Friday, 13 June 2014

May Reading List–Readin’ and Junk

Reading List - May 2014This post took a lot longer to get around to than usual guys, and I know that this week has been quiet…It’s all been a little crazy on my end. We’ll see what I can’t get up and posted next week to make up for it.

  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote – Vintage, 2012 (originally Random House, 1966). 343p.
  • I shouldn’t need to comment on Capote’s True-Crime masterpiece because, honestly, there’s not a single damn thing that I could say that hasn’t. Spare and beautiful and tragic, I try to revisit In Cold Blood every few years. Like Neuromancer and The Big Sleep, this is one of the books that made me.

  • Empire State – Adam Christopher – Angry Robot, 2011. 448p.
  • Adam Christopher’s debut novel is pretty dang cool. It’s got a lot of big ideas that get thrown around—almost to the point of seeming overstuffed—but there’s a confidence to the writing that really makes you want to buy into everything that this guy is selling. I’ll definitely check out another of his in the future.

  • East of West, Volume 1: The Promise – Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta – Image Comics, 2013. 96p.
  • It’s a gigantic, beautifully illustrated alternate history sci-fi western where everyone is desperate to kick off the Biblical apocalypse except Death. Instead, he’s on an epic journey of revenge with a pair of shape-shifting American Indian star-crossed lovers and a freakishly tall, headless robot horse that shoots lasers out of the hole where it’s neck should be. Can I get a hell yeah?

  • East of West, Volume 2: We Are All One – Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta – Image Comics, 2014. 144p.
  • More of the same, if by “the same” you mean that everything is on fire and kicks ass all of the time.

    Okay, so it was a light reading month. What with the traveling and all, I didn’t even get In Cold Blood finished. June will probably be a little more interesting, as I try to get some other things under my belt before digging into the summer proper. Then? Then it’s paperback season.



    Tuesday, 10 June 2014

    Podcast Guest-Spot Extravachautauqua

    The first episode of my guest spot on the podcast Season Pass is now live HERE. Along with regular hosts Michael Keene and Michael Smallwood, I’m covering the entire nine episode run of Chris Carter’s failed 1999 cyberpunk/dystopian drama Harsh Realm. You should definitely listen to it if you like television, thinking too much about television, and talking too much about television!


    Season Pass is a recently formed podcast that offers jokes and in-depth commentary on failed television shows that either didn’t make it past their pilot, or their first season. It’s good stuff, if you’re into that sort of thing.



    Saturday, 7 June 2014

    Home Again, Home Again, You Know the Rest…

    Finally back in the office. The trip took longer than I had originally planned, but it was a good time and pretty productive. I’m looking forward to getting back to things, and you can expect regular posting to resume on Monday with May’s Reading List.

    Also, If you’re just coming to this site from finding a promo card at ConCarolinas, GeekOut, or any of the other places that I’ve left them in the last couple of weeks: Welcome! I’ll try to put together a little statement of intent for you all some time in the next few days.

    Until then, I’ll leave you with a photo that I took. I’m going to sleep now.