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  1. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Just finished "Feet of Clay" again, I'd forgotten the Robocop hommages I'm now starting Marsden's "Tomorrow, When the War Began" as the movie is out soon, and it is classic Aussie Lit that many, many YA have read already - so I'm thinking I've missed out on it when it came out (but when it came out I wasn't really into YA fiction, I was all into big fantasy novels). It's written in the style of first person, the main character (Ellie) writing it after the fact.
  2. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? Saw Kick-Ass - was impressed even if they did over-super Hit Girl a bit. We've recently started rewatching Babylon 5 as well, now on the first disk of season 4. After seeing Clash of the Titans - I borrowed the original from a friend to rewatch that. Surprisingly they got Pegasus correct in the original, I was unsure if they did or not. There's also more nudity than I remember when I first watch it. The Harryhousen was just as jerky as I remember it though. I don't know what hollywood is thinking to make all the Greek Gods evil for the new version, and for some reason dependant on worship- they weren't evil in the original, just petty - they didn't depend on worship either but thought humans needed parenting. Original Clash- Gods are noble, petty and a bit arrogant - bicker amongst themselves and cause problems when they have favourites they support. iClash 3D- Gods are arrogant, petty and random - constantly scheming for leadership and will randomly help their favourites even if their favourite will often say he hates all gods and wants to get rid of them.
  3. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...
  4. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Unable to parse this sentence, sorry. Can you espress it differently? Anyhow, I've almost finished Sasha (alternate review) by Joel Shepherd. I'd previously read and raved about his high tech cyberpunk series about Cassandra Kresnov (an android) - Crossover, Killswitch, Breakaway and this is his foray into fantasy. So far I'm liking it although I found it difficult to get into at first - there was too much politics, too fast at the beginning. It starts with the main character at training, but she spends all her time there talking about the possibilities of civil war between the various factions. It also doesn't help that all the names of things aren't spelt out. It would have helped if I'd known that the Serrin was a non-human race and that Verenthane, Goren-Yai and Nasi-Keth were religions/philosphies and the other names were provinces. It was too easy at the beginning to get them mixed up. Otherwise really good - lots of stuff in it that reminds me either of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" or the low magic campaign I'm in of a friend of mine's (Montour). It has the structure of a modern epic - all the elements are there of great events, much like an historic epic. But like Martin and the RPG, he often "cuts to the chase". There is more action and less detailed backstory than Tolkein. As for the religion (to help Vondy out) - detail is not gone into. The Verenthane are an organised religion, probably with a holy book. I think they're pantheistic. They're the bad guys in general because the nobles who united the land all come from it, and are trying to rule a people that like their independance - most of whom stick with the old animist pagan ways of the Goren-Yai, which is more nature related. Both religions seem sexist - women have definite roles to play. I think the Nasi-Keth is the philosophy of the Serrin and is more zen buddhist/humanist (if it can be applied to a non-human philosophy). But this is just my understanding from the context in which the religions are referred to in the book. His second book in the series is out now, and I will be buying it when I get the chance. I was initially put off by the blurb on the back of the first book about the main character being a princess and the greatest swordfighter in the land - but as long as you read it in "movie trailer" voice - you realise that it's hype and not as cheesy as it sounds. For one thing - swordfighting is all well and good until you encounter lots of people, or someone with a crossbow Anyhow, I give it a ranking of 8 out of 10. I'd give it 10 if the beginning was easier to get into.
  5. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? Bran Nue Dae - the first light hearted Aussie movie I've seen in godknows how long. A really good feelgood movie and I highly recommend it. However - because it's converted from a stage musical it sometimes isn't sure if it is a musical or not, which I found a bit disjointing. For some reason the lead character reminded me a lot of the son in Arrested Development, a combination of his looks and self-effacing manner, perhaps. Anyhow, set in the 60's about a boy running away from a boarding school in order to get back home and be with his girl. It's a road trip movie set in Western Australia with some interesting characters
  6. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? Doctor Who: The End of Time part 1 - controvertial, but that's to be expected. I loved it, but worry about what happens in part 2. New Moon - better than I expected, but I've never had lower expectations of any movie, except possibly the D&D one. The D&D movie met its expectations. I couldn't help but think of the YouTube video of - which is still actually better than this movie. Sherlock Holmes - different than I expected - it was actually closer to Sherlock Holmes traditional stories. I was expecting more action/pulp and very lame retconning for the deductions - but the reasons for things actually are well placed and thought of. There was less rubber science than I thought there wouild be. I highly recommend it.
  7. Re: A Thread for Random Videos I dunno, I kinda like the Matrix Lobby better. And possibly Kungfu Hustle.
  8. Re: Cool Guns for your Games I'm wondering if anyone on this thread has seen the movie "Shoot em up"?
  9. Re: Beginner Recommendations Also - the DRM for Herogames merchandise allows you to print or copy it (they're PDFs) - the are watermarked with details of the original purchaser I believe.
  10. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus Interesting. Very Terry Gilliam in my opinion. A Faustian plot, some good CGI and a possibly too imaginitive imagination. Unfortunately there are many areas left open, and many things left unexplained. Moreso than the average Gaiman even There are a fair few similarities to Mirror Mask IMHO. I do recommend it as a piece of art, not so sure it will be as big a hit to the average movie goer though as there's almost no exposition. It's a story about stories and wagers with the devil. Who is played really well by the mad scientist dude (Heller) of Mystery Men.
  11. Re: A Thread for Random Videos I still think it shouldn't have started at all. I walked out after an hour just because I couldn't care less about any of the characters or how the "plot" resolved.
  12. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. (or Football makes it to Discworld) It worried me slightly because the intro give thanks to someone else for doing most of the typing - but I guess he must be in a bad way these days. It hasn't affected his writing at all though - as this one was still full of quotable quotes, funny footnotes and real world allegories. It reminded a bit of a cross between Night Watch and Making Money. Well worth reading. The basic story involved the wizards of Unseen University puttiing a team together - but you can see that from the cover anyway
  13. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? I saw that recently too. It was okay, with shades of Battle Angel Alita - but still not as good as the original TV series.
  14. Re: A Thread for Random Videos Except it isn't - it's one person miming to the actual band - have a look at the information on YouTube BEFORE you post misinformation. On a positive note, some science of interest- English version-
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