Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin { audio book edition}

This is book three of The Song of Ice and Fire Series. This needs to be read in order. Book one is Game of Thrones.

     It seems that Martin definitely has a knack for balancing drama, intrigue, and  a decent but not over whelming dash of fantasy to it. Every book seems to get better, than the last one. The tv adaptation to the books has been well done, even with the changes and mixing of facts, the trueness of the books is still there.
     More twists and turn and an ending I would have never seen coming. A Storm of Swords is a another rollercoaster ride for the players and pieces in The Game of Thrones. This is also one of those series installments where big important changes come. A turning point for the characters. Never a dull moment, fluid and well written.
     If you have watched The Game of Thrones series, read the books anyway. There is so much more that isn't covered or changed for tv adaptation. I do really enjoy the series too. So if you haven't seen it check it out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Sorry, this has been a while coming.
     When I first discovered these stories, I was sadly disappointed that they were being published in e-book form. I do not own an e-reader. I prefer the books I buy to be in hardback or paper back form, so I can have a physical library, over a virtual on. I'm not against e-readers, and perhaps one day, I will buy one, just to have access to those tales released only in electronic form.
     So I was excited when these stories were put together in an anthology. If you have not read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Device books, then I would not recommend reading these tales, because they focus on Magus Bane and characters that accompany his history, from these books. The first of The Mortal Instruments is City of Bones, and the first of The Infernal Devices is Clockwork Angel.
     This was a collection of tales, 98% were good tales. Though at times, I thought a bit more could have been added to round the tales out a bit better. My main issue, was with the first and last tale. The first never answered the question that it claimed by title to answer. It was like giving someone a gift, and once they unwrapped it, discovered an empty box. A waste of a tale, and truly unfair. So disappointing.
     The lasts tale, seemed to be a wasted attempt to have another tale. The whole tale is done through voice mail messages. Face to face contact would have been much more interesting and less tedious, of a tale.
     Otherwise, the tales were what I expected even when co-authored with another. Worth reading.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jupiter Ascending : Crashes back to Earth

For the people who brought the Matrix to life, I expected a bit more.
     The costumes, cinematography, even special effect makeup and the like was really well done. But that was the highlight of the film. The story had great potential, but sadly fell short. Only do two of the characters ever really get developed, Tatum and Kunis.
     You have an elaborate worlds, aliens, and a set of feuding siblings and yet you can;t make a rich tapestry of story. All one had to do was add richer characters, intrigue, thicken the story plot by adding other characters interested in the Recurrent Queen {Kunis} and an interesting tale could be born.
     I agree and completely see why the critics have been harsh with this film. A few tweaks and a bit more imagination and this film could be worth the price of admission and the 3D surcharge.
     Don't really think its worth the movie theater price. Wait to rent or buy on DVD, or even wait for the TV debut.
     So disappointed.

Kill Switch by James Rollins

I fell in love with James Rollins books by accident. Barnes and Noble had a sale and I bought one of his Sigma Series books, and fell hard. I never really liked Clive Cussler but James Rollins, a different story.
    I went back and started The Sigma Series in order, of course skipping the one I read, and I have read several of the stand alone novels too. It was in the Sigma series, that Tucker and Kane were introduced and I loved the pair, plus, one being a dog makes things even more interesting. So when I read that the pair were going to have their own story, I got excited.
     I was not disappointed. Kill Switch is a roller coaster ride of twits and turn. A perfect blend of action, characters, twists, science and history. Typical Rollins perfection, even when he is co writing with another, Grant Blackwood.
     Love this first installment in the Tucker Wayne spin off from The Sigma Series. I was glad to hear that more novels would come following this perfectly matched pair.
     You don't have to be familiar with The Sigma books, to enjoy this read. But if your interested in The Sigma Series, that starts with the prequel book to the series, Sandstorm. This book is definitely worth the time to read.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Into the Woods

     This was one of my take it or leave it films. I 'm not a big musical fan, but I' have seen a variety of ones from The Sound of Music, to Sweeney Todd, and even Les Miserables, just to give you an idea of the range of musicals, I've seen. I've seen more than those.
     Into the Woods wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it didn't surprise me either. It was kind of in the middle of the road, compared to the others I have seen. Though it wasn't bad, it just seemed to get a little lost in the woods at the end. It was like they were trying to be a bit different, put a twist on it, and it fell a little flat.
     Though I do admit that Johnny Depp surprised me. I thought, him as the wolf. I know he can sing, that wasn't what surprised me. It was how a song with the right kind of slightly disturbing but fitting lyrics for a human eating wolf, and the right facial expressions and movements, made this wolf done by Depp, really creep me out.
     The songs weren't bad, and I liked how the fairy tales had elements from the older, original versions collected by the Grimm brothers. The story wasn't bad either, but in my opinion, I don't think its all that, and worth paying theater prices to see it. On stage, would be different. But if your looking for something to see at the movies, this wouldn't be an awful choice.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (audio book)

     I watched Season Two of Game of Thrones before listening to this book, and discovered that I liked the book a bit better this time than the show. There was more character and story depth than was in the show, but then again, things have to be tweaked when put into film for whether it be a series, or just one film.
     This installment I finished faster than the last. It really kept a roller coaster pace about it, and I love the narrator and his voices. His story telling is natural, and never rings false. It will be a little while before I move on to book three, but I understand why this series is so popular.
     A great mix of characters, story, a wonderful world of magic and human intrigue. This is the kind of book that I think those not really into fantasy could get into.
     This is book two in the Song of Fire and Ice Series. The first book is Game of Thrones, and the TV series by the same name is really good too.
     Whether you read it or listen to it, it is worth the time to check out.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The House of Gaian by Anne Bishop

This is the third and final book in The Tir Alain. The first is The Pillars of the World.

     I liked the first two installments of this book. I gave up after finishing about a quarter this one. I debated for a bit on trying to get back into it, but it began to feel like I would be reading it because I had to, like a literature class assignment and I decided it was best to move on, and put this into my small pile of I couldn't finish it books.
     I finally realized my issue was the lack of any sort of interesting story line, for the most part. Occasional story bits that progressed the tale a tad. But to me, it just seemed to be a slow progression of the characters, moving toward the final battle between good and evil. I really think this book should have been half its size, and a good chuck of it cut out.
     I don't have an issue with books that don't have a lot of adventure in them. But the story plot has to move, things of interest have to be going on at some level, and this just seemed to get stuck in the mud. To be honest, I think two books would have sufficed over three.
     Usually, enjoy her books, but again this was just stalled. Still, the first two books were good, I just wouldn't expect the third to be great.
     Anne Bishop's Black Jewel Books, and Ephemera books are good reads too.