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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron | Movie Talk

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Hello everyone. I’ve been wanting to write my review for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since I have a hard time keeping my reviews non spoilery, I decided to do a movie talk about it. Careful of spoilers for those who have yet to see it. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a fantastic movie; amazing cast and great special effects. I prefer this than the first movie. The humour is funnier too. However, I’m not going to lie that I was a little disappointed about certain things in the movie and how the ending left me with even more questions. Especially since I don’t read the comics. There’s just so many things I want to discuss, I don’t know where to begin with. 

For a start, I am bummed that they changed the backstory of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. For those of you who read the comics or watch the animated series, you know that those two are Magneto’s children. I understand that there is some copyrights issue on that as the X-Men movies belong to Fox. But it would be better if they stick to the comics. I feel that it gives the story more depth. Making them orphans just make them slightly less memorable. 

Another thing that I don’t like about the movie is the romance between Hulk and Black Widow. Honestly, if you ask me, I don’t feel the chemistry between them; it felt as though they were forced to have this connection and not being able to have kids is something they have in common. I wish it was more than that. I understand that throughout the movie, Black Widow is trying to reach out to him as if he needed saving. I’m slightly upset that they turned Hulk into this melancholic giant. It breaks my heart seeing him wallowing about how he caused nothing but destruction. I miss the Hulk from the first movie; he was confident and seemed to be able to come to terms with his condition. 

Moving on, let’s talk about the most jaw-dropping moment in the movie – Hawkeye is married. That caught me off-guard and I was left utterly confused and speechless. In the first movie, they build up Hawkeye’s relationship with Black Widow so beautifully, you shipped them instantly! They were such a compact, indestructible duo and all of their scenes together proved that they have this fiery connection. In this movie, we see a different side of Hawkeye. I love / hate that. Love because I find it funny and cute that he just wants to be a regular guy who is there for his wife and kids. Seeing him slow down and complaining how he’s too old for the job is just adorable. It’s as if this heroic side of him is just a fa├žade. Hate being because he is not together with Black Widow. My heart sank knowing that they aren’t together anymore. Another reason would be that he leaving the Avengers team is unfortunate because even without superpowers, he has proved to be a valuable member of the team.


One of my favorite scenes from the movie would be the hammer lifting scene. The part where Captain America managed to move the hammer slightly, causing Thor to be a little worried got me laughing the hardest. The 'oh, crap' face Thor made was epic! Another favorite scene of mine would be the death of Quicksilver. That was the most heart-wrenching scene in the movie for me. Seeing Scarlet Witch hurt because she must’ve felt the pain of her twin brother’s death made me a little emotional. I love how she threw her rage at Ultron as well because he caused this. I am glad that she didn’t turn evil. I get a feeling that Quicksilver will be resurrected in the future movies. 

Watching the movie made me think about Ultron and how powerful of a threat he can be. He has the ability to control technologies and although that seems fantastical, the fact that how we rely so much on technologies these days made that scene felt kind of practical. It is so realistic and frightening how Ultron decided to end humanity after spending a couple of minutes in the internet. 

I think the movie left me with more questions. What happened to Hulk? Where did he go? I don’t really like how they left that ambiguously. I’m also bothered as to whether Vision killed Ultron or not. It seemed to me that they fused into one? But I am not sure. Speaking of Vision, I love him so much. Is it strange if I say that I think he is good looking? I just love how he is so calm and collected. And the fact that he is deemed worthy by Thor’s hammer makes me love him even more. I admire how even if he agrees with Ultron that humanity is doomed, he chose to be on the side of LIFE.

Alright, that is all I’ve got to share for today. If any of you have watched it, do feel free to drop down a comment. Till the next time! Bye!!!


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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Dead Money Run | Book Review



Dead Money Run ( Lou Malloy Crime Series #1)
by J. Frank James
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 300
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Buy the book: Amazon

Synopsis

Dead Money Run is the first book in the Lou Malloy Crime Series.

Lou Malloy learns of his sister's death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from an Indian casino. He wants two things: to keep the $15 million, which no one has been able to find, and to track down and punish whoever killed his sister.   

