The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 124 – Strongly Sad

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This week we chat about Diablo Immortal and Blizzcon, first impressions of Henry Cavill in Netflix’s The Witcher series, AMC’s Walking Dead and Breaking Bad film plans, and Disney’s Marvel streaming plans for The Winter Soldier and Falcon.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time Book 2) by Robert Jordan/Daredevil Season 3 and The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanEdgedancer (A Stormlight Archive Novella) by Brandon Sanderson and Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami/Jack Ryan on Amazon/Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 123 – Boulder-Resistant Horse

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This week we chat about Chuck Wendig’s firing by Marvel, The Mandalorian, Iron Fist not returning for Season 3 on Netflix (and Luke Cage, but that announcement happened after we recorded), the Dracula adaptation for Netflix from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Rockstar’s 100 hour work weeks and the saga at Telltale, trailers for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Pet Semetary, and the live-action Aladdin film.

Screentime – Venom

This week we review Venom, the first Sony film starring a Spider-Man character without Spider-Man. We had some thoughts. There are some spoilers from 40:57-47:30 if you care!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray/Doctor Who Series 11 on BBC and Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
IanThe Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book One) by Brandon Sanderson/The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 on Amazon and Making a Murderer Season 2 on Netflix/Super Mario Party

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 91 – Freedom From the Space Boys

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This week we chat about the Black Panther trailer, the tumultuous filming of Han Solo, and the reliance in entertainment on old IPs.

Screentime – E3 2017

This week we chat about our favourite announcements and trailers from this year’s E3 video game expo. The footage we talk about includes Super Maro Odyssey, Anthem, Star Wars Battlefront II, God of War, Spider-Man, Shadow of the Colossus remake, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and  Skull & Bones.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler/Orange is the New Black Season 5 on Netflix/Marvel Heroes Omega on PS4
IanThe Hero of Ages (Mistborn Trilogy Book 3) by Brandon Sanderson/War on Everything and The Nice Guys/The Witcher 3 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 90 – VR Kitten Mittens

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This week we chat about Wingnut AR, more Dark Universe news, a possible live action Cowboy Bebop series and some remasters of some Pokémon games that aren’t even very old.

Screentime – Wonder Woman

This week we chat about the latest entry into the DC cinematic universe. We’re joined by Rose and we discuss if the film is any good (it is) and if it saves the DCEU (it doesn’t matter. Adam is going to pretend it is entirely stand alone). We go into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet skip 42:50-55:00!

We’ve also got a bonus Alien Covenant review/rant at the end of the podcast from Ian and our pal Dean. Full spoilers, slightly iffy audio quality.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle Book 2) by Patrick Rothfuss/My Brother, My Brother and Me on Amazon/Prey on PS4
IanThe Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson/The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4/Uncharted 4 on PS4

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Modern Fantasy Greats – Mistborn: The Final Empire

Ian likes books. Here is what he thought of one of them.

Late to the party, but isn’t that always better? Rather than waiting bereft and unfulfilled for a hint that Rothfuss or Martin have actually written something new, here, here is a series of epic fantasy that is actually finished! A trilogy, weighty and whole and ripe to be consumed whenever you fancy.

A hero rises to godhood, defeating ancient evil and ruling over the land justly and…wait. No. Scratch that.

Ash falls from the sky, wilted and brown plant life meekly stretches toward scant sunlight. There is a God-Emperor, yes, the Lord Ruler, who cast out evil and ascended the throne. So why does this feel like a dystopia? Why are the nobility so thoroughly corrupt, the skaa people so utterly downtrodden?  Endless ash falling from the sky, plantations, slavery… and the mist. As darkness falls, so comes the mist, all-permeating, rumoured to be full of ill-luck and monsters. This is not this is not your usual pastoral idyll with monsters at its fringe. Here, the monsters are everywhere.

The Final Empire follows Kelsier, half-skaa thief, and Vin, a street urchin with incredible abilities. Together they must do the impossible- confront an empire headed by a living god. The only thing they have on their side is the magic of the mistborn- allomancy. Those with the talent can ‘burn’ metals they have ingested and use their energy for incredible feats- directed telekinesis of metal, shotgun-like attacks as coins are propelled like bullets. Increases in strength, or heightened senses…the system of magic is rigorously worked out, and the implications of the presence of this magic are felt across the society and the world.

mistbornThe Final Empire has a few notable elements that raise it above the generic fantasy tumult. The narrative is tightly wound, constantly leaping forward and pushing the reader through energetic action. Whilst elements of the plot are well-worn tropes, this is mingled with fresh takes on character archetypes and the plot is far from predictable. There is a persistent mix of humour and brutality, which fits well with the strange mix of civility and desperation within this world- that of the nobility and the skaa.

Interestingly in terms of world building something that actually shines through is the believable economy- this is a world where people work, where trade flows. Combining this with a novel aesthetic driven by the world’s magic system (swords and metal armour aren’t very clever when fighting somebody who can manipulate metal, so wooden dueling canes are in vogue), and this industrial-fantasy setting makes Mistborn feel truly singular.

It is not a perfect book- some of the narrative leaps are jarring. Vin is something of a passive character in the central arc of the book, carried by events. The peripheral  characters can feel somewhat flat, with a pair of characteristics defining each- perhaps this is an issue with a planned trilogy, the onus is not there to explain everything you want to explain about the world and characters within one volume. Certainly, at the end of Mistborn: The Final Empire, there are questions- questions that will be answered in book two, Mistborn: The Well of Ascension.

I am all aboard, only a decade late. If you are after some fantasy action, some novel magic, some intrigue and escapism- check out Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson @BrandSanderson

Review- Ian Green @IanTheGreen

 

Pick up Mistborn: The Final Empire through our Amazon link, along with Book 2 ‘The Well of Ascension‘ and Book 3 ‘The Hero of Ages‘, or the whole collection here.

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 79 – Brand New Century

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This week we chatted about the Alien: Covenant and John Wick 2 trailers, the Blade Runner 2049 teaser and when Mass Effect Andromeda is coming out.

 

Screentime – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

On Screentime we reviewed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We do go fairly heavily into spoilers on this one, so if you haven’t seen it yet then skip from 31:05-53:46!

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett/Justice League Action/Final Fantasy XV on PS4
Ian – The Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson /X-Files/Battlefield 1 on PS4

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You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!