Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Distant Shore

I read John Houghton's A Distant Shore a month or so ago, reviewing it for the Christian Fiction website (you can see my full review here).  While the book is more allegory than speculative fiction, that allegory is captured in a fairly interesting secondary world.  It's well written and addresses some interesting dilemmas.  While it's probably of most interest to Christian readers, I think it might appeal to some speculative fiction fans as well.  Be prepared for the allegorical nature of the book, of course, and I think you'll enjoy it.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Amazing Spiderman

When I saw that another new version of Spiderman was coming out, my first thought was "too soon."  And I probably would have left this one aside and not bothered to watch it had my nephews not been visiting for the summer — and pestering me from Day One to take them to see it.

As it turned out, I liked this better than the previous Spiderman series.  At least, I liked the cast better.  I thought the storyline a little weaker, but the cast made up for that.  Martin Sheen and Sally Field as the aunt and uncle were wonderful.

We enjoyed the show overall, with my nephews giving it two thumbs up (no surprise there).  It was a fun outing for the three of us and the friends who went with us, and we all agreed that we liked this version of Spiderman pretty well.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman

I saw Snow White and the Huntsman when it was in theaters, and forgot to review it here.  Forgive the tardiness of this review, but if you haven't caught it yet, it's not too late to find the DVD.

When I saw the movie trailers, I went back and forth on whether I wanted to see this one.  I am very glad I did though.  It was enjoyable, quite funny, and a nice take on the Snow White story.  I took my 2 younger nephews to see it.  One of them had asked if it was going to be scary, maybe a little concerned that it would linger in his dreams longer than he'd like.  As it turned out, it was actually not even as scary as I expected it to be.  Though there were some dark elements, they weren't treated with any unnecessary gore or anything.  And the humor in the whole surprised me a little.  It was funnier than I had expected.

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