Terminator Genisys – Some plot details revealed.

http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/10/29/this-weeks-cover-first-look-at-terminator-genisys/

All I can says is, way to f&$k it up Taylor, good job.

fuck-this-shit-im-out-1I can appreciate that you want to re-brand and restart the franchise, similar to what has been done with Batman and Superman, but you don’t mess with the fundamentals. Would you make Bruce Wayne’s father the original Batman or Superman just a super-powered human?

Have we learned nothing from examples like Planet of the Ape (both of them) or Conan the Barbarian.  “Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.”

From the article.

Twist No. 1? Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

“Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen,” says Ellison. “But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – Out Today – Yes, Please!

For those who are not aware of Patrick Rothfuss, please come out from under your rock and give yourself the pleasure of reading his works, Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear and released today, The Slow Regard of Silent Things.

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It will be a little bit before I can set a side some funds to snag myself a copy but when I do, hello sailor.

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Marvel Kills of Wolverine – R.I.P Logan

I think I’m a little behind the eight ball here but I can not believe Marvel has killed off the character Wolverine.  I am not a graphic novel reader, put a fan of the cartoon Wolverine from an early age.  I will be the first to admit I do not know what the angry hero has been doing in print recently, but as one of the main characters in X-Men TV shows and Movies in recent years I’m somewhat taken aback. I guess all things change eventually, but lets hope a Wolverine from a parallel Earth, in purple spandex instead of yellow makes an appearance somewhere down the line.

We all wanted to be one X-Men growing up and I wanted to be Wolverine, so R.I.P Logan.

http://marvel.com/news/comics/22856/exclusive_from_death_of_wolverine_comes_the_logan_legacy

Doctor Who – Already thinking who’s next after Capaldi?

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For the most part I am enjoying the latest actor, Peter Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor, put I am struggling to grasp the effectiveness of his Doctor personality.  The biggest hurdle I think is Clara, a character who takes on an equal footing in story and presence, and so I feel is shadowing Capadi.  Don’t get me wrong, Clara is needed, but Capaldi’s Doctor does not shine because of it.

Looking back, I had a few issues with each transition from the old Doctor to the new  Doctor but usually got on board after the first 3-5 episodes.  Having watched the current 10 offerings I am already thinking who can be next?  This version of Doctor is darker and angrier which I think is good, hints of which we have seen in Tenants Doctor also.  He takes a slower approach to problems and doesn’t have the energy as Smitt’s Doctor.  This in itself is not an issue as I don’t really care if he is  running about off kilter and energetic, he just needs to be a larger than life character, small on the outside, big on the inside and blue, no wait not blue.  Take Eccleston, while not a great Doctor he came off the screen, when  you think of him you can see the cheesy grin spread across his face or the anger in his voice which confronting great evil.  Which one larger than life quality sticks out for Capaldi’s Doctor?  Do any?

If Capaldi is to be the darker more raw Doctor, a controller and manipulator much like McCoy when he was the Doctor, than let him be that.  Give him free rein to be the Cold hero, balancing the lives of people and worlds.  There is no reason why companions (such as Donna Noble) can not be his heart and  compassion when he needs it.   If Capaldi is to take a less central role then maybe it is time to consider a new Doctor. If we are considering new Doctors then yes I think it is time for a Ginger Time Lord (a Ginger Lord if I may), they have been going on about if for long enough.  I know some call for a female Doctor and while I have no issue with that idea I do not think it fits the character or shows theme.  If we want a female Time Lord we have Jenny, the Doctor’s clone-daughter.

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Poem – The final journey of a lost & weary traveller

I came up with this piece for a short story I am currently writing, and while a little dark I quite enjoyed the structure.

Sand and sea, night without day
Traveller beyond world’s light
Each path an echo, each sound a dream

Long my foot stood upon the path
Mind and soul, the man I have lost
Hand, eye and mark, I journey on

To the End I search
Reason without rule
Purpose without neglect

To die a release, to live a burden
One to walk unremembered and alone
A question to answer, a reply to weep

To the reach I march
Wonder, horror, pain and despair
Soon an end, unknown, dark and final

Book Review (Part 1) A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan Brandon Sanderson

I actually don’t think it’s possible to review this book objectively.  Yes, I can and will talk about its contents and words, but its story is so much more to its readers.  Its years of investment in Jordan’s universe, decades speculating about plot elements, character motives and twisted schemes.  This commitment is one of the main reasons why I have put off reading this final chapter in the series, as the good Doctor (David Tenant) said, “I don’t want to go”, well, I don’t want it to end.

After Robert Jordan passing, I like most other people were adrift in unanswered questions about the fate of the characters we love and the riddles Jordan has presented us.  In time we got our metaphorical life jacket when Brandon Sanderson took up the challenge of finishing the work.  I commend Brandon’s courage for taking up this mantel for two reasons. Firstly, what I have read so far in AMoL is true to Jordan’s vision and writing style. Secondly, because he would never be able to please everyone with the end product and would surely have known this going into the project.  Can you imagine the fan-hard’s reactions if the story didn’t live up to their expectations or some piece of the puzzle wasn’t explained to the degree they believe Jordan would have explained it?  We have this book and Towers of Midnight because Sanderson had the determination to see a cherished piece of fantasy writing finished and given the completion it deserved.

