Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

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2017 introduced me to a lot of great writers.  Looking back over last year, I am pleased to see the diversity among those writers.  My list splits very evenly among fantasy debuts, indie books, and vintage SF.  This is also the first time in the last four years I haven’t needed to use nonfiction writers to round out my list (though if I had read as much nonfiction as I should have, that might not have been the case).  A few highlights: Robyn Bennis’ The Guns Above and Luke Bauserman’s Some Dark Holler were two of the best books I read this past year and are criminally overlooked.  I really, really need to read more Leigh Brackett.  And finally reading some Robert E. Howard really blew my mind.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (for now).

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‘A Place Outside The Wild’ now available in audio

It was a mammoth undertaking, and kudos to my narrator, Chris Check. The finished product comes in at a massive 21+ hours, so if you’re looking for something to invest an Audible Credit on, it’s plenty long enough.

Check it out here.

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Here we go again (Rotten Tomatoes)

Merry Christmas, everyone! Going to keep this short and sweet, but I couldn’t resist after watching Bright on Netflix the other night while finishing up the gift wrapping.

And yeah, just like Justice League, the critics have whiffed on this one. One reviewer even called Bright the worst film of 2017. Not sure if the My Little Pony movie is included in that list, but my Twilight Sparkle-lovin’ daughter was meh on it.

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Anyway, Bright. I agree with the audience on this one. Check it out. Lord of the Rings crossed with End of Watch. Not an altogether new concept for those who’ve played Shadowrun, but a fun popcorn flick.

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Top Ten New Releases of 2017

HP lays out his top 10 books for 2017.

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2017 isn’t over!  (I checked.)  There are still 13 reading days left before the New Year.  And I only need to read [checks notes] 14 more books before the end of the year to hit 100.  Okay, so maybe that isn’t feasible.  I guess I can go ahead with a Best of 2017 post.  2017 was a really great reading year for me.  I could have written a much longer post on the best books I read in 2017.  These are just the best books I read released in 2017.  Notably, five are debuts and three are indie.  Presented in alphabetical order.

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Launch buzz: The Ophian Rising

A bit less than a year ago, I posted my review of Brian Niemeier’s Nethereal. If you’re unfamiliar with Brian’s work, take a moment to scan the review. It’s an intriguing premise that mixes familiar space opera tropes with eldritch horror and winds up with something that is superior than the sum of its parts.

And starting today, the first three books in the series are on sale to commemorate the release of the fourth (and final!) book in the series. Considering the first book was only launched in June of 2015, we have a completed and polished series in a bit less than three years. Considering we’re six-and-a-half years removed from the last Game of Thrones book, that is a stunning accomplishment that polishes Brian’s “pulp speed” credentials.

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Jumanji (2017) Review

The best sorts of sequels are those which build upon the preexisting world while adding new twists and story beats. When done well, these are movies which can eclipse the original. The two examples that come to mind for me in particular are Aliens and The Godfather: Part 2.

I got the opportunity to catch an advanced screening of Jumanji last week, though I went in a little leery. I’m not the biggest fan of the first film. I don’t have an issue with the performances of Robin Williams and crew so much as I just didn’t care for the tone and feel of the movie. It was almost gothic, and a little on the grim side for what’s ostensibly a children’s movie.

As a result, it’s not a high bar for the sequel to surpass the original in this case, but I’m not being hyperbolic here when I say that Welcome to the Jungle is leaps and bounds better than the original!

Advance at your own risk, for spoilers await.

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Scrappy-Doo is . . . awesome? Yes. Yes, he is.

I don’t read many comics these days. The entertainment hour-dollar value ratio just isn’t there, for the most part. Why spend four or five bucks on a thin comic that you can read in under an hour when you can buy a Kindle book or two for the same price, that will provide far more value for the dollar? Yeah, the art is often cool, but it’s often not, as well. (Looking at you, Squirrel Girl.)

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