A review of Star vs the Forces of Evil. Spoiler alert: I loved it!
Science Fiction is difficult to define, there are so many sub-genres that a lot of very different content can be classed within the same genre. Sci-fi typically evokes the image of space and flying through the universe, however it can also delve deeper in other issues such as time travel, dystopian futures, alien invasions, and even superhuman abilities.
With this in mind the below list has a few of these different sub-genres, however the majority are ‘typical’ in that they feature space travel. Additionally, as with most things in my life, I have a tendency to prefer humour over any sort of drama. So pretty much every movie on this list is in some way or another, a funny film. And if it isn’t, then it doesn’t hit the drama/thriller/horror genre too hard.
So without further adieu, let’s start this list off with a movie that I am sure a number of you think should be further up the list.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 & 2017).
Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
If you give me a big budget, action packed, and most important of all, funny film – It is pretty much guaranteed that I will enjoy the film. Guardians of the Galaxy and it’s sequel are amazing films, they looks so good and are at the very least entertaining. Whatever your thoughts on the sci-fi genre or the marvel universe, Guardians of the Galaxy is worth a watch as it makes such a huge universe and story incredibly accessible. Continue reading “Top Ten: Sci-Fi Films”
Are you a blogger who keeps telling themselves you’ll get around to writing reviews, but then don’t. Do you write ‘review to come’ on Goodreads only to let them languish for years?
Well then, the blog feature ‘Long Lost Reviews’ is for you.
The aim of the blog feature is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. Let’s tackle your review backlog and dig up some long lost reviews!
If you are interested in participating:
- Post on the first Thursday of the month.
- Use the above icon – I can even customise the logo to your colour scheme.
- Include a link to this post or to my blog.
When you’re ready to start posting, let me know and I will add you to the below list of participating blogs 🙂
Thanks and happy writing!
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About: Escape to the Country is a BBC produced reality TV show like no other! Well okay, it is very similar to lots of other reality realty shows that are currently available to watch but unlike those other shows, Escape to the Country features the British countryside!
The basic premise of the show is that two people (usually a newly retired married couple who have sold their city homes for a stack of cash) are shown three houses in an area of the British countryside where they are interested in moving. Two of the houses fit the couples ideals, with a third ‘mystery’ house pushing the comfort zone of the pair.
Mash of the Titans Volume 7
I’ve previously talked about how much I love mashup music (see my Robin Skouteris post) and Mash of the Titans #7 does not disappoint. I feel that every track on this compilation is on point and amazing.
If you’re not too sure what is/or if you’ll like mashup music, I really encourage you to click some links, watch some videos, and download the album. Not only is it good music, but it’s damned catchy!
The show has only just recently become available through Netflix Australia and I cannot stress how much you need to watch this show!
The main character, Gary, is just so hard to describe. At first he can come off as annoying, too big a character, but keep going. Get the feel of the show. Then love him!
The humour of the show is just so on point. It was like the show was designed to make me laugh. One of my favourite moments is when HUE the space ship’s AI just casually refers to the bad guys as dickheads. Made me explode with laughter. So if that sounds like something you would enjoy, give it a go! Right now!!
Final Space needs a second season and you need to watch the first!
Long Lost Reviews
I’ve gone ahead and created another feature post for the blog. Next month will see the first post of my new ‘Long Lost Reviews’ feature. The general idea around these posts is to get people looking back at books or things that they’re always been meaning to review but for one reason or another haven’t gotten around to writing.
A lot of the times I’ll see book reviews on Goodreads that are made up of the one sentence, ‘review to come.’ When I have a quick look at the date, often it’s been two years and no review has been added 😛 Long Lost Reviews is a chance to go back to those books and actually write something. Whether or not it is an in depth discussion or simply a paragraph of all that you can remember, it doesn’t matter as long as your getting something out about the item 🙂
My first selection for the very first post is a book that had a big affect on me, however I cannot remember any of the plot. All I remember is how it affected me and how I feel when I think of the book. If you’re interested in jumping on the Long Lost Review train, leave a comment and let me know 🙂
I was naughty and didn’t post last month, the main reason why was because I really struggled with this (and last months) challenge. I failed the first time so I figured I would give myself another month to try… I failed again.
Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector
Review Tagline: You’ll have trouble not falling in love with Special Agent Curry and his bite sized stories.
Blurb: Keith Curry has his work cut out for him.
NATO’s Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting citizens from both mundane and otherworldly dangers.
Former chef turned NIAD food inspector, Special Agent Keith Curry found out about magic the hard way and is now determined to keep dinner safe for everybody. Includes the novellas “Cherries Worth Getting,” “Magically Delicious” and the never-before-published “Bring Out Your Best” plus bonus shorts and more!
Length: 317 pages.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector is a novel made up of collected stories that revolve around Special Agent Keith Curry. Once a chef, now Keith is an agent of the NATO Irregular Affairs Division where he specialises in food inspections and investigations.
Grilled Cheese and Goblins is an incredibly fresh look at urban fantasy. Not only is the book a m/m romance, but it blends fantastical elements with food health and safety administration.
I mean, what?
Who would even think to mix the two?
Better yet, why would you?!
I’ll tell you what, Kimberling has merged the two to create such a nuanced and different world! With investigations ranging from searching for human protein (man meat 😛 ), illegal magical inclusions to food, contaminated blood supplements, and world saving blintzes, Grilled Cheese and Goblins is such a unique urban fantasy. Continue reading “Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling”
The relationship between myself and book series is a strained one. While I won’t shy away from series, as a rule I don’t really like reading them unless they are really close to completion. I simply do not have the patience nor the desire to re-read the earlier books.
