Dungeons & Dragons Movies: Good Bad Flicks Finds a Lot To Love!

Dungeons & Dragons… the movie. This guy sure likes it, and I’ve never seen it, but I can’t imagine I’d like it more than he does.

But what about the SEQUEL?

I appreciate his passion for the flicks. I don’t share it—then again, I haven’t seen either—but I appreciate it. Love what you want to, brother, don’t let anyone else tell you different.

TRAILER TIME! Will Smith + Orcs, Kong is King, and Shadows of Mordor II!

We start this Triple Trailer Tuesday with one for Will Smith’s Urban Fantasy movie, Bright. In an alternate Los Angeles, a human cop and an orc cop team up to locate a legendary blade everyone wants—and will kill for.

Elves, goblins, orcs, mages… should be interesting. I have some reservations, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

Next is the last official Kong: Skull Island trailer before the movie releases on March 10.

I’m still convinced it’s gonna be an anti-war, anti-American preach fest, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

The next trailer was unexpectedly released after Target inadvertently revealed the existence of this sequel to Shadows of Mordor long before the developer was expecting to.

Look, that is simply incoherent, as a part of a Middle Earth. Makes no sense, given the mythos established by Tolkien.

Then again, it’s a game, and as long as it’s as fun as the first game, people will buy it.

Awesome Things About the Harry Potter Movies!

So a new Harry Potter-ish movie is out—Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In celebration, here’s a BUNCH of cool little lists about the original Harry Potter movie series. SPOILERS BE HERE!

The movies were not exactly like the books, as any book fan could tell you. Here’s the ten biggest differences between the book series and its cinematic adaptations.

Harry Potter had some pretty cool spells. Here’s ten of the best.

And, in a tribute to those who died during the series, we have the ten most gut wrenching deaths.

CONGRATS TO THE DRAGON AWARD WINNERS!

Yesterday was the inaugural awarding of the Dragons, Dragon Con’s Science Fiction/Fantasy awards, and no less than FOUR awards were won by acquaintances, friends, and / or good friends of mine!

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Congratulations are due to all the winners, but especially:

Best Science Fiction Novel—Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm by John C. Wright

Best Fantasy Novel—Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

Best Apocalyptic Novel—Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole

Best Horror Novel—Souldancer by Brian Niemeier

All four have, at one time or another, been on my Geek Gab podcast, and one—Brian Niemeier—cohosts with me!

Again congrats to all four winners, their victories are well deserved. The full list of all winners can be found here, and if you’re interested in reading some of the MANY deserving nominees, you can find the full list here.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO WERE NOMINATED AND ALL WHO WON!

Gorgeous Fairytale Photographs!

The world of Faerie is strange and chaotic, at once much like our own yet wholly alien. Czech photographer Karolina Ryvolova specializes in portraits drawn from folklore and fairtytales of her native land.

Beautiful women, beautiful photos—what’s not to love?

Lava
“Lava”
Lada II
“Lada II”
Sacred
“Sacred”

We’ve featured Ryolova’s work on the blog before, here, and you can find even more At The Link!

Hugo Nominations!

Nominations for the Hugos are due in the next two days, and I got mine in yesterday. Time to talk about what I nominated, and why!

(These are not all that I nominated, just the most significant / interesting works.)

Best Novel

  • A Long Time Until Now, Michael Z Williamson. Great time travel story. Very interesting.
  • The Discworld [Complete Work], Terry Pratchett. Like Wheel of Time last year, the whole series as a single work. And what a work it is! Witty, poignant, insightful, imaginative. Pratchett was one of the best.
  • Strands of Sorrow, John Ringo. Last of his “Islands of Rage and Hope” series. Probably the single best zombie series, period.
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher. Butcher’s best work. Simply stunning. My #1 pick.
  • Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C Wright. Brilliant multiverse book with a, so far as I know, utterly unique reason for the timeline divergences.

Best Related Work

  • “Appendix N”, Jeffrey Johnson. An in-depth look at the literary works and authors listed in the famed Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Appendix N. As most of these works are utterly unknown to people who started reading sci-fi / fantasy in 1978 or later, it was not only illustrative of the assumptions behind D&D, but it illuminated a whole new world of fantasy and sci-fi, radically different from that I had know.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):

  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Harebrained Schemes
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Project Red
  • Fallout 4, Bethesda Softworks

It was only recently discovered that computer games qualify for the Best Dramatic Presentation award, so I nominated three of the best from last year.

The John W. Campbell Award:

  • Brian Niemeier. Sharp guy, great writer. One to keep an eye on.