Wednesday, 23 April 2014

No One Lives - DVD Review

No One Lives (2012) Poster

A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.

Here is the link for the IMDb page. 

I knew nothing going in to this movie, all I knew was that it had Luke Evans in it, I didn't read the blurb, he is lovely, so I got it.  Was I in for an eye opener!  I kinda figured that maybe Mr. Evans was a not so nice guy, he is after all, holding a crossbow on the cover.  And I guessed correctly, as the short blurb from IMDb says, things are not what they seem.

I would like to point out - if gore and violence are not your thing, I suggest that you skip this.  There is quite a bit of blood, stabby bid'ness and a rather jaw dropping "ARE YOU FRACKING KIDDING ME!!" scene - you will know it when you get to it.  I wouldn't call this a horror, it's more of a cross between a gorno and a psychological thriller.  But as a fan of this genre, (I *know* who would of thought that 'nice library lady' would like blood and guts!), this was big, blood drenched fun.  As a side note, in the special features they talk about how they made this film using old techniques, rather than CGI, and I found it interesting to learn about.  Also, I may want a pool filled with fake blood to potter around in.

This is essentially a revenge film and it's hard to go into too much of the story as I don't want to give anything away, I think it was more enjoyable not knowing much back story.  But Driver, after watching his lady love die, swears bloody revenge and vows that "No one lives."  I liked this more than the endless Hostel and Saw movies that have come out, (barring the first Saw - I thought that was very well done).  Yes, there is killing out the wahzoo , but I don't feel like it's lazy storytelling.  Whereas in the other movies, once they're strapped to a chair, that's it, no more story, it's just how many different ways can we slice and dice. 

It's fast paced, the beginning is suspenseful, you think the movie will unfold a certain way, but things get twisted around and the movie becomes something different.  I thought the acting was good, Evans does menacing well, apart from a couple of faces, most of the cast was unknown to me.  Azumi is the only other movie I've seen by Ryuhei Kitamura, but apparently Versus is very good, so I'll be checking that out also.

What about you, watched anything good lately?


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Possession by A. S. Byatt

PossessionPossession by A.S. Byatt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, it is my second Byatt for the year, (I read The Children's Book in Feb).  But this, this I LOVE.  I like how Byatt tells a story, she has stories within stories, fables, poems, letters and I'm sure I'm not the first person to use the word 'faction', but I enjoy reading about the history of things, be it people, places, etc., in a fiction setting.  It tends to peak my interest more than a straight text book.

For me the parts which focus on the Victoria era, (with Randolph and Christabel), are my favorite, it should be noted - both of these poets are fictional, but have been said to have been based on Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti.  It was also written in response to John Fowles's 'The French Lieutenants Woman', which I haven't read yet.  Along with our secret lovebirds we have Roland and Maud, who are two academics in present day London, researching the connection between the poets.

I'd seen the movie adaption of this a long time ago, so I had preset ideas from that, and while I do like the movie,(I thought Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle as Ash & LaMotte were perfect), the book was so much better.  There was more to it, or maybe my experience was more engrossing than watching the movie.  And after reading the book I'm not sure why they decided to change Roland to an American rather than English.

The letters between Ash and LaMotte were wonderfully written, from the first very formal and proper contact to the later letters where you can just feel everything come off the page.  The letters where he declares his love for her and her reply - gah! THE FEELS!!  My favorite line from the whole thing is from Christabel's reply - although her whole reply is freaking awesome.  She still calls him Sir, which I love.  And the way she writes of him consuming her, that their love for each other will burn them up, totally swoon worthy.

"No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed."

And that is the beauty of Byatt's writing, it is so perfect that you believe that it is all real.  It's gorgeous and captivating and you get a real sense of the the characters.  This is probably the only time I have ever felt for a couple that had a relationship outside of marriage.  Ash is married and has a devoted wife, but the marriage was never consummated, although they did love each other.  With Christabel he found a passionate relationship, although that isn't to say that their relationship didn't hurt anybody.  You don't meet her often, but Blanche, who was Christabel's companion, is devastated by their relationship.  Ash's wife knew about them, but accepted the relationship.

In the present day, there is also infidelity to deal with, Roland is in a long term relationship which is affected by the discovery of the letters.  I'm trying to not give too much away, but I don't think either Roland or his partner, (who's name escapes me), minded much about their relationship continuing. I find this aspect interesting, because usually I'm very anti cheating.

