A review of "Soldier of the Republic", the debut novel by Ben Slythe. The book might be classed as military science fiction, is well-written and engaging demonstrating the author's excellent grasp of both military organisation and historic battles.
A review of Stephen Hawking's, "The Universe In A Nutshell" by my friend and fellow author, Ben Slythe.
An absolutely appalling ending to a series that had once held so much promise, as it came back to bite us in the "ass" in the worst possible way. There are a lot of people out there who still like BSG and despite its brilliant start, I'm not one of them. I kid you not, if you love good TV, good storytelling, the way I do the ending of this series will make you spit, swear, stomp and generally want to smash things.
Comparative reviews are one thing and obviously must be done as objectively as possible but reviews of individual items are in many ways more difficult because there is no context against which to base them. As such, they should be handled as objectively, as fairly, as possible and the following is my way of trying to review something fairly.
It is not enough to simply say you hated a film or loved it, you must be seen to be consistent so proper evaluation is necessary. I know it's a pain but it works quite well and can give some quite surprising results. The following outlines the method I use and the categories I use to do so, all the reviews on this site follow this method. I've given some considerable thought to these categories and hope that they make the review that little bit more objective and interesting.
"Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) has a lot missing compared to the "original" TV series. There are no mentions of Eccentrica Galumbits, Marvin's painful diodes, the restaurant at the end of the universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox's two heads, fear sensitive sunglasses to mention but a few. I liked the newer Trillian but intensely disliked the happy ending with her and Arthur falling for each other, Marvin was not depressed enough and the new Zaphod Beeblebrox was plain irritating. It feels as if the film follows recent trends, seeming to act under the assumption that if enough effects are thrown into the mix it will make up for its shortcomings. I found the film uninspiring and nowhere near the kind of quality of the original... a wasted opportunity.