Book Bind ~ Zombie Island


13004927A Shakespeare Undead Novel

by Lori Handeland

Pages 265

started april 9

finished  29

I don’t remember how I acquired this but I’m sure I got it at a thrift store, dollar store or something like that. Considering it said Shakespeare on it, I guess him as a character in a book interested me, oh and I guess the fact he’s a vampire in it helped as well!  Funny he doesn’t look like he would be, not even n the book cover does he have the physical characteristics that tell me one is a vampire. (takes one to know one 😉  )

Anyway aside from the two mentioned, the story interested me for some reason. I guess maybe I thought it sounded like a cross between Romeo and Juliet, and Walking Dead meets Lost?…

 

Back Cover Plot summary

In order to rid the love of his life the Dark Lady Katherine Dymond from the embrace of the encumbrance of her husband, Will concocts a plan to make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once everyone is convinced she has passed, he plans to awaken her, then spirits her away to London where she will assume a new identity and they can live happily ever after. What could go wrong?

But of course as often is the case with true love, all does not go smoothly as planned. When the two are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a Wizard and a Nymph, and is infested with zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot aloof, one that leads to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.

a Sorcerer, Vampire, and Zombies  OH MY! Oh,  and an Elf too!

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Streams of Silver


Forgotten Realms   Book 2 of The Icewind Dale Trilogy

Streams of Silver

by R.A. Salvatore

 

Fantasy Adventure

342 pages

below is a poem on the first page

started February 23rd

STAtUS: DNF

 

Only on chapter 2, I’m not sure if I exactly know what is going on, nor is it easy to remember everything.

There’s an assassin looking for I think a key. The Dwarves or some mixed bunch are on a Fellowship of the ring type adventure only to find some place they may not really exist. If you look on the cover, just above the axe, there’s a character that looks like a hobbit, maybe sort of like Bilbo.

Characters     Catti-Brie female Dwarf (or elf)         Entreri- Assassin     Drizzt Do’Urden a renegade drow elf       Wulfgar- Barbarian who was Captured and raised by    Bruenor Battlehammer the rowdy leader of the Dwarven clan        Fender Mallot     Regis- ‘uncharacteristic disappearance’

Places     Luskan   Ten Towns   Icewind Dale   Mithril Hall

 

started this February 23rd

So the objective of the book is one of the characters is trying to get to his ancestors’ hall (sort of like the Dwarves in the Hobbit going back to their mountain) THere’s an assassin after them and the daughter of one of them is taken hostage by the assassin. They travel through this town and battling orc and having to deal with those prejudiced against the drow elf. They find one place of amusement (as far as I go) which was the pace of some wizards. There were interesting things in there and so on.

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Scoobynatural (Supernatural gets animated)


When I heard that there would be an animated Supernatural episode, I was like ok cool it will be the silly episode of the season.  was thinking lots of laughs along the lines of the ‘Changing CHannels’ episode. When I heard it having Scoobydoo in it I went all geeky and turned back to my Saturday Morning Cartoon self.

As far as the trailer goes, it looks like a legitimate cartoon made the old fashion way with those old ‘cells’ and color and not with a computer. If it were made that way I would be surprised. For me the only cartoon that has been cool as CG was Jimmy Neutron, although I have seen some new Voltron (force?) where its a cartoon but then when they make Voltron its CG which looks better and looks more like a robot. (the Garfield ‘cartoon’ made with CG looks like crap, and so does Alvin and the Chipmunks. If you want to enhance the experience like the Voltron I previously explained, that’s cool. All else, has no place other than thrown in one of the urns above and burned to ash!

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Ready Player One (2018)


From reading the book alone I thought Disney should have a RP1 world like Avatar and have Harry Potter (which I hear is already getting rid of one of the rides. I think it’s the Dragon ride at Gringotts).

See the source imageReady Player one is based on the 2011 Ernest Cline novel of the same name… I have previously posted the book review. I believe I read it in 2016 even though I was already really sick of the dystopian future stories, but this one I very much enjoyed. I was a child in the 80s and lived through most of this. I did have to look up some of the video games and other pop culture items referenced within, as they either sounded familiar and I couldn’t recall or just had no idea at all.

It’s a great story of many elements, not just a nostalgic anchor but a scavenger/treasure hunt.  Not only that but, shows just because you are in a contest doesn’t mean you can’t work as a team with fellow contestants, but also make friends from the adventure. I didn’t want to put the book down and that is a rare treat. I was so enthralled in the book that it was as if I WAS a character in the book.

