Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Movie Review--The Three Musketeers (2011)

The Three Musketeers (2011)

Generally speaking, I prefer to post positive reviews. In this case, I feel a moral obligation to warn those of you who haven't yet seen it to not waste your time or money.

How could you possibly go wrong with a timeless classic?

First, never make up your mind about the direction the screenplay should take, follow the classic story line or be a spoof. All the script accomplished was an attempt at spoof where it ripped off other movies. It tried to pull off something like A Knight's Tale, but fell flat on lame anachronisms.

The writers ripped off, almost word for word, classic lines from other versions of the musketeers, and The Princess Bride.

I kept asking myself, "How did this get funding for production?" My bet is the names they brought in, names like Orlando bloom and Matthew MacFadyen, actors who did the best they could with a script far beneath their abilities.

So save yourself some time, money and disappointment. This one's a turkey.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Book Review--Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey

Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey  ?YA Paranormal

This is a fun, quick read about a young couple. They read like adolescents, young and innocent with a penchant for mischievousness. They are immortal so who knows how old they really are. They have a lot of time on their hands, and when they get bored they like to mess with mortals.They have the potential for spreading joy and good will as much as wreaking havoc.

I've had those kind of days where I could swear someone was messing with me. We've all had those days.

In this adventure they make a deal with Death. He is amused by their proposal so he goes along. But you know somewhere down the road there's going to be hell to pay.

This story is an excellent example of characterization. As I read along, I collected various abilities that Hym and Hur exhibit. I was shown, not told what they could do. Death is drawn with many layers and is more interesting than most Death characters I've read. He surprised me here and there.

This is a short story and feels like a prequel. It  gives you just enough to whet your appetite and leaves you with even more questions. Where did they come from? Are they extra-terrestrial or just extra-dimensional? Are they immortal or are they another life form with a really long life span?

At the time of this posting the author hasn't planned another book or short story, but I can feel a lot of short stories spinning off these two characters. There is a lot of potential here because the author is deft at not sharing all of his secrets yet. There are the occasional formatting issues, but generally well edited and well written. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can take a look at Goodreads and you can purchase it at Smashwords. Here's the author's website:
http://www.phillipfrey.com/

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Book Review--Daisy by Josi Kilpack Book #2 in The Newport Ladies Book Club series

Daisy by Josi Kilpack #2 in The Newport Ladies Book Club series

Daisy is not at all what I expected. I'm not sure what I expected. She is a very complex character with a lot of back story. She is so well drawn that I really didn't like her. In the beginning of the book, Daisy is very self-absorbed, and the center of her own little universe. I soon realized that Daisy's annoying frailties were the result of the author's finely crafted character development. I wasn't told Daisy was self-absorbed. It was shown through her actions.

Somewhere around chapter 34, I found myself not only sympathizing with Daisy, but tears actually welled up in my eyes with each problem she faced.

I didn't think I would like her mother very much because of Daisy's perception, but once I met her, it was another example that there is always more than one side to every story. I realized Daisy still hadn't grown up, even though she is 46.

With a character like Daisy, it's easy for me to believe that her reality is the only one that counts. By the end of the book, I knew Daisy still had a rough road ahead of her but she had grown up some and I was left feeling hope for her.

So Olivia, Daisy, Paige, and Athena are written, but what about Ruby? As the matriarch of this little group, she is the most complex character of all. Who is going to write her story? I hope the series will continue for another year, so we can get to know them all.

Here's the link to their blog. Check it out.
http://thenewportladiesbookclub.blogspot.com