Book Review: Double Star, Robert Heinlein (1956)

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3/5 (Average)

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1956

I’ve never been blown away by Heinlein — twenty-five Heinlein novels later, the trend continues (well, I must admit, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was very good).  Supposedly deserving of the Continue reading Book Review: Double Star, Robert Heinlein (1956)

A Film Rumination: The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Raoul Ruiz (1979)

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8/10 (Very Good — read the friendly warnings before you embark….)

We enter, from the street, a sprawling house occupied by a single long-winded art collector of dubious authority and his proliferation of mannequins and silent helpers Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Raoul Ruiz (1979)

Update: The Nebula Award for Best Novel (and the ones I’ve read)

Early in the history of the Nebula Award, the winning novels often corresponded to the Hugo award winning novels.  In recent years, this has changed somewhat.  The Nebulas — unlike the Hugos — are awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (so, by their peers).  Of the Continue reading Update: The Nebula Award for Best Novel (and the ones I’ve read)

A Film Rumination: La Guerre est Finie, Alain Resnais (1966)

7/10 (Good)

Alain Resnais – most famous for his early French New Wave film Hiroshima Mon Amour (1966) and the impenetrable masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad (1961) — also has the ability to craft an astute political drama: La Guerre est Finie (1966).  Sadly, in part because of the dated political situation, La Guerre est Finie Continue reading A Film Rumination: La Guerre est Finie, Alain Resnais (1966)

Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

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2/5 (Bad)

This novel feels like two separate stories connected by the presence of the dueling machine. The story when the dueling machine is a dueling machine and the story when the Bova decides that the dueling machine is also teleportation device and a therapy device and only occasionally used for duels. The first part of the novel Continue reading Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)