Ysabel

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “You were sitting where you could grab a Coke from the fridge and listen to U2 on your headphones, and then you were in a place where a bull had just been sacrificed and a man had drunk its blood and summoned a woman to life, between fires.” Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, published […]

Pixar movies

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. And here is my discussion of a concert of music from Pixar movies I attended. Toy Story movies Toy Story 1995 -> 5/5 Toy Story 2 1999 -> 5/5 Toy Story 3 2010 -> 4.5/5 Toy Story 4 2019 Monsters, Inc. movies Monsters, Inc. 2001 -> 5/5 Monsters University […]

Coco

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “I thought it might have been one of those made-up things that adults tell kids, like vitamins.” Coco, released in 2017 Miguel’s family makes shoes but all he wants to do is play music. Unfortunately the one thing his family forbids is music, so he does it in secret. Then he finds out that […]

Faller

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{4.5/5} “As he raised his head he caught Storm’s eye; from the layers of expression crossing her face, Faller suspected she almost believed him now, and everything she thought she’d known about the world was collapsing.” Faller by Will McIntosh, published in 2016 The world used to be bigger. But no one knows what happened […]

Author discovery of the year

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Here’s an update to this list. Sometimes you just need 4 runner ups. Year Winner Runner ups 2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky Mary Doria Russell Marie Brennan Paolo Bacigalupi   2016 Claire North Ken Liu Erin Morgenstern Hal Clement Emily St. John Mandel 2015 Charles Stross Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson Tony Daniel     2014 […]

Supreme Power

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{4.5/5} “With all the things I can do, all the ways things can go wrong, I think it would be a really good idea if I learned to relate to other people. What do you think?” Supreme Power (3 volumes) by J. Michael Stracynski & others, published in 2004-05 A baby from another planet lands […]

Best tie-in novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2017 David Mack DISCO: Desperate Hours Christopher L. Bennett TOS: The Face of the Unknown       Christopher L. Bennett ST: Department of Temporal Investigations — Shield of the Gods       David R. George III DS9: The Long […]

Best fantasy novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner   Runner Ups   Year Author Title Author Title 2017 James Alan Gardner All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault     2016 Claire North The Sudden Appearance of Hope     2015 Claire North Touch     2014 Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry […]

Best fantasy & science fiction movies by year

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Here’s an update to this list. 2017 was another astonishing year for science fiction and fantasy movies. And 2016 was even better than I knew last year at this time — I later watched more 2016 movies that I hadn’t previously seen. Year Winner Runner Ups 2017 Thor: Ragnarok Blade Runner 2049   Wonder Woman […]

SF & fantasy TV shows

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Here’s an update to this list. 5/5 Agents of SHIELD 4.5 4.5 5 5             4.75 Angel 5 5 5 5 5           5 Babylon 5 4.5 5 5 5 4.5           4.8 Battlestar Galactica 5 5 5 5       […]