Review

Herzog in a Star Wars western? Meet ‘The Mandalorian’ (Review)

November 13, 2019

“The Mandalorian,” the first live action Star Wars TV series, is the Star Wars fan’s wet dream. It is a gritty take on Star Wars, so obsessed with the scum and villainy side of the story that it crams two cantina scenes into its first 40-minute episode. No one in this slice of the galaxy […]

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Strange transits through “The Daylight Gate” (review)

August 3, 2019

Unfailingly dire, unflinchingly bloody, full of love and license, and brimming over with real devotion and all-too-human devilry, Jeanette Winterson’s “The Daylight Gate“ is at once a history lesson, historical fiction, and a romantic tale of the fantastic. Centered on England’s first recorded with trials in the grim aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, this post-Elizabethan milieu is peopled with historical figures Winterson has made entirely her own.

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Let sleeping dogs lie: Gene Wolfe’s “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” (review)

June 29, 2019

Trust is a slippery prospect in Gene Wolfe’s collection of interconnected novellas, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — and while the oft-unfortunate characters that populate the book certainly have their own issues of trust, confidence and reliability in their lives, the one who really is left grasping after truth, and even a genuine sense of reality within this singular narrative collection, is the reader.

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On Octavia E. Butler’s birthday, why not read some of her game-changing classics?

June 22, 2019

Active from the ’70s into the early ’00s, Butler was one of the first African American women to make an impact in science fiction. As a writer of extraordinary, painful humanity and uncompromising vision, we’d suggest that perhaps one of her only real peers is J.G. Ballard.

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Everything I know about ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ I learned from ‘B.P.R.D.’ (review)

June 19, 2019

The plot, such as it is, involves a misguided alliance between a noble scientist and cold-blooded ecoterrorists. There’s some good acting — as well as some scenery-chewing, in the literal sense as well as metaphorically.

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It’s a wonderful Apocalypse (review)

May 31, 2019

Comedy is hard, especially the written variety, and by that measure alone one would be tempted to wonder how “Good Omens,” a 1990 novel of apocalyptic satire that provides much of the source material for the present-day Amazon TV serial, has any right to be so consistently funny, insightful, and even, by the end of it all, surprisingly poignant.

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