Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Review

tmntNew York is in danger from gun-wielding ninja gangs, robot samurai, and corrupt scientists. The citizens have only one hope, and no one knows about them.

April O’Neil, a reporter who is more intrepid than her job allows, discovers hints of the existence of a secret vigilante force: a group of ninjas who are also giant talking turtles.
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Alien Taste – Wen Spencer (Review)

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Ukiah Oregon knows little about his past. Raised by wolves and then by adoptive parents, he doesn’t even know how old he is. That’s not the only thing that sets him apart – he has a perfect memory, preternatural senses, and severe injuries heal in hours.

Working as a tracker, he’s solved mysteries and saved lives. But when a tracking case going violently wrong, Ukiah gets his first clues to both his real origins and a secret war that endangers the whole of humanity.  Continue reading “Alien Taste – Wen Spencer (Review)”

The Danes – Clarke (Review)

the danes.pngA blonde, blue-eyed baby is born to a non-white family in Copenhagen. A DNA test proving parentage does little to stop accusations of infidelity. Shunned by her family and supported only in secret by her husband, Sorraya raises her child alone.

Soon, similar cases appear across Europe – thousands and thousands of apparently illegitimate children. Racial tensions rise as society grapples with ideas of culture and identity. There is a panicked scramble to search for a cause, or even a cure. Continue reading “The Danes – Clarke (Review)”

The Long Ships: A Saga of the Viking Age – Frans G. Bengtsson (Review)

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This is the tale of Orm Tostesson, later known as Red Orm, and his travels about the world. As a slave, a warrior, and eventually a chieftain, Orm journeys all across Europe, seeking fame, fortune, and wealth. Continue reading “The Long Ships: A Saga of the Viking Age – Frans G. Bengtsson (Review)”

Ghostbusters (2016) – Review

ghostbusters.pngIf, hypothetically, something strange was occurring in your neighbourhood, then you might reasonably want to contact someone about the issue. The question is who?

The answer is four women, three of whom are disgraced scientists, operating from above a terrible takeaway. As the only people who believe in ghosts, this underfunded and distinctly amateur outfit is humanity’s last and only line of defence against the restless dead.  Continue reading “Ghostbusters (2016) – Review”

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (Review)

9781501173219_p0_v3_s550x406Radio is not fashionable any more. The rot (or the revolution, depending on your view) set in years ago: television, online music downloads and auto-suggested playlists, smartphones. More and more people are listening to podcasts, but podcasts are a very different beast to radio. They’re full of star appearances telling sob stories, built into very specific media niches like weird deep-sea anemones. You have to be the right person for a podcast.

But radio is for everyone. If you have ever been awake late, alone, and turned on the radio, you will know what I mean. A quiet voice on the airwaves is one of the most comforting things there is. This is why people write so many books about the shipping forecast, or mount national protests when the BBC tries to close a station.

All the Light We Cannot See begins just as the lights are going out across Europe. In a bare Paris flat, in a cold German orphanage, in a beachside house with all the doors and windows sealed shut, a single voice is heard on the wireless: a rich, warm voice, explaining what the moon is made of or how electricity works. The kind of voice that can light a fire in a cold room. A voice for radio. Continue reading “All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (Review)”

R.I.P.D. (2013) – Review

ripdThere are countless films with the basic premise that sometimes, dead things don’t stay dead, and that’s a problem that someone has to deal with. In this film, the “someone” is the Rest In Peace Department, or R.I.P.D.
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