Tag: Event: Sci-Fi Month

Movie: Upside Down (2012)

Posted 23 November, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.


Oh man, you guys, I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for so long! I had seen the trailer floating around years ago and was absolutely fascinated by it, but I don’t think it received a proper release or anything. And then it just showed up on blu-ray. So anyway, eventually got my hands on it but then it took me another year before getting around to watching it!

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Review: The Fractal Prince

Posted 16 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur #2)
By: Hannu Rajaniemi
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

“The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to.”

A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.

And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.

Jean de Flambeur is back. And he’s running out of time.

I read the first book, The Quantum Thief (review) a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I wasn’t in any rush to pick up the second novel, really, but then I saw it while browsing the bookstore some time ago and decided to pick it up then and continue along in Jean le Flambeur’s adventures 🙂

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Review: Made to Kill

Posted 13 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Made to Kill (LA Trilogy #1)
By: Adam Christopher
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office–young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I’m Ray, the world’s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine–after all, the last place you’d expect to find a Hollywood’s best hit man is in the plain light of day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency–except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen–and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

I saw this book pop up over at GoodReads and on NetGalley recently and I thought it sounded rather interesting, a mix of science fiction and a noir and old-school Hollywod glam. I got approved an eARC of this book to read just in time as I recently was going through a number of mystery novels, haha. This book will be available on 03 November 2015.

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Review: Ancillary Sword

Posted 9 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch #2)
By: Ann Leckie
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The Lord of the Radch has given Breq command of the ship Mercy of Kalr and sent her to the only place she would have agreed to go — to Athoek Station, where Lieutenant Awn’s sister works in Horticulture.

Athoek was annexed some six hundred years ago, and by now everyone is fully civilized — or should be. But everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station’s AI is unhappy with the situation, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what’s going on. With no guarantees that interest is benevolent.

Alrighty, second book in the Imperial Radch trilogy! I read Ancillary Justice (review) last year and absolutely enjoyed it, so I was curious to see how Breq’s ventures fared in the second book.

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Review: Old Man’s War

Posted 6 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1)
By: John Scalzi
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What’s known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

The only book by John Scalzi that I read to date was Redshirts (review) which I really enjoyed. This book by him has been on my want-to-read list for a very long time so I was quite thrilled when I finally got my hands on it 🙂 I’ve heard so much about it that I wanted to read it for myself.

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