Friday, February 3, 2017

The Horse : The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

I don’t usually read a lot of non-fiction books, but this one was given as a gift, so I read it.
     I really enjoyed this book. For a non-fiction novel it was very interesting and enlightening look at the history of the horse. The author does a good job, mingling her life and what she learned in a relevant and attention keeping way.
     I can see why this author made the New York bestseller list.

     This book is a great gift for any horse lover, or someone just interested in learning more about the horse.

Flight by Death by Yasmine Galernorn

     This is the first in the Fly by Night Series. There is an e-book prequel that is Flight from Hell, and I always try to read those if I can, before reading the first in a series.  It’s always a good way to see if it’s worth investing time into a new series.
     This is also a spin off series from the Sisters of the Moon series book, though you don’t have to be really familiar with that series to get into this book.
     A person from Alex Radcliffe’s past has asked for his help. An investment in an old house to be refurbished as a bed and breakfast is not going as planned. The house appears to be haunted, so Alex takes on the case, after all, he runs his own supernatural investigations service.
     But as when it comes to the supernatural, one thing can be something completely different.
This story is a perfect blend of lively characters, a good mystery, that beautifully flows, and by the end, leaves one wanting to see what comes next.

Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

This is the third book in The Cainesville Series. It needs to be read in order. The first book is Omens.
     Olivia has gotten away from her whirlwind mess of a life, if only for a brief moment. But once again she is drawn back to Cainesville, and this installment, more of the truth is revealed, and in the end, there are several big revelations that will forever change Olivia and those around her.

     This tale does a good job balancing out the simple and mundane with the supernatural and manages to move in a way that grabs the reader and leads them on a wonderful ride, leaving one wanting to know what will happen to Olivia and those she cares for.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cursed by S.J. Harper

This is the first book in The Fallen Siren series. I would suggest reading the novella, Captured first. It comes in a hard copy format. That story introduces the characters and gives the reader a taste of their world. Its a good way to see if you like the series.
     This story moves well, like the novella, and has a few twists you never see coming. It all starts with a missing artist, and from there, as the case evolves, so does Emma and her feelings for her new partner, who she has worked with in the past.
     Each clue, leads them to the unbelievable closing of this case, one that will shake the mortal and supernatural worlds, as well as Emma's.
     A definite good read. A new world I can get lost in, and characters I truly like.

Bound by Flames by Jeanine Frost

     This is the third book in a four book series. Once Burned is the first book in The Night Prince series. These books do need to be read in order.
     In my previous blog entries about this series, I have had a hard time swallowing Leila, as a real character. What I mean as real is could I actually see this person as being in the real world. For two books she felt fake, at times annoying, and not in the way that made her real to me.
     I guess, third time is the charm. I like Leila now, she grew from one dimensional to three. Why did it take so long? I have never had a problem not liking a character, like I have with Leila.
     This book takes place a few months or so since Leila had become a vampire. She and Vlad, have been on the hunt for an enemy from his past, that is out to end Vlad once and for all.
     This book has several twists and turns, and a whopper of an ending, that made this once planned trilogy become four books.
     I really enjoyed this book, more so than the first two but that had to do with Leila.
     This series is connected to The Night Huntress series and world. It can be read alone, but certain characters and plot parts make a bit more sense if you read the Night Huntress Series. If interested, the first book is halfway to the grave.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Arrival

This film is based on a book, A Day In the Life. I haven't read it.

     This is not a high action alien film. It is a first encounter film, more on the lines, of E.T. than Independence Day.
     The story was interesting take on alien first contact. It was pretty good, and since it has aliens, the theater helps to draw in the audience, and makes the aliens, well, more grand.
     It is a film that you have to pay attention to, but if you're looking for something that is more story less action, or crime mystery. This is a good pick.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I have seen most of the Harry Potter films, but never read any of the books. I liked the films that I saw, and when I saw the trailer for this film, I was interested.
     What I like about this film is you don't have to know much of Harry Potter to watch this film. The film is based on a text book that Harry Potter had to read at Hogwart's.
     I will admit, that there are a few times when knowledge of Harry Potter, adds a bit more to the character's lives and world, but it isn't necessary to get lost in this magical world.
     The casting was great. Especially Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, who is the author of the book, the title of the film. He makes Newt a lovable, memorable, geekish, wizard that you wouldn't mind hanging out with.
     The characters and story was a beautiful blend of beasts, magic, and a some twists thrown in by the end. I really enjoyed it, and if the four other films, do get made, I will like to see each one.
   The only issue is I liked Colin Farrel's character, and not to spoil anything, there's a twist I'm not so sure of that happens to him. I guess the next film will prove if that change was for the better or not.
     I saw this in IMAX 3-D. It was worth the cost. Pulled you into the story much more than just seeing it on dvd would. This is one of the films that is best seen on the big screen.