Monday, July 21, 2008

Sluggish Summer Continues!

It's too bad my schedule wreaks havoc on the blog just as the summer sf blockbusters hit the theaters, but oh well. I'd just give Snuffles some cash and send him to review all those movies himself, of course, but he's not interested and I live in Utah where I can't send him out wthout a harness and an escort because of those previously discussed dracophobic laws we still have here. I might send Lucky, but, you know, she's a goldfish, and I might send Frederick the Unicorn, but he has said on more than one occasion, "I want nothing to do with your foolish Internet enterprise. Not now, not ever." Sheesh, I get the point.

Anyway, I have no idea, when I go back to the field tomorrow, if I will have Internet access for the following ten days. If I do, I'll post. If not, I won't.

Sometime in here, we're going to have a review of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. We have a special guest reviewer joining us for that, so the review may take a few days (as many as ten, depending on whether or not I'll have Internet access!). In the meantime, let me just say that I highly recommend it: it has wire-fu, Ron Perlman, lovesick monsters, wire-fu, surly backtalking elves, wire-fu, and Ron Perlman. It also corrects most of the dumb mistakes made in the first movie and brings the film universe closer to the comic book universe. Obdith yug jahood!

Also, I guess I better review Hancock, huh? Okay, okay, I will--it goes like this: some writer in Hollywood suddenly had the revelation that the word ass is hilarious and that people will laugh every time they hear it, even if it's already been used as a punchline half a dozen times previously in the movie. The writer is wrong. At least, I hope he's wrong. Then he turns around and does the second half of the movie like a bad TV drama.

We're also miserably behind on book reviews, which take longer than movie or comic book reviews, which is why we have fewer of them. We'll try to grind some of those out. In particular, I want to draw your attention to R. A. MacAvoy's debut novel, Tea with the Black Dragon, which may be the closest thing to a perfect novel I have ever read. Also, I intend to discuss John C. Wright's Orphans of Chaos, but probably only after I've read the rest of the series.

Also, today is the first day of this month's Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog Tour. Once again, I haven't read the feature novel (though that will change next month), which happens to be DragonLight, book 5 of Donita K. Paul's DragonKeeper series. It may very well be a great book, but BattleTech taught me to fear compound words with capital letters in the middle.
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