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The Gills: Listen to Live or Online – Just Listen to Them

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Photo courtesy of The Gills Facebook Page

Nashville is a city flush with musical talent and one of those local bands happens to be The Gills.

Originally the band may be from Pensacola, Florida but they have made Nashville their home over the last several years and our city has welcomed them.

A lot of bands feel their music but not every band can make the audience feel it too but The Gills accomplish that within the first song. Two songs in and the crowd is dancing, moving, and reacting to every lyric and every chorus. The Gills are extremely talented as evident from the moment they began their first set.

The quartet switch effortlessly from one song to the next, packing in the most musical enjoyment as possible into the time allotted.

Their sound is very unique and immediately grabs your attention. They stuck out from the other band proceeding them and surpassed other bands I’ve heard dozens of times before. The music is full of energy, full of drive. You can’t help but feel it in every bone. The lead singer pulls all the parts together with his dynamic voice but he isn’t the only heart. Every player provides depth that the band would be missing otherwise.

The Gills are a rare live show that sounds just as good as their recorded pieces. A group that you could see again and again without it ever being boring or have it feel like a repeat. Whether you listen to them live or listen to them online – just listen to them.

The Gills are currently working their self-titled album which is scheduled to be released in 2016.

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Adventure Time Season 5 Doesn’t Disappoint – Review

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The Blu-Ray and DVD release of “Adventure Time” season 5 has officially debuted and once again it doesn’t let viewers down! The fifth season collection includes all 52 episodes in a custom slipcase featuring everyone’s favorite magical dog Jake, adding to the collectible custom die-cut slipcases from the previous season releases.

I can confidently say that “Adventure Time” has not hit a downslide yet. Every season continues to hold up the insanely witty and clever writing and iconic silliness that the fans love. Season 5 is no different.

Noticeably in season 5, the writers have begun to branch out from the “two different stories per episode” format. A few times through out the season they wrote episodes so they linked up into a more of “monster of the week” format. I personally loved this and found it much more interesting than the regular format and more engaging. (However, I am an adult and maybe their younger audience prefers the quick and to the point stories.)

Season 5 also saw a lot of time spent outside of the homeworld oh which we have spent so much time. Many of the episodes took place in parallel worlds or dimensions allowing the storylines to get even crazier, zanier, and exciting. I have to point out that some of the best episodes of the season where the ones that took place outside of Ooo and in another land/dimension/universe such the pillow-world of “Puhoy” or the fan-fiction world of Fionna and Cake in “Bad Little Boy,” and especially the episodes “Simon & Marcy” and “The Vault.”

Over all, “Adventure Time” season 5 continues to ooze whimsy all over the place. You can’t go wrong with adding this Jake the Dog stylized season to your home DVD or Blu-Ray collection.

Episode List:

  1. Finn the Human
  2. Jake the Dog
  3. Five More Short Graybles
  4. Up a Tree
  5. All the Little People
  6. Jake the Dad
  7. Davey
  8. Mystery Dungeon
  9. All Your Fault
  10. Little Dude
  11. Bad Little Boy
  12. Vault of Bones
  13. The Great Bird Man
  14. Simon and Marcy
  15. A Glitch Is a Glitch
  16. Puhoy
  17. BMO Lost
  18. Princess Potluck
  19. James Baxter the Horse
  20. Shh!
  21. The Suitor
  22. The Party’s Over, Isla de Señorita
  23. One Last Job
  24. Another Five More Short Graybles
  25. Candy Streets
  26. Wizards Only, Fools
  27. Jake Suit
  28. Be More
  29. Sky Witch
  30. Frost & Fire
  31. Too Old
  32. Earth & Water
  33. Time Sandwich
  34. The Vault
  35. Love Games
  36. Dungeon Train
  37. The Box Prince
  38. Red Starved
  39. We Fixed a Truck
  40. Play Date
  41. The Pit
  42. James
  43. Root Beer Guy
  44. Apple Wedding
  45. Blade of Grass
  46. Rattleballs
  47. The Red Throne
  48. Betty
  49. Bad Timing
  50. Lemonhope (1)
  51. Lemonhope (2)
  52. Billy’s Bucket List

