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Review: X-Men First Class

 X-MenIt became redundant to whine about comic book movies not following the comic around the time The Watchmen came out, so I will refrain from pointing out the numerous inconsistencies sprinkled throughout X-Men First Class. One big reason: anyone who is familiar with X-Men will know there are many parallel universes that exist, which makes highlighting inconsistencies pointless.  There is no caption in the movie that states which one of the multi-universe (explored or unexplored) the movie takes place in.  For example, the comics are in Earth-616, our reality is Earth-1218, and I believe the Avengers movie takes place in Earth-199999 (which will explain why Magneto won't show up to fight Iron Man).  Sometimes it is good to stray from the comics; in this movie, for example (without giving any major spoilers away), it isn't an alien scout named Lucifer disguised as the Devil who cripples Xavier, which leaves room for a pretty good story that explains what did happen. [spoilers after the jump]

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The Witchiest Witcher Around

The WitcherThe video game The Witcher, released in 2007, is based on a short story and subsequent series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. This is fortunate for two reasons. First, the lore is well-developed and doesn’t have consistency problems, and second, the game had a following before it was released, giving it a leg up on the vast majority of other videogame RPG’s. Unfortunately, these benefits are not unmitigated. I suspect that the story is faithful to the story(I can’t say for sure without reading the books) but I got the impression that they tried to fit the entire series into the game, since it felt fairly tedious after the second chapter (there are 5 chapters plus an “epilogue” in the game).

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Traveling Back Across the Border

Welcome to BordertownBordertown is a shared world, created by Terri Windling and the other authors who set stories there in the four anthologies and three novels published between 1986 and 1998. It's a place that exists on the border between the Elflands and the World, a half-magical city that became, like so many other cities, a refuge to those desperate to get away from who and what they were before. It was a well-loved shared world, and its influence on writers and readers of the fantastic cannot be overstated. Urban Fantasy, for example, would probably still exist today without Bordertown, but certainly not in its current shape.

And then the Border closed. For thirteen years, no new word crossed the Border.

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Warriors

WarriorsWarriors is a treasure trove of warrior themed stories and relationship advice by authors including Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik.  Since the editor of the collection is fantasy grand pooh-bah, George R.R. Martin, I expected a heavy dose of sword and sorcery, but I was surprised at the collection's variety.  There were several historical fiction stories, a smattering of sci-fi, some fantasy, a contemporary thriller, and a super hero crime fighting story that defied description.

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Her Dress Her Sail

I think if I had read Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making as a child, a thrill would have run through me when I learned the heroine’s name was September.  I had an ordinary sort of name as a child, but I was born in September, and though September herself was born in May, I would have felt this connection between names and birthday gave us a kinship. I would have hoped that kinship ran deep enough (names are important things in Fairyland) that the Green Wind might someday come for me, too. 

 

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