The Song “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon comes to mind with this book. It hits the ground running and doesn’t let up.
But I get ahead of myself. Micheal Lee Nelson asked for a review and I said sure. Then sends me the first two chapters to get a feel for the entire novel. First, a synopses:
Desperation is the father of invention.
In the year 2525, Ceres desperately searches for his parents, long held captive among the Galactic’s 500 colony worlds.
When he too is taken, forced to duel to save a slave with powerful secret abilities, he determines to fight his way to the top of the pirate ranks.
Can he justify this within his objective moral code? Will Ceres’ faith, his soul, survive?
As you can tell, this isn’t about Ceres, but a guy name Ceres. I was given the first two chapters to read. Micheal Nelson drops you in the action from line one and doesn’t give you time to really breathe (in a good way).
The first chapter deals with Ceres initial adventure to find his father and drops you in the action. The second chapter is a flashback to Ceres birth and why he was given that name, which is, of course, action packed.
Would I pick up the entire book? Yes, yes I would. If you are looking for a High-Energy Action Sci-Fi, then this is for you. Slam your favorite energy drink and get ready for a ride! Enjoy!
I just finished Death Race 2050. It’s crude, shrill, spastic, sadistic, has really terrible special effects (like Syfy terrible)…
…and a whole hell of lot of fun!
Let’s back up and talk about Death Race 2000.
There’s nothing wrong with Death Race 2000. It is fun and witty. However while it has biting satire, it doesn’t have a good message to back it up. “Fascism Bad, Freedom Good” is not that hard of a message. This movie doesn’t challenge me.
However Death Race 2050 not only has the biting satire, but it is also smarter than it actually looks. Sure it looks stupid on the surface, but it is really not. It takes aim the right, but it then it is completely non-PC too. Let’s take the main characters and break them down:
The Chairman of The United Corporations of America is the parody character of Donald Trump, but he is a globalist and is okay with putting people out of work.
Alexis Hamilton, the rebel leader, is actually working with the Chairman. The “resistance” (by being over-the-top violent and focusing on the wrong things) is actually helping Trump- …err, I mean the Chairman.
Jed Perfectus is supposed to be genetically-engineered athlete, parodying male masculinity. However this falls flat when standing next to Frankenstein’s real masculinity (more on him later). Even Perfectus thinks of himself as a sissy next to Frankenstein.
Minerva Jefferson is a Black Supremacist rapper, who turns out to be an educated intellectual who doesn’t believe what she preaches and is in it for the money. Proving that Racial Supremacy is intellectually hollow.
Tammy “The Terrorist” is a religious cult leader. However it turns out her religion is worshiping celebrity idols (much like we do today). At no point is there any criticism of Christianity.
An artificial intelligence self-driving car, ABE, goes bonkers and kills his own programmer.
Then there’s Frankenstein. If Roger Corman was making this movie to make fun of the right, Frankenstein is the beginning and end of the failure to convey this criticism. Where Perfectus projects masculinity, Frankenstein is male masculinity and he proves it by getting his job (the race) done. Frankenstein is so secure in his masculinity that he has a pet cat. Frankenstein does not like leaders or followers, only doers.
The world setting also lacks clear criticism of the right: Consumerism rules this world, but the right wants to get back to a manufacturing and build stuff again. Both the east and west coasts are wastelands. They paint fly-over country as dangerous because they have guns, but then they get to fight back (so win for fly-over country and gun rights!). Abortion and sterilization has not done anything for overpopulation. A public school sets aside several wheelchair-bound children for Frankenstein to kill, which he promptly kills the school administrators instead for their trouble. There is also not a single gay, bi, or transgender person in this movie (all are straight and comfortable in their gender).
If you are a liberal or progressive or social justice warrior, you are not going to like this movie. Sure it has nudity and fart jokes, but this movie is intellectually right-of-center.
If you are anywhere on the right, this will be a guilty pleasure for years to come. It may be campy as hell and you don’t want to let your kids watch, but I would recommend a watch or two.
I was asked to review a novel by one of my Twitter followers. I told him, sure why not.
Now, full disclosure, Jeff Faria did give me a copy and told me not to review it if I didn’t like it. I have also only read the first two prologues. Here is a summary of the book:
In 2231, twenty-five billion people walk the Earth. Few lack basic food and shelter. Energy is cheap and abundant. A vast army of ‘bots serves our every need, and those who can afford to do so might live forever. To some, it is a golden age.
