January 19th, 2010


reviews: Silverberg, Rice Boy, Muppets

The Longest Way Home by Robert Silverberg: Well written, but not my cup of tea. Basically, it's the story of a 15 year old boy from a ruling class family, who has to trek halfway around the planet because of an insurrection. There are some interesting bits where he interacts with the non-human natives, but mostly it's what you'd expect from the premise. I prefer my main characters to be a little more mature to begin with, and a whole lot more proactive.

In the Beginning by the same author: Part pulp sf, part memoir, all good. These are the stories that Silverberg wrote at the very beginning of his career, and it's a fascinating glimpse into the pulp sf short story publishing industry. (I apologize for the phrasing of that last bit, but I'm not quite awake yet.) A few of the stories take a serious turn, but most of them are just plain good fun.

Rice Boy: Your basic "chosen one" story, but the world's weird enough and the characters compelling enough that it doesn't really matter. Very nifty, funky artwork.

The Great Muppet Caper (spoof trailer): Fun, fun, fun, fun! Reminds me a bit of Singing in the Rain, in that the real point of the movie is the song & dance numbers, but the dialog is witty, the characters are charming, and the whole thing is slightly insane but quite enjoyable. Our copy's on VHS and is beginning to wear out, we've watched it so many times.