Necessity

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “People from the Republics hold the pursuit of excellence as a goal. The other cultural goals I have encountered in my experience and researches seem much less conducive to producing happiness for individuals and societies. Additionally, we do all believe in constant examination of facts and positions; and even when this decays to pious […]

SF & fantasy collections & anthologies

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Here’s an update to this list. Collections Best of the best I, Robot – Isaac Asimov Nightfall – Isaac Asimov Virtual Unrealities – Alfred Bester The Golden Apples of the Sun – Ray Bradbury Keeper of Dreams – Orson Scott Card Maps in a Mirror – Orson Scott Card Stories of Your Life and Others […]

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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{4.5/5} “Pitchforks? Humans are hilarious.” Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, released in 2019 Prince Philip asks Queen Aurora to marry him and she says yes. They will join their two kingdoms together. Philip’s parents invite Aurora and her godmother to dinner to celebrate. Aurora’s godmother, Maleficent, hates humans — except Aurora. And Philip’s mother, Ingrith, isn’t […]

Best fantasy novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner   Runner Ups   Year Author Title Author Title 2018 Matt Haig How to Stop Time Robert Jackson Bennett Foundryside       Kate Morton The Clockmaker’s Daughter 2017 James Alan Gardner All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault Barbara Gowdy Little Sister       Claire […]

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 5 5           4.83 Angel 5 5 5 5 5             5 Babylon 5 4.5 5 5 5 4.5             4.8 Battlestar Galactica 5 5 5 5 […]

The Philosopher Kings

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{4.5/5} “I had become human to learn about will and consequences and the significance of mortal life. There were things I had learned, and no doubt there was more to learn. But as for things I could do better incarnate — beyond learning that it seemed to amount to suffering, and waiting. Perhaps there was […]

Fantasy novels

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. It still only includes books I reviewed on my blog (ie. ones I’ve read in the last 8 years). Best of the best Dragon and Phoenix by Joanne Bertin Replay by Ken Grimwood How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay Lord of […]

Best fantasy & science fiction movies by year

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Here’s an update to this list. 2019 had some amazing movies, although given the number on my list versus the last few years I’m guessing/hoping there are some others I haven’t had the chance to see yet. Year Winner Runner Ups 2019 Avengers: Endgame Alita: Battle Angel   Toy Story 4 Captain Marvel     […]

Author discovery of the year

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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

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{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 […]