Children of God

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “I was willing to hear this song, because I had once yearned for a world in which lives would be governed not by lineage and lust and moribund law, but by love and loyalty. In this one valley, such lives are possible… If it is a mistake to hope for such a world, then […]

The Windup Girl

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “And yet here the foreign devil sits, complaining about the tiny prick of a needle, but completely unconcerned that he has destroyed a ten-ton animal in the blink of an eye. The yang guizi are strange creatures indeed. More alien than he suspected, even when he traded with them regularly.” The Windup Girl by […]

Orphan Black (season 3)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “Sometimes family is more than just the people under your roof. They’re people who jump in head first, who aren’t afraid to make fools of themselves to help you, who don’t hide their faces in shame if you fall down.” Orphan Black season 3, aired in 2015 Delphine has taken over Rachel’s position at […]

The Sparrow

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “Since proposing the mission, Emilio had been take aback by the pace of things… And if the speed of events scared him, the precision with which the pieces were falling into place was even more unnerving. He went sleepless, unable to decide which was harder to live with: the idea that he had started […]

Alien: Covenant

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4/5} “One wrong note eventually ruins the entire symphony.” Alien: Covenant, released in 2017 The Covenant is on its way to a planet that’s already been chosen for colonization. When an accident happens the crew is awakened to join their synthetic, Walter. Soon they pick up a startling transmission, seemingly human in origin. They have […]

The Uplift War

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “The intricacies of a three-billion-year-old culture made up of a thousand diverse, bickering patron-client clan lines, held together loosely by a network of ancient institutes and traditions, made Fiben’s head swim… But then something would crystallize, and Gailet would make clear to him some tradition or principle that displayed uncanny subtlety and hard-won wisdom.” […]

Orphan Black (season 2)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “You’re not really the smartest clone, are you?” Orphan Black season 2, aired in 2014 Alison has signed a deal with Dr. Leekie. But Cosima discovers that they, the clones, have been patented — so any deal is worthless. When Sarah rejects the deal she returns home to find Mrs. S. and Kira gone […]

Planet of the Apes

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an updated version of this list. The original series Planet of the Apes 1968 -> 5/5 Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 -> 4.5/5 Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971 -> 4/5 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 -> 3.5/5 Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973 -> […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{5/5} “Apes together strong.” War for the Planet of the Apes, released in 2017 Caesar doesn’t want to go to war with the humans. After one failed attack on them he sends back the human survivors alive. But the Colonel thinks humans must defeat the apes at all costs. When he sneaks into Caesar’s camp […]

Startide Rising

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{4.5/5} “The senior patron races see the Terrans as a threat. They are wolflings, and therefore dangerous. They preach revolutionary uplift practices… more dangerous still. They are allies of the Tymbrimi, an insult beyond forbearance. And they proselytize — an unforgivable offense.” Startide Rising by David Brin, published in 1983 The Streaker, a ship of […]