*Special Feature:

  • Exclusive Behind the Scenes Featurette

HBO Claims Jon Snow is “Dead-Dead” – Calling Their Bluff

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Obviously, there are spoilers ahead for all of “Game of Thrones” and A Song of Ice and Fire. If you don’t want lots of fan theories and spoilers from the show and book. Don’t read this article.

Last season ended with the shocking death of Jon Snow. Fans yelled, cried, and went into denial. Jon was a pivotal character in almost every theory of how the Game would end. To some he represented the “Ice” in A Song of Ice and Fire and to others he was the rightful heir to Iron Throne due to being a Targaryen and a Stark, and to most he was one of the few virtuous characters left in a world full of terrible, evil people. Regardless of your theory, his death was a blow to the fandom.

Then, a magical thing happened, it seemed that his death was not the end of Jon Snow, or so many many fans started to believe as they found signs everywhere. Actor Kit Harrington showed up in Belfast where the show is filmed (we doubt he is just there to hang out while the show is filming), HBO has yet to release the official death poster for the character like they do for every other character once they bite it, and Harrington has yet to cut his signature Jon Snow locks that he is contractually obligated to keep while on the show. Not to mention, the show has moved past the books in certain aspects so Jon’s fate is currently unknown in the source material. All these signs began to point fans to the idea that Jon was destined to come back from the dead, something totally not unheard of in the series.

Unfortunately HBO decided to squash the rising tide of hope almost immediately. Last week HBO executive Michael Lombardo said that Jon is dead, really really dead.

“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, he is dead,” Lombardo said on last Thursday during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

Show producers also said that Jon is undoubtedly dead.

“We would hope that after seeing the scene and the way it’s shot that the answer to that will be unambiguous in the minds of the people watching it,” showrunner Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly, referring to season five’s final bloody scene. “It should be pretty clear what happens in by the time you’re done seeing that scene. It’s not an, ‘Oh what just happened scene?’”

Other than crushing the hopes and dreams of every single person who loves Jon Snow and “Game of Thrones,” we still don’t believe it. Fans are calling their bluff and I am one of them.

Jon Snow IS dead. I totally agree with that. Dead is Dead in the world of “Game of Thrones.” But that has NEVER stopped someone from coming back from the dead before. In the books, Catelyn comes back from the dead thanks to the Lord of Light (though HBO execs confirmed this won’t happen in the show) and obviously zombies type creatures, White Walkers, and other undead creatures are totally the norm.

So why can’t Jon return even if he is dead-dead?

There are several theories floating around but one of which I am a proponent. There is one person who has been known to bring people back from the dead and that one person conveniently rode into camp right before Jon Snow was killed. The Red Priestess.

I find it odd that she dips out of Stannis’ camp and arrives just in time for Jon to be killed. She arrived there for a reason, she looked him right in the eye. She knew something was up. Also I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole time she was manipulating Stannis to do the actions she needed in order to get Jon where he needed to be. She knew all along that Jon was the true king but she needed Stannis to play his part and the only way he would do it is if he thought he had a greater purpose.

Death was a part of that plan. Stannis needed to die for Jon to rise up. Jon needed to die as Jon Snow the bastard of Stark; he needed to die to be released from his oath as a member of the Night’s Watch, and he needed be reborn as part of the flames – as a Targaryen.

So yes, HBO, dead is dead. Jon Snow is really dead. But Jon Targaryen has yet to live. I am calling your bluff.

Adventure Time Season 4 on DVD/Blu-Ray is a Must Have – Review

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This week, on October 7, season four of Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” released on Blu-ray and DVD. The release features all 26 episodes from the season and some pretty awesome bonus material.

