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J LHLS Archives: October 2004
Saturday, October 2, 2004
Novelization by Paul Ruditis. Based on the episode written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Review by Jane Melander
What would you do if you knew that your disappearance -- though seemingly minor in the grand scale of the universe -- would eventually bring about the total destruction of your world centuries later? Like George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise NX-01 is about to find out in the novelization Shockwave by Paul Ruditis. [more]
Posted by Jane Melander @ 09:03 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, September 30, 2004
By Bill Clinton
Review by Kitty Johnson
I Hear America Singing: A Review of My Life by Bill Clinton.
What, when drunk, one sees in other presidents of the United States, one sees in Bill Clinton sober.
What a great quote! I just made it up! (With a little help from Kenneth Tynan.) Oh, how I miss our Bill Clinton, the Arkansas minotaur! But now I have his Life in my lap again, and, well, it's just such a relief. Remember what a terrific president Bill made, smarter than anyone who was more optimistic, and more optimistic than anyone who was smarter? Bill knew us the way a great lover does (unlike the swinish Childe Bush who goes into a full Pet-the-Goat trance when faced with the raw desires of his country.)
And here in 2004, it is useful to notice how Bill, in his Bill-ness, reminds us of the three great issues of every American election: race, money, and Elvis in general. [more]
Posted by Kitty Johnson @ 09:23 PM PST [Link]
On the subject of Scary Teddy. (Somewhat better known as Teddy Scares. Ed)
Some reviewesque thoughts from our own Kitty Johnson
A note from the Editor: We here at J LHLS love our reviewers very much, even when we're not completely sure what they're writing about. We hope you will please bear this in mind (get it? bear this in mind?) as you read this, um, review and proceed at your own risk. Thank you.
Would everyone like to start crying now and perhaps cease only in late 2005? Then let me tell you the story of my life.
See, my mother told me that Santa Claus didn't bring dolls to big girls who were 10 years old. (In East Tennessee, the implication was that Jerry Lee Lewis would drop by instead with an engagement ring). [more]
Posted by Kitty Johnson @ 09:21 PM PST [Link]
Monday, September 27, 2004
America (The Book)
By Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum
Review by Tom Good
Just in time for this year's Presidential election, the writers of The Daily Show have created America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. This guide to the past, present, and future of American Democracy explains everything from the invention of democracy by "Our Big Fat Greek Forerunners" to a future inhabited by "a sub-race of genetically perfect blonde toddlers who are only allowed to vote because they can kill with their minds." [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 05:19 PM PST [Link]
By Christopher Golden
Review by Chad Denton
The Justice League wards off an alien invasion. Normally this wouldn't really spark much interest, but Christopher Golden's "Exterminators" tries to merge a big "The Authority"-esque threat, incorporating elements from the classic "Alien" model as well as kaiju, with DC superheroics. The plot follows both the original incarnation of the Justlice League (you know, the one with the Black Canary) and the present team (well, 'present' as of Grant Morrison's relatively recent run) as they deal with two separate alien invasions - although probably more accurately described as infestations. The former had massive kaiju-like beings land in the United Kingdom and start wreaking havoc, forcing the first Justice League to destroy them after all attempts to communicate with them fail. The second begins with people across Britain inexplicably gaining super-powers, only to slowly 'evolve' into monstrosities called 'burrowers', seemingly similar to the aliens the Justice League fought a decade ago.
The best part of the book is its opening half, as the members of the Justice League find themselves running into very powerful and very British superhumans (or metahumans, as the DC Universe lexicon go) who, for the most part, want no part of the spandex life. Most endearing is the character of Ian, a young, happily married Englishman who finds himself with telekinetic powers, becomes close friends with the Flash and the Green Lantern, and becomes for the entire book our 'de facto,' non-JL hero. For these chapters we find iconic superheroes running into people who have powers but don't want to become superheroes. There's one wonderful scene where Ian briefly considers becoming a part-time superhero, but realizes that he finds the costumes the Flash and Green Lantern "daft" and desperately the two heroes try to justify their choice of work clothes. [more]
Posted by Chad Denton @ 04:50 PM PST [Link]
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