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Man in the High Castle Comic-Con Trailer

Watch the Comic-Con trailer above for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.

Synopsis:

Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).

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Twitch Accounts Get Hacked

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The Amazon-owned live streaming social network, Twitch, has had its accounts hacked.

Twitch sent the following e-mail out to the effected users:

Important Notice about Your Twitch Account

We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your password (which was cryptographically protected), the last IP address you logged in from, and any of the following if you provided it to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth.

For your protection, we have expired your password and stream keys. In addition, if you had connected your account to Twitter or YouTube, we have terminated this connection.

You will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account. If applicable, you will also need to re-connect your account to Twitter and YouTube, and re-authenticate through Facebook, once you change your password. We also recommend that you change your password at any other website where you use the same or a similar password.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

 

The Twitch Team

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Amazon Buying comiXology

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Amazon has reached an agreement to purchase comiXology, the digital comics distributor.

“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology in a statement. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”

“Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”

The terms of the deal were not made known as the deal is expected to finalize in the second quarter of 2014.

The headquarters of comiXology will also remain in New York.

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Wonder Woman Amazon CW TV Series Axed

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The CW Wonder Woman TV series, Amazon, is no longer in development and completely dead.

CW president Mark Pedowitz informed THR that the network is not moving forward with it, but says at some point they might be open to another Wonder Woman TV series.

We did not go forward with it. It all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow and we’re being very careful with Flash. These are iconic characters so we’re going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit.

Previously it was said the series was passed over and put on hold. It was also said the CW Wonder Woman series was to feature a younger Diana first coming to the world of men. Reports of screen tests involving ice cream became known (seriously), which didn’t sound promising.

Perhaps in the long run, the CW taking a step back from the project will turn out to be a good thing.

In addition to the CW series, NBC recently passed on the Adrianne Palicki Wonder Woman series.

The good news is that Wonder Woman will debut in Batman Vs. Superman played by Gal Gadot (pictured) with rumors of a Justice League movie followed by standalone films.

WB has numerous additional DC TV character shows in development which include Gotham, Hourman, iZombie, The Flash, Constantine, all of which join Arrow. At one point there was even mention of a Spectre series, but no mention has been made regarding that in quite sometime.

(image source: Gal Gadot Facebook Page)

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Amazon Announces Jet City Comics; Features George R.R. Martin & More

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There is a new kid on the comic block and it’s Amazon.

The online retailer has announced Jet City Comics which will publish comic books both digitally and through print.

Off the bat they have George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame with his comic book adaptation of Meathouse Man and The Hedge Night.

See below for more.

 

Press Release

Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of Jet City Comics, a new imprint focused on comics and graphic novels.  Jet City launches with new comics from George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and Neal Stephenson, starting with today’s publication of “Symposium #1,” the first original Foreworld comic from the series created by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo. Original adaptations of George R.R. Martin’s short story, “Meathouse Man,” and Hugh Howey’s best-selling science fiction novel, Wool, will follow in October. Jet City issues will publish on Kindle as standalone comics, as serialized comics released over multiple episodes, and as bundled graphic novels, with print editions available at amazon.com and other comics retailers. 

“It’s a dream to work with superstar authors like George, Hugh and Neal on the launch of a new imprint,” said Alex Carr, Senior Editor of Jet City Comics. “Millions of fans have read and loved their novels, and with Jet City we look forward to opening up these iconic worlds to new audiences. We’re working with an incredible, hand-picked team of comics professionals, writers, artists, and translators, who have done an amazing job developing and expanding these inventive stories. I’m looking forward to the response from comics readers and fans.”
 
“My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of “The Hedge Knight” and “The Sworn Sword” went out of print several years ago,” said author George R.R. Martin, “so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back—newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel “Meathouse Man,” adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.”
 
“Comics and graphic novels, especially in digital format, represent a unique area for innovation,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “Our focus will be on adapting great books for this medium as a means of expanding the audience for our authors, pushing boundaries with new ideas that combine visual and narrative storytelling, and creating compelling new experiences for readers.”
 
Jet City will publish the following comics in 2013:
 
An original comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s story “Meathouse Man,” illustrated by Raya Golden, and a re-release of “The Hedge Knight” by Ben Avery and Mike S. Miller, a prequel set in the universe of Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fireepic fantasy series (the inspiration for the hit HBO program Game of Thrones). “Meathouse Man” will be released as a single issue comic in digital format in October 2013; “The Hedge Knight” will be released as a collected graphic novel in print and digital formats in November 2013; and its sequel, “The Sworn Sword,” will follow in early 2014.
 
