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October 2nd, 2014
05:23 pm
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Advance Reader's Copy's up for grabs!
I have many Advanced Reader's Copies of books sitting around that I have won in various contests. I cannot sell them because they are not the completed, for sale, book. I am going to start to give them away to friends.

Many are already released now as finished books. Others are not. I will put a list of them here with a link to their Amazon page so you can get an idea of what the book is about. I will also attempt to write the genre of book that they are as I list them.

If you are interested (and willing to pay postage) they are yours. Just let me know which ones.

The Pentrals by Crystal Mack- (Young Adult, Fantasy)
Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan- (Romance)
Gemini by Carol Cassella- (Medical Mystery, Relationship Drama)
A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow- (Drama, Historical, Family, Generation Spanning)
Altered (Crewel World 2) by Gennifer Albin- (Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian)
The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor- (Romance, Historical)
Come To Me Quickly (Closer To You Series) by A. L. Jackson- (New Adult, Romance, Relationship Drama)
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Science Fiction)
Madam: A Novel of New Orleans by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin- (Historical Fiction)
Moth and Spark: A Novel by Anne Leonard- (High Fantasy, Dragons, Historical Elements)
Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler- (Drama, Family Mystery, Woman Main Character)
The Catch by Taylor Stevens- (International Mystery, Strong Female Character)




There will be more added as I read through my pile of "won in contest' books and I will take off the ones that I have given away. Keep checking back.

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December 21st, 2014
12:03 am

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Maleficent
I ended up watching Maleficent last night.



It wasn't a bad movie and I enjoyed it. The art and CGI of the film was amazing. I felt like I was watching a storybook unfold in front of my eyes. Of course, "Sleeping Beauty" has always been a favorite Disney film of mine because I loved the art in it. So, it is no surprise I enjoyed this film as well.

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December 17th, 2014
11:46 pm

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Chinese Box and Ascension...and Helix
I got very excited when Chinese Box showed up on Netflix Instant. It is the third film in a trilogy that has been going on since the 1990s.



I was happy how the film ended with Xavier and where he was in life. I love Romain Duris as an actor and Audrey Tatou is quite good in this as well. It was fun seeing them go from university students in Spain in the first movie to 40 year olds in New York City in this film. The journey is well worth it so make sure to see The Spanish Apartment and Russian Dolls, and then this film. It reminds me a bit of the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight films but focuses on a group of friends from many countries. Really satisfying ending to a series of films.

I have also been sucked into Ascension on SyFy.




The twist at the end of the first nigth? OMG! I haven't been so surprised by a twist in a story-line since LOST! It is a three night mini-series and there is talk it may become a series. It surprised SyFy by being a huge talked about hit that had more people watching the second night after replaying the first episode earlier in the evening before episode 2. A very smart move on their part since people who saw the premiere went NUTS about the twist and it made other people curious and want to see it...so they replayed it. Smart smart move! I am about to watch the last episode...I had to wait after broadcast tonight because it conflicted with my watching the mid-season finale of The 100 and I love The 100 (and they killed off a major character tonight!) so had to watch that. My mum says Ascension is a HUGE wild thing tonight so I am looking forward to the last episode. I highly recommend this series and give the first episode a chance if you do watch it. It is slow at first and then picks up speed and the end twist is a mind-blowing thing.

I have also got inot Helix on SyFy:




I was surprised how much it is drawing me in to the first season! It is fun, shocking, and just well done. The pacing is good, the cinematography good, and you even buy the "that could never happen" stuff that goes on because the whole world-building of the show makes things plausable that are not. I have 4 episodes in the first season to go and I am actually looking forward to the second season.



The trailers for the second season actually made me check out the first season. Now I am kicking myself as to why I never watched the series to begin with. Definitely check it out if your into the whole "sci fi story with virus spreading changing people into monsters within a closed lab setting."

I have to say, I am glad to see Sy Fy sheading a lot of the crappy reality shows and starting to turn back to scripted, dramatic shows like Ascension, Helix, and even Z Nation. They have 12 Monkeys coming up as well which is based on the film and been made series now. The trailer makes it look interesting as well:




I am going to be watching the first episode of this series because it looks fascinating.

So I am glad Sy Fy is taking steps to get back to actual shows that don't involve reality contests or following people in a reality show. They have a few (Ghost Hunters, Face Off, and a few more) but they are now heading back to actual scripted shows. Reality TV is dipping in ratings and Sy Fy seems to realize this and has bitten the bullet to start pullling away from reality TV. Kudos to them for that.

And with that, off I go to watch Ascension and some more of Helix as well.

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December 14th, 2014
10:14 pm

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Three movies....one turned out to be a miniseries.
I have been in a movie watching and reading book frame of mind the last three days. It helps that I had 5 DVDs come up for me at the library from my "hold" list. The movies?

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story




It was outrageously not politically correct. It was more a "miss" than "hit" with it's humor. I am glad I finally saw it but wasn't overly impressed by it.

22 Jump Street




I can say, the final credits were the funniest part of this film for me. They show the sequels to the movie with scenes and movie posters.

See that here:




I was laughing so hard at the end credits.

The rest of the film had funny moments and confirmed to me, I really am not a fan of Jonah Hill because he is needy and tries too hard (Yes, I thought this after heairng him on the commentary to the film). It was a pleasant watch for sure but not as good as 21 Jump Street.

The final film I thought while watching, "It's good but it is feeling so long." I found out it was a miniseries and 4 hours long. It didn't have any breaks in episodes of the series so just seemed like a very long movie. But, it was so good!

