Despite the title of this post, I'm still not dead. I am, however, working quite a bit and I have been able to read quite a bit in my job. As such, here's a book review I just wrote on Goodreads for a superhero noir book by the fabulous Michael A. Stackpole:
In Hero Years... I"m Dead by Michael A. Stackpole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I wish this was the first book of a series. Stackpole builds such a vivid world and such intriguing characters that I cannot help but want to spend more time with them and explore them further. Don't take this to mean that the book's conclusion is unsatisfying in any way, though, or that the characters are not fleshed out; both the male and female superheroes (of which there are many) develop over the course of the story and Stackpole works the surreal plot and character twists superhero comics fantastically into his very human story of a man trying to find meaning after losing twenty years. If you like superheroes or are in anyway intrigued by the concept of them, or if you enjoyed Stackpole's books I, Jedi or Once a Hero you should check out this book.
Now, if only he wrote a sequel about Vixen...
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Hello there, Internet. It's been a while.
Since we last spoke, I had surgery, discovered that I did not have a nasty, life-changing disease, moved to another country while still recovering from aforementioned surgery, began graduate school, and discovered the joys of David Weber's Honor Harrington books. Oh, and a universe was destroyed and remade, but we'll save that discussion for another time when I can discuss it more fully.
Anyway, as it is not yet February, a quick post about some of my personal favorites of the year 2011 seems appropriate. Let us begin!
- Favorite Album of 2011: Something Fierce by Marian Call. (Available for listening and purchase here). I love this album. I really, really do. Marian Call is an Anchorage based singer/songwriter (which may or may not make me biased) with a folk/ blues style. This album flows very well and has a variety of sort of song in it. Some of my favorite songs from it: "Coffee by Numbers," "E.S.B," "Dear Mister Darcy," and "Anchorage." And let me add, this was a year in which both Kamelot and Nightwish came out with great new albums. Two of my favorite bands. And this one was my favorite.
- Favorite Book of 2011: Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.
- Favorite Superhero Film of 2011: Captain America: The First Avenger. Like good books and good albums, several good superhero movies came out last year. My runner-up is probably Thor, but Cap, silly scenes included, was my personal favorite. Chris Evans did an amazing job and this was a really well made movie.
- Favorite Video Game of 2011: Portal 2. Portal was an amazing puzzle game with an unexpectedly dark plot and background and this sequel is a great follow up. While Aperture Science's benign facade is gone from the very beginning of this game, there are still secrets to uncover and witty robots to face. And a great ending.
- Favorite Anime of 2011: My Ordinary Life
Super-geniuses drink milk!
That's all for now! Have some favorites of your own to share? Feel free to leave a comment!