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Book Trailer: Intraterrestrial

Next week, on January 16th, the aliens are coming. On that day, the ebook edition of Intraterrestrial will finally touch down on Earth. The paperback will be arriving in the near future, as well—and as soon as there’s an official date, I’ll let you all know.

In the meantime, I’m excited to unveil the official book trailer for Intraterrestrial. Watch it below!

Adam Helios is a bully magnet without many friends. When he starts hearing a voice that claims to come from the stars, he fears he’s losing his mind, so he withdraws even further. On the way home from a meeting at the school, he and his parents are involved in a horrible car crash. With his skull cracked open, Adam’s consciousness is abducted by the alien who has been speaking to him for months.

After surviving the wreck with only minor scratches, Camille Helios must deal with her guilt over the accident that left her husband badly injured and her son in a coma. When the doctor suggests letting Adam go, Camille refuses to stop fighting for her son’s life.

Lost among galaxies, Adam must use his imagination to forge a path home before his body dies on the operating table. But even if he does return to Earth, he may end up locked inside a damaged brain forever.

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Pale Highway: Book Trailer

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Hey all! Hope everyone had a great Halloween, and that you’ve all successfully recovered from any haunted trees (like the terrifying one pictured above), ghost stories, black magic, werewolf encounters, serial killings, possessed trick-or-treaters, and post-Halloween hangovers that you may have encountered. After another week packed full of busy happenings, I know that I now need to catch up on some Walking Dead episodes.

Red Adept Publishing has released a book trailer for Pale Highway. Check it out below:

Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Some Thoughts on the Trailer

All right, so over the course of this blog’s lifespan, it has probably become  apparent that I’m a pretty diehard Spider-Man fan.  That being the case, I can’t help but feel compelled to leave my thoughts on the new trailer.  Makes sense, right? Right.

Yep.  Sure.

By “new trailer,” I’m of course referring to the new Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, released earlier today.  Now that the messy and tedious reboot business is out of the way – or in other words, we don’t need to go through the origin story again – Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a movie that really has room to do some interesting and creative new stuff with the Spider-Man mythos.

I’ll admit, Amazing Spider-Man was  a movie that really surprised me; while I initially wrote it off, it ended up being a pretty good Spidey flick, with several moments of greatness.  Sure, it wasn’t anywhere near the first two Sam Raimi movies – and I still think that redoing the origin was unnecessary – but the movie turned out well, and left a lot of room for an even better sequel.

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So, how about that sequel?

While I don’t think that it makes much sense to do a thorough review and analysis of a two minute trailer, today’s release does give us some ideas on where this movie might be going.  So, on that note, here’s my thoughts:

  • Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are still fantastic.  Great chemistry.
  • The costume?  Possibly the best Spider-Man costume yet on film.  Love those big eyes.
  • The plot.  Looking good, looking good.  While following up on many seeds planted in the first film, the plot here seems a great deal more interesting.  The mystery surrounding Peter’s parents is still the primary thrust of the story, and it seems that Oscorp is being set up as the ultimate antagonist of this series of Spider-Man movies. By that, I mean that we can likely expect that all of the villains in this series will be Oscorp creations, which is a path similar to the one taken by the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.
  • On that note, there’s a brief scene which shows both Vulture’s wings and Doctor Octopus’ tentacles in the background, implying that these will be future villains developed by Oscorp.  While this is a cool shot, it does raise some dilemmas.  Now, the idea of Vulture makes sense; if they’re planning on doing the Sinister Six in a future film, then Vulture has always been more of a follower than a leader, and Adrian Toomes’ origin story isn’t particularly complex.  But Doc Ock?  See, the problem is that Ock is far too powerful, independent and intelligent an antagonist to serve as a mere henchman for Norman Osborn’s corporation. If that’s the only way they can fit him into this series,  it would probably be better to leave him out.  Really, it’d be pretty damn hard to beat Spider-Man 2’s masterful depiction of the character, anyway. 
  • The tone.  While very different from the bittersweet, Stan Lee-inspired feeling of Raimi’s movies, this trailer continues the  edgier, more rebellious Ultimate Spider-Man-like tone of the  first film.
  • Not sure how I feel about this Harry Osborn/Green Goblin business.  Having Harry be the Goblin before Norman seems like a weird twist, but I’ll wait and see how it plays out.  We already had a pretty faithful depiction of the Goblin legacy in the last trilogy, so I can understand the desire to switch it up a bit this time around.
  • On the other hand, Electro looks absolutely amazing.  Between the inspired casting of Jamie Foxx, the sure-to-be-spectacular special effects and the tremendous cinematic potential of the character himself – a tortured, self-doubting loser who is suddenly given the powers of a god – I’m betting that Electro will be this movie’s showstopper, and other than Andrew’s Peter, he’s probably the part of the movie that I’m looking forward to the most.

That’s all for now.  We’ll see how the finished film turns out next summer, but so far, it’s looking good.

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