Foundation

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series is one of my favourites. I read the 7 books he wrote in the series many years ago. I’ve now reread them, plus the books that others wrote in the series. Books by Isaac Asimov Foundation 1951 -> 4.5/5 (+) Foundation and Empire 1952 -> 4.5/5 (+) Second Foundation 1953 -> […]

Old Man’s War

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All of the books in this series were written by John Scalzi. If he writes any more, I will be guaranteed to read them. Old Man’s War 2005 -> 4.5/5 The Ghost Brigades 2006 -> 4.5/5 The Last Colony 2007 -> 4.5/5 Zoe’s Tale 2008 -> 4.5/5 The Human Division 2013 -> 4.5/5 The End […]

Pixar movies

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Here’s an update to this list. After Toy Story 4 next year, Pixar has plans for 5 currently untitled non-sequel movies from 2020 to 2022. Toy Story movies Toy Story 1995 -> 5/5 Toy Story 2 1999 -> 5/5 Toy Story 3 2010 -> 4.5/5 Toy Story 4 2019 Monsters, Inc. movies Monsters, Inc. 2001 […]

Star Trek

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I’ve read many Star Trek books over the years. For a start, I’ll just list the ones I’ve reviewed in my blog. The Original Series I don’t read all of these but I do pick up the ones that are written by authors I know or look particularly interesting. I recently reread a few of […]

Star Wars

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Here’s an update to this list. Here are my mini-reviews of the first 6 movies. The original trilogy Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 -> 3.5/5 (+) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 -> 4.5/5 (+) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 -> 4/5 (+) The prequel trilogy Episode I: The Phantom Menace […]

Best soundtracks by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including soundtracks I discovered in 2017. The big winner for 2017 so far is John Williams for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I didn’t spent quite as much time listening to soundtracks in 2017 as I had in the previous few years. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions […]

Dune

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I read 3 or 4 of the Dune books many years ago, and I read 8 of them more recently. They’re worth reading — even if you feel you’re missing a few things here and there, as I did. I saw the Dune movie many years ago — too many to have a coherent opinion […]

Pixar movies

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Here’s an update to this list. And here is my discussion of a concert of music from Pixar movies I attended. Toy Story movies Toy Story 1995 -> 5/5 Toy Story 2 1999 -> 5/5 Toy Story 3 2010 -> 4.5/5 Toy Story 4 2019 Monsters, Inc. movies Monsters, Inc. 2001 -> 5/5 Monsters University […]

Actors worth following, part 8

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This list continues from part 7. Kevin Costner Costner has a great screen presence and often plays an everyman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He also directed Dances with Wolves and The Postman. Masterpieces Dances with Wolves Field of Dreams Hidden Figures Great movies The Bodyguard The Company Men Man of Steel The Untouchables Great at […]

Author discovery of the year

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Here’s an update to this list. Sometimes you just need 4 runner ups. Year Winner Runner ups 2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky Mary Doria Russell Marie Brennan Paolo Bacigalupi   2016 Claire North Ken Liu Erin Morgenstern Hal Clement Emily St. John Mandel 2015 Charles Stross Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson Tony Daniel     2014 […]