Some would argue that Mr. Martin takes the whole 'leave no good deed unpunished and no bad deed unrewarded' bit a smidge too far.

I am. I mean, don't get me wrong. . . the whole 'arrow-proof everybody with a name' bit DOES get old after a while, but there's a really big middle ground here and the Game of…

» 11/27/14 8:48pm Yesterday 8:48pm

You'll notice I haven't included DC in this - as much as it's the popular thing to savage Man of Steel, it was by no means a failure with the general public. It's the closest any studio has got to so far in terms of building a solid base to a universe that isn't Marvel - even if us nerdy fans like to poke at its…

» 11/24/14 8:16pm Monday 8:16pm

The 5th century? That would place the dish's burial in the Kofun period, which is incredibly interesting since we know very little about what Japanese society was like at that time (written records don't appear until the Nara period, a couple centuries later). From what little we do know it seems Japan was still… » 11/24/14 5:04pm Monday 5:04pm

Technically, apostrophes are actually used by some real languages to denote a glottal stop, like Hawaiian (e.g. Hawai'i) or the Mayan languages (e.g. Maaya t'aan). However, it's very likely few sci-fi or fantasy writers are actually aware of what the apostrophe means in these cases and are just using it because it… » 11/24/14 1:51am Monday 1:51am

IIRC, Orson Scott Card noted the danger of this in his book How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy (actually my first exposure to him). He noted that authors can become pigeonholed by their first big success, from getting stuck in a genre to even getting stuck in a particular series. » 11/20/14 5:31pm 11/20/14 5:31pm

As someone who grew up in the era of CGI blockbusters I don't agree. Don't get me wrong; CGI can be used blandly and unimaginatively and I do like it when films use practical effects too. But I honestly think the anti-CGI sentiment is mostly just older critics grumbling that things were better when they were young. » 11/20/14 10:46am 11/20/14 10:46am

Kaiju Marathon XII: Kaijū-tō no Kessen Gojira no Musuko

He's ravaged Tokyo. He's challenged the Eighth Wonder of the World, slain a lepidopteran goddess, and driven from Earth a planet-destroying demon. What's left for the King of Monsters? How about raising a child? That's right: in his eighth feature Godzilla becomes a father. And while the results are somewhat mixed,… » 11/20/14 2:53am 11/20/14 2:53am

My brother and I joked about this when we were watching Gargantuas. Remarkably it works pretty well, considering the giant Frankenstein's monsters reproduce by shedding flesh and are otherwise pretty invulnerable (while the Titans' reproduction system is completely unknown) and both seem to have a taste for human… » 11/19/14 6:08pm 11/19/14 6:08pm

Marvel Unlimited is a ridiculously good deal. 1000s of comics for a relatively cheap monthly subscription. Sure, it doesn't include the newest stuff, but if you're interested in checking out some of the classic runs or old stories like I am it's a no-brainer. » 11/19/14 8:23pm 11/19/14 8:23pm

I'm not sure sociopath is the right word to describe Ward. He's definitely dangerous, emotionally unstable, and pretty creepy in his level of obsession with Skye. But "sociopathic" suggests he is incapable of feeling empathy and the level of guilt he evidently feels over what happened at the well (as well as his… » 11/19/14 7:06pm 11/19/14 7:06pm

Kaiju Marathon XI: Gojira, Ebira, Mosura: Nankai no Daikettō

Whenever a franchise changes hands, there's always some concern within its fandom. Just look at the continuous fuss over whether RTD's or Moffat's approach to Doctor Who is better. Or whether Star Trek fans prefer Roddenberry, Meyer, or Abrams. The Godzilla fandom is no different. Fans have and do fight over whose… » 11/13/14 3:35pm 11/13/14 3:35pm