Review: Kmart/Anko CM5013-SA espresso machine
The Anko CM5013-SA is a home brand manual espresso machine from Kmart Australia, which caught my eye for its low, low price of AU$89. The machine has made somewhat of a splash online, with consumer affairs magazine CHOICE reporting that it outperformed a $949 machine… »
Quick review – Re:CREATORS
Re:CREATORS has a great high concept – who wouldn't want to watch our favourite characters from fiction face off against one another? Its action set-pieces are well produced and visually stunning, with some economical yet highly effective splashes of humour and meta-commentary, and followers of… »
The Wandering Earth is a feels-before-reals film
The Wandering Earth (2019) is an interesting film. Noteworthy for many reasons, but deeply flawed for equally many.
As an adaptation of an original science fiction work, it is a refreshing change of pace from Hollywood's increasing focus on reboots and sequels. In a traditionally… »
The curse of the status quo, and what Spider-Man: Far From Home does right
This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, and minor spoilers for Bob the Builder.
I remember a very long time ago I was walking through the school library and picked up one of those generic children's superhero sci-fi novels. This particular one I… »
A tale of two stories; or, jumping the shark – A Ghost in the Machine and KSR's Aurora
A Ghost in the Machine is a quintessential /r/HFY (‘humanity, fuck yeah!’) serialised story by /u/Hewholooksskyward, telling of Allie, the emergent AGI of the Destroyer Alhambra. It follows her, and her ‘mother’, Katherine, as Allie grows from inquisitive child to headstrong fighter, on… »
Quick review: Skyward – Brian Sanderson
'Cause you're hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out, you're up then you're down.
—Katy Perry, ‘Hot N Cold’
Brian Sanderson's YA science fiction Bildungsroman takes us into the life of Spensa (‘Spin’) as she grows from talking… »
Harry Potter and the Cursed Causal Loop
Needless to say, spoilers follow for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. #KeepTheSecrets
In the climactic moments of Cursed Child, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy are stuck at Godric's Hollow in 1981, while Delphi plans to interfere with Voldemort's attempt to kill young… »
Quick review: Columbus Day – Craig Alanson (Expeditionary Force)
Columbus Day doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Joe Bishop is hiding from technologically-advanced aliens, then he's a Starship Trooper, a several page description of military technologies follows, and then not much happens while Joe does farming and slice-of-lifey things with a side… »