Reviewing the Pages: The Wheel of Ice

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Aboard the Wheel mining facility around Saturn, Dr Who #2, Jamie and Zoe see blue dolls who look like their landlady Mayor Laws’ baby Casey. Power-hungry Administrator Florian Hart accuses rebel teens of sabotage. The mystery goes back to the creation of the solar system, and could kill them all.

It’s never a good thing when the TARDIS takes charge and ends up taking the Doctor and his merry band of companions along for the ride. The current issue: it’s a disturbance in time, and it’s up to the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie to figure out why.

I have to say that I rather enjoyed this tale. Sure, the Doctor doesn’t play too much of a role in this tale, but, we’re usually following along with either Zoe or Jamie, which is also interspersed with interludes that deal with a wide variety of back story. Which, I love in this instance. While the story goes right along its merry way, the interludes provide background into certain characters and key objects in the story.

Now, I’m not well versed in the realm of Classic Who, but I do have to say that I have, at the very least, a passing familiarity not only with the Second Doctor, but also his current traveling companions. But, I can’t forget about the characters of Jo, Phee, and Sam; who this story kind of revolves around, in a way. Then, there’s Florian, who’s motivation is driven by greed and revenge, and she will stop at nothing to get her way.

All in all, I really enjoyed this read. I loved the alien setting within the Rings of Saturn; enjoyed all of my friendly characters (yes, that includes reading through the Scottish of Jamie and MMAC); and enjoyed the story unfold throughout the pages. Just be careful when venturing out with the Doctor in this one; space is dangerous.

I’m getting rusty with these reviews, I need to pick the pace back up.

Anyway, the one thing I really want to talk about here is Arkive.  I’m only mostly sure that Arkive is a ship, or at least a ship’s intelligence, and not an actual being.  There’s no way that a being could live for billions upon billions of years.  Which makes what exactly Arkive is rather fuzzy.  It has a want…a desire to go back to where (and when) it came, but its attempts are futile and proving to be far more difficult that it realizes.

I love the alienness of our setting.  It has both man-made elements to it in terms of the space debris that turned up, and the rest of the natural setting of Saturn and her moons.  Whether it was within the rings, or on Titan, I rather enjoyed the uniqueness of each area.

Sorry I’m not able to get into more.  I really don’t want to spoil anymore, and some of the more important centers of my brain are shutting down for the evening (it’s almost midnight at the time I’m writing this). So, I leave you this.  You should read this.  Sure, there’s more focus on the companions than the Doctor, but it works out in the book’s favor.  Enjoy the characters and the setting, and who knows, you just might be able to help Arkive.

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Reviewing the Pages: Doctor Who: Shada

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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, legendary author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, comes “Shada”, a story scripted for the television series Doctor Who but never produced—and now transformed into an original novel…
 
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is…
 
The Doctor’s old friend and fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs—harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
 
The hands of the sinister Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac bent on universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor…

Can I give this more than 5 stars? Goodreads seems to think I can’t, but I will. I will gladly proclaim this book a hefty 20 stars out of five. Why? Because I enjoyed this book. Because it’s a mixture of humor, science fiction, suspense, drama, and humor. Yes, I said that twice. Gareth Roberts does a tremendous job of keeping Douglas Adams’ humor and tone within this story (even though Adams never did actually write a novelization of this, you can tell he’s in there). Yes, there are some places where you are fit to be tied about finding out the last little detail, but it pays off in the end.

This book will make you laugh out loud, so be prepared to get some very strange or dirty looks (I got one from the family cat). This is a brilliant adventure, and I recommend anyone who enjoys science fiction to check out this book. Just, make sure to keep track of your mind. You’ll never know when you just might lose it.

Oh my.  Hang on…thanks River.  Anyway, I love this book.  It blends together Doctor Who, and the wonderful humor and imagination that is Douglas Adams (through the pen of Gareth Roberts).  Now, mind you, I have seen very little of Classic Doctor Who (meaning I’ve only watched clips on YouTube, shame on me).

Now, let’s get right down to it…this book is amazing.  And a lot of the details that came out of this, which is based off the series script for the Fourth Doctor, would have been incredible to watch on the screen, if only they could have gotten it right.  Which they apparently hadn’t.  All thanks to a production strike during the time that this was filming.  But that’s alright…I think this one would be much more appreciated on the page, rather than the screen.  But that’s just me.

As I stated in my Goodreads review, you can tell where Adams’ tone shines through, and it’s thanks to Roberts keeping in touch with it.  Roberts does a fantastic job of keeping Adams’ humor in, while adding his own humor and giving us just the right amount of suspense on certain plot elements.  Yes, there were times where I was confused on Skagra (goodness I’ve had to spell that name a bazillion times), but I loved the pay out in the end.  And there’s Chronotis.  I honestly didn’t expect to see that coming, but it worked wonders when it did.

