Studio Steve’s fascinating animated short The Guardian’s Tale allows the audience to take a whimsical journey to a far-away alien planet.
One day, a supposedly innocent little girl crash-lands onto a world where a terrifying beast guards a powerful treasure. Oddly enough, the two hit it off and become best friends, although the story takes a dark turn, and the surprise is something you will never expect. With the narrator’s light Scottish lilt and rhyming verse, the short feels like a fairy tale being told around the fire. The flashbacks to the beast’s beginning are animated in a different style, which adds to the whimsical feel of the plot.
Without giving too much away, The Guardian’s Tale is a warning that you can’t trust people based on their looks alone. Its moral stays true to original dark fairy tales without being the typical watered-down stories our sanitized culture is used to.
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In Eric Brown’s steampunk novel Jani and the Greater Game, a young woman of mixed Indian and English ethnicity teams up with a young man from a lower Indian caste in order to save the world. Mixing elements of sci-fi and steampunk, the story is set in a world where the British rule the Indian subcontinent with a strange technology called “Annapurite” that they stole from the aliens, which of course causes problems. Aside from Russia and China trying to get their hands on the technology, an evil priest named Durja Das wants to steal the device for his own nefarious plots too.
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Tim Powers’ classic sci-fi novel The Anubis Gates is a thrilling adventure story with a fascinating cast of characters. The story revolves around a scholar named Brendan Doyle who is on the hunt to look deeper into the life of poet William Ashbless. When he finds himself a new job, the gig turns out to be like nothing Doyle has ever heard before—he gets paid to travel through time with a group of passengers to see a lecture by Samuel Taylor Coolridge. During his bizarre journey, he meets members of the Knights Templar, ancient Gods, ancient Egyptian sorcerers, werewolves, and other preternatural beings.
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Thanks to pop culture, which has seen reality television shows such as Ghost Hunters and Long Island Medium skyrocket to fame, it seems as if everyone and their next-door neighbor is obsessed with finding the truth about whether or not there’s an ‘Afterlife.’ David Edison’s debut novel The Waking Engine confronts this theme by toying around with the notion of life, death, and the big question: If there’s truly an afterlife, what is it like?
Contrary to what the ‘Big Three’ monotheistic religions preach, death is not the end. In The Waking Engine, once you leave this plane of existence, you simply wake up as yourself in any one of the millions of worlds in the Universe. Then you simply live out your life, and when you ‘die’ again, the process repeats until the souls can make it to the City Unspoken, which houses the gateway to True Death. There’s only one problem—the gateway’s acting up. It’s up to a very confused, recently deceased New Yorker named Cooper to navigate this bizarre city that houses not only deities in disguise but also angels, faeries, and queens as he races against time to figure out why the gateway’s not working properly.
Edison’s debut novel takes popular themes about the nature of life and death and turns them on their head. His rich prose and fascinating settings allow the readers to become fully immersed in the world of the City Unspoken as well as feel the characters’ fears of the madness that threatens to destroy their world. Edison’s writing is a refreshing breath of fresh air for the sci-fi fantasy genre and is sure to win him new fans.
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