An adaptation of Hugh Howey’s bestselling dystopian novel Wool by comics veterans Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and illustrator Jimmy Broxton, where the remnants of humanity live in a massive silo hundreds of stories below the surface of the ruined and toxic landscape of Earth. Wool was a #1 bestseller in the Kindle store and is one of the most-reviewed science fiction novels on Amazon, with almost 6,000 customer reviews. It will be released as a Kindle Serial, as six individual comics issues starting in October 2013, followed by a collected graphic novel in 2014.
 
Six original comics from The Foreworld Saga, the bestselling alternate history series that began with The Mongoliad (a serialized novel collaboratively written Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo). The first Foreworld comic, “Symposium #1” by author Christian Cameron and Illustrator Dmitry Bondarenko, details the origins of the Shield-Brethren in Ancient Greece in the days following Athens crushing defeat to Sparta in 394 BC. It goes on-sale today, with new installments releasing monthly before being collected in a series of graphic novels in 2014.
 
Jet City Comics joins sister imprints 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer, and the recently announced Little A, Day One, Two Lions and Skyscape in the Amazon Publishing family. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit http://www.apub.com/. Jet City Comics is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.
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CW’s Wonder Woman Series “Amazon” In Redevelopment

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7818:]]The CW announced their Fall line-up, and as we heard previously, the Wonder Woman TV series, Amazon, has been passed on, but all hope is not lost.

Amazon is reported to be in redevelopment with a new script being written by Heroes scribe, Aron Eli Coleite (via Deadline).

There were initial reports of casting as well as scenes said to involve ice cream (seriously), but – perhaps thankfully – the CW passed on that version of Amazon.

CW President Mark Pedowitz addressed the matter stating they want to get Wonder Woman right.

“We do not want to produce something that doesn’t work for that character. It is the trickiest of DC characters to get done,” he said.

It’s also said that if the CW likes the new script they may add Amazon as an “off-season” addition.

It’s quite possible we may learn more at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con as an announcement regarding the fate of the DC Comics superheroes on the big screen is thought to be announced.

In addition, DC Comics Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns said we’ll know more about DC at the Con “across the board.”

Recently, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel writer, David Goyer, also stated he wanted to tackle a Wonder Woman film.

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CW Passes On Amazon Wonder Woman TV Show

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The CW has decided to pass on the new Wonder Woman show, “Amazon,” as part of their coming Fall line-up and has decided to roll it on to next year.

Deadline announced the news and also said there is at least some hope that Amazon will get put into earlier production if the CW likes the final script and then it will become part of an “off-cycle” pilot.

It’s also mentioned that Amazon is still a priority with the network as Arrow has been such a success.

Amazon was said to be about a young teenage Diana coming into her own as she experiences the world of man for the first time.

NBC also passed on a Wonder Woman TV series of their own which was to star Adrianne Palicki.

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CW Not Happy With Wonder Woman Amazon Script; Still Hoping For Fall Debut

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5300:]]This looks to be strike two for Wonder Woman as we learn the new series that was in development at the CW, Amazon, might be in trouble.

THR is reporting that the CW isn’t happy with Allan Heinberg’s script on Amazon, which centers on a teenage Diana as she first encounters the world of man.

Previously, it came out that test scenes with actresses involved were said to be eating ice cream in what was described as “a very cute scene.”

However, it’s stated that the CW is still hopeful for Amazon as they are keeping a slot open for this Fall and are awaiting for a final script version from Heinberg.

NBC passed on a Wonder Woman show of their own with Adrianne Palicki as the lead.

Most recently, Thor 2‘s Jaimie Alexander said she was embarrassed by Wonder Woman, even mentioning that ice cream scene as well.

Perhaps the CW should take Alexander’s advice as she says Wonder Woman should be more like the Bourne Identity.

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Amy Manson As Wonder Woman For CW’s Amazon?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5062:]]The new Wonder Woman television show, “Amazon,” that is in the works from the CW apparently has a front runner for the lead role with Amy Manson.

It’s being reported by Stv.com that Manson, age 27, a Scottish actress, has made it through two auditions for the role of what was said to be a younger Diana first making her way to the world of man.

(Regarding her age, that’s not that big of a deal as an older Tom Welling played a teenage Clark Kent in Smallville.)

Amy Manson is known for her roles in the UK version of Being Human as well as Torchwood, Casualty, Marple, and Desperate Romantics.

