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The Illearth War -- Stephen R. Donaldson
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 31 October 2008

The Illearth War

The Illearth War is the second book in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.  I added my comments on the first book Lord Foul's Bane on this site a couple of weeks ago.  As I mentioned then, I first started reading this series in High School.  At that time I only read the first book and didn't really like it.  This time I found the first book interesting enough to compel me to read the second.  It is unusual for the second book in a triolgy to be better than the first but that is the case with this series.  Much better, in fact.

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Never Go Unheard -- Candlefuse
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 23 October 2008

Never Go Unheard

Sometimes I get an itch to go out looking for new bands.  By "new" I mean a band that I haven't heard of before.  Not too long ago this urge led me to find Never Go Unheard by Candlefuse.  I was most intrigued by the fact that they had a cover of the modern worship classic Hungry on the CD.  I was curious to see how a band with such an aggressive alt-rock sound would pull off that song.  The CD has not been a disappointment.

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Lord Foul's Bane -- Stephen R. Donaldson
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Lord Foul's Bane

Lord Foul's Bane is one of the classic fantasy novels (series actually) from the 80's.  It was published in 1977 right on the heels of the great Tolkien revival that was sweeping across college campuses.  But Thomas Covenant is a completely different hero that the humble Baggins.  Covenant is an anti-hero.  He is more than reluctant to step in and save the world.  Instead, he actively refuses to play his role.  He tries his best to avoid getting sucked into the delusion, as he thinks of it.  Covenant is a leper who was magically transported from the real world to the magical Land.  He insists that it is all a dream designed to strip him of his sanity.

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Not President Bush
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
This evening was the last of the debates for the 2008 presidential election. At the beginning McCain seemed a bit nervous and tentative while Obama maintained his never changing suave demeanor.  McCain's slow start only lasted until the pair started sparring over many of the policy and philosophy differences.  The quote to take away from the entire debate was made by McCain after yet another one of Obama's repeated refrains about McCain being and extension of the current administration.  McCain quite forcefully stated: "Senator Obama, I'm not President Bush.  If you wanted to run against President Bush you should have run four years ago."  I imagine that line is going to make its way across the internet very quickly.  If the McCain campaign is smart they will capitalize on it.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2008 )
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Slightly confused?
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 02 October 2008

Yesterday I read the following article: Past Debates Show a Confident Palin.  With the opening sentence I realized that someone isn't on the same planet as nearly everyone else I speak with.  The Palin-Biden debate has got to be the most anticipated debate surrounding the presidential election in a couple decades.  Everyone I know is talking about it.  Most people, Palin supporters and detractors both, are saying that Biden is in big trouble and is likely to get totally decimated.  So I couldn't figure out why the author of that article said that tonight's debate is so under anticipated.  I can only guess that it's wishful thinking or a pre-emptive strike.  But, since I'm a conservative I'm rather open minded.  I was willing to acknowledge that the scope of my contacts is somewhat limited.  Maybe I was lucky and only ran into those few people who were interested in the debate.  That was until I read the news today.

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Carve The Sky -- Alexander Jablokov
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Carve The Sky

What a fun and clever sci-fi story. In some ways this is better characterized as a mystery set in a science fiction universe.  Jablokov creates a believable world set about 400 years in the future.  By then humanity has moved off of the terrestial sphere and now people live on the moon, mars, some asteroids in the belt, and some even spend their entire life aboard large space ships that shuttle between the various bodies in the solar system.

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Mamma Mia
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

Mamma Mia!

So here's the story.  Years ago Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) broke off a serious relationship.  In the midst of the heartache she bounced around through a couple other guys.  And wouldn't you know it but about nine months later she found herself to be a pround new, and single, mom of a wonderful daughter.  Fast forward and now that daughter is engaged to be married.  Every daughter wants her dad to give her away but Sophie, the daughter, doesn't know who her dad is.  So she invites all three of the candidates to their Greek villa.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2008 )
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Babylon AD
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

Babylon AD

Vin Diesel makes one kind of movie and this is it.  Lots of guns and explosions set in dreary cyber-punk framework (even Fast and Furious felt cyberpunk).  Usually there is a lone guy, Diesel, who is called in to be a reluctant hero.  Babylon AD follows the formula but it is still an entertaining movie.  The plot is a bit weak but I don't think that plot was the main point of this movie.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2008 )
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The Dark Knight
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is the latest in the new incarnation of the Batman movies (which started with Batman Begins). If you saw any of the trailers for this movie you know that it was pretty dark.  The primary villian in this movie was The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, who was a demented and insane individual who was intent on destroying Batman.  Ledger's portrayal of The Joker was psychotic and intense.  The Joker certainly was an uncomfortable character to be around.   This movie also explored more of Bruce Wayne's phychological state.  The Joker and Batman show two different ways of dealing with similar mental stuggles and issues.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2008 )
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