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A nitpick critique of Ariel, by Stephen Boyett
So I read about the first 50% of Ariel, its fun so far, but one thing really bugs me. The lack of guns. In all science fiction/fantasy, I give the author a chance to set up whatever rules they want. Aliens exist, Psychic powers exist, whatever. All I ask that whatever new rules the author sets up be consistently applied. In Ariel, some undefined event happens, and all technology stops working, in exchange magic starts working. This is a really interesting premise, and allow me to speculate : If the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 16, 2009 3:46 AM

The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant - A Book Review by Jason Coyne
Along with most of the other books I have reviewed thus far, “The Third Translation” is marketed in the genre of The Davinci Code. If that genre is what you are looking for look elsewhere. In fact, almost whatever you looking for - look elsewhere. The Third Translation revolves around Walter Rothschild, a middle aged Egyptologist. Rothschild is obsessed with Egypt, but particularly heiroglyphics and ancient cryptology. He is so obsessed that he has alienated all of his friends and family. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 6, 2006 7:30 AM

Review of King Tut (Tutankhamun) Exhibit in Chicago at the Field Museum- Underwhelming and misadvertised - Where is the death mask?
I have been a fan of Egypt since I was a kid. I taught myself (some) hieroglypics, went on excavations in the backyard, and even had plans to be mummified. So when I saw King Tut was back in the states, I had to go. My mom had taken me when I was very young, but unfortunately I don't remember it. I tried to go on opening weekend, but it was sold out, so Natasha and I went back to the Field Museum this last weekend. This went sour pretty quickly. I brought my camera, and several lenses, along to be ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 11:57 AM

Book Review : The Last Cato, by Matilde Aseni - Not a DaVinci Code Knockoff!
Here is another book for DaVinci code fans. I would categorize this book as a DaVinci Code knockoff, except that it was published two years BEFORE DaVinci was. The book was originally written in Spanish (as was Shadows of the Wind, another book I will be reviewing shortly), and published in 2001. No doubt the book's current popularity, and possibly its publishing in the United States can be attributed to DaVinci, but at least the author was original. Like DaVinci, The Last Cato revolves around a ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 12:00 PM

Book Review : The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury - A DaVinci Code Knockoff
The DaVinci Code has sparked a flurry of novels in its wake. Some of these are excellent. Some are horrible. Unfortunately Templar leans to the latter. The Last Templar has some redeeming features, but in the end, your time and money are probably best spent somewhere else. Templar is Raymond Khoury's first novel, and it shows. The novel is extremely cliche, and the dialogue is almost painful in some locations. The book is directly inspired (if not lifted) straight from Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, even ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 5:54 PM

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