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Monday, February 8, 2016

TV Series Review: Jessica Jones (2015) Netflix

Jessica Jones
TV-MA | 1h | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2015– )
Creator: Melissa Rosenberg
Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, David Tennant, Carrie-Anne Moss, Mike Colter, Susie Abromeit
A former superhero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.

Finally, I got to watch Jessica Jones. I haven't read the Marvel comic but I was sold on the trailer. Dark, gripping and raw...pretty much sums it up. I loved it! I'm a fan of dark fantasy and this certainly is. The series starts out with Jessica in a really bad place emotionally. She is being stalked by a mind controller who takes stalking to a whole new level. She decides to fight back but nothing but pain and death result.

I think Krysten Ritter was a great choice for Jessica Jones; I'm happy with all the casting choices. Have you seen Mike Colter (Luke Cage)? Looking forward to his Netflix series coming this year! This show isn't for the light of heart. It is violent (like garden shears through the face violent). It deals with physical and emotional rape, drug abuse, PTSD and grief. Jessica's best friend, Pam (Susie Abromeit) is the only light in Jessica's world. Her character brings (eventually along with Malcolm-Eka Darville) that small sliver of hope into the show. There are a few moments of levity when the writers snuck in Avenger and Marvel references.

The show would have gotten 5 Sheep from me because every episode surprised me and left me needing the next one! All the secondary characters are complex and well developed. The writers missed nothing! But...Jessica was able to catch Kilgrave (David Tennant) too many times just to have him escape. A sniper bullet would have taken care of this problem much sooner.

There are  many directions this show can go in and characters to use. I will definitely be watching season two, along with the Daredevil and Luke Cage series. If you are into the darker side of comics and fantasy, you will love it.

Book Review: Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1) by Helen Harper

Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1)
by Helen Harper
January 29th 2016 
Paperback, 348 pages
Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother's womb, I've been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don't want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I've never looked back. I don't need a Clan. I've got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.

Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I'm going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it's just as well I have sense of humour. I think I'm going to need it.

Helen Harper’s new urban fantasy series, Highland Magic, unfolds in modern day Scotland where fae clans enjoy power, privilege, and prestige while also serving as high-glam tabloid fodder. Integrity Taylor spent her formative years as a nameless orphan in the fae court. Tired of being ostracised, Integrity defects and carves out a life for herself among the clanless. Deemed criminals for the most part, the clanless provide refuge and an occupation for Integrity. As a woman, she’s a first-rate thief in a small ring of professionals, but wearies of the life and has plans to go straight. But when her trusted confidants find themselves in trouble, Integrity must not only put her thievery skills back in action, she must also face the fae court she’s tried desperately to avoid.

This book was fantastic; I read it like a fiend. The plot is action-packed and filled with romantic tension. Integrity is sassy, smart, and determined; definitely my kind of heroine: “I liked Hello Kitty and hot pink and sparkly nail polish. But pigeonholing me was unfair; I also liked science fiction and scaling high walls without a rope. Why did men always think you were either a tomboy or a princess? It was possible to be both.”

Integrity meets her match in fae prince Byron Moncrieffe. The sandy-haired fae with a playboy reputation is pulling strings of his own and a delicious revolving plot line of cat and mouse ensues. The worlds of urban fantastic Scotland and the fae realm are imaginatively described and wonderfully creative. This was my first Helen Harper book and I will certainly be adding her earlier series to my TBR list.

The worst part of this reading experience is realizing I’ll have to wait for the second installment. Gifted Thief is a fabulous read. You really must steal a moment to pick this up.

Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!

Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.

Helen currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Comic Review: Kings Road #1 from Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Peter Hogan
Artist: Phil Winslade, Staz Johnson
Colorist: Phil Winslade, Douglas A. Sirois
Cover Artist: Staz Johnson
Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Dark Horse

Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Format: FC, 48 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 25733 5 00111
Double-sized debut spectacular!

This 48-page special includes all King’s Road chapters from Dark Horse Presents by Peter Hogan and Phil Winslade—and an additional issue’s worth of story drawn by the new King’s Roadart team! Artist Staz Johnson (Judge Dredd) and colorist Douglas A. Sirois (The 7th Sword) join Hogan to continue this tale of a family on the run from magical, other-dimensional monsters.

* Value-priced double issue! 48 pages for $3.99!

“Clearly one of the best original creations to come out of Dark Horse in recent memory.”—Comics Bulletin

I love a good monster apocalypse. Kings Road #1 starts off in the suburbs, with a normal family:mom, dad, two teenage kids and a dog. We quickly find out the family isn't as normal was we thought. Mom and dad are important people in hiding. Their children have no idea and the dog talks! Don't want to spoil who they are, but they must go back "home" and help save it.
This is an urban fantasy with some humor thrown in. Evil is trying to takeover and man's best friend might not be... The artwork/dialogue ration is good, but there are a few text heavy pages in the beginnin
g. The first issue is introducing us to the players, but nothing makes Kings Road stand out from the crowd yet; I'll be checking out issue #2 before making a final decision on continuing. 

3 "strapped in " Sheep


Winning the Internet this week...singing sheep, puppy hiccups and Lord of the Suicide Squad Rings

Thanks to sheeple Pamela Kinney for bringing this to my attention! Singing sheep

A couple of weeks ago I featured the new Suicide Squad trailer that used Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Well, here is a different version. Thanks to sheeple Judith Cauthan for sending this to me!

This fall into the "the burns" category

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Book Review: Imitation & Alchemy: (An Elemental Legacy Novella Volume 2) by Elizabeth Hunter

Imitation & Alchemy: (An Elemental Legacy Novella Volume 2)
by Elizabeth Hunter
January 27, 2016
Pages: 150
All Ben Vecchio wanted was a quiet summer before his last semester of university. Was that too much to ask?

All Tenzin wanted was a cache of priceless medieval coins that had been missing for several hundred years.

And some company.

Phrases like "never again" don't mean much when you've been a vampire for several thousand years. And promises made in the heat of anger don't always outweigh the lure of gold. Ben Vecchio thought he knew everything there was to know about the immortals of Italy. But when Tenzin tempts him into another adventure, finding a cache of rare gold coins missing since the nineteenth century, he'll discover that familiar places can hold the most delicious secrets. And possibly the key to his future.

Ben and Tenzin are back in an all-new novella in the Elemental Legacy series.

Tezin is an extremely old vampire and Ben is her life coach, yoga instructor and anything else she likes to call him. Together they find themselves treasure hunting and finding trouble. This time trouble comes in the form of gold coins.

I really enjoy the novellas of Ben and Tenzin and hope that this last story is an indication that Elizabeth Hunter is going to branch them out in their own series because the only issue I have with the novellas is that they are so short and I need more story.

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.