When a hostage crisis in Uzbekistan heats up, Selina and Secretary of Defense General Maddox (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) have a trouble getting on the same page during their joint appearance at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. Sue testifies at a Congressional hearing on governmental efficiencies, which turns into a ‘robust’ media frenzy. Dan and Gary fight for the Veep’s ear. Sue’s replacement, Cliff, makes a mistake, which affects the Senate Swearing In Ceremony and a man’s leg.
Listen, we all know the White House would work so much better if there wasn’t a President but there is. So, we work around that.
Amy, this is like explaining gravity to a chicken!
Selina attends a North Carolina pig roast in support of the president’s “Listen to Rural America” initiative, while her ‘secret signals’ get out. Catherine writes a controversial essay of a film, and Mike’s money situation is getting worse.
You know what, why don’t you put on your running shoes and get to the fuckin’ point, Jonah?
Okay, so they want me to go to a pig roast to meet a bunch of men who probably took turns to fuck the pig before they roasted it?
No, this needs to be top-notch. This needs to be the Gettysburg Address of tightrope-walking, say-nothing bullshit.
You know, you’re about as annoying as a condom filled with fire ants. How’s that for a fucking metaphor?
Aimed at the adolescent market, the writing is clear and straight-forward. No attempts at fancy prose here. It’s written in first person, and the style is just right for the character. A bit of attitude, wit and at times stubborn. It avoids the traps of long introspection.
The story is simple: Hero, villain (with minions) and plot twists to an unexpected ending. There is magic here that drives the plot along. And so much of it sometimes appears to be a case of making it up as we go along. Without reading the original series, I don’t know how much is new to this story.
It’s a light, fast generally entertaining read without any grim-dark elements that appears to be the flavour today.
Selina visits Ohio to officially endorse a candidate for the governor, but he doesn’t want the low-rated vice president’s support. Dan may have to go to a congressional hearing for the Clean Jobs Bill. Mike and Amy decide to make use of Selina’s emotional state.
You know those dreams where your football coach is, like, screaming at you, you look down, you’re dressed like Shirley Temple and all your teeth fall out? That’s like a Disney version of the Congressional Committee!
Well, I’m a political leper, and I’m emotional time bomb. So here’s an idea: let’s put me onstage.
The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries fifty scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth’s nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity’s best hope.
After ten years in a failed cryogenic bed–body asleep, mind awake–William Chanokh’s torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him…by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.
This would be the least satisfying of all the Jeremy Robinson novels. He does explain what he was going through while writing the novel and his worries infiltrate the book by keeping the reader wondering what is reality and what is virtual reality (or is it all a dream). The result is that the tone shifts throughout the book.
The setup is interesting, it’s science fiction on an exploration vessel. Then stuff happens, it’s horror with lots of blood and an unknown antagonist. Then we get into alternative realities and ships with AI’s running the show (but are they).
Then in the final quarter It’s a big sci-fi opera with civilizations and exploration. Then it’s back to somewhere familiar with references to other Robinson books (although it’s not set a previous Robinson timeline).
The writing style is still there, but not as big and gang-busters as other works. In the end it just leaves you wondering… what was real (or not) and did anything really happen ?
With the Veep and her staff taking flack over a pregnancy rumor and the firing of the Smiling Secret Service Agent, Selina, who had a miscarriage, orders a ‘partial’ full disclosure of all office correspondence. Selina dispatches Dan to make sure the Macauley Amendment (i.e. the toxic Clean Jobs bill) cannot be traced back to her.
And with the perception growing that her office is increasingly nonfunctioning, Selina threatens to fire a key staffer. Also Ted and Selina break up via Gary.
The miscarriage was a surprise. But it seemed inevitable that eventually Amy would be the one to ‘fake’ a pregnancy.
Okay. Thank you. All right, obviously it is not gonna be full disclosure. Okay? It’s gonna be partial disclosure light. We don’t want to have a paper trail on clean jobs. Nothing about Sidney Purcell having access to clean jobs, all right? We have to check Sue’s calendar, make sure there are no meetings there that I did-didn’t have.
It’s the secret service, for Christ’s sake. Secret as in shut the fuck up. And service as in you work for me, okay? So why don’t you shut the fuck up? We have an enemy and I want a name and a severed head that answers to that name, or would if it could still talk.
The Witches is a 1990 British/American dark fantasy horror film based on the children’s novel of the same title by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by The Jim Henson Company for Lorimar Film Entertainment and Warner Bros., starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson, and Jasen Fisher. It is the last theatrical film to be produced by Lorimar before the company shut down 3 years later in 1993.
As in the novel, the story fantasises witches who masquerade as ordinary women and kill children, but are foiled and exterminated by a boy and his grandmother after the boy is turned into a mouse. The film was very well received by critics but performed poorly at the box office.
A simple story about a boy who becomes a mouse and takes on a gaggle of witches. It’s fun and entertaining. As expected from Roald Dahl, things get dark and slightly scary. The ending is a disappointment as it’s not the same as the book and provides an unnecessary “happy” ending.