The Wages of Fear (1953)

A title in the Criterion Collection, The Wages of Fear is about men in South America that are stuck in a small town without a penny to their names.  They are looking for jobs to escape, including to America.

When four jobs open up to transport nitro glycerin to a remote oil field, they apply for the job even though they’d be driving trucks not configured for the job and on bumpy unimproved roads.

This is a French film with English subtitles and is good but not great.  It gets off to a slow start but the tension builds when the trucks start to roll half way through the film.

IMDB Score 8.2/10
Amazon Score 4.5/5

 

Angel, Alien and UFO Encounters from Another Dimension (2012)

I saw that this was offered online and decided to see what Amazon’s price for it was.  Lo and behold, it was included in my Prime membership so I was able to watch it for free.

Well, it turned out to be worth what I paid for it.

This is yet another UFO chasing story that lacked compelling evidence that would make you go huh.

While there is an interesting parallel to the stories, the experts come across as crackpots.

IMDB Score 2.4/10
Amazon Score 3.5/5

 

Night School (2016)

As you can see, I’ve been reading more than watching movies.  This installment features an Army service Jack Reacher sent back to school to learn inter-agency cooperation.

But that was just the cover story to be sent around the grapevine.  In actuality, he and the FBI and CIA along with the top leadership of the country have to find out what is selling for $100 million, who is doing the selling and try to stop it.

This one’s pace was different than the previous books.  The who-dunnit was quickly solved (half of the way through) and the chase was longer.  It didn’t bog down, but I prefer more mystery in my mysteries.

Amazon Score 3.9/5
Thriftbooks Score (unrated)

 

The Adept: The Templar Treasure (1993)

Another strong story in The Adept series.  The Scooby gang are after a cat burglar that stole an ancient seal.  On his deathbed, the keeper of the seal tells Sir Adam that it’s more than an historic treasure, it guards an ancient evil.

It’s tough to find this in paperback, but Thriftbooks.com has it.

Amazon Score 4.7/5
Thriftbooks Score 4.0/5

 

Essential Scrum (2012)

I read this for “work” and enjoyed this author’s treatment of the subject matter.

Agile has been around for a while as has its implementation in Scrum.  Essentially, Scrum is a development methodology that uses short cycles of development to produce increments of a product that are themselves useful.

It uses small teams that are fully empowered to develop products.

Amazon Score 4.7/5
Thriftbooks Score (Unrated)

 

Biocentrism… (2010)

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

This book was a bit disappointing.  Partly because of the build up it got and partly because of the material.

Basically, the premise is that reality is only real because we perceive it.  Without our perception and consciousness the subatomic particles act as a wave not a particle so matter doesn’t otherwise exist.

I was more interested in the descriptions of the physics than in the book’s main premise.

Amazon Score 4.1/5
Thriftbooks Score (Unrated)

 

The Dolphins of Pern (1995)

You’d think that after a dozen books in a series they would get old and repetitive, but not so.  This was another strong book in the series and quite enjoyable.

The residents of Pern discover that the shipfish that often accompany ships and have been rumored to rescue sailors, are actually called Dolphins and can talk.

This is the story of a few Pernese that resume dolphineer duties in working with the dolphins in their traditional duties.

Amazon Score 4.7/5
Thriftbooks Score 5.0/5