Doctor Who Review: Time Heist

Doctor Who Review: Time Heist

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Time Heist is very entertaining. A straightforward adventure story with enough of a spin to keep it interesting. At no point does it become pointlessly complicated or repetitive. The pacing was brisk and a little rushed, but energetic. Many of the sets were bland, but the lighting made up for it. The guest stars did their jobs well and their characters were interesting enough to keep me engaged.…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: Intro

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: Intro

Stephen KingThis weekend marks the ten year anniversary of the completion of the DARK TOWER series.  I know what you’re all thinking: I already wrote a long, 4-part look at the work of Stephen King, where I discussed THE DARK TOWER SERIES quite a bit.  However, after revisiting the series yet again, it occurred to me that there was something else I could do that would be more accessible to the casual fan and…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: THE GUNSLINGER

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: THE GUNSLINGER

GunslingercoverYear Published: Serialized from 1978-81, Original Edition: 1982, Revised Edition: 2003

“Re” Word: Resumption

Dedication: “To ED FERMAN who took a chance on these stories, one by one.”

I like this dedication, acknowledging that the book originated as a series of short stories.

Gunslinger5Overview: In a barren, post-apocalyptic world, a lone gunslinger, who is part cowboy from the American west, part medieval…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE

DotTcoverYear Published: 1987

“Re” Word: Renewal

Dedication: “To Don Grant, who’s taken on these novels, one by one.”

A very clever dedication, paying homage to the previous novel, and acknowledging that this story has graduated from a cycle of short stories to a series of novels.

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Overview: After a vicious attack, a dying Roland finds himself on a beach with three doors, where he must draw different…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: THE WASTE LANDS

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: THE WASTE LANDS

WasteLandscoverYear Published: 1991

“Re” Word: Redemption

Dedication: “This third volume of the tale is gratefully dedicated to my son: OWEN PHILLIP KING: Khef, Ka, and Ka-tet.”

Interesting that it took until the third book for SK to dedicate one of these to a family member.  It shows how much he has grown throughout the series, from college student to successful author to proud dad.

WasteLands6Overview: Roland has…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: WIZARD AND GLASS

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: WIZARD AND GLASS

W&GcoverYear Published: 1997

“Re” Word: Regard

Dedication: “This book is dedicated to Julie Eugley and Marsha DeFilippo. They answer the mail, and most of the mail for the last couple of years has been about Roland of Gilead — the gunslinger. Basically, Julie and Marsha nagged me back to the word processor. Julie, you nagged me most effectively, so your name comes first.”

Eh, I always felt this was a…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: WOLVES OF THE CALLA

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: WOLVES OF THE CALLA

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Year Published: 2003

“Re” Word: Resistance

Dedication: “For Frank Muller, who hears the voices in my head.”

As a dedication, I like this very much.  Regarding SK‘s sentiment for Muller in general, I’ll discuss that further when critiquing the afterword.

WotC6Overview: Using a similar plot structure to THE SEVEN SAMURAI/THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, Roland and our ka-tet come upon the town of…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: SONG OF SUSANNAH

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: SONG OF SUSANNAH

SoScoverYear Published: 2004

“Re” Word: Reproduction

Dedication: “For Tabby, who knew when it was done.”

Interesting that it took until the sixth book for SK to dedicate one of these to his wife.  However, I’m not so sure that she really did know when the book was done.

SoS5Overview: Her body overtaken by Mia, Susannah finds herself taken to New York in 1999, where she must give birth to her “chap.”  She is…

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Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: DT7

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER Book Profile: DT7

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Year Published: 2004

“Re” Word: Revelation

Dedication: “He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute.  Therefore, Constant Reader, this final book in the Dark Tower cycle is dedicated to you.  Long days and pleasant nights.”

While I do find this a little portentous, it is a nice sentiment and feels like a culmination of all the dedications thus far.

Dt71Overview: In the final book of…

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Stuff & Thangs Finale - Roll Back Your Stone, Chorizo Fiesta Santa Negro Picante!

Stuff & Thangs Finale – Roll Back Your Stone, Chorizo Fiesta Santa Negro Picante!

Stuff & Thangs

You read the title right. This episode will be the last episode of Stuff & Thangs. The choice to end the show was all my own. With my third child’s due date looming, and with my renewed focus on my writing, I decided that doing two shows a week wouldn’t work for me personally anymore. Besides, when we get down to it, Greg and I don’t watch that much TV anymore, and we haven’t been to the theater…

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