Dust by Hugh Howey

Dust by Hugh Howey

Dust by Hugh Howey

Dust is the final part of the Wool trilogy. Don’t read this without having read Wool and Shift first. Obviously. It’s a trilogy.

Dust follows on from the end of the previous two Wool trilogies – which sounds odd I know but if you have read the books, then you will know what I mean. It is difficult to review as the Wool series is full of mystery and questions and almost everything I could say would require a major spoiler alert.

So let’s just leave this as a quick review by saying that Dust nicely answers all the questions left over from the previous stories and satisfactorily ties up all the characters’ individual narratives. It is also bloody good and damned exciting. Enjoy.

Robocop trailer 2

Robocop

Robocop

This is the second trailer for the Robocop reboot. I know that sentence doesn’t exactly scream ‘Wow, here’s something new and exciting’ but it does actually look pretty damn cool and I felt it needed to be shared here. I am fairly confident that the new Robocop will be the best one since the original but frankly, that should’t be too hard. The Verhoeven version will remain a classic of violence, humour and general awesomeness. But I see no reason why the new Robocop can’t forge its own exciting new franchise, and this trailer looks damned good fun. At least now it seems marginally harder to shoot Murphy (Robocop) in the face, which was a design flaw in the original film that bugged the hell out of me as it just seemed so bloody obvious. Now he can, er, tilt his head a bit.

Anyway, here is the trailer. Apologies for the delay.

 

 

Shift by Hugh Howey

Shift by Hugh Howey

Shift by Hugh Howey

Shift by Hugh Howey is the second book in the Silo series. The first one was Wool. Both are brilliant.

Shift is actually a prequel that establishes how the whole scenario of people living in underground bunkers in a post-apocalyptic world came about. It ends by running parallel with the end of the first book.

Shift has three principal protagonists – Donald, a man who designed the bunkers and ends up in Silo 1; a guy called Mission who is in a bunker that is on the verge of revolution; and Jimmy, who was in Wool.

Donald’s story begins when he is a senator years before any of the madness started. Thanks to cryogenics, his story spans hundreds of years. We get a lot of questions answered during his tale (and the book as a whole) but more questions are then raised.

To be honest, I’m not all that keen on prequels as you effectively know what is going to happen and who is going to live. While this true with Jimmy’s story, his tale of survival is still a great read. Donald’s story is effectively a whole new scenario where anything can happen. There are some great moments in Shift and some amazing surprises and events. So don’t be too concerned about the whole prequel business.

This is the second book of the trilogy and if I was to be a tiny bit negative, it would be to say that it did feel a little bit like book two of a trilogy (but a superb trilogy). If you know what I mean. As I said, Shift doesn’t suffer from the ‘I know what is going to happen’ common to prequels, but it does feel like the pieces are being aligned for the final act. Having said that, the story is satisfying and intriguing and highly enjoyable in it’s own right.

If you have read Wool and are uncertain whether you should continue with the story then worry no more – read Shift and enjoy. As further ecouragement, you have to read this in order to read book three. Which is the best of the lot.

You can buy Shift on kindle here:Shift by Hugh Howey

Kung Fury

KUNG FURY!

KUNG FURY!

I seem to be supporting a lot of stuff on Kickstarter these days but sometimes it just has to be done. Especially when something as mental as Kung Fury comes along! Think 80s. Think Hitler, viking chicks, time travel and machine guns. (Apart from Hitler I am usually thinking along those lines anyway.)

The Kickstarter page is here. They only want $200,000 and have $376,527 (at time of writing) with 25 days to go. So it looks like Kung Fury will be a reality.

Now watch the genius that is Kung Fury. Ahhh the 80s…

Transcendence

Transcendence

Transcendence

This is Transendence the new Johnny Depp film, not a step by step about how to become a being of pure energy or anything. Sorry if that was what you were looking for. (Watch Stargate for that, they transcend all the time – also it’s a good show.)

Basically the premise seems to be that Johnny Depp is ‘uploaded’ before he dies and becomes an Artificial Intelligence. Then (just guessing from the trailer) he predictably turns evil. Seems pretty predictable but it might be good. You never know.

 

 

George Lucas In Love

George Lucas in Love

George Lucas in Love

I have never posted ‘George Lucas in Love’ before as I assumed everyone in the world must have seen it by now (It’s almost 15 years old). I have worked freelance for the Syfy channel for five years and they play this clip several times a night on all their channels (Syfy Poland/France/Russia/Uk etc). Consequently I have seen it almost as much as Star Wars itself and assumed everyone else was the same.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is ‘George Lucas in Love’. It’s quite short, quite funny and fun. It only really needs one viewing though. Enjoy.

(You will have to close the pop up or you will have an annoying red box throughout.)

Star Trek: Renegades

As promised, here is the trailer and the Kickstarter campaign for the new Star Trek: Renegades web film. From the people who brought you Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Which was great, so therefore this will be too!

Here is the trailer:

Looks pretty cool I think, although it is very hard to tell. A hot chick, some hard/smart aliens and an unlikely rag-tag band of misfit humans seems to be the main premise. I love Farscape, so it might work here as well.

There are a lot more details at the official website: Star Trek: Renegades 

Go there boldly now.

 

 

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Full film.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

In a depressing age when there was no Star Trek on TV, a few plucky individuals have banded together to save us all. With internet Star Trek. I’m not sure how I missed this but here is a full length film and it’s really good! I know I have recently been promoting Star Trek Continues and their Kickstarter campaign to make more episodes (which is a great cause as it’s brilliant), but this is excellent professional Trek that deserves a watch.

It is made by Trek legends Walter Koenig (Chekov from Original Trek) and Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager). There seems to be a ridiculous amount of other Star Trek actors in it as well. (See below the video where there is more info about the cast.) I post it now as they want to make a new one. More about that later but there is a mini trailer at the start of this film.

Here is the premise of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men:

Forty years after their first mission, Chekov and Uhura, along with John Harriman, former Captain of the Enterprise-B, come together for the dedication of a very special ship.

However, their reunion is cut short when they receive a distress call from an all-too-familiar planet, where they meet up with an almost-forgotten face, and in an instant something happens, or rather, doesn’t happen, that presses the three friends to embark on a mission that will forever change their lives…

I love all these new Star Treks. Thanks to technology the effects are pretty good; certainly a lot better than a lot of TV scifi when I was growing up. Also, the actors are easily as good as the original cast – or like here, the same actual cast as in the original shows. I’d like to say ‘Keep it up!’ but they already are. I will post details and trailer for their new movie kickstarter campaign in my next post.

So brace yourself and grab a Romulan ale. Here is Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Engage.

Here is more on the cast:
The film stars Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura and Chekov of the original series) and Alan Ruck (Captain John Harriman of the 7th Trek feature film, Star Trek Generations) along with Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand of the original series). Joining them are Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager) and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation); Cirroc Lofton, Chase Masterson and JG Hertzler (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Gary Graham and Crystal Allen (Star Trek: Enterprise), Herb Jefferson (Battlestar Galactica) plus Tim Russ (reprising his role as Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager), who also directs the film.

Producer Sky Conway and Deep Space Nine freelance storywriters Jack Trevino and Ethan H. Calk wrote OGAM. Director of photography is Doug Knapp. More than 50 film professionals (all Star Trek fans) have worked tirelessly to produce this labor of love! Originally released in three parts on the internet in 2008, this film is presented to you as a full 90 minute movie.