Paul Weimer is a photographer, genre enthusiast, and fan of maps – these are his good things.
Good things to read.
Emma Newman, author of the Split Worlds Series (Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All is Fair). The series is Changeling the Lost meets Downton Abbey as feuding families tied to mad Fae patrons scheme in the world between ours and Faerie, and in those as well. Sparkling Urban Fantasy with no sign of tramp stamps or improbable dakka.
The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey: (Starting with Leviathan Wakes) James S.A. Corey really is the collaborative name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The Expanse series is straight up the middle space opera that would not have been out of place 30 years ago–except for the far improved characterization, including significant, important and central female characters. From Earth-Mars space battles to an alien terraforming molecule that could destroy humanity, to dead-funny fish out of water comedy, the writing will keep you turning the page.
Elizabeth Bear. One of the most scarily talented writers of her generation. With multiple Hugos and types of novels under her belt, there is nearly an Elizabeth Bear novel or story suite for any taste. From near future thriller-SF warrior Jenny Casey to alternate history magical mystery heroine Abigail Garrett, she draws strong characters whose stories suck you in and refuse to let you go. I particularly like her new epic fantasy series starting with Range of Ghosts.
Good things to watch.
The World’s End. The third in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s trilogy of movies (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz being its predecessors), the movie bears not only watching, but rewatching to catch the layering of characters, motifs, references, homages and careful construction. And its a hell of a lot of fun for a movie about a gaming changing alien invasion in the middle of a 30’s something seemingly futile grasping at tattered old glory in the form of a pub crawl.
Dredd. I missed this in theaters, and wish I hadn’t. Karl Urban subsumes himself fully into this rebooted look at the British comic book icon, and it will make you completely forget the Sylvester Stallone vehicle. It also has great action beats, and multiple strong female characters.
The 10th Kingdom. Recently re-released on DVD for the first time in years, a NBC Miniseries from 2000 about the unexpected intersection of a kingdom built on fairy tales, and our own modern world. With a cast ranging from Rutger Hauer to Ed O’Neill to Dianne Wiest, the series examines and deconstructs fairy tales years before the current crop of series such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Good things to use.
Campaign Cartographer 3. If you have any interest or need to drawing fantasy maps for your next book, or just for the hell of it, this CAD type software is far and away the best of breed. Add on one of the annual packages, and get even more map and symbol types to play with.
Two-Factor Authentication. Passwords get hacked all the time. Make it harder for miscreants to break into your email or other account. Its simpler to set up and use than you think.
National Parks. One of America’s best ideas (as per Ken Burns) and he’s right. National Parks and Monuments are an American shared cultural heritage. There’s a National Park, Monument, Historic Site, Recreational Area for your taste, probably near you. They are your National Parks, so go visit them!
Connect with Paul on Twitter, @PrinceJvstin.