In the fourth season of the Emmy® Award-winning series created by Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, fans witnessed Finn become infatuated with the Flame Princess in “Hot to the Touch,” anxiously looked on as Finn and Jake escaped from the clutches of Marceline’s demon father, Hunson Abadeer, in “They Went to the Nightosphere,”and followed alongside BMO on its journey to recover Finn’s missing sock in “BMO Noire.”

Marceline the Vampire has always been a favorite character of mine (mostly cause she is adorable and folksy but also slightly evil). So, I loved that the season four DVD and Blu-ray case is designed with her face much like previous releases focused on one character.

Season four has some of the best episodes we have seen so far. We not only get to see the introduction of the Flame Princess but also Finn and Jake’s trip to the Nightosphere. One of my favorite episode’s had to be “Card Wars.” It is accurate and hilarious. The Ice King is up to hijinks with his creation of his own princess after stealing his favorite parts of all the princesses in the land and it gets weird.

But not all the episodes are weird and odd. “I Remember You” was sweet and endearing. We see the man who Ice King used to be and I won’t lie it almost brought tears to my eyes. The song and moment that is “Remember You” is one of the best moments in the entire series.

One of the best things about getting season four on DVD or Blu-ray is the 19 minute featurette “Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time.” It has series creator Pendleton Ward, creative director Pat McHale, and storyboard artists Jesse Moynihan and Rebecca Sugar offering their commentary on the important role music plays in the series. One of the things that immediately first drew me into the series was how surprisingly good the original music actually is. All the songs from Marceline the Vampire are SO folksy and cute and just good. I mean even the theme song is super catchy. I loved seeing the background to each of the different songs and how important the writers felt they were to the show.

Overall, I feel like season four is such a high point for “Adventure Time” that I can’t sing its praises enough. It is only going to get better. I literally watched all  26 episodes in a row in a binge-watching session and still love it. Owning season four is a must have and it will be a GREAT gift for the upcoming holiday season. Trust me!

That Time My Nokia Lumia GPS Added Hundreds of Miles to a Road Trip

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A few months ago the significant other and I decided to take a road trip. We had spent far too many nights in a row snuggled on the couch watching “Boardwalk Empire” (Seriously, Nucky is the WORST, right?) and far too many days apart from each other working. So, we planned out a nice three-day weekend together. I had used Google Maps to plan a trip from Nashville to the Columbus Zoo where we would spend a few hours and then drive to see a concert that started late that night in Indianapolis. We would get a hotel and then drive back the next day.

Our trip was supposed to look something like this:

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The, things went terribly, TERRIBLY, wrong.

The day of the trip, we got in the car, far earlier than either of us are used to getting up in the mornings. I plugged in my Lumia and used the Here Drive+ GPS that comes with the OS and types in the address. In retrospect I should have double checked what the Lumia was telling me right then, but I didn’t.

According to the itinerary that was mapped out by the Google maps route two days earlier, we were to arrive at the zoo by 2 pm. That is not what happened. Halfway through the drive, while driving through Cincinnati, I remembered thinking to myself, “something isn’t right.” I looked at my boyfriend who was cycling through my mint green 3rd gen iPod, for something to listen to while his android was charging. “Why is the GPS saying we won’t arrive until after 5? I swear google said we would get there at like 2 when I mapped it yesterday.”

He tried to reassure me but I really hate being late. I had mapped everything out for a reason. Right? The GPS was supposed to take us the fastest way possible.

We didn’t arrive until a little after 5pm. I chalked it up to bad traffic and other anomalies. We ended up only spending an hour and half at the zoo before leaving at 7 to go to the show in Indianapolis.

However, by the time we ended up there, we had missed everything because once again, what google maps had showed me and what my Lumia had given me for directions were vastly different.

WHAT WAS GOING ON? C’mon Lumia, I thought we were buds. I talked you up to all my friends. Even when they said you weren’t good enough for me, I said they were wrong, and you let me down like this?

