Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Director: Mel Gibson
Writers: Robert Schenkkan (screenplay), Andrew Knight (screenplay)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey 

Lenght: 2h 19 min
Drama/History/War
2016

Musings:
Another one I should have written at once, never wait....

Ok, so I have no idea how much was true in the movie. Like some of the stuff at the end. But never mind.

So this guy joins the army but does not want to fight. I did not get it. Ok so you want to help others, but you do not want to touch a gun? You are on your way to a mega disaster. Just think of the first enemy soldier coming at you and you are all, ok I will die. But at least I saved someone else.

So he becomes a medic, people are cruel. All, you are a coward! Hey, back off, he just does not want to touch a gun.

I kept waiting for the fighting to start. It took a while, but then they finally got to Hacksaw Ridge. All Americans were awesome guys, all enemies were totally evil...yeah, wtf was up with that.

A good movie.




Friday, 17 November 2017

A conjuring of light - VE Schwab

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay. 

Paperback, 666 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Titan Books Ltd
Shades of Magic #3
Fantasy
Own

My thoughts
I started this the day baby S was born, I did manage 100 pages and then there was a a looong break until now, almost 6 months later. I mean I read other books but could just not get back to this one. 

But then I did, and I am glad to finally have finished this series.

I still do not like Lila, I just do not know. Lila, nope I just never fell for her. She is so perfect.

Kell, oh him I like, I mean I still want him and Lila to end up together even if I never did like her ;)

Rhys and Alucard, poor Rhys.

So the big bad is in Red London. And it is closing in. Off to the rescue. There is magic, danger and then it ends and, damn, I want more. 

Conclusion:
Good series. Watching tv...can not write more, this Picklerick ep is awesome.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Wolf Blood - NM Browne

A Celtic warrior girl is held captive and enslaved by a rival tribe. When fever takes her only friend, she knows she must escape, but she runs straight into the path of two Roman foot soldiers. Thinking they will kill a warrior instantly, the girl disguises herself as a beggar and asks to share their fire. Using her gift as a seer she discovers that one of the soldiers is not what he seems. Celtic blood courses through his veins too, but there is something else. He is a shapeshifter - a Versipellum. He shares his soul with that of the wolf. The girl needs to reach the leader of her dead friend's tribe, and the boy must escape the Romans before they discover his true nature. Their only chance of survival is to help each other. But what will happen when their powers are combined? 


Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published July 4th 2011)
Historical fiction / YA / paranormal
Library

My thoughts:
I really want to try to write a short one, like those twitter ones, but oh it is hard!

So, not the best of books, but, it was easy and nice and I just kept on reading. It was good, nothing dramatic and the end felt open in a way. Mostly cos I know the Romans will win so, sucks being you guys.

Why they let their Seeress into battle I do not know. Shouldn't she be protected? And couldn't she have used that status as a slave?

Then there is Morcant, who is a shapeshifter, ha, yes he sure did that thing...man, that was weird. But yes with him it does go into a more fantasy side of history. But it never felt like that. It just felt like those things were around back then and then the Romans wipes it all out.

FIne, I can not do really short.

So two people fleeing. Romans everywhere. Clans fighting. I would have liked a deeper depth into this world, and maybe an adult version of it as it now was pretty tame. But it was good.

Cover
Where is the wolf


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Audio Review: A companion to wolves - Monette and Bear

A Companion to Wolves is the story of a young nobleman, Isolfr, who is chosen to become a wolfcarl -- a warrior who is bonded to a fighting wolf. Isolfr is deeply drawn to the wolves, and though as his father's heir he can refuse the call, he chooses to go. 
The people of this wintry land depend on the wolfcarls to protect them from the threat of trolls and wyverns, though the supernatural creatures have not come in force for many years. Men are growing too confident. The wolfhealls are small, and the lords give them less respect than in former years. But the winter of Isolfr's bonding, the trolls come down from the north in far greater numbers than before, and the holding's complaisance gives way to terror in the dark. 
Isolfr, now bonded to a queen wolf, Viradechtis, must learn where his honor lies, and discover the lengths to which he will to go when it, and love for his wolf, drive him. 

Audio CD, 12 pages
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published October 16th 2007)
Iskryne World #1
Fantasy
For review

My thoughts:
This was a really good book, and the narrator put so much emotion into it. But it was also a book that dealt with a strange world where consent...yeah, I will get into that.

Think Vikings with mega wolves. Wolves they communicate telepathically with. They all live together and protect the rest of the land from trolls. And I get where the authors are coming from with their we do as wolves do. Still it makes for hard reading.

The story is about Isolfr, a Jarl's son who becomes a wolfcarl. About his companionship with his wolf Viradechtis and how they explore this to him new world of wolves and men. And lots of troll hunting.

And this is where the spoilers about consent starts. Highlight to see


So, the main character goes through the entire book being afraid of the rapes that will come. He thinks about it and is all She is worth it. I will make this sacrifice for her. But srsly man, you are gonna get raped! And he does have 2 encounters before that to make him more comfortable, but I never get the impression that he ever likes men. Or will...

To the rape then. See, when his wolf is in heat everyone gets on edge, as they always do. All the male wolves wants to sire pups on her  and he feels this. And those bonded with male wolves feels the need to. The need to take him. And so they do. As they always do with those bonded with female wolves.

I was all, damn, I would not bond a female wolf. BUT, I sure would not bond a male then if they go all barbaric. Still, not all do. One is nice, then it gets brutal and he is in bed for days after it. Wtf is wrong with this world. Can't they just go easy?

I also did not like the whole this is my sacrifice thing. Yes I would have liked it so much more if he had been attracted to men. And if they men they had been nice and not all we are wolves. Hey Viradechtis did not suffer as he did! SO men are worse.

It is their way. Still the dread he felt...


Conclusion:
But it is a good book. I liked the world. I would read more from this world, and I would wish someone would change the ways things are done.

Narrator Chris Chambers
I really felt Isolfr through his voice. He did a great job with getting in all the emotions Isolfr felt. He sure made it easy listening to it.


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