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J LHLS Archives: June 2004
Friday, June 18, 2004
Star Trek - Book 2: A Time to Die
By: John Vornholt
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
*available as a downloadable eBook!
Reviewed by Kathy LaFollett
I am a fan of Star Trek. I am not an obsessed fan, or Trekkie. I watched reruns when convenient back in the 70s and 80s. Spock was my favorite. My favorite line from Star Trek; “Damn it Jim! I’m a doctor not a magician!” Well, maybe that wasn’t a real line, but we’ve all used it once in our lives.
My approach to this series was a bit reserved. I don’t read fiction. And I normally try to avoid books that are spawned from television. But nevertheless, I am quite smitten with Jean-Luc Picard and The Next Generation was a scheduled diversion at times so I felt somewhat intrigued. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 08:31 AM PST [Link]
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
In webcomic news: United Media has decided to run Pibgorn (see Naked Flying Babes and An Interview with Brooke McEldowney at J LHLS Issue 3) from strip number 21 (the first 20 are available online for free). This started on June 13, so get a move on; UnitedMedia only makes the archive available for 30 days unless you pay for access. Go. Enjoy!
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:47 PM PST [Link]
It's a Bird
by Steven T. Seagle
Publisher: DC Vertigo; (May 1, 2004)
Reviewed by Chad Denton
Believe it or not, there are a few rules and regulations writers of all media risk disobeying at their own peril. One of the most important ones is: "Never, ever write a story about writing." You can probably get away with having a novelist or a scriptwriter as a protagonist, but you risk the wrath of the gods if you have the audacity to base a story on the process of writing. well, sure, Joseph Heller got away with it with "Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man" (but he literally got away with it just because he was Joseph Heller), but it's a very risky thing to do, unless you have the background and the genius to pull it off without seeming like you're treating the audience to a huge indulgent exercise. Many writers are so full of both megalomania and self-loathing (myself not excluded) that it's hard for the typical reader to relate terribly well. [more]
Posted by Chad Denton @ 08:17 PM PST [Link]
By Walter Shapiro
Publisher: PublicAffairs Books; 1st edition (November 4, 2003)
Reviewed by Julia Hendricks
Let's start with who, what, where, when, why and how.
Walter Shapiro is a political columnist for USA Today. He decided at the beginning of the runup to the early primaries to write the untold story of the candidates and their campaigns before everyone starts to pay attention, and he took off for New Hampshire.
That, for better or for worse, is not what the book turned out to be about. There are some interesting, somewhat limited character studies - Edwards is charming and has been tested, Lieberman reminds Shapiro of his relatives, Dean is fractious, Kerry can be poked into losing his composure in a reserved way, Gephardt never had a chance and Al Sharpton (who Shapiro does not approve of) is not a stupid man. There's one juicy detail here which, although it was only mentioned in passing, I'm surprised we haven't heard about elsewhere, considering - according to Shapiro, Joe Trippi tried to talk Dean out of opposing the war. He didn't think it would be a popular stand. [more]
Posted by Julia Hendricks @ 08:15 PM PST [Link]
Novelization by Diane Carey from the teleplay by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Reviewed by Jane Melander
How did humankind finally take those first bold steps into space? What were the struggles that they had to overcome in getting there? What dangers did they encounter? What beauty and incredible sights did they discover? How did humankind, itself, evolve as their horizons grew beyond their own solar system? And how did a fledgling, Earth-based organization called Star Fleet eventually evolve into a far greater entity--forging a Federation of Planets that reached across an entire galaxy and countless cultures and life forms? [more]
Posted by Jane Melander @ 08:10 PM PST [Link]
Monday, June 14, 2004
Van Helsing's Night Off
Writer/Artist: Nicolas Mahler
Publisher: Top Shelf Comix
Reviewed by Chad Denton
Newspaper comics: no one you know reads them, or rather admits to it, but you'll probably get more than a few who'll proudly claim they zero in to only the 'edgier' fare like "Boondocks" or "Doonesbury" or rare acceptable-to-call-acceptable hits like "Get Fuzzy" or "Calvin & Hobbes," but those don't seem to count anyway. No, mostly I'm referring to the old classics that have stuck around on the paper and on the cultural consciousness like soap operas. Their names almost read like a catalogue of Olympian gods or Batman villains: "Blondie," "Garfield," "Wizard of Id," "Hagar the Horrible," "For Better or for Worse," and, most infamous and wretched of all, "Family Circus." The format is deceptively basic: simple and allegedly funny jokes given in the visual and textual equivalent of a shot glass. Yet, looking through all the bland gags repeated ad nauseam (Garfield's owner is a loser! Blondie's husband is lazy! Today's "B.C." strip has eerie Christian undertones!), it's easy to get the idea that the brief humorous comic strip is a medium that dooms its inhabitants to eventual stale-dom. Even "Peanuts," once a legendary strip, eventually became almost as redundant as the decades-old marketing blitzkreig that is "Garfield." But, fortunately, every now and then, something comes along to remind people what it could be. [more]
Posted by Chad Denton @ 10:49 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, June 13, 2004
I was raised on baseball. [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:37 PM PST [Link]
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