April182014

Film review: The Host

Film review: The Host

Theatrical teaser poster for "The Host".

Theatrical teaser poster for “The Host”.

The Host, based on Stephenie Meyer’s book, was an entertaining exploration of life after the invasion where the battle for dominance is within our own minds. I haven’t read the original book so I can’t attest to the movie’s faithfulness, therefore my review will only be of the movie.

There is a likely reason why so many people didn’t enjoy the movie. Aside…

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April152014

Film review: The Slipper and the Rose

Film review: The Slipper and the Rose

Cover of "The Slipper and the Rose" for the Blu-ray release.

Cover of “The Slipper and the Rose” for the Blu-ray release.

I recently saw The Slipper and the Rose, an oldie-but-goodie, for the first time. While it’s not perfect, it’s a charming movie that tries to address some of the “Wait, what? Why on earth would they do that?” issues that plague some other takes on the Cinderella tale.

The movie starts off with gorgeous nature scenes that gradually,…

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April112014

Film review: The Pirate Fairy

Film review: The Pirate Fairy

Teaser poster for "The Pirate Fairy" limited theatrical release.

Teaser poster for “The Pirate Fairy” limited theatrical release.

Tinker Bell and her Pixie Hollow friends are back in The Pirate Fairy, the latest Disney Fairies adventure. This film introduces a new character and gives some of the origin story about one of the most iconic Peter Pan characters.

Zarina is a pixie dust fairy who has a special talent and natural curiosity which leads her to discover…

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April82014

Film review: Captain America - The Winter Soldier

Film review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

"Captain America - The Winter Soldier" theatrical teaser poster.

“Captain America – The Winter Soldier” theatrical teaser poster.

I like superhero movies in general. I’ve enjoyed the Marvel superhero movies, in particular, especially how each superhero is allowed to have his own story and personality, while all the stories are woven together in the Marvel universe. The latest addition to the Marvel series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is one of my…

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April42014

Fictional reference review: Star Trek Federation - The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman

Fictional reference review: Star Trek Federation – The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman

Cover of "Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years" by David A Goodman.

Cover of “Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years” by David A Goodman. Note how shiny the lettering is!

Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Yearsaims to be an in-universe history book of the United Federation of Planets in the Star Trek Universe. It succeeds in most areas, but with a few niggling little details it gets wrong. With tomorrow being the 49th pre-anniversary of when Zefram Cochrane…

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March282014

Television series review: Haven, Season Four

Television series review: Haven, Season Four

Cover of season four collection for "Haven".

Cover of season four collection for “Haven”.

What can I say about Haven, Season Four? After being in love with the series for the past three years, I have to wonder if the writers were in a collective car accident and experienced group personality changes for the latest season. What happened? Horseshoe crabs with human eyeballs? Ancient prophesies that nobody mentioned before until now? Nathan…

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March182014

Book review: Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

Book review: Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

"Like a Mighty Army" by David Weber.

“Like a Mighty Army” by David Weber.

Oftentimes, when epic series get into the middle somewhere, they tend to slow down and meander a bit. This is not the case with Like a Mighty Army, the seventh volume in the epic science fiction Safehold series by David Weber.

Nimue Alban is the last survivor who remembers the genocidal attack by the merciless Gbaba on humans. Her consciousness has been…

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March12014

Book review: Castle of Dreams - Stories from the Kare Kano Creator by Masami Tsuda

Book review: Castle of Dreams – Stories from the Kare Kano Creator by Masami Tsuda

"Castle of Dreams - Stories from the Kare Kano Creator" by Masami Tsuda.

“Castle of Dreams – Stories from the Kare Kano Creator” by Masami Tsuda.

Castle of Dreams – Stories from the Kare Kano Creator by Masami Tsuda is a compilation of short stories by a mangaka better known for Kare Kano. The book was originally published in two volumes, but the individual volumes were put together for an omnibus edition. Only the first volume is written in the fantasy genre, which is…

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February282014

Television special review: The Time of the Doctor

Television special review: The Time of the Doctor

"The Time of the Doctor" poster.

“The Time of the Doctor” poster.

And so we come to the end of Matt Smith’s reign as Doctor Who. For some of my daughter’s friends in 9th grade, Smith is the only Doctor they have ever known. One of her friends even said one day, “There are other doctors?” She was completely serious. Yes, dear. There are many other doctors. You may have even noticed a few of them in the recent 50th anniversary…

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February272014

Television special review: The Day of the Doctor

Television special review: The Day of the Doctor

Poster for "The Day of the Doctor" special.

Poster for “The Day of the Doctor” special.

Can you believe the Doctor is fifty years old? Having followed the Doctor since the Jon Pertwee years, with my favorite being Tom Baker, I suppose it’s been fifty years after all. The BBC didn’t disappoint with a 50th anniversary special in Fall 2013 that was simultaneously broadcast around the world, breaking records.

The Day of the Doctor” begins with…

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