Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crimson Veil by Yasmine Galernorn

This is a book in a series and on that needs to be read in order. The series is under Sisters of the Moon, and starts with Witchling.

     This book is told from the perspective of  Menolly.

     This is another roller coaster ride in the series. The story eventually links back with some of the hangovers from the previous book. The missing Fae are found, one villian goes down while another threat rises. A hint at another mystery to be solved. Menolly makes some changes in her life, and as always, the sisters continue to balance the chaos they call life.
      Another excellent installment in the series.

Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (audio version)

This is a book in the Rachel Morgan or The Hollows series. It needs to be read in order. The first book is Dead Witch Walking.
      I thought since the library had this on audio and I hadn't read it and I follow the series, I'd listen to the audio book. This is the second one, I have heard. I still prefer reading the book, but listening to one once in a while is a nice change of pace, and an easy way to catch up on books I want to read.
     The only issue I have with this audio book is I thought since the book is told by Rachel Morgan's perspective that it would be just the narrator. Nope, she did character voices. That threw me off for a moment but I eventually let go and got to enjoy the book.
     This is the second to last in the series, and it has some major revelations and character growth and changes. This story is the typical action pack, character rich tales in the world of the Hollows.


This film was pretty good. The story line was well balanced between on and off planet action. What disappointed me was the opportunity to create worlds with interesting features, something less ordinary.
     But the film is worth watching on the big screen. I doubt it would have the same impact on the small screen. In my opinion the critics have gone a bit too gaga for this film, though it worth watching.

Monday, October 27, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

     This is the last book of The Mortal Instruments series. If you haven't read this series, I suggest starting with the Infernal Devices trilogy which is a prequel to this series because certain references will make more sense if you do.
     The first book in The Infernal Devices is Clockwork Angel and City of Bones is the first of The Mortal Instruments.
     This book was pretty good, a typical tale in this series, with a few twists and turns that weren't expected.
     The epilogue was way too long, and a bit dull. Plus, to be honest, I wouldn't mind a story that wasn't a little too conveniently tied up with a bow at the end. After all, not all fairy tales ended in happily ever after.
     But the story was good and does connect into the next trilogy.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dracula : Untold

I really like the idea of mashing actual history, with the fictional, famous Bram stoker vampire.
     Would have liked it in 3-D. The story was well done. Flows well, and seems to be more believable, than Bram's version of Vlad becoming Dracula. This Vlad is much more human, you understand the choices he made, why he made them. You sympathize with me. I really liked the balanced of man and monster.
     Even like the tie in, at the end to Bram Stoker's version. Worth seeing. A good real vampire film, nothing mushy or soft about the vampires in this film.
     Oh, and Stoker's Dracula is a good read.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Atlas Shrugged (film) Part III : Who is John Gault?

This is the last part of the three films.

     I watched the two previous installments based on the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rynd. Even though this a lower budget film, and the actors keep changing for the most in each part of this film. I have never read the book, which is huge, by the way and was originally released in three separate parts. The audio book is fifty discs in total, if you were wondering.
     Anyway, the actor changes aren't a really big deal, they do a good job of refreshing you of who is who. This is one of those works that gets one thinking about how things are, and where things could end up in the future.
     For a low budget film that raised the money to make, each part is well done and flows well. Really, overall not a bad film and from what I can tell, adapted decently for the big screen. Really is worth checking out. Of course, the first two parts should be seen before the concluding on.

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.