Nana Joan’s Gun

Space Team: The Guns of Nana Joan
(Space Team #5)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)

The galaxy is at war, and Space Team just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Following one close-call too many, the team hides out on a tiny backwater moon, hoping the hostilities between Zertex and the Symmorium will all just blow over.

Barry Hutchinson keeps getting better. There are fun twists and turns in the story, the characters are well-developed and interesting and things just zip along in a fun way. I can imaging this being a TV series or movie. Maybe Seth McFarlane has ripped this off for his upcoming TV series The Orville.


Ape’s War

War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), it is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary, and follows the confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth.

Firstly, this isn’t a “war” movie. Instead it concentrates on Ceasar and his journey. Visual effects are top notch and the action scenes (when they finally turn up) are good. But it is  2:20 hours and at times it feels just too slow. It could have been edited to 2 hours.

We know where the movie must end at the 1968 original movie. And it does provide some interesting unexpected turns. Unfortunately it just isn’t as good as the previous movies.