Sorry this post is so delayed. In my infinite good luck I managed to just about break my ankle this week, and have been laying in bed and hopped up on painkillers. Sigh. Well, better late than never, no? And so I present: SoldierHawk’s favorite science-fiction books! (These are in no particular order; just all ones I love.) There may be some spoilers in the discussion ahead, but I’ll try to steer clear of major ones.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
This, for my money, may be the best sci-fi book ever written. The hero may only be six years old (at the start of the book anyway), but he’s still one of the greatest tactical minds, and baddest-ass soldiers, you will ever meet. His struggles, failures and triumphs in Battle School are inspiring, brilliant and heartbreaking all at the same time, and the final reveal…oh, that final reveal.
As long as we’re busy analyzing the many ways in which Twilight sucks ass and needs to die, its worth noting that Spoony of The Spoony Experiment did an absolutely beautiful review of New Moon, along with a completely brilliant character analysis of Bella, and why she is a horrible person (and a horrible woman) even more than I originally mentioned in my original article. Check it out. Its awesome, funny, and dead-on accurate. I love that guy.
Before I bring this sorry saga to a close, though, I would just like to say I find it highly, highly amusing that so many guys find it so difficult to deal with the…how did one Spoony video commentator put it…the “man-meat” aspect of this movie. These are, for the most part, the same guys who drool over Slave Lea (or any number of scantily clad female characters–superhero and otherwise) aimed at the male-geek demographic. Not very easy to stomach when your gender is being disparaged, oogled, and jerked-off too (and when all this is being discussed ad-nauseum and in great and disgusting detail among fans) is it, gents? And because this is the internet, I’ll add that that wasn’t intended to be snarky (well okay maybe just a little), just a genuine comment on the way the shoe is on the other foot when it comes to this series. I don’t like it any more than I like staring at a fanservice ‘superheroine’s’ G-cups, believe me, and am looking forward to the day when characters are just…characters, and are treated with equal respect regardless of gender or what people think will sell tickets/comics/games/what have you.
So MovieBob (aka Bob Chipman, who also writes the awesome Game Overthinker blog), just did a video review of the second movie in the Twilight series, New Moon.Its a very good review as always, and surprisingly balanced. (Not balanced in the sense that I expected Bob to be biased against the movie–on the contrary, one of his strengths is that his reviews are always, ALWAYS fair, and always heir on the side of giving the movie/creators the benefit of the doubt–but balanced in the sense of, ‘oh my god he actually found something kinda-sorta nice to say about it,’ which is more that that trash heap of a movie has any right to expect from anyone, if you ask me.) His video review can be found here, and is well worth a look.