Friday, December 26, 2008

retroredux's 42

Items are reviewed on my blog click titles for reviews.

1.Book-Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy
2.Beowulf DVD (animated starring voice talent: Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins-really very good, the artwork was astounding, very violent, not for little kids but my 12 YO had no problem with it-4 stars)

3. 3.Book-Golden Fleece by Robert Sawyer-DONE-2 stars.

4.Book-Those Who Hunt The Night by Barbara Hambly-DONE-5 stars.

5. 5. The Spirit DVD-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes-sorry to say but this was horrible! Sin City was bad, but this film made Sin City look like Shakesphere. Someone needs to stop letting Frank Miller write Dialog as he has ZERO talent for it. So glad I rented it for a buck ZERO stars.
6.Star Trek TNG "The Lost"-another overarching bratty Deanna Troi story: 2.5 stars
7.Star Trek TNG "Data's Day"-one of my favorites, gotta love Data and O'Brien's Wedding, and I believe the first appearance of Spot?-5 stars.
8. Star Trek TNG "The Wounded"-1st Cardassian's! Great story-5 stars
9.Star Trek TNG "The Devil's Due"-another fantastic story-a classic!-5 stars
10. Book: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

11.(Movie) Wolverine: Origins-starring Hugh Jackman-this "Old School" comic fan was very pleased with the movie. Lot's of action, Jackman obviously studied up on Wolvie mannerisms and character as he did a great job, and Liev Schribers Sabretooth was A+ as well-5 stars!
12. (Movie) Star Trek-starring Chris Pine and Zachery Quinto-I loved it, my husband not so much as the time travel aspect made him feel that the "altered universe" basically "wipes out" all previous Trek storylines. I disagree, though. All in all, I felt the cast was great and I'm looking forward to the next film. 5 stars!

13.Book: From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris
14. Book: Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris
15.Star Trek TNG "Clues"-interesting story of the crews encounter with a highly xenophobic world and the drastic choice one crewmember must make to save the crew's lives-3.5 stars

16.Star Trek TNG "First Contact"-fantastic story of how the federation secretly goes undercover on a burgeoning world on the brink of space travel to "feel out" if they are ready for "first contact" with the federation-a classic Next Gen story-5 stars.

17.Star Trek TNG "Galaxy's Child-Geordi's fateful second meeting with his holo crush Dr Leah. Sparks fly as Geordi meets his crush in "the flesh". Very good and painful to watch for poor Geordi's sake:) 4 stars.

18.Star Trek TNG- "Night Terrors"-almost feels like a Halloween or "horror" episode. OK-definately not a favorite-2.5 stars.

19.Star Trek TNG-"Identity Crisis"-great Geordi storyline! 5 stars.

20.Star Trek TNG- "The Nth Degree"-BARCLAY! Enough said-5 stars.

21.Star Trek TNG-"Qpid"-a classic! Q, Vash, and the crew as Robin Hood and his merry men? What more could you want? LOL 5 stars.

22.Star Trek TNG- "The Drumhead"-another classic! Season 4 is the best. Jean Simmons is brilliant in her portrayal as Admiral Satie! 5 stars

23.Star Trek TNG "Half A Life"-Probably one of my top five TNG episodes! I always cry with this one-5 stars!

24.Star Trek TNG-"The Host"-a goody but Crusher and Riker kissing dis freak me out a bit. An interesting prespective on what "love" means-is it the physical or mental that we are most attached to? 4 stars.

25.Star Trek TNG-"The Mind's Eye"- another great Geordi storyline (which I don't think we see that much more of in following seasons)-the premise of brainwashing through his visor is intriguing-4 stars.

26.Star Trek TNG- "In Theory"-another of my favorites-great "Data in love" story. 5 stars.

27.Star Trek TNG-"Redemption, part I"-pivotal Worf story! 5 stars
28.Star Trek TNG- "Redemption, part II"- Season FIVE: loved getting Worf back on the Enterprise and of course Selah, Tasha's daughter! 5 stars.