Pissed off and missing our favorite band and not spending nearly enough time with tiny and large animals, the boyfriend and I headed home. we spent the next four hours in my tiny two door Yaris, sad and disheartened. We got home at 4 am having spent 15 hours in a car together. But we didn’t kill each other and we are still together so there is that victory.

But wait, there is more.

A month later, we planned a make-up trip, this time to just Bloomington, Indiana, with no other stops, to see the same band playing. According to Google maps, from Nashville to the address of the venue, it only takes about 4 hours, as you can see below.

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According to the Lumia, if you try the fastest route it takes a whopping 6 and a half hours, adding on TWO HOURS and a HUNDRED MILES. If you try the shortest route, it adds on FIVE EXTRA HOURS to your trip. See proof below.

Thank the old gods and new that I checked this before we left the house this time or we might have missed yet another event thanks to the Lumia.

Then, I had a realization. During our last trip, I wonder just how much the Lumia’s GPS had affected the trip and ruined our drive.

So, thanks Lumia. You might remember, I wrote an article about how much I loved the Lumia earlier this year. Well, guess what? Our love affair is over. we did not survive those 15 hours in the car together. You’ll be moving out as soon as you can find a new home because all the trust is gone, until then let’s just try not to fuck anything else up, okay?

Nashville’s Live on the Green 2014 – Week 1 – Review

LOTGNashville, Tennessee is not called “The Music City” for nothing and one of the most highly anticipated events since 2009 is the local music festival Live on the Green. The 6 week concert series happens every year beginning in August where both local and international bands play on a stay at Public Square Park downtown for 6 weeks in a row. The best part? It’s FREE. Fans and tourists; newcomers to the city and natives; even people from all over the united states flock to the city to experience the event that is just another reason why Nashville is called “The Music City.” And it is fantastic.

At week one of 2014’s Live on the Green, audiences were treated to an exhilarating opening to the 6 week concert series presented by Nashville’s Lightning 100 radio station. Week one started off with a set from Spanish Gold, followed by local band The Weeks, and it finished off with the headlining band City and Colour.

Spanish Gold kicked off the evening with their most popular songs along with some newer tracks to jazz up the crowed as the inaugural Live on the Green band. With the almost perfect weather and sun setting behind them, their set played out to be an ideal experience for all fans in attendance. You almost couldn’t ask for a better setting to begin the outdoor concert.

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The Weeks were by far the best performance of the evening. They opened with their hit single “The House We Grew Up In” and it rocked the fucking house public square park. If there was anyone in the mass of 20,000 people in the audience not excited, The Weeks got their bodies moving. They followed up with a mix between favorite hits and deep tracks. Towards the end of their set, they treated their fans to brand new songs from a forthcoming album. To say these songs were crowd-pleasing would be an understatement. They ended the hour and a half set with their current single, “Buttons,” which easily blew the crowd away. It is rare to see a local band that sounds as good live as they do on a recording but The Weeks accomplishes that and more.

LOTG4The headlining band for week one was City and Colour and it is no surprise that as it got closer to their set, the audience started crowding towards to stage. Everyone wanted to be as near as possible to the folksy indie group. They spent they next hour and half serenading the audience with delicate melodies and brilliant ballads.

If you live in Nashville but have never been to Live on the Green or if you are new to the city, take an evening off and get out of the house and go. You can’t beat free and you never know who you will meet. With over 20,000 people in attendance so far this year, this event is a great chance to get out and meet people, make new friends, and listen to some amazing free live music. It really doesn’t get much better than that. Oh wait, there are a TON of puppies and dogs there. So it does kind of get better doesn’t it?

Week two (August 21) of Live on the Green presented by Lightning 100 features Goodbye June, Wild Cub, and The Head and the Heart.

You can see an album of photos from week one below.

