Thursday, April 24, 2014

In the Flesh Review


It’s interesting how many good zombie related movies, books and television shows are around now. Usually, a good zombie story has more than just headshots and gore, although those can be enjoyable too. The fairly recent influx of strongly written, moral explorations through the backdrop of the walking dead is some of my favourite television to watch.

The BBC’s In The Flesh is no exception. It takes on the age-old zombie story with a fresh perspective; looking at the reform of the un-dead and their lives after they have risen. In the Flesh follows the story of Kieren Walker, a recently risen zombie who has been medicated and is in recovery from so-called Partially Deceased Syndrome.

In the Flesh is at times a heart rending and emotionally charged exploration of life, relationships and the human experience, rather than about the zombie horde itself. It focuses more on the characters whose lives are affected by the complete change of the world over and above the terror of brain eating monsters; because sometimes the real monsters live inside our homes and inside us.

Follow me under the jump for more.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 84: Karate Kid Part II with Jessica McLeod!

This week the amazing Jessica Fricken' McLeod returns as we delve into the luxuriously thin novelization of the completely insane Karate Kid II! HAI! POW! KICK! ETC! Jess is back, you guys, that's all you need to know!

You can download it right now from the official site!

Or why not subscribe to us on iTunes and join the discussion in our friendly Facebook group!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for April 21st 2014: Alternative Mythologies for Easter!


This week we celebrate Easter with alternative mythologies! What crazy crap where the Norse and Greek gods up to that put our own bland mythologies to shame? Plus we review The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and gross-out rom-com The Other Woman. Oh, and at the end of the episode we recap Episode 2 of Season 4 of Game of Thrones! And you know what that means! Check it out!

Download here! (Click to stream, right-click to save)

And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to us on iTunes because we do this every week!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Game of Thrones Season Four Book Comparison - Episodes 1 & 2


As we plunge headlong into the new season of Game of Thrones I’m interested to see how the story contorts and develops between the sprawling and intricate chess game in A Song of Ice and Fire and the much more visual and limited medium of the HBO series.

Thus far, this season has done a much more adept job at telling the right kinds of stories from the book and developing a more legible plotline. The characters have been well developed despite their limited screen time and extremely interwoven and complex plotlines have been turned into more digestible stories without sacrificing future stories.

I hope it holds up, but in the mean time, join me under the cut if you want to know more in the way of comparisons to story arcs and plots between Game of Thrones season four and the book series.

Note: this article includes spoilers up to and including Game of Thrones season four episode two. Future book spoilers are not included.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review: The Word Exchange


When it comes to what's new and hot and awesome in dystopian fiction as of late, it usually centers around fascistic governments or a world recovering from a major war or disaster, or simply becoming some sort of post-apocalyptic survival story. Rarely is it one that, instead of attacking people directly, it chooses instead to attack language. Thus Alena Graedon's The Word Exchange.

There are a good deal of books that have been published over the years that deal with language and the written word as a major point, whether it be fantasy like Blake Charlton's Spellwrite trilogy, or the somewhat fantastic/paranoid like The Raw Shark Texts. In The Word Exchange, it's a computer virus that turns real, it's people getting sick (sort of like The Flame Alphabet from a few years ago) from the technology designed to help them communicate. It's technology turning on us.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 83: Gremlins! (with guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable!)

This week we break all the rules when we get mischievous with the great George Gipe's novelization of Gremlins! Joining me is fan-favourite guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable who, much like the titular creatures of the books, starts out fuzzy and adorable and becomes increasingly violent and aggressive! Is this another Gipe classic, or a bloated misfire? Find out by wading through our biggest episode yet!

You can download it right now from the official site!

Or why not subscribe to us on iTunes and join the discussion in our friendly Facebook group!


Monday, April 14, 2014

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for April 14th 2014! Quicksilver Eats a Burger!


This week is an eclectic mix of pop culture goodness as we review Muppets Most Wanted and Divergent, bitch about Quicksilver, talk about Bronies, cosplay and the state of fandom, watch a whole lot of anime, and finish up with a discussion about the first episode of the new Game of Thrones!

Download here! (Click to stream, right-click to save)

And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to us on iTunes because we do this every week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

True Detective Review


True Detective is, in a word, stunning.

The way that it's filmed, the actors, the colours, the plot; it's all simply flawless.

Jumping backwards and forwards in time over about 17 years, the plot follows two detectives; Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) as they struggle to uncover the identity of a serial killer in the mess of personal conflict and conspiracy. Cohle often postulates depressing world theories and views to his equally arrogant but significantly less enlightened partner as they navigate a backdrop of religion and self-discovery, culminating in a terrifying discovery.

For more on True Detective please follow me under the cut

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Out This Week: Divergent




It's been out for nearly a month in the US, but it's finally our turn to check out Divergent, the story of a young girl in a dystopian future,  based on the 2011 debut novel by Veronica Roth. Join me below the cut for a spoiler-free review of the latest YA adaptation on the block.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 82: Dragonheart! (with guest host Jacinta!)



This week there's no fooling when we delve into the blistering LXII pages of the Dragonheart junior novelization! And joining me to make fun of Dennis Quaid is legendary FPcast co-host Jacinta! Have you ever spent a night in a dragon's mouth? Come and hear about someone who has!

You can download it right now from the official site!

Or why not subscribe to us on iTunes and join the discussion in our friendly Facebook group!