DW Shroud of SorrowDuring series three of the BBC’s rebooted Doctor Who, writer Paul Cornell adapted his previously published novel, Human Nature, into a two-part episode that became a highlight of what was already an amazing series of an amazing show. After finishing Tommy Donbavand’s original Doctor Who novel, Shroud of Sorrow, I wanted them to do the same for this fast-paced and resonant story.

 

DW The Dalek GenerationThe Doctor has been on many adventures and seen many things, but never in all his days has he encountered a group of people who regard the Daleks as saviors and . . . nice. Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation takes the eleventh Doctor on a whole new adventure as he finds himself in a position where his wits and knowledge may not be enough to save a group of people from themselves.

 

It Is Known II“… pleasing folks like us – the uber-fans who know the books inside and out – is a monumental task in and of itself.  Changes (are) something viewers unfamiliar with the books will have no idea about. Casual readers of the books may not pick up on all these subtleties, either. We of the "uber" are another breed, though. Not only do we pick up on the changes, but we scrutinize them. We question them.

We evaluate them. We deconstruct them. Once in a blue moon, we might even approve of them. But, above all else, we always, always, always discuss them.”

 -Doug Cohen, Page 62


Marc Kleinhenz is back with his gang of Ice-and-Fireheads for another volume of deep and insightful commentary that will not only serve to enlighten their readers, but will also send the casual Game Of Thrones viewer scurrying to buy the books to see what else they are missing out on.

Following the same format as Volume I, this volume gathers together all of his reviews of the second season of HBO’s monumental series and places it in context within the scope of George R.R. Martin’s original source material.

 

Modesty BlaiseIt can be difficult for a comic strip character to catch on with readers, but when the right character does connect with the public, the opportunity for pop-culture legacy is almost guaranteed. Modesty Blaise, the strong, beautiful, and resourceful heroine of her own British comic strip is a prime example. While the character may have been created by writer Peter O'Donnell and artist Jim Holdaway in 1963, just last month Titan Books released their 23rd Modesty Blaise collected volume, Modesty Blaise: The Girl in the Iron Mask. After 38 years in the papers, Modesty Blaise is still going strong in Titan Books’ beautiful reprints, and Modesty Blaise: The Girl in the Iron Mask is sure to thrill those who have a special place in their hearts for this talented British dame!

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Star Wars ScoundrelsProbably the most influential author for me personally within the Star Wars realm is Timothy Zahn, the man whose novels helped to give life to the “Extended Universe” that has made fans all over the world both happy and annoyed with some of the subject choices.  I won’t say that he is the best writer alive, but he certainly is one of the most detailed and enthralling within the fandom of Star Wars.  I’m always excited to read a new work of his when it comes out, so I was giddy when I heard about his latest, Scoundrels, taking a look at some of the seedier goings-on within the galactic underworld.  It stylized itself as being an “Ocean’s 11 type of situation,” and while I agree that it does have a similar feel to a point, there is a lot that differs from Frank Sinatra’s or George Clooney’s portrayal of the thieving mastermind.  I cannot wait to see what else he plans to write . . . just so long as it is good.

SPOILERS BELOW

 

Enders WorldHave you ever been so engrossed by a book, TV show, or movie that its ending leaves you craving more?  Does the idea of delving deeper into the world of your most beloved stories and characters through thought-provoking discussion and analysis make your Spidey-sense tingle?  Thankfully, the creative team behind Smart Pop Books, the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books, craves the exploration of pop culture as much as we do, as is evidenced by their latest anthology of essays focusing on one of geekdom’s most popular science fiction novels, Ender’s Game.  In Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game, fans of the Orson Scott Card classic will have the chance to return to the world of Ender Wiggin in advance of the major motion picture adaptation later this year.

 

LoogieLoogie the Booger Genie is a new children’s book written by N.E. Castle with illustrations throughout by Bret Herholz. This book was a delightful, funny read about a young man who discovers a troublemaking genie. It delivers a wonderful mix of hilarious humor, awesome alliteration, and precocious pranks. Look, it even has me alliterating!

 

Babylon COnfidentialFans of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 TV series are sure to be familiar with the brave, tough, and fierce Commander Susan Ivanova, but many may not know of the personal strength and amazing life led by Claudia Christian, the actress who portrayed the beloved character. With the release of her new book, Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, & Addiction, Christian invites her fans to take a fascinating, shocking, intimate, and ultimately inspiring look into the epic journey she’s led off-screen in between her epic adventures on-screen.

 

Seduction of the InnocentFor me and my fellow comic book sniffers out there, the title Seduction of the Innocent is usually greeted with fear, anger, or laughter due to its attachment to the controversial 1954 propaganda novel by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham that labeled comic books the cause of juvenile delinquency in American youth. Well, now we can greet Seduction of the Innocent with excitement and eagerness, because it’s also the title of a new Hard Case Crime novel from the bestselling author of Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins! With Seduction of the Innocent, Collins proves, once again, that he’s a master of crime noir, even when the dirty deed is buried in the paranoia of the comic book witch hunt of the 1950s!



MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

Being EmilyI first picked up Being Emily because I was told it was a Young Adult novel featuring a trans* character who found an escape through playing video games, specifically World of Warcraft (WoW). That statement was not entirely accurate. WoW is featured in the book, but it's hardly what I would call a focus; however, this book does lead into a couple of things I figured I could take about. Bear with me, this article is going to be less nerdy than most, as I dive into a discussion about Being Emily, Trans* Young Adult fiction, and the value of escapism in games.

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