All posts filed under: fantasy

Film Review – Knight of Cups (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups Knight of Cups Directed by Terrence Malick Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman Review by Jordan The emotional isolation of a contemplative man, whose fleeting encounters with beautiful strangers furthers his own self-loathing and solidifies his position as one unable to reconnect to a life he no longer has any control over, is a lonely, disquieting place to be. Why are these women drawn to him? They say he has love to give, but admit that while he means his promises they don’t come from the heart, and ultimately these connections are as fleeting as any semblance of hope afforded to the vain wanderers that occupy Terrence Malick’s version of LA. For his seventh feature film, released in the most prolific period of his career, the director once known for his mesmerising ability to marry a purposeful narrative with related pondering on the essence of life on an ever-changing Earth has opted to forgo…

The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes

Originally posted on xingsings:
The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes Published by Close-Up Books on October 31, 2014 Genres: [Adult] Fantasy Pages: 238 Format: DRC Source: Author Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million 3.5 Stars, Completed October 17, 2015 – SPOILER free – Not only have I been in an awful reading slump for the past few weeks but also a reviewing/blogging slump as well. This was the last book I was able to read before I fell into that strange non-reading period, and I’m so glad that during my time away I finally found the words to describe how I felt about The Fairy Wren. This book begins with the readers meeting Paul Fischer, a guy who just can’t seem to catch a break. His bookshop is doing poorly, his wife has left him, and on top of all things he meets a preteen, Nepali runaway, has a shady friend struggling with his own problems and needs Paul’s help, and notices a blue, magic wren suspiciously following him. Throughout the story, it seems like questions are only followed by even more questions and uncertainties. Initially,…

Grudging: Birth of Saints

Originally posted on Suddenly they all died. The end.:
On Thursday, a brand new novel had a fantastic cover reveal, and I signed up with Rockstar Book Tours to help spread the word.  But Thursday was a rough day, and Friday was no better, and yesterday was just wild.  So today, I’m stealing five minutes to tell you about a new book from Michelle Hauck called Grudging: A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything. The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood. On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps. The Women of the Song. But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her…


Originally posted on The MAD MOVIE RANTER:
Brilliant, heartwarming, an unexpected treat. Fifth grader Jesse Aaron’s (Josh Hutcherson) hopes of becoming the fastest runner in his class are dashed when new girl Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) outruns everybody, including him. However, they soon become friends and create an imaginary world called Terabithia, filled with fantastic creatures. Firstly, I will admit that I have never read the book so I cannot make comparisons. BUT . . . The most important thing when watching this film is to remember being a kid. As soon as the pair embark into the forest and create Terabithia, it made me nostalgic of when I once played crazy adventures in the garden. At first, we see the kids using their imagination and pretending pine cones are grenades BUT as they keep going back, the forest becomes bigger and bolder. Their imaginary kingdom comes to life. The special effects are varied, from slightly cartoonish to visual delights (Understandable to an extent as it is now seven years old). The film begins with…


Originally posted on Grady P Brown – Author:
One of the most terrifying and iconic supervillains is Batman’s nemesis: the Joker. In many ways, I find the Joker to be a model supervillain because not only is he a complete and utter psychopath, but he is cunning, unpredictable, and craves chaos for the sake of chaos. My favorite incarnation of the Joker is Heath Ledger’s version from The Dark Knight because he was anarchic and frighteningly convincing. Jared Leto’s version of the Joker in the Suicide Squad film looks promising, but Leto has some serious shoes to fill after Ledger’s performance. One thing I find interesting about the Joker is that even though he has caused Batman pain from time to time such as when he murdered the second Robin, Jason Todd, the Joker cannot imagine a world without Batman. With that in mind, it would be fair to say that the Joker finds his battles with Batman to be a never-ending game that he enjoys.

Book Review #49 – Lorali, by Laura Dockrill

Originally posted on Cat's Shelf:
Hello readers! Here’s my review for my first ever mermaid book! It’s Lorali, by Laura Dockrill. Buy this book from Book Depository As a follower of the publications from Hot Key Books, I couldn’t have escaped all the promotion for this title. It was glorious, so much water and mermaid themed stuff! I never even thought of reading a book about mermaids because I honestly wasn’t aware that they existed but when I saw this, I was instantly drawn to it. Besides, all the photos I’ve seen from this beautiful book make me swoon. The cover has actual scales, with glitter! I had to read it!! Luckily, they made this tittle available on NetGalley and I was lucky enough to get approved for an ARC! Laura Dockrill is a british author and this game is not unfamiliar to her. She has some other books out, including the Darcy Burdock series, for children. She’s also a poet and illustrator. Mostly she is known for her quirky outfits. On the day…