Friday, January 12, 2018

The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

Sweet Old Timey Cover

I just read Poul Anderson's 1960 novel, The High Crusade. It was a solid science fiction read. Lots of battles and flitting around in space ships.

What impressed me was the different way it was written. The POV is a character in the story, but also the chronicler. So the story is told as if being told orally some years later by a guy who was there, filling in portions that he wasn't present for but subsequently heard about. Some of the telling is of the 'from a mile up' variety, not so much deep in POV but rather a summary of events.

It's an interesting style and it fits the elements of the story well, since it's about a group of crusaders from Medieval England being whisked away on a galaxy spanning crusade.

Another interesting thing about the book, and I'm not sure if this was in the original edition or not, is that there's a prologue story largely disconnected from the rest of the book. A side quest at the end. Was the book too short? It needed some padding? I dunno. It's a strange choice though. [EDIT: I looked it up, yes, The Quest at the end of The High Crusade was a stand alone short story in the same universe, it was appended to the end of my edition of the book. Cool!]

I'd recommend this book to any fan of sci/fi, especially if you are into that classic high adventure style 1960's sci/fi was known for.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Favorite Films of 2017

I watch a lot of movies. Probably too many. Here are some that I liked this year, this is not an exhaustive list, there could be some I'm not remembering, but here are six that I recommend.

1. I, Tonya: For us Oregon white trash she's a hero. This movie does her justice.
2. Get Out: Horror thriller with a wacky racial overtone. High recommend.
3. Logan: Best supers movie of the year. High drama, not as much bubblegum as other supers movies this year.
4. Wind River: Brutal. Brutal serious. Brutally violent. Trigger warnings all over.
5. Colossal: Featuring a burnout, female adult child, learning to grow up. With Kaiju. Very cool.
6. Blade Runner: Maybe a bit slow, but there's some great sci/fi here. You don't need non-stop action for an SF/F movie to be great.

There were also a bunch of fun action hero movies this year. Thor, Guardians, Wonder Woman and Bright. Bright is a bit controversial maybe, the critics panned it, but I liked it.

What movies did you like? Did I miss anything?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Poor Lonely Sith

I have no friends. So lonely.

Sith are always so needy.

"Please join me! Please! You'll love it. The dark side is the best. I promise."

So yeah, I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was a lot of fun. I won't review it, you are going to see it anyway and I don't want to spoil anything.

I ran into a dude I originally met last time I was at a sneak preview. It was cool. I chatted him up pretty hard. Small town. He was a younger guy, dabbling with being a writer.

So it was a good night. I recommend going to see Star Wars and chatting up a stranger.

Monday, October 2, 2017

My Little Pony

I'm totally pumped to go see My Little Pony this weekend.

I'll probably watch it as a double feature with Blade Runner. Pony first, then Blade. What better way to spend an afternoon?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Still Alive

It has been quite a long time since I updated anything here. I just want anyone visiting to know I'm still alive.

I've been working on Miss Marathon #3 and expected to be done with it over a month ago. I'm still working on it. It's about half done and moving slower than molasses.

I've been thinking about posting scenes and chapters to this blog as I write them, and then uploading them to Amazon later for purchase. If anyone still reads this blog lemme know what you think of that idea. I might not do it, but it's something to discuss in the comments if you'd like.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moral High Ground is finally out. Yay!

Yay! I finally finished another book. This one took me forever. Over 6 months, and it's not even that long. Only 100 pages or so.

It's a space adventure. It has sword fights and space battles and bar brawls. The best book I've ever written. So if you liked any of my other stuff you'll like this one even more.