Author discovery of the year

Posted on January 1st, 2020 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s an update to this list. The big winner this year is Ann Leckie for Ancillary Justice and its sequels. Runner ups are Marina J. Lostetter for Noumenon, Robert Jackson Bennett for Foundryside, Ilsa J. Bick for Well of Souls, and Brad Meltzer for Identity Crisis. Year Winner Runner ups 2019 Ann Leckie Marina J. […]

The Just City

Posted on January 1st, 2020 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “What we debated so constantly that winter was whether the Masters and Athene had been right to set up the Just City, and whether the Just City was the Just City or whether there could be one more just, and how that would be constituted.” The Just City by Jo Walton, published in 2014 […]

Star Trek: The Next Generation — Q-in-Law

Posted on January 1st, 2020 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “‘A bubbling over of the repressed anger I sensed earlier, Captain,’ Troi said. ‘At the same time, I sensed a degree of confusion, even regret, that matters had come to this. No one is truly happy about this turn of events, but there is too much pride involved for anyone to turn back now.’” […]

Under Heaven

Posted on January 1st, 2020 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “They were not travelers, the Kitan. The occasional exception, a far-farer who returned, was celebrated as a hero, his written record of the journey widely copied and read, pondered with fascination and disbelief. He was often regarded, privately, as more than slightly mad. Why would a sane man choose to leave the civilized world?” […]

Finding Nemo

Posted on December 17th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Fish are friends, not food.” Finding Nemo, released in 2003 Marlin is a clown fish. His only son Nemo is caught by a human diver and driven away in a boat. He swims off in search of Nemo, and meets up with a fish named Dory who is forgetful but nevertheless joins him on […]

Star Trek: TNG — A Rock and a Hard Place

Posted on December 16th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “I’ve seen suns going nova and suns being born. I’ve stood on planets with life just beginning to crawl out of the primordial ooze. knowing that millions of years into the future, something great and majestic might be there, and I’ve rejoiced. I’ve stood on planets where the only things remaining were vast radioactive […]

Red Nose Day Actually

Posted on December 14th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Would you like it… gift wrapped?” Red Nose Day Actually, released in 2017 The man at the store who looks like Rowan Atkinson still takes a long time to wrap a package. Jamie hasn’t perfected his Portuguese but he and his wife Aurelia are very happy with each other and their children. The Prime […]

Love Actually

Posted on December 14th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Sam, you’ve got nothin’ to lose, and you’ll always regret it if you don’t!” Love Actually, released in 2003 The new Prime Minister of Britain finds himself attracted to one of his staff. Jamie finds out that his brother is sleeping with his girlfriend so he heads out to the countryside for some time […]

Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 2)

Posted on December 11th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “You’re a droid and I’m a noid.” — Guinan, to Data Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2, aired in 1988-89 Geordi has become the Chief Engineer, Worf is Chief of Security, and Dr. Pulaski has replaced Dr. Crusher. Guinan, who has known Captain Picard a long time, joins the ship as a bartender […]

Noumenon Infinity

Posted on December 10th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Caznal hated the idea of hurting her girls, of upending their world — of shattering their convictions in a regimented, thoroughly planned life. She’d introduced an element of chaos, of change, that she never could have prepared them for. The entire convoy had been set up to fight furiously against uncertainty, yet, in reality, […]