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Reading The Ruin of Kings: New Beginnings (Prologue & Chapter 1)

Hello, Tor.com, your Auntie Leigh here! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you! But I return to the fold today with a Very Important Message for you. Are you listening? Awesome, here it is:

Beginnings are important.

There’s a definite flavor of “duh” to that statement, I know. Um, yeah, you say, of course beginnings are important, if we didn’t begin things we wouldn’t have things. Okay, yes, true. But, I contest, the beginnings of some kinds of things are more important than those of other things.

Stop being so damn vague, you say? Okay, how’s this: the beginnings of stories are important.

Also a “duh” statement, possibly. But, possibly, not.

The beginning of a story is vital. I would argue, in fact, that the beginning of a story is more important than any other part of it, including the end. Which may seem like nonsense, but think about it: if you aren’t intrigued enough by the beginning of a story to keep reading, it doesn’t really matter whether the end is good or not, does it? You’ll never get there to find out. A story without an audience is no story at all.

Why do I say that? And what does this have to do with the nifty artwork up there for a certain upcoming series, hmm? Well, if this beginning was enough to entice you to want to know more, click on to find out!

[Well begun is half done and alla that]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Wheel of Time News! Opinions! Casting Suggestions, Revisited!

OH EM JEEPERS, y’all, it’s actually happening.

That’s right: the long-optioned rights to the TV adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic fantasy series have been officially ordered by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, to premiere on Amazon Prime Video at… er, some point.

I mean, it’s vague, yes. And things could still crop up as obstacles. BUT STILL. This is a giant step closer to what all we WoTers have been woting I mean wanting. And dreading, yes. But mostly wanting.

But that in itself isn’t solely what inspired me to write a post about this announcement; it’s also about the direction of the TV series that the Variety article implied. One which I found exciting, to say the very least.

[clicket the thing, you know you want to]

Examining a New Beginning: Jenn Lyons’ The Ruin of Kings

Hello, Tor.com, your Auntie Leigh here! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you! But I return to the fold today with a Very Important Message for you. Are you listening? Awesome, here it is:

Beginnings are important.

There’s a definite flavor of “duh” to that statement, I know. Um, yeah, you say, of course beginnings are important, if we didn’t begin things we wouldn’t have things. Okay, yes, true. But, I contest, the beginnings of some kinds of things are more important than those of other things.

Stop being so damn vague, you say? Okay, how’s this: the beginnings of stories are important.

Also a “duh” statement, possibly. But, possibly, not.

The beginning of a story is vital. I would argue, in fact, that the beginning of a story is more important than any other part of it, including the end. Which may seem like nonsense, but think about it: if you aren’t intrigued enough by the beginning of a story to keep reading, it doesn’t really matter whether the end is good or not, does it? You’ll never get there to find out. A story without an audience is no story at all.

Why do I say that? And what does this have to do with the nifty artwork up there for a certain upcoming series, hmm? Well, if this beginning was enough to entice you to want to know more, click on to find out!

[Well begun is half done and alla that]

The Top Five Best-Worst Moments of the Wheel of Time

Oh my God, Becky, look who’s back: me, with a Wheel of Time post! Again! What a world, what a world.

Today’s post completes my thoroughly odd trilogy of Best Moments and Worst Moments in the Wheel of Time, by adding a third category to what anyone normal would consider a dichotomy: a list of the Best Worst Moments of the Wheel of Time. Or maybe the Worst Best Moments?

Look, I don’t know, you don’t know, nobody knows, it’s fine. This whole thing is mainly just an excuse to be all like, hey, remember when that thing happened in the Wheel of Time and we all had feelings about it?, so I feel like everyone will be okay and have a good time with it in the end.

So if having feelings about Wheel of Time things seems like your bag, click on!

[it is so big]

Top Five Worst Moments of The Wheel of Time

Look lively there, Tor.com, for I have brought you: an argument.

