The Un-Book Report got a Liebster Award Nomination—It Sounds Like Fun

Liebster Award for the Un-Book Report, 2016
Liebster Award – discover new blogs!

So I got nominated for a Liebster Award by Blogferatu. I had to hide from the shock for a day, and then I actually read Blogferatu’s article on it and did a little research to find out what the Liebster Award is.

There are no judges and no one officially awards you a Liebster—getting nominated is getting it. So the way it works, more or less—as there is no official governing body there are no official rules—is that a blogger who gets nominated thanks the one who nominated them, and answers the eleven questions that blogger asked their nominees. Then the new winner nominates up to eleven other small blogs and asks their own questions.

I’ve already thanked Blogferatu in their comments, but do so again here—thanks Blogferatu! And I’m reposting my answer’s to his questions before going on to my own nominees and questions.

My Answers to Blogferatu’s questions:

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No Hero—A Cosmic Horror-Comedy

book cover for No Hero by Jonathan Wood
No Hero, by Jonathan Wood

I liked the premise of No Hero—a British cop thinks he’s hunting a serial killer and gets drafted into the top secret MI37 in order to fight eldritch abominations. The newly minted Agent Wallace copes with this new frightening reality by asking himself “What would Kurt Russell do?” Jonathan Wood, the author of No Hero, has a lot of fun playing with both action movie tropes and cosmic horror tropes, and I enjoyed going along for the ride.

1—Sparkly Magic

In the world of No Hero magic is powered by electricity, “the universal lubricant” and mages cast spells with the aid of batteries and metallic tattoos—or copper wire implanted beneath the skin, in one case. It’s also a world of psychics and oracles, and Dreamers—reality warping gods in formal attire. And then there’s the Progeny—parasitic mini-versions of the above-mentioned eldritch abominations. They exist for one purpose, to bring their “parents”, the Feeders, through to our reality so that they can devour it. But first they’ve got to get through the Dreamers and, unfortunately for the world, they’ve recently found a weakness. Continue reading “No Hero—A Cosmic Horror-Comedy”

Lucifer Season One—The Devil Went Down to California

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Lucifer Season 1

First off, this is a review of the TV series, not the comic, which I may or may not read someday. It has the same basic premise—the devil gets tired of Hell and moves to L.A. In the tv show, he helps the LAPD, specifically Detective Chloe Decker, solve crimes for shits and giggles.

Also, my mom asked me not to watch the show when she’s in the room because that kind of thing creeps her out, so if you can’t separate your personal religious views on the Devil from the Devil as a character or as an archetype, this is probably not the show for you. If you can, or might be able to, read on.

1—More Good Than Bad

I have mixed feelings about Lucifer, both the character and the show, though most of the mixed feelings do stem from said character. Lucifer is kind of sleazy, almost a slime-ball, but has redeeming qualities. He’s selfish and self-involved but also cares when his mortal friend…sort of…is gunned down in front of him. And while his dislike of children is probably supposed to fall in the negative trait column, I actually like that about him—I don’t know what to do with kids either. Continue reading “Lucifer Season One—The Devil Went Down to California”

Second Chance—SciFi, Crime-Fighting, and Family Dysfunction

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Second Chance, Season One

What I like about Second Chance is that it isn’t just They Fight Crime! tacked onto a scifi premise. The show actually uses its premise. Otto Goodwin is a genius who’s figured out how to bring people with a certain gene back from the dead. He goal is to use his first success’s blood to save his twin sister from a rare incurable form of cancer. Said first success is Jimmy Pritchard, a former King County, Washington sheriff who has family of his own to take care of. Not the consequence-less fluff I’ve come to expect from similarly billed shows in the past.

1—The Future May be Here but Family Still Comes First

Second Chance revolves around two families—The Pritchard clan & the Goodwin twins, Otto and Mary. Otto is a genuine genius in I don’t know how many fields. Besides the bio-engineering marvel of raising the dead, he’s the brains behind Lookinglass, a tech company to rival Apple and Microsoft—I don’t actually know if they’re actually business rivals as those companies aren’t mentioned in-show. Mary is the face of the company, brilliant in her own right, but her whole life is Otto. Since the deaths of their parents when the twins were children, Mary became mother to Otto. Mary has also taken on the role of wife in a sense—hostess and public face to Otto’s recluse. Needless to say, this leaves Mary’s personal life a little lacking. Continue reading “Second Chance—SciFi, Crime-Fighting, and Family Dysfunction”