Friday
Mar132015

Trailer Park Friday: Two Short Films, Inside Out, The Con Man & More

This week we don't have just trailers here at the Trailer Park. Thanks to so lurking around io9, there are a couple of short films along with a trailer for an upcoming web series and of course some movies.

First up is Sequence, a 20 minute short film that gets on the violent side of things. It's about that weird day when your girlfriend tells you she had a really messed up dream about you and then someone else you know says they dreamed about you too, and things just get a whole lot worse from there. It's by Carles Torrens and might have given me the hebbie jebbies.

The next one is this adorable claymation animated short about a man who search brought up a roommate a little different than expected. It's by Laerke Kromann and David Crisp, and it's called Roommate Wanted - Dead or Alive. It's only about 8 minutes long.

If you're a Firefly fan, you've probably already heard about Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Indiegogo campaign for The Con Man, a new web series they're creating that has a premise a little too close to comfort. After starring on a short-lived, but cult loved sci-fi series, Alan's character can't seem to get his career off the ground, making his living from attending sci-fi conventions while his former co-star is now a hot movie star. You can support their campaign here. Here's the trailer they just released earlier today.

Pixar has released a new trailer for their upcoming release Inside Out, which is all about the feelings living inside your head. Something tells me that it will be difficult to not get the feels with this one. It comes out June 19.

I don't really know much about Torrowland, other than that it's a place at Disney World with old school future tech and robots (or it was when I was a kid). There is also someone named Myles that has a cartoon about him that my niece and nephew love. As for the up coming George Clooney movie, I don't know much about it. It comes out May 22.

And finally the newest trailer for a videogame that will stress me out too much to play it probably. Batman: Arkham Knight is the newest in ht eBatman game series and it looks vicious. It comes out on June 2.

What videos have caught your eye on the internet lately? Share the links in the comments and have a great weekend.

Monday
Mar092015

Review: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime
Marie Rutkoski

Farrar Straus Giroux
I received an ARC from the publisher
Released March 3, 2015
417 pages

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Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Last year’s The Winner’s Curse was one of my favorite reads. It was the perfect balance of world building, engaging characters that I wanted to hang out with, and dramatic stakes that left the plot firing on all cylinders throughout most of the book. I was eagerly anticipating the second book in this series, The Winner’s Crime, and while I enjoyed it as well, it did suffer from what a lot of second books in trilogies suffer.

SPOILERS FOR THE WINNER’S CURSE (BOOK #1) AHEAD

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Random Tuesday: Meet The Local Strangers (And Some Other Stuff, But Mostly The Local Strangers)

It's been a dreary, rainy, foggy, Cloud City like day here, except without any visits from cool people like Han Solo or Lando Calrissian. I'm really not in a blogging mood, but I did want to share with you guys that today is a special day.

Today is the release date for Take What You Can Carry, the newest album by The Local Strangers. It's a 2 disc album where one disc is with a full band and the other is a stripped down acoustic version of all the same songs. I've first met Matt years and years ago when he was in a different band, and I met Aubrey the last time the pair were in Austin. These guys are the real amazing deal and you really should listen to some of there songs.

Here's a video for their song "Gasoline".

And you can learn more about Take What You Can Carry over at their Bandcamp page here.

 

How's that for random? We don't dive too much into music around here, though it's long been a passion right along with books and food. Here's a few more random things to peruse.

io9 has a great recap of all the Easter Eggs in Agent Carter now that the season is over. Hopefully we'll be getting a season 2 next year.

It's pilot season and I'm obsessed. EW has a list of all the currrent pilots in development at the usual network stations. Could your next favorite television show be on this list?

And if your TBR pile can take it, here's a list of many science fiction and fantasy titles coming out in March. My bookshelves are trembling in fear.

 

Now to curl back up on the couch and be a lump of unproductivity while listening to The Local Strangers.

Thursday
Feb262015

Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Boneshaker
Cherie Priest

Tor Books
Released September 29, 2009
416 pages
Steampunk / Sci Fi

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In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

This is going to be one of those reviews that are the hardest for me to write. Writing reviews for books I loved or hated are easy. Word spill out like water and I tend to have to hold myself back so I don’t end up with five pages of ranting. It’s the books that, once finished and the final pages are turned, I say to myself, “Huh. That was fine.”

Boneshaker is fine. It often suffers from Fellowship of the Rings syndrome, where the characters spend more time walking the landscape than actually doing something, but the steampunk Seattle is an interesting place to explore. There just wasn’t a whole lot for me to grab onto and love, so that I was left feeling like I might be reading this book out of duty towards the steampunk genre I love instead of because the narrative made me want to finish it.

Briar Wilkes has had a hard life. She is a tough woman raising a son after her scientist of a husband destroyed Seattle and started a zombie plague. Now 15-years-old and questioning the world, her son Ezekiel gets the brilliant idea to go into the zombie-filled city to prove that his father wasn’t the scheming criminal the entire world thinks he was. Of course Briar has to follow him in because she’s a good mother with a rifle and a gas mask.

I really like Briar. She fits into the western-esque nature of this world with a lot of grit and gumption. She is not afraid to do what needs to be done and won’t take nonsense from anyone just because she’s a woman. The underground world of zombie-Seattle is very much a Wild, Wild West sort of place with saloons and maniacal gang leaders and shoot outs and an illegal drug ring. There just happens to be a bunch of dead people trying to eat you at the same time.

Ezekiel is a teenage boy who thinks he knows enough about the world to understand how it works when he really doesn’t. Priest stays true to that nature and Zeke regularly messes things up and gets into plenty of danger. While I’m not a fan of him per se, I can respect the character she created because he’s very much true to what a 15-year-old boy would be like.

The steampunk elements are spread out pretty evenly and, outside the premise of the Boneshaker machine, are relegated to airships and weapons. There aren’t many out-there gadgets. Like I said, it feels more Wild West just with a few weapon mods. I could have used a little less gas mask description though.

But mostly the book suffers from walkabout syndrome with both Briar and Ezekiel’s stories mainly being about walking through plague-ridden Seattle trying to find what they’re looking for. The action sequences are all about running through tunnels, finding staircases, dealing with sealed doors and those sorts of things. Other than a mystery surrounding the true identity of the evil Professor Minnericht, the plot is regulated to “Will Briar find Ezekiel before they both get eaten by zombies?”

I guess I wanted more from this book. The cover is super cool and Boneshaker has become kind of a modern steampunk touch point, so I expected more excitement, more plotting, more something. I don’t think I’ll dive much further into this series when I have others that could entertain me more.

Wednesday
Feb252015

February Loot Crate - The Unboxing of the Play Box

So I've been a Loot Crate subscriber for about six months now, and I really love the idea of Loot Crate, but the execution hasn't completely blown me away. Every month there's one or two things I really like, which keeps me on the hook because next month could be the month where things get AWESOME, right?

Last night we pulled this really cold little guy out of the mailbox.

February's theme was PLAY and Fernando thinks this is his favorite box so far. So what was inside.

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