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

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{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 […]

The Gaslight Dogs

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{4.5/5} “‘Sometimes,’ Sjenn said, ‘the Dog must kill.’ It was the thing that had brought her here to this Kabliw world. It was the anger that had proven to be shallow soil in their conversation, anger that now seemed distant on the Land, unmarked even by the stones of memory. The captain now understood what […]

The Midnight Library

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{5/5} “The glacial landscape reminded her that she was, first and foremost, a human living on a planet. Almost everything she had done in her life, she realised — almost everything she had bought ad worked for and consumed — had taken her further away from understanding that she and all humans were really just […]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “‘Why didn’t you use the metal arm?’ ‘I don’t always think of it immediately, I’m right handed.’” The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, aired in 2021 Sam Wilson gives up Captain America’s shield so it can be put in a museum. But he’s still helping the US military take out bad guys that he […]

The Unbound Empire

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{4.5/5} “She had been La Contessa for my entire life, powerful and inexorable as the tide, standing in the doge’s shadow, holding up the Empire and subtly molding it all the while. I had never really thought about what she might have been before she became such a potent and terrible being, or what choices […]

The Defiant Heir

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Take this with you, and when you’re thinking of doing something dangerous, I want you to hold this button and think what I would say to you… Then you can tell the button to be quiet and go and do it anyway, but at least you’ll be thinking of me.” The Defiant Heir by […]

The Tethered Mage

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{4.5/5} “The warlock’s challenge is to keep your control. The Falconer’s is to recognize when the warlock has lost it and to make a quick and calculated judgment as to when to seal their power.” The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso, published in 2017 Amalia is the daughter of one of the most powerful people […]

WandaVision

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “I’m a regular carbon-based employee made entirely of organic matter, much like yourself, Norm.” WandaVision, aired in 2021 What’s really going on in this show is a spoiler for the 1st 3 episodes. Spoiler alert The FBI comes to Westview and finds a town that no one can get in — it has an […]