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Lone Star Planet by H.Beam Piper

Lone Star Planet Lone Star Planet by H. Beam Piper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a quick, fun read. It’s basically a western, a political satire, and sci-fi rolled into one. Being from Texas, I enjoyed the fantasy of Texas being its own sovereign planet, and the characterizations of the prominent figures could have been based on people I know very well. I know some of the intent was probably to poke a little fun at Texans, and our unique sense of justice, but I found myself fascinated with the prospect of some of the more outrageous parodies being implemented. The story has everything you’d pretty much expect; there’s intrigue, villainous rogues, lovable rogues, the Foghorn Leghorn type guy, the timid government officials, courtroom drama, and a gunfight or two. If this were a movie, you’d likely either mock it for its lack of substance, or laud it for its heaping helping of fun!

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in fiction, review

 

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Review: First Contract

First ContractFirst Contract by Greg Costikyan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was quite possibly the most original sci-fi story I’ve ever seen while being a more thorough lesson in economics and business than 6 years of business school. The otherworldly story has a more real-world example of how money and trade works than any textbook I’ve ever encountered. This should be a must-read for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, finance, or intelligent comedy. My only regret about this book is that Costikyan hasn’t written more in its vein.

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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in review

 

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Review: The Food of the Gods

The Food of the Gods (Airmont Classic)The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent example of early sci-fi. It was interesting. It was written at a time when language was still quite formal, and had a quaint "old world" feel to it, but the story structure was much more modern and contemporary. It was kind of a weird mesh of old and new that was a little unsettling at first, but once I found the rhythm of the book, I found it to be a quite enjoyable read. If you’ve not read it, I should warn you that modern readers might find the ending rather abrupt, but I found that it was appropriate.

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Posted by on August 12, 2010 in review

 

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Alice in Wonderland

#15 Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland movie poster

Often, remaking a beloved classic movie can be a dangerously bad idea.  Tim Burton’s re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of a girl in a mysterious new land hits all the right notes, pulling just the right details from “Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” with just enough modern sophistication thrown in to keep it interesting.  Watching this movie in 3D must be what it was like for Carroll’s contemporaries reading “Alice” for the first time, with all it’s fantastic events.

Mad Hatter takes in some reading material

Purists should be aware that this story is not an exact translation of the Alice books, nor is it a rehash of the classic Disney cartoon.  It is rather, a revisiting of Wonderland.  Without giving too much of the story away, we learn early on that Alice has been here before, though she doesn’t remember.  What follows is a fantastic journey through an enchanted world.  Fans of Carroll’s work will likely be delighted to finally see a bandersnatch and a jubjub bird realized on the big screen.  Johnny Depp does an excellent job of capturing the Hatter’s madness, and Helena Bonham Carter is outstanding as the Red Queen.  Though the Knave of Hearts is far more prominent in this version than any other, including the books, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future’s George McFly) does an excellent job of portraying the elongated fiend with exceeding creepiness.  The Chessire Cat (voiced by Stephen Frye) is delightfully mad, and Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar is an inspired choice.  Anne Hathaway is beautiful as the White Queen.  Let us not forget Alice.  The delightfully beautiful Mia Wasikowska brings wonder and innocence to the screen in a time when it was thought this feat was impossible–but then Alice always tries to think 6 impossible things before breakfast!

Sure, Tim Burton is up to his usual tricks, including his familiar signatures (stripes, spiral staircases, white makeup, Johny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and a tinkly Elfman score),  but he uses a much brighter palette, injecting colour into the story, and downplaying the tropes you’ve come to know and love.  Some might say he’s a one-trick-pony, but I make no bones about the fact that I love that one trick and will gladly plunk down my dollar to see it every time Burton trots out on stage.

Pay the extra few dollars and see this in 3D.  It really is amazing.  The visuals are stunning, and the effects are phenomenal.  It’s worth it.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2010 in Movie Challenge

 

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Avatar Movie

Every time I see more hype for James Cameron’s new sci-fi extravaganza, somehow, this is what I imagine:

Smurfs in SPAAAAAAAACE!

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2009 in film, humour, tongueincheek

 

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Attention Burger King:

The thumb is wrong.
Spock
That is all.
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Posted by on May 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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