The Eyre Affair-Jasper Fforde

Themes Explored: fantasy, libraries, magic, time travel, books, love, father-daughter relationships, work-life relationships, meta fiction  Synopsis: Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality, and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and … Continue reading The Eyre Affair-Jasper Fforde

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Joe Abercrombie-The First Law Trilogy

*This is a review of all three books  Themes Explored: revenge, torture, magic, politics, wizardry, tragedy, death, fulfilling potential, love, hate, past mistakes Summaries: The Blade Itself (Book 1): Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than … Continue reading Joe Abercrombie-The First Law Trilogy

The Bone Queen-Alison Croggon

Themes Explored: regret, magic, mistakes, pride, love, forgiveness, fantasy, magic, youthful rage, good versus evil, antihero, redemption Summary: Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most powerful Bards of his time, has been exiled from the School of Lirigon for a grievous crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen. Isolated and guilt-ridden, he is burdened … Continue reading The Bone Queen-Alison Croggon

Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

I had previously published a Top 5 Romantic Novel list in 2015. This is my list for 2017. The only constant is The Deception of the Emerald Ring; which I clearly like quite a bit.  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen I am not sure what all I can say about this novel other than that I think it … Continue reading Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel Rating: PG-13 Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons Screenplay: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, & Bill Collage Based On the Video Game by: Patrick Desilets, Corey May, & Jade Raymond Music By: Jed Kurzel Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: December 14, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): March 21, 2017 … Continue reading Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

Top 5 Disney Animated Films

Robin Hood (1973) I have very fond memories of watching this film at a friend’s house as a child. Whenever I visited, we watched this movie. I am fairly confident that I watched Robin Hood about 900 times before my fourteenth birthday. What I enjoy about this adaptation is the excellent dialogue and the dream-like … Continue reading Top 5 Disney Animated Films

Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Themes Explored: fantasy, escapism, luck, wits, endurance, slavery, foolishness and folly, patriotism, society and class, injustice, wisdom, knowledge, technology, modernization, the supernatural, magic, wizardry, romance, adultery, betrayal, satire Summary: A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire. (From Goodreads) Review: I love King Arthur stories, the adventure, … Continue reading Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

Themes Explored: romance, fantasy, lust, escape, rebellion, womanhood, piracy, love, hate, tolerance, husband-wife dynamics, children, fishing, loyalty Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. When chance leads her to meet … Continue reading Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

Director: Denis Villeneuve Rating: PG-13 Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Screenplay: Eric Heisserer Based On the Short Story by: Ted Chiang Music By: Jóhann Jóhannsson Cinematography: Bradford Young Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: November 11, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): February 14, 2017 Synopsis: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics … Continue reading Movie Review: Arrival (2016)