Lost In Austen:




I really loved that the characters in the movie were fleshed out and had surprising personalities at times. I really adored Bingley and Jane, two characters that are frightfully bland in "Pride & Prejudice" but were the best characters to me in this mini-series. I am still not a fan of Mr. Darcy because he is such an snobby asshole. I will never know why so many women swoon over him since it would be a huge waste of time to try and get through his prickish behavior to have him fall in love with you, if he felt the urge. I also do not believe his life experienes are an excuse for being a snobby jerk to everyone he sees beneath him. Wickham was surprising in this verison because he wasn't a bad guy. He basicaly helps out behind the scenes and had LIED about the situation with Georgina Darcy to save her from being cast out of society for being"fast". He had no inetrest and she tried to seduce him. He did not give in and she was horribly upset. He allowed society to think him a horrible person to help her save face. I seriously think Amanda Price (the modern women character) should have ended up with Wickham.

Overall a great mini-series and a lot of fun to watch. I probably will watch it one more times before I return it to the library.

I have two more movies to watch and will probably watch one of them tonight.

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December 7th, 2014
12:41 am

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Hercules


SO AWFUL!!!!!!!

I only was able to sit through 25 minutes of this film before I had to shut it off. It made absolutely no sense and was horribly edited. I decided to not finish the film and save myself from pure torture.

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December 1st, 2014
10:28 pm

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Million Dollar Arm
I saw Million Dollar Arm last night.



It wasn't bad but it seemed to be missing a little soemthing that would have made it a really good movie. I liked the two actors playing the Indian guys he found and prepared for playing baseball. The tall thin one, Suraj Shama was in "Life of P" and if I was in my early 20s, I would be thinking he was so hot.

19-Suraj-Sharma

So, it wasn't a bad movie. It just wasn't the best film i ever saw. It passed the time and I did not regret watching it.

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November 25th, 2014
06:28 pm

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Two "Meh" Movies.
I saw two movies in the last few days. The first?



It was really bland and not the slightest bit interetsing to me. More 20-something, childish, arrested in development, adults acting as if they are the smartest things around. I am really not a fan of those sort of movies be the character male or female. Even worse, the main character is a really horrible stand-up comic and you get to her parts of her routine throughout the film. Yeah, not a fan of this film at all.

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An interesting documentary but nothing overly special. I decided to watch it because La Bare is the male striip club that Magic Mike was based on. So, I watched it and thought it was passibly interesting but not anything overly special.

I am hoping to watch much better films in the next few days. *knock wood*

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November 12th, 2014
02:06 pm

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Edge Of Tomorrow


I heard nothing but good things about this film and I did like it. I liked how it did not baby the viewer about what is going on. It expects you to have a brain and pick up on the story and what is going on as you watch. I liked that a lot because I hate being baby feed the story and smacked over the head with plot points. It was well put together in that aspect. I liked that it conveyed he was reliving the day over and over and gaining knowledge as he did so. I liked that he even gives up in despair because everything he does just doesn't change the outcome. That only one person believes him because it happened to her in a previous battle. I liked how it all unfolded and played out in the film. So, this film gets a thumbs up from me.

Misty also enjoyed it. She liked the advanced, sci fi, helicopters and the aliens. They kept her attention throughout the film and made her annoying when the movie skipped at one point and I had to "scene select" back to the correct spot to continue viewing. She said it was almost as cool as the dragons on Game of Thrones which she adores. She gives it two paws up.

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November 10th, 2014
11:53 am

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The Invisible Woman

A very well-done costume drama about Charles Dickens and the actress he fell in love with near the end of his life. I am not a Charles Dickens fan when it comes to literature. I find his writing dull. Still, this movie was really good, well acted, and I loved the cinematography. Definitely worth a watch if you are into costume dramas.

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November 4th, 2014
01:14 am

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Snowpiercer and Belle Epoque
Snowpiercer....



HORRIBLE!!!! So many people told me how wonderful this film was and I was excited to see it. Then I finally got the chance and...no. The plot was full of holes. FULL OF HOLES! The acting was MUPPET level. By "muppet level" I mean half the actors acted like fucking muppets on the Muppet Show in how much they overacted! Tilda Swinton was the worst offender on that point. The acting totally grated on my nerves and made me go "Oh hell no! This is awful in a bad way!" when watching. The movie felt overlong because of the plot, overacting, and horrible dialogue. The ending was awful as well and made me say, "Give me a break!!" I was glad when it was over and instantly switched on the commentary (to hear the "whys" of the movie choices) only to find it was a bunch of online movie reviewers basically wanking over the greatness of this movie. None of them involved in the making of this movie at all. So, I turned it off, ejected the disc, and was done with the film.

I tried to cleanse my mind by watching Belle Epoque afterward.




I saw the film many many years ago when A&E channel on tv played foriegn, indie, and classic films. I think it was way back in the late 1990s. I enjoyed it then and decide dto revisit it. It still has it's charms and silly moments that were fun. The scene in the hayloft sticks out in my mind from then and was still impactful now. It is a bit dated but then it is set in the 1930's in Spain anyway so that is expected. It was a pleasant watch and I was glad I revisited it. It did distract me a bit form Snowpiercer but only barely. I will need to watch a really good film to cleanse my mind entirely.

I have two movies waiting for me at the library. One I have seen before and one I have never seen. So, I should be seeing them at least by the end of the week. Hopefully, one of them will make me forget about Snowpiercer.

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