A highly enjoyable flick. Not quite as tight as the first one was, but it definitely didn’t jump the shark. The two-villains thing works fine when one villain is paying the other, rather than a cheesy team-up. And the Black Widow wasn’t so much a love interest as an extra special effect that flirted … More Iron Man 2 Verdict
Siege #4, the last issue of Marvel’s latest crossover, came out yesterday. For those not keeping score, Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, has been the “top cop” in the Marvel Universe for a while now, basically running everything with the help of a secret cabal that included Dr. Doom, Loki, and some other baddies. … More I Already Miss the Bad Guys Being in Charge
… are among the topics that came up in David Grossman’s interview of me over at io9, along with some discussion of my short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts.” Check the interview out here in case you didn’t catch it yet. David had some great questions and it’s cool to see io9 initiating … More Ghost stories, Ursula Le Guin, and Gay Trading Cards…
I didn’t catch the opening of Iron Man 2 yet, but several things I’ve read about the movie have got me worried. I have no expectation that it will be as good as the first one; I’d be happy with merely decent. My worry is that the Iron Man movie franchise has already completely jumped … More Five Signs a Superhero Movie Franchise Has Jumped the Shark
Just finished reading From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust. The novel is a hilarious send-up of the superhero genre, told in the form of a self-help book for superheroes: “When Being A Superhero Can’t Save You from Yourself – Self-Help for Today’s Hyper-Hominids.” The novel is narrated by Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman, who … More Superhero Self-Help
My short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” is now available for free online at Realms of Fantasy’s website. It’s also being featured next week in io9’s short-story reading club. The short story club is a new feature at io9, and the first few stories featured included stories by Isaac Asimov and Elizabeth Bear, so it’s a … More Tio Gilberto All Over the Internets!