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Science Fiction Round 64: Terminated

2016/09/17 2 comments

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 3 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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