Around the Interwebs: Volume XLVII

21 Apr

“Game of Thrones” and Frozen Finally Got the Mash-up You Were Waiting For (via /Film)

The internet loves two things right now: HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” (RIP Jaime Lannister’s character development!) and Disney’s Frozen. So obviously when the two join forces they’re unstoppable. Because Jon Snow never bothered me anyway. In the hilariously titled video “Let it Go(T),” the Oscar-winning songs gets some epic fantasy lyrics about how Bran is the worst, Sansa is basically in her 30s now and it’s hard to keep track of all the old bearded men.

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Here Are Some Super Emotional Trailers For Adaptations of “Gone Girl” and “If I Stay”

16 Apr

Two big book to movie adaptations are coming to theatres in less than sixth months: Gillian Flynn’s suspenseful murder mystery Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and the feel-tastic young adult novel If I Stay  by Gayle Forman which features Chloë Grace Moretz.

Honestly, both trailers will make you feel things, possibly because the inclusion of Elvis Costello’s “She” and “Say Something” by a Great Big World are so great.

You can watch Gone Girl up top and If I Stay below.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: April 9, 2014

9 Apr

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Kick-Ass 3 #7 and from Image Comics: The Walking Dead #125. Yup, that’s all you get. Deal with it.

Marvel Comics

Kick Ass 3 #7Kick-Ass 3 #7 by Mark Millar, illustrated by John Romita, cover by John Romita
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, violence
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In this penultimate issue in the Kick-Ass series (yes, Mark Millar has confirmed this is the final arc in the tale of Kick-Ass and his sassy gal pal Hit-Girl) things are not looking good for Mindy — who is currently incarcerated — or any other masked vigilantes who are slowly being picked off by the mob, including Dave’s friend Todd who has gone mysteriously missing. Okay, maybe not so mysteriously. Making matters more complicated, Dave has given up the superhero business for now because he’s acquired himself a hot new girlfriend named Valerie and really can’t be bothered with all the masked drama which includes rescuing Mindy from prison as promised. Apparently fear of death does that to a person.

This second to last issue has everything you could want out of your superheroes: a secret underground lair complete with ridiculous vehicles, fights in the rain, crosses and double crosses, crooked cops, a villainous mob boss trying to unite all the mobs on the East Coast and of course catch phrases. “To the Hit-Cave asshole!” Mindy McCeady, you are a national treasure. I cannot wait to see how Mark Millar ends this series, and I’m assuming it’s going to be in a blaze of glory. And blood. So much blood. Now if only the final issue can get published in a more timely manner, that would make me so happy.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: April 8, 2014

8 Apr

The Eye of Zoltar Jasper FfordeThe Eye of Zoltar: A Last Dragonslayer Novel by Jasper Fforde

Orphaned sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, a Mystical Arts Management company that rents out wizards for cash. The Mighty Shandar tells Jennifer that if she finds a mysterious jewel named The Eye of Zoltar, he will spare the dragons he didn’t manage to kill in Book One.

It is said the Eye was last seen around the neck of the really very legendary and not at all likely Sky Captain Morgan, who reputedly plunders jetliners from the back of the equally legendary and probably not real Leviathan, a kind of flying manta ray the size of a coach.

Meanwhile, the King and Queen of Snodd thinks that Jennifer, ‘a young lady of considerable daring, moral worth and resourcefulness’ should take over the tutelage of the hideous spoiled teenage Princess Shazzine, in order that she learns to rule with distinction once the King and Queen are gone.

Jennifer agrees with some reluctance, and together, she, trainee magician Perkins and the princess – cunningly and without any originality disguised as a handmaiden – cross into the neighbouring Cambrian Empire, a dangerous country strewn with peril and a focus for bored daredevils seeking perilous adventures as a form of Jeopardy Tourism.

After procuring a tour guide aged ten named Addie, they venture deep into the heart of the most dangerous place in the most dangerous place in the whole Ununited Kingdoms: The Empty Quarter, within which lies their goal: The legendary Leviathan’s Graveyard, inconveniently perched at the very top of the mountain known as Cadir Idris, its lofty summit permanently shrouded in cloud.

Many people have visited the mountain, but none have returned. Perhaps the legend of Sky Pirate Morgan and the Leviathans are true – or perhaps the clouds that obscure the summit hide a far deeper secret. Pretty soon the Princess, Addie, Jennifer and Perkins are fighting the powers of darkness not just for their lives, but for everything they know and love…

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Okay, so to be technical, this book doesn’t come out in the UK until the 10th and until October in the US, but we’re sharing it now because YAY NEW JASPER FFORDE book! Although really, when will be getting that Shades of Grey sequel we’ve been waiting for since 2009?

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HBO Renews “Game of Thrones” for Seasons 5 and 6

8 Apr

Game of Thrones GIF Whats a Lommy

Good news “Game of Thrones” fans, HBO has officially renewed their hit series for Seasons 5 and 6, meaning winter will be coming through 2016!

Which should give author George R. R. Martin plenty of time to finish those last two books. Insert us crying and laughing forever here.

The network ultimately made the decision after realizing that they had nothing else going for them besides “True Detective.”

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Around the Interwebs: “Game of Thrones” Season 4 Edition

6 Apr

Even though winter is taking its sweet time getting to Westeros (not to mention those White Walkers and certain dragons) Season 4 arrives today! Celebrate the premiere with these Season 4 specific offerings from around the internet.

The “Game of Thrones” Honest Trailer Has All the Boobs and All the Death (via Rickey)

Honest Trailers is finally taking on “Game of Thrones,” the show based on “fiction’s most notorious serial-killer” George R. R. Martin’s book series. The trailer humorously takes aim at the show’s sexposition, hard to keep track of eight billion person cast and how no one who is in any way related to Sean Bean is safe. Except for Faramir, that guy is immortal. Dude lived through 300. And no one lived through 300.

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Time Enough At Last? Child’s Play: Cassie-la Hunkers Down for “The Word Exchange” by Alena Graedon

2 Apr

The Word Exchange Alena GraedonThe Word Exchange by Alena Graedon (Galley)
Release Date
: April 8, 2014
Genre: Fiction, dystopia, apocalyptic, science fiction, literary, I probably shouldn’t have read this on an eReader
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary: Anana leads a pretty comfortable life working for her father at the Dictionary, the North American Dictionary of the English Language. They are hard at work on what will be the last print edition of the NADEL when her Dad goes missing, leaving behind a few cryptic messages for his daughter Alice who is not Alice. Now she must head down the rabbit hole if she hopes to find him, all while struggling to escape the strange new word virus that seems to be spreading through the seemingly innocuous Memes, a device that have made humans lives easier yet more reliant on the new tech than anyone could have imagined.

The Word Exchange first drew me in because of it’s simultaneously intriguing and horrifying premise. It takes place in the not so distant future (think a few years) during the spread of a terrifying illness known alternatively as the Word Flu, the Language Virus and S0111, which if left unchecked can cause humans to lose all ability to form speech, fall into a state of silence and eventually die.

This is Anana’s story, which she recalls from the first stirrings of the virus to its effect on society to the aftermath, with some additions from the journal of her co-worker and love interest Bart. Get ready for a whole lot of heavy introspection and not enough talk about the intriguing and fully fleshed out world at large!

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