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Try The Lumia 928 – You’ll Forget Why You Ever Loved iPhones

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I had been an iPhone user for a while, like years. And not just an iPhone user, a complete Apple user. Macs, iPads, iPods. Everything. Then one day, I made a switch to the Lumia 928. That’s right. A Windows Phone. The complete opposite spectrum of smartphones. Even though it took a few weeks for the shock to my system to wear off, I ended up loving the phone despite some ups and downs in the process.

The Good:

The first unit I bought was black because I figured it would look good with everything and any scratches would look minimal on it. The second unit I got was the white model which I admit looked WAY better than the black. It appeared much sleeker and overall attractive.

Coming from an iPhone what enticed me the most was the size of the screen. It is MUCH bigger. The iPhone screen can fit inside of the Lumia 928 screen. Plus the responsiveness of the touch screen is one of the best I have ever experienced. One subtle flick of your finger sends the screen reeling wherever you want to go.

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Previously when I found myself roaming about in a not so great cell service area (oh like Kentucky for example), my iPhone would die within a matter of hours. The Nokia Lumia 928 lasts much longer. On one charge, in a particularly terrible service area it would be around 12 hours before it would get close to dying. Significantly better than the iPhone. It should be pointed out that this only applies when not using frivolous apps and such in those particularly terrible areas. In good cell areas, like my big city, I still found the Lumia to have better life all together when compared to the iPhone.

The Lumia boasts a Sunlight Readability feature which is INCREDIBLE. Anyone who has ever had an iPhone knows the pain of trying to read anything in the sunlight. It is near impossible. With the Lumia, that is not a problem. The screen adjusts and you can read anything and everything no matter where you are and no matter what kind of visibility you are in. I cannot tell you how much of a step up it truly is until you experience it on your own.

As a Xbox Live gamer, I absolutely ADORE the integrated gaming between Windows Phone and my Xbox. The integration allows you to play certain Xbox games on your phone and the gamer points you earn on your phone will show up on your Xbox! I absolutely love it. You can even see you gamer avatar and adjust it on your phone, see which of your Xbox Live friends are online and what they are doing and check out the achievements you have earned so far. The Xbox integration is by far my favorite feature of the Windows Phone.

If you have a need for Microsoft Office products on the go without wanting to carry the Surface Tablet around, the Lumia also has Office products integrated. I have my work email which runs on Office Outlook synced to my phone so that I am never left out of the work loop. I love being able to see presentation and Word documents whenever I need to on my Lumia as well.

When I first switched from the iPhone I was surprised by how much better the camera is on the Lumia 928. The photos are much crisper, cleaner, and well-defined. The zoom works infinitely better than on the iPhone with the photos coming out clearer. The Lumia also has a much better rear facing camera pixel ratio.

The Bad:

The bad aspects of the phone are far outweighed by the good which is why I plan to keep it regardless of what they are. But they exist and here they are.

Currently, there are a lack of apps when compared to the Apple App Store and the Android App stores. Though on the plus side it is growing. There inst a free Spotify version, which I find very frustrating and my bank doesn’t even have Windows Phone app yet. When I first started using the Windows Phone there were not a lot of official apps for popular websites but that has started to change over the past few months so don’t let that change your mind. Vine, Instagram, and others have started creating platforms for this smartphone so it will be a matter of time before it will be just like any other. It is just a matter of hanging in there!

While the Lumia 928 is a lightweight sleek model, putting it in a case somehow made it feel bulkier and uncomfortable. The first Lumia I purchased, I made sure to put in a case. I purchased the silicon case through Verizon. I hated it. It felt somehow larger and much more uncomfortable in my hands (which are tiny by the way) so I switched to this model which was much more comfortable. Though the phone still never felt as comfortable as did without a case.

