Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy comes in the form of The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne, and most of the primary cast returns as well, while newcomers Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate), Tom Hardy (Bane), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake) provide fresh characters for the story told in The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR).

Set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, TDKR quickly catches viewers up, with flashbacks of Harvey Dent’s murderous transformation into Two Face. Since Batman has been held responsible for Dent’s murder, Bruce Wayne has gone into seclusion, rarely being seen, and never venturing out of his mansion. His body bears the results of being a superhero, and he’s not fit to don the suit–at least initially. The story of TDKR takes place almost exclusively in Gotham, when Bane takes control, and threatens to set off a nuclear bomb and destroy the entire city. Without ruining the story, suffice it to say it’s the darkest in the trilogy, and contains enough surprises to keep viewers guessing.

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Book Review: Illegal Alien

Originally published in 1997, Robert J. Sawyer‘s novel Illegal Alien tells the tale of Earth’s first contact with an alien species. Inspired (at least in part) by the O.J. Simpson trial, Sawyer weaves a story of intrigue, while layering in courtroom drama in a book that bucks the typical science-fiction expectations, and keeps readers engaged until the very last word.

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Book Review: Supervolcano: Eruption

Yellowstone Park is known as a national treasure, and a wonder to behold, but few know about its deadly potential. The park sits atop a gigantic supervolcano, which has gone off in the past, and is due to erupt again virtually any time. Humanity has never witnessed the wrath of a supervolcano… until now. Harry Turtledove begins a new trilogy, Supervolcano, with the first of the series, Eruption.

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2012 Mid-Year Book Review

The year is half-way over, and it’s been filled with some rather interesting books so far. I’ve been reading books nearly every single day for as long as I can remember, and keeping track since 2006; it’s quite an accomplishment, really. Still, this year shows me on a faster pace than in 2011, but below that of other previous years. I blame real life for the slow-down, but unfortunately, other responsibilities do get in the way from time to time.

Still, there have more than the usual books to capture my interest this year, and the variety is like never before. The rise of eBooks has allowed readers to experience books they typically never would have considered, and I am not immune to that trend, either. This year, I delved into the Hunger Games trilogy, finishing it in record time. They really were excellent novels, even if they were targeted toward young adult readers.

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