I am very aware that I should be more supportive of authors and their series, because if we don’t support the start of a series, then we are less likely to the end of the series. So yes, I will read first parts of series, I just might not do it if you’re super mega popular as I will make myself wait. A Song of Fire and Ice, I am looking at you.
Green Rider Series
by Kristen Britain.
Quick story run down: The Green Rider series, follows the story of Karigan G’ladheon as she joins and adventures as part of a group of royal messengers, the Green Riders.
I found the first book, Green Rider, in a $2 bin at my local Golo back when I was a teenager. From the very first chapter, I fell in love. There was something about the book that captured my attention and I devoured the rest of the series.
Quick reasons why I stopped reading:
- The length in between books: The first book was published in 1998 and the sixth book was published in 2017. 19 years. It has taken 19 years for six books to be released and the latest book, isn’t even the last!
I don’t want to be that person but ain’t nobody got time for that. I got sick of waiting for the next books and to be honest by the time the books came out I had completely forgotten all the plots of the previous books. Continue reading “Quick Picks: Book Series I Abandoned”
What is it?!
InstLife is a mobile, text based, game that allows you to live the life of a randomly generated person. For each year of the persons life you are able to make decisions on how they experience the world.
Does your person stay in school? Do they find love early in life? Have children? Follow the law? Smoke? Drink? Cheat? You get to decide and then see the consequences.
by Katie Allen.
Blurb: There’s something wickedly naughty about love on the run
Darwin Bloom has no true identity—his laboratory creators made sure of that. Darwin isn’t his real name and living on the lam doesn’t exactly allow for deep romantic relationships, but the feelings he’s developed for engineer Tom Cooper are strong enough to try.
Tom Cooper’s life changed forever when he met Darwin. Gone are his fears of intimacy—Tom wants to do whatever Darwin asks, whenever he asks. How is it that the big, beautiful construction worker can seem dangerous and delicious at the same time?
But when Darwin’s mysterious past comes back with a vengeance, there’s more than just incredible sex at stake. Darwin promised Tom he’d never leave him…but keeping him safe might mean doing just that.
Previously published under a different title: ‘Darwin’s Natural Selection.’
Series: Research and Desire #2.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: So I thought the first book of the Research and Desire book series was good, but boy does this book blow that idea out of the water. Natural Selection was amazing! The relationship and interactions between Tom and Darwin were absolutely fantastic and had me smiling throughout the novel.
Okay, so I may be a little bias, as I am attracted to sarcastic and snarky personality types, but Darwin and Tom were so real to me. The moments that made the two characters for me where the back and forth puns they threw at each other. Near the end of the novel, there is a scene where the two are doing this, and one pun falls spectacularly short, with Darwin calling it out for being bad.
Yes! Thank you.
More of that please.
Whether or not my intense love of these two came from my own tendencies to have terrible pun battles with my partner or just my appreciation of punny moments, what cannot be refuted is how entertaining the book is – Natural Selection is funny and (despite the superhuman aspects) feels real.
Darwin and Tom had fun, they teased, and they were understanding of each other. I really enjoyed Natural Selection and cannot wait to read the third book in the series! For every book of hers that I read, Katie Allen never fails to be entertaining, tell emotional stories, and make me smile.
Smut Level: For reasons relating to the plot, it takes longer than ‘normal’ for the pair to become physically intimate but don’t fret, in-between this are intense verbal moments between the pair. When the physical part of Tom and Darwin’s relationship starts, boy does it start, the book is filled with interesting and intense physical moments between the two characters.
What did you think? Do you like the new feature? Are there any romance novels that you love to read? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 🙂
In this blog I have previously talked about Nope Tropes*.
I define Nope Tropes are being things that make your shy away or stop interacting with something. Most of the time these somethings will be movies, books, TV shows, music, podcasts, or anything that you interact with on a entertainment level.
Nope tropes can be all sorts of things. They can be:
- Story telling devices.
- Character archetypes.
- Character traits.
- Plot devices.
- Quotes, references, or writing styles.
Honestly they could be pretty much anything.
My two Nope Tropes are:
- Second person. Are soon as I see, you, you’re, or your used as a way to address the reader, I am done. No thanks. Bye.
I am sure that there are novels out there that have successfully used the POV in amazing ways, but they’re just not for me. I like to read a story and experience it as it happens, not be told how it happens. I am not your audience, I am a reader. I suppose it is a more literal interpretation of the ‘show don’t tell’ adage but I seriously cannot stand seeing it used.
- Cheating characters in romance novels. If I am reading a romance novel and the character has sex with another character that isn’t the other romantic interest, I am done. 100%. Done.
Whenever I encounter a romance novel that does have a character cheat I immediately start to feel anxious and sick. I am sure this is a visceral reaction, whether in response to my intense abhorrence of infidelity or my stubborn wish to stay true to romantic tropes and story lines.
However, I wish to make the distinction between cheating and ‘non-traditional’ romance novels. It is a completely different story if the novel is one that features a polyamorous relationship or if a couple have sex with other people together. I am 100% okay with different sexualities and relationship types being represented in romance novels.
When I encounter the above two things in books, there is the almost guaranteed outcome of me putting the item down. I simply stop interacting with it. I am done. Continue reading “Nope Tropes”