Category: review

  • BLG’s Top Reads of 2022

  • Review: Altered Carbon

    {Ed. note: Another thing languishing in my Drafts for multiple years.  Maybe I thought I’d be expanding it?  Clearly I won’t, so here it is.} I’ve finished all of (season one?) of Altered Carbon, and have reached the conclusion that it is decidedly … adequate. It’s so-so cyberpunk and so-so noir, desperately trying to be…

  • Books 2020

    Godsgrave Working Futures Bridge of Spies Redemption Falls The Secret Lives of the US Presidents This is How You Lose the Time War Cities: The First 6000 Years World War Z Middlegame A Brightness Long Ago (re-read) The Consuming Fire (re-read) Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader (graphic novel) Murderbot 1: All Systems Read…

  • Meh the Force Be With You: Review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • Books 2019

    Books 2019

    A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay This was a re-read for me, as it just became available on Kindle.  It in fact wrapped up my complete re-read of Kay’s fiction, which I mostly handled in 2018. Grant by Ron Chernow After reading the award-winning (and musical-inspiring) Hamilton by Chernow, I was moved to pick this…

  • Agents of SHIELD meets its “End”

    Agents of SHIELD meets its “End”

    It took only a week for me to catch the Season 5 finale of Agents of SHIELD, fittingly called “The End”. It was pretty fantastic, actually, even if it barely tied into the Avengers flick. Agents of SHIELD has been the little show that could, toiling away while the MCU bounces from spectacle to spectacle.…

  • The best thing about The Last Jedi

    I finally got to see The Last Jedi (after two previous failed attempts, both amazingly sold out afternoon shows, a month after the premier).  I liked it a lot.  My personal rankings of the “main” Star Wars movies is now something like The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars (A New Hope) The Force Awakens The Last Jedi…

  • The power of the dark side

    [amazon_link asins=’0785192557,0785192565,0785199772,0785199780,0785197893′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’gilroy0-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0a4327d5-eb7a-11e7-a142-c169eec473c4′] No, this is not a political post.  🙂 I absolutely tore through the omnibus Kindle editions of the Darth Vader comic (one of several in the rebooted Marvel line).  I guess it really paid off for Amazon to make Volume 1 free to Prime members because it hooked me fast.  I…

  • Lost Worlds and A Strange Visitor From Another Planet

    Lost Worlds and A Strange Visitor From Another Planet

    I just re-watched the pilot of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996).  It is actually pretty good, especially for a late-1990s superhero show.  It’s sly and clever, and does a nice job working around its obviously-inadequate effects budget.  There’s real chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, as well.  Hatcher really sells Lois…

  • Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

    {originally written 2013 May 23, then banished to the Drafts folder for no good reason when I never got around to finishing it.} Spoiler-free review:  A solid sophomore outing for the NuTrek crew, but it’s no Wrath of Khan. ====== Spoilers follow ===========