We previously heard from CW President Mark Pedowitz who recently said that they were busy casting the role and waiting for the script.

Here’s a previous description of “Amazon” (Iris is the codename for Diana):

She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her.

Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer.

There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic ­and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.

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CW Exploring Other DC Comics Properties For TV; Update On Wonder Woman “Amazon”

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A new Wonder Woman television show is in the cards from the CW, “Amazon,” and now we learn that they are also looking at other DC Comics properties to adapt.

With the huge success of Smallville, followed by their latest DC Comics adaptation which has been a hit, “Arrow,” the CW might just be on to something.

Arrow is more in line with the popular Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Trilogy, which most likely has been a reason for its success — of course as well as the storylines and acting by the likes of Oliver Queen, Stephen Amell.

The new Wonder Woman show will see a young Diana set in the present day who first comes to the world of man. Not much else is known, but the CW is currently looking at actresses – both new and veteran – to cast.

We also learn that the CW is looking at other DC Comics properties, as CW President Mark Pedowitz let is be known, as THR reports, “Pedowitz suggested that his team would continue to explore other DC properties as well.”

Here’s the full listing:

While the network has yet to order a pilot this season, there is strong buzz surrounding the CW’s Wonder Woman prequel. “We’re waiting to see the script and we’re busy casting Diana,” the executive said from the stage. “Hopefully the script works the way we want.” Pedowtiz told THR following the panel that the origin story of Dianna Prince would be set in the present day — instead of the character’s original World War II-era origin — with the network looking at both new and established actresses for the part. Pedowitz suggested that his team would continue to explore other DC properties as well.

What other DC Comics characters would make a could television show?

Arrow currently airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET on the CW.

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CW’s “Amazon” Wonder Woman Screen Testing Reveals Steve Trevor

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With the news that Warner Bros. has hired a casting director for the new Wonder Woman television show on the CW, Amazon, we now get some details on the screen testing.

Two scenes feature characters that have the code names, Iris (for Diana) and Pete (for Steve Trevor).

The first scene is said to involve:

Steve Trevor has landed, and his hands and feet are cuffed by a chair as Diana tries to figure out his intentions. She notices he has a weapon, and accuses him of being a terrorist, or even a diversion or harbinger of an invasion of men.

With the second featuring:

Diana and Steve are at a diner, we assume in Man’s World, and are a lot more friendly. There, Diana has her first taste of ice cream, in a very cute sequence.

Amazon will be Warner Bros. second attempt at bringing Wonder Woman to life on TV after the recent Adrianne Palicki defunct NBC series.

Here is a breakdown description for the new Wonder Woman as well:

She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.

(via WonderWomanTV)

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CW’s “Amazon” Wonder Woman Is Diana; Iris Just A Codename

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4361:]]Late last night the news hit that Warner Bros. had hired a casting director for a character named Iris, the new teenage Wonder Woman, in CW’s new Amazon television show.

Of course it wasn’t Diana and fans flipped.

However, that’s not exactly the case as it turns out Iris was just a code name used to “try and avoid speculation,” tweeted Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer.

In addition, Amazon producer Allan Heinberg confirmed on Twitter as well with, “Merciful Minerva! So much for using code names to avoid internet speculation.”

A lengthy breakdown description for “Iris” surfaced as well, which read in part:

“She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield.”

Warner Bros. and the CW hope to have Amazon follow in the footsteps of their other successful DC Comics property, Arrow.

Plans for a Booster Gold series on SyFY are in development as well.

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CW’s “Amazon” Looking For Wonder Woman Named Iris

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4351:]]Warner Bros. has hired a casting call director to look for the next Wonder Woman set to star in the new CW television show, Amazon.

They are looking for females in their mid-20s to play the character of Iris, who is a teenager before she becomes Wonder Woman.

Update: Iris is just a code name; Diana will be used.

The series pilot has yet to be green lit, and it’s wondered if the studio is looking for the right actor, or quite possibly, they are confident in the new series, as Arrow has been such a success.

Perhaps the reason Adrianne Palicki’s Wonder Woman was canceled was to make way for Wonder Woman in the Justice League movie, and at the same time, have a younger Wonder Woman featured on TV.

Deadline has acquired a breakdown of the character Iris from Amazon:

She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”

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Joss Whedon Says Wonder Woman Failed Because David E. Kelley Wasn’t Passionate Enough

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Remember the NBC Wonder Woman television series that was to star Adrianne Palicki?

