{comic} BFFs

Little Robot by Ben Hatke First Second, 2015. Advanced Reader Copy (thank you First Second/Net Galley) in exchange for a fair review. When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad…

{television} deep breath(ing)

The household are Whovians to varying degrees, but all of us felt fairly equal trepidation with the New Doctor: the Twelfth Doctor played by Peter Capaldi. It isn’t that we doubt Capaldi as an actor. It’s just that we admit to liking the younger Doctors–and Series 8, Episode 1: “Deep Breath” called us out on it. The first…

{film} not exactly transcending

Despite the ubiquity with which it was panned, we decided to watch Transcendence (2014) anyway. I am not going to pan the film, but I would recommend it to only to a niche audience.   Wally Pfister directed Transcendence was pitched as a near kin to Inception (2010). And Christopher Nolan’s name is attached to…

{book} of all possible worlds…

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord Ballantine Books|Del Rey, 2013. hardcover, 303 pages. Library borrow. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they…

{book} life-altering lenses

Eye in the Sky by Philip K Dick Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin), 2012 edition orig. written 1957 & published by Ace Books. Tradepaper, 243 pages. What does it say about me that this was a Christmas gift? “When a routine tour of a particle accelerator goes awry, Jack Hamilton and the rest of his tour…

{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Skottie Young (as this is the U.S. edition) Harper (HarperCollins) 2013. hardcover.   While mum is off at a conference presenting her paper on lizards, dad is tasked with minding the kids’ schedules, heating pre-made casseroles, and groceries–like the milk supply. Mum isn’t gone long and the…

{television} almost human

“In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve.” IMDb Do you remember RoboCop (1987)? I do. It was okay for the time, but it isn’t something I can get excited re-booting. Yes, I know there is a film in the offing. I had it in my mind that Fox’s…

{film} the world’s end

Top 5 Reasons to visit The World’s End (2013) …seriously, don’t crawl getting there. Run! and maybe hurdle a few objects along the way. 1: You love Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). I use the present tense on purpose because you watch them at least once a year. You know that…

{film} upstream color..

I am posting about Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) twice: one without spoilers and one with. This post is spoiler-free! : the other is here. Plenty hear “indie film” and flee, and not without good reason. Some really do come across as indecipherable, and a film is constructed with a particular audience in mind. I see…

{film} upstream color*

I am posting about Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) twice: one without spoilers and one with. This post has spoilers! : the other is here. Plenty hear “indie film” and flee, and not without good reason. Some really do come across as indecipherable, and a film is constructed with a particular audience in mind. I see…

{film} into darkness

I did a quick spoiler-free post here. This will have “spoilers!” (yes, you heard River Song correctly my Whovian friends.) Kirk (Chris Pine) has a thing or two to learn about being a Captain of a Starfleet ship. There is protocol, one. Another: honesty and transparency in filed reports. We’ll be unamused by the irony…

{book} the friday society

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress Dial Books, 2012. Hardcover, 437 pages. teen fiction. {owned} An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to…