Tag Archives: science fiction

Review: The Ramal Extraction: Cutter’s Wars

The Ramal Extraction: Cutter's Wars
The Ramal Extraction: Cutter’s Wars by Steve Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On the whole, a fine adventure book that was enjoyable to read. The characters were easy to grow attached to, and in the end I really found myself wanting to know more about them and their journey. The only real negative is that at times it felt like there was random filler material stuffed in to bulk up the story. Granted, this was somewhat explained within the context of the story, but it still left the story with some mildly disjointed sections. In the end though it was a very enjoyable read.

View all my reviews

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Review

Review: The Forever War

The Forever War
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I admit that it took me forever to finally get around to reading this book. Many years ago when I first heard of it I didn’t give it much attention, thinking it to be nothing more than a cheap knockoff of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, one of my all-time favorite books. Now, years later, when I find myself once more in a mental place where I am enjoying military themed science fiction I felt that perhaps I should give it a shot. Now I am very glad that I went ahead and read the book.

As is typical of books of the era in which this was written, the book is full of social commentary, and in this case there are a few observations and treatments of social issues that were undoubtedly dangerous to even postulate at the time of writing. Even today a couple of the topics are a bit touchy, but at least today authors can talk about these issues without much fear. At the time of the writing of this book…not so much.

The writing style itself was often wry, but certainly not dry. At points it felt rather unpolished and unrefined, but considering this was some of the earliest published work for this author and certain allowances and expectations can be adjusted. For the time it was very much on par with similar books, and I have to remind myself to not be overly critical of the writing not living up to current standards.

I won’t go into any kind of detail on the plot since you can get all of that by simply following the link at the top of the review which takes you to the page for this book.

View all my reviews

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Review

Review: JLA: One Million

JLA: One Million
JLA: One Million by Grant Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The concept behind this volume is interesting, but the major flaw is that what I want to read more of is the stories of the future rather than stories of the present generation of JLA. The stories of the various generations of the JLA, or at least the minor snippets we were given were just enough to really whet my appetite for more of those stories. Regrettably they were nothing more than flavor to fill in a history for the far future versions, and I would really love to have read more of those stories. Granted, I am also a fan of the Legion of Super Heroes and I love science fiction, so I guess it would be logical that I would be drawn to other futuristic stories.

View all my reviews

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Review

Review: The Death of Sleep

The Death of Sleep
The Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Depending upon what way you look at it, this is either the first or the second book in the trilogy. Either way it is well worth the read. This was written back in the day when Anne McCaffrey was fostering new authors, and co-authoring books with them. Ah, the last glory days of Anne McCaffrey before the slide in quality she finally started to have in her writing.

At any rate, this is a great book typical of this era of science fiction writing, and has long been one of my favorites. I actually own a copy of this book, but it is currently buried in storage so I checked out a copy from the library instead of trying to dig it out of storage. Books like this I tend to return to every few years simply because they are such a joy for me to read. They aren’t heavy on the military or the combat, though there is some of both, and are heavy on character interaction and character growth, both of which are things I tend to enjoy in my reading material.

View all my reviews

5 Comments

Filed under Books, Review

Review of Lockout (2012)

ImageLockout (2012) – IMDb.

I tried watching this the other night, but I fell asleep within the first ten minutes of the film. Not exactly indicative of a captivating film. Tonight I gave it another chance and managed to watch the entire thing. That is not exactly saying much about the film though, is it?

Truth be told, this movie does not have a huge plot. It would be fair to say that it barely has a shallow plot. Within the first ten minutes I knew what the primary plot line had to be, and that was before all the elements were in place to put it fully in motion. The conclusion was inevitable, and the only question would be how obvious they were in pursuing the inevitable conclusion. Turns out they were pretty obvious about it.

So, while the plot and story left nothing to the imagination, the action was actually pretty decent. I enjoyed the science fiction elements in this film, and the graphics work for those elements was pretty well handled. Predictable perhaps, and hearkening back to some classic science fiction movies with some seriously obvious pulls like the line of “make for the tunnel” which, combined with the flight sequences draws a fan right into the Star Wars franchise.

As to the combat sequences, while they were really pretty predictable, they were actually well choreographed. There were some pretty well put together combat sequences, and those provided the filler for what was in all likelihood a 20 page script into something more than a 15 minute clip.

Aside from the combat and science fiction sequences the only other mildly redeeming factor to this film was the abundance of one-liners uttered by the star of the film. Every time you turn around he had a line of some sort, and by the end of the film those were really all that kept me interested in finishing the movie.

The movie was not a complete waste, but it certainly was not something that I find any interest in seeing more than once. It certainly is not a movie that will be going into our library, and will be headed back to Netflix tomorrow.

My rating? I give it 3 of 5 stars.

Leave a comment

Filed under Movies, Review