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About Peter Damien (33 Articles)
Peter Damien is a busy writer who lives in Minnesota because he just really likes frigid temperatures and mosquitoes. He lives in the crawl-spaces between heaps of books and can be seen scurrying out at dusk to search for food and ALL the TEA. His wife and two boys haven't figured out how to get him out of the house, so they put up with him. He as astonishing hair.

Uncanny Robots

It’s really remarkable and exciting to learn about the research that’s happening on robots and artificial intelligence these days. It doesn’t get as much [...]

January 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

REVIEW: Subversion edited by Bart R. Leib

MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Sixteen stories about subversion and acts of rebellion, both large and political or small and personal. MY REVIEW: PROS: In some places, a very [...]

December 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

REVIEW: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

REVIEW SUMMARY: Brilliantly written fantasy in the tradition of Madeline L’Engle, to be read by young adults of all ages. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Henry York goes to [...]

February 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

REVIEW: Never Knew Another by J.M. McDermott

REVIEW SUMMARY:A dense, elaborate, amazing novel that begs for re-reading. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: This is the story of Rachel Nolander, the child of a demon, and Jona [...]

February 11, 2011 // 1 Comment

Slow Tuesday Night

I don’t know how many of you have G-mail, or spend any particular amount of time following technology related news. I don’t follow with any tremendous devotion, [...]

February 16, 2010 // 4 Comments

REVIEW: Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

REVIEW SUMMARY: A very scattered, disjointed Discworld novel, which has some bright spots making it worth a look. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Football finally arrives on the [...]

January 18, 2010 // 3 Comments

REVIEW: Duma Key by Stephen King

REVIEW SUMMARY: One of Stephen King’s most interesting novels. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: With his life, and mind, in shambles after an industrial accident, Edgar [...]

January 9, 2010 // 11 Comments

REVIEW: Batman: Arkham Asylum

REVIEW SUMMARY: A highly polished game in every aspect, putting it on the top of the heap of Batman stories, not to mention video games this year. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: [...]

October 19, 2009 // 5 Comments

Comic Books vs. Natural Selection

About a week ago, someone sent me an article which pointed out that, surprisingly, Disney had bought Marvel Comics for something like four billion dollars. This deal outraged [...]

September 17, 2009 // 4 Comments


REVIEW SUMMARY: Lovely images and faithful panel translations, but with no emotional significance, or grounding. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The film is set in an alternate 1985, in [...]

August 24, 2009 // 13 Comments

REVIEW: Torchwood: Children of Earth

REVIEW SUMMARY: Really brilliant, except when it’s really not. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: All across the world, all of the children are freezing and chanting. Over and [...]

August 1, 2009 // 15 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: The Fountain (2006)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A movie that is stunning not only in its visual imagery, but also in its storytelling and emotional power. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A movie built around [...]

July 17, 2009 // 9 Comments

An Open Letter to Ghostbusters III

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, on the side of some mountain somewhere, you are probably aware that there’s a new Ghostbusters movie [...]

July 12, 2009 // 2 Comments

eBook Readers, or, How To Miss The Point

I assume that if you have any connection with the internet world and its culture (and I have not entirely decided if this is “culture” like a group of people and [...]

June 18, 2009 // 25 Comments

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