Monthly Archives: January 2019

Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Blades (2016) Review

Also in this series: City of Stairs (2014) It’s a couple of years later and the bookish but inventive Shara Komayd is now a bigwig in Saypur, and old general Mulaghesh is finally retired, as Shara promised her, to some … Continue reading

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Glass (2019) Review

Glass, being a double sequel to two movies, Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2015). Unbreakable introduced two people who convinced themselves that they were comic book characters in real life, that is Mr Dunn who is apparently the man of steel, … Continue reading

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Ada Palmer – Seven Surrenders (2017) Review

Also in this series: Too Like the Lightning (2016) Seven Surrenders. Not so much the sequel to Too Like the Lightning (2016) but the second half of it. Some writers really know how to start a story and expertly lead … Continue reading

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Unbreakable (2000) Review

Unbreakable (2000) is such a strange beast in the recent history of cinema. First of all, it is a superhero movie, but it is a meta-superhero movie that looks at the superhero genre and presents a superhero origin story in … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick – A Scanner Darkly (1977) Review

Bob Arctor is a narc in Orange County, California. He is an undercover cop trying to find the laboratories that produce the dangerous drug Substance D that is sweeping over the land. So, Bob Arctor is undercover, pretending to be … Continue reading

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Sorry to Bother You (2018) Review

Sorry To Bother You is a real surprise of a movie, great fun. It is an alternate reality movie and a satire on modern day corporate culture and the long dead American dream. It also has visual elements of magical … Continue reading

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Frank Herbert – Chapterhouse: Dune (1985) Review

After four stellar novels in the Dune series, the fifth one, Heretics of Dune (1984), left me spinning. The original Atreides people were all gone and new elements and political factions entered the story that felt divorced from what the … Continue reading

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Peter Frankopan – The New Silk Roads (2018) Review

Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World became a very popular history book and deservedly so. It might be the best book about general history of the world that I have ever read. Not only gives … Continue reading

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The Sisters Brothers (2018) Review

This is more a word of warning than a review. This is a weird one. A very unusual film. On the face of it, it is a Western, and judging by the trailer it is a comedy as well. A … Continue reading

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Ada Palmer – Too Like the Lightning (2016) Review. French Enlightenment in the 25th Century

The moment of opening Ada Palmer’s Too Like The Lightning is being submerged in a totally alien social structure. There is so much going on and so much to learn to understand this future society, that this is quite a … Continue reading

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