The main plot of the 2045 set polluted dystopian future where Waded Watts lives in the Stacks is that the Jobs/Wonka like billionaire Halliday who made the Oasis, sets up a very complex game within his Virtual Reality world. If you find the 3 keys (Copper, Jade and Crystal) you become the owner of the Oasis. Those who hunt for the keys are called ‘Gunters’ who hate the Global Conglomerate  IOI who wants to charge everyone for the use of the Oasis. Every IOI   employee’s Oasis screen name starts with a six and so the Gunters call them ‘Sixers’, which Sorrento is the head of them. Everything you get as a Sixer,  becomes the rightful property of the IOI.   My book review

When I first saw the trailer after it premiered at Comic-Con, I nearly fell off the computer chair. The imagery matched if not exactly, then quite close to what I had pictured.  Total Geekgasm! With references to Freddy Kreuger, the Delorean of Back to the Future, the Tron Light Cycle and I’m trying to remember and figure out if that orc/troll thing is from Warcraft or likely something else. I’ve included 2 trailers below but a new one was released in December for the March 30th release and I nearly had tears in my eyes. If they have it in 3D in the theaters I am so there for that! Now I know not all movies should be made in 3D, and some are not able to watch them for medical reasons (like my aunt) but if you can I’d highly advise it even if you can’t stand the 3D movies ‘fad’  this is the one to definitely see as such. (being there is a virtual reality world involved)

or if you’d prefer, I love that an 8-bit version was made

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Black Panther


2018

2 hours 14 minutes

Genre:    Action, adventure,sci-fi

Directed by Ryan Coogler

stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira,Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitakaer, Andy Sirkus, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright

 

I was reading Entertainment Weekly’s interview with the ladies of Black Panther (#1502  Feb 16 2018) and I think it was the Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira that said

Amai – African word of respect (or its respect for elder women) I think all women are considered mothers even if they are not. (or something like that)

 

Chadwick Boseman – T’Challa   is King and the nation’s protector asBlack Panther

Danai Gurira -Okoye  the General in charge of Wakanda’s defense and head of the all-female ‘Dora Milaje‘ secret service

Lupita Nyong’o- Nakita who steals the king’s heart and Wakandan spy

Letitia Wright –  Shuri , T’challa’s little sis  and a sort of female Tony Stark as she’s the Vibranium Gadget maker

Angela Bassett – Ramonda the Queen mother

Forest Whitaker – Shaman Zuri      Forest Whitaker’s ‘Black Panther’ Role Has a Big Twist

Michael B. Jordan- Killmonger

Andy Serkis- Ulysses Klaue

Winston Duke-M’Baku leader of the Gorilla tribe

 

I saw this at Alamo Draft house which had a Black Panther themed specialty menu I forget the names of the items but they were made with African spices. I got the popcorn which was called

‘Niter Nibah’ I forget what the spices were on it (and sadly I cannot find the specialty menu on the Theater website) So I’m not big on hot spices but I do like a little bite on occasion. I had one piece of popcorn and it must have had a mass of the spices on it and I couldn’t eat another piece til my soda came. The last few movies I’ve gone to I guess were on Tuesdays which is discount day and I think before 2pm as they have it at that time where you can talk etc but they don’t put up the pre-show clip show which I really like. It’s one of the reasons I go there for my movies.

Before the movie they had a PSA of sorts with Chadwick boseman who just gives us the staredown, so we don’t use our phones. “I’m watching”

 

Black Panther takes place shortly after the events of Civil War. Wakanda, the beautiful and technologically advanced (fictional) African nation which has remained isolated from the world will soon be ruled by T’Challa as King.  It looks like a paradise, then you pass through the invisible border and you have an industrial city bigger than New York, Toronto, and any in the state of California put together!

The political story of whether or not to share their knowledge and help struggling countries as well as communities of their African American cousins where Eric Killmonger grew up. In a sense, they are enslaving themselves by not helping the world or sharing (though I understand they wouldn’t want the vibranium getting in the wrong hands).

I’ve heard praise for Eric Killmonger’s antagonist that he is the most layered of MCU villains (besides isn’t he the first human villain?). This is a fight not just fueled by or for power, but for the relationship between Africa and their African-American cousins as well, and rightfully so considering a bit of a twist (that wasn’t part of his origins in the comics)

I saw in the trailer there was a some Lion King looking scene and other’s have sounded not happy with that. Its a spirit world (see the ‘easter egg’ videos below for the name) that when you take the heart herb it not only heals you, gives you strength and speed of the Black Panther but you also are able to speak to your ancestors.

Oh that holographic car chase? How does it happen that it seems to become solid? I’ll let you think about it until you see the movie if you haven’t already.

