The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy #1) by Jon Rosenberg (2011)
Someone has summoned a Unicorn to a field south of Stratford-upon-Avon causing David Ash’s day to go straight to hell.
Now he has to confront shotgun wielding drug dealers, murderous strangers and psychotic fairies and all to find out who stole one of Oberon’s personal pets. He better do it soon, or it will mean an all out conflict between The Fairy Court and The Hidden Academy.
When I started this book, it seemed to be a comedic fantasy, given the sharp dialogue and absurd situation. However it turned out to a an urban fantasy, similar to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Mike Resnick’s ‘Fable of Tonight’ series.
The writing is good and engaging. However it does drag in the middle and bringing this 102k words down to the 70-80k mark would have helped with the pacing.
So an OK read, but a very familiar story structure and resolution.
The third season of the television sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired from September 27, 2015 to April 19, 2016 with 23 episodes.
Following the kiss that Jake and Amy had, the two decide to pursue a real relationship. The 99 gets a new captain, Seth Dozerman (Bill Hader) who dies of a heart attack after seeing Jake and Amy kissing. The Vulture assumes command of the precinct, but Holt takes it back.
Charles begins a relationship with an art curator who was framed for insurance fraud. Terry’s wife gives birth to their third daughter, Ava, on Thanksgiving. Rosa breaks up with Marcus and begins a new relationship with Adrian Pimento, a detective who’s been undercover for 12 years. At the end of the series, Jake is forced to go to witness protection in Florida.
After three seasons of the same characters, they start to get a little stale and annoying. On Michael Schur’s other shows, characters changed and grew. In Parks & Rec Lesley Knope ran for office, and in The Good Place, everyone changed, almost every episode. But here the same joked get mined again and again.
At least they do have a plot arc through the second half of the series. But it’s not enough to redeem the show.
How do you feel about your phone? Or your car? I bet you don’t think about them much, except when they go wrong.
But what if they go really wrong and turn properly bad…evil, even?
This is a set of 13 tales. At first it seems that each short is individual and stand-alone. However it soon becomes apparent that the tales are linked. Machines are taking over, and not in a Skynet way. In this world the machines already tank, and scheme and plot revenge against humanity.
Just as entertaining as all of Terry Jones’s other books. Written with clear and simple prose, this can be read and enjoyed by anyone.
Another example of an old guy (Carrey was 46) and young woman (Deschanel was 28) comedy romance.
Carrey plays Carl, a banker stuck in his ways and needing a jolt to get him out of his rut. It comes in the form of a club/movement ‘Yes Man’. So when Carl starts saying ‘Yes’ to everyone you know things will go wrong, and they do, but it gets him a new romance and outlook on life.
Carrey is his usual frenetic self, goofing around and having fun. However it’s Deschanel who anchors his character and the film.
During the end credits the characters put on Rollerman Suits and take off down a highway.