For the first time since high school I may actually finish my summer reading list, or at least hit the 90% mark. Of the 17 novels, graphic novels, and audio books on my 2013 reading list, I've completed 14.
With our Second Darkness campaign on hiatus for a week my gaming group decided to try out Numenera, Monte Cook's new game of science fantasy set 1 billion years in the future. Numenera is one of the lead contenders for our next RPG campaign, with three members of the group participating in the Kickstarter and another pre-ordering the core rule book.
The Cabin in the Words is the ultimate meta monster movie. It lovingly explains exactly why all those countless teenagers in all those terrible creature features movies had to die, and does so in amusing -- yet horrifying -- fashion.
There are certain animals that simply creep people out. Endless documentaries on the Discovery Channel and PBS have shown us that sharks, spiders, and snakes are misunderstood creatures, but that doesn't stop up from secretly worrying about being strangled in our sleep by giant reptiles.
Eight Legged Freaks is a throwback to the radiation-infused monster movies of 1950s, in which fallout from a nuclear weapon causes fauna to grow to unusual size and then go on a murderous rampage. In Eight-Legged Freaks, it's toxic waste that causes the runaway growth of arachnids at a local spider farm.
The Relic is a
Alien-rip off creature feature with delusions of scientific authenticity, unlikeable characters, and an underwhelming monster. It's appearance on Netflix streaming may tempt you to watch it, but you're better of watching one of the many Tremors sequels available on the service.