Zootopia is an excellent movie for a variety of reasons that have been addressed in many other reviews: pretty animation, excellent characters, fun setting, and a storyline addressing some issues of modern society.
This, of course, means that it’s time to have some fun by taking the talking animals way, way too seriously.
I watched Disney’s Tomorrowland, the in the vague hope that it would be as fun as certain other films based on Disney theme park rides.
I was disappointed.
While reflecting on the movies I’ve seen lately, I’ve realized there’s an odd phenomenon: every single superhero movie uses either the name of the central hero, or the name of the super team.
All of them. And most of them use only that name, perhaps with a number or a subtitle.
It seems odd.
Well, this is a book I read. It was mostly fun, I suppose, but I didn’t like it as much as the critics apparently did. The main storyline was fine, but the exploration of the world left something to be desired.
The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt, is described as a Dickensian steampunk fantasy novel.
And… it pretty much is, but it’s not really a good thing.
I recently read The Time of the Dark — one of Barbara Hambly‘s books.
It’s one of her earlier books, so the plot is a little bit less complex (although the characters are still excellent).
I wouldn’t be writing about it here, except that for one interesting question that came to me while I was reading it: why are people transported into fantasy realms so often instant experts?
In this particular novel, two characters get drawn from our world into a conflict in a parallel reality. One of them is a graduate student, and the other is an artist. Each of them picks up a big skill shortly after they arrive in the new world of magic.