A little over a year ago David E. Kelley was pitching the new Wonder Woman to NBC and we got to see Palicki in full Wonder Woman garb. In addition, test footage was shot that revealed Adrianne Palicki in action.

But NBC decided to pass.

In a recent interview coming out of the Toronto Film Festival with Crave Online, The Avengers director Joss Whedon explains why Wonder Woman wouldn’t have worked under David E. Kelley. Basically, Joss Whedon comes out and says that Kelley wasn’t passionate enough about the character.

“I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t.” Whedon said about David E. Kelley working on the defunct NBC Wonder Woman series. “I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.”

It should be noted that Joss Whedon previously worked under Warner Bros. with Firefly; however, the very same day that WB canceled Firefly they also said no to Whedon’s Batman movie pitch.

Of course we know what happened from there; Marvel Studios ended up choosing Joss Whedon to helm The Avengers, which has gone on to become a billion dollar plus juggernaut.

Currently, the CW has plans to launch a new Wonder Woman television series, “Amazon.”

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No CW Green Arrow – Wonder Woman “Amazon” Crossover

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3007:]]DC Comics book fans may be getting two new television series as a new Wonder Woman show, “Amazon,” was recently announced, which would accompany the new Green Arrow series, Arrow.

However, unlike their comic book counterparts, it seems as if there will be no sharing of characters between the two.

“Our show definitely takes place in a much more realistic world,” Executive Producer of Arrow, Andrew Kreisberg, noted to THR. “There’s no superpowers, superheroes and aliens. With Wonder Woman, Diana of Themyscira, there are superpowers. I don’t foresee crossovers but one of the great things about superheroes is that they’re constantly being reimagined. There’s the Adam West and Christopher Nolan versions of Batman and one doesn’t obviate the other. The Lynda Carter version was great and now the CW is hopefully developing another wonderful version that will be a nice compliment to Arrow.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3008:]]While the two characters might not see each other in each’s respective TV shows, that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough room for both Green Arrow and Wonder Woman on the CW, with Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim even noting the CW could do a super hero block featuring Arrow and “Amazon.”

“It harkens back to the years of my childhood where you had The Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman and all these superhero-like genre shows all on the dial and all you had to do was change the channel. I think there’s totally room for both shows. It would be fun to share a night with them; the CW programs two hours a night and that’d be a pretty kick-ass night of television,” Guggeheim said.

“Arrow” kicks off on the CW Wednesday, October 10th at 8pm ET.

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Astro Van – eBook Review

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1070:]]Ted and his 1992 Astro Van are just about as plain and predictable as could be. That is until Ted moves to Los Angeles and starts working for Jack Herschfeld, the famous puppeteer of yesteryear. Ted soon finds himself up to his neck in trouble. There are guns, puppets, romance, and plenty of danger waiting for him around every corner.

Written by iFanboy’s Josh Flanagan, Astro Van is a tale about a man who just wants to feel wanted and experience life. Ted is the kind of character that is instantly relatable. It seems like many people in our modern world seem to isolate themselves, even if by accident, and  they try to find some sort of connection to other human beings while failing to have the social skills to pull it off. When Ted feels isolated and alone, or uncomfortable in social situations, it really bleeds through the page and makes the reader feel the same way.

The supporting characters in the book are just as compelling as Ted. There’s Jack, his shifty boss who always seems to have a different motivation, Humberto, a security expert with a few other surprising hobbies, and Sara, a shop girl who has a healthy appetite for danger and adventure. The supporting cast really plays well off of Ted’s insecurities and gives him a chance to grow in a situation that many normal people wouldn’t find themselves in. The more the danger increases, the more readers get to experience Ted’s development into a real man.

The story flows very well for having as many underlying twists and turns as it does. It plays out very much like a dysfunctional heist movie, but with the inner monologues and thought processes that film can’t always deliver. There are a few points where the story takes suddenly jarring turns and it always keeps the narrative fresh. Many of the old cliché plot points that are found in stories in this genre get turned on their head in a very humorous and realistic way. The book as a whole is well paced. The characters are very believable and they leave you wanting more after the last page.

If you’re looking for a fun and inspired summer read on your Kindle or tablet device, Astro Van by Flanagan is an excellent choice for a lounge chair or outdoor day at the coffee shop. It really showcases the author’s love for storytelling and his understanding of how it feels to be the odd man out. The book is available on Amazon’s Kindle for $2.99.