I went to see The Host last night. This is a movie based on the book of the same title from author Stephanie Meyer, of Twilight fame.
I had read the book prior to this, a few times (it’s a good book!!) And I am very happy to report that this movie is a near perfect representation of the book. From the actors to the settings to the general tone.
As a fan of Twilight and Stephanie Meyer (hate me if you must) I was nervous going in, because the first Twilight was a big ole let down. But this movie holds up!!
And of course… Meyer loves her love triangles. Though in The Host, it’s more of a misshapen love square.
Just go see it. If you enjoy alien invasion, action, and a dystopian existence… you’ll like it.
If you’re like me, then perhaps you’d heard about the steampunk genre but didn’t know exactly what it was all about. Let me shed some light. Steampunk literature is a mixture of science fiction and fantasy set in the Victorian time period. With that in mind I dove into James P. Blaylock’s ‘Aylesford Skull.’
This book begs to be read out loud and in a Brittish accent. The language is evocative and transports you into the world of Langdon St. Ives and his nemesis, Dr. Ignacio Narbondo. This book has murder and adventure. Kidnapping, mystery and mysticism.
After the famous Aylesford Skull is stolen by the nefarious Dr. Narbondo, Langston St. Ives begins to chase him from the country to the city in an effort to stop his plot.
To anyone who has never read steampunk literature, this is an excellent representation of the genre and a great place to start.
‘The Aylesford Skull’ is available as of Jan. 15th from Titan Books.
John Scalzi’s ‘Old Man’s War’ series
At Comic Con this past October, as I passed the TOR publishing booth, I happened to stop by to see if there was any Ender’s Game swag. (I love to show my support to my faves, and I l-l-love Ender’s Game.)
I asked at the booth and the lady working at that particular moment quickly suggested to me John Scalzi’s ‘Old Man’s War.’
She told me that if I loved Ender’s Game that I’d love this. And she was right.
In a dystopian future, you sign up to join the war being fought on far away worlds. But it isn’t until you turn 75 years old that you actually get to join the fight. The idea being that young men, while lithe of body and full of energy, are foolish and headstrong. On the otherhand, our seniors may be broken of body, but are at their mental peak of wisdom and discernment.
It’s very much the opposite of Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game,’ in which children are the ones relied upon to fight the good fight. Their innocence and quick-learning are what makes them an asset.
I’m now halfway through book 2 in the series, ‘The Ghost Brigades.’
I am loving this series! The writing is solid and the story captivating. Plus, if that isn’t enticing enough, this little jem from book 2 should compel any self-respecting nerd to pick up this book.
-“After watching Star Wars everyone wanted a lightsaber and was irritated that the technology for them didn’t really exist. Everyone also agreed the Ewoks should all die.”
Plus Scalzi even takes a beat to pay homage to Ender’s Game, the series in which he clearly found inspiration.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi by any degree… pick up this series!