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Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Spoilers)


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I was expecting good things from the second part of Peter Jackson’s interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” I was pleased with “An Unexpected Journey” for the most part, and the character portrayals (aside from Radaghast) had left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Unfortunately, Jackson just didn’t do a great job with incorporating a lot of the actual book into the movie. There is A LOT of re-imagining going on, as well as some completely unnecessary side stories that do nothing but steal precious time from things that should have been included, or were barely there at all.

Don’t read on if you want to avoid spoilers about the movie. But then again, you should have read the book by now, so none of this should be spoilers. If you haven’t read the book, bow your head in shame…

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Iron Munchkins Reading Free Comics 3


stawars4may This weekend was a pretty nerdy one for me. It started off Saturday morning with a barrage of “May the Fourth Be With You” messages from various people, indicating that it was Star Wars Day. I didn’t do anything Star Wars-y to celebrate, but I got my geek on in a different way…by participating in Free Comic Book Day.

Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne (the perfect name for a comic shop) was my shop of choice, and Shell and I rolled on in at open to snag some free comics. They were all laid out on a giant table and it was a free for all, so you could take whatever you wanted with no restrictions. I’m sure a couple of greedy thugs took multiple copies of the same title, but I was reserved and only took ones I was genuinely interested in. I was really looking forward to The Walking Dead one, since I’ve been really hooked on the comics lately. I was also happy to see Bongo, which was chock-full of short Simpsons comics. Some other titles that peeked my interest were Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog/ Mega Man, Grimm, Judge Dredd, Super Man, and some others.

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The Walking Dead Comics Are Contagious

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As a quick note, this post references both The Walking Dead comic book and the AMC TV series. It is, for the most part, spoiler-free, though I will mention character names and basic plotlines. 

I’ve been a fan of AMC’s zombie survival series since Steve first lent me the first season on DVD. The show really does push for new ground as far as television series go, and the production quality is really up there. Yet while enjoying the show I never bothered to check out the comic series, which was the inspiration for the TV series. I loved comics as a kid but grew out of them as I got older, replacing them with video games and fantasy novels. So I wasn’t exactly crazy about reading comics again, plus I didn’t want to worry about tracking down all the issues, and continuing to purchase new issues each month.

Around Christmas time I was perusing Amazon for stuff to add to my wish list, and I came across The Walking Dead Compendiums. Each one contains forty-eight issues of the comic in one giant volume. This was exactly what I was looking for…the ability to purchase a bunch of the comics at once, and store them as books rather than separate issues. I received Compendiums One and Two for Christmas, and finally got around to reading them last week. With the two of these I have up through issue ninety-six, which goes far beyond where the TV series currently is (the conflict with The Governor.)  Read more

Swag From Santa 2012, Part 2

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I just got back from visiting my family and friends in Middletown, NY, and that means I collected on some overdue gifties:

  • “Voucher” for plane tickets to visit my sister in Colorado (not shown)
  • Epson Wireless Printer (not shown)
  • The Simpsons Season 15 Bluray
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium Two
  • Pateros Creek Employee T-Shirt (thanks to my bro-in-law, the head brewer)
  • Pateros Creek Beer Glass
  • Six-pack Beer Holder (for buying those single bottles at the store)
  • Wii U Nunchuck Controller
  • Simpsons Calendar
  • Rangers Pajama Pants (not shown)
  • Swiss Army Knife Keychain
  • Puzzle Cube (not pictured)
  • Undertaker and Kane Children’s Book…COMPLETE WITH TEMPORARY TATTOOS!!!
  • Beef Jerky
  • Candy
  • Toiletries (thanks to “Santa Mom”)
  • XBLA Points Card
  • Cashola


Book Review: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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Zombies have been all the rage for a number of years now, and I’ll admit to being on board that ship. Yet for some inexplicable reason, I never got around to reading World War Z. What’s really funny is that I knew it was a good book. Friends were always talking about it, I even bought it as a gift for both my buddy and my brother-in-law, yet I never got a copy for myself. Well, once I saw that there was a movie coming out I realized that I had to read this book before the film ruined it. Over the course of a few days I plowed through the book on my Kindle and enjoyed every freaking second of it.

A zombie outbreak spread across the world, attacking every country across the globe. It took several years but in the end humans were able to successfully counterattack the undead scourge and take back their land. World War Z takes place after these events, and is written from the point of view of an author who travels the world to collect stories from different individuals about their experiences during those dark times. Thus the history of this zombie war is recounted from varying points of view, from the first encounter with the undead in China to the final assaults in the United States and Russia.

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