Before Martin. Before Tolkien. Before Shakespeare, fer cryin’ out loud, there was Beowulf.
In January, the Esquire Network…wait, that’s a real thing? never mind…will air a new mini-series based on the epic poem. See the official trailer after the cut.
Continue reading Trailer Time: Beowulf
Last week, Ryan posted a spoiler-free review of Ernest Cline’s second novel, Armada. Now, Ryan is on-record of being a big fan of Cline’s first novel, Ready Player One. Seriously, you don’t have to go beyond the first paragraph of that linked review to see it’s either his favorite or second favorite book depending on his mood. Now me, I enjoyed Ready Player One for the most part, but not being as enamored with the 80s as the author appeared to be, it didn’t do as much for me as it did for Ryan and the other podcaster types. Besides, I hate nostalgia.
I have since finished Armada myself and we here at Gabbing Geek are not above having multiple reviews of the same thing by different writers.
So, here’s my review for Armada. SPOILERS after the cut.
Continue reading Geek Lit: Ernest Cline’s Armada (With SPOILERS)
Jeff Smith’s Bone series has often been described as a cross between the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Disney Duck comics artist Carl Barks. That is an incredibly accurate description. What starts off as a fairly silly, cartoon-y series about a trio of cousins, “Bones” from Boneville, gradually turns more serious and more mystical as it goes along, keeping the light-hearted characterization, but really going somewhere as the mythology of the series is gradually revealed. What seems mostly comical often had a more serious undercoating, and Smith layers it in very well with his vivid characters and drawings that went from the cartoonishly simple to the detailed landscape.
Continue reading Bone Read-Along #1: Out From Boneville