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reviewed Vyrkarion: The Talisman of Anor. July 03
Vyrkarion: The Talisman of Anor
Last of a trilogy, this fantasy tale takes place on a planet with nine different races. For the humans, an ever-present threat is of being enslaved by a race of shape-changing lizard people. There's also an ancient prophecy whose time has come.      While traveling, a young noblewoman named Alanna meets Myrriden, a wizard who is also bearer of Vyrkarion, one of eight living …
reviewed clockwork heart. June 30
clockwork heart
This fantasy/romance tale takes place in a very stratified society.      Taya is an icarus, a courier (with metal wings) who can move freely between the social classes in the city of Ondinium. A person's class is tattooed on their forehead; only through reincarnation can a person rise in class.      One day, Taya saves an Exalted (members of the elite class) …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 06, 2013
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Thor: The Dark World
                                                                                    By Joan Alperin Schwartz This film, is my humble opinion, is awesome.  Of course, if you watched …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World (2013 film). November 06, 2013
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Thor: The Dark World (2013 film)
                                                                                    By Joan Alperin Schwartz This film, is my humble opinion, is awesome.  Of course, if you watched …
reviewed Room: A Novel. October 16, 2013
Room: A Novel
  I finished reading Emma Donoghue's Room a few days ago and I've been puzzling about it ever since.       The novel, which according to Donoghue's website has now sold more than a million copies, was nominated  for and/or has won a raft of prizes including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for best Canadian novel), the Commonwealth Prize …
reviewed Xander Caine and the Alien Prophecy. October 13, 2013
This young adult novel is about a person's physical and emotional journey.      Xander has lived a life of wealth and privilege. It has taken him a long time to realize that people are living in the slums outside the city walls, including his friends, Kai and Priya. Xander's home planet has recently finished a century-long war between the two civilizations that inhabit …
reviewed Stains On The Gavel a book. October 10, 2013
Stains On The Gavel a book
When Mr. Massie offered me a reviewer copy "Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime" I decided to give it a chance and was thoroughly engrossed in the tale for a week!  Mark Casey (Mr. Massie) was "suckered" into a relationship by a "black widow" and then left to rot in jail for something he didn't do.  Now this new book comes along and though I definately wanted …
reviewed Star Wars: Book of Sith. September 28, 2013
Star Wars: Book of Sith
There are a million little bits and pieces of the Star Wars expanded universe, and of all of them, the one that fascinates me the most is the history of the Sith. Their history is uniquely odd; at one time, the Sith were a real species before being conquered by the Dark Jedi. Eventually the Sith went extinct through conquest and interbreeding, and the Dark Jedi who practiced with the Dark Side of …
reviewed Vic: Time Doesn't Matter. September 04, 2013
This is the story of a love that really does span the ages.      The first two parts of this book are actually abridged versions of a pair of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels (that is why he is listed as a co-author). They tell the story of Victoria Custer, your average resident of the early 20th century. She likes candy, her favorite color is pink, and she is very interested in hats …
posted a Quick Tip about Elysium (2013 film). August 30, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
As a fan of director Neill Blomkamp's first movie, District 9 (2009), and his short films, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Elysium. Though it's not a total disappointment, Blomkamp's sophomore effort unfortunately doesn't match the brilliance of his debut.   There's much to like and admire in the film. The visuals are gorgeous, thanks to some impressive design and …
reviewed The Writer. August 26, 2013
The Writer
June is your average resident of the planet Pren. It's a beautiful place, with colorful trees and flowers, and birds who tweet Mozart. According to June, it's also really boring. Out of frustration, she fashions something called a pencil out of a piece of coal, and sits down with lots of paper, to write stories of a whole new world. The place is called Earth.      June …
reviewed Modern Disciples (Volume 2). August 21, 2013
Modern Disciples (Volume 2)
This is part 2 of a series about a group of average humans who are actually offspring of the gods of antiquity. It is not just Greek gods, but also Norse, Japanese and Aztec gods, who are alive and well, and mating with present-day humans.      In this book, the group of six has been given three different tasks, forcing them to split up. Jane and Ryan head into the Nevada desert, …
reviewed Kingdom Come: The Mayan Answer. August 17, 2013
Kingdom Come: The Mayan Answer
Last of a trilogy, this book is about a new age on Earth with the coming of the Mayan Sixth World. This time, something is really going to happen.      Several years previously, Amy Magee, archaeologist and expert on Mayan hieroglyphics, discovered some real Mayan pyramids that were buried. . . in central California. It seems that the Spanish wiped out only some of the Mayan race …
reviewed Elysium (2013 film). August 10, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
Writer/director Neil Blomkamp impressed me with his first full-length 2009 film “District 9”, I thought it was a good interpretation of just how an “Alien Nation” would affect a modern human society in a way that almost feel rather similar to a “Hotel Rwanda”. It was a valid attempt to be original and to be imaginative, with a direction that blended stunning visuals, …
reviewed Modern Disciples (Volume 1). August 09, 2013
Modern Disciples (Volume 1)
In a world where the gods of antiquity take human form and have been mating with present-day humans, one man begins to learn his destiny.      Ryan Hunter has been on his own for most of his life. One night, while accompanying a bounty hunter, Ryan sees some very strange things, and feels his godly "abilities" awakened within him. He soon finds himself, along with five …
reviewed Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan. August 08, 2013
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan
Drew Karpyshyn isn't exactly a real prominent name when it comes to the Star Wars expanded universe. He's written only a handful of books, but his contributions have been pretty notable: He is responsible for the storyline in the Knights of the Old Republic video game. He also wrote the Darth Bane Trilogy, which set up the universe of the Old Republic Sith Lords in the way that fans of the more mainstream …
posted a Quick Tip about Elysium (2013 film). August 07, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
I really want to see this movie, I really do. But after watching the trailer, I know this movie and its content, especially the Class issue it explores is really going to piss me off. I know it is, but i'm still going to go see it anyways.
reviewed Elysium (2013 film). August 06, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
By Joan Alperin Schwartz      Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of the critically acclaimed, 'District 9', once again brings us a thought-provoking, sci-fi, fantasy, action film.                                             'Elysium' starring …
reviewed Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013 film). July 31, 2013
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Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013 film)
Rented this movie over the weekend and it put me to sleep. James Franco is a charleton working in a traveling circus as a magician. He is more interested in giving music boxes to his female assistants than he seems to be interested in performing magic. He deals with hostile audiences that look for wires holding up his suspended assistant and then try to kill him when he is not able to make a handicapped …
reviewed Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch (Vol. 1). July 27, 2013
Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch (Vol. 1)
This young adult novel is about your average high school student who really isn't so average.      Aradia is the "new kid" at Salem (Massachusetts) High School. She can't help but notice that a larger-than-normal portion of the students are either incredibly handsome or incredibly beautiful. Those same people are openly staring at Aradia, and not just because …
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