Sci Fi Sunday

Currently reading:

 

Mistborn : Final Empire Series (Book #1) (Mistborn, Book 1)


Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. The sword-and-sorcery genre has been done to death. As one publisher said in mock despair, “Frodo lives — again and again and again….” So, I read Mistborn on the recommendation of other people, not really expecting anything new. When I realized that one of the main characters was the street urchin, Vin, I had to resist the urge to put the book aside in exasperation.

I was wrong. Mistborn is a pleasant surprise. Imagine a world where alchemy is real, where metals can be used to work magic and the ability to use that magic is limited to — and allowed to be used by — only a small section of the nobility. Any peasant to use the power is put to death. Now imagine the consequences when the nobles take advantage of the peasants, as nobility is inclined to do. Add to that an oppressive theocracy, and you’ve barely scratched the surface of the complexity of Sanderson’s world. Mistborn is the first book in a trilogy, and I look forward to reading the other two.

 

Currently watching:

Terra Nova

Is there anybody who hasn’t heard of Spielberg’s new project, Terra Nova? The sci-fi show premiered on Fox last Monday, Oct. 1st and shows on Mondays at 8 pm. People have been comparing it to Lost, or a combination of Lost and Jurassic Park.  I would disagree — so far, the dinosaurs have been both more realistic and less of a plot factor than in Jurassic Park. The darker tone and character development remind me a great deal of Stargate: Universe. Let’s hope Terra Nova sticks around longer and develops a bigger fan base, because so far, this is a show worth watching.

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Posted on October 2, 2011, in Sci-Fi Sunday. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. totally agree on Terra Nova — I love how the dinosaurs are more like a nuisance they just have to deal with, like enormous, man-eating mice! “Dammit, hon, they’ve been in the garden again!”

  2. My husband started watching Terra Nova. We watch so little tv as it airs, but he thought this would be worth me catching up on. Good to hear a second opinion.

    • I like to watch stuff as it airs, but I get too busy most of the time. We have a DVR and that helps — at least I can watch it THAT week sometime. Some shows, I’ve resigned myself to catching up on Netflix because there’s no way to fit everything into my schedule. This is definitely one of our DVR shows!

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