Specifically, an argument about the Wheel of Time, one of our favorite tried-and-true sources of argumentation round these parts. And even more specifically, as a complement to my recently-posted Top Five Moments of WoT, this is an argument about which are (gasp) the Top Five Worst Moments of the Wheel of Time. Oooooooooooooh…

And don’t forget, once you’re done arguing, to go and check out Tor.com’s newest font of WOT Argumentating: Kelsey Jefferson Barrett’s Read (not Reread!) of the Wheel of Time. Good times!

But first, with great vengeance and furrrrious anger (but, you know, polite vengeance and anger, be nice, y’all), click on!

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Top Five Moments of The Wheel of Time

Say hay, Tor.commers, this is your Auntie Leigh, coming at you live-ish with a true blast from the past: a Wheel of Time post! From me! ZOMG!

Yes, indeed, in honor of the fresh new take we are getting on our favorite flagship series here in High Craggy Hill Land, the powers that be have asked me to revisit my, er, well-preserved and thoroughly seasoned take on the Wheel of Time and serve up some Best Of/Worst Of realness, for the pleasure of your eyeballs and the outrage to your moral sensibilities! Which I am of course always happy to provide.

In this post, O My Peeps, we will take a look at my not-even-slightly-biased opinion on the Top Five Best Moments of the Wheel of Time, which will naturally agree with everyone’s opinion of the top five moments of the Wheel of Time, right?

Right! Come and be gloriously incensed by all the obvious rightness, y’all! Whee!

[We’re leaving together/ But still it’s farewell/ And maybe we’ll come back/ To earth, who can tell?]

Resurrect Your Whimsy: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Welcome to 2018, Tor.com! How about a new Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia to celebrate? That’s what I thought you said!

Today’s entry is that grand disaster of 1988: Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[“I don’t have time for flatulence and orgasms!”]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Oooh, A Sparkly: The Secret of NIMH

Happy almost holidays, Tor.com! Please join me for the last Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia of the year, won’t you?

Today’s entry is by popular request: 1982’s animated classic The Secret of NIMH! Yay!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[Oh! The poor turkey fell down!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Say Hello to the Very Hot Night: The Lost Boys

You’re a creature of the night, a Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia, Michael! Just wait till Mom finds out, buddy!

You guessed it: today’s MRGN covers that actually good teen vampire movie of 1987: The Lost Boys!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[“Kill your brother. You’ll feel better.”]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

“Bonjour, Je Veux Mon Livre”: Hocus Pocus

Happy pre-Halloween, Tor.com! In celebration of the encroaching Pumpkin Spice Day, please accept this humble offering of one of the Butler Sisters’ all-time favorite holiday movies: 1993’s Hocus Pocus! Whoo!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[It’s the chocolate covered finger of a man named Clark!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Meandering with a Mazy Motion: Xanadu

A million lights are dancing, Tor.com, so come and see what I thought of a place no box office dared to go!

Yes, the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia is covering that most interesting of failures: 1980’s Xanadu! With a guest appearance by Brother-in-Law Peter!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[also, the voice of Zeus was totally Colonel Pickering, and I’m DASHED]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Still Not a Relic: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Good afternoon, Doctor Jones – and Tor.com! Please join the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia for a movie whose awesomeness neither the years nor the mileage can bury in the sand: 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark! With special guest appearance by Nephew Remy!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[Guess I’ll have to bust out my old Tomb Raider games now]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

At Least It’s Not Grain Storage: Stargate

Dust off your sarcophagi and bust out your sunscreen, Tor.com, because the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia is back, with: 1994’s Stargate! They do the sand dance, dontcha know!

(And if you immediately got that reference: congratulations, you’re old. Whee!)

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[oh way oh]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

You Just Digested the Bad Guy: Innerspace

Howdy, Tor.com! The MRGN is back, with a big fave of the Butler Sisters: 1987’s Innerspace! Action! Adventure! Theistic hysteria! The funniest depiction of bodily fluids in cinema history! Yay!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[Here they have a lot of fun/ Puttin’ trouble on the run]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Negative, I am a Meat Popsicle: The Fifth Element

Ladies and gentlemen and beings of indeterminate provenance! I present to you the MRGN post of a thousand and one follies, jollies and lick ‘em lollies: 1997’s The Fifth Element! Supergreen!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[Aziz, LIGHT!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

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