Fifty-Three Years On: Would A Wrinkle in Time Make the Grade Today?
@20: So many fans of this novel. Thanks for adding your experience with this classic. @21: Appreciate you taking the time to read this post and offering corrections. But I stand by my references to the Eisenhower era. Yes, Wrinkle was published in 1962, however L'Engle wrote the story between 1959 and 1960 (and I'd bet she had started formulating it earlier than 1959), so I don't believe it's such a stretch to see this as an answer of sorts to the image of the conformist 1950s.
Fifty-Three Years On: Would A Wrinkle in Time Make the Grade Today?
@12: Aspects (more like blocks) are whimsy for sure, wr4itho. And that opening alone was enough to do me in for thirty plus years. @13: Not sure why it would be considered a "girls book" (times have thankfully advanced) and the author didn't even view it as a kid's book and saw it as something for everyone. Not sure I would go that far but it is definitely not limited to one gender. @14: Thanks for the tip on Hope Larson's edition. I enjoy graphic novels and can see where Wrinkle would be a perfect candidate for that style. @15: There's a legion of fans like yourself, SheilaRuth. And speaking of Hollywood movies here's hoping they can come up with a better version than the poor 2003 TV film. Word is there's a big screen version in the works. @17: Thank you for taking the time to read the article and your kind words. Appreciated. @18: I found age here is relative, randal120.
Fifty-Three Years On: Would A Wrinkle in Time Make the Grade Today?
akaRon Scheer, There's a very similar tone to Narnia though Wrinkle has more direct religious passages. Or at least I believe it does because its been a long time since I've read C.S. Lewis. And Malvina Reynolds! Now that's a name I haven't heard in a very long time. My generation remembers her from Sesame Street.
Fifty-Three Years On: Would A Wrinkle in Time Make the Grade Today?
tiornys, Those Edward Bulwer-Lytton lines set the stage for some early on dry meandering passages (and may be part of the reason so many publishers initially rejected the story) but I agree that the meat of the story then snaps you forward. Credit goes to L'Engle's well-developed Meg Murry character. She's the reason we persevere through an awkward start.
Fifty-Three Years On: Would A Wrinkle in Time Make the Grade Today?
SPC, L'Engle really tapped into a vein that was needing some mining. Xena, I would be interested in that 50th anniversary edition. May check for it at the library. Thanks. Mates, Glad you liked it and thanks for inspiring me to read Wrinkle. Bethmitcham, So—as a society—we are resembling Cazmatoz these days? Interesting take.
Fifty-Three Years On: Would A Wrinkle in Time Make the Grade Today?
Same here, Garnett. Try as I could I just didn't appreciate it as a kid. Interesting though I don't feel compelled to finish the series. Maybe in another forty years or so.
Collateral Damage: Engines of War by George Mann
I remember those Virgin New Adventures well and have them somewhere in storage by what seems the hundreds.
Twelve Doctor Who Villains and Why They Hate Him So Damn Much
@19: Yes and Rani was my first guess when Missy was introduced this season.
A Barry Allen Primer: What You Need to Know Ahead of The Flash‘s Series Debut
@15: I had the same Batman/Arrow vibe watching the show and, for me, it zeroes in on both being beyond wealthy and motivated by a past tragic experience. To try and explain what I mean by cute, it would be those characters (usually supporting characters) that always have to have a silly or snarky quip at hand. I could do with less of that. And when I mentioned wanting something more hardboiled, I'm thinking along the lines of Frank Miller's Sin City. Gritty with good and bad guys ankle-deep in countless sorrows, bending toward as much realism as possible in a superhero setting. Sorry you found part of my write-up incomprehensible. My intention for this post was to give the essential pieces leading up to The Flash, and by including episode 2.19, even though he didn't appear in that particular episode, the characters who crop up are important to him in the upcoming series. Perhaps, adding more of the Arrow plot could have made it clearer.
A Barry Allen Primer: What You Need to Know Ahead of The Flash‘s Series Debut
@13: Yeah but those soap opera Twilight elements bring in the young people, Richard. The ones advertisers salivate over. So they are bringing Amanda Pays back as well? If so, that is a neat touch.
A Barry Allen Primer: What You Need to Know Ahead of The Flash‘s Series Debut
@11 Ha! Good point. Yes, I guess we should be glad it hasn't been nuked. And whats up with Arkham Asylum? The number of escapes becomes absurd and too funny after awhile.
A Barry Allen Primer: What You Need to Know Ahead of The Flash‘s Series Debut
@8: Thanks, Andrez. @9: Fingers crossed they get it right, Heath. So far, it looks sharp.
