So, during my daily commute I tend to listen mostly to audio books. Having an hour plus commute each way really lets me tear through them at a fairly quick pace and I frequently find myself buying extra credits from Audible.com. (I highly recommend it btw)
Anyway, I recently completed the third installment of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown and I wanted to put in my 2c. The story takes place in the far future where humans have terraformed and populated Mars, the Moon (Luna) and various celestial bodies in the solar system. And humanity is divided by class using a “color” scheme. Golds sit at the top and conquered the rest of humanity a couple hundred years prior to the story. They took on a lot of Roman culture and social constructs yet have fantastic tech which they use to rule over the other Colors. Obsidians are huge warriors that are imprisoned on the Poles of the planets and believe the Golds are the Norse Gods. They are used for martial purposes and are of course slaves. Grey’s are use mainly as soldiers and police. Silvers are tech centric, Oranges are medical, Pinks are prostitutes/sex slaves, Coppers are bankers and of course the Reds are used as slave labor in various endevours but they are most famous for being miners extracting Helium3 from deep inside Mars.
The story is based around a particular Red name Darrow of Lycos ,which is a mining city deep under Mars. The Red believe that the surface of Mars is uninhabitable and they are digging out the lifeblood of the settlers trying to make it so. This is, of course, a lie. They are enslaved by the Golds and Mars is beautiful with majestic cities, lush gardens etc etc.
Anyway – Brown sucks you right in and makes Darrow someone you care about and then gets you on board with a pretty brutal event that kicks this whole ride off. I’m not going to go into a ton of detail or even much more, but the gist is that he leads a rebellion of sorts.
I really, really found this series enjoyable. I loved most of the characters and at least twice I found myself with my heart pounding, adrenaline pumping and almost gasping in shock/disbelief at certain points. Its a pretty rare book that gets me to that point. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the SciFi, Fantasy genre. Mr. Brown did a great job and I look forward to whatever he puts out in the future.
TL;DR – If you like SciFi/Fantasy, read or listen to this now! Fear the Reaper!
We’ve finally finished season 4 of House of Cards and I think it’s likely been the best since Season 1. Spacey and Wright are just fantastic. The chemistry they have is perfect. The first half of the season was the conflict between Frank and Claire and ended with the wolves circling, but the Underwoods going on the offensive.
They both give Patrick Bateman a run for his money in the sociopath department. They can, and do ruthlessly damage the other until they realize that the success they enjoy is primarily because of their combined strength. And they do indeed make a formidable opponent.
The odd thing about this show is that you see how awful the Underwoods are, but you still end up hoping, just a glimmer in the darker parts of your soul, that they come out on top. Or at the very least you want to see *how* they do it.
So at the end of the season it ends up with the Underwoods vs an intrepid reporter from the Herald ( Tom Hammerschmidt) who has a powerful set of allies, Will Conway the charismatic Captain America-ish Republican nominee, the SecState Kathy Durant who I believe is going to screw the Underwoods over or at least make an attempt and I think maybe the actions of Doug Stamper the Underwoods CoS, who is playing a very dangerous game.
Season 5 is lining up to be pretty epic. I just hope the writers don’t go too far off the rails.
Another thing to note is that Netflix is on a pretty good role with their original programming. House of Cards, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Orange is the New Black have all been very good to excellent. HBO better watch out..
We just started the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix. I enjoyed last season but I did find it to be maybe the weakest of them, but so far this season,the show is back to top form.
So far we are through the first 3 episodes and it has so far revolved mostly around the battle between Frank and Claire as they bite and stab each other while maintaining the facade of a happily married power couple. All I can say is that I am firmly Team Claire.
Also worth noting is that Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are just fantastic. The level of “f**k you” Spacey can communicate in a smile is just…well, awesome. These two completely deliver and handily do most of the heavy lifting for the show.