Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Themes Explored: friendship, power, coming of age, pride, language, supernatural, man and the natural world, education, duty, personal responsibility, arrogance, death, death, balance, coming-of-age, fantasy, dragons, magic, wizardry, consequences Summary: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and … Continue reading Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

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Neil Gaiman-Neverwhere

Themes Explored:  fantasy, urban fantasy, restlessness, adventure, danger, evil, the underworld, life, romance, action, death, magic, shadows, mysticism, assassins, invisibility, time-travel, angels, fall from grace, power, darkness, legend, fighting, religion, dreams, destiny Summary: Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers … Continue reading Neil Gaiman-Neverwhere

Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Director: David Yates Rating: PG-13 Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz Screenplay: Adam Cozad, Craig Brewer Based on the Novel By: Edgar Rice Burroughs Music By: Rupert Gregson-Williams Cinematography: Henry Braham Running Time: 110 Minutes Premiered: July 1, 2016 Synopsis: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to … Continue reading Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Patrick Rothfuss-The Lightning Tree

Themes Explored: voyeurism, fantasy, high fantasy, fae folk, fae lore, favors, revenge, father-son relations, familial conflict, mentor-protégé relationship, death, lifem imagination, bargains, legends Synopsis: A short story featuring Bast from the Kingkiller world. It takes place prior to the opening of The Name of the Wind and follows Bast around for a day (From Goodreads). … Continue reading Patrick Rothfuss-The Lightning Tree

Top 5 Television Shows

Fringe (Fox) Synopsis: An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena (From IMDb). Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Seth Gabel Air Date: September 9, 2008 – January 18, 2013 Review: Oh Fringe, you wonderfully weird and perfect … Continue reading Top 5 Television Shows

Movie Review: Pride & Prejudice 1940

Director: Robert Z. Leonard Rating: R Starring: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley Screenplay: Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, Helen Jerome Based on the Novel By: Jane Austen Music By: Herbert Stothart Cinematography: Karl Freund Running Time: 118 Minutes Premiered: July 26, 1940 DVD Release: October 10, 2006 Plot Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five … Continue reading Movie Review: Pride & Prejudice 1940

Top 5 Movies I Have Watched Recently

Listed by viewing order, not preference. Zootopia (March 2016) Plot Summary: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. (From IMDb) Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush Review: I though the movie … Continue reading Top 5 Movies I Have Watched Recently

Jojo Moyes-After You

Themes Explored: grief, coping, familial relations, mother-daughter relations, realistic fiction, work, reality, crushed dreams, guilt, death, teenage rebellion, drifting through life, making hard decisions, therapy, getting over loss, romance Summary: Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling … Continue reading Jojo Moyes-After You

Top 5 Wedding Movies

In honor of my brother’s wedding over the weekend, here are my top five favorite wedding movies. 1. Father of the Bride (1991)  Synopsis: With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go (From IMDb) Review: This is actually a remake/update of the 1950 film of the same name starring … Continue reading Top 5 Wedding Movies

JoJo Moyes-Me Before You

Themes Explored: quality of life, familial relations, death, life, meaning of life, relationships, romance, heartbreak, assisted suicide, drama, realism, sadness, happiness, rejuvenation, divorce, poverty, work ethic, sexual assault, growing up, coming-of-age, recognizing potential, male-female relationships, quadriplegia, contemporary fiction, recession, joblessness, job hunting Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there … Continue reading JoJo Moyes-Me Before You