Category Archives: 4 Star

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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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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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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You Bet Your Life

Goodreads Synopsis:  An instructive and entertaining book that addresses basic life questions. Relating numerous personal anecdotes, incorporating, intriguing material from the films of Woody Allen and the journals of Leo Tolstoy, and using the writings of the seventeenth-century genius Blaise … Continue reading

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Stuck in 1945

Two consecutive weekends I’ve returned to the Pacific, specifically 1945. Last weekend, I watched The Great Raid, which I’d somehow missed when it was released twelve years ago in 2005.  This movie retells the story of The Raid at Cabanatuan, … Continue reading

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Series Review: Human Target (2010 – Season 1) Four Stars

Human Target Season One Aired: 2010 Watched via Netflix DVD: Fall 2016 Synopsis (from Wikipedia): The series follows the life of San Francisco-based Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a unique private contractor, bodyguard and security expert hired to protect his clients. … Continue reading

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