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Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Audio Book Mini Review by The X

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It seemed like after The Hunger Games released and followed with an even more successful film there’s been a rash of teen books gracing the shelves featuring power heroines. The talented young Veronica Roth pinned the Divergent series, the Brit Samantha Shannon has introduced us to The Bone Season and the pink-haired Laini Taylor captivates with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Well, I’m not just saying this because Laini is from California or because she has published a comic book or that her husband’s a comic book artist – I truly think her series is my favorite so far – granted, I haven’t completed The Bone Season yet – and it’s good as well. The way Laini describes the moody misty landscape of Prague, the protagonist Karou’s relationship with the characters in her sketch book and the bond she shares with her best friend and tiny puppeteer is mesmerizing. Khristine Hvam narrated characterizations truly draw you into the story. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the opening of this book over and over again because I love the world that she’s created. This is a book about the eternal struggle that exists between good and evil as seen through the magical worlds of Angels and Demons interwoven within the human world. There’s humor, teen love, art classes, Poison Kitchen and teeth that are collected for reasons so interesting that I won’t tell you here and spoil the surprise. I’ve read and listened to a lot of books over the years and this book and the series is one of the best yet. And I’m not just saying this because Laini’s a cute lady. Check it out and recommend it to a friend. The sequels are Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters (released April 8th 2014). The film rights have already been scoped up so a script is in the works.


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Two Swords, a Hand, and a Pony: Game of Thrones Season Four Premeire Event

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Sunday, March 30, 2014, HBO presented a red carpet premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4, at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend.  What better way, for All Good Things TV to spread the wealth, than to give a review for the premiere that no one else will be able to give for months!

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I will try my best not to give any spoilers.  Hell, the title could be considered a spoiler, but it's more like a cryptic code that only time can unlock for you to say, "Oh...I get it, now..!" Well, in this premiere, relationships seem to be a focus.  Daenerys Targaryen questions her control over her dragons.  Both Lannister brothers are in danger of losing the ones they love.  Jon Snow may have to pay with his life, for his past relationship with Ygritte, and his brief time as a WildlingThe Hound and Arya Stark test their strange bond in battle.  And lastly, a presence enters to not only witness the forging of a new royal relationship, but to repay the Lannisters for an old royal marriage turned bloody betrayal, reminiscent of "The Red Wedding."
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Not only was the new story well written, but so was the opening recap.  In fact, I remember someone in the audience remarking on how she had missed a lot of the last season, but how well the opening recap filled in the missing gaps for her.  Yes, indeed, it is hard to believe that they managed to squeeze in so much, so well, including some of Season One.
Well, 'sorry about the short review.  After all, it is just an hour long show, y' know!  However, I thought I would  share some pictures from the feast afterwards. 
Enjoy!

Jason O. N. Roberts
Founder/Owner/CEO | Otaku no Baka, LLC and ALL Cool Things™
http://www.AllCoolThings.NET/


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Bob Fingerman's "Minimum Wage" - Mini Review

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While I was out looking at comics today, the cover of Minimum Wage caught my eye (no surprises there, right?) This serial is about Rob Hoffman, an illustrator who is still living at his mom’s place. “Minimum Wage” chronicles Rob’s adventures with his twenty something friends. As of the first issue, he is on the verge of signing divorce papers and is newly single, exploring the online dating market. By the end of issue #1, he’s met May, a super curvy free spirit with body issues (the girl on the cover above). May is also living close to the margins, as illustrated in a funny scene with her landlady.


What struck me as interesting about Rob and May’s relationship is how easily he is able to score with this voluptuous vixen. The first time they make out, she insists on keeping the lights off. Later we learn it’s because she doesn’t feel good about her figure. Now, contrast this to a similarly built woman in the black community. By date number two she’d be taking Rob through the ninth circle of hell, rather than putting out. There would be no confidence issues. Anyway, the story with May is a nice little entree in my sparse oeuvre of curvy girl lit, along with Clowes and Crumb.

“Minimum Wage” features great artwork and surprisingly funny slice-of-life stories about Rob and his crew. His online dating travails are a highlight.


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New Mr Little Jeans - "Good Mistake"

Ever since I heard “The Rescue Song" in Celeste & Jesse Forever I’ve been a fan of Mr Little Jeans aka Monica Birkenes. And it appears that I’m one of a small number. Despite melodic, catchy tunes, Mr Little Jeans just doesn’t seem to have caught on in the mainstream in any significant way. Of course, one of her songs was on the secondary soundtrack for Iron Man 3, so I could be wrong about that *cheese grin*

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Where the Idea for AGT Came From

These bedtime stories from UK beaut Freema Agyeman is where we first got the idea of hot chicks reviewing stuff. I still find these appealing. Freema is so charming and sexy.




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Some Thoughts on Creating a YouTube Channel

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So today our channel finally reached 10,000 subscribers, which means we're eligible to start charging for subscriptions according to YouTube rules (only a fool would do that though). One thing that was very frustrating when we started this all was trying to find information about how much YouTube pays and it's rules.

Here's a few things I've learned...

