Books, Movies and TV

August 23, 2016 – As I’m SO out of date on this page, so I’m going to list some of my discoveries over the last three years so that you can give them a try (if you want):

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (book)

Ms. Marvel (comic book series)

Vicar of Dibley, How to Get Away With Murder, The Fall, and Stranger Things (TV series)

Star Trek Beyond, The Ghostbusters (2016), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (Movies)

July 11, 2013 – I just finished reading Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves. If you love travelling, consider yourself open-minded, or want to make the world a better place, this book is a little and easy read that is right up your alley!

February 7, 2013 – Today I watched Dredd to pass the time. I really wanted to like it. It has Karl Urban in it – I’m a Trekkie and a Tolkien fan. Enough said. But, I couldn’t like it. I know Judge Dredd is supposed to be a bad ass, but, honestly, grimacing through the whole movie? We were supposed to think that the gritty look was…gritty? It just looked cheap and fake to me. The visual effects weren’t convincing. I thought the writing wasn’t that great. I think the concept had potential. Then again, was the originally really that good? I’m sorry, McCoy, but this wasn’t one of your best choices.

January 26, 2013 – Today during my break, I finally began reading Steve Umstead’s Gabriel: Zero Point. After buying my Nook, I loaded it with works by sci-fi e-authors. I knew that I wouldn’t get around to reading them for a while; I would look to them when I needed light reading, rather than cerebral reading. I usually stick to paper books when I really want to become immersed in a book. I’m so old-fashioned, right?

How did I find out about these e-authors and their e-books? Twitter, of course! That’s right. They followed me, advertised their Nook-friendly books at astounding prices and I thought, why not? I help them out and if I end up not liking the book? No big deal, I paid a few bucks for it. So, Mr. Umstead, yours is the first Twitter-inspired e-book purchase that I’ve read. Congrats! I am 57 pages into the 199 page book, and I am enjoying it.  I’ll keep everyone updated.

January 17, 2013 – I watched Snow White and the Huntsman because it was the only new release at the library that I hadn’t seen. Worse mistake of the week. Should have checked out a movie I’ve seen 500 times. Like, maybe, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

January 16, 2013 – I decided to turn my TV on for the first time in about a month. I was in the mood for some Wesley Snipes and pre-Twilight vampire action, so Blade trilogy it is! Were the Blade movies the best vampire action movies ever? Probably not. But, post-Twilight, almost any vampire movie is worthwhile!

January 14, 2013 – Reading The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Great quotes:

“One of the many things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence. … I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me. They may make me feel, but I can’t feel them. They are all soul with no flesh, no texture, and no weight.”

“Reading isn’t the opposite of doing.  It’s the opposite of dying.”

Will’s mother is the woman that I’d hoped to become, but, ultimately, was too scared to. She has her flaws, as does anyone, but she was a remarkable woman, nonetheless. Her light shines bright through her family, her legacy, the numerous individuals and organizations that she helped, and through each reader of this fabulous book. I am 217 pages through this 329 page book. Get out there and read it, folks!

 

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