April 16th, 2017
Oh look, I read another book. It’s really kind of strange how that happens, I went for months and months not having time to read and, truth be told, I didn’t miss it. But then I picked up a book again and now I want to read a lot. I can’t say I understand it but I’m not at all sad that it happened.
This time I take a look at Destroyer, the second in the series of time travel adventures by Brett Battles. I reviewed the first book in the series here and really loved it. So will this be as good as the first? Let’s find out.
April 6th, 2017
I really don’t know how much there is to say about Murdoch anymore, after 10 seasons, you know what you’re getting and you either like it, as I do, or you just go elsewhere. Murdoch Mysteries is a long-running Canadian mystery show, based on the books by Maureen Jennings. It’s about a turn-of-the-century Toronto detective who develops some amazing techniques to solve cases. It has a great cast of characters and never fails to make me smile.
April 4th, 2017
I reviewed the first of the Tomb Raider reboot games a while ago and I knew they were putting out a new one, I just completely forgot about it until recently when I picked it up. I thought the first game was pretty decent and had about the same expectations this time around. I actually like these games more as shooters than they are platformers, although they still have that element to them, but I’m more of an FPS guy than a puzzle solving guy anyhow. So did this game make any improvements from the first? Read on to find out.
March 14th, 2017
This 10-episode series comes from a novel called Himura Hideo Series by Arisu Arisugawa, first published in March, 1992 by Kodansha. Clearly, it’s self-referential because the writer of the novel is also part of the series. But lots of J-dramas come from books and manga and they don’t always translate well to screen, so let’s see how Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa fared.
March 12th, 2017
It’s been a long time since I wrote a book review, mostly because it’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book. However, recently, I got tapped for jury duty and since I had to have something to do while sitting around waiting to get inevitably dismissed, I figured it was a good time to start a book. This was just the first one I came across on my tablet, so hey, it’s as good a place to start as any.
I’ve enjoyed John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series quite a bit, some books more than others, of course, but The Human Division originally came out as a series of chapters on the Tor webste and I thought it would be interesting to see how something like that worked out.
March 11th, 2017
Wow, this one was a long time coming, wasn’t it? We have had it sitting in our “to be watched” pile for a very long time, although certainly not since 1999, and finally got around to sitting down to see it. Keizoku is seen as a “groundbreaking” police drama in Japan and for good reason. But how does it measure up to some of my favorite shows of the past? Let’s find out.
March 2nd, 2017
This was a year full of time travel-esque stories, some reasonably good, like Netflix’ Travelers, some not so good, like Frequency, and then there’s NBC’s Timeless, which comes down pretty close to the top, but really struggled in the ratings. So I guess that now that their 16-episode season is over, I have to give my views on the show. See you below the fold.
February 21st, 2017
Sometimes you just see something go by and say “what the heck?” Such is the case with iBoy, a Netflix movie about a boy with a smartphone in his brain that develops super powers. It sounded interesting enough so we sat down to check it out without really knowing any more about it.
So, was it an interesting take on the superhero genre, or was it badly misidentified? Find out below the fold.
February 16th, 2017
This has certainly been the year for time travel shows, but time travel is hard to do well, as shows like Frequency proved. Now it’s time for Netflix to enter the fray with Travelers, a not-particularly-original series that originally aired in Canada, but now finds itself on Netflix. So was it any good? Strap in and find out.
February 14th, 2017
Space Ninja Team Gatchaman might have been the first actual Japanese anime series I ever saw. I had been watching Sandy Frank’s Battle of the Planets with the sound down because the Americanization was so awful but the animation was great. I had a friend from Japan who took pity on me and brought over a bunch of the original Gatchaman, in Japanese, and translated it for me on the fly. He’s also the one who introduced me to the C/FO back in the late 70s. So I have a special place in my heart for Gatchaman and when I saw that they were making a live action version, I couldn’t wait. Except I forgot about it until recently. So let’s see if it was worth the wait.