In books on May 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Well I suppose that the author‘s site has a better summary than I could ever hope to offer:
“After a lifetime of self-medicating fails and life finally begins its tilt toward self-destruction, Jodi – a 25-year-old writer nursing the psychological lacerations of being a “rape-child” – meets, through dreams, a special five-year-old boy who shows him how the pair may move across parallel universes to fulfill their universal purpose. As they travel, they encounter creatures on different planes of consciousness that are responsible for specific social and moral ailments impacting and pressing mankind’s evolution to ill-fated ends. In short time the boy makes an astounding revelation: that there exists, on separate universal planes, two omnipotent and infinite Gods – one created by the sheer force of mankind’s collective beliefs; the other, the Source of all things. The man-made anomaly, the child asserts, must be destroyed. But, who or what is the child?
Anathema Rhodes: Dreams chronicles three days in the life of Jodi Rhodes, and the final days of humanity – as we know it.”
Wow. I have no doubt that some of this book went over my head, I am not sure exactly who I know I would recommend this to and I don’t know if the big ideas “two omnipotent and infinite Gods” (which reminds me a bit of Dan Simmon’s Hyperion series) totally thrilled me… But I certainly did enjoy the mystery/strangeness/discovery, the stunning visual imagery and the strange journey of the characters – certainly an interesting book!
Rating: 3 of 5
First Read Date: November 2012
Amazon – Anathema Rhodes: Dreams
In blog, film, tv on April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Awake – I thought about this show again this month while some other cop show played on the TV, I never watched every single episode of Awake but I still occasionally think about it. To be sure every episode might note have quite been a masterpiece but the whole premise was awesome, creative and very well done. Rating: 4 of 5.
As The Sakura Falls – Ryokan and a great set of photos from Joe Grant. Rating: 4 of 5.
Review: Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set Pack and Review: Salomon Skin Pro 10+3 Set – A bit of a gap since I have made time to write for the Summit Hut Blog but finally getting back into the swing of things, hoping to get one more pack review done before moving on to some hiking posts.
Julien Donkey-Boy – We recently watched The Celebration (review coming…) and had a recommendation for another Dogme 95 film – Julien Donkey-Boy, I have to say this was unusual – and in a strange way I did enjoy the bizarre and disturbing scenes with Werner Herzog – but we just could not quite sustain interest to make it all of the way thru – maybe more interesting to a true student of film technique… Rating: 2 of 5 (There is something here, I just didn’t find it.)
Not Suitable for Children – A bit off-center but pretty much just a standard romantic comedy. Rating: 2 of 5 (You won’t turn it off but I doubt you would watch it again…)
2013 Marathon des Sables Photo Gallery – Hard to imagine that images from the Marathon des Sables don’t catch most people’s imagination in some way or another and iRunFar had a couple of GREAT images from the 2013 race (my favorites are towards the bottom). If you want more I recently found 26th Marathon des Sables, the sand marathon which has a more extensive selection. Rating: 5 of 5 (The stuff of dreams!)
In books on April 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm
Second Shift – Order and Third Shift – Pact are volumes 7 and 8 of Hugh Howey’s Silo Series (on this blog see Wool Omnibus (Wool 1-5) and First Shift – Legacy (Part 6 of the Silo Series)). These two books are good – quite a bit of great ‘filling out’ of previous characters/plot/world and certainly some motion towards the continuation of the series – if you enjoyed the earlier books then keep reading! It is worth mentioning that, to me, these don’t quite have the ‘wow’ factor of some of the earlier episodes – but I have high hopes that these are a great foundation for what comes next!
Rating: 3 of 5 (although if you are a fan of the series call it 4 of 5 since you will really want to read these!)
First Read Date: February 2013
Second Shift – Order
Third Shift – Pact
The ‘Shift’ Books of the Silo Series (6,7,8) are now available as The Shift Omnibus.
Sidenote: There are a number of interviews with Hugh Howey (a simple Google search gives good results), some of these have information on his journey from independent to dealing with a large publisher to having film rights to the series acquired (20th Century Fox/Ridley Scott/Steve Zaillian) – pretty interesting!