Monthly Archives : May 2017

From the Salt Mines: The Big Bang Theory

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From the Salt Mines: A new occasional series in which I will talk about the things that stick under my craw for various reasons. Future plans include other TV series, several books, and at least one video game. I have a lot of feelings, and not all of them are pleasant ones. You may have noticed, if you’re the kind…

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Doomed Love: Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Failure of Relationships in Superhero Comics

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Three years ago, my husband and I finally got married after eleven years of dating. And like most couples, we received plenty of wedding gifts. Knowing our geeky tendencies, my mother-in-law gave us a sign which placed our names alongside famous superhero couples: from Superman and Lois Lane to Daredevil and Elektra. I loved the sign and still do, but…

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Persona 5: A Married Couple Bickers over one of the Best Games of 2017

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After nearly a decade of anticipation, Atlus finally unleashed the long-awaited Persona 5 to a large and appreciative audience in April of this year. Over a month and 100 hours played later, how does the Japanese RPG stand up to the withering winds of criticism? Keyes and her maxed-out Social Link/Confidant/Husband Howard discuss the game, how it compares to its acclaimed predecessor…

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Sound Off! Alien: Covenant

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, check yourself for alien parasites (especially in the chest area) and discuss Alien: Covenant, which premiered in the United States on Friday, May 19, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not…

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Chain Reaction: Is This The Real Life, or Am I Tripping? Two Metafictional Novels and A Movie

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Anyone ever read Don Quixote? I promise it isn’t all about tilting at windmills and going on impractical adventures. In fact, in the second half of the story Don Quixote reads the same story we just read. This is metafiction — when an author makes literary characters aware that they’re in a book and they are characters, not people; sometimes…

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My Favorite Things: Murderbots, Milestone Movies, Superheroic Women, and Dragon Age

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, three of our selections are perfect for book lovers. This includes a brand new sci-fi novella with a murderous protagonist,…

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A Take on African Steampunk: A Review of Everfair by Nisi Shawl

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Everfair (2016) Written by: Nisi Shawl Pages: 383 (Hardcover) Publisher: Tor Books Why I Chose It: This novel has caught my eye since it was released because of the alternate history premise (outside of speculative fiction, I’m a huge fan of historical fiction) and the African setting. Also, the cover is gorgeous. The premise: An alternate history/historical fantasy/steampunk novel set…

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The Ballad of Black Tom: Brief but Powerful

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The Ballad of Black Tom (2016) Written by: Victor LaValle Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fiction Pages: 149 (Paperback) Publisher: Tor.com/Tom Doherty Associates Why I Chose It: I’m not normally a novella reader. When I find characters and a universe that I like, I prefer sweeping epics with multiple, lengthy books, like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series…

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What Are You Hungry For? A Review of Raw

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Almost a month has passed since I saw Raw in the theater and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. As a horror fan, I was excited to check out this French movie written and directed by a woman and staring a female lead. I will be avoiding spoilers, so you are safe.

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