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Fantastic Voyage [HD]
Fantastic Voyage [HD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still reasonably fantastic all these years later, May 9, 2014
A little dated here-and-there, but overall a wonderful imaginary trip that is still worth showing to older children to open their eyes to the mysteries and awe-inspiring mechanisms of the human body. Doesn't skimp on the thrills, and the effects are still not bad at all. Good performances by Edmund O'Brien, Arthur Kennedy and, of course, Donald Pleasance.

A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922
A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922
by David Fromkin
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4.0 out of 5 stars If ignorance were a war crime..., December 17, 2012
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If ignorance were a war crime, most of the British Cabinet, High Command and a PM or two would have been executed. A disheartening look at the sources of the carnage of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Southern Gods
Southern Gods
by John Hornor Jacobs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Southern horror noir with sadly weaker finish, September 25, 2011
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This review is from: Southern Gods (Paperback)
Whatever you do, if you get a playbill advertising Ramblin' John Hastur coming to play blues in your town, don't go - or do go - but don't expect to come away unscathed, unhinged or maybe jes' plain ol' undead!

Great mash-up of hard-boiled detective fiction, Southern Gothic and that great old one, H.P. Lovecraft. The first half of this debut mostly concerns itself with a missing person case that quickly turns into a first-rate nightmare at a 50's Arkansas honky-tonk (Ark-where?) and more than a whiff of some seriously nasty Mythos stuff going on.

Less compelling is a mostly second-half thread of characters involving a love interest, and a giant Catholic apostasy that sputters unconvincingly amid Harlequin romance tropes (how many times will Bull the detective's back muscles ripple?) and a grab-bag of mythic characters that lead the reader to wonder - who wrote the halves of this novel? They can't both be whoever put together the scene at Ruby's on the Bayou!

Please note that despite finding the writing of the second half to be weaker overall, it did still require a cast-iron stomach and almost sociopathic disregard for the horrifying action perpetrated in the finale.

Well worth reading though - but I wonder, is it possible to purchase a movie option for just the first half of the novel (4 stars)? Second half only 2.5 stars.

The Ouroboros Wave
The Ouroboros Wave
by Jyouji Hayashi
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic SF modeled on Asimov, Heinlein, June 21, 2011
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Ouroboros Wave is a fine SF novel centered on the discovery of a small black hole near to our solar system some 90 years from now, and the efforts of mankind and the mysterious AADD group to harness its power over the next several decades despite a background of Terran assassination and treachery.

Chock full of fairly reasonable orbital engineering (with diagrams!), space habitats and stellar physics, Jyouji Hayashi borrows the connected story structure of Asimov's "I, Robot" to plot the progress of the Artificial Accretion Disk Department toward capturing the potential energy of the black hole Kali for our entire solar system, creating a new extra-Terran society in the process and preparing for eventual manned interstellar travel. The novel ends with the first such maiden (and highly illegal) voyage. Hayashi is planning a larger series of which this is the beginning novel, teasing the reader with the possible discovery of interstellar intelligences using gravity waves for directed communication and a discovery regarding the black hole Kali itself that may harbor more than just a quantum singularity.

Hayashi looks to the future of mankind in interstellar space by examining the beginning of that journey in a manner reminiscent of Heinlein's best "hard SF" novels. The translation by Jim Hubbert smoothly takes us into Hayashi's stories of the future early history of interstellar humanity.

Very good read, if not for the physics-squeamish; I am hoping for more from this author.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not great, June 27, 2010
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seems to deter flying insects, but only works in conditions of stillness or almost no wind.
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