Oh, it's so much fun.
Yes, it's flawed--it leaves too many minor questions unanswered, though a sequel could clean some of them up. The fight scenes do run on a bit (a failure, I might point out, of just about any action film these days). The vilains are so completely over the top that they climb down the other side--and have fun doing it.
But the visuals are stunning, the dialogue works, there's great chemistry, and it has Sean Bean enjoying himself.
I keep hearking back to Independence Day, or 1999's The Mummy. SF/F movies that are exactly what they say they are--somewhat lighthearted adventures that are enjoyable to watch and solid enough to watch again. Improbable, perhaps, but if you want reality, why are you watching movies? :P
So, since I enjoy Piper's style, I thought I'd try another of his books.
Space Viking...doesn't work.
For one thing, it's more of a synopsis in places than a story. Great swathes of time and activity are glossed over. For another, it's much more sexist than the Fuzzy trilogy, though to be fair everything on the cover warns that the protagonist's lady is fridged right at the beginning. I nearly gave up partway through, because I couldn't bring myself to care about the protagonist at all. He throws his entire life away to avenge the death of his wife, and then halfway through the book he finds he doesn't care about vengeance any longer. I suspect that this sort of thing is much more true to life than otherwise, but as a plotline it just makes him look like a twit. More of a twit than he is already, anyway.
It's also fairly racist without coming out and saying so, and pretty vehemently anti-democracy, though again to be fair the protagonist admits that there doesn't seem to be a better system to use instead. But really, the main failure of the book is that it zips past half the story without stopping to look at it. Most of the other flaws can be blamed on the time it was written; the lack of actual storyline, as it were, is solely Piper's fault.
However, I might try another if one comes my way. Perhaps there's a medium somewhere.
Please check out the "author" and see if they have done the same for any other posted stories. These folks are often serial plagiarists.
But despite the listing at the end of the credits, the soundtrack album was not released in the United States. It was released in the UK, but promptly became an item of unbelievable rarity, to the point where nearly every Highlander fan believes it to be a myth. I came within inches of finding it once, at a vinyl shop in England, but it was sold a day or two before I got there.
Most of the music, in one form or another, has been released in different albums--one or two instrumental packs for the movies, Queen's A Kind of Magic--but never the original stuff, not all together.
You see where I'm going with this, don't you? :P
Someone on Amazon has it. It's print on demand, and it comes in a measly cardboard sleeve; and I know everyone is rightly pissed at Amazon just now. But if, like me, you have been searching for a quarter of a century (or more)...there it is. I can even accept the inclusion of one track from the TV series (there should have been only one!).
The CD ripped to my computer just fine. And for the first time, I got to listen to all that beauty without interruption.
(...Now what do I look for?)
1. Not anywhere near enough Falcon. He's barely there half the time! Needs more Falcon!
2. I want his wings. Moreover, I want him to teach me to use them.
3. Rogers. Neighbor. XD
4. That can't possibly have been DC that Fury was driving through. There wasn't anywhere near enough traffic.
(4a. BWI, IAD, and Reagan? What on earth are you thinking?? Nobody calls it that. Dulles, you egg.)
5. Buddy movies with Natasha and a guy smart enough to not underestimate her should be a thing. It should be a long and multiple-iteration thing.
P.S. Perhaps the MCU and OUaT should go on swapping actors. It seems to be working quite well for them.
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You’ve finally done it. I’m quitting CSI.
I started watching back in the summer of 2003 because there was no good sci-fi on (I don’t care for StarGateTV) and rather surprised myself by falling for Brass. And then I got into the fandom, and found out about GSR, and I was lost.
For ten years.
I joined the myriad of fans who loved the stories, the science, the characters. I spent endless hours watching back episodes, reading fic, chatting online with fellow fen, making wonderful new friends. And writing fic. And writing, and writing, and writing.
One hundred and thirty-five posted stories, give or take a couple. Some of them co-authored with cincoflex; one of them over a hundred-seventy-thousand words. Plus the private gifts and the unfinished stuff. Most of them were fixing the GSR problem, over and over again, but not all of them.
Writing CSI fic matured me as a writer, but more importantly it showed me that I wrote well. That I had something to offer. The CSI fandom showed me that my gift is a true one, and worth using.
Ah, GSR. You, CBS, meant it to be there from the very beginning, but you took your own sweet time about bringing it to fruition. We didn’t mind, not really; it just gave us more to think about, discuss, speculate on, and write about.
You gave it to us eventually. Slowly and subtly, and--in the end--beautifully.
And then you broke it. And fixed it, and broke it again. And then you broke it one more time.
