March 19, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman: The more I see the more I like

Came across this post at ScienceFiction.com and took a look at the two videos that were presented. The one that I embedded below is the new trailer for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ that has been released but if you click on this link, it will take you to the post and you can watch a five minute clip.

Though, both ‘Mirror, Mirror’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ are retellings, the latter seems to take it a little further than the former. And the sad thing is that I cannot tell you why I feel that way, because both have just as much in common with the original tale of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ as it doesn’t. It’s just a feeling, and that may stem from the darkness of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. This is definitely not a comedy. Charlize Theron is a very bad woman, demanding the heart of a girl, sucking out the life of young women, holding a whole realm in terror. She’s very good at it, too.

Though I’ve never seen the Twilight movies, I’ve heard over and over how wooden Kristen Stewart’s acting is, and who knows maybe she’ll learn a little range here, but if the trailers are any indication . . . . . .

All in all, I’m looking forward to seeing this more than any of the “Fairytale” movies coming out this summer. Given the choice, would you see ‘Mirror, Mirror’ or ‘Snow White and the Huntsman?’

March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Mr. Einstein and Have Some Pi

I’ll admit that I didn’t have a clue. I mean, I remember coming across it several years ago and then forgetting it. Then again and forget it. Thanks to S. Dawn Nelson, I’ve got more than enough information about the day that I probably won’t forget it for awhile. Check out her post here and enjoy your Pi!

Bodybuilding EinsteinAnd I’d like to wish Mr. Albert Einstein a very happy 133rd birthday!

(image from LOLHome.com)

March 9, 2012

An Alternative to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tale?

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Got an email from Nightshade Books and though I don’t normally pay attention to them, the title of one book just grabbed my attention. It’s called ‘Jane Carver of Waar.’ See? Grabbed your attention, too. And with the new ‘John Carter’ from Disney hitting the theaters this week, I had to check it out.

 

It pretty much seems to be an updated version of the original, taking a few liberties here and there, and at one point being called “a loving tribute and scathing parody of the swashbuckling space fantasies of yore.” I might be interested in checking this out when I’m in the mood for something quirky.

Have any of you read it yet or plan on it, and if you have or did, what did you think? If you have no intention of reading this, what’s the turn off?

And last, but not least, what are some other parodies that you’ve read and enjoyed?

March 5, 2012

Lewisville Science Fiction Book Club Discusses Robert Charles Wilson’s ‘A Bridge of Years’

Please join us on Friday, March 9th at 7:30 PM for a discussion of ‘A Bridge of Years’ by Robert Charles Wilson. We meet at the IHOP, so bring an appetite and don’t worry if you didn’t finish the book (or even got started.) Once we finish talking about the book, we usually start talking about movies or TV with a sci-fi bent.

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Map to IHOP:

2345 South Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX

 

Titles for next three months:

4. April               “Yiddish Policeman’s Union”      Michael Chabon

5. May               “The Man in the High Castle”     Philip K. Dick

6. June               “ The Two Faces of Tomorrow”  James P. Hogan

 
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