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reviewed Star Trek (2009). August 26, 2010
Star Trek Poster
To be honest, I didn't think it could be done. I'm one of those old-time fans. I grew up on episodes of Star Trek in syndication. I cheered the return of the original cast to the movies. I followed …
reviewed Star Trek: Nemesis. August 26, 2010
Star Trek: Nemesis
If one is good, two must be better. That must be the philosophy driving the 10th installment in the big-screen Star Trek franchise. Nemesis doubles its pleasure by cloning two characters and borrowing …
reviewed Star Trek: Insurrection. August 26, 2010
Star Trek: Insurrection
The Star Trek movie franchise continues in good hands with Insurrection, the ninth installment (third with the Next Generation cast) in the series. In its long history, Star Trek has given us a quest …
reviewed Star Trek: First Contact. August 26, 2010
Star Trek: First Contact
Perhaps a little of Kirk rubbed off on Picard during their brief encounter in Star Trek: Generations. For Picard, who was always more of a bureaucratic captain who delegated the dangerous jobs to underlings …
reviewed Star Trek: Generations. August 26, 2010
Star Trek Generations
Since another original-cast movie was out of the question, the first 17 minutes of Star Trek VII was the next best thing. The film begins with great opening credits: a bottle of Dom Perignon floating …
reviewed Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. August 26, 2010
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek VI begins with one hell of a bang. I approached this film with trepidation. Knowing it was to be the final outing for the original cast and crew, I worried that their last performance would …
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
After an iffy beginning to the movie series, Star Trek boasted an excellent run on films II, III and IV. Unfortunately, The Final Frontier marked a return to mediocrity -- a failure …
Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
Within days of the release of Star Trek III, my brother and I had the plot for Star Trek IV completely plotted. With the destruction of the Enterprise during The Search for Spock, it seemed like getting …
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The final scene of The Wrath of Khan is the first scene of The Search for Spock. That emotional death and funeral with concluded the second film would resonate throughout the third. The movie picks …
reviewed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. August 26, 2010
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
All of the failings of Star Trek: The Motion Picture were erased with The Wrath of Khan. Even the uniforms are cooler. While The Motion Picture took place (in Star Trek time) only a few years after …
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
I can still remember the excitement I felt the first time I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture. As a child in the early '70s, I can recall being slightly bored when my older brothers watched Star …
reviewed Forgetting Sarah Marshall. August 26, 2010
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of those films you approach with low expectations. Despite an intriguing cast -- I've enjoyed both Kristen Bell and Jason Segel on TV -- it just didn't look much …
Highlander Volume I trade paperback (Highlander
Nothing the Highlander concept has ever produced has topped the original movie from 1986. And no villain has ever bested the Kurgan for sheer villainy.     So I cannot fault writers …
Ramage & the Freebooters (The Lord Ramage Novels)
Dudley Pope is a master of this highly specialized genre, and each book of his I read locks me in even more. I can't get enough of this stuff; his Ramage is an able, fascinating character with plenty …
reviewed Iron Man: Armor Wars. July 06, 2010
Iron Man: Armor Wars
Set up to be an epic tale, Armor Wars falls short. For one thing, there's little here beyond a series of iron-on-iron fights that Iron Man ultimately -- and often very easily -- wins. It grows tiresome …
reviewed Empowered, Vol. 5. July 06, 2010
Empowered, Vol. 5
Even Adam Warren's winning formula gets tired with overuse, and this book seemed at first to be little more than a retread of similar material in the past. Sure, we learn a little bit about some of her …
Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the
It was a different time, I know. Yet I cringed every time Jacky Faber, the heroine of L.A. Meyer's long-running series of adventure tales set in the early 1800s, tortured a rooster.      …
reviewed Gen13: World's End. July 04, 2010
Gen13: World's End (Gen 13)
Time was, I used to mock the Gen13 series for its overuse of teenage cheesecake to make its sales. Truth is, it was always done with a bit of grudging admiration; what Gen13 did, it did well. The characters …
Gen13 Vol. 3: 15 Minutes (Gen 13)
I've never really been onboard with this latest reboot of Gen13. Our heroes have been recast as clones and are part of a secret plan to develop superhuman beings and to provide grist for a series of snuff …
Peter Wicked: A Matty Graves Novel (The Matty
Broos Campbell has once again kept me engrossed in his tales of Matty Graves and America's fledgling navy. The author has a gift for both story and dialogue, and the subtle, wry wit of his characters …
