Saturday, June 14, 2008

BSG: 410 Revelations

"All of this has happened before-"
"But it doesn't have to happen again."

Wow! If you haven't already guessed, this is SPOILER TERRITORY to beware!

First off, we have some stunning acting by, well, everyone. Secondly, there was so much plot and story there that it almost felt like I had just watched two episodes, at least. The parts with Saul Tigh waiting to be flushed out the airlock and yelling at Lee Adama to get the balls to push the button really cemented his character. Vulgar, proud, and always ready to do his duty. The reaction by Admiral Adama after Saul's revelation, just as priceless.

Although the "Run Starbuck, Run!" sequence seemed a bit forced to me, they've got telephones for a reason dammit!

Beautiful shots of everyone, the couples with their cylon hybrid children(still a loose plot end in my opinion), and it's amazing how much they squeezed in with only an hours worth of screen time. Also, poor Gaeta, at least Dee is being nice to him. But this is not the time for me to go into a Gaeta/Dee OTP rant, so lets move on.

As for the end, I think my friend said it best. "MY HEAD IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE!" (check out her nonfiction writing by the way over at hubpages by the way) My personal opinion on their touchdown site is New York, anyone else have any ideas? Since the skyline isn't exactly, uhm...helpful. Anyways, I think it's a well deserved WHAT THE FRAK moment, but in a good way.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Myth Hunters

The first in the Veil series by Christopher Golden, the Myth Hunters evokes images of Gaiman's American Gods or
China Mieville's King Rat, with fantastic myths and legends living in a mirrored world of fantasy. The book follows some pretty classic fantasy tropes with the reluctant and somewhat bewildered hero thrust into a land of gods and fantasy. But these aren't always the myths we remember, more often than not they're the ones that originated in the bloody past, primeval things, uncaring for mortal lives.

The protagonist, Oliver Bascombe, is torn from his everyday life by a near death Jack Frost. Accompanied by Frost and the enigmatic and exotic Kitsune, they set out to find what has been targeting the Borderkind, those personifications of myth that can cross freely between the worlds. While on the other side of the veil, his sister and fiancee search desperately for him. Once the Sandman is freed however, the ante is upped, with his sister imprisoned in a dungeon of sand and his fiancee and a detective on the trail of a serial killer with a disturbing pattern.

Anyways, that's enough of an overview without revealing too much of the plot. First off, the writing is excellent, pulling one into the scenes and portraying the characters in a very believable manner. Which is quite a difficult thing to do indeed when one is encountering mad gods and legends. The only trouble I had with the novel was that there was a definite change in tone as the story switched between the various characters. So while at some points it felt almost like fantasy, other portions could be horror or mystery themed. However, I found the effect worked out in the end, as the separate plot threads weaved their way closer together. Overall, an excellent work, with good pacing and wonderful characters. If you have a taste for the myth as reality genre then this is a book for you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Power of Good Dialog

Often Inspired is hosting a short story competition. The Power of Good Dialog.
From the rules
"Register in the forum.

You have to write at least a thousand words of dialog - and have a beginning, middle, and an end.

You're allowed a title, and a byline. The rest has to be dialog only."

Anyways, check it out, if there are enough people participating the winning entry gets a cash prize. Further rules are there on the forum, so go, go and write!