Explorer of the Fantastical

“Graceling”: Could Her Gift Be a Curse?

– Posted in: YA Book Reviews
Looking for a good YA fantasy novel to read this summer? Check out this review.

In Kristin Cashore’s YA fantasy book Graceling, certain people (those with two different colored eyes) are blessed or cursed, as the case may be, with superpower gifts. These gifts could be anything from cooking to killing people. Because their eyes give them away, it’s a little hard to hide who is graced and who is [...]

“All For One and One For All” Steampunk Style

– Posted in: Film Reviews
"All For One and One For All" Steampunk Style

This 2011 version of The Three Musketeers got panned by most critics, and I didn't see it back then because how many Three Musketeers movies do we need? Since I'm reviewing Steampunk movies this one beeped across my radar. If you are looking for a faithful, or near faithful, serious adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' novel, [...]

I Love It. I hate It. Red Rising

– Posted in: Science Fiction Book Reviews
I have a love, hate relationship with this book. On one level it's excellent, but on another, it needs a shot of feminist sensibility.

Just the other day, I was telling my daughter that I don’t like trilogies, but they seem to find me. A debut novel and the first book in a trilogy, Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a science fiction dystopian novel set on terraformed Mars. Dystopian novels abound and some people are getting tired of [...]

Looking for a Star-studded, Zany, Steampunk, Fairy Tale?

– Posted in: Film Reviews
Looking for a fun, zany, Steampunk, Fairy Tale movie? Here's a good choice.

It's hard to imagine that there's someone out there who hasn't seen Stardust, but if there is, then I have one thing to say, "Go rent it." For me, summer is about having fun, enjoying life, hanging out with family and friends, and watching fun movies. This is one of my favorite lighthearted films. It's [...]

Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

– Posted in: Film Reviews
Love Steampunk? Don't miss this review of "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec"

Set in 1911,The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a French Steampunk film based on Jacques Tardi's comic book series. If you dislike subtitles, you can watch an English dubbed version, which I didn’t watch because I heard it was badly dubbed and takes away from the movie. If there’s one thing I like about [...]

Know What Happens During the “Fool” Moon?

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Harry Dresden is at it again. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly. Book review of the second book in the Dresden Files series.

With a title like Fool Moon, it’s not hard to guess what the book is about. The second book of the Dresden Files fell flat for me. There was plenty of action, lots of fighting, and some plot twists, which I figured out too quickly because the clues weren’t subtle. To be fair, I’m not [...]

Wizard Detective? In Chicago?

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Looking for a fun, quick read book? Like urban fantasy? Wizards? Crime? I might have the perfect book for you.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher is a good candidate. I read Storm Front, the first book in The Dresden Files series, a few years back, found it engaging, and moved on to other books. I liked it, but I wasn't dying to read the next one. In the interim, about a dozen people have told [...]

Fathers of Steampunk

– Posted in: Science Fiction
Here's a different Father's Day blog post: The Founding Father's of Steampunk

Cards? Gifts? Outings? Giving appreciation to the men who made our lives possible is definitely the theme of the day. When I was a kid, I’d make my dad a card and buy him a yellow shirt. He had blue eyes and somewhere, somehow, I decided that yellow matched his eyes. Weird? Yeah, but I [...]