Friday, 23 December 2016

Film Review - Rogue One (2016)

Just great, great fun, great story, great music and action - better than The Force Awakens albeit with slimmer character development.

8.5/10

Sunday, 18 December 2016

TV Review - The Expanse (Season 1)

Read the book, thought it was good, watched the TV series, thought it was better (or more enjoyable), save for a few memorable moments from the book that could have been handled with a bit more dramatic impact (e.g. zombie reveal). Nice mixture of mystery and space opera.

8/10

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Book Review - Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)

Some very pretty writing in this book, which I read quickly due to both it's short length and page-turner nature, however the vagueness
and descriptive non-sequiturs are a little annoying. Having said that, is this an issue with the author's style, or the style of the character (this is written in first person)?

Mysteries are presented, answers are hinted at, I have some ideas but little is resolved properly here. I hope I reach a conclusive end with the subsequent books.

8/10

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Game Review - Doom (XBONE)

Great fun, great level design (although later levels become more linear), great music, great gunplay, great graphics, great sound design. Great all round, although I haven't played the multiplayer.

9/10

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Book Review - Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)

I started this in March and only just finished it (see blog title). This is one long book. That being said, I was never bored save for a few rambling landscape descriptions, and on the whole it's an extremely well-researched and thought out book with a story that's dense but not inaccessible, containing a wealth of heavily-investigated technical material but also great bouts of humour, great characters and involving action. Something for everyone.

9.5/10

Film Review - Fantastic Beasts (2016)

Longer than necessary but otherwise enjoyable adventure with room for more.

8/10

TV Review - Westworld (Season 1, 2016)

Well-structured, carefully planned and mind-blowing television.

9.5/10