Book Review: Stuff of Legends

Stuff of Legends

Stuff of Legends, by Ian Gibson

When young Elliot is granted three wishes by his former nanny, his first is to go on an adventure with the legendary Jordan the Red. The only problem is that Jordan is retired and has no interest in any more adventuring. But when a bard and a wizard bent on revenge show up, it seems Jordan has no choice in the matter.

In a highly satirical take on quest fantasies, Stuff of Legends is a wonderfully refreshing and funny escape from reality. Jordan is a grumpy, retired hero who wants nothing other than to be left alone. Elliot is a naïve but pleasant boy who holds Jordan on a pedestal, and would love to be the hero that Jordan used to be. With the help of his elvish nanny, a hired bard, and a morally-deprived agent, Elliot gets the adventure of a lifetime.

This debut novel is witty, creative, and completely enjoyable. In fact, the humor reminded me quite a bit of one my favorite fantasy writers – Lawrence Watt-Evans, from his Legends of Ethshar series. Full of adventure, clever puns, and satirical characters, fantasy fans will love Gibson’s good-natured humor and smart writing. I was impressed with this strong debut.

Syfy Comic Con Panel: Stargate Universe

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Syfy Comic Con Panel: Warehouse 13

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Syfy Comic Con Panel: Sanctuary

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DVD Review: Sanctuary: The Complete 2nd Season

Sanctuary: The Complete 2nd Season

Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season

The Sanctuary is a haven for all kinds of paranormal creatures, from the monstrous to the shunned. Dr. Helen Magnus has made the protection and study of abnormals her first priority. Following the cliffhanger ending from season one, Magnus’ daughter Ashley has been kidnapped by the deadly Cabal. And Magnus and her team discover the Cabal’s plans and their plans for Ashley.

Joining Magnus’ team this season is Kate Freelander, a con artist with a good heart. Adam Darshi plays the initial rogue-turned-hero throughout the season. Her character changes quite a bit, as early on, I found her annoying and out of place. And the rest of the team is back, of course: Amanda Tapping as Dr. Magnus, Robin Dunne as Dr. Zimmerman, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss, and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt. These characters are some of my favorites on television.

Season two is just as exciting and suspenseful as the first. Each episode is strong and continues to impress. The ensemble cast works well together, with excellent acting. And the special effects continue to inspire, and are easily the greatest of any other television show on the air today. I can’t say enough about how much I love this show. Season three is coming to the Syfy Channel this fall. So don’t miss the first two seasons of this excellent show, now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Special Features Include:
– Episode Audio Commentaries
– Five featurettes
– Anatomy of an Episode
– From Script-to-Screen look at “Next Tuesday” episode
– Behind the scenes
– Video diaries
– Bloopers and outtakes
– Production stills photo gallery


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