A Barry Allen Primer: What You Need to Know Ahead of The Flash‘s Series Debut
@5: I'm old as well, Randy, but I'm not sure I want to see a mid-thirties Flash. Though I agree having teen heroes can be annoying for us old farts. Lets's say, uh, lates 20's? @6: I just played it back and may agree with you on the camera but when he pounds that warehouse door in and the two secuity guards are shooting... maybe its the fast edits but that was above and beyond normal speed. And I do agree on protecting the city but he's doing a better job than Batman, right?
Twelve Doctor Who Villains and Why They Hate Him So Damn Much
@13: Fascinating history and I hadn't heard of having to feature a Dalek episode each season. If true, that's just plain crazy. @14: The Snowmen was first broadcast on 12/25/12. @15: Check back on my #3 comment. I wasn't counting Big Finish audios (maybe I should have) and I left out The Keeper of Traken on purpose.
Twelve Doctor Who Villains and Why They Hate Him So Damn Much
@5: True enough. @6: Oh, my goodness! Of course, you are correct. I will get that changed. Thanks.
Twelve Doctor Who Villains and Why They Hate Him So Damn Much
@1: I couldn't agree more on the Fendahl's return. A personal favorite. And that's a unique take on the Daleks, Cybermen, Nazi's, and communists. I'll have to chew that over a bit more. @2: I didn't add Beevers on purpose because that can still come as a wonderful twist for first time viewers of that classic episode. Though only a nerd like myself would attempt to conceal a 33 year-old-spoiler. Thanks for adding the other two Master cameo shots.
A Barry Allen Primer: What You Need to Know Ahead of The Flash‘s Series Debut
Yeah, I hope The Flash continues the hardboiled vibe of Arrow. If it results in being too kiddish or cute than I'd be disappointed.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@45: I can see, at some point, adding Craig from "The Lodger" and "Closing Time" though he is very popular in the now and I'm spotlighting more unsung companions. And I agree Martha, unfortunately, came way too close on the heels of Rose Tyler. In time, I believe, her companion time will rise in stature.
If You Want a Monster to Hunt, You’ll Get It. Doctor Who: “Listen”
A strong episode where all the elements came together. My favorite episode so far this season.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@41: I'm a fan of Rory and wouldn't mind seeing how they are doing in their past life. @42: I will say I liked Adric's last moments and felt a great deal of sympathy for how it ended. They handled that episode well. @43: I'm slowly coming around to watching Donna's episodes but, originally, stopped watching because of the character. Similar problem I had with Adric. The character is too abrasive.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@38: Romana 1 almost made my list. She's faded a bit in popularity but nonetheless is an important companion.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@32: Saving his mom would have tipped the sympathy scale but the opportunist they presented lacks any such motive. I would like to see a vengeful return for a showdown of sorts in the TV series. @34: The Doctor must have checked to see those books have no significant impact in the future. (Yes, I just wrote that.)
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@27: It was nice seeing Jo Grant again and The Doctor's reaction to her. And I'll give you underexposed vs. underrated in Zoe's case. What about Victoria Waterfield? How would you rate her?
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@22: I haven't listened to them enough but will soon. Lucie Miller is with the Eighth Doctor, right? I've heard his radio shows are some of the best. @23: Well Adam wouldn't know The Doctor's history and if someone takes you 200,000 years into the future it seems like you would walk lightly until you've made more than one trip. Still, I like Adam. @24: Zoe Heriot is definitely an underrated companion. @25: Ok. You have convinced me. I'm heading over to the Big Finish site...
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@15: Well, I need to start listening to these radio productions again. I've enjoyed a few in the past and liked them quite a bit. Martha is o.k. but I prefer the Rose years. Different strokes and all. @16: BIG fan of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and now his daughter. @17: I believe that the Doctor said it would have changed history. You can't argue with a time lord. @18: I hear you. I originally skipped a lot of Donna episodes but have forced myself to go back because there's some top shows in there. And I can't see how we couldn't include Riversong as a companion though quite often she's leading events. @19: Frobisher! Now you are a true Doctor Who fan! @20: That same Halloween I'm betting I had a very long Fourth Doctor scarf around my neck.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@12: Based on my research that is correct. Ian was brought in for the physical challenges and then not needed. But he added so much more in the way of comic relief, warmth, and intelligence. @13: Jaimie from the Second Doctor, Jackson Lake, Wilf, Captain Jack, etc were all great companions. After Clara (who I like a great deal) it would be nice to have some male bonding again. And I like your idea for stages in the life a companion. Of course, they could bring Susan or Nyssa back now and find out how their lives turned out.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@10: Kamelion, if he had stayed around, could have been something pretty special. That was a shame.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@7: Yeah, Captain Jack left a big impression and was another pivotal companion in the show's history. @8: K-9 finally kicked ass in "School Reunion" but I could do without most of his classic era appearances. And, yes, the 5th Doctor had quite the crew.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
@5: I've read where the producers admitted they made a mistake getting rid of Harry as quick as they did. And I like your thoughts that, perhaps, Ian Marter's first appearance was as an "ancestor" of Harry Sullivan.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
I've always liked Ace and in many ways she represented the more modern companion far ahead of Rose Tyler by a good sixteen years.
