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BOOK REVIEW: “The Shroud of the Thwacker” by Chris Elliot (2005)

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I’m a big fan of Chris Elliot. I think. I generally *say* that I am, and more than that I generally *think* that I am, and I’m *pretty* sure that I am, but occasionally - through no fault of his own - I can’t remember why. Then I doubt. Then time passes, workaday life makes my doubts fade, and I’m a fan again, until something causes me to dwell on it, then the doubts remain. The thing that (mostly) convinces me I’m a fan despite my vacillation is that I’ve never said, “Oh, I hate him!”

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Battle Beyond the Stars” (1980)

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There are all kinds of bad movies. There’s the bad ones that are so bad as to be simply unwatchable - pretty much anything by Andy Warhol, for instance - and then there’s the bad ones of no particular distinction that are simply forgotten - “Starship Invasions” staring Robert Vaughn comes to mind. There are movies that get the rep of being terrible, but actually aren’t that bad - “The Giant Gila Monster” is all kinds of dumb, for instance, but there’s an earnest sweetness to it people overlook.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Legends and Lore of the Americas before 1492” by Ronald H. Fritze (1993)

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This is just a fantastic book, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It is most emphatically *not* Science Fiction, but it is - somewhat accidentally - an excellent reference for fans of the Alternate History genre. Presumably it’d be good for writers as well. It’s hard to pour through this thing and not toy with constructing some “Mighta’been” worlds. Be ye Fen or Dane, however, this is just a fascinating, smart, and endlessly neat little reference.

“Ah, but what’s it all about?”

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BOOK REVIEW: “Betrayer of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (2010)

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Seeing as I’m poor, I only buy new books in paperback, which involves some waiting. This book came out in 2010, I couldn’t afford it until 2011, and you’re finally getting my review in late 2012. I’m backlogged. Sorry.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Ghost Brigades” by John Scalzi (2006)

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You know, despite the orgies and bloodshed and torture and death and murder and mayhem and mutilation and manipulation and general carnage and awfulness, there’s just something so *sweet* about these books.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dredd

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Does anyone remember the movie Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone from the mid-90's? If you do, those memories are probably full of disgust and disappointment. Or, if you're like me and actually enjoy horrifically bad movies, maybe you liked it. The truth is, the 90's was not a kind decade to superhero and comic book-inspired movies. This was, after all, the decade which produced Steel with basketball great Shaquille O'Neil and the ever-so-hated Batman and Robin starring George Clooney. The good news is, comic book movies have gotten much better and Dredd, the new adaptation of the character from the British comic magazine 2000 A.D. is no exception.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross II: “Ishtar” (Episode 2)

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Back on earth following the Zentradi attack, Hibiki stashes the hot fan service girl with his creepy transexual friend “Mash,“ then heads to the network and turns over the footage Dennis shot to his boss. He’s informed that there’s a blackout on coverage of the battle until the UN Spacey makes an official statement. Hibiki rolls with this.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 1: The Short Happy Life Of The Brown Oxford” (1987)

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Ah, Philip K. Dick, is there any dead SF author I loveth more than thee? I think not. Let’s just get the gonzo stuff out of the way up front: I first *heard* of the guy when reading “Space Worlds, Wars, and Weapons,” an odd little cover art coffee table book from the late 1970s, which had a paragraph about Phil’s story “Imposter.” I knew Blade Runner, of course, and I knew nebulously of Phil thereby, but couldn’t remember his name. I do not remember the first story I read by him - odd how true love comes from sometimes murky beginnings, huh?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Green Lantern - The Animated Series: "Into the Abyss" (Episode 4)

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Hi, I’m new here to Republibot and I’ll be reviewing Green Lantern The Animated Series since there haven’t been any reviews for the episodes after R3’s review for episode 3.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: What have We Learned?

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Since I've been working on "B5" reviews for such a long time, it's been a while since we've actually *finished* a series. When we do finish one, however, we like to do a little overview, reflecting on the series as a whole, and deciding what we think of it, good or bad, reflecting on its many merits or weak spots. It's a time for introspection and judicious artistic criticism. Usually. In this case, though, the show just sucks so there's no need for that.

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