Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Alan Parsons - The Secret


After 15 years of of live concerts, rehashes and other activities Parsons finally went back into the studio and recorded The Secret.

And it’s much better than the previous A Valid Path which was, frankly, a disappointment. This one's much, much better!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Dennis E. Taylor - Bobiverse - We Are Legion / For We Are Many / All These Worlds


Enjoyable, somewhat nerdy space opera with lots of popular culture references and some hard SF. Include some politics, some aliens, and a twenty first century personality transplanted into a computer brain and you're there.

Saturday, July 27, 2019



Though story-wise it pretty much amounts to nothing, Cats is still a spectacle to behold. So when the London West-End cast visited the Netherlands for a kind of farewell tour I was considering going there. Didn’t go at first, balking at the price of a decent seat.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Rachel Aaron - Heartstriker - Nice dragons finish last / One good dragon deserves another / ...


So yes, another romance / fantasy title. But in this case the fantasy part is more important than the romance part, so that's fine. And it's a good and fun read, so I'll take it in stride.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rachel Aaron - Minimum Wage Magic


Little did I know that Rachel Aaron is Rachel 'Paradox' Bach, but yeah. It’s her. She wrote a fantasy series called Heartstrikers which I haven’t read yet, and now there’s this new book set in the same universe.

So what is it all about? (Sneaky preview: it's a fun read!)

Monday, July 8, 2019

Desperaux (2009)


Desperaux may have simply hit the theater at the wrong moment, back in 2009. It's hard to stand up against the mega million dollar marketing machine that supports movies like Bolt... However, Desperaux still is a very nice movie. A bit uneven, perhaps, but it's in its own way an animated original modern classic...

Monday, July 1, 2019

Obert Skye - Wizard for Hire


Since Harry Potter there have been many books inspired by the tale of a young boy becoming something special in a magical setting. Some could be considered 'inspired' by, others are a complete 'rip-off'.

Fortunately, Skye's world and characters might be inspired by (and actually even refer to) the Potterverse, but this is done in a way that actually supports the story, instead of claiming some understanding of pop culture.