Partners in Crime (1929) – Agatha Christie

Tommy and Tuppence, who quickly became one of my favourite creations of Agatha Christie, first introduced in The Secret Adversary, are back in this collection of short stories, that are interconnected, as the married couple take on a number of cases. A Fairy in the Flat opens the book and reveals that Tommy is working…

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) – Richard Donner

1989. I graduated high school and was living on my own for the first time, and my movie collecting addiction was swinging into full gear and this film, along with Last Crusade and Batman were some of my purchases that year, making me choose for the first time between proper meals or cinematic confection. It…

Star Trek: The Better Man (1995) – Howard Weinstein

Space, the final frontier… Don’t be fooled by the cover art, this story takes place a couple of years after the events of The Motion Picture, and apparently the burgundy uniform jackets are in place. The story itself, however, if entertaining, well-crafted, and very much a true Trek tale, and it puts Dr. McCoy front…

Star Trek: Probe (1992) – Margaret Wander Bonanno

Supposedly set a few weeks after the events of The Voyage Home, Probe is the next book in PocketBooks Star Trek series. I personally like to push it to just after The Final Frontier, because the Enterprise seems to be working without any real problems. The probe after reestablishing contact with the cetacean lifeforms on…

A Fool There Was (1915) – Frank Powell

The new big book I’m working my way through, simply called Movies, overseen and edited by Phillip Kemp is going to bring me a whole bunch of films I’ve never seen, and probably a whole bunch I’ve already reviewed. So I’m back in the era of the silent film, and A Fool There Was is…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001/2002) – Cold Front, and Silent Enemy

Captain’s log: 12 September, 2151 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode which sees another piece in the temporal war puzzle play out. Written by Stephen Beck and Tim Finch, this episode first debuted on 28 November, 2001. The Enterprise is serving as host to a delegation observing a comet, when Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) is…

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) – Peter Weir

Mel Gibson headlines in his second film with director Peter Weir, and the next title on the What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Picnic at Hanging Rocl. Set in the mid-60s, Gibson is Guy Hamilton, an Australian journalist (and not the English director of four James…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – Man of the People, and Relics

Captain’s log: stardate 46071.6 Frank Abatemarco wrote this rather lacklustre episode that should have allowed Marina Sirtis a chance to shine a bit, but instead we’re given another episode that is not only recognisable, but also incredibly predictable. First airing on 3 October, 1992, all this episode did for me was make me want to…

Star Trek: Mutiny on the Enterprise (1983) – Robert E. Vardeman

  Boldly going forward with the Star Trek books, it should come as no surprise that not all of the are going to be good, especially in the early years. It is a bit disappointing, however, after the bestselling Yesterday’s Son, that this one was next in the series. Despite some cool ideas, a planet…

In the Garden of Beasts (2011) – Erik Larson

  After I finished Erik Larson’s latest book, Dead Wake, I made sure to go out and track down another one. Not since Stephen Ambrose have I enjoyed a historian’s storytelling method, and it was with great delight that I picked up In the Garden of the Beasts, even the subtitle on the cover was…