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I'm often asked what books/authors I would recommend from readers who have read all of my books and are looking for more good reads. If you're one of those folks and are looking for a good read, I have provided  my top 40 picks for novels by some of my favorite authors. Enjoy.

1. The Descent by Jeff Long
2. Deeper by Jeff Long
3. Amazonia by James Rollins
4. The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
5. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
6. Deep Fathom by James Rollins
7. Subterranean by James Rollins
8. MEG by Steve Alten
9. The Loch by Steve Alten
10. Year Zero by Jeff Long
11. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
12. Temple by Matthew Reilly
13. Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly
14. MEG - Hell's Aquarium by Steve Alten
15. Ancestor by Scott Sigler
16. Earthcore by Scott Sigler
17. Creepers by David Morrell
18. First Blood by David Morrell
19. The Last Oracle by James Rollins
20. Black Order by James Rollins
21. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
22. Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti
23. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
24. The Lost World by Michael Crichton
25. Prey by Michael Crichton
26. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
27. The Codex by Douglas Preston
28. Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston
29. Deep Fathom by James Rollins
30. Excavation by James Rollins
31. Shadowfall by James Clemens
32. Hinterland by James Clemens
33. Decipher by Stel Pavlou
34. The Amber Room by Steve Berry
35. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
36. Bestiary by Robert Masello
37. The Eye of the Tiger by Wilbur Smith
38. Vigil by Robert Masello
39. Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
40. Deception Point by Dan Brown




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Monday, December 28, 2009

Avatar was OK, but I have more than a few complaints


I’m going to start my review by stating that I DID enjoy the movie. It entertained me for three hours. I’ll also say that I really enjoyed the well thought out world of Pandora and the creatures that populated that world. The way that the Na’vi could connect with the creatures was not only awesome but was a reflection of the “sky people” (humans) mech technology. In a way, both civilizations had similar tech, but one was mechanical and the other was biological. All good. But that’s where my praise for the movie ends.

Was it in my top ten movies of the year? Yes. Top ten all time? Not even close. Probably towards the back side of the top 100. Why?

1) 3D. For me this always has been, and will most likely always be, a gimmick. It’s similar to the early 90’s in comic books when they put different holograms on the covers. Ohhh, 3D! I need them all. But they provided no real value to the story within or my overall enjoyment of the book. I went into Avatar with an open mind but found the 3D experience added nothing to the movie. In fact, more often than not, it distracted me from it. Many things didn’t look right to me. My eyes bugged out for about the first twenty minutes. I’ve heard a lot of “but you get used to it after a while.” The problem with that is I don’t want to go see movies I have to get used to. I want to sit down, clear my mind and enjoy.

The result of the 3D was a headache and tense eyes until I went to bed. I will say there were a few scenes where I thought, “Okay, that looks pretty cool,” but for the cost to make this film and all the hype, it should have been so much more. I found the visuals in 300 to be far more stunning than in Avatar. I will most likely watch Avatar again, in 2D and compare the experience—see if I lose anything. I’m hoping that the new rash of 3D gimmickry will die out like the 1980’s explosion. I will most likely go see future movies in 2D, regardless of they hype, until some kind of new tech comes along.

2) The plot. I feel it suffered in part because of the aforementioned gimmickry. Too much attention was paid to the tech and not enough to the story. It’s extremely predictable (which I had determined before seeing it, so I wasn’t overly disappointed, but I wasn’t happily surprised either). Here’s how I picture the Hollywood pitch session,

Cameron: Picture this, Fern Gully meets Dances with Wolves!

Exec: Hmm, I don’t know...Didn’t we see that in Pathfinder too?

Cameron: Yes! But here, the Vikings are ‘Sky People’ and the Native Americans—the savages—are Na’vi. Frikken Blue Aliens!

Exec: So, you’re saying this is like Pocahontas with aliens?

Cameron: Blue aliens. But yes, exactly like Pocahontas.

Exec: Tarzan?

Cameron: If Jane is a dude and Tarzan is a blue alien, then yes.

Exec: Jungle Book?

Cameron: Yup.

Exec: Dune?

Cameron: Nail. On. The. Head.

Exec: I don’t know... You’re saying that this plot has been done before?

Cameron: Almost yearly. But the combined earnings from those movies nearly equal my proposed budget.

Exec: Wow, that’s a crap load of money!

Cameron: I know! Listen, you’ve financed this exact same story twice already and both were box office successes. You can’t lose.

Exec: Still...

Cameron: Tatanka!

Exec: Sold!

Seriously. We’ve seen the majority of this movie before, several times. And the plot points that weren’t in those other movies (because they weren’t on another planet—well, Dune WAS and the similarities are painful) were still predictable. I should point out that I enjoyed Avatar far more than Dances with Wolves, Fern Gully and Pocahontas. Pathfinder is a close call. Dune is better.

3) Failed to stir any kind of emotional response. It was fun. But that’s all. I wasn’t once scared. I don’t recall laughing. I didn’t get tense or excited. Nor did I get sad. For me to really consider a movie something special, it really needs to evoke some kind of emotional response in me. This one failed to do so. It was fun in the way that the recent rash of super hero movies are fun. I’d watch it again. I’ll probably buy the DVD. But it was nothing special.

I think the focus on the tech killed this for me, dulled the story and the action. I’m far from a Cameron hater. In fact, he’s been a huge influence on me. But I think when his budget was more limited and he had to innovate or die (not go overboard) he did better.

If you’re curious as to what my all time top ten movies (in no particular order) actually are, here you go:

1. Signs
2. Jaws
3. Aliens (extended edition)
4. The Abyss (director’s cut is unbelievable)
5. The Matrix (1st film)
6. Lord of the Rings (trilogy, uncut)
7. 300
8. Jurassic Park (the first)
9. Shaun of the Dead
10. Star Trek: Wrath of Khan

Runners up: E.T., Close Encounters, Star Wars (3 – 6), Indiana Jones (1 & 2), Ghostbusters, Gladiator and The Three Amigos

-- Jeremy Robinson
www.jeremyrobinsononline.com

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Now, when you say "Dune" was better...do you mean David Lynch's "Dune" or the more recent Sci-Fi Channel (ah, rememeber when it was Sci-Fi?) mini-series? Or are you just referring the plot in a general sense, and therefore the novel?
 
u really mean "Star Wars (3 – 6)" or did you mean "Star Wars (4 – 6)"?
 
Please for the love of sweet zombie jesus tell me that Mirabelle and her parents are not the direct descendants of adam. I'm about 60 pages to the end of Antarktos Rising and from the way the plot is going I wouldn't put it past you to do this.

Also why no mention of zoroaster or mithras? you managed to get to all the others.

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tim

PS I too have WAY more than a few complaints. *pot calling kettle, do you read me kettle.
 
Hi Jeremy - Totally agree with the 3d gimmickry on Avatar... enjoyed it far better in 2d myself (especially the battle scenes) - Your top movies list is so similar to mine ;-)
 
Wow, just saw these comments. Sorry for the slow reply.

Sean - I was reffering to Lynch's Dune. I couldn't get into the Sci-Fi series.

CandyAddict - Yes, I meant 4 - 6. My bad.

Fear Death By Water - No, they're not direct descendents of Adam. That said, as far as the Bible goes, we are all direct descendents of Adam, so it wouldn't be much of a secret. If I used all gods I wouldn't have any left for a sequel.
 
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