Tag: sci-fi

  • The Martian

    The Martian by Andy Weir My rating: 4 of 5 stars I won’t deny part of my motivation for reading this book is the impending release of the movie based on it. I have a strong preference for having read the book before seeing a film adaptation, and The Martian was both a book I’d […]

  • Robopocalypse

    Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson My rating: 3 of 5 stars This one has been on my list for a while, discovered somewhere online. It seemed right up my alley. I was reminded to tackle it after my friend Emily read it recently, and I wanted to see if my impression lined up with her […]

  • Mockingjay

    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished this third and final book on the plane down to Cancun a few weeks ago. I didn’t get a chance to review it on account of the travel and then the end of the semester. Up front: I liked it, although not quite […]

  • Catching Fire

    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars Finished this one a week ago. On a few levels, I liked this second book in the trilogy more than the first. In particular, the balance between world-building and action was better: I preferred the history over the combat. I would guess that is […]

  • Captain Picard Doesn’t Have an iPad

    It should be of no surprise to any of you that I am a huge Trekkie. You are probably also aware that I am a total MacAddict. What better binding of bailiwicks than to blather about both? Star Trek has been at various times credited with inspiring a number of modern gadgets, including the mobile […]

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book has been out for a while, and has been on my list for some time, based both on the general buzz and direct recommendations, not to mention that dystopian near-future young adult sci-fi is right up my alley. I got the […]

  • Moon

    I saw the film Moon at the Somerville Theatre this afternoon. It is everything you want from a classic sci-fi story, in terms of addressing the human experience, using a futuristic setting. It also has modern production values, but without any of the empty action sequences typical of a major sci-fi motion picture. Sam Rockwell […]