Reviews

Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

I’ve been wanting to get this review done the last couple of days, and I think I can squeeze it in now. Which is good, because the weather is miserable out, my work day has been sucktastic, and I need to focus on good things, wonderful things. Non-deplorable things. And this, my friends, is sooooooo fucking good. I’d listened to the first of Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Skies series, Range of Ghosts. It was one of those books that I didn’t take a shine to at first, but which grew on me. It’s high fantasy with a very unusual setting and some really intriguing world building, but it’s a bit… heavy. Hard to explain what I mean, it...

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Review – Spoonbenders

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Spoonbenders

I ripped through another book due to my prolonged summer cold. By the way, I do not recommend getting a summer cold. It ruins your weekend and turns you into an escargot snot factory. I don’t often get sick, but when I do, I really go all out on it. But I digress. Over the past few days I read Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory. My wife recommended it, but I went into it with somewhat low expectations given my enjoyment of Bone and Thunder and this being a very different sort of novel. It far surpassed that novel, in plot, characters and overall writing. Spoonbenders tells the story of the Telemachus family, once on the verge of fame for their psychic abilities. But...

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Review: Of Bone and Thunder

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review: Of Bone and Thunder

The wife and I are on a reading tear now. We started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager late last fall, and we finally finished up both series this week. Yes, we’d already seen them (or rather, I’d seen all of Voyager a couple of times but not much of DS9, and she’d seen most of DS9 but not as much Voyager), but it was fun to revisit the two series. I came away with a much deeper appreciation for DS9 than I’d had before, and think it was probably the best of the late 80’s through late 90’s Star Trek series. There were plenty of stupid shows, but the over-arching theme and plot of the Dominion war through the...

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Review – Crosstalk

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Crosstalk

I feel like I’m overdue on keeping up with my reviews. I read a lot these days, and get a good two hours of audiobook time in during my commutes each day, which adds up to a lot of books devoured each month. Last month, I listened to Connie Willis’ latest novel, Crosstalk, during my ride. First, the audio quality of the book itself was fine. So many books seem to have a reduced volume that, even on max, I can barely hear the narrator at highway speeds in my car with all the wind noise. Toss in some rainy weather, and I can’t listen to them at all. This one was fine, and the woman who did the narration did a great job with her reading. The story itself...

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Review: Iron Fist

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review: Iron Fist

So we finished Iron Fist last night. We’ve had fun keeping up with all the Marvel franchise movies and television shows. Undoubtedly Captain America: Winter Soldier remains my favorite of the movies. Now, after seeing Iron Fist, I can safely say… Daredevil was way better and remains my favorite of the television shows (season 1 at least). Without further ado, it’s on to the review. There was a lot of talk about the show just prior to and the day of its release. Contrary to the commentary, most of the critics weren’t negative about the casting of a white man in a traditional asian role. They were disappointed that Marvel chose to go with a comic...

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Battlefield Earth, The Audio File

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Battlefield Earth, The Audio File

I love audiobooks, I really do.  They have totally transformed my commute into a – if not enjoyable – much more tolerable way of spending 2 to 2.5 hours of my life every day while boxed up like a sardine in my four cylinder economy bread box.  I’ve enjoyed everything from classics like Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, to the latest best selling science fiction stories like Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice series.  I discovered the Red Rising series through an accidental choice, and have listened to numerous Terry Pratchett Discworld books as well. My last book, a collection of Philip K. Dick short stories, was...

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Winter is Civil

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Winter is Civil

The wife and I were talking the other night about Captain America:  Civil War and its merits when compared with Captain America: Winter Soldier. WARNING:  the rest of this thread is uber geektastic.  Serious people who want Very Serious Discussions are encouraged to go find the blog for one of the PBS news shows, I hear they are Very Serious. I think both of us felt that Civil War, while an enjoyable film, didn’t rise to the best of what Marvel has been producing.  I won’t speak for her, but for me at least Winter Soldier is the best of the Marvel movies.  We talked for quite a while about why, what made it so special, and I think it boils down to some...

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Two Reviews

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Two Reviews

Today I have two reviews for you, my minuscule list of regular readers, both fresh from the deeply buried vaults of the Reynolds Files.  One book, one movie.  Bet you can guess the movie. Star Wars:  The Force Awakens Excellent.  Top notch entertainment.  Returns to a “smaller is better” ideal, with strong characters, good acting, and generally good writing. A few minor plot points I would quibble with, one depressing moment that left me saddened, but we finally got the “next Star Wars film” we all dreamed of when the Phantom Menace was about to be released. The more I think about the movie, the more I realize how poorly done the prequels...

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Book Review – Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Book Review – Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis

Connie Willis has been one of my favorite Science Fiction authors since I read her stellar novel, Doomsday Book.  She has returned several times to the same time traveling historians, in follow up books like To Say Nothing of the Dog, and her original Hugo Award winning story from 1984 called Fire Watch.  This time she returns to 2060 Oxford in a two book volume about the Blitz in England and the historians who travel there to witness it and, as with all her novels, have to deal with various difficulties and complications. What Willis gets right are her typical strengths:  her characters are fully formed and fleshed out individuals who feel “real” and...

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