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Movies & TV / trailers
« on: September 09, 2020, 03:02:30 PM »
would love to see this (Dune) in the theater. doubt i will, but dang...

this one (The Batman) looks promising. worried the lead's miscast, but he's become a good actor. will give this the benefit of the doubt.

Movies & TV / bladerunner 2049
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:08:41 PM »
not sure i like i like material like this before the movie itself (which should be able to stand on its own), but on the other hand these are interesting and don't fall into conventional trailer territory. short version, villenueve had several shorts made by his 2nd unit director. 2 of them have been released, apparently one more coming.

first one

second one

Movies & TV / the next doctor
« on: July 16, 2017, 01:58:20 PM »
Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker announced as 13th Doctor

i never really caught on to capaldi, tho i think that was more moffat's fault than capaldi's. chibnall/whittaker should be a good change.

General Discussion / WTF!?!
« on: June 05, 2017, 07:31:17 AM »
this place is missing this thread, so here's this:

Man mows his lawn in Canada as huge tornado looms in the background

Movies & TV / the orville
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:07:55 PM »

bets on how long this lasts?

General Discussion / nodosaur
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:55:52 PM »

Movies & TV / the dark tower
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:16:52 PM »

Movies & TV / marvel movies
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:27:38 PM »

Books / 2017 reading list
« on: April 09, 2017, 07:11:16 PM »
copy/paste/update from the old list. feel like i missed one between 6 and 7 (trespasser, eeny meeny) but it must not have been memorable, because i can't think what it might've been*, **.

eeny meeny was terrible. tried to be something in the vein of thomas harris's silence of the lambs/hannibal etc, failed on all counts. do not waste your time.

a man called ove was great. translation from a swedish author. comedy/drama about an elderly man trying to deal with events in his life. would try to put in more descriptors but don't want to be spoilery. think there was a movie based on this last year, which we'll have to look for.

time salvager- set in ~2500?  terrible title and clearly a first novel, but got better as it went along. lost points for being a cliffhanger, but will look for the sequel if i remember to (i'm assuming the author planned one, based on the ending).

goodhouse; another first novel. much better writing than time salvager. near future scifi, extremely believable. strong gattaca flavor to it.

pandora's star; maybe 100 pages in. space opera, established british scifi author. still introducing characters. seems like hamilton's one of those guys that's outgrown his editors. 

1. death's end, cixin liu/ken liu  - 4.5/5
2. central station, lavie tidhar  - 3.5/5
3. blood song, anthony ryan  - 4/5
4. tower lord, anthony ryan  - 3/5
5. queen of fire, anthony ryan  - 3/5
6. the trespasser, tana french  - 3.5/5
7. the magician's assistant, anne patchett 2.5/5
8. abomination, gary whitta   4/5
9. eeny meeny, m.j. arlidge  - 1/5
10. a man called ove, fredrik backman   - 4/5
11. time salvager, wesley chu   - 3/5
12. goodhouse, peyton marshall  -  3.5/5
13. pandora's star, peter hamilton  -- in progress

*edit: remembered the missing book. the magician's assistant had well realized characters and was well written, but was not really my kind of story. about a woman dealing with the death of her partner and discovering/meeting his extended family after his death. one of my wife's books (as was a man called ove and eeny meeny, for that matter).

** forgot a second book in that span as well. abomination, by gary whitta. fantasy, set in england roughly 1000 years ago. was a pleasant surprise. could easily see this set in the diablo world. gory violent supernatural goodness. maybe a bit predictable but that's ok. :)

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