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  1. In this one we get more crime drama, space aliens colonizing the USA and computer art that falls right into the uncanny valley. Because it's so very scenic.
    To be found via this handy link:
  2. In this we get the beginning of a crime-novel, because people like reading such things at airports, and a story about an ugly man.
    Vagueness, as usual from me.
    To be found via this handy link:
    Whoah! Technology!
  3. This one has the phrase "cyborg blitzball" in it. Admit it, you wanna know...
    To be found here:
  4. Here we have Godzilla and the Wild West. ... not simultaneously, but there...
    If you like it, you can check out the editor's choises:
    YMMV, but all slightly on the strange side by anyone's standard.
  5. In this issue there are many stories, but each is very short. A page or two each, I believe.
    But only one drawing.
    To be found via this awesome link:
  6. Satan's bed is a 1965 B&W "film" starring Yoko Ono. It's crap.
    The bloody thing is only 71 minutes long, and feels like years, so slowly does it move. But it gets worse:
    Plot... there's two. Sort of. The A plot, featuring Yoko, has her playing a japanese bride of some drugdealer aiming to quit. His supervisor thinks not, and sends him out to make a deal while he keeps his wife, raping her for the fun of it meanwhile.
    This is tastefully, if not artfully handled. Meaning its pretentious as hell and crosses the border into funny every time. The tiger being the funniest bit. (Yeah... tiger.)
    The A-plot also has some guy in a bed. No idea. Zoned out.
    The A plot leads nowhere, unsurprizingly, and ends the film on the most jarring note imaginable.
    The B-plot has three junkies waking up in a room, needing money, and thus going for a rape-spree all over. Makes sense?
    This has *nothing* to do with the A-plot at all.
    They do this three times, every time the whole affair looks more like sort of kinky foreplay rather than rape. This takes very long, has some nudity, but isn't actually very violent or graphic.
    The first one they ogled while she showered for something like 5 minutes. That was a very tasteful nude scene, really.
    Finally they all get killed by their last victim. That's very underwhelming, all, actually.
    I think some guys just had a couple of unfinished/unfinishable projects lying around, and glued them together. Random like.
    Do I recommend?
  7. More strange and imaginative short stories from around the world:
    The art section is notably bizarre.
  8. In this issue we can see dead people. Or ghosts. or whatever...
  9. Norinco is a chinese arms manufacturer, known mostly for their Kalashnikov variants.
    They also make everything else.
    Like these little Brno model 1 knock-offs called JW15.
    After cleaning off the cosmoline and filing off the bits that don't fit on the magazines, it works fine. Perfectly reliable. No problems there.
    Tolerances are -very- tight and fit is good. Feels very solidly made.
    Finish is rather sloppy though - the blueing doesn't fully cover. There's mill marks here and there. As noted above, the magazines are sloppily made and may require some filing. Stay away from the 10 round ones, as they are most definitely not made by Savage, Brno or any western entity, and will not feed reliably at all.
    Can't say much about accuracy, as I didn't bother putting on a scope, but I can reliably hit a tin can from ~30 meters.
    I saw a couple of guys at the range earlier who had bothered to fit a scope to one of these, and they were managing 2-3 inch groups at 50 meters. That is good.
    The only trouble seems to be the rather heavy trigger it has. Not smooth at all.
    For the cheapest rifle on the market it is pretty decent. It is very fun to operate and tinker with, works reliably and seems accurate enough for shooting cans and possibly cats and foxes if that's your thing.
    But since it is the cheapest rifle on the market it looks really cheap. Not a display piece by any means.

    Solid but unrefined, ugly but reliable. Worth it? Yes.
  10. A week behind sorry... vacation.
    In this one we get... gore. Lots and lots of gore. Way NSFW amounts of gore.
    But how, in a family friendly literary e-zine, you may ask? Read on and see...
  11. Stalker is a soviet film *very loosely* based on the Strugatsky brother's novel "Roadside picnic." Almost in name only. They didn't keep the name, only the very basic concept.
    I recommend hunting that book down, it's good.
    The film...
    After about 12 minutes of the main character waking up and going through his morning routine (not exaggerating that in any way) we are treated to some of the most glorious lines in film history:
    "My dear, our world is hopelessly boring. Therefore, there can be no telepathy, no apparitions or flying saucers."
    Yup. That's where that comes from.
    The most interesting guy in the movie than chats on for a while, until they go and enter the "Zone," which is a far more exciting scene than was anticipating.
    Then colour happens.
    This is the part where one would have liked this flick to have some budget or technology. But never mind, the scenery is of a very high-grade relax-o-vision. Even though that one house in kinda creepy...
    The movie doesn't try too hard to make sense. Instead it gets very deliberately surreal, throwing in nonsense in the form of all that stuff sunk in toxic waste and the architecture of that building the main objective is in, and ... well... the main objective itself.
    A room that can magically grant wishes. Not the ones you go in and make, but the one's you really have.
    This concept scares our characters, and they return, not having made any.
    I see no reason why this could not have been 40 minutes long. They could have skipped the bit where they wade through toxic waste, and trimmed the long-winded philosophical musings. But most time could be trimmed off by cutting the long scenery takes. The opening morning routine alone is more than 8 minutes of filler.
    This flick would have been OK in a cinema, after (or even with) some vodka. Just go in and relax and don't think too hard. If you liked 2001: a space Oddissey, I really don't see why you'd not like this, for basically the same reason.
    Just don't watch it while 14, you'll be hopelessly bored.
    It is available on youtube, through Mosfilm, who have a channel. So... check it out there.
  12. There's flowers in the toilet and on the TVs, and there's ninjas and a Were-Elvis.
    In fact, this has to be the only story about a Were-Elvis I've ever read.
    To be found here:
  13. It is a bit jokey... but then again, it always is.
    Look out for the art section, and check the challanges. For, you know.... challenges.
    For those of us who like to think:
  14. In this issue there are bugs. Zombie bugs.
    And bees.
    Bees, my god.
    To be found here: All par for the course.
  15. Another car that is very much affordable in the USA.
    This one has some visibility out the front windscreen - as opposed to the Honda before, which had it limited.
    It is a very comfortable car to sit in, and the whole surroundings look nice. There's an air of quality to it.
    The vehicle is propelled by a 2 liter petrol engine, which moves the almost 1800 kilogram landbarge at an acceptable speed.
    The car doesn't really handle at all that well, so having more power might not be desireable.
    It's good enough.
    It is possible to fiddle around with the engines in a few ways, one option is to turn off the petrol engine, if one wants to creep around on the electric only. Works like silent running on an old diesel sub, this. The electric motor isn't powerful at all, so you can't really thunder about on the electric, as you could in a Nissan Leaf. Nor can one really thunder around on the petrol. I guess the car's just too heavy.
    But it is comfortable, and the electric only option works really great for people who have short ways to co on errands and such, with the option of going very far on the petrol engine.
    A great cruiser, can be very economical if properly applied, and feels good to drive. Roughly on par with that Lexus LS 250, only much cheaper.