Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

     This is an installment in The Dresden Files. This is a series that is best read in order. The first book is Storm Front.
     This is one of those books where major changes take place and characters grow in big ways. A typical installment in the series. Once it grabs you, its a roller coaster with story twists and turns you don't expect, and revelations that keep you wondering where and what will happen in the next book. Worth the read, not disappointed at all. A perfect installment to a series I love.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (audio edition)

I was interested in checking out The Game of Thrones television series and really enjoyed it. I was curious about the book and what would be different from the television series, but it was one of those books that I wasn't reeled into checking out.
     Well, I had recently bought a MP3 player and the library had the book on audio so I thought why not.
     I have never listened to an audio book before. I think this was a good choice. The narrator did character voices, though I would have been fine with just telling the tale. It was worth the twenty-eight parts totaling about 33 hours and some minutes plus seconds.
     Whether in book or audio form, the story is well balanced, with a plethora of interesting people and places. A good balance of intrigue and character development. Worth checking out and as for the television series, it stays true enough to the book, though there were some scenes in the show that were changed and were better in the book, the battle was one of them. But still, the series is well done.
     I will probably, continue the series this way, though it will be a while before I move on to the next audio book in this series, or a different audio book tale.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

I will be honest, the trailers I saw of this movie made me hesitant to see it. Though I have seen most of the other Marvel comic based films.

     Since the film was doing well, and the local critic really liked it, I thought I'd give it a chance. I was surprised. I really enjoyed the characters, and the story plot. It really wasn't what I expected and the three-d was a plus. Worth seeing in the theater.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lucy

The previews for this film told me it would likely be a decent tale to watch.


     This film wasn't what I expected at all. The previews basically tell 75 percent of the story. I was expected something that wasn't in the category of Transcendence like stories. It was alright. Just wanted more action, more on her developing abilities, and a bit more story line. It could have been a bit more, but sadly, fell short.
    Not worth paying theater prices for. Wait for the DVD or on TV. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

     To be completely honest, I didn't expect much from this film. Didn't disappoint me nor did it surprise me. The very basic story line of this film left out the opportunity to really have any substantial character growth of any sort.
     The movie felt long, and ok, there was the story twist I didn't expect, which was refreshing but otherwise, this film wasn't bad , wasn't great, just ok. The 3-D was a nice add as well as the x-d but not enough of a difference to pay to see it. Rent, borrow or wait for it to come to t.v. to see it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Up from the Grave by Jeanine Frost

This series needs to be read in order. The first is Halfway to the Grave. (Night Huntress Series).

     Sadly, this is the last book in the Night Huntress Series. This was a well done ending to the series. It soon grabs you and takes you on a roller coaster ride, with a few shocking turns and twists, along the way. I will miss Cat and Bones but at least they finally get their well deserved happily ever after. By the end of the book, nothing is left unanswered, all the secrets from Cat's past with Don are revealed, and the way things end up feels completely natural, and as one could see it ending. A series worth reading, and well done.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jersey Boys

I was familiar with the Broadway show but have never seen it. Though I was not born and growing up when Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were performing, I grew up listening to their songs as well as others, from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. So I was interested in seeing this.
     I really liked this film. Though I don't know if or what was changed when it was put in film format, but the side comments directed to the audience and the way they were done, didn't take away from the film. Made it more personable. It had its moments of humor too. Well done and worth seeing, even if you know little or nothing about the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli.