Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017)

“Mass Effect: Andromeda” comes five years after “Mass Effect 3”, what seemed a very definitive ending for the franchise. The developers behind the original Mass Effect trilogy, the Edmonton branch of Bioware, moved on to other things. “Mass Effect: Andromeda” was developed by the newer Bioware branch at Montreal. In many ways, “Mass Effect: Andromeda”…

The Iron King (1955) by Maurice Druon

I came to learn of this series through George R. R. Martin recommending it through going so far as to call it “the original game of thrones”. Martin’s avowed fondness for the series certainly resulted in a lot of new fans, and does invite readers to draw comparisons between Druon’s and Martin’s series, but of…

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

A crisp, gorgeous, very deliberate live-action take on “Ghost in the Shell”. I hesitate to say “adaptation”, as what this, Rupert Sanders’ 2017 “Ghost in the Shell” film, does regarding other works in the franchise is more complicated and calculated than simply adapting wholesale. He (along with the film’s three credited writers) pulls characters, plot…