I frequently read Penny Arcade. The creators bring a snarky eye to pop culture and video games, and the web comic rarely fails to amuse me.
Specifically, the tendency in science fiction to invent really complicated similes for really simple comparisons. Throwing in random, made-up words — or even real, scientific words — doesn’t make the writing better. It just makes it more opaque.
Also, Penny Arcade tells me that Karen Traviss, author of the Republic Commando novels, will be writing the Gears of War novels for Del Rey. About a year ago, Boom! Studios had announced a Gears of War comic. I don’t think it ever materialized, as it looks like Wildstorm is tackling the property this autumn.
I’ve never actually played Gears of War. Odd, when you think about it, as I know the team at Epic that worked on the game. Funny, that.