Yearly Archive:: 2018

Spinning Silver Spins a Complex Tale of Debts

When I worked at a bookstore in high school, my manager always said, “You cannot tell a book by its cover, but you can sure sell a book by its cover.” The cover of Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, a loose adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, beckoned to me; a woman releasing pieces of gold from one hand to another gave me the perception of a woman in control of her own life. The light-blue background with white drops of snow accompanied...

This Week in Geek (8/13/18–8/19/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 13th to Sunday, August 19th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

In Puzzle, Drama and Reflection Fit Together

It would seem like a challenge to piece together a thoughtful and engaging film around the quietest of games—something more entertaining to do yourself than to watch. But in Puzzle, director Marc Turtletaub manages to find a dramatic tale to weave around the game itself without turning puzzles into a set dressing for an indie drama of rediscovering passion and purpose. He knows that the game itself has a more contemplative edge and lets the audience enjoy that sense of reflection...

The Meg Takes a Bite Out of Summer

You have to have admire the pecularily Hollywood kind of confidence it takes to make a large-budget shark movie these days. I mean, there are plenty of ferocious predecessors that are really, really good (Jaws, Open Water, The Shallows) and the countless more that are not much better than lukewarm chum (looking at SyFy and a certain movie about tornadoes). So, if you try to make a good movie, the bar is pretty high, and if you are shooting for...

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Combines Magic, Beauty, and Terror

I’ve been on a bit of a faerie-story kick lately—not so much the Grimms’ variety as the creepy-but-beautiful ancient fey myth variety. Before this most recent resurgence of my affinity for such things, I’d heard a little bit about a newish anime series (first released in October 2017) called The Ancient Magus’ Bride and was intrigued by it. When I ran across it again a few weeks ago, it struck me as just the sort of strange and beautiful story...

After Stunning in Year 15, Goth Prom Preps for Sweet 16

For 15 years, a revolving group of committed individuals has taken the time to plan, create, and execute one of the most fabulous goth nights of the year. The committee behind Goth Prom has changed over the past decade and a half, but its members work tirelessly to bring the community the best possible event despite encountering scheduling conflicts and venue issues. This year, prom was moved from its long-standing venue, downtown Minneapolis’s the Saloon, over to the Loring Bar...

4 Recent Comic Releases You Need to Read Right Now

The comic-book scene started the summer off on a high note this year! A massive amount of first issues premiered from all types of publishers. We also got a few continuations from June that have been keeping up stellar momentum. If the amount of time it would take to cover all of the awesome July comics sounds excessive, no problem! We’ve got some of the best titles summed up and reviewed—with no spoilers—to get you all caught up. 1....

Despite Its Flaws, Detroit: Become Human Delivers a Memorable Gaming Experience

Detroit: Become Human is the latest game from developer and Quantic Dream studio head David Cage, whose previous games include Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. Its story centers around three androids—Kara, a recently repaired house android tasked with taking care of a young girl; Markus, the personal android of an aging artist; and Connor, an android investigator sent by CyberLife—and the roles they play in the growing concerns about what constitutes being human and whether or not...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 8, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 8, 2018. Black Badge Publisher: BOOM! Studios Words/Story: Matt Kindt Art/Colors: Tyler Jenkins, Hilary Jenkins “Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission...

She Is the End Brings Rich Storytelling to New Adult Fiction

Truthfully, I have never sat down and watched an episode of Firefly. How do I know that the newest local sci-fi book I read She Is the End by A. C. Weston is like Firefly? From what I can gather and read on the Internet: Firefly brings together a group of people who are all unique and add a special flare to the team. She Is the End is similar but adds space witches, hired assassins, and a conspiracy theorist to the mix. She Is the End is...
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