Magic Street

Magic Street, by Orson Scott Card, just confirms what a brilliant writer he is.  I have read several series by Card: the Homecoming saga, Ender saga, and the Women of Genesis series.  So when I saw previews on Magic Street, I was excited to read it.

In the acknowledgements at the end of the book, Card gives credit to his friend who encouraged him to write a story with a black hero.  There is a lot of African-American slang throughout the book, and Card said that his friend is the one who helped him with this different point of view, because he didn’t want it to come off silly. He wanted to get it right.

Magic Street is about how a middle class, African-American community in LA is caught in the middle of a battle between the king and queen of the fairies.  There are many references to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And that’s the best way to describe the book without giving too much away. 

Mack Street was abandoned by a drainpipe as a baby, and the book follows his life, his strange powers, and his affect on his community.  There are quite a few twists in this modern-day fairy tale.  And while reading the first chapter, I thought Card must have been smoking something while writing this; Card managed to weave together a fun, magical tale that was surprisingly heart-warming.

Heroes Has Online Comic


One of the upcoming fall series that I’m most looking forward to, Heroes, will be incorporating an online comic into the story of the show: 

Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the the series will be accompanied by a Web comic at that will become an integral part of the show itself. “Just to give a little spoiler to everybody, the audience should look for the idea of the comic book to play a huge part internally inside the show,” Kring said in an interview.The weekly Heroes Web comic will run concurrently with the series and will have some relevance to the episode airing that week. “People can log on and view and sort of interact with the online comic book every week in conjunction with the episodes,” Kring said. “And the comic won’t be necessarily about that episode, but it will further enhance your viewing of the show. It will be sometimes an alternative look at what you’ve seen, or the other side of what you’ve seen, or a story that just sort of enhances your appreciation of the characters.”The series has a close connection to the world of comics, with comic-book writer Jeph Loeb on board as a writer and producer and artist Tim Sale providing drawings for one of the characters on the show, an artist who paints images of the future. The two were instrumental in attracting other well-known names to the online comic, including Jim Lee and Michael Turner. The stories will be provided by the show’s writers.

Kring, who is overseeing the online comic and will also be involved in breaking the stories, said that the project has been time-consuming but was always part of the show’s original conception. “We knew that this was coming,” he said. “This show was always sort of going to have a large online and Internet component attached to it. So in the development of the show and preparation for launching the show, we took a lot of that into consideration. So we tried to carve out time and money and personnel to sort of handle that.” Heroes premieres Sept. 25 and will air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


Superman Returns

Bryan Singer has done it again. At first I cringed at the thought of someone besides Christopher Reeves playing Superman. But Brenden Routh surprised this superhero fan! He not only mastered the iconic Superman and Clark’s mannerisms, but even his voice! The first scene he spoke in, I got chills. I’m convinced no one else could have filled the Man of Steel’s boots like Routh.

Kevin Spacey did a spectacular job as Lex Luthor as well. Of course, Singer had the part with Spacey in mind. But Spacey embodied the villain with a much darker, vengeful way than Gene Hackman. He masters everything he does.

While I was impressed with Kate Bosworth’s acting as the spunky, fearless Lois Lane, she still didn’t look anything like Lois. I was already disappointed with that aspect going in though. Her fiancé, Richard White, played by James Marsden (of X-Men fame) had a much larger role in the movie than I expected. He and the rest of the supporting cast were exceptional in their parts.

The story rivals the two original Superman films. There is plenty of action, drama, clever humor, and romance. The movie lasted two and a half hours, and I can safely say that no part of the movie dragged. I can’t imagine any part of it being cut or shortened. I’m not going to give anything away for those who have yet to see it, but a couple twists and surprises are entwined in the story as well!

The special effects and cinematography were brilliant also. Singer did an amazing job! I give Superman Returns an A.

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