Current Reading Update 5/23/17

Wow, has that much time since my last post passed already? Clearly, my life is not moving into a state of relaxation over the summer. Anyway, I thought some people might be interested in discussing some of what I’ve been reading lately.

Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo  – Yes, a third Percy Jackson Camp Half-Blood series! This one features Percy a little less than the first two, but I’m still enjoying it. I love how Riordan has completely different interpretations of some of these mythological figures than I do without me seriously disliking any of his takes, and he definitely knows his stuff much more than Wikipedia does. One day I’ll find a book of Greek myths or take a class that will fill me in as much, but until then Riordan’s novels are one of the best sources I’ve found for Greek mythology. Book 3 (13?) comes out May of next year.

Miss Marvel: Generation Why and CrushedKamala has been on my “to read” list for ages and I picked up No Normal back at Geek.Kon 2016 (wow, has it been almost a year already?). I was browsing at Barnes & Noble while promising to myself that I would spend at most $20 and I picked up the Trials of Apollo novels, a book on learning Japanese, Doctor Who: Engines of War, and the second two Miss Marvel trade paperbacks. (It feels kind of odd that by the time the Carol Danvers Miss Marvel makes her way to the movie-viewing public, the current generation of nerds will have grown up on Kamala.) These entries lack the novelty of the first, which is pretty much what’s always going to happen, especially since this is a small-scale book. Kamala is a street-level hero with a very small entourage, so there’s not much in the way of new dynamics being explored with each issue. What’s most interesting here tends to be the way Kamala deals with her family, though hints of her upbringing are sprinkled elsewhere (such as her reaction to finding extremists in her fellow Inhumans). I do hope the stakes are raised a bit for book 4.

Harry Bates’ Farewell to the Master – I picked this one up in preparation for my class on Science Fiction and Film Adaptations and I’m looking forward to the discussion. I actually haven’t seen either version of The Day the Earth Stood Still and I’m going to make sure I’ve watched both this month if we don’t do so in class. It always stands out to me now how much calmer the pacing is in older Sci-Fi than writers are told we can get away with now (there’s one scene where Cliff notices four times that he forgot to take a photograph of the action; no editor in 2017 would let that pass). Still, I like the mysteries that the story posits, and the way it plays with assumptions in a way that could easily be translated into a modern-day racial parody. (If this doesn’t make sense to you, imagine Gnut as being a “black strongman” stereotype standing next to a white, bearded Klaatu.) The story doesn’t feel sufficiently detailed for a full movie adaptation, which tells me that the movies probably took some very interesting liberties that I look forward to seeing.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods – I’m finally getting around to starting this one, and I expect a great experience. I’m going to be starting and stopping this one, considering that I have four other novels that I’m required to read over the next four weeks, but I expect to be done with this one by the end of June.

Pokémon Sun and Moon: Top 10 Wishes (Part 2)

If you’ve missed the introduction to this series of posts, click here to bring yourself up to date.

#9: Mega Flygon

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This one is almost a foregone conclusion. Word circulating the internet is that the only reason Mega Flygon did not make it into Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is that the design team could not agree on something in time, and the past year has been spent with the internet clamoring for this Mega. However, I do have some disagreement with the internet on how to go about this.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon: Top 10 Wishes (Part 1)

While my computer and I deal with what seems like a neverending barrage of technical barriers and the world is abuzz with Con season news, I am trying to get back into blogging on a regular basis. I know there are people waiting for content from me, so I’d like to sincerely thank you all as I do my best to get what I’ve already written somewhere you can read it.

I won’t say the hype has died down, but Pokémon Sun and Moon news has reached enough of an equilibrium with weekly news that I can talk about my own desires for the franchise created without me in mind.

For the record, “me” means an American who dedicates a few hours a week to the game, is still struggling to complete my first National Pokédex, and know enough about breeding to be very happy with the single 4 IV Masuda Method shiny that I’ve got without any expectation of ever having a perfect IV or full shiny tam. New generations and people who use the word “metagame” are the ones who have a serious impact.

While I talk about Pokémon Sun and Moon here on Insomniatic, I’ll be making posts about Pokémon Go over at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’. I’m sure there are plenty of fans of this game as well, so please check my articles over there out and comment!

Still, I have the right to my opinion, and some of the things I’d like to see may even resonate with other fans. Some of them may even be possible.

For those who aren’t complete nerds, Pokémon Sun and Moon are the first two games to be released in the twenty year old franchise’s seventh generation. They are set in a fictional version of Hawaii (the Alola Region), feature an as-yet unknown mechanic that is probably an expansion of Generation VI’s Mega Evolution, and will feature, among other things, a free-for-all mode named “Battle Royals”. The games were announced this Spring and will see release in November.

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Game of Thrones 1.01: “Winter is Coming”

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The first thing that I notice about “Winter is Coming” is that for a show that is known for its violence and nudity, they sure seem to shy away from it a lot. This is either because people see a nipple and immediately proclaim that the entire show is about sex, or simply because this is the pilot and they were still trying to figure out what they could get away with. I’m actually leaning very much toward the latter at this point; the acting too gives an indication of finding its footing and not knowing where to go.

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Game of Thrones: An Introduction

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Starting today, I will be doing an episode by episode look at Game of Thrones, in an attempt to catch up with the past seasons of content before the start of the next season this spring. I have enough knowledge of the show and the setting that I feel this introduction is relevant to the discussion.

Let me start with my history with the show.

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