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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Tao

    So, watched the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey a few days ago.  The movie was not a bad adaptation and truth be told, it's been so many ages since I read the book I can't even discuss whether it's a truthful adaptation of the book.  It does feel like they dragged it out a lot more [...]

    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with hobbit, lotr, movie reviews, movies

  • Novels of the Change: SM Stirling Book Review

    Posted on September 18, 2013 by Tao

    Started reading S.M. Stirling's Novels of the Change this last month.  I'm on book 3 right now and so far, I have to say I like it.
    It's obvious the author knows something about martial arts, swordplay and general combat / tactics.  Whilst I'm not that interested in detailed fights, it's always nice to read a [...]

    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with book review, books, review, stirling, the change

  • Captain Vorpartil's Alliance : Book Review

    Posted on September 16, 2013 by Tao

    Lois McMaster Bujold stands at the top of my podium of living writers.  She has a way with words that is utterly amazing, concise and precise and yet perfect articulate and readable. You can skim through her books, enjoying the rip-roaring space opera plots or take it slow and realise she hits on some important, profound concepts.  I'm not the only one who agrees - she's got 4 Hugo's (matching Robert A. Heinlein's record) and I'm sure she'll exceed it soon enough.

    Captain Vorpartil's Alliance takes place between Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity and focuses on one of her fan favorite characters; Ivan Vorpartil.  Mile's often-sidekick and the straight guy in many of her novels, he's now the one up to radical shenanigans and derring-do in his own inestimable way.

    Overall, the book is what I expected it to be. A fun-filled romp with Ivan at turns brilliantly and bumblingly making his way through politics and saving damsels in distress while attempting to avoid actually doing anything (as much as possible).   For once we see a deeper side of Ivan, Bujold laying bare the forces that have made him as he is and the choices he has made to live the life that he has.  It's an interesting character study, a discussion about potential, danger and sacrifice underneath a tale of intergalactic romance.

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    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with books, bujold, lmb, reviews, vorkosignan

  • Star Wars Toys: Now & Then

    Posted on September 12, 2013 by Tao

    If you haven't seen our infographic, here it is:

    Sources as per below.  Copyright for Star Wars and all related products held by Lucasfilm.
    Remember, you can always buy Star Wars products at Fortress Geek
    Then- http://theswca.com/images-toys/misc/inflatablesaber.html
    Now: http://www.rebelscum.com/story/euro/ROTS_Spotlight_Ultimate_Lightsaber_93963.asp, http://www.fx-sabers.com/forum/index.php?topic=11034.0
    Wicket the Ewok Plush
    Then: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Tri-logo-Plush-Wicket-Star-Wars-1983-Kenner-MIB-Unused-Boxed-/190492137195?pt=Beanbag_Plush_US&hash=item2c5a3756eb
    Now: http://www.ozgameshop.com/soft-toys/star-wars-medium-talking-wicket-the-ewok-plush
    Han Solo's Blaster Pistol
    Then: http://2warpstoneptune.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/star-wars-laser-pistol/
    Princess Leia as Boushh Action Figure
    Then: http://www.rebelscum.com/VINtleiaboushh.asp
    Then: http://www.collectors-club-of-great-britain.co.uk/TV-and-Film/Features/Star-Wars-Price-Guide/_ch35_ft1724
    Now: http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-Terrain-Armored-Transport-Vehicle/dp/B0039X06OU
    Cantina Playset
    Then: http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&item_id=39641
    Now [...]

    This post was posted in General, infographic and was tagged with infographic, star wars, toys

  • The Dark Heavens Trilogy - Kylie Chan Book Review

    Posted on September 11, 2013 by Tao

    So, an urban fantasy that decides to set itself in Hong Kong and deal with Chinese mythology instead of Western European myths.  A nice change of pace and the setting has so much potential.  I really, really wanted to like this series but I just couldn't.  Alright, let's break it down - spoilers ahead.

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    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with books, reviews, urban fantasy, wudang

  • Book Review: Redshirts

    Posted on September 8, 2013 by Tao

    Ever heard of John Scalzi? No? If you haven't and you like humorous, tongue-in-cheek books that are well written and occasionally scratch the surface of some deeper subject matters, you'll enjoy his work.  Mind you - don't expect hard science fiction here; this is all soft scifi by far.
    Redshirts is (somewhat) based on a well [...]

    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with authors, books, review, scalzi

  • Geek Retrospective : Babylon 5

    Posted on September 3, 2013 by Tao

    Watching Babylon 5 again, I have to admit that some of the gloss has come off. Don't get me wrong, the series is still a landmark in Science Fiction TV with it's series & season long arcs, tight storytelling and magnitude of the series.
    Yet, some of what it did has now been done - better [...]

    This post was posted in TV Series and was tagged with babylon, babylon 5, michael, retrospective, scifi, tv

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