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This weekend, I went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2. I loved the first one, and I was cautiously optimistic about the sequel. Well, more cautious than optimistic, really; it’s pretty rare that movies with a “2” attached wind up being very good. Usually they’re an attempt to cash in on a successful franchise with little effort. After all, you’ve already got the audience invested in a good story, so why waste time being creative all over again?

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a clear attempt to cash in on an existing audience . . . with an actual good story. Be still, my heart. If you’re expecting “more of the same,” you’ll be both pleased and disappointed; the world of the Viking dragon-riders has moved on, but in a natural way as the characters age. (Though honestly, I’m subtracting a few numbers from Hiccup’s age, stated in the film as 20, because the youths all still act younger than that. The first film seems like it stars 12-year-olds; this film feels like 16-year-olds.) Continue reading

download (1)I keep getting side-tracked when it comes to making blog posts. The new job, plus finishing contracts on the old one, is taking up a lot of time. However, I had to write up a review of Skin Game by Jim Butcher, the latest Dresden Files novel.

If you don’t know what The Dresden Files is (or if you only know it from the failed TV show that bares little in common with the books), here it is in a nutshell. Harry Dresden is a wizard. A professional wizard. The only professional wizard in Chicago, to be exact. He’s even in the phone book. He’s a card-carrying member of the White Council, the semi-secret (mainly because normal people don’t believe they exist rather than because they try to hide) semi-government of mortal magic users. They also, to some degree, protect mortals from supernatural threats: vampires, demons, warlocks, werewolves, faeries, and other things that go bump in the night. And, in Harry’s case, they try to pay the rent while doing it.  Continue reading

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