Category Archives: Ratings

Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) 2.5 stars

Ghost in the Shell Released: March 31, 2017 (US) Director: Rupert Sanders Watched: 10/2/2019 (via Hulu and SyFy) Rating: 2-2.5 stars Synopsis (from IMDB): In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Born of Hope (4 stars)

Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir Release date: December 1, 2009 Director/Producer: Kate Madison Official Website: http://www.bornofhope.com/ Watched: late September 2019 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars I stumbled across this fan film last week while researching (translation: … Continue reading

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Recipe Review: Calzones (4 stars)

Almost two weeks into the new year and we finally saw some snow.  So, I spent the entire weekend doing indoor activities (except for that one time I went out and shoveled the heavy wet perfect-for-snowman-making white stuff off of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Meditations on Middle-Earth (4 stars)

Meditations on Middle-Earth Edited by Karen Haber ♦ Illustrated by John Howe Essays by Various Authors (see highlights below) First Edition Published: 2001 Read in January 2019 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Excerpt from St. Martin’s Press Synopsis: In … Continue reading

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Four Decades of Fellowship

The Fellowship of the Ring Part One of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Read in late 1976 or early 1977 Rating:  Five Stars Review originally published at GoodReads This battered well-read edition of The Fellowship of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Raven Stratagem (3.5 Stars)

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee Published: June 13, 2017 by Solaris Books Read: May/June 2018 2017 GoodReads Choice Nominee for Science Fiction 2018 Best Novel Hugo Finalist Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars This time last year I was … Continue reading

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App Review: Axis 360 (1 star)

Application: Axis 360 (version 3.7.3 released 4/9/2018) Developer/Published: Baker & Taylor Platform: Android (version 7.0) Device: Samsung Galaxy S7 Rating: 1 star When it comes to Android apps that purport to provide me access to the digital resources of my … Continue reading

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Unexpected Heart-Pounding Action-Adventure in Under 7,500 Words

I seem to have left the best for last in my Retro Hugo short fiction reading.  This morning, I started reading and could not stop reading “The Sunken Land” by Fritz Leiber.  His writing took me back to the days … Continue reading

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Books I Loved 2017 Edition

At the end of September I reached that point in the year when I could shake off all my various book club obligatory reading and get down to the serious business of reading the books I bought for myself all … Continue reading

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Zen for the Ages

My uncle recently read and reviewed the late Robert Pirsig’s seminal Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  I’ve added this book to my ever growing list of philosophy-related to-be-read pile.  For more of Ron’s insightful review, please proceed to … Continue reading

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