Sunday, November 29, 2009

Podkayne of Mars ~Robert Heinlein

Just read and reviewed the Robert Heinlein novel, Podkayne of Mars.

Review is here if you are interested:

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/?p=1159

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Alison's 42

alisonwonderland
So Many Books, So Little Time
We're All Mad Here
(Links are to my reviews.)
  1. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 31, "Secrets"

  2. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 32, "Bane"

  3. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episodes 33 and 34, "The Tok'ra"

  4. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 35, "Spirits"

  5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

  6. The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman

  7. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 36, "Touchstone"

  8. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 37, "The Fifth Race"

  9. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 38, "A Matter of Time"

  10. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 39, "Holiday"

  11. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 40, "Serpent's Song"

  12. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 41, "One False Step"

  13. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 42, "Show and Tell"

  14. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 43, "1969"

  15. Stargate: SG-1, Season 2, Episode 44, "Out of Mind (Part 1)"

  16. Stargate: Atlantis, Season 4 (20 episodes)

  17. Stargate: SG-1, Season 3 (22 episodes)

  18. Stargate: SG-1, Season 4 (22 episodes)

  19. Stargate: SG-1, Season 5 (22 episodes)

  20. Stargate: SG-1, Season 6 (22 episodes)

  21. Stargate: SG-1, Season 7 (22 episodes)

  22. InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

  23. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

  24. Stargate: SG-1, Season 8 (20 episodes)

  25. Stargate: SG-1, Season 9 (20 episodes)

  26. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

  27. Stargate: SG-1, Season 10 (20 episodes)

  28. Stargate: The Ark of Truth

  29. Stargate: Continuum

  30. Sanctuary, Season 1 (13 episodes)

  31. WALL-E

  32. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  33. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

  34. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

  35. Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5 (20 episodes)

  36. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

  37. FlashForward, Season 1 (9 episodes and counting)

  38. Stargate: Universe, Season 1 (9 episodes and counting)

  39. Sanctuary, Season 2 (7 episodes and counting)

  40. Star Trek (2009)

  41. V (2009 TV series), Season 1 (4 episodes and counting)

  42. Push (2009)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Eclipse Three ~Jonathan Strahan, ed.

I just reviewed the science fiction/fantasy anthology Eclipse Three and am counting it as part of my 42 Challenge. You can find the review here:

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/?p=1154

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wrap up for rebeccavoy

I finished the 42 challenge last week - yay! Such a fun challenge.

List here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Warehouse 13

A mid-season recap of Warehouse 13 - short thoughts on episodes 2 through 6 can be found here.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wrap up post for Pussreboots

I've finished the challenge. Since 42 is the perfect number for this challenge I won't add any extras to my list. I will be back when the next challenge launches in December.

I had loads of fun doing the 42 Challenge. It ended up being one of my favorites.

My completed list is:


  1. The Perfect Infestation by Carol Emshwiller

  2. Seafarer's Blood by Albert E. Cowdrey

  3. Dance of Shadows by Fred Chappell

  4. All in Fun by Jerry Oltion


  5. Texas Bake Sale by Charles Coleman Finlay

  6. Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Frederik Pohl

  7. Catalog by Eugene Mirabelli

  8. Heechee Rendezvous by Frederik Pohl

  9. The Host by Stephanie Meyer


  10. Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee

  11. Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke

  12. The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl

  13. The Tribes of Bela by Albert E. Cowdrey

  14. Sorcerers of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg


  15. Avenger of Love by Jack Skillingstead

  16. Andreanna by S L Gilbow

  17. The Heroes of Googly-Woogly by Dalton James

  18. Stratosphere by Henry Garfield

  19. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold


  20. The Price of Silence by Deborah Ross

  21. Doctor Who and the Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks

  22. The Second Ship by Richard Phillips

  23. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

  24. Firehorn by Robert Reed


  25. Destination Moon by Georges Remi Hergé

  26. Explorers on the Moon by Georges Remi Hergé

  27. A Rebel in Time by Harry Harrison

  28. Retrograde Summer by John Varley

  29. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon


  30. Paradiso Lost by Albert E. Cowdrey

  31. Adaptogenia by Wayne Wightman

  32. Spaceman by Mike O'Driscoll

  33. Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye

  34. The Art of the Dragon by Sean McMullen


  35. Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGreggor

  36. Hunchster by Matthew Hughes

  37. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

  38. Icarus Saved from the Sky by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud

  39. Synarchy: Book 1: The Awakening by DCS


  40. The Others by Lawrence C. Connolly

  41. Enemies and Allies by Kevin J. Anderson

  42. A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

Battlestar Galactica - The Plan

Oh, Battlestar Galactica. I was so looking forward to The Plan. I mean, what's not to love - it's the BSG story, but from the point of view of the Cylons!! How could this go wrong?

Here's how - they could make it slow, and without purpose. Rather than trying to tell its own story, The Plan is basically nothing more than short scenes which could have just as easily been outtakes from previous episodes. While some of them were interesting, most of them didn't tell us anything we hadn't already learned. (Although the insight on Leoban's obsession with Kara was somewhat fascinating.) It just didn't work, and it was disappointing.

I know BSG fans are hoping for more movies like this set in the BSG universe - I know I am. But I know much of the future of the universe depends on how well The Plan is receieved. Unfortunately, after watching it, I don't hold out much hope for more.