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)

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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

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

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 … Continue reading Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

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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

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

Herman Melville-Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes Explored: the limits of knowledge, the deceptiveness of fate, the exploitative nature of whaling, whiteness (as in the idea that the color white represents evil or non-existence), depth, surfaces, revenge, death, whales, morality, whale anatomy, friendship, sailing, faith, perception, reality, mental illness, fate, economic expansion, modernism Synopsis: In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling … Continue reading Herman Melville-Moby Dick or The Whale