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Mockingjay, Part 1
Posted by Galen
December 14, 2014
9:45pm CST

Just as with the third book in Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games trilogy, I am losing interest in the film franchise as well. They should have kept the third book to just one film, because Mockingjay, Part 1 is light on action and long on boring exposition and lifeless acting.


Flowers for Algernon
11/25/14; 10:15pm CST - Galen
Getting back to award-winning books, I take a look at Daniel Keyes' 1966 novel Flowers for Algernon which tied for the Nebula with the previously reviewed Babel-17 by Samuel Delany. It was preceded by a short story version, which won a Hugo in 1960.


Birdman Flies High!
11/25/14; 4:30pm CST - Galen
Birdman is the best film I've seen this year, and hopefully it will get the recognition it deserves, not only for Michael Keaton's perfomance, but also the other actors, the director and cinematographers. A near perfect film.


Sigil Trilogy Complete
11/16/14; 5:00pm CST - Galen
My review of Henry Gee's Sigil Trilogy is complete, although I won't rule out editing it later if I think of something else I should have said. I probably spoiled too many things already, so I'll quit for now.


Sigil Trilogy Book 2
11/13/14; 1:00pm CST - Galen
It has been nearly seven months since I posted the review of the first book in Henry Gee's Sigil Trilogy. I shouldn't have waited this long to read the second one, Scourge of Stars, because in spite of a few quibbles I might have, it is still very good and I'll finish the third book as soon as possible.


11/8/14; 2:50pm CST - Galen
Interstellar is being hailed as a science fiction epic by some, and it does have some positive attributes, but for me the negatives far outweigh them.


Dark Lightning
10/22/14; 4:30pm CDT - Galen
Dark Lightning is the latest from John Varley, continuting events that began in 2003's Red Thunder.


The Zero Theorem
10/18/14; 2:15pm CDT - Galen
Another wild and weird cinematic journey from Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem might still be showing in theaters, but likely only in large markets. Otherwise, it's already on VOD from various sources, including Amazon.


The Man Who Folded Himself
10/15/14; 9:00pm CDT - Galen
Originally published in 1973, then revised in 2003, David Gerrold's The Man Who Folded Himself is still a good time travel tale, but maybe not as good as I remembered.


Rite of Passage
10/13/14; 6:55pm CDT - Galen
The Nebula Winner for 1968 was Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin.


Doctor Who Update
10/12/14; 5:35pm CDT - Galen
It has been several weeks since I watched the last of Peter Davison's episodes on Classic Doctor Who, but I finally got around to updating that page.


The Lotus Caves on High Moon
9/28/14; 6:00pm CDT - Galen
Two new pages today. A review of John Christopher's 1969 juvenile novel The Lotus Caves, along with a look at the extremely loose adaptation of it, High Moon, which was supposed to be a pilot for a series on Syfy, but they finally made a wise decision by not picking it up.


9/10/14; 11:05pm CDT - Galen
Delany again. This time it's his Nebula nominee from 1975, the much praised (and much criticized) Dhalgren.


9/2/14; 8:45pm CDT - Galen
Continuing with the work of Grand Master Samuel R. Delany, today I take a look at his 1968 Hugo-nominated novel, Nova.


Time's Crossroads
8/26/14; 6:35pm CDT - Galen
Gregg Macklin has written reviews here, as well as posted on the forums, under the username of Starflight. It's been a while since the last of those reviews, and that might not change much in the future, since he is now writing his own stories. His first novel is Time's Crossroads.


2014 Hugo Awards
8/18/14; 4:15pm CDT - Galen
I've just updated the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the winners announced last night at LonCon3, including the Retro Hugos.


Ancillary Justice
7/14/14; 12:05pm CDT - Galen
Ancillary Justice is the first novel from Ann Leckie. It has already won the Nebula and is also nominated for a Hugo (and it won that one too). It is very good.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7/14/14; 12:00pm CDT - Galen
I know most everyone else will disagree, but I was thinking a better first word for the title would be Yawn.