Lou Malloy teams up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. In no time, Lou has found the hidden $15 million, recovered guns and ammunition hidden with the money, and murdered two low-level mobsters and fed them to the crocodiles. 

As the body count rises, the story grows more complex and his sister's death becomes more mysterious.   


Excerpt 

CHAPTER 1

The warden was a small man, but dressed neatly. Everything about him was neat-from his hair to his shoes. He was almost too neat.
“So what are your plans, Lou?”
When I walked into the room, the warden turned over a little hour-glass full of sand. We both watched it for a few seconds and then looked at each other. This was the first time I ever met the man. What did he care about me now? Since he never cared before, I figured the man was just looking for information. Perhaps he wanted to give me a warning. I didn’t say anything.
“Do you ever think about time, Lou?”
“After fifteen years, what do you think?” I said.
He smiled and said, “Most valuable thing we have and no one seems to mourn its passing until it’s too late.”
I had nothing to say to that. Conversations with a prison warden came with a lot of maybes. While in prison I trained myself to watch a man’s hands. If he rubbed his hands in a washing motion, he was lying. If he messed with his fingernails, he wasn’t interested in the conversation. The warden was rubbing his hands as if he had touched something distasteful.
“I haven’t given it a lot of thought, Warden Edwards.”
“Call me John, Lou. We’re friends now,” Edwards said while rubbing his hands in a determined kind of way.
So now we were friends. I wanted to tell him he was a liar, but my better judgment stopped me. Probably a good way to delay my release-things get lost, papers go unsigned. Things happen.
“Okay, John,” I said.
“You know, we never found the fifteen million,” he said.
“I didn’t know you were looking for it.”
I watched his eyes flicker briefly. I seemed to hit a sweet spot.
“No, Lou. You misunderstand,” he said as he caught himself. “There is a reward for the recovery of the money. Did you know that?”
Edwards said it more as a statement than a question. I said nothing and waited. Edwards shifted in his chair and started to rub his hands again.
“It would be in your best interest to tell them what you know.”
“Who’s the ‘them’ John?” I asked.
“They’re the people looking for the money.”
I thought about that for a few moments. The statement covered a lot of ground.
“Since I didn’t take the money in the first place, I don’t have anything to tell them. They need to ask the people that took it,” I said.
Edwards was smiling now and he stopped rubbing his hands.
“There are some people that think you do.”
“I can’t help what people think.”
“Ten percent,” he said.
“Ten percent of what,” I said.
“The money, Lou. Ten percent of fifteen million is a lot of money.”
“I hadn’t heard about that,” I said.
“Yeah, it seems the Indian casino had insurance. The insurance company that paid off on the claim put up a ten percent reward for the return of the money. A million five is a lot of money.”
“I hope they find it,” I said.
Edwards blinked his eyes signaling he was moving on to something else.
“Sorry to hear about your sister,” he said. “I understand they are doing all they can to find her killer.”
Edwards was a real card and running out of things to say. On any other day, in any other place, he would be dead or wishing he was.
“Thanks, John. Your words are real comforting,” I said and returned my gaze to the little hourglass and the sand as it accumulated on the bottom.
I had nothing else to say except make him happy. Make them all happy. Just one big happy group sitting around smiling at each other; happy, happy, now let’s just get the money and spread it all around and we can go on being happy. In the meantime my sister lies in a hole feeding worms. I had money on the worms being real happy. No word on how my sister felt.
Edwards looked disappointed when I didn’t add to our conversation.
“Lou, it might be a good idea for you to help them find the money. It could be a big windfall.”
Now we were getting somewhere. Just like all the rest of the treasure hunters, the miserable bastard was just in it for the money.
“Windfall for who, John? Me or you?”
As if tasting a lemon, Edwards twisted his face and, at the same time, waived his hands at an imaginary fly.
“I’m not sure what you mean, Lou. I’m just trying to give you a head start. If it was my decision, you would still be with us. Fifteen million dollars is a lot of money to lose.”
“It still is,” I said.
I sat and watched Edwards shift in his chair some more. We had nothing left to talk about. I could feel him working out in his mind how he was going to present his failure to get a lead out of me on the money.
“So, what are you going to do now?” Edwards said.
Finally, I had enough.
“Leave. Isn’t that what we all do?”
His smile vanished. He knew he was wasting his time on someone who had maxed out. He also knew he couldn’t hold me. There would be no parole violation with the threat to re-incarcerate me. No work release effort to rehabilitate me. Just a new suit made in the prison cut and sew area and a hundred bucks was the sum total of it. That probably hadn’t changed since the 30s. I wondered if Al Capone wore the suit they gave him when he got out.
We were both looking at the little hourglass of sand now. The sand had drained from the top of the glass to the bottom. Suddenly, as if being shot out of a cannon, we both stood up. Edwards stuck out his hand. I turned and left the room. I didn’t shake his hand. I didn’t want to touch him.

