Sci-Fi / US / 2016 / English
Director: Joey Curtis
Producer: Robert Beaumont
Cast: Paul Sidhu, Arielle Holmes, Anne-Solenne Hatte, Branden Coles, Brad Potts
From the writer of the Academy Award Nominated BLUE VALENTINE
and Writer-Director of Sundance winner QUATTRO NOZA
The year is 2307 A.D. The earth is frozen over and virtually uninhabitable. The remaining humans live underground, unable to survive the sub-arctic temperatures. With no “man power,” scientists bio-engineered Humanoids that possess great strength, speed, and tolerance to extreme cold. A rogue humanoid named ASH-393 escapes from captivity and threatens to lead a humanoid rebellion against mankind. Arizona Federation leader, General Trajan, sends an elite team of Spartan 7 soldiers to hunt down and terminate ASH. Decorated veteran humanoid killer, Commander Bishop, will lead the team and face his greatest foe.
For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to a Doom release. A generation of people were introduced to the first person shooter by the original Doom and this game looks like the platform to introduce a whole new generation to anxiety driven games and twitchy responses. If the game play is anywhere near as good as the trailer, then combined with Oculus Rift this could be the cornerstone of the move to VR based games. I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Ernest Cline’s sophomore effort seems to target a certain demographic, a trait it has in common with his first novel, and I feel lucky to be part of that group. This book is full of period references and jokes, and if you were a geek and attended high school in the 80’s then you get them all.
This book appealed to me basically because it panders to that teenage male (geek) fantasy (or at least the one that doesn’t involve female anatomy) that video games skills would translate into something heroic. The main character saves the world and gets the girl, something we have all dreamed of (admit it) Ernest speaks to a generation when he gives voice to this part of us.
Is this book art? Probably not. Is it literature? Good luck debating that. Is the book good? If you are part of the target dempgraphic then yes. If not, then maybe. But if you like science fiction, video games and the 80s, then you should read this book.
The audio version is narrated by Wil Wheaton, who does an amazing job with the story and draws you in the the listening experience. I’d pretty much listen to anything Wil narrates but putting him together with Ernest Cline’s vision is something that borders on wonderful. I heartily recommend the audio version of this book.
Review by Scott Rose
Warspite takes place in the Ark Royal universe and takes place several years after the series ends. This story introduces a new ship and a whole new cast of characters that has little connection to the characters in the Ark Royal series. Like the Ark Royal series, the Britishness of these characters and ships is refreshing in a genre of Americanized or generic cultural influences. I enjoyed the feel of this book and pleasantly surprised to find a character of non-standard sexual orientation as not only the main character but in a position of power and respect, something that is sometimes lacking in our “modern” society.
While this novel takes place after the Ark Royal series, beyond a number of technological references there are not very many ties to the original storyline. That makes this novel a good place to test the waters for this universe. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in military science fiction and specifically for those interested in stellar naval operations.
Zombies seem to be all the rage these days with movies and TV series reaching heights of popularity and bringing the genre into the mainstream. With that said the genre has reached a saturation point where the stories tend to blend together and originality is rare. The Black Tide Rising series follows a different take on the Zombie Apocalypse genre and for once the main characters are not running from the zombie hoards but taking the offensive.
The characters are unusual and interesting with the main “combat” character being a 13-year old girl with a natural talent for knives and considerable mental issues. I found the storyline to be interesting across the four books the resulted in a satisfying conclusion in book 4. The writing by John Ringo is excellent as we have come to expect from him and his descriptive style makes visualizing the scenes easy, not always a good thing considering the subject mater. I doubt I will ever take vacation on a cruise ship…. ever.
The audible recordings of this series were well produced, the voice talents of Tristan Morris are commendable and make for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
If you like zombies then this series is a must read/listen.
If you wish for peace, prepare for war. -Royal Navy Motto Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons. Ark Royal and her mismatched crew must go on the offensive, buying time with their lives And yet, with a drunkard for a Captain, an over-ambitious first officer and a crew composed of reservists and the dregs of the service, do they have even the faintest hope of surviving … … And returning to an Earth which may no longer be there?
The Ark Royal series by Chrostopher G. Nuttall starts off a bit slow and seems to be just another iteration of an old trope, mainly obsolete warship with obsolete crew save the day. However, once you get past the first couple of chapters the characters take on a life of their own and you really start to care about them. If Christopher Nuttall has a strength, a he of course has many, the main one would be character development. The stories develop well and proceed at a good pace. The Audible versions of these books are well produced and narrated by Ralph Lister, whose voice talents lend a legitimacy to the Royal Navy setting.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first three books and eagerly await the production of the fourth book in audio format.