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  1. The Magicians - SyFy

    No, the entire episode was nothing like the books.  It was completely made up.
  2. Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #2

    Aww the poor elves! I am totally Team Death too!  Nothing changes but it's all back burner.
  3. Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #2

    Did you read the third one?
  4. Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #2

    The fourth Alex Craft book came out last week, "Grave Visions" by Kalayna Price.  The author had problems writing it and there were a multitude of release dates pushed back so I wasn't sure if the book would suffer from the delay but it did not.  Quite a seamless continuation of the previous book and I enjoyed it.  This continues to be a solid urban fantasy series.  I like the emphasis on the fae and this book spends quite a bit more time in their territory and dealing with the repercussions that Alex is facing from her heritage.  Because of the progression in that aspect of the story, Alex's personal relationships are sort of pushed to the backburner but there was enough going on in this story that it felt right to just hold off on those for this book.
  5. The terms I use for books aimed for people 18 and under are: Picture Books, Children's Literature, and Young Adult. (Children's) Picture Books are fairly obvious - books with pictures and maybe words that are aimed for those aged 5 and under. Children's Literature, I consider to be books mainly with words, maybe a few pictures (or none at all) aimed at those between ages 6 and 12.  I would say the term Juvenile Literature would just be another name for the same thing. Young Adult, I consider to be books aimed at those aged 13 to 18.  Teen literature would be just another name for the same thing. I don't use the term Middle Grade as it overlaps with both Children's Literature and Young Adult for me.  It tends to mean books for children in Middle School which is generally grades 5-8...otherwise known as books aimed at those age 10-13.  But I just feel it narrows things down a bit too much and wasn't how I read as a child.
  6. Star Wars Novels/Graphic Novels

    Cover, summary and brief excerpt from Claudia Gray's Bloodline coming out in May. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/02/04/star-wars-bloodline-exclusive-excerpt-cover-reveal/79692922/ Like that it will be focusing on Leia.
  7. Agent Carter

    Not good.  I read something this morning which said they hit a new all time low with the last episode.  So I think its been a steady decrease with every week and none as high as even the lowest last season.  Which bums me out to no end as I love this season way more than last season. I really enjoyed the flash back scenes in last night's episode to Peggy's past.  Great to see what her life was like before we first met her in Captain America.  And I also enjoyed getting scenes from Whitney's past as well.  Love that she is being given some background and an explanation of what shaped her into the person she is today. 
  8. The Magicians - SyFy

    No.  A quick search of the first book turns up 23 references to smoke/smoking but the number quickly decreases when you look at the actual sentences as many of them are not that kind of smoking but other kinds of smoking...such as things burning.  So only a handful of references to Eliot smoking and one scene where Julia is seen smoking and a professor puffing on a pipe.  Hardly noticeable. As for the prevalence of smoking for the author when he was in college...as someone in college the same years he was, it was not necessarily any more prevalent than it is today.  Our generation, at least in America, grew up from a very early age being informed about the dangers of smoking and cancer.  Obviously people in our generation smoked in college despite this - as they do now.  But in my experience in college in those years, it was more of a minority smoking than majority.
  9. Good YA series recs?

    I tend to think of Young Adult Literature as literature that is geared towards readers aged 13ish to 18ish.  It could feature characters who are younger than that or characters that are adults.  It could be enjoyed by a more mature reader younger than 13 or a reader over 18, but the intended reading audience is basically a teenager.   Of course marketing by publishers can throw a loop into this because sometimes a writer thinks they are writing Adult Literature but their publisher thinks they will sell more if it is marketed as YA and so it gets released and pushed as such.  Because YA is selling so well right now, a number of books have gotten this treatment.  At Worldcon last summer I sat in on all the YA panels and more than one author told of having this experience.  In that case does the author’s intention prevail over the publishers?   Sarah J. Maas is an example.  The first few books in her Throne of Glass series were written as and marketed as YA.  But her next series that stars with A Court of Thornes and Roses was written by her with the intention that it was for a more mature audience.  However, the publisher felt it would sell more copies if released as YA so that’s how it was published.  Which is why you will notice the occasional shocked comment in the reviews objecting to the book being marketed to teens.  Or in the case of Uprooted and the Magicians series - Naomi Novik and Lev Grossman didn’t set out to write YA novels, they were writing (Adult) Fantasy.  Their publishers didn’t push them as YA in their marketing.  But the YA reading community has really taken to both and they show up on a lot of YA lists and YA award categories and now Lev Grossman tends to go to a lot of YA book conventions.   As for YA Fantasy / Science Fiction novels that I have enjoyed in recent years…   Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series – I actually really really disliked the first two books in the series.  But the third and fourth books in the series were vastly different good solid fantasy novels and worth reading.  Why did I keep reading the series after disliking the first two?  Well at that point I was hate reading for fun and the ebooks were on sale when I purchased them.  Boy was I surprised.   The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – YA Fantasy   The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo starting with Shadow and Bone – YA Fantasy   Cinder by Marissa Meyer starting with Cinder – YA Science Fiction   The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – YA Fantasy   Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – YA Fantasy   Across the Universe by Beth Revis – YA Science Fiction   A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer – YA Fantasy   A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – YA Fantasy
  10. Agent Carter

    This is what I was wondering.  I looked them up and found the background on Whitney Frost but really couldn't find too much about Jason Wilkes except a small entry without much detail and one comic picture. I have really enjoyed the first three episodes of this season.  So much so that I am convinced it won't be renewed beyond this season as anything I enjoy as much as this never survives.  But in the meantime I shall enjoy what we have of Peggy.  Love her so much.  And love her interactions with Jarvis.  And Jarvis's wife.  And Dottie.  And am looking forward to seeing what happens to Whitney's scar and the dark matter.
  11. The Magicians - SyFy

    I enjoyed the second episode a lot less than the first.  All of you who have not read the books...enjoy your ignorance!  I wish I didn't know these books so well.  Then I might be able to enjoy it more.  But the deviations this time around were a bit too much for me.  I really hate that people just showed up for Julia like that and took her to the factory, I loved in the books how she had to work so incredibly hard and struggle to find them and learn any bit of magic she could.  And after a good setup for the Beast at the end of the first episode, I felt they kind of short changed it by having it so quickly over and mainly in flashbacks in the second.
  12. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    I booked the Marriott as well.
  13. Cra-Cra-Craaaaaaazy Weather!

    Hope you all stay warm, have lots of yummy things to drink, and lots of good books to read!
  14. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    There is no party hotel.  Parties are in the convention center. http://midamericon2.org/partypacket/party-info/
  15. Agent Carter

    Season 2 starts tonight!  Who will be watching?