Starting in early 2012 I decided that I would make a habit of reviewing everything I read and all the movies I watched. On top of that I’ve begun to review other products and sometimes tv shows as well.
These reviews are just my personal thoughts on my entertainment choices. I wouldn’t use them as your sole guide on what to read or watch, but if it helps… great!
I've never blogged a re-read before, so to a large extent I'm making this up as I go along. The basic idea is that I'm breaking the book down into about 10 chunks so I have a decent amount to discuss, but it doesn't take a year to get to the end of it. For this first part I'm looking at the prolog and Chapters 1 through 4 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Before I get to that though, I thought it would be worth setting the scene a little bit:
Dragons of Autumn Twilight was published in 1984 and fantasy fiction was rather different back then. Most of the big names we're currently familiar with hadn't been released (no Wheel of Time or Harry Potter or Game of Thrones). There were a few blockbuster series (Eddings Belgariad and Brooks Shannara spring most readily to mind) but the market was much smaller and there wasn't much in the way of licensed or game based fantasy fiction. Dragonlance changed that in a big way.
There was a time some years ago when the X-Men movies were seen as the height of superhero adventure on the big screen. Things have changed a lot in the last decade. Mutants no longer reign supreme in the comics or the movies. Unable to participate in the great Marvel Plan and hampered by a truly atrocious movie in X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men movies just don't get the attention they used to.
An episode with significant structural flaws yet it entertained me anyway. Steven Moffat has gone on record that part of his vision for Doctor Who is for the show to be a dark fairytale. This approach is certainly not universally popular since it tends to downplay the science elements of the show. How strong those science elements every were is admittedly debatable, but still it's a bit of a hot button with people. I mention this because Season 8, Episode 10 — In The Forest Of The Night just screamed fairytale to me.
Okay so this is a slightly unusual situation. I'm reviewing a book that won't be published until 2015, but it was published when I bought it. That's because the author self-published and then subsequently sold the book and a sequel to a major publisher. That explanation out of the way let's talk about The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson. It's a Young Adult novel with a steampunk setting and a heavy emphasis on romance.
I wasn't planning on writing reviews for every episode of this season of Supernatural but this is the third episode in a row that has inspired me to write a review for whatever that's worth. Unfortunately this time out I don't have a much in the way of positives to offer.
Oh this was such a good episode. Doctor Who is a juggling act and th best episodes manage to give you humor, fear, action and a big idea all in a single package. It's not easy, but when it works it's great. This worked. Writer Jamie Mathieson came through with a script that was actually even stronger than Mummy On The Orient Express, which is no small achievement.
After a lackluster start to the new season, Supernatural comes roaring back with a much more impressive episode that actually has a bit of bite to it. It's pretty much a direct continuation from Black, but Reichenbach has a very different feel to the Supernatural season première. There's an edge here that was sadly lacking in episode one. What's In A Name? It's an interesting choice of name don't you think?