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Science Fiction Round 68: The False Federation

2017/01/29 Leave a comment

I read a Star Trek novel recently.

These are my equivalent of the fluffy romance novel: they’re not too heavy or too hard-hitting, and I can whip through one pretty quickly.

Many are quite mediocre, and The Shocks of Adversity was no exception to this rule.  However, it did provide some good food for thought.

I’ll provide spoilers here, but the book is largely spoiled by the blurb… and the plot is not terribly surprising.

The Enterprise does show up, but I'll admit, that's not what I imagined the Goeg Domain ship to look like. I expected something a little more aerodynamic, since it can actually land on the planet.

The Enterprise does show up in the book, but I’ll admit, that’s not what I imagined the Goeg Domain ship to look like. I expected something a little more aerodynamic, since it can actually land on the planet.

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Fantasy Round 51: Blood of Ambrose

2017/01/22 1 comment

Merlin is not the hero.

Blood of Ambrose is the first in a series written by James Enge.  It’s an amusing sword and sorcery tale, which hints at Arthurian legend without being beholden to it.  It concerns the defense of Uther’s kingdom from a usurper trying to steal it away from his descendant, in an alternate fantasy-world.  Merlin’s children are at the forefront.

It’s a fun romp, and worth reading if you don’t want to think too hard about the real world for a little while.

And now, I will think a little too hard about this book.  The biggest spoiler is a bit at the end that doesn’t have a big impact on the main plot.

The crows are relatively minor characters, but they do play an important role. The guy with the sword is Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius, called the Crooken Man, and generally a fascinating character.

The crows are relatively minor characters, but they do play an important role. The guy with the sword is Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius, called the Crooken Man, and generally a fascinating character.

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Fantasy Round 50: Wizard School Reform

2017/01/15 1 comment

There’s an element that commonly appears in fantasy novels.  In some cases, as in Harry Potter, it’s explicitly constructed as a school.  In many others, it’s more of a master-apprentice system.

But the bottom line is this: none of the improved pedagogical methods that are used in modern-day Muggle classrooms are making it into the magical community.  Worse, many of the methods of magical instruction are downright abusive.

Since I just gave up on watching a show that was supposedly about a graduate school in magic, let’s talk about this mess.

Hogwarts: It looks nice, but it's not everything that it's cracked up to be.

Hogwarts: It looks nice, but there’s a lot of ugly on the inside.

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Science Fiction Round 67: Arrival

2017/01/08 Leave a comment

Arrival is a gorgeous film.  The music and ambiance are flawlessly done, and, because of how the movie is put together, I expect it will have some extra meaning on a second viewing.

You should probably go see it before I spoil it below.

I kind of want one of those spaceships. I like the aesthetics.

I kind of want one of those spaceships. I like the aesthetics and the gravity manipulation.  And, also, well… spaceship.

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Science Fiction Round 66: Rogue One

2017/01/03 3 comments

I went to go see Rogue One last weekend.  It’s a good film, and as you might expect, something of a tearjerker.

As ever, here be spoilers.

Hey, these characters all show up in the film! Not all the stuff from the trailers did, though.

Hey, these characters all show up in the film! Not all the stuff from the trailers did, though.

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