Monthly Archives: August 2016

Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake (2003) review

Genre: Science fiction / post-apocalypse Series: MaddAddam trilogy, part 1. Can be read as a standalone. Pages: 433 My rating: 9/10 Atwood sketches an arresting world of rampart genetic engineering. In the not-too-distant future, designer species like engineered pigs – … Continue reading

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Mud (2012) Review

8/10 Two teenage boys in Arkansas leave with their boat for a day and travel all the way to a little island on a lake. On the island, they find another boat, curiously stuck in a tree, and they want … Continue reading

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Jeff VanderMeer – Finch (2009)

Genre: Fantasy / New Weird Series: Ambergris, part 3. Can be read as standalone, but not recommended. Pages: 339 My rating: 8.5/10 “Forget it, Jake. It’s mushroom-town.” I’ll sketch the background of this novel quickly, just to introduce, because it … Continue reading

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

8/10 Local backyard scientist Flint Lockwood invents a machine that turns water into food. It shoots up into the sky and transforms clouds into food that rains down on the little village. The food rain attracts all sorts of folks … Continue reading

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Naked Lunch (1991) review

8/10 The story starts in New York in the 50s where bug exterminator Bill Lee (Peter Weller) runs out of extermination powder while on a job. It turns out that his wife Joan (Judy Davis) has been shooting up the … Continue reading

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Jose Saramago – The Elephant’s Journey (2008)

7.5/10 – historical fiction/parable I bought this one as a souvenir from my visit to Portugal, in one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, the Livraria Lello. Jose Saramago is a Nobel Prize winner for literature, known for The Gospel … Continue reading

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Star Trek Beyond, A Hologram for the King & Everybody Wants Some!!

A Hologram for the King (2016) 6/10 Tom Hanks has a midlife crisis and is filled with anxiety. He travels to Saudi Arabia as a businessman to present something to the king, but nothing really works out. I read that … Continue reading

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