Ending a series cannot be easy for an author, especially if it’s not your own work, and I am immensely grateful that Jordan kept should great notes on the material he had already written, the ideas and twists that have occurred and what the story outcome he wished for.

To ensure I give this final instalment the due consideration, it deserves, I plan to review it in four parts, at approximately 1000 pages, I don’t want to leave anything out.

The Wheel of Time turns, and its Creator came and passes, leaving memories that become legend. Legends which will not fade or be forgotten in the Age that gave birth to them.  In one Age, called the Jordan Age by some, an Age long coming and long to pass, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist.  The wind was not the beginning.  There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time.  But it was a beginning.

Part 1

Fair Warning – There is no way to really review this book without spoilers, so SPOILERS!

It’s been a few years since I have read book Towers of Midnight and while prologue for AMoL was very good it didn’t bring me back to the story fully until I had nearly completed it.  I could easily put this down to myself, as I really should have reread the last book again to refresh my memory.  However, if I am nit picking I would have liked a recap of the previous book, but understand how do you recap a story this complex.

In the first few pages of the story we are introduced to individuals who are slowly coming to the realisation that the Final Battle is coming, that petty struggles for power and land in the grander scheme of things are meaningless.  It was a potent opening scene for the book and I don’t know why I felt this way, but I got the feeling this was an expression of Jordan’s passing, there is a sadness and loss that may (most likely not) have come from Sanderson’s subconscious.

Following this we are brought back to the characters, both main, but mostly secondary.  I enjoy the Prologue for what it was, a reintroduction of the story without going into the nitty-gritty of the plot.  You begin to get a feel of the world once more and a sense of what is befalling the peoples of the Wheel of Time. The best word I can use to describe the first quarter from my perspective is a ‘consolidation’.  We are presented with a marked change in Rand’s mood and actions, he is less hard and more supple. He has accepted his insanity and gained clarity, no longer fearing his own death, seeing it merely a price to pay. This acceptance of his death is needed at this point because everyone has an opinion if he dies or not. If Rand dies ** its been written this way from the start and everyone ahs been told, but if he doesn’t die, then everyone’s surprised and happy.

The first quarter also brings all the main characters together (except Mat) before going off to the Final Battle. I enjoyed this final get together, each character is playing their own role but its gives the feeling of completeness before the major losses that are sure to come.

We are finally brought to the trouble in the Black Tower, a somewhat neglected story element in my opinion to date.  Rand is still none the wiser about what is truly happening but we see what is occurring from a solid selection of secondary characters, each of which adding a new perspective to the story, which was enjoyable.  We tend to want to only see through the eyes of the characters we love at this point (Book Fourteen) and it was refreshing to have this new viewpoint.

We have a few minor but required realisations and plot twists along the way.  Rand finally going to aid Lan at the Gap, which was the first real battle scene and well written and a nice precursor for future battle plots but otherwise unimportant. Rand finally finding out he will be a father to Elayne and his babies, which if I’m being honest was a little flat but will surely have a bearing of the later story.  The biggest plot element was Moiraine finally comes face to face with Rand once more.  Her introduction is a balm on the high emotions and tensions that Rand and all the Rulers are under.  Unfortunately, while interesting, I found it a little dull.  I was hoping for more emotion and energy, but it felt more like a six out of ten on the revelation scale.

Stepping back and looking at the story from the perspective of the previous books I would like to have had more vitality and rawness, I can sense it in the words but feel it’s been held back.  I am hoping that this is intentional, the calm before the storm.  While a 1000 page story of constant go go go would be good in theory, in reading you need the waves, the peaks and troughs so you know the highs and the lows.

For this first section 8/10

** My personal perspective goes two ways, he should and will die, but is reborn again not long after  his death.  He will live but Min will die as she goes with him to Shayol Ghul.  His ‘blood on the rocks’ in prophecy is in reference to Min who is also beginning pregnant and the baby also dies. There is always a price to pay.

 

Labyrinth Sequel?? For the love of Hoggle!

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/labyrinth-sequel-rumors?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=-na&utm_term=tordotcom&utm_content=-na_readblog_BlogPost&utm_campaign=Tor.comMediaCoverage

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I think we are all aware of the lack of original ideas coming out of mainstream movie production studio’s in recent years, why won’t they stop destroying are childhood memories. Yes, I get they are trying to capitalise on generational memory and nostalgia that sequels (decades later) and remakes can bring, but come on, hasn’t recent flops like Superman Returns (2006), TMNT (2014), Planet of the Apes (2001), A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010), The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008), Clash Of The Titans (2010), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) – I could go on but I won’t – taught them anything. Now, one of the best is about to be butchered, The Labyrinth. I despair. I only hope that Bowie, says no to this if they come to him. Not even he can save this car crash waiting to happen.

Prediction: I put this out in to the world that on this date, Friday 17th Oct 2014, for the next classic to be destroyed will be, The Princess Bride.

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