I want to show love to some of my favorite parts of this book, but I’d be here all day.  So, I’ll summarize.  There’s the bit where the Doctor (in a fashion that I’m not sure is in line with the Fourth Doctor, or if it’s just him being patronizing), Romana, and a medal (which is where I cracked up); the ship reading out The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey to Skagra (and the Doctor’s subsequent reading of it); and the brief little reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (which is all shared to the annoyance of my ex-Mrs./lovely friend Princess Penguin).

If you are a fan of Doctor Who, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ work in general, or just quirky and fun science fiction, check this one out.  Just watch out for friendly, yet scatterbrained, old professors.  You never know what secrets they might hide.

Reading List #4

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of my reading list! Now, I skipped over one book in the process of going through my last read, and I’m ok with that.  As much as I do like sticking to lists and following a set plan from time to time, there are just some times where I’m like “alright, I can skip that one”.  And it’s not like the book isn’t on my reading list as it is, I just didn’t have the book to read it.  I’m sure it’ll show up on here again.  And speaking of, here is a very long list of books to come.  This should take me to that magical 50 books read this year.  Wish me luck!

Reminder: all covers come from Goodreads.

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Commentaries #18

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Commentaries!

Now, I know I said that I was taking a hiatus from the daily posts, and that’s true.  But this post came to me right out of the blue.  Well, kinda out of the blue.  It’s something that I’ve thought about for quite some time.

Now, I’m a wrestling fan.  And man, are wrestling fans passionate about our sport.  Take for example, the Royal Rumble match.  Now, the Royal Rumble is a match in which there are 30 Superstars.  Two Superstars will start the match off, and at a specified interval of time, usually 90 seconds to 2 minutes in length, another Superstar would come out.  This will happen until all 30 Superstars have entered the ring.  The only way to be eliminated from the match is by being thrown over the top rope and both feet must hit the arena floor.  The last man standing is the winner. Hey, look at that.  I can be The Fink!

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Ok.  So I might have a lot more hair than the legendary ring announcer, but, it got me thinking. For days leading up to the event, fans got to speculating over just who will be in the Rumble event.  WWE purposefully leaves at least 1/3 of the event unannounced, so as to give us some surprises when they walk through the curtain.  Sometimes, they are actual surprises that get the fans on their feet.  Other times…

There’s this man.  My buddy and I were going back and forth about who the last three men in were (and considering two of them at the time had previously been announced, the third one was up in the air).  When the buzzer sounded and the music hit, the fans in the arena started to sound like a ghost.  Why? Because this is not the person we expected to be (seriously, we expected everybody BUT him).  And fans were extremely butt hurt about it.  And that’s the heart of it.  People getting hurt over decisions that are beyond their control.  And the ways we react to it.  Now, I don’t personally care for Roman Reigns.  He is getting better, but he needs to get shuffled out of the spotlight for a little bit.  However, there are more people out there that think that WWE “hurt themselves” in this way because they didn’t bring anyone back from injury (Finn Balor); debut them to a huge pop (Samoa Joe); or give us a huge surprise (Kurt Angle/anyone else).  But, that’s just how wrestling fans are.  We want what WE want to see.  Now what WWE thinks is best for their bottom line.  And some fans just don’t see that.

Now, on the other hand.  There are some fandoms that start the guess work MONTHS (and I do mean months) in advance.  The other day, Peter Capaldi announced that Series 10 would be his last one as The Doctor.  Which is fine.  The man has put in two wonderful series (with the third, and last for him, to happen starting in April).  But, not even 24 hours removed from his announcement, we’re already seeing post after post after post of who people want to see as The Doctor.  Honestly folks.  They’re still in the middle of production for Series 10.  Let them wrap that and the Christmas special, which is Capaldi’s last official episode, and then start speculating.  Especially since we don’t know if we’ll get a Series 11 (there’s always that chance that it can get cancelled), or when it will happen.  Though, I’m going to fall in line here and say that we should get something COMPLETELY unexpected for The Doctor. After all, it will be the Thirteenth numbered Doctor (trust me, there’s a lot of craziness behind what number The Doctor should be…another time perhaps).  Could The Doctor finally be ginger? Could we see ourselves with a female Doctor (which would be rather fun, especially for the first post-regeneration comments.  Oh the places they could go with that one).  Either way, it’s still way too early to even think about these kinds of things, but, that’s just how diehard fans in fandoms go.

With that, what fandom are you apart of that you are passionate about and try to predict what happens? Are you excited for anything in your upcoming fandom? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Random Things #16

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Random Things”.  As you all know (or at least, long time readers of this blog know), I do these posts ahead of time.  Part of that is because I like to make sure that I have time to do some of the larger projects, like the Royal Rumble project going on at “Viewing Wrestling”, but also, it allows me to have some time to myself and relax. Well, relax as best I can anyway, especially on my days off.  Now, once a day, I’ll go out and check the mail.  But today, I don’t wanna go.  It’s cold.  The weather outside right now, at 10:38 am on January 11, 2017 is 2 below.  With a windchill of 9 below.  That’s actually a lot better than the 16 below wind chill three hours earlier when I did have to leave the house.  Yes, I did just rant to you about the weather, but it’s just so cold this winter. Anyway, here are some clips for this week!

