Book Reviews

Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. WilsonRobopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Published on April 17, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction
Links: Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
Pages: 396
Format: Paperback

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They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you. In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication.

In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

Honestly, I liked the first part of this book way better than the last half. The lead-up to the robot war was more engaging and built tension so much better. I felt more creeped out by the slow, creeping realization the robots were infected by something. Then the war starts, and it just got… meh. Also, all the characters have the same voice.

There is nothing unique about them beyond their stories. I guess this makes sense in some capacity because Cormac is recounting a lot of this through his recollections, but it doesn’t make sense for the parts that are supposed to be from video surveillance?

I don’t know; I wish that they stood out a little more from each other. I didn’t find myself drawn to any of the characters. They all started to blur together after a while. I almost would have loved an entire book of vignettes/short stories about people slowly realizing robots are taking over the world.

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The 10 Cities In The World With The Cleanest Air

When deciding on places in the world to travel to, people should take the quality of life into consideration. That includes thinking about how much pollution is prevalent in any given area.

There are many cities in the world with a terrible quality of life simply due to the amount of smog and air pollution. You don’t realize what inhaling so much pollution can do to you in the long-term, and if you’re able to, it would be best to live somewhere with clean air. Here are 10 cities in the world with the cleanest air.

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Aquaman and the 10 greatest Amber Heard movies so far

You know her as Mera in the DCEU, but Amber Heard has been making waves in Hollywood long before Aquaman debuted. Here are her 10 greatest films so far!

Amber Heard will always hold a special place in my heart for being one of my first female celebrity crushes. Plus, she’s incredibly vocal about her feminism and activism, which I have always admired.

She is an actress who ascended the ranks towards the A-List for the last several years. I watched her when she was doing small indie flicks like Remember the Daze. Then she moved on to cult horror movies like All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Ward. Next came her iconic performance as Queen Mera in DC films Justice League and Aquaman.

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5 things we need to see from Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels has officially begun production, and we’ve started thinking about all the things we hope to see in the upcoming spin-off.

If you’ve been reading our site regularly then you know production is underway on the upcoming Penny Dreadful spin-off, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. The series will be set in 1938 Los Angeles and center on a conflict between worshippers of Santa Muerte and the Devil.

Additionally, the series will focus on a colorful cast of characters from Natalie Dormer to Nathan Lane with plenty of supernatural beings thrown into the mix! It sounds like the new series is going to be plenty of fun, but in order for it to live up to its parent series, there are certain elements we need to see in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

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Creepshow, Hell House LLC, and more coming to Shudder in September 2019

Creepshow is finally coming to Shudder this September! Find out what other spooky new films will be arriving on the channel next month right here.

Fall may not begin for a few more weeks but Shudder is kicking off the pre-Halloween celebration early with the delivery of upcoming anthology series, Creepshow and four new exclusive titles! That means you get one new Shudder film every week of September which is pretty exciting if you ask me.

We’ve got the scoop on everything brand new coming to Shudder in September. If you don’t have the Shudder Channel add-on, now is a great time to purchase it!

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5 TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime over Labor Day weekend

Enjoy your long weekend by checking out some of the best shows currently streaming on Amazon! You can’t miss the latest Amazon Originals.

For many of us, Labor Day weekend is a welcome reprieve. With Labor Day off, we get an extra day to enjoy time off from the hustle and bustle of our daily work lives! Amazon has supplied its subscribers with a plethora of fantastic television to keep you entertained over the next few days.

Now is the perfect time to catch up on recent Amazon Originals, such as the brand new fantasy series Carnival Row or the darkly comedic superhero series, The Boys. Plus, the Emmys are coming soon! Make sure you’re up to date with the nominees.

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10 Best Weapons In Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is an incredibly open-world RPG game where you play as Aloy, a Nora outcast who grows to become a formidable warrior and is intent on learning the truth of the world and her own history. To do so, she must travel the lands and face-off against a myriad of deadly machines.

It’s a good thing she is supplied with multiple weapons throughout the game to aide her in her battles. One of the best parts of playing Horizon is discovering all the weapons, upgrading them, and using them against the many different machines depending on their weaknesses. We’re looking at the ten best weapons in the game.

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Film Reviews

Movie Review: Mortal Engines (2019)

  • Directed by: Christian Rivers
  • Starring: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raferty, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang
  • Rating: 6/10

You would expect a movie that begins with an idea as out there as predatory cities on wheels would take more time to establish its exposition and background. Unfortunately, Mortal Engines was done a disservice by being condensed into a two-hour run time with writers uninterested in conveying anything more than a typical revenge story.

Even worse, our heroine, Hester Shaw, loses many significant moments to the male lead in the film. For some reason, their journeys are conflated and intersected in ways they shouldn’t.

Side-note: Robert Sheehan does make a charming leading man. I didn’t get the hype before this movie, and now I’m totally on board.

Mortal Engines has the makings of a new epic. The Victorian-era, steampunk aesthetic is intriguing. But the movie doesn’t do enough with its eccentric concepts to hook a new audience. Mortal Engines was always going to be a hard sell due to being a lesser-known property with such a bizarre premise. The writers get lost early on in their history, trying to establish far too little and far too much simultaneously.

It’s a beautiful film to look at, the production costs were astronomical, and Jackson does deliver a spectacle. It’s such a shame we don’t get to spend more time understanding the eccentricities of Philip Reeves’s world.

Even the action sequences are tepid and uninspired. The movie excels at creating stunning vistas and incredible machine designs, (I’d love to see the concept art), but falls flat almost everywhere else.

I was most disappointed the fighting sequences, even the climactic ones, felt so dull. Even the fight between Anna Fang and Valentine did little to inspire awe. You would anticipate something grander, given the film’s immense scale and size.

That said, I still had a great deal of fun watching Mortal Engines. I am surprised it received such low audience scores. I guess the concept was too out there for general moviegoers.

I wonder if, in a few years, this might be a film revisited with a cult following. The world-building is so compelling. It makes you forgive the lazy writing, at least a little.

I do give the film credit for enticing me to pick up the first book in Philip Reeves series!

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Disney Parks: 10 Things That Are Completely Different During Halloween

One of the reasons the Disney Parks are such popular tourist destinations is because there is always something going on. There are events year-round. Disney is constantly introducing new attractions, shows, festivals, and more. But one of the most popular times of the year for people to visit is during October when all the Halloween activities are in full swing.

If you’ve never been to a Disney Park for Halloween, you should add it to your bucket list. But there are some significant changes made to the parks during that time. We’re giving you a rundown of 10 noticeable changes at all the Disney Parks during Halloween season.

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Horror stories corner: 8 terrifying books coming out in September 2019

It’s getting close to Halloween season. If you need new horror stories to keep you up at night, we have a few in mind coming out this September.

Summer has come to an end and that means Halloween is creeping around the corner. Many fans of the season like to curl up with a stack of new horror stories to get them in the spooky spirit.

We have some excellent suggestions for you. From Stephen King’s latest novel to fresh YA voices, here are some sure-to-be-terrifying new books coming out in September 2019.

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