Which brings me to the worst part of the phone design. The rough edges and the reason I ended up with TWO Lumia 928’s. Despite my first 928, the black one, being in a case. It shattered. I dropped it from about a foot off the ground and the entire screen just shattered even though it was in the above mentioned Incipio Case. As you can imagine, I was beyond pissed off. I was a year from my contract renewal with Verizon. But accidents happen I suppose and the Lumia does not have rounded edges so it should be noted that impacts can be rough.

But also…

The Incredibly Annoying:

Here is what I find very annoying about the Lumia 928 but not also not enough so to switch back to the iPhone ever again.

There are not enough color choices for the tiles. I end up switching through the same five colors ever few days and it gets a bit boring. I think it would be a lot more fun to have customization color wheel or picker, rather than just 28 colors to choose from. Though that is a lot better than the iPhone where you get no choices.

I cannot use the Lumia 928 as my music player in the car. The sound is shit. I have to turn my car stereo up all the way to MAX and the phone volume up all the way to 25 just to get good sound. Then when I get out of the car I have to turn my phone volume back down to 10 (which is where i like it and it doesn’t disturb those around me when i get calls or texts.) And I have to remember to turn my car volume back down so I don’t blow my eardrums out when I turn my radio on. I find this insanely frustrating. This is the one and only time I still use my iPhone, it’s practically a $500 music player now.

Conclusion

The Lumia 928 is a magnificent phone. It is hard to find a better smartphone for the price. It has better specs, better battery life, and a better price than the iPhone and even has a batter screen. Take the plunge and try something new. You won’t regret it. I won’t ever go back to Apple as a primary phone in my life and I doubt that if you try a Windows Phone, you would either.

“A Darkling Sea” by James Cambias a Science Fiction Classic – Review

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There a lot of things that James Cambias does right with his new science fiction novel, “A Darkling Sea.” It is intriguing while keeping the reader on their toes. Each group of characters are fully realized with 3-dimensional personalities and lives. Plus it takes us to a brand new alien world that is both earth-like and incredibly foreign.

On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a group of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The human explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don’t disturb the native Ilmataran populace, they’re free to conduct their missions in peace. But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between human and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war. Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain.

Every chapter of “A Darkling Sea” is flush with different perspectives and points of view surrounding a major event. What I found most captivating is the fact that we see the story from three different alien races: the humans who are trying to explore this new planet with water on it, the Sholen who are trying to oversee the humans and limit further destruction by them, and the Ilmatarans the alien race caught in the middle.

Cambias goes so far as to create entire worlds for the two alien races in the novel. He builds their society from the ground up for the Illmatarans. Almost from the first time we see them, we get to learn how the Illmatarans handle almost every aspect of their society. From their schooling, their laws, the way their towns work, and even how they handle scientific exploration, literature, and technological innovations at the bottom of an ocean and ice.

As for the Sholen from Shalina, we learn they are very similar to humans (aside from their appearance) but Cambias goes to great lengths to make their differences feel very unfamiliar and foreign in staunch comparison to the human scientists that they interact.

Even after all the work put into creating the two alien races, Cambias still manages to make the humans relatable and sympathetic. Rob starts off with a tragedy and from there we can’t help but root for him to succeed and be happy. However, the scientists of Earth are not as developed as the rest of our cast of players. This could be due to the fact that there is really no need to go in-depth in a society we are already relatively familiar with.

The plot itself rests on one simple inescapable truth. You can almost never have three species in a disagreement not go into war. What was once passive resistance in the beginning by both humans and Sholen turns active and deadly for all sides. Then almost unstoppable becomes an all-out interstellar guerrilla war aided by the Ilmatarans.

Yes, the story is interesting and exciting, but when it comes down to it, the real gem of “A Darkling Sea” is the societal and cultural insight by Cambias. Very few authors have mastered the interspecies interactions of intelligent species in a thought-provoking and realistic way. A true science fiction classic.

