You’ve probably heard that Agent Coulson will be starring in the S.H.E.I.L.D TV show helmed by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon. This was troubling news to me. Don’t get me wrong I love Phil as much as the next guy – his death was among the most emotional moments in Avengers.
Upon hearing the news I immediately asked the question any rational person would ask, why is Coulson alive?
The way in which they decide to treat Agent Coulson’s return will ultimate decide for better or worse the fate of the entire franchise Marvel has tried and succeeded at building over the past 6 years.
I recently got a Kindle, and due to my being very poor, I have been trying to get as many free (but good) books as I possibly can. The ones I most recommend are listed below.
The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
This was the first book I got, and it is fantastic. Known by most for being the first book to put forward the idea of time travel as we know it today, it is regarded by as a Sci-fi classic. It tells the story of a man (just called the time traveller) who goes to the distant future where the world is entirely different. This book uses some very unique narrarating techniques, and at roughly 100 pages, it’s not a huge task to read it.
Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
Now I’m sure most of you recognize this from the awful Brendan Frazier movie adaptation, but don’t let any negative feelings about that stop you. It’s an interesting story about people going to the center of the earth, and having some wacky sci-fi adventures. Also it’s Jules Verne so you can’t really go wrong.
2 B R 0 2 B – Kurt Vonnegut
All though this is the shortest story on this list, I still have to recommend it. Kurt Vonnegut is probably on the top of my list of “authors I want to check out” and this is what brought him to that list. Similar to Harrison Bergeron, it’s a dystopian story that takes place in the future where old age, disease, and population control have been conquered.
The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka (Only iBook store)
This book is rather short, but I definitely think it is interesting enough to read. It is about a salesman who wakes up as a human sized cockroach and has to deal with it. On the Kindle store and Nook store it’s about 99 cents, but I would still recommend you get it.
The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells
The second book by H. G. Wells on this list is a story of a scientist who turns himself invisible, but cannot turn himself back. Something interesting about many of these novels is that they are simply a “what if” scenario, and then the characters dealing with the situation. H. G. Wells is a great author, and this is another great read.
So there you go. If you know of any good free books out there please comment below!
I’m not the biggest firefly fan out there certainly however I have seen it all, and read all of the comics(I think). With that said I do love firefly and I was very exited to see what the 10th anniversary panel at SDCC was going to be. It did not disappoint, but your lives our busy, I know that. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the best moments funny or insightful. Without further ado:
The entire cast was there, excluding Gina Tores, Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, and Morena Baccarin unfortunately. Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, and Jose Molina were there representing the creators and writers.
How did the idea form?
Firefly began in Joss’ mind as a piece of sci-fi that would feel real, like a piece of history. He wanted to tell a immigration story, but couldn’t do it without spaceships.
Comic con maybe long over, but I’m just now getting around to watching some of the panels that I wanted to see(I was out of town during, and I’m really behind on everything). Add to that, that I’ve now seen seasons 1-4 of Fringe and I’m pretty exited about their last season.
This panel was fun to watch, though if you’re pressed for time I’ll tell you the highlights so that you aren’t missing out. I’ll try too keep spoilers to a minimum so if you haven’t seen season 4 yet don’t worry. But you should watch it.
1. The biggest lesson is “to come”
This is not only a hilarious moment, but is also a tease for this season. Watch how Lance Reddick is shaking his head no at the audience.
This is a good a time as any to mention that everyone in the cast(besides Blair Brown who couldn’t make it) clearly wanted to be there, and were having fun with it. Also Anna Torv’s real accent is really hot.
If there’s one thing I’d say about this season of Fringe is that it takes risks. They aren’t afraid to throw away character and plot development that has been building for seasons. They aren’t afraid to change the focus of the show. Now these changes aren’t necessarily good. I’ll break down my thoughts, and let you know when spoilers enter into the picture.
I have now read the book, and it’s pretty good. I never expected to like The Hunger Games as much as I did just because my thought process was that any book super popular with teens couldn’t be that great.
That said it is not without problems. I’ll be popping SPOILERS and references to the film adaptation so if you don’t want to be spoiled go read/watch it.
The first thing that hit me as I read the book was that it is told in present tense which is an odd choice in my opinion. Especially since there are some sentences where it seems to forget that it’s a present tense book. It’s also told in the first person which works well because it allows the reader to see Katniss’ thought process which is something that I felt was missing from the movie. In my opinion the book tells a better story than the movie tells, but I also think the movie does what it sets out to do and does it wonderfully. In fact we do get some extra story in the movie with the Gamemaker and the President having larger roles.
I was sent the 30th anniversary edition with a new afterword and a new time-line of events written by fans of Farmer’s work. The book is newly available from Titan Books for 9.95.
It is 208 pages in length.
This book is part of a larger body of work known as the Wold Newton Universe which is Farmer’s way of containing all of the British fantastical heroes like Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage in one universe. You don’t need to know that to understand the novel as there is nothing intrinsically Wold Newton about it, in fact the connection was only hinted at until the revised edition told how the book is connected.
This article I’m focusing on the grander idea’s and themes that are present in season 3 of Fringe. If you’re more interested in my thoughts on the plot and some episode discussion check out the previous post. Also Spoilers.
So on the alternate universe:
Aside from the obvious and head-scratching blimps and bronze statue of liberty there are smaller pretty cool changes. First of all Fringe is not a nobody branch of the FBI that struggles for funding, no quite the opposite; everyone knows what Fringe is and the implications are for their visit.
That is the amber.
The third season of Fringe is easily the best of the series so far. It moves beyond simply being a good TV show to being a great piece of science fiction. What I mean is that despite the previous seasons sci-fi elements I wouldn’t call it good sci-fi because these same elements could be switched out with regular CSI fare or whatever. There wasn’t much intrinsically science fiction about the series at its core until late season 2.
Now let’s hit the other piece of my title; it’s flawed, pretty seriously flawed but it’s pretty easy to overlook the flaws as the greater drama and ideas are pretty dang awesome.
The Second Season of Fringe opens up really smartly. It follows up the previous season’s finale directly while still not giving you all the answers about what happened due to that finale. The show felt immediately refreshed upon this episode after not being so keen on some of what the first season had to offer. The episode opens up a whole new range of possibilities and teases at even more. But that’s also a problem. I noticed that Mr. Abrams himself was a co-writer on this episode and while that was undoubtedly a good thing I also believe that since Abrams knew he wouldn’t have to clean up the “mess” he made he could just tease a whole bunch of weird crap that the writers would have to explain, or as the case rests just never mentioned again.