Book Review: Merchanter’s Luck, C. J. Cherryh, (1982)

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4/5 (Good)

C. J. Cherryh’s Merchanter’s Luck is a heady brew of redemption, paranoia, fear, endless suspicion, and more paranoia. However, this work has markedly less of the seemingly-endless (and often unjustified) political manipulation that bogs down Cherryh’s more famous novels Cyteen and Downbelow Continue reading Book Review: Merchanter’s Luck, C. J. Cherryh, (1982)

A Film Rumination: Vertical Features Remake, Peter Greenaway (1978)

9/10 (Masterpiece)

Peter Greenaway’s early short concerns (in faux-documentary style with narration) a gaggle of intellectuals reconstructing a film  based on fragmentary footage and virtually incomprehensible notes Continue reading A Film Rumination: Vertical Features Remake, Peter Greenaway (1978)

Book Review: The Rebel Worlds, Poul Anderson (1969)

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3/5 (Average)

This was the first Poul Anderson book I managed to finish (I got bogged down in one of his later novels a few years ago). The Rebel Worlds is part of a series of books by Anderson about his main character Dominic Flandry and the failing Terran Empire. The series includes Ensign Flandry (1966), A Circus of Continue reading Book Review: The Rebel Worlds, Poul Anderson (1969)

Book Review: Orbit Unlimited, Poul Anderson (1961)

3/5 (Average)

Poul Anderson’s Orbit Unlimited is comprised of four short stories linked together chronologically and occasionally by recurrent characters.  This structure is essentially a loose-form novel.

The first section describes the persecuted Constitutionalists (think Continue reading Book Review: Orbit Unlimited, Poul Anderson (1961)

Book Review: The Dramaturges of Yan, John Brunner (1982)

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1/5 (Drivel)

First:

Imagine a universe where art has evolved to the point where a single man can utilize images, computers, mythology, drugs, history etc to single handily bring about a monumental shift in a culture’s society––even bringing about a past “culture/realization of past” that had long since dissipated on a planet. Continue reading Book Review: The Dramaturges of Yan, John Brunner (1982)

A Film Rumination: Europa (released as Zentropa in the US), Lars von Trier, (1991)

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9/10 (Masterpiece)

Notable Awards received: Nominated for the Palm d’Or Cannes, Won Best Artistic Contribution Cannes, Won Jury Prize Cannes, Won Technical Grand Prize

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For some reason despite my obsession with European cinema Continue reading A Film Rumination: Europa (released as Zentropa in the US), Lars von Trier, (1991)