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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!!

It was only 5 years ago that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise came to an end, resulting in a separation between Raimi and Sony Pictures.  Yes, the much maligned 3rd movie had its share of problems both on and behind the screen.  As a friend pointed out to me recently, “think about it... Forman was Venom!”.  Five years later, and I’m still trying to digest it.  Preposterous!  Well, Sony, not one to back down on the possibility of bags and bags of money, made the genius decision to reboot the franchise.  Now, under the helm of Marc Webb, the untold story begins anew.
The Amazing Spider-Man tells the untold origin story, again, of the titular web-swinging hero.  This time around, they add slightly more to the context behind his parents, with his father being a scientist alongside Dr. Curt Connors.  After what is seemingly an accident involving the death of his parents, Peter Parker moves in with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben.  Parker, now grown up, discovers some of his father’s research pap…

ROBOPOCALYPSE by Dan Wilson, Ph.D.

From the mind of Dan Wilson, Ph.D., author of such works as How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Bro-Jitsu: the Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, comes Robopocalypse; an oral retelling of the global robotic takeover.
The book takes us through the history of the robot war – from the inception of the robot virus, to the robot uprising, the human uprising and the aftermath.  The story is told through a number of different voices – from people who were key to certain movements within the crisis.
Before I picked up the book, I skimmed through some reader reviews. A common complaint was that the story was too similar to World War Z.  At first when I started reading the book, I thought the same, but as the story progressed, the similarities seemed few.
There are similar concepts between the two books; both tell stories of the end of the world and both provide a collection of perspectives.  At least to me, that’s just about where the similarities end.
WWZ gives you a wide range of tales spanning t…