Monday, February 28, 2022

Maria V. Snyder - Navigating the Stars / Chasing the Shadows / Defending the Galaxy (2018....)


I’ve been searching for more first-person present tense material to understand what I’m doing right and wrong myself. This is another YA that isn’t too bad, except for one specific scene, where the (hurt) protagonist (a 17-year-old girl) climbs onto the landing gear of a space shuttle, and then literally travels half the world, 16000 kilometers, at 600 kmph.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Alex Hughes - Mindspace 4 - Vacant


The fourth book in the Mindspace series, and again a very good one.

I’ve read two short stories by his (her?) hand that bridge the gaps between the larger titles, and now have started this one. I liked the short stories, but prefer the full sized novels.

As I said when reviewing the earlier installments, the narration is very good, and the somewhat seedy mix of a drug addicted ex-guild telepath, working in a post-tech-war world for the local police office just kind of works, surprisingly.

Brilliant. I want more.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Tarah Benner – Lawless / Ruthless / Dauntless


Semi post-apocalyptic setting with a strong romantic vibe. Falls a little flat because it’s not as post-apocalyptic as suggested at the start.

Why I read it? Well, it's part of my endless quest for first person present tense references... It was mentioned on a list of present tense books, but it was wrongly listed.

Update: finished all four. They're okay, but not exceptional. I think the world would have been a much bigger hell had the famish as described taken place.

(From TellTales 109)

Monday, February 7, 2022

Netflix - Along with the Gods (2018)


Subtitled The Last 49 Days, it’s the modern day equivalent of A Matter of Life and Death).

This isn't a bad movie either. Nothing earth shattering, but still interesting to see a Korean take on the ‘defend the good / bad guy against gods and their lawyers’.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Wallpaper - Grass and Comets

Decent 3-screen wallpapers are a little harder to come by.

Someone assembled this one by copy / pasting to their heart's content. When you watch it closely you'll notice the repeating clouds and hills. Still, if you don't pay too much attention it works well.

(Click on the image to enlarge.)