Notes from the Burning Age

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “The kakuy do not care for the payers of man. They are not interested in our good or bad, our desires or whims. We pay them our respects, not because they will smell the incense or taste the wine, but to remind ourselves of the needfulness of this pact. Everything changes; the balance is […]

Or What You Will

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “She is Fate, Fortuna, God for her characters, and I am one of her characters. We didn’t always get on this well, there were times when we fought, when I tried to get away from her. I thought I could run away from her to a quiet unpopulated part of the world of the […]

The Second Summoning

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{4.5/5} “Look, Claire tends to see things in terms of what she has to do to keep the world from falling apart. Close an accident site here, prevent the movie remake of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ there, keep you from being hurt, feed the cat — everything’s an absolute. She doesn’t compromise well, it’s an occupational hazard.” […]

Summon the Keeper

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{4.5/5} “Keepers capable of abusing the power granted by the lineage were rare. Claire had only heard of it happening twice before in their entire history. The battles, Keeper vs Keeper, good vs evil, had been won but both times at a terrible cost. The first had resulted in the eruption of Vesuvius and the […]

The Compass of the Soul

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{4.5/5} “How consensus was reached is unknown, but somehow it was eventually accepted that the catastrophe would result from the arts or their practice. How else could they have arrived at the decision to erase the arts from this world? To hide their last vestiges for the good of the earth, perhaps for the good […]

Manifest (season 3)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{4.5/5} “We may be on the cusp of understanding the biggest mystery in human history.” Manifest season 3, aired in 2021 Ben had a vision of the plane exploding, and fishermen in Cuba brought up the tailfin of the plane out of the ocean. Cal draws a picture of the fishermen’s boat, and Ben goes […]

Beneath the Vaulted Hills

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{4.5/5} “Do you ever feel that we are at an end of a chapter of history, Mr. Flattery, and that the world as it existed before was so much more alive with marvels? I almost feel this stranger was left from that period. Like lizards are the tiny remnants of the great beasts that disappeared.” […]

Sorry to Bother You

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{5/5} “Stick to the script.” Sorry to Bother You, released in 2019 Cassius Green, a black man, starts a telemarketing job in order to make some much needed money. When he initially falters, an older black man gives him some advice: use his white voice. This change immediately propels him into the ranks of successful […]

Black Wine

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{4.5/5} “I cannot keep thinking in the language of cruelty in which I was born… But here in the mountains they have names for the things I want to become: happy, secure, gentle, kind, good. I will will learn the subtle words, the nuances of meaning, and I will be able to think thoughts I […]

New Suns

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{5/5} “A country that has reached the age of wisdom would stop building monuments to the warmongers of its history, but rather erect them for its peacemakers, those who saved lives by preventing the course of events from descending into a time of sword and fire.” (from “The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations”) New Suns: Original […]