Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

A couple of months back you might recall my posting about Ubisoft releasing a trio of Assassin’s Creed books. All timed to coincide with the debut of the Assassin’s Creed film back in December. At the time of those reviews I did not have the chance to obtain Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization.
Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

Thanks to the generosity of Ubisoft though – they sent me the hardcover edition of Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization. Like the exceptional Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, this novelization was written by none other than Christie Golden!

Photo Credit Elizabeth Golden

“We work in the darkness to serve the light. We are Assassins.”

Now as you can certainly guess Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization delivers what is advertised on the tin. In addition however like any great novelization, Christie Golden, has expanded on the story.

The plot of Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization still follows the general outline of the film’s script. Condemned convict Callum Lynch looks to be executed for his crimes. In reality he has been transported to the Abstergo Foundation in Madrid, Spain.

Why you might well ask?

His very DNA holds the secrets to finding a piece of powerful and lost technology. Using the Animus – a machine capable of stunning virtual reality, Callum is synced with the genetic memories of his ancestor. Aguilar de Nerha – master assassin for the Spanish brotherhood and foes of the Templar Order.
I do realize I have drunk deeply of the Kool-Aid that is Assassin’s Creed. I said as much when I shared the photo of my own little shrine to the game franchise.

Krull and BB-8 aren’t actually art of Assassin’s Creed…I just have them there.

However, having said that – I will never share with you something I don’t feel is worthy of your time and money. Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization is a solid piece of work. Perhaps if the movie franchise goes no further Ubisoft will come to a wise decision. To allow Golden to continue the adventures of the principal characters from the film?

The Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization is out now. Moreover I suggest you pick up the hardcover edition as you will receive a nice selection of goodies. Including concept art, a code to unlock digital Assassin’s Creed rewards and behind the scenes content.

You know a bit now about Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization. So why not listen to Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard talking about the movie and video games?

Which Way Batman

Which Way Batman

Several years ago, my best pal Stephanie and I were perusing our favorite used bookstore. One of our favorite activities is finding things that are awesomely bad, delightfully ridiculous, and/or completely over the top, then laughing ourselves silly at them, reveling in the cheesy glory. On this eventful evening, we stumbled upon something that would bring us delight for years to come–Which Way Batman. You remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books, right? It’s just like that, but with Batman.

Technically the title is Batman: The Doomsday Prophecy, published in 1986. In fact, there’s an entire series of Super Powers Which Way books featuring DC Superheroes. These books aren’t just any Choose Your Own Adventure book though. They are basically a Choose Your Own Adventure book on steroids. According to this helpful article, the Which Way Batman alone has 51 different endings. Not only that, the preamble to the book really sets the bar quite high for any young aspiring detectives.

“Of course, Batman would always make the correct choices, but here, you control the Caped Crusader.” Whoa! Talk about pressure! I must admit, I have sealed The Dark Knight’s fate reading through this volume and have never quite aided him to success. I’ll not be trying out for Robin any time soon, that’s for sure. Even so, Stephanie and I had a great time reading aloud from this book. From the first page, we were hooked in. With choices like this, how could we go wrong?

We were especially fond of the line, “For more information on the Bat-Signal, turn to page 119.” How thoughtful of author Richard Wenk to write up a brief synopsis of characters, Bat-Gear, and villains found in the Batman universe. Even with all these great options, it’s difficult to know which is the one that will actually lead Batman to safety. To this day, when Stephanie and I are out together and we’ve not decided our next move, I’ll ask, “Which way, Batman?” and we both have a good chuckle.

There are are 4 volumes in the Super Powers Which Way series, but I’ve only found the Supergirl volume in my searches. There are Superman and Justice League volumes available too. Did you own any of these books growing up? Did you ever help The Caped Crusader beat The Doomsday Prophecy? Share with us here!

What If Pixar Decided To Do Pulp Characters?

When it comes to Pixar there really isn’t much they touch that doesn’t turn to gold. Having said that however there are genres they’ve yet to tackle. Sure, they have given friendly monsters a go as well as a sentient vehicle universe. Not to mention moving films dealing with growing old in addition to the greatest Fantastic Four movie made. That was of course not an official film of Marvel’s First Family – but it was…INCREDIBLE…nonetheless.