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
Thanks for the Anders post link. And, obviously, I 100% agree. She was a top companion and time to rescue Nyssa (if she wants rescuing) while we still can.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@47: Yet how refreshing was it to see him fighting the robots by deflecting their blasts. Hopefully, a few more villains will swipe his Sonic in the near future.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@43: "Robot of Sherwood" was a welcome reprieve from The Sonic. And that alone made for some sharp banter between Robin and The Doctor. I was hoping that the tool would have been left behind in the castle but no such luck.
Much Better to Be A Story—Doctor Who: “Robot of Sherwood”
Enjoyed the Robin & Doctor banter. Appreciated a Sonic-less (for the most part) episode and Clara continues to shine in this season. A light comedic episode that made me chuckle a few times.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@39: I've come to appreciate the Seventh Doctor's adventures with Ace. And she's one companion, from the old days, along with Jamie McCrimmon, Nyssa, and Susan Foreman that I wouldn't mind briefly revisiting. Though, beyond that, I would like to see The Doctor abandoning Earth for a spell. Kinda like Ace eventually did, right?
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@35: I would like to see The Doctor leave the Earth behind, for awhile, as well. I understand it is his job to protect this planet but his explorations of other worlds was a big kick of the classic era.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@26: sardines! too damn funny. And just doing a quick check I see Batman carries kryptonite against his friend Superman as "insurance" just in case. Smart move there, Bruce.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@22: Gerry__Quinn, Ha! NOTHING tops Batman's 60's utility belt. Gallifreyan tech doesn't come close and that's saying something.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
@16: I will agree that The Sonic, during the RTD era, seemed to be used a little less than it is now. Maybe, I'm wrong. Haven't watched the brilliant #9 doc in awhile. And you make a good point that it did seem that #5,#6, and #7 really could have benefited from a screwdriver. My Uncle Charlie used to say "too much of anything good for nothing" and that seems to apply here. Or as I mentioned to Mates, in the above comment, lets see his enemies confiscating it from time to time or show them laughing at his screwdriver with superior tech of their own. It just needs to fail a little more often.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
Mates, or show the enemy confiscating it from time to time or, perhaps, a few more advanced alien cultures where The Sonic fails to deliver.
Is it Time to Lose the Sonic Screwdriver Again?
I appreciate everyone weighing in on The Sonic. @2: Foxed, for the record, I love the sonic screwdriver but would just like to see it a bit less. In "Deep Breath"he really didn't need it to swipe the horses, and in last week's episode, I thought it was too easy to repair the Dalek. Tim_Paul (#6 comment) nails the issue spot on with "Just because it can do all those things, doesn't mean you always have to take that route." @6: Tim_Paul, my thoughts exactly. @8: Neuralnet, I like your idea of showing him upgrading and adapting.
Locked in a Room With His Greatest Enemy. Doctor Who: “Into the Dalek”
Thanks for the excellent review, Chris! My two cents: I continue to like Peter Capaldi's take and Clara's response to him. Also Danny is a nice addition, so far, plus I'm still intrigued in the enigmatic Missy. I wouldn't even hazard a guess to who she is and her intentions. Sharp idea, going inside the Dalek, but I just wasn't fully invested in this episode and the pacing seemed way off. Overall disappointing.
Infinite Jest Comes to the Greatest Medium: LEGO!
I've read many of David Foster Wallace's indispensable essays and have been meaning to read Infinite Jest. Sounds like my kind of dystopic read.
The Varied Life of Jack Vance
Insightful article, Leah. Many new details I've learned here about J.V. Thanks
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
a-j, I have to watch everything associated with Who (though Dimensions does sound dreadful) and that includes the lame entries. I did see The Five Doctors a very long time ago but need to reacquaint myself with Susan's part in that adventure. Randy, "Deep Breath" was excellent though I found (being a tad critical here) the normally quite entertaining Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint annoying. But I'm instantly sold on Capaldi, the relationship with Clara, and the mystery of Missy aka "The Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere." Does anyone have a clue who she might be?
Coffee or Chips? Doctor Who: “Deep Breath”
Marvelous write-up, Emily! And I couldn't agree more on all your points pro and con. If I can emphasize one item that I found somewhat odd is that Clara would be so astonished by his latest physical incarnation because after all she is the one person who had seen all the previous time lords including the War Doctor. Still, great episode. Go, Capaldi!