About the Author

J. Frank James is the author of crime thriller novels. His crime fiction books are gripping and suspenseful with readers being unable to put them down once they get into them. Jim has a passion for writing, and he certainly has the knowledge and experience to write realistic crime thriller novels, thanks to his extensive background in law. Jim attended law school, where he was a member of the law review. He even went on to pass the state bar and started his own law practice that specialized in complex litigation.
Jim’s experience in law helps lend credibility to his crime fiction books. Not only that, Jim has traveled extensively and gains inspiration for his crime thriller novels from his travels. Some of the countries that Jim has visited include Peru, Brazil, Italy, Greece and countless others. From observing other cultures and gaining new experiences, Jim is able to infuse new life into his books and develop believable characters that readers can identify with.
Jim's novels have the elements necessary of good crime novels that keep readers glued to the pages from start to finish. Although Jim’s crime novels are fiction works, they are exciting to read because of their authentic nature. They are written with the backing of Jim’s experience in law, so they are believable situations that have the readers wanting to find out what happens next just like they would in any crime situation.
They offer the readers just enough information to keep them guessing and trying to solve the crimes until the end of the books when they are actually revealed. Jim’s books are also fresh and unique takes on crime as well, though. They are not the same whodunit type books that have been done over and over again. By infusing his personal travels into his books, Jim creates characters and atmospheres based on just enough truth to be relatable.
Plus, Jim’s books have everything in them from robbery to prison to family. They have hard and soft elements simultaneously to really capture the life of a hardened criminal who is still very human and struggles with the same human emotions as the rest of society. At the same time, Jim gives the reader perspectives from private investigators to balance out the story.
Jim’s books even have a hit of romance when his characters come to care for each other as more than just friends. Then, crime and love mixes to create a dynamic atmosphere that is even more complicated than ever before since characters care not only for each other but for their other family members as well. Jim has an amazing way of incorporating various elements into his latest crime novels to create thrillers that readers cannot get enough of, which is perhaps why all four of his books so far carry on one from the other to continue the same story concerning the hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison, Lou Malloy and who comes to be his partner, private investigator, Hilary Kelly. The two of them go it together to create gripping stories that keep readers coming back for more.
Jim is an artist and creates all of his own book covers.






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Monday, 4 May 2015

The Road Back to Us | Blitz


The Road Back to Us
By K. Webster

Release date: May 4th 2015
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 218
Age group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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Buy the book: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis:

Caroline Harrison has had enough. After eight long years in an unhappy marriage, she’s ready to throw in the towel. Her workaholic husband, Bentley, is done too—choosing his career over his wife. They’ve met with their lawyers and only need to get through the holidays until their divorce is finalized.

Bentley isn’t ready to tell his family about the divorce, so he asks Caroline to spend one more Christmas at his mom’s under the ruse they are still happily married. Together, they set out on a seven hour car ride in the middle of the Canadian Caribou to put on one last happy show. What could be an opportunity to rekindle their love and spend quality time together turns out to be a road trip from hell.

When a surprise snow storm catches them off guard, Bentley and Caroline find themselves in an accident without any possibility of help in their near future. At one point, their love was all they needed to survive. But now, when all they have is each other against the frigid winter storm, will they find the love they lost before it’s too late? Or will this be the end…in more ways than one for Mr. and Mrs. Harrison?

The road back to us may be a turbulent path, but in the end, it’s worth the chaos because it leads back home.
 

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about the author

I love my husband of 11 years and sweet kids. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and shopping! I absolutely love social media and the power of how it connects people all over the world. You can usually find me easily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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