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  • Massively Multiplayer: Book Review

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by Tao

    Massively Multiplayer by P. Aaron Potter is an amazing book and a great example of the eBook revolution and the kind of quality that can come from it.  I picked it up via a Humble Bundle and I must say, there were certainly quite a few good books in there but this one stood out.

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    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with books, mmorpg, P. Aaron Potter, reviews, scifi

  • 5 Things of Interest - 7/25/2014

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by Tao

    It's that time of week for Fortress Geek's 5 Things:

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    This post was posted in General and was tagged with geek, interest, reviews, vancouver

  • Robocop (2014) Movie Review

    Posted on June 25, 2014 by Tao

    Finally caught the latest Robocop movie. In honour of our Robocup, I thought I'd do a review of the movie. Cliff notes version - just about what you'd expect, a rehash of the old movie with some updating but mostly forgettable. A mediocre lazy Sunday afternoon movie, but you aren't missing anything if you don't [...]

    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with movies, moview reviews, reviews, robocop

  • Edge of Tomorrow: A Review

    Posted on June 19, 2014 by Tao

    Edge of Tomorrow was an interesting movie to watch. Reminiscent of Groundhog Day a lot I have to admit, with Tom Cruise as Bill Murray and action sequences replacing Murray learning new tricks. Overall, it was a fun watch but it wasn't amazing and having to watch it in in 3D certainly made our temples [...]

    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with blog, edge of tomorrow, movie, reviews, scifi, tom cruise

  • The Empire of Man - Book Series Review

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Tao

    Not been writing a lot of book reviews since I haven't actually read anything good recently.  Read a few books, but if I can't even make it through the book why would I write about it?  So, here's an oldie review.

    The Empire of Man (aka as Prince Roger's Journey aka as March Upcountry) series focuses on the far future and one rather spoiled Prince Roger McClintock.  The series tells the story of Prince Roger and his personal guard, the Bronze Battalion of the Empress's Own, as they cross the hostile and alien world of Marduk where they have been marooned after an unsuccessful assassination attempt.  Written by John Ringo (of the Oh, John Ringo, no fame) and David Weber (of the Honor Harrington series); it's a space opera / military science-fiction romp  that has entire world building aspects added to a coming-of-age story.

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    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with book, book reviews, reviews, scifi, stories

  • Divergent - Movie Review

    Posted on April 8, 2014 by Tao

    Firstly, never read the books.  We only went to watch Divergent because it was the most interesting movie out at the time and we desperately needed to get out of the house.  The headline summary - not bad, a decent way to kill a few hours but don't apply logic.

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    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with cynical old me, divergent, movie, movie reviews, reviews

  • Geek Retrospective: Equilibrium

    Posted on November 6, 2013 by Tao

    Equilibrium is the first movie I first noticed Christian Bale.  Released around 2002, before his turn as the Dark Knight and a few years after the Matrix, you can see the popular sci-fi's stylised fight scenes in the results.
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    The entirety of the movie is set in a giant metropolis in a future where [...]

    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with action, fun, movies, reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • In the Name of the King: The Best Comedy of 2007

    Posted on June 23, 2013 by Tao

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    We know of Uwe Boll right? The man who has somehow managed to make a career out of buying video game movie rights and the making bad movies from them? Well, if you've never seen a movie of his, consider yourself lucky.  He's generally a really, really bad [...]

    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with bad movies, my apologies, name of the king, reviews

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