Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young men and boys in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Chronicles of [...]

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Erika Johansen-The Fate of the Tearling

Themes Explored: dystopia, monarchy, romance, vampires, death, destiny, fate, time, fantasy, fiction, evil, hope, civilization, hopelessness, magic, swordplay Synopsis: In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she [...]

Children’s Books with Strong Heroines

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young women and girls in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Islands of [...]

Top 5 Fairy Tale Movies

1.The Age of Adaline (2015) Synopsis: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into (IMDb). Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn Review:  Technically, The Age of [...]

Tom Clancy-Red Storm Rising

Themes Explored: politics, geopolitical warfare, geopolitics, oil dependency, economics, communism, modern warfare, espionage, suspense, adventure, mystery, terrorism, diplomacy, meteorology Synopsis: Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. (From Goodreads) Review: I apologize for the lack of recent activity. Between [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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). [...]

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 [...]