Category Archives: Reviews

Finding Meh (A Late Review)

Darwin and I went to see FINDING DORY on our Mackinaw Trip. Our reaction: Meh. It wasn’t =bad=.  But neither was it =good.= Hank the septopus (an octopus with a missing arm) was awesome, and stole the show.  The camouflage … Continue reading

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City of Angels: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Surely there is no pleasure like a musical theater that combines witty lyrics, the perfect melodies, and a solid book? If this is your idea of a great show then City of Angels is all you … Continue reading

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A Few Short Fiction Reviews (AKA Authors to Watch)

Renoir sisters reading

Once upon a time, I tried to keep current with short fiction, but have failed miserably in recent years. Therefore, when the urge to read these stories strikes, I seize the moment. Recently, I dove into a pile of unread … Continue reading

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Bicentennial Man: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This movie came out in 1999, and I am sorry to report that I only saw it last fall. It is fairly faithfully based upon the award-winning novella from 1976 that we probably all have read, … Continue reading

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How to Be World Class

Peak

Anders Ericsson has finally written the book I’ve wanted to read ever since Malcolm Gladwell gave a quick and dirty summary of Ericsson’s work in his book Outliers. Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise, written with the help … Continue reading

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  The perpetual balance in the arts is between novelty and tradition. Originality is essential. But all the customers like, the artist complains (in Sunday in the Park with George, the quintessential show about creativity), is what … Continue reading

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Great Reads for a Rainy Winter Day

Girl reading with dog

The redwoods have been getting their fair share of the rain, and I’ve been holed up with a pile of wonderful books. Some of these came from my gigantic “To Be Read” bookshelf and others fall under the category of … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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The Martian: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I love near-future SF! You can have your galaxies far far away. Give me NASA! And in The Martian we get everything the space-SF fan could ever desire. Gravity slingshots! Settling new planets! It is like … Continue reading

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Fictive history and THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Last month I was involved in a book discussion that sprawled over the entire landscape of literature, as they do. At one point a person began deriding the recent crop of YA steampunk-Victorians, naming some best selling authors in a … Continue reading

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