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Friday, February 10th, 2012
12:30 am
Forgotten Realms novels: The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore (1988)
The second of the Forgotten Realms novels to be published is also the start of the second sub-series, The Icewind Dale Trilogy, and the first appearance of the most popular character of the entire series: Drizzt Do'Urden. Of the more than 50 novels Salvatore has gone on to write in his career so far, over twenty feature Drizzt.

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Friday, January 20th, 2012
11:57 pm
Keeper of the Keys by Earl Derr Biggers- book review
Dudley Ward, first ex-husband of opera singer Ellen Landini, has invited the diva's other two ex-husbands to his secluded mansion in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. He has also invited Inspector Charlie Chan of Honolulu, recently visiting San Francisco. Shortly after revealing the reason for the invitations (he is seeking information on the whereabouts of a long lost son Landini bore in secret after their divorce), Landini herself arrives, accompanied by her young male protege, his pretty and protective sister, and a private airplane pilot she once had an affair with (whose wife still works as Ward's housekeeper). During the night, Landini is murdered...

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Monday, January 16th, 2012
12:34 am
The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The first book of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy is an excellent example of the fantasy sub-genre usually called "epic fantasy". Assassin's Apprentice tells the coming-of-age story of a young royal bastard named FitzChivalry (known almost exclusively as Fitz), and of his navigation of palace intrigues while being trained in secret as a royal assassin.

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Sunday, January 8th, 2012
8:56 pm
Swords and Deviltry: The First Book of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber
The first collection (by story chronology) of Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories features 3 tales, two from 1970 and one from 1962. Together they detail episodes from the youths of the two heroes, and their fateful first meeting. Although it is ostensibly the start of their story, it may not be the best place to get acquainted with them...

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Saturday, January 7th, 2012
12:45 am
The Big Three of Heroic Fantasy, Part One: Fritz Leiber, and Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser

After my initial discovery of heroic fantasy, via The Hobbit and Dungeons & Dragons, my next step was borrowing the books of Fritz Leiber from one of our local libraries. Now, I can't remember what, exactly, brought me to the tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser before Conan or Elric, or other of the usual suspects. Maybe it was because there were two heroes instead of just one. Maybe it was the cover art. Maybe the library just had the whole series on its shelves. Whatever the initial draw, I know what hooked me.

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
1:26 am
Forgotten Realms novels: Darkwalker on Moonshae by Douglas Niles (1987)
My recent re-infatuation with Heroic Fantasy is mostly fueled by my recent move to a different state than where I was living the past 20 years. My old position was being eliminated, and I took a position which opened up in another state. Now living a few hours' drive from my social circle, I found myself needing some local social contact. Being who I am, I naturally looked at the nearby gaming stores. These days, there are a relatively limited number of games you can hope to get involved in on the fly. The three big ones for organized store play are: Warhammer (and Warhammer 40,000) miniatures, Magic: the gathering collectible card game, and Dungeons & Dragons (4th edition). These are the big cash cows of the modern gaming industry (non-computerized division) and are all enthusiastically supported in stores by their respective publishers. Of the three, I chose D&D, since it is (A) an RPG and (B) far less expensive a proposition than CCGs or miniatures. Of course, D&D is owned by Hasbro these days, and they've done their best to monetize that sucker beyond any dreams of the RPG publishers of my youth. But that's a topic for a post of its own.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011
11:12 am
Searching for Heroic Fantasy
Another bit of rambling with a sort of mission statement and a call for help!
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Friday, November 4th, 2011
8:44 am
Why Pulpjunkie
I'm going to try my hand at blogging properly. The site itself needs some work, but I need to start writing and get some momentum up. the blog, of course, will be about the same sort of things I've written of here off and on. Below the cut is a sort of definition of what I'm on about., an introduction to my tastes. Those who've known me many years will probably not be surprised by any of this.
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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
1:35 am
Still Trying To Watch Those Movies
I'm still pursuing my movie-a-day project. Obviously, the review portion of the project has fallen through, but I'll be posting lists of titles, starting today, with maybe a brief comment for each film. At this point I've just watched movie #190 for the year, which pits me about 40 or so movies behind. Of course, I can't count things like the Rifftrax Live show I saw this week, because I've seen Plan 9 less than 15 years back, but I am able to revisit things like "Get Crazy" (which I just watched on Youtube; thanks for bringing that up, ninjacooter !) which I saw some time in the early 90's.
So here's a chunk of my movie list, numbers 39-50:


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Friday, March 13th, 2009
8:55 am
Movie-a-Day days 36-38: Still trying to blog
Well, I'm hopelessly behind, but, on the bright side, back in 2004 I'd crapped out by the end of January, so at least I'm "much improved," as the report cards used to say. I'm not ready to declare the blogging portion of the move-a-day project dead just yet, so here's some more capsules:
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
11:00 pm
Movie-a-Day days 34-35
OK, so two reviews a day didn't really work out. Let's go back to however many I can manage in one sitting...

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
11:31 pm
Movie-a-Day, days 32-33
Let's see if I can barnstorm through two reviews without staying up until 3AM...


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Monday, February 23rd, 2009
9:41 pm
Movie-a-Day: Month One Review
I figure on pausing at the end of every month's worth of reviews during this little project of mine, in order to take stock of the best and worst of what I've seen so far. So without further ado, and little ceremony, here we go.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2009
2:47 pm
Movie-a-Day, films 28-31

So, I've stopped using "weeks" in the title for these posts. I'm about 2 and a half weeks behind on blogging, and it's too much trouble to constantly go back and find out which week is which. At this point, I'm only 4 movies behind on viewing, (finished number 47 yesterday), so I really need to catch up on the reviews. Tomorrow is kind of busy, so I'll probably just do the first month's wrap-up post. Starting Monday, though I'm going to attempt two reviews a day until I get caught up within a week of my viewing. Fingers crossed.
Oddly, I cant find the danged screencaps from this set of titles, except for a really boring image from Raffles. So for this set only, no caps by me. Sorry.
And now, the reviews:


Sunday, February 15th, 2009
10:35 pm
Some TV rambling
Not feeling up to writing movie reviews tonight, so here's some blathering on recent TV stuff.

Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" started this past Friday, which completely slipped my notice. Fortunately, it's streaming on Hulu.com (http://www.hulu.com/dollhouse). The internet to the rescue! Again!
Hell, I think I'll just watch it on Hulu from here on. After all, it's opposite the Adam West "Batman" reruns on the American Life Network (aka, old people's TV), and I must have those.
Haven't actually seen Dollhouse, yet. Given it's premise, (secret organization uses blank slate operatives, their memories wiped clean after each mission), I wouldn't have touched it if it wasn't Whedon. Sounds really depressing, but since it is Joss, I have some hopes for it.

Nathan Fillion is starring in a new mystery show on ABC. "Castle" premieres March 9 (http://castletv.net/). Fillion plays a mystery writer who ends up helping a police detective solve crimes. Looks like light fun mystery, instead of grim morbid mystery. Yes, there's still plenty o' murder, but the focus is on the catching of the criminal, not the commission of the crime. Someday I must try to put down my theory of fictional callousness, whereby some stories full of murder are morbid and depressing, and others full of just as much murder are light and cheerful. This looks like the latter type. Bonus: cameos by actual mystery writers at Castle's weekly poker game. Worth a try, anyway.

The CW is running "Kamen Rider Dragon Knights" on Saturday mornings (they just aired episode 7 last weekend.) Based on, I believe, "Kamen Rider Ryuki," one of the more recent Kamen Rider series, they seem to be doing a somewhat straight adaptation of the original, though re-shot with American actors ala Power Rangers. If you need a cheap and easy Japanese hero fix, here ya go.

Last and most importantly (top me anyway), though not really TV, Crackle.com will be premiering a streaming video series on March 3 called "Angel of Death." This series of five minute episodes stars Zoë Bell, a favorite of mine since I saw her in Tarantino's Death Proof (where she played "herself"). She has been a stunt woman for years, doubling Lucy Lawless in "Xena" and Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill." She was also the subject of the terrific documentary "Double Dare" which should be added to your Netflix queue Right Now. Zoë is all kinds of awesome.
"Angel of Death" is an action/crime series apparently mostly intended to demonstrate Zoë's awesomeness, and co-stars Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi and Doug Jones. Most importanlty (aside from the "Zoë is awesome" thing) AoD is written by Ed Brubaker, probably the best writer working in super hero comics today (Currently writing Captain America and Daredevil, he's also written Batman and an excellent run on Catwoman a few years back). He's also the best writer working in crime comics (Read "Criminal"!!!) I am much looking forward to this. Plus: free!

Angel of Death site: http://crackle.com/outreach/angelofdeath
A link to a Zoë Bell fan site: http://zoebell.com/
Ed Brubaker's official site: http://www.edbrubaker.com/

And now I relax and watch the eighth and final Mr. Moto movie. Hope to be caught up on blogging the movies by next weekend, but don't put money on it

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
9:28 am
Movie-a-day week four, part 3

Yes, still posting week four a week and a half later. Would have caught up this weekend, but fell severely ill. Nasty fluish chest cold thing. Bleh. I was going to do a quick best and worst of the month thing, too, but at this rate it'll be halfway through the following month before I go to it. Still worthwhile? Maybe so. I'll see how I feel after posting Week five, which I hope to churn out this weekend.) I'm still only three days behind on viewing, so I've got a lot of writing to catch up on.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009
10:28 am
Movie-a-Day week Four, part two

Three more capsules, with still more on the way!


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Saturday, January 31st, 2009
8:58 pm
Movie-a-Day week Four, part one

This week I'm splitting the post in three parts due to high movie volume. I'll be starting with the films watched at this past weekend's homebrew filmfest, a local tradition amongst some of my friends. Most months, kittykatya and I trade off hosting a themed video binge at our respective domiciles. This month's theme: "I Was a Teenage Filmfest!" The results follow:




Friday, January 30th, 2009
9:54 am
Quick update
In an effort to catch up, with the help of an at-home filmfest last Saturday, I watched 10 movies (plus one short) this week. As a result, the movie-a-day post will be split into 2-3 parts over the weekend. First part up tonight. (Plus, watch another movie). I've been getting distracted on Thursdays the last couple weeks because "Burn Notice" is back with new episodes, and I just can't wait the extra day. Also, I caught the first two eps of "Wolverine and the X-Men" last night, the latest animated iteration (from Canada and France, with some West German money thrown in) of the Marvel mutant franchise. Not bad at all, though not quite in the BTAS ballpark (what is?). Spike Spiegel is Wolverine!

Work was mildly brutal this week, which is my official excuse for not getting a head start on the movie reviews. Instead, I finally broke in the wok I got for Christmas, a lovely lightweight cast-iron thing. Spent an hour Monday washing, re-washing, re-re-washing and seasoning it. Cooked some lefotver broccoli in it Tuesday morning, and did likewise with some leftover baby carrots last night. That's  one veggie party tray accounted for. Also made a second attempt at home-made pizza on Wednesday, once again proving that I know nothing about making pizza. It was, at least, dissatisfying in a manner totally different than the last time I tried, so that's a kind of progress.

Off to work soon, back tonight with movie-a-day.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
7:18 pm
Movie-a-Day week three
A day late, and more than a few bucks short, but what's that got to do with movie reviews?

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