Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Take On DnD 4th Edition

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

If you are wondering what a look at the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons and politics have in common, then sit tight and we'll get to it. I've been playing DandD for way too many years. I still have every DandD book I have ever purchased, starting with the original ...

Prince Caspian

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Let me start off by saying that I have (regrettably) never read the Chronicles of Narnia. When The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was released in December of 2005, I wanted to see it, but with a new born daughter in the house, it just wasn’t practical to get ...

Exposing the Real Che Guevara

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I have never understood the fervent idolatry of Che Guevara. For decades he has been held up as the poster child of revolution and freedom. Movies have been made about his exploits and his death, perpetuating the idea that he was a great hero of human freedom. I've always ...

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is an interesting discourse on politics and revolution. Heinlein paints an interesting saga of a revolt on the moon against the Terran authorities who control all aspects of the lives of those living on the lunar colonies. It won the Hugo Award for Best ...

A Klingon Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

A Klingon Christmas Carol, produced by the Comedia Beauregard, with support from several members of the IKV Rakehell (Klingon Assault Group), was an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic into Klingon, and told from the Klingon point of view. SQuja' (Scrooge), is a conniving money lender who has a bodyguard/strongman, QachIt ...

Starship Troopers vs. Forever War

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

This year being the Centennial marking the birth of Robert A. Heinlein, a lot of renewed interest in his works has been sparked. While attending Convergence (this was opposite the Heinlein Centennial Celebration taking place in St. Louis) there was a discussion on his works and Starship Troopers was brought ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. This is the last volume in the famed "Harry Potter" series, and it is a very good sendoff for the series. I will not include any spoilers. I'll not even tell you about Hermione having Draco Malfoy's ...

The Corps Review

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

I've not had as much time to write as I have been furiously reading to finish the current book on my shelf. The good news is I finished reading it. The bad news is it isn't the new Harry Potter book. In Danger's Path by W.E.B Griffin is the 8th ...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Sunday was a bit unusual for us in my household as my wife and I haven't been to the movies since our daughter was born nearly two years ago. Now, I am sure we could get a baby sitter so we could go out, however I am willing to bet ...

Tunnel In The Sky, by Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

This year is the Centennial of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein. As such, I have been going through a phase of reading and rereading a number of his works, so I thought I would share some of them with you. Tunnel In The Sky is the story of survival ...

Rhythm of Honor CD

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Rhythm of Honor is a compilation CD produced by Janet Fisher of Goodnight Kiss. It is a tribute to the men and women of the American Armed Forces. Many of the songs were written and performed by men and women who have served, or have some other close affiliation ...

The Looming Tower

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Every American is acutely aware of the terrorist attack on 9/11. Many Americans are not aware of the many threads of fate that is the web of al-Qaeda and International Islamic Terrorism that lead up to that horrible day. The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence ...

Prayers For The Assassin

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I heard about Prayers For The Assassin during an interview of the author, Joe Ferrigno, on the Hugh Hewitt show and decided I had to read it. And am I glad I did. The year is 2040, and the landscape of America, and the world, has changed. After atomic bombs were ...

Wallace and Gromit Return

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Wallace and Gromit in Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the long awaited feature film chronicling their adventures has them running a new business: Anti-Pesto, humane pest control. The name has a nice ring to it. Gromit has placed Wallace on a strict diet that, to Wallace's chagrin, does not include cheese. ...

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

The latest installment in the Harry Potter series takes on even darker tones as J. K. Rowling continues to spin her web of mystery around the conflict between Harry and Lord Voldemort. The story opens with a meeting between Snape and several Death Eaters, discussing a plot that involves ...

Serenity

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Serenity is the theatrical film follow-on to the brilliant, but short-lived, Firefly TV series of a few years ago. Back on the screen is the full cast from the series, reprising their roles. After the initial plot set up, the film opens with the crew of Serenity executing thier latest ...

The Great Raid

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

The Great Raid, starring Benjamin Bratt and James Franco is the gripping tale of the raid to liberate some 500 POWs held in a Japanese prison camp on the Bataan peninsula. These POWs were survivors of the Bataan Death March after the surrender of the Philippines at the beginning ...

Hillary’s Secret War

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Hillary's Secret War by Richard Poe is about Hillarys war against the new media and the rightwing journalists of the Internet who have made on-line journalism a success. I have mixed feelings about this book; some of it I found to be quite interesting and informative, which is what I look ...

Born Fighting

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Born Fighting by James Webb is a mixture of memoir, history, and migration paths of the Scots-Irish. The timeframe it covers is from the pre-Roman times through to today. The influence of the Scots-Irish people on America is significant and profound, with their view of bottom-up leadership, the ...

Batman Begins

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, is a stunning film of magnificent proportions, and the most satisfying Batman movie to date. It begins simply enough with a boyhood experience, a dream sequence of a memory, from which Wayne wakes, finding himself in Communist Chinese prison camp, mixed in with ...