In 2009, Lev Grossman had this genius idea to satirize fantasy. In his novel, The Magicians, Grossman introduces readers to Quentin Clearwater. He is accepted into Brakebills, an institution for higher education–in magic. However, this is like no other “chosen one” story. It is incredibly dark, psychological, and really expects a lot from its readers. The novel inspired two further books, turning The Magicians into a trilogy.
Tonight, Syfy posted the first episode of their Magicians TV series on The Magicians Facebook page. It is stunning. This pilot introduces readers to the main characters and the rules of this magical world. What I loved was that instead of telling, there’s quite a bit of showing. For instance, in the background while Quentin is getting a tour of the school, most of the magicians are using their fingers to create magic. It tells the viewer that this, and not wands, is how we’ll see magic in this world. Continue reading Sneak a Peek at The Magicians→
How many of us have been pining for the day we could fill the Firefly-shaped holes in our hearts with some new space show? Two of Syfy channel’s newest acquisitions seem to be on track to do just that, provided they don’t crash and burn as the first seasons progress. These two shows, Killjoys and Dark Matter, air on Friday nights after Defiance, and in my opinion, they are definitely worth checking out.
Ever wondered what would happen if the United States sent a spaceship full of people off to ensure the human race’s survival through the Cold War? No? Well the writers of Syfy’s Ascension did, and the result is a delightfully weird and continually surprising…something.
What was originally supposed to be a six-part miniseries was aired as a three-night event in December, and I recently took the time to sit down and watch it (alright, binge through it in more or less one sitting). Was it worth it? Absolutely. No spoilers in this review, so read on without fear!
With the recent news that Ursula K. Le Guin has become the National Book Foundation in America’s 27th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, joining the ranks of such well-known women authors as Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Judy Blume, and Gwendolyn Brooks, I thought it appropriate to take a look back at what remains one of my favorite series of fantasy books: The Earthsea Trilogy. These three books (and later a fourth) follow the story of Ged, a young wizard on his journey towards understanding the world, and introduce many concepts and landscapes that I think are lacking from other well-known fantasy literature – not to mention they feature Le Guin’s fantastic writing and tend towards the philosophical. So without further ado, here are the five reasons I think you should be reading these books:
Some of you may remember my earlier post about upcoming summer shows, but other than professing my love for Penny Dreadful, I haven’t really mentioned any of those titles since. That isn’t because I haven’t been watching them – I’ve seen at least the first episode, because I like to check out new shows even if I don’t stick with them. One show that I have been following, however, is Dominion. Based on the 2010 movie Legion which got many a bad review, Dominion takes place 25 years after the events of the film. Set in the city of Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the baby who was the Chosen One is now all grown up, and a soldier.