BOOK REVIEW: 14 by Peter Clines

REVIEW SUMMARY: A mystery that starts out interesting enough to compare to Lost, but loses interest in the middle and falls too far outside of reality in the end. (Not that Lost didn’t also.)

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A young guy without direction in life moves into an old apartment and gathers other tenants to investigate oddities where they live.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Strong setup for interest in characters and mystery.
CONS: Characters and mystery become less interesting by 40% mark; the ending.
BOTTOM LINE: The beginning established an interesting cast of characters and doubly so for their discoveries of this ancient building and its secrets, but the piecing together of the puzzle lost my interest and the climax was not as surprising or engaging as I hoped after liking the beginning.
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LOST: The RPG!

Here’s a video that captures the essence of TV’s LOST…told the way it meant to be told: as a classic videogame RPG.

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It is widely agreed that shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica ended on a low note. I’ve also heard more than one person say the same for Quantum Leap. Although these shows were good overall, they shared endings that kinda sucked.

Which begs the question: Which SciFi shows had the best endings?

What’s you take? Sound off in the comments…

SF Tidbits for 9/30/09

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Tube Bits For 07/16/2009

  • Dominic Monaghan (one of the ‘other’ Hobbits from Lord of the Rings and Charlie from LOST) has been confirmed to be returning to LOST starting with the second episode of the new season. This shouldn’t come as a surprise what with Hurley’s apparent ability to see ‘dead’ people. I can’t wait for the last season to start (and I’m a little sad too).
  • With LOST‘s popularity very high, it should come as no surprise that the kooks are coming out. Writer Anthony Spinner is suing ABC, claiming he wrote the story concept first, in 1977. A real grievance or a money grab? I guess we’ll see.
  • Comcast is going whole hog for VOD, recently adding content from CBS and 17 other cable channels.Comcast’s VOD offerings could use a serious increase in breadth and depth, sadly, this is only a 5000 subscriber trial and it’s not in Houston. Thanks for nothing Comcast!
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth premieres on BBC America on July 20th. Here is a 7-minute clip from the show. Perhaps I should watch Torchwood now.