Moonraker (1955) – Ian Fleming

James Bond is back… On the book shelf. This week, I dig into the third of Ian Fleming’s novels about secret agent 007, license to kill and reveled in the rapid fire pace of the story while being surprised at how confined the story is, while still allowing the plan at the heart of the…

A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Ron Howard

The four time Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, is the next film mentioned on the Ten Films It’s Painful To Like in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro. Now, with five Oscars under its belt, it can’t be that painful to like, yes it rather simplifies mental illness, but conveys it wonderfully on screen. It…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Minefield, and Dead Stop

Captain’s log: date unknown John Shiban pens this episode that first debuted on 2 October, 2002. The Enterprise triggers a cloaked mine, planted by Romulans, and it’s up to Reed (Dominic Keating) to work another one free of the hull plating. The explosion causes a number of injuries, and it all seems a bit of…

The Chimp (1932) – James Parrott

Dk Canada’s oh so enjoyable Monsters in the Movies dabbles with a bit of comedy as I delve deeper into the chapter on Monstrous Apes. For today’s entry I got to enjoy some comedic gold from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as they take some work in a circus and find themselves babysitting Ethel the…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Acquisition, and Oasis

Captain’s log: date unknown Long before their culture popped up in the 24th century,  and apparently giving the 23rd century a complete miss, at least as far as the United Federation of Planets was concerned, the Ferengi showed up in 2151, and attempt to loot the Enterprise. Written by Maria and Andre Jacquemetton from a…

Chasm City (2001) – Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds next science fiction novel, Chasm City, takes place in the same universe as Revelation Space but is not a sequel, instead we are given a future noir tale of revenge, and the human ability to commit good and horrible acts, redemption, and discovery. We visit a couple of planets that were mentioned in…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Drive, and Repression

Captain’s log: stardate 54058.6 Micheal Taylor pens this episode that first screened on 18 October, 2000. Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), after getting the okay from Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) enters the new Delta Flyer in a lightspeed race, a friendly competition held by four species who were originally at war. The event is being held…

Origin (2017) – Dan Brown

It’s been a while since I dove into a Dan Brown book. I do enjoy his Robert Langdon adventures, and I love how he takes elements from the real world, be it organizations, technology, art, architecture, religion, science and marry them into engaging popcorn thrill ride narratives. Origin is no different, but also includes a…