1) Pay - YouTube videos pay about $1.25 per thousand views from our experience. On the net you'll see estimates of anywhere from $5 to $1 per thousand views, but we haven't seen anything close to $5. Right now Google is making out like a bandit on Youtube. There are TV shows on networks that do not get 500,000 views (the finale of "90210" drew less than 600k viewers), yet advertisers on those shows pay $100,000 for a 30 second spot. In contrast, a YouTuber with half a million hits on a video makes a paltry $500 from ads.

2) Content is King - I see channels all the time struggling for viewers and it's b/c they haven't figured out what ppl really wanna see. I learned early on that non-ethnic curvy women who act like nerds have a huge draw online. Why? There's a lot of people who are hypocrites when it comes to curvy women - in public they adhere to mainstream standards, but behind closed doors they want a Mal Malloy. Their paradox is my profit. Whatever the subject matter, you gotta give ppl what they want. It is worth it to go through a lot of trouble to find a good subject for your channel, because once you do the views and subscriptions will just roll in.

3) Make Allies with Big Followings - Initially it will be difficult to get anyone to pay attention to your channel, no matter how good your content is. You'll need a launching pad - websites and Twitter users with large followings who will give you props. This doesn't happen overnight. I gained some allies with Indosplace, like the Smoking Section and Byron Crawford. You also have to plan your video postings carefully so that when the video finally goes online, ppl will know it's there.


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Justice League: War - Mini Review

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This is an adaptation of the 2011 Justice League: Origin storyline, wherein the world is under attack by an alien armada led by the powerful Apokoliptian, Darkseid. A group of superheroes consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Shazam must set aside their differences and gather together to defend Earth. (Yes, that was lifted from Wikipedia.)

For those of you who’ve always wondered what would happen if Superman really took off the gloves in a fight with Batman, this movie holds the answer. Let’s just say it gets ugly fairly fast for Batman (and Green Lantern). In general, Superman is not his usual nice self in this movie, which is kind of a treat. To quote Green Lantern (frightened) “This guy is gonna kill us!”

As DC animated movies go, this one is pretty good. It’s not quite at the level of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman: Unbound, or Batman: Under the Red Hood, but it’s better than, say, All-Star Superman or Justice League: The New Frontier.

Cyborg finally gets his just dues in a movie - he is definitely one of the mvps in the fight against Darkseid, who is one the formidable villains I’ve seen in a DC flick. Oh, and Shazam gets to use that word without transforming himself, which is cool. The voice characterization, with the exception of Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman, Jason O'Mara as Batman, and Alan Tudyk as Superman, is somewhat weak in this one.

Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of these movies, Justice League: War will definitely satisfy.


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Mal Malloy Reviews Her Top Three Horror Flicks

A very nice review by Mal Malloy of her top three (3) horror films. This reminds video reminds you why there was such a fuss made about this girl in the first place. Sexy and interesting sums it up I think.




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Olivia Jensen: DIY Distressed Jeans Tutorial

Olivia is back! Check out her latest.




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Thor: Dark World Review

blogEntryTopperTonight I had the pleasure of attending an advance screening for Thor:  Dark World by Marvel Studios.  I had high hopes after watching the trailers and was not disappointed! 
Where the first Thor involved the realm of the Frost Giants, the sequel delves into the realm of the Dark Elves and their leader, Malekith.  Malekith wishes to reclaim The Aether, an artifact of tremendous power from before this universe and lay waste to Asgard to make his realm supreme, above all others.  Once again all nine realms, including Earth, are endangered by one being's quest for domination and power.
Thor:  Dark World appeals with elements of action, magic, and science, as well as humor.  All of the important characters from the first Thor return, showing growth, and perhaps some damage, from not only the first movie, but from the events that unfurled in The Avengers.  As the movie begins, you see how heartlessly ruthless Malekith is by what he is willing to sacrifice to get what he wants.  Later you see how much he is willing to take.  His daring and total disregard for the pain and loss of others sets into motion events that forge an uneasy alliance between Thor and his estranged and adoptive brother, Loki
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Thor:  Dark World has all of the Hollywood special effects you expect from an epic superhero movie, as well as great battle and fight scenes.  I was pleasantly surprised at some action scenes that I would not have expected from a Thor movie.  Ah, ah, ah!  No spoilers..!
I also have to take my hat off to Marvel Studios and the creative decisions they have made since its acquisition by Disney.  All of its movies since Captain America:  The First Avenger contain slight elements of the others woven in.  These shared nods and winks give an almost comic book-like appeal because they refer to each other in the same manner that comic books have for decades.  Each movie builds upon the older ones, and to truly understand and appreciate the more recent one, you must  have paid attention to the others.
As with all Marvel Studios movies, stay through the credits.  If you haven't learned this, yet, then I suggest you break out your old DVD's and Blu-rays to see what you've been missing for close to 10 years, now.  As a bonus, Thor:  Dark World has a secret credits scene after the customary secret credits scene, so don't just jet off once you've seen the first one.
All in all, I'd say that I enjoyed the sequel to Thor more than the original, and look forward to Marvel Studios's next project.

--Jason O. N. Roberts
Founder/Owner/CEO | Otaku no Baka, LLC and ALL Cool Things™
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