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BOOK REVIEW: “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One, The Summer Sword” by Rick Riordan (2015)

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I'm fond of Rick Riordan. I used to read his books to my son when my son was little, and when he he learned how to read, the first thing he went for was Riordan's first “Percy Jackson” series. My son's got a penchant for Fantasy overy Science Fiction, and the books are (mostly) fun, but with some darkness here and there, and aimed pretty solidly at an eighth grade reader. Good Juvie Fiction, or as the hip kids call it these days, “Young Adult Fiction.” (I hate that name, BTW)

 

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Book Review: The Ministry of Space

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The Husband picked up something we call a "baseball mitt gift"--something you buy for someone else, but it's really for your own use.  This particular present is a graphic novel, "The Ministry of Space," by Warren Ellis, Chris Weston, and Laurta Martin, with lettering by Michael Heisler.  It's a gorgeous little alternate history which cleverly uses rotoscoping and CGI modelling to produce extremely realistic cartoon images depicting what might've happened had Britain gotten to Peenemunde before the Americans did.


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Time Story Story Time: Roadmarks, by Roger Zelazny

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Roger Zelazny's "Roadmarks" is probably the first time travel story I'd ever read, back in high school. I was attracted to it mainly due to there being a dragon on the cover, and in those days, I was mad about dragons. Still am. In fact, I'm descended from dragons, but that's a story for another day...

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Space Cadet, by Robert A. Heinlein

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In response to Kevin's thoughts regarding Robert Heinlein, I decided to try reading a few of his novels in order to give an unbiased opinion of the man's writing talents, as I am pretty much a blank slate in this matter. I've read "Have Space Suit, Will Travel" and enjoyed it. But that's the only Heinlein work I've read.

So over the weekend I picked up "Space Cadet," which was originally published in 1948, making it the second of his "juvenile" novels intended for teens.

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Review: The Star Wars, by Dark Horse Comics

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When I heard that Dark Horse was coming out with a comic book adaptation of George Lucas' original draft of what became Star Wars, I was really excited.  I had been speculating about what was Lucas' original intent for years, and now we were about to find out.


It was with a sense of reverence that I obtained the first installment and read it.  The art was breathtaking.  But the story...well, I told myself, they're just setting things up.  Surely it will get better.


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Time Story Story Time: H.G. Wells' The Time Machine

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Of course, the grand-daddy of all time-travel stories is The Time Machine by H.G Wells, in which a nameless scientist invents a complex series of gears, rods, and levers, which enables him to travel to  the distant future, where he sees the eventual fate of the human race.  He meets a charming female named Weena, who in the book, is somehing like a child or a chimp, a semi-intelligent pet of the Time Traveller.  In the film, Weena is played by Yvette Mimieux, certainly no chimp, who manages to look impossibly pretty, impossibly sexy, and impossibly innocent a

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Time Story Story Time: The Great Time Machine Hoax

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"Time is what keeps everything from happening at once."


I'll admit it--I like time travel stories, especially well-constructed ones.  And since R4 has asked me to help fill out the Wednesday slot with articles, I'm going to be reviewing some of my favorite time-travel stories.


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Book Review: And Another Thing, by Eoin Colfer

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In the realms of science fiction and fantasy writing, there are no hard and fast rules, but one; Fan Fiction Is Bad.

Eoin Colfer's "Hitchhiker's Guide" sequel, "And Another Thing..." reads like fan fiction.

And not very good fan fiction, either.

Now, I have a soft spot for the original "HHGTTG" series, because it was how I met my husband, which is a rather long and convoluted story, which I will not get into here, but suffice it to say that "Hitchhiker" is rather like the "our song" that gets most people all wisty and nostalgic whenever they hear it.

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Beeline to the Future: Classic Science Fiction Novel Reread, The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

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When I was a teenager, I went through an Asimov phase. The Foundation Trilogy was a great teenage reading experience, much like Lord of the Rings, a thrilling youthful moment. I remember my mother giving me The Foundation Trilogy as a Christmas present, and I couldn’t wait to read it. I figured out where she had hidden the book, and when my Mother was out of the house at night, I took the book out and read it. I had read much of volume 1 by the time she wrapped it.

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