As I was working on my Top 10 movies from my childhood, I was searching for clips from “Murder by Death”, and so, I entered “Murder by Death” into the YouTube search bar.  And, I came across the band Murder by Death, which were inspired by the movie.  So, I decided to check them out, and I have to say, at least from just the two in the clip above, I really dig the music.

A friend of mine shared this with her friends on Facebook the other day, and I felt like it was the perfect thing to share here.  The only thing that I would like more about this clip if it was the following battle that shows off the rangers switching colors.

Ok. The little girl doing the voiceover is CREEPY, but it works! I can’t wait to see this movie!

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  I love that all it took to jog Amy’s memory was a Tardis-covered notebook…and the attire of her guests.  Remind me never to get in Amy’s way either.  She’s got some fire in here.  Also, can’t forget Rory. “How could we forget the Doctor? I was plastic.”

I’m finishing up my blog scheduling today to not only to brave the weather to go get food and check the mail, but also to play this game! I got it the other day, and I’ve been dying to play it.  So, here goes nothing!

Random Things #14

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Random Things! How exciting is this, the first Random Things of 2016! Going to get some strange content going on here, so let’s dive right on in.

Ever since I first heard about Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, and the whole premise of space pirates, I was immediately hooked.  The added fact that they are the 35th Sentai, and they can use the other rangers powers made me awestruck.  I’ve actually watched about a…third of the show before I just kinda drifted away from it.  I really need to finish the series, because it’s seriously awesome.

Oh my goodness.  When the Cruiserweight Classic came on the scene, I kinda took a liking to The Extraordinary Gentleman. and his character has not disappointed.  By announcing beforehand that he is going to interfere in a match, to challenging his opponent to a not-so-old-fashioned duel, Jack Gallagher is quickly becoming one of my favorite grapplers in the squared circle.

Why not some Owl City? There’s a few people in my life I want to ask “When Can I See You Again?”, but I’m afraid of being clingy/obnoxious.

Lastly, I leave you with two trailers for upcoming series, both coming across the pond.  First is a teaser for the tenth series of New Who, and I’m intrigued as to how Bill (the new companion) is going to play out.  She seems very…inquisitive, and perhaps a bit…odd.  But, since she hasn’t been properly introduced yet, we’ll just have to wait.

As for the second trailer, I saw this in Buffalo Wild Wings on Christmas Eve while out for dinner with the family (since half the family had to work Christmas day, it was just easier to get out and do it a day early).  And during the commercial break of one of the games, a trailer came on for Taboo.  I find it interesting that it’s airing within a very short period of time on two different networks on two separate continents.  BBC One will air it first, than FX here in the States will air it shortly after.

Well, there you have it.  Enjoy the clips? I sure did.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #14

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Except, I suppose this time, it should be “Oooh, Take a Look at What I Read”, because this week, I’m taking a look at my 2016 reads.  It’s going to be a bit of a short list, because I only finished 23 books this year (Yes, I started Carrie in 2016, but I didn’t finish it before the 31st). So, that being said, let’s take a look at the books I read, in order.

Yes, this post is going to be a little scroll heavy, but maybe there’s a read you might enjoy. All covers come from Goodreads.

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Read December 31, 2016 to January 5, 2016.

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Read January 6, 2016 to January 11, 2016

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Read January 11, 2016 to January 19, 2016

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Read January 19, 2016 to February 19, 2016

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Read February 19, 2016 to April 6, 2016

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Read April 6, 2016 to May 20, 2016

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Read May 20, 2016 to May 26, 2016

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Read May 26, 2016 to June 17, 2016

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Read June 17, 2016 to July 1, 2016

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Read July 2, 2016 to July 29, 2016

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Read July 29, 2016 to August 11, 2016

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Read August 11, 2016 to August 27, 2016

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Read August 28, 2016 to September 10, 2016

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Read September 10, 2016 to September 23, 2016

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Read September 23, 2016 to October 4, 2016

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Read October 4, 2016 to October 29, 2016

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Read October 29, 2016 to November 1, 2016

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Read November 1, 2016 to November 5, 2016

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Read November 5, 2016 to November 9, 2016

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Read November 9, 2016 to November 15, 2016

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Read November 15, 2016 to November 26, 2016

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Read November 26, 2016 to December 14, 2016

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Read December 14, 2016 to December 24, 2016

Well, there you have it folks.  My reading list from 2016. What do you think? I’m aiming for some more diverse reads next year, but just how diverse? Well, we’ll just have to find out, now won’t we? Thank you for sticking around on this very long post.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.