The Edge of Futures Past
6/30/14; 9:30am CDT - Galen
It has been a couple of weeks since I've seen these movies, not sure why it's taken me this long to post reviews. Both are likely to not be in theaters much longer, but since a lot of people wait for the DVD release anyway, I guess it doesn't matter. They are both unique, and don't have any connection to each other, except that both utilize their own form of time travel to correct past mistakes. Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past.


The Fourth Doctor
6/30/14; 9:20am CDT - Galen
I finally got around to updating my Classic Doctor Who review, this time adding comments on the Tom Baker years.


Gojira vs. Godzilla
6/17/14; 9:10pm CDT - Galen
The original 1954 film Gojira has its faults, but it is vastly superior to the latest American version of Godzilla. Here's my review of both.


The Jewels of Aptor
6/17/14; 9:00pm CDT - Galen
The first of Samuel R. Delany's stories to be published, The Jewels of Aptor, shows the promise of the eventual Grand Master, but it is ultimately unsatisfying.


2013 Nebula Awards
5/18/14; 6:30pm CDT - Galen
The Nebulas were announced last night, and after several hours tracking down links for all the books, movies and TV shows available from Amazon, I've just finished updating the Hugo/Nebula page, including the Hugo nominations that will be decided in August.


The Einstein Intersection
5/14/14; 4:40pm CDT - Galen
A month's long enough, and considering it's been over a week since I finished Samuel R. Delany's The Einstein Intersection, it's about time for a review.


Babel-17 & Empire Star
4/14/14; 5:10pm CDT - Galen
Samuel R. Delany won his first Nebula with Babel-17, and in the current print edition it is joined with the connected story "Empire Star."


Siege of Stars
4/6/14; 2:30pm CST - Galen
Siege of Stars by Henry Gee is the first book of the Sigil Trilogy, and is available from ReAnimus Press.


Two Hugo winners from Heinlein
2/15/14; 2:30pm CST - Galen
I just uploaded two book reviews, both from Heinlein, and both Hugo winners. Double Star was his first win in 1956, then fifty years after the fact, 1950's Farmer in the Sky received a Retro Hugo in 2001. It shouldn't have.


Winter's Tale - The Movie
2/15/14; 2:20pm CST - Galen
Not as good as the book, but that was expected. Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Winter's Tale was surprisingly satisfying in spite of so much story missing. A bit too much magic compared to the book, or at least explained too much, but most of it works.


Bring the Jubilee
2/3/14; 10:20pm CST - Galen
Ward Moore's 1953 novel Bring the Jubilee is an intriguing alternate history tale, in this case exploring the possibilities of what might have happened if the South had won the Civil War.


Winter's Tale
1/31/14; 5:30pm CST - Galen
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin is a beautifully written fantasy, and I predict the upcoming film will not do it justice.


2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
1/19/14; 4:15pm CST - Galen
Following along the same timeline as Robinson's Mars Trilogy, 2312 is the winner of last year's Nebula award. I was expecting it to repeat and also win the Hugo, because it is infinitely better than Redshirts.


1/5/14; 6:50pm CST - Galen
Anyone who is a fan of Star Trek doesn't need the title explained. If you are a Trek fan, or even if you're not, my recommendation is to run far away from John Scalzi's novel, as if you're a redshirt yourself trying to escape your fate. What were the Hugo voters thinking last year?


Costigan's Needle
1/1/14; 10:05pm CST - Galen
Jerry Sohl's Costigan's Needle was his first novel, published in 1953. Interesting premise, poor execution, but I felt compelled to finish the review since ReAnimus Press provided the e-book for free.


Hobbit Update
1/1/14; 10:00pm CST - Galen
I've added a few comments to my reviews of The Desolation of Smaug, even a few positive ones believe it or not. Even if you've already read it you might want to take another look.


Happy New Year, Hobbitses!
1/1/14; 12:30am CST - Galen
Well, 2014 is here, and I'm finally getting around to a movie review I should have done several days ago, but it took a while to decide if I should bother.

Peter Jackson continues his expansive, overblown, and over-long adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, the second film in his trilogy being subtitled The Desolation of Smaug. Anyone who has read the book and seen this film knows that title is incorrect, and that's just one of many things wrong with it.




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