An experimental gate technique strands unlikely survivors on an ancient ship.
A washed-up former Karate champion tries to clean up his life.
A direct sequel to The Karate Kid - (1984 movie)
An underclass punk, returning from a ten month flight from the country, happens upon a suicide that reveals that she is part of a larger picture.
The lead actor is particularly good, as is all the acting. The story is poor in a number of places, and it is particularly jarring to have literal-faggotry forced into it. I don't mind there happening to be gay characters, but when they're gay characters being gay because gayness yay gay gay as opposed to just being people who happen to be gay, it's so obvious and so insulting as to taint the whole fucking show.
I'll flag this as liked and lightly-recommended. It's really not all that awful, but it rubs me the wrong way. It's like girly science fiction drama-whatever.
See also Dark Angel - (2000 show)
A librarian scours the world to preserve artifacts.
Campy and stupid.
Time travellers recruit an everyman to help save their world.
Crude and un-funny.
In a world where everyday people use the internet through total-sensory virtual reality, a specialist intelligence agency tracks down murderers and terrorists.
Slow and confusing, this book isn't just a challenge to read, it's a challenge to read with a straight face. One of the risks of speculative science fiction is that they can get very, very, wrong in their predictions. This book hand-waives people being transported into a magical world with no explanation as to how it's possible or what it's like. It is vague in everything it demands the reader suspend their disbelief in. It is awed at 900 Mhz computers. This is definitely a 1998 book that had way too much hope for its future.
- ISBN-10 0-425-16172-2
I had a sticker with two, and the book had two.. and none of these are coming up with anything:
- This is apparently a series, which I won't pursue, and there is also Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers
This inspired Netforce - (1999 movie)
An unlikely little hero is swept into an travel-adventure through dangerous lands to recapture the lost treasures of a fallen Dwarvish kingdom.
Considered a classic fantasy book, it's definitely a children's book from it's narrative tone. It's slow and awkward in a lot of places, and takes too long to pick up into anything interesting for me. Perhaps it's because I had read it long ago, and perhaps it's because of the staggering quality of its associated movies, but I didn't like it.
Definitely not recommended as an entry into fantasy fiction, in spite of its popularity. Veterans of the genre may as well read this just to say they have.
- ISBN-13 978-0-345-33968-3
Note: This is an edited edition.
The United States Navy discovers a crashed craft, and includes a cross-disciplinary team in its investigation.
I liked it, though I found it rather simple. I had already seen the movie that was inspired by this book, which I really liked, and that likely coloured my views.
Archaeologists discover the site they're working on is surrounded by land owned by their funder, a rich technology company, which is even more interested in it than they.
A riveting book that escalates into a great pace by its middle, and had me turning pages until I finished that latter half in one afternoon. The end chapter is an embarrassingly-bad wrap-up though, which was saddening, but it did not ruin the story.
Highly-recommended. This book has turned me back into a reader.
Published 1999-11-16, by Alfred A. Knopf
- Note that Amazon is wrong; this is not abridged.
- ISBN-10 0-679-44481-5
- ISBN-13 9-780679-444817
This inspired Timeline - (2003 movie)
Some kids are given Lantern rings for transporting around.
I read a decent ways in before getting bored. The combination of language (English-age) and language (audience-age) made it tiring. It's definitely a book to be read aloud to a 10 year old girl, and I respect that. I'd, even, be the one to do the reading aloud.. but not the listening.
This is a seven volume unabridge compilation, presented in the author's intended reading order.