Brandon Sanderson’s “Words of Radiance” Is a Masterpiece – Review

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If you haven’t had the chance to read any work by Brandon Sanderson, you need to stop what you are doing and pick up one of his novels. I recently got the chance to read “Words of Radiance,” the second book in The Stormlight Archive series and found myself engrossed in a fantasy world like no other.

In “Words of Radiance” their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have to come expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will more into a new, dangerous phrase as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along; hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithiru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restores Knights Radiant, which mastering the powers of a Windrunner.

Sanderson does several things really well in this second installment. He has the precious ability of building and creating worlds of fiction and fantasy so they feel incredibly real. He also can write both battles and characters very well in a believable and genuine way.

Roshar is more than just another fantasy world. It is another character in the ever evolving storyline. That kind of dedication to a mere setting is something you don’t see very often.

Similarly to A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, “Words of Radiance” features the viewpoints of several main characters allowing a more complete yet complex look at the overarching story. Having multiple viewpoints allows the reader to get a grasp of the bigger picture happening rather than just one character’s perception. Sanderson pulls the off seamlessly as he transitions to each person. You can see each character’s perception of the world around them in a dynamic and distinctive way.

One thing I found particularly marvelous about “Words of Radiance” was Sanderson’s ability to write women characters realistically. Male authors tend to have a difficulty writing females, particularly, I have noticed, in a science fiction/fantasy setting. I was SO glad to see that Sanderson treated women, you know, like normal people and not some exaggerated stereotype.

The best part of “Words of Radiance” is how the tale twists and turns and keeps surprising you when you least expect it. You think you have got it all figured out until all of sudden some small piece of the story emerges and changes the entire course of where you think it is heading.

“Words of Radiance:” is masterful, captivating, and a literary tour de force. Sanderson knows how to hook a reader almost immediately until you find yourself thinking about Roshar and Kaladin and Shallan and everyone else when you should be sleeping.

Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season Is Entertaining and Perfect for Binge-watching – Review

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Up until about a month ago, I had never watched a single episode of “Adventure Time.” I love Cartoon Network and their avant-garde programming but “Adventure Time” was something I hadn’t gotten into. That has since changed. I recently got the chance to watch and review the Blu-Ray release of “Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season.” And I loved it.

The complete third season of “Adventure Time” released on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 25. It featured all 26 episodes as well as bonus features and episode commentaries, an interview with creator Pendleton Ward, and an alternate show introduction. Not to mention, the edition was released in a custom die cute BMO slipcover that can turn into a figurine of the beloved character.

I ended up binge watching the entire series over the course of two days while home after a surgery. Not only did it cheer me up and keep me laughing for those two days but it kept me entertained the entire time. Plus once you are done watching all the episodes, you have tons of bonus features to keep you busy till your next binge watch. It is safe to say that the every episode is unique and hilarious. If you proceed like me, and watch several episodes in a row, you will not get bored and the episodes won’t run together. It is perfect for marathoning without getting stale. Ward has done wonders with Jake and Finn and all the inhabitants of the Land of Ooo. It is not often that a show is both absolutely unique, off the wall weird, but also incredibly entertaining.

While the animated series may seem like a show for little kids, there is humor in it that adults like myself will enjoy and laugh along with. Don’t let the look fool you, give “Adventure Time” a chance if you haven’t already. There are a lot of components to the show that make it a winner from the silly setting to the ridiculous adventures that Finn and Jake get themselves into on what seems like a daily basis. ( Though I think we can all agree that there should be more cats in the series. Do you hear me Pendleton Ward?)

From the mind of series creator Pendleton Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants – and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin. The Land of Ooo is teeming with imposing mountains, lush green plains, accessible forests, ubiquitous prairies and winding rivers, the cities and towns are filled with bizarre characters in need of unique assistance. Whether it’s saving Princess Bubblegum, defeating zombie candy, mocking the “oxy-moronic” Ice King, or rocking out with undead music wiz Marceline the Vampire Queen, with Finn and Jake it’s always Adventure Time.