29.Star Trek TNG- "Darmok"-love Paul Winfield but this is one of my least favorite episodes. 3 stars.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Plague Year by Jeff Carlson

Plague Year by Jeff Carlson

Post- apocalyptic sci-fi thriller.
After an outbreak of a nanotechnology 'plague', originally intended for medical use, most of the population has been wiped out.
Those who survive are lucky - they have managed to reach the safety of an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level where the atmospheric pressure below 70% , the pressure at which the nanobots are unable to function.
Above the earth astronauts aboard the International Space Station are trying to find a way to destroy the nanobots loose on the surface, unaware that their fate, and the fate of the rest of humanity, depends on one man barely alive in a group of survivors stranded on a mountain in Colorado.

An interesting novel. Harrowing and heart-felt at times.

# 25 on my list

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Part of series: N
Year: 1978
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon
My Rating Excellent
Classic sci-fi film. As good now as when released.
Watch it!

# 24 on my list

Galaxy Quest

Title: Galaxy Quest
Part of a series?
Y/N? N
Year: 1999
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen
My rating: Good sci-fi comedy!
Eighteen years after their sci-fi adventure show "Galaxy Quest" was canceled, actors Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco, Alexander Dane, Tommy Webber, and Fred Kwan are making appearances at sci-fi conventions and store openings as their characters.
They hate this endless cycle and long for 'real' acting roles.
Then real aliens arrive asking for their help, having mistaken the show for real. Wisked off to the Thermians ship, the actors find themselves acting out their roles in real life!
Funny, funny, funny!

# 23 on my list

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Starship Troopers 2

Title: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
Part of a series? Y/N?
Y - second
Year: 2004
Starring: Coleen Porch, Brenda Strong, Richard Burgi
My rating: OK
Sequel to Paul Verhoeven's cult sci-fi hit Starship Troopers, this film sees the mobile infantry unit of the Federation isolated light years away from reinforcements.
Holed up in a base tower, surrounded by bugs, they must seek the help of a Federation prisoner if they are to have any hope of saving themselves and the human race.
But all the troops are not as they seem....

Preferred this to the first film.
Fun, action packed, horror sci-fi. B list but good!

# 22 on my (revised) list

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Autumn by David Moody


Author:David Moody

Publisher: Infected Books

Pages: 283

Part of a series? Y/N? There are three more - Autumn: The City, Autumn: Purification, Autumn: The Human Condition

My rating: OK

Synopsis: - From the inside flap -
'In less than twenty-four hours a vicious and virulent disease destroys virtually all of the population. Billions are killed. Thousands die every second.There are no symptoms and no warnings. Within moments of infection each victim suffers a violent and agonizing death. Only a handful of survivors remain. By the end of the first day those survivors wish they were dead.Then the disease strikes again, and all hell breaks loose... '

Why I would or would not recommend it:
A quick read OK post-apocalyptic / speculative fiction novel
There are several books after this one, and I imagine you would probably have to read them all to get a decent story. This just seems like a pre-amble.
Not the greatest of books but I'll have to read the rest of the series now to see what happens, so there must be something I liked about it.

My # 21 for this challenge

( I have still to post reviews of: 8. Sunshine (film) 20/9/089; The Forgotten (flm) 22/9/0810; Contact (film) 26/9/0811:. Timecop (film) 25/10/08; 12. Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (film) 26/10/08; 13. Doom (film) 31/10/08; 14. Doomsday (film) 1/11/08; 15. Iron Man (film) 4/11/08; 16. Stargate: The Ark of Truth (film) 11/11/08; 17: Stargate: continum (film) 11/11/08; 18: The Man from Earth (film) 11/11/08; 19. Mutant Chronicles [2008] (film) 20/11/08; 20. The Cronicles of Riddick (film) 28/11/08)