“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
Occasionally a cool book comes along and sucks you into another world, and when I run across one, I want to pass it along. I’ve been reading Daniel Wilson’s Robopocalypse, which is….pretty much what it sounds like. It’s told in a fashion very similar to Max Brooks’ World War Z. This could very well be World War R. The machines go all SkyNet, but it’s not just terminators, it’s your car, your toaster, anything with networked electronics. There’s an elevator that eats people. It’s AWESOME! The premise sounds a bit hokey, but like in World War Z, it’s all about the seriousness with which the author sells it. I know that Spielberg was circling this forever as a possible project, but nothing really came of it. If you’re looking for a fun, sci-fi summer escape….join me in fighting the Robot Uprising. Because they’re robots. And they’re coming for you. Continue reading Killing Time – June 26, 2014
With his long-delayed Robopocalypse now in development hell, Spielberg is moving on to direct the adaptation of American Sniper with Bradley Cooper in the lead. I have to admit, I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s been on my radar. It’s an intriguing choice and Cooper’s been on a roll lately. Synopsis of the book below:
He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “The Devil” by the enemies he hunted and “The Legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him Al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned a legendary status among his fellow SEALS, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, who he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences of all time.
A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust into the front lines of the War of Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. In Fallujah, where he recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on the street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war-of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends