2015 Books

What a great year for reading! I read over 60 books last year, some great ones (as you’ll read later) and some good ones. I was fortunate to not have read any real duds last year! Let’s hope it stays like that for this year as well. The best and most important book I read […]

Prometheus (2012)

6/10 (-2) All along, from the beginning this movie, rightly or wrongly, was billed as an Alien prequel. And for all intents and purposes it was. There is a very clear connection between the series. As far as science fiction goes, this movie is classic material, especially in that it deals with the beginning of […]

mini-reviews…March edition

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 8/10 (-1) This movie is fantastic, which is no small feat considering the scope of the story and the relative obscurity of the director. For all of it’s amazingness: the acting, the direction, the editing, the script, the f/x, my biggest pet peeve is that the main human […]

mini-movie reviews…February edition

Megamind 8/10 (+1) Here’s a perfect 2-liner about the movie, “The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. [source IMDB.com]”. What I enjoyed about this movie was the character of Megamind, especially as Will Ferrell embodied […]

My Year With China and the Station

Perdido Street Station 9/10 (+1) It’s been a while since I’ve read the word “thaumaturgy” and here I find it a relatively normal part of China’s world…happy doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt when I first read the word in this novel! It’s not always easy setting foot into a China Miéville universe. […]

My Year With China and the Ariekei

Embassytown 8/10 (=) It’s not everyday you get vague descriptions of creatures from other worlds. Often authors are descriptive to the point of redundancy to help you picture what their creature(s) look like. Not China. Not only does he describe the aliens in this novel merely when he needs to, such as when their anatomy […]

My Year With China & The City…

The City & The City 9/10 (+2) Two cities existing topographically on top of each other. Crazy! And yet, only crazy in theory. Because really, don’t we live that way anyway? Aren’t we a fractured society that refuses to see people around us unless they dress and speak as we do? Inspector Tyador Borlú, of […]

My year with China…

…Mieville that is. Last year I pretty much only read Neil Gaiman. For whatever reason I was on a kick, and I loved it. Then a friend of mine started to suggest other authors that I might like. I was drawn to China Mieville for some reason. I looked around for the one he was […]