See what I did there?

Ahem. While 2004’s The Incredibles marked Pixar’s first foray into superheroes. The talented Phil Postma is always eager to present different genres that Pixar has yet to approach. You might recall some of the other artwork of Postma’s that we’ve shared on The Retroist before. Like what if Rankin and Bass had produce a 1977 stop motion version of The Hobbit. Or perhaps Fisher-Price had produced Adventure People Killers to their toy line?

Back in 2013, it turns out that Phil presented Pixar versions of some legendary pulp characters. Such as Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Ming the Merciless of course.

Images courtesy of Phil Postma.

He also shared a look at what Pixar could deliver with Lee Falk’s The Phantom.
Pixar - The Phantom - Phil Postma

Last but certainly not least and the film I wish Pixar would truly deliver is The Shadow!

Make sure to hop on over to Phil’s official blog – The Minion Factory. You can check out even more of his fantastic artwork and even purchase merchandise.

Now that we’ve seen what some pulp characters would look like if Pixar was in charge of character design. How about re-watching what an animated series for The Rocketeer might look like?

[Via] Amazing Cartoons

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman With A Box

For fifty-three years Doctor Who has been entertaining audiences across the globe. There is a rather good reason for this phenomenon. Doctor Who is an imaginative series with great science fiction stories. Furthermore it casts even greater actors in the role of the Doctor.

Having said that, the Doctor can at times be detached. Cold. Even alien as well – which makes sense as he is in fact a member of a race of time-traveling aliens from Gallifrey known as the Time Lords. Thankfully throughout the Doctor Who series he had been able to count on companions. Mostly human – but not always – souls that travel with the good Doctor. To help anchor him on his journey through time and space in the TARDIS.

Now then it is most certainly true that the Doctor in his many regeneration’s has experienced adventures. As well as his share of tragedy and horror. So it only stands to reason that in term of his psychological state he would be of great interest.
Doctor Who

Which is why Dr. Travis Langley has gathered his own set of companions to offer essays on Doctor Who. You might remember I covered two other collections by Langley on Game of Thrones and Captain America.

Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box offers 19 essays from the likes Janina Scarlet, Alan Kistler, Deirde Kelly, Jim Davies, William Sharp, Erin Currie, Wind Goodfriend, Miranda Pollock, Kristen Erickson, Stephen Prescott, Matt Munson, Jenna Busch, Billy San Juan, Daniel Saunders, Martin Lloyd, and David Kyle Johnson.

A few of the subjects of the essays include:

  • The Compassionate Doctor – Caring for Self by Caring for Others
  • New Face, New Man – A Personality Perspective
  • Who Makes a Good Companion
  • Post-Time War Stress Disorder
  • From Human to Machine – At What Point Do You Lose Your Soul?

Not only that but Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box also includes a foreword by none other than Kay Manning. Who in fact played Jo Grant – the third Doctor’s companion!

BBC Worldwide

The book is available now at better book dealers everywhere. Or you can click here for the books’ page on Amazon. In the light of Christmas just being around the corner, you might find this the perfect stocking stuffer.

Assassin's Creed: Heresy

Want To Win A Copy Of Assassin’s Creed: Heresy?

You might recall a few weeks back when I posted my review of Assassin’s Creed: Heresy. The entertaining new novel by the talented Christie Golden. As well as share my love of the Assassin’s Creed series of games, I also pointed out that history – real events are what keep me coming back again and again.

Like when you are rubbing shoulders with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci. Having said that there are science fiction elements to the storyline. So you in fact won’t find yourself playing a game from the History Channel.

The folks at Ubisoft were kind enough to not send just Assassin’s Creed:Heresy for me to review. But also offer you readers a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself! Now how is that for an early gift during this Holiday Season?

You might be asking yourself what kind of feat we are going to ask you to accomplish for a chance to win?

While that would certainly be an impressive way to win. The real answer is that it is much simpler.

To be entered in the drawing for Assassin’s Creed: Heresy you must state your allegiance.

Do you choose the ways of The Assassin Brotherhood?
Assassin's Creed: Heresy

Or do you in fact feel the draw of the power offered by the Templar Order?

State your allegiance to me by way of e-mail at or Twitter or even this post on Facebook. That is all you have to do – I look forward to your answers!