Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks, Episode 2

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Confession time.  I loved the first half of “Victory of the Daleks.”

I know the story is one of the more reviled of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor. But as a classic Doctor Who fan, the first half was a pure delight.  Seeing the manipulative Daleks, pulling the strings of the gullible humans all while the Doctor tries to convince everyone that they’re really up to no good felt like a writer Mark Gatiss channeling “Power of the Daleks” for a modern audience. Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks, Episode 1

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During my teenage years, I picked up a photonovel copy of “The Power of the Daleks” at a sci-fi convention.   The original script for the long-lost story was put together with the telesnaps (photos of the actual episodes) in an attempt to give fans a chance to see what the watching the serial back in 1966 might have been like.  At the time, I figured this would be a close as I’d get to fully experiencing “The Power of the Daleks.”

When I first got on-line, I discovered the Doctor Who fan community and the practice of sharing the off-air audio from lost serials with each other.  Thank to the generosity of a fellow fan, I was able to acquire the audio from several lost serials that I eagerly listened to, imaging what it might have been like to see the story back during its original airing.  At the time, I figured this would be as close as I’d get to fully experiencing “The Power of the Daleks.” Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful

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As we get ready for my favorite holiday this week, Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) gives us a open-ended Thanksgiving theme.  Instead of a list, I thought I’d just write a little bit about what I’m thankful for this year. Continue reading

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Review: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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On the day she was supposed to marry her best-friend, Aimee Turney attends his funeral instead. Her fiance, James, went on a trip to Mexico before their big day and vanished without a trace. Missing and presumed dead, Aimee must now attempt to pick up the shattered pieces of her life.

Her depression isn’t helped when her parents reveal they’re closing the family restaurant, leaving without the life she knew and counted on building. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Movies

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) takes a break from the printed page and looks to the silver screen with the top ten favorite movies.  Here are ten of my favorite movies.  (One criteria I use is if I surf past the movie, I may stop to watch from whatever point I drop in until the end). Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sci-Fi Group Reads

 

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Time again for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).  To kick off Sci-Fi Month (hosted by Rinn Reads and Over The Effing Rainbow), I’m looking at my favorite books for a sci-fi/fantasy discussion group. Continue reading

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Halloween Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Trick or treat! To celebrate Halloween, I re-visited the classic horror story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Listened to it while working out last week and enjoyed it a lot more than I did when I was a younger reader!

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My first exposure to this classic story came by way of the annual Halloween episode of The Wonderful World of Disney and clips from the animated version of this story. The images from those clips interested me enough to seek out the original story as a young reader — and to not necessarily love it.

Now that I’m a little (OK, a lot!) older and with an audio reading featured on last week’s Audible Channels, I decided to visit the story again. This time, I came away with a whole different appreciation for the story. Continue reading

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