As a metaphor for what’s wrong with present-day American society and culture, this book is a success. But not the way Steve and Owen intended, I think. On the surface, Sleeping Beauties is another trademark Stephen King novel. So much so, in fact, that one is left wondering what, if anything, Junior contributed. There’s the…

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Een terugkerend verschijnsel uit de Nederlandse filmkritiek blijft me verbazen: de liefdadigheidsster. Het viel me voor het eerst op toen Zwartboek alom met vier of vijf sterren werd bewierookt, terwijl ik in de bioscoop uiteindelijk een middelmatige en weinig vernieuwende Nederlandse Oorlogsfilm zag, rijk voorzien van de cliché’s die al een halve eeuw in Nederlandse…

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I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I’ve walked out of a movie theater halfway through a movie. My attempt at watching “War for the Planet of the Apes” is the third such occasion. And to think I had such high hopes! I can only conclude that everyone who rated the…

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This review could actually be quite short. The subtitle to the movie says it all: it’s a Star Wars story. So Star Wars fans (which group probably includes all of humanity save some undiscovered tribes deep in the Amazon basin) should go see it. Nuff said. But in the unlikely event you’re here to learn…

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Fantasy is een lastig genre. De trilogieën en langere reeksen worden elk jaar alleen maar dikker, en het lijkt wel of er maandelijks een nieuw subgenre wordt uitgevonden. Aan de andere kant voelen zowel de lezers als de uitgevers zich het veiligst op bekend terrein, waardoor ondanks alle ontwikkelingen de epische-fantasy-a-la-Tolkien het speelveld nog steeds…

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SPOILER ALERT! IN CASE YOU WERE STILL UNCLEAR ON THIS POINT: YES, THIS REVIEW IS RIFE WITH SPOILERS. THE FIRST SENTENCE IS A SPOILER IN ITSELF. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET, STOP READING RIGHT NOW (AND COME BACK AFTER YOU HAVE). “I’m being torn apart. I want to be rid of this pain.”…

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Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having recently read The Hydrogen Sonata (the latest Iain M. Banks Culture novel), I was pleasantly surprised to discover another Culture novel I had missed. Surface Detail is further proof that Banks is back in top form after the mediocre offerings of The…

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Anyone notice the fundamental difference between these two movie posters? I’m not talking different actors, different directors (though going by their initials, they both shot a bunch of B.S.), different decades, different millennia even. I mean something even more fundamental, something that goes to the heart of what a movie poster is, or should be,…

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Note to self: write rave reviews of Paul Evanby’s De Vloedvormer* (“The Floodformer”) and Aliette de Bodard’s Servant of the Underworld and Harbinger of the Storm. And in case you’re so in need of new reading material that you can’t wait for my reviews, just take my word for it and buy the books. If…

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