What am I Missing?

Posted in Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by C J Spear

I’ve mentioned on this blog before about how I’m trying to watch as many films as possible, but another thing I’m working on is reading more. I’ve always loved reading, but during my years at college and Uni I barely read anything other than stuff for my courses. When I left Uni, I made a concerted effort to change this, and started searching out lots of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels. It was my favourite genre, so it made sense to start there.

This went fairly well, as I’ve now read quite a few of the classics (Dune, Foundation, I am Legend, Rama, 2001 a Space Odyssey, I Robot, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle, Lord of the Rings), even if I did basically take a year out to read everything that Asimov wrote because I fell in love with his stories. There’s still plenty left to explore in the genre, especially considering I haven’t read hardly any modern sci-fi, but I figured that it was time to branch out a bit and check out other things. After checking out a few mystery and crime novels, I figured it might be good to start reading the all time classics.

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August Update

Posted in Books, Miscellaneous on August 7, 2016 by C J Spear

Just a short blog post this month to update everyone on my writing schedule. While I was hard at work on the Return of the Dragons sequel, real life reared its ugly head and I’ve had to make some important changes, mainly that I’m now working a full-time job.

In terms of my writing, this means I now have less time on my hands, and so it will be longer before I can complete the book. I’m not particularly happy about that situation, but right now I have no choice, and I wanted to let everyone know that they shouldn’t get their hopes up about the sequel appearing any time soon.

I still plan on creating monthly blog posts (assuming I continue to find things to talk about), so you’ll still see content from me here, and I’ll sure to post the odd update on book progress.

I hope this isn’t too disappointing for anyone, but the reality is that it’s almost impossibly hard to make a living as a writer unless you’re incredibly talented or incredibly lucky (or have good connections), but I still hope I can keep producing fun stuff that people will enjoy reading; it will just appear more slowly.

As always, you can hit me up on twitter @heroicrant or just keep following me here for posts and updates.

On Fandom and Geek Culture

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2016 by C J Spear

The internet has always been a place where people can spout their opinions, regardless of whether or not they’re ill-informed. As the internet age developed, millions of people realised that they now had the ability to share their views with the guarantee that at least a few other people would hear them, with the possibility that hundreds or even thousands might see it. It’s easy to feel lost in a world with over 7 billion people all vying for attention, so it’s hardly surprising that so many people jumped at the chance to feel like their voice was being heard.

With the demand ever-increasing, technology has been built around allowing more and more of this, with social media creating a world where people can instantly share their views with others, or contact people who would otherwise be hopelessly out of reach. When the internet was first created, people optimistically thought that the world might get smarter; with all the information you could ever want at your fingertips, surely people would research things, increase their knowledge on a variety of topics or seek out people with opposing views that may challenge their beliefs. Unfortunately, that isn’t what happened.

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Warcraft: The Beginning – Review

Posted in Film, Gaming with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2016 by C J Spear

It’s rare that two of my main interests – gaming and film – intersect. The history of video game adaptations to film isn’t a pretty one, and when the Warcraft film was announced as actually a thing that was happening, I was both nervous and excited. Warcraft has such potential for incredible films, but as with any video game adaptation, it had the chance to be terrible.

Before I dive into details, let me just start by saying the film isn’t terrible – it’s avoided the pitfalls of ‘another terrible video game movie’. Is it an incredible, groundbreaking, life-changing film? No, but that was always unlikely, and as far as I’m concerned the film was good enough. Good enough sounds like a fairly mediocre review, but I mean from the stand point of a general audience member. Warcraft provides a fun film experience for people who’ve never played the game, but for fans of the franchise (especially the lore) it’s something else entirely. The World of Warcraft has been brought to life.

My full review after the cut, but we warned that there will be some spoilers ahead. If you’re familiar with the lore it shouldn’t be anything surprising, but if you’re not then I’d recommended seeing it and coming back.

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Hurry Up, Future

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2016 by C J Spear

Game of Thrones returned to TV a couple of weeks ago, which is generally a cause for celebration. However, being British, I’m always going to find something to complain about, and in this case while the show itself has been great and I’m enjoying it, I can’t help but feel irritated by the time between episodes. It’s not just the wait, but the problems that the wait entails.

Now, this post may just come off as a millennial whining about things that are unimportant, because things are much better than they used to be, and to a certain extent yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m old enough to remember life before the internet; when TV watching was a massive headache where you either sat down at the exact right time or just missed out. I understand that I have things better now than anyone 20 years ago could ever dreamed of.

However, I can’t help but feel that we’re stuck in an awkward limbo between the past and the future, where we have the technology and the means to streamline our entertainment, but a lot of companies haven’t caught up with it, or are just clinging to older models because they assume they’ll be more profitable or they just fear change. What am I talking about? Let me back track a little.

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Batman V Superman V Frustration

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2016 by C J Spear

I was going to avoid writing another blog post about a film, as I’ve done a few of those over the last couple months, but then Batman V Superman happened and I just needed to write stuff down about it. This post will be less a review of a film, and more of a deconstruction of everything it does wrong. This film was frustrating, because it could have been so much better than it was. Whether you liked it or not, hopefully we can all agree on that.

Obviously, I’ll be talking about the whole plot, so if you’re avoiding spoilers, stop reading now. You’ve been warned.

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The Future of WoW

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , , , on March 2, 2016 by C J Spear

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about WoW, but it’s still a game I really enjoy, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ve tried my best to condense my thoughts on the topic into a few specific points, but they tend to blur into each other, so apologies if this is a long and rambling post.

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