Nov 8 2011

Truth shines on Comanche Moon

Anyone familiar with Texas history or geography has to suspend reality to enjoy Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry. Maybe I could get more, but here are 10 things that are not Texas residents are entitled to know about the CBS miniseries: cages of torture. Huh? The only written reference to the use of cages of torture by Mexican bandits, that I know of came in 1997 McMurtry's novel. I'm not saying that outlaws and Indians during the 1850s were deacons of the church, but why build a luxury cage hanging someone off a cliff when the skin could only do with life and it? The rattlesnake scene: If you have not seen the show, however, I will not spoil the surprise, other than that, no way, Scull. Now, the rattlesnake scene others, in which Maggie is hidden under a structure during an Indian attack, it is quite plausible. Snakes such as housing, too. The big roundup: A friend asked, "Are really Comanches raid Austin?" The answer is no. During the 1830's and 40 did the scalp within walking distance of Congress Avenue Austin, but did not sack the city. McMurtry inspiration for this part of his novel and the script came from the so-called Great Comanche Raid, which occurred in the summer of 1840. In that attack, hundreds of buffalo hump Comanches in fact cut through Texas to the end of "Big Water" (well, the Gulf of Mexico.) They plunder the coastal town of Linnville with such detail that no one bothered to rebuild it, the survivors decide that Port Lavaca made a place in the city safer. Speaking of Austin: Congratulations on the realistic portrayal of the Texas State House. The capital is shown in the film capital accurately describes the 1850's, an ugly limestone building built on the cheap that some wag later said resembled a "big corn crib size, with a pumpkin for a cupola. "Fire destroyed in 1881 and the present capital of pink granite which it replaces. Central Texas is not like New Mexico: The mini-series was filmed in the country of New Mexico's Pecos River, more than 600 kilometers from the capital city. Dirt on Austin real life is not yellow sand and hills is visible only from the support center at an elevation of less than 700 feet. You have to drive at least five hours of Austin before starting to see the country remotely like Austin is shown in Comanche Moon. Why a Texas history could not have been filmed in Texas, do not know. We still have a little space left. Costumes: The costumes are handled by an "A" period attire was required. The dialog box: McMurtry is a Texan and knows how we used to talk and how to speak today. Comanche Moon lines may not be as memorable as those of Lonesome Dove, but the dialogue is both entertaining and relatively realistic. (Although never sure heard of "push" and "club" used in the context of the places McMurtry inches) actual historical figures: EM Pease, indeed, the governor of Texas during the 1850s. Of course, Pease, no Captain Scull and his wife lived in the mansion in the movie – almost the mirror image of the current governor's mansion, built in 1857. Ben Lilly was a famous hunter of bears, though not in the 1850's, and there was a real Quanah Parker. Richard King built a million acres ranch and buffalo hump was a real chief of the Comanches. The Comanches: His gaze, the language (with subtitles) and attitudes are also extracted. Parrot: Squawk! Parrots are produced along the Rio Grande, and Mexico, but I never heard of a bird attack. I enjoyed a lot of jokes about parrots in recent years but have never read a parrot murderer. Polly wants to outlaw?

Oct 18 2011

Hurricane Moon – Alexis Glynn Latner: Book Review

I love science fiction involving space travel and Planetfall and discovery. You could say I'm a fool for him, he falls for a good propaganda or synopsis of the flap or the back of a book in a heartbeat. Such was the case with Hurricane Moon. Intrigued with the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčinterstellar travel and exploring a new planet, read the novel by Alexis Glynn Latner and was shocked twice, one of which was a nice way. The other, well … The pleasant surpise was the credibility of the plot and all devices, ideas, and foreign entities that the author throws at you. The protagonist, Catharin Gault, a ship's psychiatrist in charge of maintaining the mental health of the ship's crew and passengers to make Planetfall, boat, going to colonize a new world similar to Earth on arrival ( and necessary terraforming). Everyone makes the trip in ecstasy (one artificially induced sleep), but only a few are revived at any time after reaching their destination. His first assignment turns out to be a literal dead end, so the decision to return to the immobilization likely again to have another planet like Earth, a journey that will take passengers to the edge of their biological capacity to maintain stasis sleep. When they arrive, not only Catharin and crew faces two worlds spinning around each other, they also face the fact that the long journey has seriously damaged its cellular structure and can damage your reproduce.Now, enter the second, not so good surprise. After waking up from an antagonist of the quasi-(and genius stray bullet bioengineer Joseph Devreze) in the new world, and after turning sexual latent tensions announced earlier in the book, the reader, after a few levels and emotional lows experienced by the characters, you must conclude that they are reading a romance novel. Well written, I agree. But even so, a romance novel – space.And together when the huge moon, the moon of hurricanes (which is actually the second planet) is about the new settlers find they are affected both by its proximity to the local flora and fauna. While exploring the world to call their new home (because cell degeneration in ecstasy while they were prevented from traveling to the next star and never would the nearest star in real time), and Gault Devreze are forced to work against the new elements, emotions, and the clock when the degeneration is accelerated and becomes deadly.Still, Hurricane Moon is a pretty good read if you can swallow the vagaries of love and love denied. Being the curious type, I stayed with the novel until the end to see how the author solves the problem of cell degradation. Otherwise, you would have to fall, have little time for romance soap opera with a strange environment. The author, Latner, has a good imagination and alien landscapes and technological problems are very realistic. And it does a good job of tying the loose ends, but leaving a sufficient margin so that the appearance inevitablism in science fiction literature – the moon sequel.Hurricane a very good novel, in general, but still a romance. ..

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