reviewed O-Tray Microphone Stand Tray and Drin.... March 08, 2010
O-Tray Microphone Stand Tray and Drink Holder
I have a Swirlygig (highly recommended) for the pint of beer I keep close at hand during pub shows. But what to do with my glass of water? I considered getting a second Swirlygig, and I'm sure I'd have …
The War of Knives (The Matty Graves Novels)
Since reading No Quarter, the first book in Broos Campbell's Matty Graves series, I have had the time to read several novels and nonfiction books of a nautical vein. Some were good, a few were very good, …
reviewed Swirlygig Microphone Stand Drink Holder. March 08, 2010
Swirlygig Microphone Stand Drink Holder
As a musician who most often performs in a bar setting, the proper placement of my ubiquitous pint glass has sometimes been a quandary. More than once over the past decade I've kicked the glass in my …
No Quarter: A Matty Graves Novel (The Matty Graves
Broos Campbell is a relatively new voice in the rich tradition of naval fiction, and he is a welcome addition to the ranks. While many top novelists have followed in the wake of Forester and O'Brian in …
Green Arrow Black Canary Vol. 3: A League of Their
The story told in volumes two and three of the young Green Arrow & Black Canary series, "Family Business" and "A League of Their Own," is fine. The problem with these two slim volumes is that they should …
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Family Business
The story told in volumes two and three of the young Green Arrow & Black Canary series, "Family Business" and "A League of Their Own," is fine. The problem with these two slim volumes is that they should …
reviewed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). July 16, 2009
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
It's hard to imagine two more different interpretations of the same source material.     "The Hunchback," made for television, isn't entirely true to the novel by Victor Hugo, but …
reviewed Hunchback of Notre-Dame. July 16, 2009
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Hunchback of Notre-Dame
It's hard to imagine two more different interpretations of the same source material.     "The Hunchback," made for television, isn't entirely true to the novel by Victor Hugo, but …
Secret Invasion: Inhumans
I have never been very interested in the Inhumans, a race of super-powered outcasts who live on the Moon. I have also managed to avoid most of this past year's Secret Invasion hoopla, which has seemed …
Soldiers at the Doorstep: Civil War Lore
Not everyone knows someone who knew someone who was alive during the Civil War. But Larry S. Chowning does, and he's willing to sit down and share a few tales with anyone willing to hear them.     Cho …
Wolf of the Deep: Raphael Semmes and the Notorious
Most of the associations that spring immediately to mind regarding the American Civil War are places -- such as Bull Run, Appomattox, Antietam and Gettysburg -- and people who dominated the bloody ground …
reviewed Baby Mama. April 29, 2009
Baby Mama
I've really enjoyed what little I've seen by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler -- mostly online recaps of their Election 2008 coverage, but still, it shows comic talent. So when I was home convalescing after knee …
The Maddest Idea (Revolution at Sea #2)
Although haunted by the carnage that ended his first command of a naval warship, Rhode Island merchant Isaac Biddlecomb reluctantly agrees to captain a new-built privateer in the fledgling revolution …
Zorro, Vol. 1: The Lady Wears Red (v. 1)
Title notwithstanding, you're never really sure just what color the lady is wearing.     Zorro: The Lady Wears Red is my first time with the graphic version of the famous masked, sword-wielding …
reviewed Fallene Cotz SPF 58 Water Resistant U.... November 25, 2008
Fallene Cotz SPF 58 Water Resistant UVB/UVA
The product works as advertised, which would be a big plus in my book ... IF it didn't discolor whatever clothes I happen to be wearing at the time. Didn't the people who made this stuff notice how hard …
reviewed The Ghost in Love: A Novel. November 25, 2008
The Ghost in Love: A Novel
The cooking scenes kept me reading, even though I'm not much of a cook.    Jonathan Carroll's new novel, The Ghost in Love, bogs down in places. Every now and again, I found myself …
reviewed Death Valley. October 25, 2008
Death Valley
It's one thing to plan a rave for your cool high school buddies in an abandoned bomb shelter. It's another thing entirely when a geek interrupts your decorating efforts and bumps the door closed, sealing …
Ghost Files: The Haunting Truth
Ghost Files: The Haunting Truth purports to be the archives of the secret Ghost Society, which endeavors to track down and verify reports of hauntings around the world. In reality, this book is a collection …
Queen of Halloween (Ann Estelle Stories)
"Queen of Halloween" is a treat of a story for very young readers. Never even slightly scary, the book teaches a lesson about courage. Mary Engelbreit's bright and cheerful illustrations make it even …
Silver: My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly
Treasure Island is the pirate story to begin and end all pirate stories, and Long John Silver is the pirate to begin and end all pirates. But in Robert Louis Stevenson's fabulous tale, we learn very little …
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