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Winter's Tale
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Bring the Jubilee
by Ward Moore

Catching Fire
DVD & Blu-Ray
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Babel-17 &
Empire Star

by Samuel R. Delany

DVD & Blu-Ray
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Robert A. Heinlein's
Farmer in the Sky
and Double Star
Hugo Winners

The Hobbit: The
Desolation of Smaug

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Siege of Stars
Sigil Trilogy, Book One
by Henry Gee


Babel-17 & Empire Star
Posted by Galen
April 14, 2014
5:10pm CST

Samuel R. Delany won his first Nebula with Babel-17, and in the current print edition it is joined by 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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