So, here we find ourselves at last, the Black Gate of Mordor has opened and the Final Battle has begun. Nine chapters to go before the end of this great, vast, complicated and textured novel that’s been around more than a decade than I have. Well. . .That’s at the end of Book V, […]Read more "LOTR: The Return of the King: Book V: The War of the Ring— a review"
You know who The Who are. Their songs have provided the theme music for all the CSI television shows. The original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation used “Who Are You?” as its theme song. CSI: Miami used “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with the most famous scream in rock ‘n’ roll. And, CSI: New York […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Who’s Next,” by The Who"
01;15:01 – 01:30:00 Last week, we left three of our heroes—Luke, Han and Chewbacca—in the middle of a firefight in Detention Block AA-23 on the Death Star space station. They had a loosely formed plan to rescue Princess Leia Organa, who is about to be terminated. Not “immediately” as Grand Moff Tarkin wanted, but. […]Read more "Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Six: They Did The Mash (The Garbage Masher Monster Mash)"
I am not an authority on Star Wars extended universe novels. I’ve read a couple, I’m sure. I read the Timothy Zahn Thrawn trilogy for sure, as most Star Wars nerds have. The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens wiped out the continuity of all the previous licensed novels in the SWU. Since […]Read more "Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig: a book review"
I knew that George R. R. Martin existed before he published A Game of Thrones and all of the sequels that followed. He was a producer on the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone, and then he was one of the writers on the 1987 television series Beauty and the Beast, which starred Linda Hamilton […]Read more "The Armageddon Rag, by George R. R. Martin: a book review"
Exactly one week ago, Sharon and I returned from our second cruise ship vacation. Our first was last year, and we had a blast. This year we returned to the Caribbean on the Carnival Breeze, again in the company of one of our oldest mutual friends and her sister. We didn’t get to disembark […]Read more "Cruising Again: Caribbean 2018"
01:00:01 – 01:15:00 Welcome to a new chapter of the Star Wars Edition of 15-Minute Force. As Chapter 4 ended, Luke, Ben and the droids escaped from Tatooine in the Millennium Falcon, piloted by Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca. Plus, Grand Moff Tarkin blew up Princess Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan just to make […]Read more "Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Five: Han Solo Is An Atheist (Or: Hokey Religions and Ancient Weapons)"