Category Archives: Reviews

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!

Comic Book Review: Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday

Ever since Disney bought Lucas­film comic book fans have been waiting for Star Wars to return to home.  The very first licensed Star Wars comics were produced by Marvel so there is a nice symmetry to this, though we shouldn't dismiss the fine work done by Dark Horse with the fran­chise over the years. So how does the new Star Wars #1 stack up against previous comics? Is this a must buy, or just another cheap cash in? A-List Creators Say This Book Matters Just based on the talent that Marvel is throwing at the book, I'd say they aren't just cashing in. Jason Aaron may not be a house­hold name outside of comics circles but his work for Marvel on Thor and Wolverine is very highly regarded as is his Vertigo series Scalped. John Cassaday mean­while is an Eisner award winning penciller. In short Marvel has put A-list talent on a licensed title which is very unusual.

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Book Review: Archer: Book One of The Long Game by Richard Rohlin

The second story I'm reviewing for the #GreatIndieRe­view­Pro­ject is Archer: Book One of The Long game by Richard Rohlin (and edited by Benjamin Feehan). It's a pulp styled super­hero novella full of costumed heroes out for justice. It's also the first part of a larger series and as such there are a fair number of unre­solved elements, but the story as told here does feel reason­ably complete. Basi­cally what we get is the origin story of Roger Fitzooth and how he changes from a spoilt playboy into a costumed hero driven to bring his father and his company down. Cliches vs. Tropes [amazon template=image&asin=B00DE1A4MQ]Archer leans very heavily on familiar super­hero and pulp tropes.  The idea of the super­hero whose public iden­tity is that of a playboy is a trope for example, as is the type of hero that Roger becomes, an Archer.

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Book Review: The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton

I really love Peter F. Hamilton's stories. I've read most of his books and even his short story collec­tion A Second Chance at Eden. So it's prob­ably fair to say that I am a biased reviewer of his books. It's also not a surprise that I enjoyed The Evolu­tionary Void. But the book (and the trilogy) had some prob­lems. The Evolu­tionary Void is the final part of a trilogy of books that Hamilton has written about what's referred to as the Common­wealth Universe. This following on from a duology where he intro­duced the setting.

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Book Review: Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

I'm pretty much going to spend this review telling you every­thing wrong this book and the whole genre. Because if ever there's a book that embodies the genre Show Your Work is it. Despite that, you may want to consider buying the book. Because while Austin Kleon really doesn't offer a single new idea, it is possible that his amiable presen­ta­tion of the ideas will trigger you to act on them. In short, the emperor has no clothes, but it may not matter. It's a Quick Read Which trans­lates to, this is a small book. Don't let the 224 pages full you, the book has a lot of illus­tra­tions so the pages fly by. I read it in three days in between reading parts of three other books.

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Book Review: Beastheads by Mike Reeves-McMillan

This is the first review in my year long #GreatIndieRe­view­Pro­ject. The idea is simple. I'm going to post honest in depth reviews of a variety of sci-fi, fantasy (and related genre) books in the hope of bringing them to the atten­tion of people who may enjoy them. Not every book is for me. Not every book is going to be for you.  If you just want to get a quick feeling if this might be your sort of thing then skip down to the end and check out the sections labeled Is This For Me? and Did You Like It? Then click through to read the blurb and other reviews on Amazon.

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The Great Indie Review Project 2015

I write a lot of reviews. I post more reviews than anything else in fact. And I do it for purely selfish reasons. I like to under­stand what works (for me) or not and why it works. The reviews help me to do that. Well it's the begin­ning of the year and I'm feeling opti­mistic. Last year I wrote a respectable number of reviews, but this year I want to push that number way up. I plan to continue to read/watch my main­stream books and tv shows (plus the odd movie) and there will be the same reviews of those as always.

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TV Review: Agent Carter

Two episodes into Marvel's latest TV venture Agent Carter I feel like I have a good enough grasp on the series to pronounce it great. It's not impor­tant or worthy tv. It's not pushing the bound­aries or remaking tv drama in any way. But it is wonder­fully fun, and that's what I want from a tv series. It's basi­cally a glorious mixture of pulp, noir, comic books detec­tive fiction and James Bond influ­ences. The Femi­nist Agenda By setting Agent Carter in the post war period, the show gets to have its cake and eat it. On the one hand they get to show Peggy Carter as both an extremely capable agent frequently making her male colleagues look like fools (well there's the one compe­tent agent but he has lost a limb so he's sort of treated like another woman). On the other hand we have Carter going full femme fatale right in the first episode so they're more than happy to take advan­tage of the cliches when they have a chance.

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