Category Archives: Fantasy

Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Trailers – I’m not much of a comics person, but I have enjoyed the worlds that Marvel has taken us to in their movies. This film, “Thor:Ragnarok”, takes us back to the Avengers Universe and to Thor.

While not much is shown in this trailer, Thor seems to have a hard time ahead. We catch a glimpse of Loki, but it is hard to tell how much of a part he plays. Also seen are Hela and even, strangely, The Incredible Hulk.

This looks to be a good addition to Marvel’s Universe. I’m looking forward to the film when it premiers November 3.

Trailer for “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Trailers – This looks to be a different, and darker view of the King Arthur legend. It reminds me a lot (from this short 2:40 clip) of the “The Return of the King”. It looks to weave magic and medieval combat into the battle scenes. This might be an interesting new view on King Arthur and Excalibur. We will get to find out soon as this fantasy movie opens May 12.

Trailer for “Game of Thrones: Season 7”

Trailer – A trailer is out for the next season of “Game of Thrones” and it is titled “Long Walk”. Season 7 begins on July 16. Glimpses of the three main characters, Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, are shown walking through their domains in the trailer.

Not much is really revealed in this short (1:32) video. My wife and I avidly await this coming season. It is hard to believe that just over a dozen episodes remain in the series. There are so many plot threads that have yet to be wrapped up and explained.

 

iOS “Sleepy Hollow” Interactive Edition

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I saw the announcement of this interactive book yesterday and took a moment to download it and began to read it. It is a very well done visual extension of the book with music. I recommended it to a friend and her young son thinks that is is awesome.

This edition of the book by Washington Irving has been produced by iClassics Productions and is available for a short time for free in celebration of the authors birthday. As they say “Using the unabridged and original Washington Irving text, the classic story is elevated to a whole new level, complete with artistic illustration, animation, interactivity, FX, and an original soundtrack recorded specifically for the story.

The book is normally $4.99, but is available for a limited time for free download. If you are interested in it I would download it immediately. And if you like this book, they have several other classics they have similarly updated.

Once I have finished reading the book, I will publish a review.

Review of “Storm Dreams”

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Book Reviews – “Storm Dreams” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Jeb R. Sherrill. This is Mr. Sherrill’s first publication.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set on Earth during World War I and in another universe made up of dreams. The primary character is pilot John Cassidy.

Cassidy is ‘rescued’ by the crew of the Zeppelin Nubigena. Cassidy and the crew of the Nubigena are in one scrape after another as they weave their flight between the real world and the surrealistic universe of dreams. German World War I Ace, Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Barron), is also a major character in their adventures.

I thought the not quite 7 hours I spent reading this 284 page Fantasy novel were interesting. The book was well written and I liked the characters, but frankly it was on the strange side. I’m glad I finished it, but I’m not sure that I liked it. There was a lot of action, but I’m not sure what the point of the story was. The conclusion just seemed to be an end of the story. The cover art is appropriate, giving the impression of the Zepplin emerging from storm clouds, which it often did in the story. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Trailer for “Wonder Woman”

Trailers – This trailer for the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie looks interesting. This clip is suppose to give you an idea as to her origin. In case you are not familiar with the whole Wonder Woman story, the official synopsis says: “Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers … and her true destiny.”

With five granddaughters I am glad to see that more heroines are being depicted in action movies: “Rogue One”, “The Force Awakens” and now “Wonder Woman”. This looks to be a good movie to begin the summer with when it opens June 2.

Teaser for “Game of Thrones” Season 7

Well, sadly this video does not show anything about the season that will start July 16.

This will be the next to last season for the popular HBO series. I will be sorry to see the story end. I hope that George R. R. Martin finishes writing the series of book upon which the HBO series is based. Sadly the fifth book in the series “A Dance with Dragons” was published back in 2011.

I can’t wait for season 7 to begin, but at the same time it is sad to know that only a dozen or so episodes of the story remain to be seen.

Trailer #3 for “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

I always enjoyed these movies. I thought they were fun. I don’ consider them particularly good, but they are enjoyable. The action and special affects look as good as in the previous movies. It will be interesting to see what unfolds when the movie opens May 26.

Will this movie precipitate any further updates to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at the Disney parks?

 

Review of “The Corner Store Witch”

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Book Reviews – “The Corner Store Witch” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by H. D. Lynn (https://hdlynn.wordpress.com). This is her second publication and the first in her “Corner Store Witch” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the contemporary US, but most of the story takes place in another realm of existence. The primary character is young Leone, an avid Fantasy fan and owner of Pulp Magic, a store of comics, games, and books.

A man from another world literally drops out of her ceiling and into her shop. He is soon followed by two oni (invaders to his world) who are after him. When Leone grabs the staff the first man was carrying in order to fend off the oni, she magically gets golden tattoos on her arms. In an effort to rid herself of the tattoos, she, her sister and three close friends journey into another world.

I liked the 2.5 hours I spent reading this 128 page Fantasy Novella. This is the standard quest story, but with irregular quest members. It is unusual too that nearly all of the questers are young women. It does have a bit of Young Adult appeal. The characters were interesting but I did not relate well to them. Making one or more of the followers stronger would have made a better story. Certainly the way the story concluded sets up sequels. The cover art was well chosen and helped draw me to picking the book. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).