some really good covers out there.

The above is my contribution. Something about that cover is just super awesome.  8)

I'm also not sure if there's already a topic for this. If so, Hound will most likely thread bump it (since he seems to know where all the dirty topics are hidden), and this will have just served as a reminder.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Director of the new Star Wars
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:33:42 PM »
Has anyone heard that J.J. Abrams will be directing the new Star Wars movie? I remember that he declined it a few months ago, but apparently, he's decided to take it up.

What does everyone think of this? I mean, I know he only "reportedly" agreed to be the director, but just in case... How do you gals and guys ( See what I did there?  ;) ) feel about this?

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Favorite Marvel characters
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:03:55 AM »
I saw the "Favorite DC character" thread and immediately sifted through the topics for one about Marvel characters. I was surprised to see there wasn't already an existing thread about it.

Personally, mine's a three-way tie between X-23, Gambit, and Deadpool. I'd normally choose Nightcrawler, if not for the reasons posted in the spoiler.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Nightcrawler would win, but he died saving Hope. Still sad about that.

Well. I saw the "How many books" of 2012, and since that's already coming to a close, I was wondering if there was a topic about 2013 already. I plan on reading 50 since that's how many books I have in my TBR pile.

How about you other folks? Not sure if there's another topic already dedicated to 2013, but I couldn't find it. At first glance, that is.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Favorite Subgenre Author
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:33:08 PM »
It's probably too hard to pin down your favorite author of all, so I'm curious what your favorite author for a specific sub genre is.

Classic Fantasy:

Well. I know the automated response to this, but I've been surprised before, so I'll include that in. I have none since I've yet to read enough classic fantasy to actually say for sure who is my favorite. (Btw, Classic Fantasy is stuff that dates back 50 or so years.)

Gritty Fantasy:


Epic Fantasy:

Brandon Sanderson. Brent Weeks barely lost in this competition, but he would have won if he had more content and material out. As it is, he only has five books out, whereas Sanderson has... A lot.  ;D

Weird Fantasy:

I haven't really red any weird fantasy, but I think The Big Over Easy classifies as sort of weird. In that case, Jasper Fforde takes the cake on this one.

Urban Fantasy:

Tad Williams. With The Dirty Streets of Heaven, this was a no-brainer for me. Those are the main sub genres I can think of at the moment, but if you've thought of any I missed, please enlighten me so I can add in my favorite author to that one.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Ebooks over Paperbacks
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:29:52 AM »
I'm curious what everyone thinks about paperbacks and eBooks. I know most of you lean toward paperbacks, and I do too, but in terms of practicality, I'd have to give it to eBooks.

I can read in the evening without using a lamp, I don't need bookmarks, I can never really lose the eBook (unless I lose both my computer and Kindle and my sister's iPad), and depending on when I buy them, they can be really cheap.

However, if I were to just make a poll out of this, paperbacks would win hands down, so I want to hear the merits of each from all of you fine people... And Shep... ( Just kidding, of course -  ;) ) since I'm curious about the thoughts of others on these two ways of reading.

General Discussion / Batman or Holmes?
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:56:05 AM »
Not sure if this is the right topic, but I'm sure it'll be moved if it doesn't belong here.


I gotta ask people. Who’s the better detective? Batman or Holmes?

And whether or not one or the other can beat the likes of Solomon Grundy (born on a Monday) does not apply to his detective skills.

And no use of any conveniently named computers, either. : )

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Politics in Fantasy
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:39:08 PM »
How do you like them? If they're done well, they can be pretty interesting. An example would be the political backstabbing of Wolfblade. The protagonist (Marla) starts out rather naive, but ends up controlling the entire country from the shadows. It's some really great stuff. But there are times when politics can be so, so dull so I wanted to hear what other people thought about it in fantasy.

And I had the idea for this topic cause I'm watching Political Animals right now with Sigourney Weaver, and I'm loving it. So, what do you think?

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Orson Scott Card question
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:43:22 PM »
I've been meaning to read him for awhile now. But I've been rather hesitant because Ender's Game (the book he's most well known for) is sometimes labeled as YA. So I wanted to hear what others thought. And I have no issue with YA, but I'm not in the mood for something so... Clean, as of yet.  ???

Anyways. Hope to hear back from you guys. Thanks.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / American Sherlock
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:01:04 PM »
Well. Sherlock is still British, but Americans have put their own twist to it by making Watson female. And Chinese. And Lucy Liu.

I watched the pilot, and I didn't really enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Sherlock (UK). Oh, and American Sherlock version is called Elementary.

Anyways. I wanted to know what others think and if they have seen it.

IMDB page:

Place to watch it:

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