Saturday, April 25, 2009

Be resolute!

To be honest, a great deal of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming puzzles me. It's either too coarse for my taste or simply not funny. Tonight, however, at midnight (11PM central) Adult Swim will be airing the long awaited, hour long NEW animated mini-movie: G.I. Joe: Resolute.

Brace yourselves. This not your father's G.I. Joe or even YOUR G.I. Joe for that matter. This all too brief outing is rated PG-13 and features actual on-screen death and blood. The script is by Warren Ellis and the animation team worked on AVATAR. The show has been airing all week long as 5 minute webisodes and is really quite amazing. It is full of "oh cool" moments and pretty sophisticated story-telling.

Check it out tonight or set the TIVO. It is the best animated G.I. Joe programming to date. But, remember it is not appropriate for young children due to the violence and mild language.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Time's Last Gift

I came across a copy of this just a few days ago. It was an old copy with the Darrell K. Sweet cover. In the moment, I didn't connect it directly with a blog post by my friend Charles. I grabbed it because I had never read Farmer and did remember Charles posting about his recent passing. I could barely put the book down once I began reading last Saturday morning. By Sunday afternoon I had finsihed. As I read, the story seemed familiar somehow and I began to suspect the main protagonist was Tarzan or at least his descendant. Farmer drops a lot of clues, but keeps it fairly subtle until the last 10 pages or so. The roller coaster reveal made me dizzy! 2/3 of the way through, Charles' blog came to mind and I sought out his old post from last year.

It's a great read if you like time travel stories. One of my favorite aspects of the story is how Farmer pretty much throws time paradox out the window at the outset.

If it happens, then it ALREADY happened. Don't worry about it.

Great stuff!