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Capaldi & team have been on a world tour and this special has them visiting seven cities/five continents in 12 days. Thanks for reminding me, Randy. On it...
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Muy bien, Randy! I believe its called Engines of War. And I can't imagine they would bring that particular incarnation back (for the show) too many more times or ever again. Too bad because Hurt created an unforgettable un-doctor.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
I find something interesting in each portrayal, Mates. But the Peter Cushing/Dr. Who films (which are apart from the BBC series) of the mid 1960s are a major bust. He's a superb actor, without a doubt, but the films fall absolutely flat.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Randy, I've longed to see the return of Susan Foreman(granddaughter/first companion) and just checking Dr. Who history (on Wikipedia) see she did, in fact, return for 1993's Dimensions in Time. I'm definetly going to track that episode down. And I've only read a few books based on the series but I see there's a War Doctor novel being released next month that I may be interested in checking out.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Shelleybear, Sharp line from #5 and one of the most memorable regenerations.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
welltemperdwriter, funny you should mention that because somewhere during Smith's last series I also took a break but I think, for me, it was a needed break after having watched the show for so long. I just caught myself up ahead of Capaldi's debut.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Angus Flint! I didn't realize that was him in Lair of the White Worm, Clare. Of course, I haven't seen that film since the 80s. And I have enjoyed his performances in more recent films like In the Loop and World War Z.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Dr. Cox, My wife still laughs at me over the 50th anniversary show. When the Fourth Doctor appears and you just hear his voice and see a part of his shoulder, I shouted out in an eight-year-old waaay too excited voice, "That's Tom Baker!!" And I like Peter Davison's take quite a lot but I have to be in the right mood because he was much more a reactor to situations and I prefer the meddler. Still, he was dashing and charismatic and I liked in "Time Crash" when Ten joked, "Ooh, I'm the Doctor, I can save the universe with a kettle and a piece of string and ooh, look at me, I'm wearing a vegetable."
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
CainS.Latrani, Tennant had his moments for sure. And in "School Reunion" K-9 turned dark (and useful) for a change and kicked some major ass. Top episode.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Dr. Cox, Ha! I have a similar experience. In my earliest memories (5-6 years old) of watching the show I thought of him (#4) as a very weird spaceman who kept getting in trouble on our planet. Baker had me convinced he was not of this world.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Max, I don't mind the arcs but prefer stand-alones myself like "Blink" and "The Doctor's Wife." But it seems that most shows these days, on both sides of the big pond, really dig their story arcs.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
Yeah, Eccleston had goofy and grim down pat. Wish we had him around for a bit lobger.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
@8: mates, I remember when all the talk was how could anyone replace/top David Tennant and now viewers are saying the same about Matt Smith. I'm with you that Capaldi will have no problem filling the shoes.
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
@1: StrongDreams, I sure did like #9's alien demeanor. Strongest and most effective take since #4. @3: Futurisk, There's already rumor talk of Clara leaving at the end of this year. If true, in the long run, she didn't spend much time with either #11 0r #12.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
@44: a1ay, that Edward A. Grainger was my answer under my pen name. Definitely need more coffee! @49: Chris, you will enjoy the Adams book especially if you appreciate his other better known work. Damn. He left us too soon. @50: anewname, noted! Thanks.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
@24: yetanothergeek, I agree. Its included in my last paragraph.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
SchuylerH, I haven't read this series. But Hughes has been compared to Jack Vance so I know I can't go wrong. Thanks for the tip. MarkTroup, The list expands. Many thanks.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
I would agree with that, Mates. I thought Jeter did a solid job of connecting the dots between the film and Phillip K. Dick's original.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
Thankyou, KIA. Like that sharp-sounding plot. ad, been years since I read Needle but it definitely is a must read of detective/sci-fi mash-up.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
If we add fantasy into the mix I would also include Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury where a young writer searches for a serial killer in Venice, California. Very noirish.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
@9: davidholden. Didn't notice that updated collection. Appreciated.
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
ThomDunn, Ha! Yes, I definitely think that counts as sci-fi. Thanks for the addition. And I never subscribed to "literary" vs. "genre." A good story is a good story, right?
Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups
Jeff S, I've always appreciated Garrett's storytelling and see there's an omnibus called Lord Darcy (1983) collecting all the stories. Mord Fiddle, The Martian Crown Jewels by Poul Anderson. Duly noted. Thanks. Dean B, I've heard many fine praises about Ben Winters' "The Last Policeman" trilogy. Added to my TBR list. wiredog, Bimbos of the Death Sun. Gotta love that title!
“He Wanted Us To Catch Him!” Let’s Retire this Villain Cliché
Well written article, Jake. Yeah, I had started to notice this trend myself and agree it's time to retire it.

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