In the meantime, you took characters we’d loved for years and treated them like cheap toys. You rewrote their pasts, you distorted their personalities, you put words in their mouths they’d never say and made them do things that made no sense. You got rid of excellent characters and brought in interchangeable replacements.
You turned a thoughtful, often terrific show into dead-blonde-of-the-week with occasional forays into break the cutie.
I could fix the GSR again; I even tried it once. But honestly I don’t have the energy any longer. Grissom’s gone, Sara’s back where she began, Brass is practically unrecognizable and you’re getting rid of him anyway.
Congratulations; I don’t care enough any more.
Oh, you won’t miss me. I wouldn’t buy an SUV even if I could afford one, and I was never your target audience as it was. But I’m hardly the first to leave. The fen have been trickling away ever since Grissom left, and every time you hurt the show another one decides not to watch the next episode.
It’s your show. It’s your right. Go on, squeeze out every drop you can. But know this:
You broke our hearts. You didn’t have to, but you did. And that is a very shabby way to treat the people who watch your shows.
No love, VR Trakowski
I don't know if my parents would have kept me from such music, but I wanted nothing to do with most of it, for reasons I don't care to describe. I don't remember when we finally got cable, but we certainly didn't have MTV. Yet some of the tunes seeped in anyway; between ambient sound and my rocker best friend in college, enough was laid down to create a little nostalgia.
So watching these things is an adventure in amusement, befuddlement, and occasionally wistfulness--I wouldn't have had any idea what to do with the ideals put forth in the things, but a small part of me wishes I'd had the opportunity to try.
Conclusion: According to the Eurythmics, sweet dreams are made of cows.
Last night, sequentially, it seemed a terrific idea to purchase one of those small slender white-ringed red snakes (possibly a milk snake?). Now, I like snakes, but I have not been tempted to own one as I would probably feel excessively sorry for its meals. Nonetheless, this progression is intriguing.
I await the next suggestion with interest.
It's not so much that I want a do-over as I'd like a little moderation.
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Traherne's Temptation - Louisa May Alcott
All Through the Night - Grace Livingston Hill
Anatole and the Poodle - Eve Titus
And So My Garden Grows - Peter Spier
Antiques - Sharon Gillenwater
The Anything Box - Zenna Henderson
Arrow's Fall - Mercedes Lackey
Arrow's Flight - Mercedes Lackey
Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey
The Art of Detection - Laurie R. King
Beaten by a Balloon - Margaret Mahy
Behind a Mask: or, a Woman's Power - Louisa May Alcott
Bently & egg - William Joyce
The Best Man - Grace Livingston Hill
The Big Blue Soldier - Grace Livingston Hill
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
Black Fire - Sonni Cooper
Blackout - Mira Grant
Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause
A Book by Georgina - Barbara C. Freeman
The Boy on a Black Horse - Nancy Springer
Bright Arrows - Grace Livingston Hill
Castle Waiting Vol. II: The Definitive Edition - Linda Medley
Cat in the Manger - Michael Foreman
The Catalogue Of The Universe - Margaret Mahy
The Cataract of Lodore - Robert Southey
Cats Know Best - Colin Eisler
Chalice - Robin McKinley
Changes - Mercedes Lackey
The Chickens Are Restless - Gary Larson
Children of the Seed Gatherers - Mary M. Worthylake
The Christmas Bride - Grace Livingston Hill
The Christmas We Moved to the Barn - Cooper Edens- Alexandra Day
The City of Dragons - Laurence Yep- Jean Tseng
Coll and His White Pig - Lloyd Alexander
Coming Through the Rye - Grace Livingston Hill
Cover Up - Lavinia Harris
Crystal Cove - Lisa Kleypas
Deadline - Mira Grant
Dear Enemy - Jean Webster
Demons - J.M. Dillard
Dogsbody - Diana Wynne Jones
Dreadnought! - Diane Carey
Duskin - Grace Livingston Hill
The Elfstones of Shannara - Terry Brooks
The Enchanted Barn - Grace Livingston Hill
Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France - Peter Mayle
A Fair Barbarian - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Feed - Mira Grant
A Fine and Private Place - Peter S. Beagle
First Tomato: A Voyage to the Bunny Planet - Rosemary Wells
The Four-Pools Mystery - Jean Webster
Froggy's First Kiss - Jonathan London
Fuzzies and Other People - H. Beam Piper
Fuzzy Sapiens - H. Beam Piper
Garment of Shadows - Laurie R. King
A Good Year - Peter Mayle
The Great Rip-Off - Lavinia Harris
The Green Futures of Tycho - William Sleator
The Green Lion Of Zion Street - Julia Fields
The Grey Horse - R.A. MacAvoy
A Haunting Air - Barbara C. Freeman
The High King - Lloyd Alexander
The Horse and His Boy - C. S. Lewis
The House Called Hadlows - Victoria Walker
The House on the Volcano - Virginia Nielsen
How Much for Just the Planet? - John M. Ford
I Am Puppy Hear Me Yap: The Ages of Dog - Valerie Shaff- Roy Blount Jr.