The movie also throws out political opinions on current events as one of T’Challa’s guards (I think Danai) says

Guns, So Primitive

(frankly, I agree also, if you are not the military, police force or something of the like and I see you as a coward. I don’t need a gu In as when need be I  can be QUITE resourceful)

I have to give a thumbs up to the Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter designed the Futuristic but ‘ancient’ traditional (fictitious) African nation from researching not only African tribal fashions from around the continent but patterns, colors, and silhouettes.   Check out some of the awesome costumes here  I’d like to see something about those weapons esp. those ‘frisbee’ disks.

I would love a necklace that has an outfit in it for emergencies.

Andy Serkis is hysterical in the interrogation room, well for us he is, for him he’s I have no words but if the character is on something, Id like some of that happy juice!

 

And T’Challa has a cool new catsuit… which looks SO much better than the last batsuit!

A bit of fun at the end and how sad after 10n years of Marvel movies people don’t have a clue to wait til the VERY end of the credits that there’s another scene! SO many people left.

The first easter egg scene I think would have been included in the movie itself, before the end with T’Challa and his sister, the one to really wait for WAS the second one which I was thinking might have something to do with the end of Civil War and a nod to infinity war. And the person was referenced in the movie “Another white boy for me to fix” as said by  Shuri.

Speaking of which I do love the sibling ribbing between she an T’Challa but then again I don’t have siblings myself, tho it’s not a jerky sort of thing it’s done with love and I guess to keep the king grounded.

Oh and I saw the Craaaaziest shield wall in this!

 

Boseman comes back on after the 2nd(all the way at the end of the credits)  Easter Egg scene  “I’m still watching!”

 

5 Best and 5 Worst Things about Black Panther from Looper

I found the whole movie to be quite good, though may be missing something. Unlike previous Marvel Movies Killmonger does not seem to get as much face time, though maybe for me, many of his scenes are not really memorable. I remember 2 or 3 only which are pivotal points in the movie.  Also is he the first human antagonist in a Marvel movie (at least from phase 2 on?) The first easter egg scene I agree, was not needed but I wasn’t there for that one I was there for the one I had a feeling would be shown and thankfully staying through ALL of the credits paid off~ I’ll just hint that it was someone put once at the end of Civil War

 

 

Possible

 

And some other fodder

Book Bind- Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey


See the source imageDragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey

Volume 1 of the  Dragonriders of Pern

 

Original copyright 1969

The ‘Dragondex’ in the back came in 1978.

(Thank goodness for finding that, I just wish it were in the front of the book)

There are still a few terms I’m still trying to figure out and the same goes for who some of the named Riders are and what dragon breed (and its name) they ride.

The dragon riders are supposed to, from my understanding uphold traditions in the land. I guess sort of like religious cops. They also protect Pern from ‘Threads’ these come every so often when the ‘red star passes’  (no it’s not the sun) these things if they are not seared in the air, they burrow in the ground, multiply and destroy the land.

There are 4 or 5 holds and one person has conquered and owns them all and that is against traditions. (I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a religious thing or what. I do like each chapter has a short poem (instead of a number or a title) this one should basically be on the back where the plot goes.

By the Golden Egg of Faranth

by the Weyrwomen, wise and true,

Breed a flight of bronze and brown wings,

Breeds a Flight of Green and Blue.

Breed rider, strong and daring,

Dragon-loving, born as hatched

Flight of hundreds soaring skyward,

Man and Dragon fully matched

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men tell no tales


2017  Pg13 Action Fantasy      Johnny Depp  Paul McCartney  Geoffrey Rush Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites

Captain Jack is down on his luck and finds more Ill will when Salazar and his Ghostly Ship come looking for Jack. This time we are on a search to “The Devil’s Triangle” (which I guess is just another name for the Bermuda triangle) to find the legendary trident of Greek god Poseidon, for which it gives full control over the seas to whoever possesses it. So a visit to Atlantis should be in store; it makes you wonder if we’ll see Aquaman? (sorry I couldn’t help the sarcasm). Jack, Salazar and Will Turner’s son plan’s to break his father’s curse with it.

 

The execution square scene has a few laughs (but haven’t we been here before, in one or 2 of the previous movies?)  I still think the ship has sailed on this franchise. The movie doesn’t have the charm and magic the first 2 movies did. Forget about pirates… VIKINGS are in!

 

For those that are watchers of Sharknado… and Game of Thrones this has 3  zombie sharks, each looks more zombie-like than the last. I guess I’m trying to say they are in varying forms of decay.

Orlando Bloom and Keira knightly make cameos  and I feel without them in most of the movie, that maybe that is one reason it lacked charm.

There’s an Easter Egg at the end credits.