But Earth is devoid of resources, now harvested on or around Mars. Nations are ruled from above by governments owned by enormous transnats, and from below by powerful street gangs who have largely usurped the police.
This world is not for everyone. A fifth of the world’s population has withdrawn into the drug Nirvana, while millions more have chosen Martian exile. And a phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that shocks the world.
Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection. As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.
Again, I have only read the first two prologues (31 chapters total, including the prologues), but what I have read is very interesting. I can honestly say that I will finish the novel and highly recommend getting a copy to read yourself.
It is a “high sci-fi” novel with all the neat gadgets you would want. It has great characters who operate this stuff. With all the talk about going to Mars, why don’t you do yourself a favor and take a trip Jeff Faria is offering to you right now!
I just stumbled onto this video, a couple days ago and I am just now getting to write this up. I am not normally into the whole fan film scene, so let’s jump right to the film:
What I Liked
I like the stop motion effects, film making, music/sound, and the acting.
CGI is really overrated. People are discovering the stop motion and practical effects are more desirable than CGI these days. While stop motion is immediately apparent, it does not bring down my suspension of disbelief.
Every aspect of film making here is well down, including camera angles and editing.
They did use honest sound effects from the movies, but they effectively used Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite for the music. Well done!
The acting by the two amateur leads was by far the best. I honestly believe the Rebel pilot and Snowtrooper, was a Rebel pilot and a Snowtrooper. Thumbs up, all around!
What I Didn’t Like
The writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept and the writing overall. As someone who has been doing 100-word short fiction for some time now, I enjoy a pithy story.
My only problem is that structure of the narrative. Yes, I understand everyone hates the three act structure. However to jam four acts into a short film is maddening. The pacing suffers as a result of this and I will explain why this is the case.
In the first (and longest) act, the pilot wakes to discover he is now all alone on Hoth. The second act is all about the Rebel pilot finding the injured Snowtrooper. Next comes the third (and quick) act of the pilot searching Hoth and almost taking his life. The fourth (also quick) act is the sort-of twist ending that everyone thought the Rebel pilot should have done to begin with.
If I was writing this film, I would have combine the first and fourth act together with some tightening. Then I would have kept the second act intact, with the exception of cutting before he lowered his gun. Then with my slightly expanded third act, I would hit people over the head with the twist ending.
I do liked this short fan film, but I do not love it. I will give these guys lots of praise for making this with their own time and money. You guys get a personal thumbs up for doing such an amazing job. I would not be sharing this on my website if this film was completely unredeemable. Do not give up on your dreams of being film makers.
But I have to be honest, the writing just falls down. A few more rewrites with a 3rd-party critical eye might have been helpful. I hope you take this constructive criticism and use it for future projects.
I just finished Atlas Shrugged a couple of days ago and my head is still spinning. And I have to say, don’t listen to the critics. It is a great read. I am not going to give an in depth analysis of the book or it’s plot, but I do have a few things to say about it:
Once around the age of 20, I picked up this book and was bored though the first chapter and stopped. I pick it up now and I couldn’t put it down. Now I can hear nothing but the antagonists from some politicians and it scares me that we are too late.
Someone said to me the other day: “I think part of the attraction is that it’s basically one train wreck after another, metaphorically and literally.”
Maybe, but I also think I had to grow into the book. Atlas Shrugged is not for intellectual lightweights or immature people. I’m not trying to be insulting, because I had to grow ten years before I could fully appreciate this book myself.
I most connect with the characters of Eddie Willers and Jeff Allen. I would assume most people do, since both were written as the “everyday man” for the book. I’m not an inventor like John Galt nor will I ever reach the level of success of Hank Rearden, but I do think that I can make something of myself one day. However I do break with Eddie Willers in not joining the men in wagons in the desert at the end of the book. You have to know your limits and when to walk away.
There is hardly much I disagree with the book’s philosophy, except on the idea of giving and Ayn Rand’s ideas on religion (which goes hand in hand). I think that if you are giving of yourself freely for some cause you believe in with the understanding that you can stop giving to said cause and to believe in something greater than yourself (without devaluing yourself), that is free will. If a government forces you to do something beyond your moral code, then that is slavery. Having your money (a representation of your value and work) taken forcibly through taxes to give to another (wealth redistribution), is also slavery.
