Science Fiction Round 64: Terminated

2016/09/17 Leave a comment

I watched Terminator: Genisys recently.  (My excuse is that I was on a plane, and I had already finished reading The Obelisk Gate.)

It was… not great.  Not as terrible as I think many of the critics said it was, but not great.

And I think they missed a big opportunity to make the movie much more interesting than a standard “we should destroy Skynet first!” plot.

So, let’s have at it.

Yes, these people are in the film. I'm a little surprised that Reese didn't make the poster.

Yes, these people are in the film. I’m a little surprised that Reese didn’t make the poster.

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Fantasy Round 48: The Obelisk Gate

2016/09/10 2 comments

I followed up reading N. K. Jemisin‘s The Fifth Season with its sequel, The Obelisk Gate.  The Obelisk Gate is a good book, too, but I’m starting to be frustrated by the characters.

Also, it looks like some of my speculation last time didn’t quite hit the mark, based on the reveals in book two.

Naturally — spoilers follow.

I still don't know where these fancy decorations show up in the book.

I still don’t know where these fancy decorations show up in the book.

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Fantasy Round 47: The Fifth Season

2016/09/05 2 comments

The Fifth Season just won the Hugo Award for best novel, and it’s well deserved.

It’s good enough and unique enough that I’m going to throw in some literary commentary along with the science nitpicking — at no additional cost!

Also, I strongly advice against reading this review until you’ve read the book.  The novel is worth reading fresh.

I’m also writing this without having yet read the sequel, The Obelisk Gate, so if you’ve read the first book but not the second, everything below is all either in the first book or my own speculation.

I read the novel, but I still don't know what this piece of sculture or architecture on the front is about.

I read the novel, but I still don’t know what this piece of sculture or architecture on the front is about.

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Science Fiction Round 63: No Man’s Sky

2016/08/27 Leave a comment

Unlike many of the other reviewers of No Man’s Sky, I wasn’t terribly disappointed.

I was basically expecting a lovely sandbox not unlike ARK: Survival Evolved mixed up with the Spore space stage, both of which I enjoyed.  So I’m pretty happy with the results… likely due to not having overly high expectations.

But, of course, there are some things that could be improved…

This isn't too bad a representation of the game, although I haven't seen the free-floating atlas so much yet.

This isn’t too bad a representation of the game, although I haven’t seen the free-floating Atlas so much yet.

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Science Fiction Round 62: Classic Star Trek

2016/08/06 Leave a comment

I saw Star Trek: Beyond last weekend, and it was basically perfect.

Well, you know, for a Star Trek movie.

I was worried after the first trailer — it looked like Star Trek: Fast and Furious at that stage, and I had no interest in seeing that.  Fortunately, that’s not what’s actually in the movie for the most part.

I have issues with each of the other two reboot films — I’ve mentally re-written half the plot of Into Darkness to make it better — but all I’ve really got for this one is nit-picking and the usual Star Trek physics fail.

Naturally, there will be spoilers.

It's the Enterprise, going through something that's way too dense to be a real nebula, but hey, it's Star Trek.

It’s the Enterprise, going through something that’s way too dense to be a real nebula, but hey, it’s Star Trek.

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