The Incredible Journey - Shelia Burnford
Irresistible - Mary Balogh
The Island Light: A Voyage to the Bunny Planet - Rosemary Wells
Juniper- Gentian- & Rosemary - Pamela Dean
Just Only John - Jack Kent
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey
The Last Battle - C. S. Lewis
The Last Boyfriend - Nora Roberts
Leo the Magnificat - Ann Matthews Martin
The Lion- The Witch- and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis
Living Alone - Stella Benson
Love Bugs - David A. Carter
Love of My Life - Meredith Bond
Lucy Dove - Janice Del Negro
Maggie and Silky and Joe - Amy Ehrlich
The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis
Many Waters - Madeleine L'Engle
The Mark of Merlin - Anne McCaffrey
Memory Prime - Gar Reeves-Stevens- Judith Reeves-Stevens
Merry Ever After - Joe Lasker
Millions Of Cats - Wanda Ga'g
Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines - Margery Sharp
Moonwise - Greer Ilene Gilman
Moss Pillows: A Voyage to the Bunny Planet - Rosemary Wells
Mr. Death and the Redheaded Woman - Helen Eustis
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
The Mystery Kiss - Judith Lansdowne
Necklace of Kisses - Francesca Lia Block
The Next Always - Nora Roberts
No One Noticed the Cat - Anne McCaffrey
Out of the Silent Planet - C. S. Lewis
Owl Babies - Martin Waddell
Paris in Love: A Memoir - Eloisa James
Perelandra - C.S. Lewis
The Perfect Hope - Nora Roberts
A Pocket of Silence - Barbara C. Freeman
The Porcelain Man - Richard Kennedy
Preschool to the Rescue - Judy Sierra
Prince Caspian - C. S. Lewis
The Prodigal Girl - Grave Livingston Hill
Provence A-Z - Peter Mayle
Pussy Meow - S. Louise Patteson
Romeo and Juliet - Andrea Hopkins- William Shakespeare
Rowan - Robin McKinley
The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown
The Search - Grace Livingston Hill
Season of Ponies - Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever - Julia Quinn
Sector 7 - David Wiesner
The Ship Who Sang - Anne McCaffrey
The Silver Chair - C. S. Lewis
The Sleeping Beauty - Trina Schart Hyman
Snow White - Brothers Grimm
Soaps in the Afternoon - Lavinia Harris
Something Queer at the Ball Park - Elizabeth Levy
Special Deliveries - Alexandra Day- Cooper Edens
Starseed - Spider Robinson- Jeanne Robinson
Stealing the Elf-King's Roses: the Author's Cut - Diane Duane
Sten - Allan Cole- Chris Bunch
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life - C. S. Lewis
Tales from Moominvalley - Tove Jansson
Tam Lin - Pamela Dean
Tambourine Moon - Joy Jones
Teddy Bears Go Shopping - Susanna Gretz
That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis
Those Who Hunt the Night - Barbara Hambly
Tight Times - Barbara Shook Hazen
Time for Yesterday - A. C. Crispin
Together - George Ella Lyon
A Touch of Madness - Lavinia Harris
Traveling With the Dead - Barbara Hambly
Turtle Time - Sandol Stoddard
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom - Jennifer Holland
The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
A Very Young Circus Flyer - Jill Krementz
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C. S. Lewis
When the Sky Is Like Lace - Elinor Lander Horwitz
Where Two Ways Met - Grace Livingston Hill
The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption - Elaine M. Aoki- Jean Davies Okimoto
The Willow Pattern Story - Alan Drummond
The Wind Between the Stars - Margaret Mahy
Windflower - Nick Bantock- Edoardo Ponti
The Winter of Enchantment - Victoria Walker
Wizard's Hall - Jane Yolen
A Woman's Christmas: Returning to the Gentle Joys of the Season - Arlene Hamilton Stewart
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron
Yesterday's Son - A.C. Crispin
Not too bad, but it doesn't seem like enough, somehow.
Also, please note that a listing is not necessarily a recommendation...
She's my bestest buddy, and I'm on the wrong coast to go see her. I'm sure she'll be fine, but... *whimper*
I've posted a new short story, an inter-ep for the latest CSI episode "Under a Cloud". If anyone out there is still watching the show, Traces of Contact is GSR and rated G. I don't advise reading it if you haven't been watching.