Space Team: The Search for Splurt
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)
The third in the series (so far).
Cal Carver, petty-criminal turned space adventurer, is on a suicide mission – and he really hates suicide missions. But this time its to save his best buddy, Splurt, who has been taken prisoner by the evil Zertex corporation.
Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle
by Barry J. Hutchison (2016)
After saving an alien race and its god from a sentient zombie virus, Cal Carver and the crew of the Dread Ship Shatner are feeling pretty pleased with themselves.
Unfortunately, the creator of the zombie virus is out for revenge, and has recruited the galaxy’s deadliest – and oldest – assassin, Lady Vajazzle, to hunt Space Team down. But when Vajazzle discovers the crew is under the protection of a species known as the Greyx, she is forced to implement a Plan B so diabolical it threatens to plunge the entire star system into chaos.
With time running out, Cal must find a way to outmaneuver and outgun the galaxy’s greatest killer before she murders his friends, butchers the Greyx, and buys the whole galaxy a one-way ticket to total annihilation.
This is much better than the first in the series. Firstly, there is more plot. The humour is better balanced between the narration and the character interactions. And it’s a fun read. Recommended.
I Am Cowboy (SecondWorld #1.5)
alt.title = Nazi Hunter Atlantis
by Jeremy Robinson (2013)
Milos Vesely, aka Cowboy, kills Nazis. After the events of SecondWorld-a failed attempt by modern Nazi forces to carry out a worldwide genocide and claim the planet for the Aryan nation-he now hunts down the enemy, most of whom are running for cover. But others, as Cowboy discovers beneath the sands of Tanis, Egypt, are searching for a way to strike again.
Hidden beneath the “lost city” is a network of tunnels and traps protecting an ancient power that predates Egypt’s mighty empires. Vesely, along with archeologist, Dr. Sarah Pasha, traverses the underground realm, heading deep into dangerous territory.
Yet another fast paced fun action story with lots of Nazi deaths. And it brings together (in a rather contrived way) most of Robinson’s other stories. Recommended.
SecondWorld (SecondWorld #1)
by Jeremy Robinson (2012)
Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS Special Agent is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood.
Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters.
Another cracking fast paced thriller. This time it’s Nazi’s – not on the moon but in a vast city beneath the ice. While the physics diverts substantially from reality, it’s a big save-the-world fun ride.
Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal. The film had its US premiere on October 10, 2014, at the New York Film Festival and its UK premiere on October 17, 2014, at the BFI London Film Festival. The film features Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, and was co-produced by Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky, with Steven Soderbergh and others serving as executive producers. Citizenfour received critical acclaim upon release, and was the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Oscars.
Despite being a documentary, this is a surprisingly tense movie. While I knew in general what was happening, and what would happen it remains engaging throughout its length. It successfully merges TV reports and location shoots into a story that mainly takes place in a hotel room. The only reservation I have is that occasionally it stops to observe Snowdon doing very mundane things, when I could be getting on with the story.
by BrunuhVille (2014)
This is the result of a search in bandcamp for artists in the celtic style, like Maire Brennan (Clannad) and Loreena McKennitt. There aren’t that many artists, most of the well known artists are on major labels.
BrunuhVille comes from Coimbra, Portugal and claims to melt elements of Gothic, Orchestral, Celtic, Folk, Movie, Ethnic and World music.
While true, the most influential element is western romantic orchestral music. Elements of Celtic come through in the drums and flutes, the vocals are mainly wordless and add to the mystical style. Very full sound and fine production make this a good album to listen to in the background. There are 11 albums here.
Centurion (Jack Sigler: Continuum #3)
by Jeremy Robinson (2017) & J. Kent Holloway
A.D. 102. Two men are locked in an eternal battle with destiny. One is a fugitive, driven mad by the deeds of his past. Haunted by a demonic force that has tortured him for more than half-a century, he fights to retain his sanity long enough to separate himself from civilization.
The other is Jack Sigler, callsign: King, a former Delta operator torn from the present and hurled into the pages of history. King must endure the long journey through the ages to be reunited with his loved ones in the world he knows.
The final book of the series. Despite being a novella length, this throws all of Robinson’s monsters at Sigler in an attempt to bring him down. Of course we know he will survive to participate in the first ten novels. An over-the-top hyped up end to the Sigler series.
This is almost a medieval setting, wonder if Jeremy Robinson will next try epic fantasy !
The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Co-written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, it was produced by Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro and Carina Schulze. The film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Kate del Castillo. Based on an original idea by Gutierrez, the story follows a bullfighter who, on the Day of the Dead, embarks on an afterlife adventure to fulfill the expectations of his family and friends.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on October 12, 2014, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 17, 2014. It received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The film grossed $99.8 million on a $50 million budget.
This film has gorgeous and vibrant colours. The character animation is based on wooden block characters visualized through CGI animation. It’s very kinetic and frantic with lots of the humour being physical.
The story is never predictable, and mainly avoids good vs evil tropes. Each character has clear motivations and these play out in interesting ways. Although it delves into the land of the dead, it’s ultimately a fun and uplifting watch.
Patriot (Jack Sigler: Continuum #2)
by Jeremy Robinson (2015)
The year is 1775, and the first rumblings of the American Revolution are only just being felt. But the War for Independence may be over before it even begins. When General George Washington learns of a daring expedition by British troops to discover a place of ultimate power—and the key to immortality itself—he knows that to salvage the war effort, his forces must get there first.
And to find the legend, Washington must employ a legend. Rumors of an ageless pirate who has haunted the high seas for more than a century abound. General Washington commissions an expedition to find and hire the immortal pirate, Lanme Wa—the Sea King—who has been stretched to the point of breaking, and who wants nothing more than to be left alone.
This is an unusual story as Jack Sigler does not make his shark infested entrance until the half way mark. Then it’s a fast chase to the end. Things aren’t wrapped up neatly like previous episodes, so maybe the next (and last) Sigler story will wrap up all the threads of this 24 book series.
The Automatic Detective
by A. Lee Martinez (2008)
Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it’s hard for a robot to make his way. It’s even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack’s not interested in world domination. He’s just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn’t just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can’t catch a break.
When Mack’s neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire’s founders—not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.
This is more like it, Noir Science Fiction.
The author’s depiction of the future world is full of inventive devices and strange creatures. Told in first person, the robot protagonist is a mix of Noir Detective, Marvin the paranoid robot and Star Trek’s Data. It’s his narration that gives the story a fun tone and keeps things moving. It’s worth trying more books by this author.