Heroine Complex—Learning to Embrace Anger and Power

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn book cover
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex is a hilarious and touching story by Sarah Kuhn. Told in first-person perspective, it’s the story of Evie Tanaka, personal assistant to San Francisco’s superhero, Aveda Jupiter. When Aveda gets injured, Evie has to pose as her boss/best friend and disasters ensue.

1—Demon Cupcakes

And kittens, and statues, and celebrities. Little is known about the demons that periodically invade San Francisco, and only San Francisco, except that they imprint on the first thing they see and that they love the taste of human blood. The portals appear at random and leave behind stones with strange writing on them. Nate, the demonologist in team Aveda, collects and tries to decipher them. Continue reading “Heroine Complex—Learning to Embrace Anger and Power”

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Wonder Woman—Awesome

Wonder Woman movie poster
Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is the origin story of the titular figure.

1—Story

The story is self contained so if you don’t know anything about the rest of Marvel’s universe, you’re fine. It follows Diana, princess of Themyscira as she grows up, rescues Steve Rogers, and goes to fight in WWI. It’s serious in tone, but not grimdark. Though like most superhero movies, there’s plenty of use of gory discretion shots and bloodless carnage. Continue reading “Wonder Woman—Awesome”

Crimson Peak—Creepy but Slow

Crimson Peak movie poster
Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak is a gothic romance-horror movie directed by Guillermo del Torro.

1—Ghostly Atmosphere

The ghosts in Crimson Peak were both creepy and gross, being skeletal-muscular and either black or red. The movie builds good atmosphere, especially via the butterflies and conversations. There’s some violence, mostly at the end, and someone gets stabbed in the face. That was sufficiently gross, despite a lack of gore. Most of the gore is in the ghosts themselves. Continue reading “Crimson Peak—Creepy but Slow”

Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children—The Movie Doesn’t Live Up to the Book

Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children film poster
Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children

The movie version of Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children lacks the charm of the book. It starts off slow, gets really morbid, the ends as a fluffy action movie. It also had some time travel consequences that didn’t make sense to me, namely the grandfather coming back to life—I know I’ve mentioned I hate time travel, something that didn’t even occur to me while reading the book. Also, I didn’t buy the romance between Emma and Jake.

It wasn’t all bad though. The monster designs were cool, and the special effects were great. Worth seeing once for the scenes in the underwater ship. I also liked Eva Green’s performance as Miss Peregrin.

Lucifer Season Two Part Two—Because I Didn’t Realize It Was Only the Half-Season Finale

Lucifer season two
Lucifer Season 2

So yeah, I didn’t realize the show was on hiatus mid-season, not breaking between seasons. In any case, the second half of season two of Lucifer was pretty fun, even if the romance between Lucifer and Chloe gets derailed because status quo is god. Lucifer gets more character growth, Amenadiel has whatever the opposite of a crisis of faith is, we get to meet God Johnson who is just a hoot, and we get an appropriately dramatic season finale, with happy endings of all sorts. And then of course Lucifer gets knocked out and wakes up in a desert with his wings back. Nice hook for season three, which as previously stated, I’ll be watching.

Legend Has It—Reality Ain’t What It Used to Be

Legend Has It by Elliott James book cover
Legend Has It by Elliott James

Legend Has It is the fifth in the Pax Arcana series by Elliott James. This adventure sees John Charming, werewolf and semi-former Knight Templar, chasing after a madman with a reality-warping book.

1—Telling Stories

Despite his use of obfuscating stupidity John doesn’t solve his problems just through brute force. He thinks. And thanks to the use of what is technically one long epistolary to the reader, we get to see his thoughts. John is occasionally an unreliable narrator—true to his smartass nature, he likes to mess with his reader as well as everyone else.  Continue reading “Legend Has It—Reality Ain’t What It Used to Be”

Reading About Other People Reading

My current reading obsessions are several erieses of articles on Tor.com. Here they are.

The Lovecraft Reread

A series of articles wherein “two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original sandbox”. Rithanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth summarize a story and the comment on it. Both ladies have great commentary on the cosmic horror stories. Continue reading “Reading About Other People Reading”

Black City Saint—Saint George Is the Dragon

Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak book cover
Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak

I’ve mentioned before that I have thing for Prohibition era supernatural stories. Black City Saint, by Richard A. Knaak, is told from the first person point-of-view of Nick Medea—aka Saint George—as he battles Oberon for the fate of both Feirie and the mortal worlds.

1—Saint George

Or Nick as he prefers to be called, was bound to the dragon he killed. Said dragon, who goes by “Eye”, had been the guardian of the Gate between Feirie and the mortal world. Now Nick is that guardian. He has access, when the dragon allows, to the dragon’s abilities/body parts, such as his eyes which can penetrate magical glamours as well as more mundane darkness. Also claws, and sometimes wings. Though the dragon occasionally snarks at Nick. Continue reading “Black City Saint—Saint George Is the Dragon”

Hot Lead, Cold Iron—Prohibition Era Elves

Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell book cover
Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

I’m a sucker for Prohibition era supernatural stories. Told in the first person perspective from private detective Mick Oberon, Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell is a fun and exciting romp through 1930s Chicago and its Fairyland reflection.

1—Private Mick

Detective Mick Oberon packs a wand instead of a gun and doesn’t wear a hat due to his pointy ears, whether they show under his illusion or not. He has a friend on the force who’s a werewolf, whom Mick opens a gate through to Fairyland for every full moon. We also don’t know Mick’s real name. Mick Oberon is the name he chose when he left Elfhame some time ago and came to live amongst humans. Continue reading “Hot Lead, Cold Iron—Prohibition Era Elves”

Mark of the Demon—Not My Favorite But Okay

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland book cover
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland is an urban fantasy told in the first person perspective of Detective Kara Gillian. She’s hunting the Symbol Man, a serial killer who’s returned to her small hometown of Beaulac, Louisiana.

1—Demon Ranks

There are twelve ranks of demons that can be summoned, not counting the demon lords because trying to summon one of those is suicidal. The book starts with Kara having just summoned a reyza, the highest rank of demon (again, not counting a lord) and thus becoming a full-fledged summoner. Of course, some idiot thief picks that exact moment to break into her house. Continue reading “Mark of the Demon—Not My Favorite But Okay”