Again, I think it was a satisfying read. I think everyone should try to read it at least once. They should find a enjoyable read.
I just watched the a movie the other night. It was a Japanese flick, so you know it is all kinds of messed up. It is call Ichi The Killer.
I believe the film makers asked the question: “Can there be too much violence in one film?”
And the movie asked a question of its own to the film makers in response: “There can be too much violence in a movie???”
Everyone (except maybe two) in this movie is evil and completely unsympathetic. You quickly realize that even the titular character Ichi, played by the wonderful Nao Omori, is not as innocent as he first seems and needs to die along with everyone else. Sailor played by Mai Goto and Kaneko played by inspiring Hiroyuki Tanaka, are the only ones you wish/hope make it out of this one alive. They of course both die at the hands of Ichi.
When Ichi kills crime boss Anjo, Kakihara, played by the multi-talented Tadanobu Asano, causes mayhem thoughout the city to find out what happen and later find Ichi. Kakihara is (self and otherwise) muliated and is a psychopatic killer. He loves getting it as much as he likes dishing it out. Ichi is also a psychopath, but is manipulated by this dude Jijii, played by Shinya Tsukamoto. However you find out that even Ichi is unredeemable and Jijii is just as bad, if not worse, as the so-called bad guys. I won’t write a full synopsis, because you can read a great one on wiki link above.
Did I like it? By the end of the movie, you root for everyone to die in horrible ways. The people behind the film agrees and so they do indeed kill everyone. At some points in the movie, it doesn’t know if it wants to take itself seriously or not. I watched it because there happen nothing else on at time. It is ultra-violent, so don’t watch it if that is not your thing. Clearly you want to keep kids away, as this is not their kind of movie either.
Yes, I liked this movie. While I ended up not caring for any of the characters in the film (except Kaneko), I found the tale of unapologetic mayham refreshing. This is a horror film and should be treated and viewed as such. The fact that is so close to Halloween most likely put me into the right mood for such a movie. While repulsive and shocking in some scenes, I liked the SAW series of films and so it’s honestly nothing I haven’t already seen. I am also often a fan of both Japanese and British cinema. While not every movie from those countries are good, I try to catch films from both nations if I can (I’m also a big fan of Dr Who) and give them an honest shot.
I normally don’t like Tetris, but this game is a trip. You should check it out. Now you will know what it feels like to be the piece in this game. I would not suggest playing this game if you get motion sickness real easy. Try the “Night Mode” for extra trippy fun.
I hate to make small entries like this, but that is all I have.
Caught the new Spectacular Spider-Man show on CW today. I must say that this is the best Spider-Man show since the 1994 Spider-Man series. It wasn’t dumb down to make the viewer felt like they were taken for a ride. The story feel like they were in it for the long haul and wasn’t in a rush to tell you everything in one episode. Another nice change of pace, is the fact Gwen Stacy is now a central figure and they start out in high-school. I enjoy watching the new show and hopes it last for some time.
I will not talk much about the movie, because others did a much better job at giving a review. I do have a few thoughts that I do I want to express:
When I was driving home after watching this movie, I realized that I had just watch one of my dreams. Not the movie itself, but more or less the concept. My dreams sometimes starts off normal enough and then it just turns weird or epic in scope. I don’t remember much when I wake up, but I do remember that they rarely do have an ending. I also rarely dream the same dream and sometimes wish I could control my dreams better. If I could remember every one of my dreams, I would be a very prolific and rich writer.
I love the concept and the characters. That said, I feel a little cheated not knowing the fate of the monster. The guy who made the movie said that their might be more “movies” going on at the same time with a different point-of-view. What I would like to see in a sequel, is what I call “world-view” conventional follow-up to this movie. Maybe they could slice references to the first moive with the next one.
However I still enjoyed this moive greatly. I was on the edge of my seat and did feel like I was with there with the characters. I suggest you go watch this movie while it is still on the big screen.
Wow. I just finished up watching Tin Man on the Sci-Fi Channel. It is the most imaginative revision of The Wizard of Oz I have ever seen. Although I think the end was completely sappy. I won’t give away any plot details, but I can only imagin the aftermath.
In other news, I might be knowing in the next few days if I have a job. The job I have been going for has been upgraded from a part-time to full-time. This might mean that there will be more people going for it, but if I can get it that will be better than having a part-time job. I want you guys to wish me luck!