SFRevu Media Column- 10/2012
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Dredd 3D by Directed by Pete Travis
(Lionsgate 01 October 2012 / ) -
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan... (Written by Production)
Release: 21 September 2012 (USA)
Length: 95 min. (see review)
Midst Toil and Tribulation (Safehold) by David Weber (Read by Peter Ganim)
(Macmillan Audio 02 October 2012 / $74.99) - Product Description: After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting--egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior--monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos. Vicar Clytahn of the Church of God at harvest time. King Cayleb of Charis, his queen Sharleyan, and Merlin Arthawes will have their hands full trying to stave off wholesale starvation in Siddermark while at the same time shipping in enough land combat units to fend off the "volunteers" from the Church's Temple Lands. And while Vicar Clyntahn is hailed in the Church for his boldness and audacity, there¬†are those who remember how dependent Church power is on money from Siddermark...and who wonder what will happen if Siddermark starves.
Bursting with vivid invention and the sweep of lived history, Midst Toil†and Tribulation will build its series' audience to a new level. (22 CDs, 27.5 hours) (see review)
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (Read by Fred Berman)
(Macmillan Audio 16 October 2012 / $39.99) - Product Description: The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia.
At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.
Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to†Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's†New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor. (8 CDs, 10 Hours) (see review)
The Year's Top Short SF Novels 2 by Carolyn Ives Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Robert Reed, Kij Johnson, Ken Liu, and Allen M. Steele
(Audio Text 15 October 2012 / $44.99) - Product Description: Short novels are movie length narratives that may well be the perfect length for science fiction stories. This unabridged audio collection, edited by Allan Kaster, presents the best-of-the-best short science fiction novels published in 2011 by current and emerging masters of this form. In The Ice Owl, by Carolyn Ives Gilman, an adolescent, female, Waster in the iron city of Glory to God finds an enigmatic tutor who provides her with much more than academic instruction while a fundamentalist revolt is underway. In the HUGO AWARD winner, The Man Who Bridged the Mist, by Kij Johnson, an architect from the capital builds a bridge over a dangerous mist that will change more than just the Empire. In Kiss Me Twice, by Mary Robinette Kowal, a detective, with the assistance of the police department's AI that takes on Mae West's persona, solves a murder with all the flair of an Asimov robot story. The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary, by Ken Liu, is a moving chronicle of attempts to witness the history of Japanese atrocities against the Chinese in a World War II prison camp by traveling back in time using Bohm-Kirino particles. In The Ants of Flanders, by Robert Reed, a teenage boy, incapable of fear, takes center stage in an alien invasion of Earth that pits alien foes against each other in a war that has no regard for mankind's existence. Finally, in Angel of Europa, by Allen M. Steele, an arbiter aboard a space ship, exploring the moons of Jupiter, is resuscitated from a hibernation tank to investigate the deaths of two scientists that took place in a bathyscaphe underneath the global ocean of Europa. These are unabridged readings by Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Vanessa Hart, and Nancy Linari are more than 14 hours in length on 14 CDs.
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