Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two Underrated Movies

I recently watched two movies that pleasantly surprised me, A Perfect Getaway and the 2010 remake of The Crazies (viewed mostly because I was in need of a Timothy Olyphant fix).  I wasn’t expecting much from either movie, but I enjoyed both films.

The Crazies:
The movie’s plot is a fairly standard “small town turns homicidal and crazy due to mysterious toxin” but it is tense and suspenseful and has some genuinely frightening moments.  The acting is superb and grounds the movie with some emotional depth.  And the fact I watched the movie from start to finish tells you how good it is, because I generally avoid horror flicks.

A Perfect Getaway:
The first thing I will say about this movie is you either buy in to the twisty premise or you don’t.  If you accept the basis, the movie is great; if you reject the plotline you’ll probably feel cheated.
That said, I didn’t mind the plot (but then again I didn’t have a problem with flying a tank in the A-Team) and I thought the movie was fun.  I liked the Hawaii setting, the characters, the mystery, the uncertainty of whether the people are what they seem, and the action-filled ending.  I think it’s an enjoyable film.

Well, there are my thoughts on two films I think are underrated.  Do you have any favourite films that deserve more attention?
















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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Book Spotlight: Children of Discord

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Children of Discord by C. C. Cole:

Children of Discord is the second novella of the "Gastar" series.
At the end of the first book, Act of Redemption, Shevata re-entered the underworld to track her enemy, the treacherous boy Goldeon, who aided Zermon and murdered the mate of Shevata's mentor, the dragon Harathgus, now in permanent mourning.  She gets forced back into Gastar two centuries later by being summoned by a group of unlikely allies.  She realizes the city has grown, thrived, and re-populated with a sophisticated set of laws.  The boy is hiding inside the city and recruiting a secret army to topple the city's leadership and to bring back the ancient wars.  Shevata finds herself amongst an unknowing group of well-meaning people, who are ignorant of the dark history of the city.  The clash of the two dangerous children from the past places the people in the middle of their war, creating danger for all.  Shevata begins to realize the importance of humanity, and takes steps to claim her own humanity at the book's dramatic end.




















Author Bio:

I am a dark fantasy author from rural Mississippi, live a suburban life outside of Jackson with my family.
Interests other than writing include martial arts (hapkido), 20th century history (especially WWI), and adopted greyhounds.  The character Zermon in "Act of Redemption" is based on the personality of my older brother, now a family joke.  My writing journey began as a creative outlet following the death of my sister from an domestic violence incident.  (I keep her case private, but discuss domestic violence awareness in interviews if asked).

Blog: http://www.shevata-cccole.blogspot.com
Website: http://www.gastarseries.com
Twitter: @gastarbooks
Facebook: Gastar Series (fan page)





Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Spotlight: Act of Redemption

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Act of Redemption by C. C. Cole:

The city of Gastar stands in ruins with a minimal population following centuries of war. The demon lord Zermon now has come to the human world with plans to destroy the city to make it part of his territory in the underworld.  A trio of young fighters from the past enter the devastated city to train the people with weaponry and defense and to restore hope.  Shevata also returns after two centuries of imprisonment, realizing she carries a hideous curse. She has a long history with Zermon because she had been a child warrior/assassin during the years of war and entered the underworld to rescue living humans imprisoned there.  The people of the city, the humans from the past, and Shevata combine efforts to save the people from annihilation.
Act of Redemption is the first book in the "Gastar" series of novellas.























Author Bio: 

I am a dark fantasy author from rural Mississippi, live a suburban life outside of Jackson with my family.
Interests other than writing include martial arts (hapkido), 20th century history (especially WWI), and adopted greyhounds.  The character Zermon in "Act of Redemption" is based on the personality of my older brother, now a family joke.  My writing journey began as a creative outlet following the death of my sister from an domestic violence incident.  (I keep her case private, but discuss domestic violence awareness in interviews if asked).

Blog: http://www.shevata-cccole.blogspot.com
Website: http://www.gastarseries.com
Twitter: @gastarbooks
Facebook: Gastar Series (fan page)





Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Spotlight: Hungry For You

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Hungry For You by A.M. Harte:

“There is no greater drug than relationships; there is no sweeter death than love.”

Love is horrible. It’s ruthless, messy, mind-altering, and raw. It takes no prisoners. It chews you up and spits you out and leaves you for dead. Love is, you could say, very much like a zombie.

In this haunting short story collection, anything is possible—a dying musician turns to tea for inspiration; a police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim; a young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil….

With Hungry For You, A.M. Harte explores the disturbing and delightful in an anthology that unearths the thin boundary between love and death.



 



Hungry For You is also available on Smashwords
















Author Bio:

A.M. Harte is a speculative fiction enthusiast and a chocolate addict. She’s a writer, editor, practical joker, and the author behind the online dark fantasy publishing project Qazyfiction. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and enjoys procrastinating over at http://amharte.com.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Book Spotlight: Exodus Of The Phoenix

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Exodus Of The Phoenix by Robert Stadnik:

Humanity has been kept bound within the solar system for decades by a hostile alien race known as the Screen. Ships attempting to pass beyond Mars have been destroyed without reason or provocation and communication with this mysterious alien race have failed. Both the military and tri-planetary government have resigned themselves to the notion that humans will never explore the stars, but hope springs forth from the most unlikely of places.

Humanity's destiny lies with two inexperienced cadets and an unproven experimental starship. Join cadets John Roberts and Julie Olson as they are introduced to the EXODUS Project and offered the chance to free humanity from its oppressors. This is the first novel of the Exodus series.























Author Bio:
Robert grew up in Southern California and relocated to Phoenix, AZ upon earning his bachelor's degree. For the last ten years he has worked as an auditor and, in his current position, has had the opportunity to travel around the country. He has visited over 100 cities in his travels, meeting a wide range of people.

Robert Stadnik has been an avid science fiction writer for years, but has only recently begun publishing his stories. His first novel, Exodus Of The Phoenix, was released in 2010 and he will be publishing two more books in 2011.

Author website: www.robertstadnik.com


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Spotlight: Pandora’s Succession


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Pandora’s Succession by Russell Brooks:

Where would you hide if you learned the CDC and a major pharmaceutical company unleashed a hyperdeadly microbe on the human race?
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CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancĂ©e’s killers—a weapons consortium called The Arms of Ares. When an informant leads him to an old bunker outside of Groznyy, Chechnya, Fox is captured, beaten, and left for dead. When the informant rescues him, Fox learns that his capture was no coincidence: someone had set him up—possibly another government agent. Fox barely escapes after learning that Ares has acquired a hyperdeadly microbe—called Pandora—that is believed to have wiped out ancient civilizations. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo where he discovers that people within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Japanese Intelligence want Pandora for themselves. The only person Fox can trust is a woman from his past who he nearly got killed.


 Pandora’s Succession is also available at:
 Amazon.co.uk
 BarnesandNoble.com
 RussellParkway.com
 Smashwords










Author Bio:

Russell Brooks is a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 and 200 metres. He has written several essays on his blog The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He has also written the short story, To The Last Bite, and produced his own poetry/novel-themed show, The Russell Show, on YouTube. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

The Official Russell Brooks website www.russellparkway.com.

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