I would love to see this remade into a miniseries and the story be given the full attention that a 1 1/2 hour movie couldn't do justice to.  Until then, I'll be keeping Possession on my reread pile.

I could wax lyrical about this all day, but rather than faffing on, I'll just tell you to read it!  Possession is well worth it.

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Have you read Possession yet?  Let me know in the comments, I'd love to keep chatting about it.  Or anything else you may have read over Easter break.

Until next time, happy reading :)


Friday, 21 March 2014

Unleashed by Sara Humphreys. The Amoveo Legend Book 1

Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend, #1)Unleashed by Sara  Humphreys

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

I enjoyed Unleashed, it was nice to slip back into a paranormal after not reading one for awhile.  I don't love the 'fated mates' storyline, it can make for lazy development of the romance and how the H&H interact with each other.  But Humphrey's has made it work, Malcolm and Sam's relationship didn't feel forced.  And it wasn't instalove - instalust yes, but the love came later. 

Malcolm is alpha, but he's not totally overbearing, I liked that Sam stood up to Malcolm when she worked out he could read her thoughts and that he respected her wishes about getting out of her head.

I did think the ending wrapped up all very quickly, I would've liked some more time spent on the Caedo (bad guys) - but as this is a series, I'm guessing there may be more development in the future.

I'll def be checking out the other books in the series, as there are 10 Amoveo clans, I'm hoping for quite a few books.

And FYI - if perchance my smexy Amoveo mate is reading this - I'd prefer a six pack of Turkey & Dry instead of a bunch of roses. (The Amoveo can conjure up things they want and move at the speed of thought!)

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Mess (Hostile Operations Team #2)Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, quick read.  I liked the background set up for Georgeanne and Sam.  I'm a fan of the friends to lovers storyline.  I think if this was a full length book there would've been more suspense, but all that action took place outside of the book - but never fear, there was plenty going on between the sheets!

I liked both of the characters, they were well written and I thought the romance felt real and when the couple has history off book I can believe the "hello, hello, nice to meet you - wham bam, sexy times!"

Hot Mess has certainly wet my appetite for the Hostile Operations Team series, I'll be checking them out.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Check it out - What's in my library bag today? #1

So I think I'm going to try make this a weekly post - sharing some of the items that I've borrowed from my local library, (also the place I work).  I pretty much check something out everyday at work, and anyone who knows me IRL wouldn't be surprised by this.  New books are my kryptonite, (who am I kidding ALL books are my kryptonite!!), I see them and I get carried away, I need them and I need them now!

So here is a selection of what I've borrowed this week...

 The second season of Falling Skies.  This series is not without its issues, I mean surely an alien race with all the wizz bang would be able to find a bunch of resisting humans - even so I did enjoy the first season of this so I am looking forward to seeing what season two brings.  Extra points for Noah Wyle!

No One Lives - I knew next to nothing about this - I saw Luke Evans and was 'Yes please!'.  Here's the blurb from IMDb:

"A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem."
     ~ So I'm guessing the wealthy couple is going to open a can o' whoop ass on their kidnappers, hopefully they don't break the hotboy.

And lastly on the DVD front, Lost Girl season one.  I've already seen part of this season, I've enjoyed what I've watched and I'm looking forward to watching the rest.  I love Bo, she's a kick arse character and Dyson...mmm...lovely lovely hotboy.

I'm on a bit of a Bourdain bender at the moment and I've got pretty much everything I can get my hands, I'm making my way through the No Reservations series.  Which I love, he's so snarky, especially in the earlier series.  So I'm looking forward to Bone in the Throat.  It's fiction and tells the story of sous-chef Tommy who just wants to perfect his seafood chowder, but his mobster relatives have ideas on other uses for his kitchen.  I'm always bemoaning actors that decide to 'write' a novel, so it'll be interesting to see how this one goes.  Usually it's a celebrity putting out a cook book.

The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer was recommended by Cathy Maxwell at last years ARRA Conference, I've been meaning to read this since then - it's been a year - so I thought it was time to give it a go.  I've never read Heyer before, so I'm interested to see how I like her, especially after I've been reading more Regency romance lately.

Shooting Yourself by Haje Jan Kamps

This was in a magazine, I can't remember which one, but it looks like an interesting, tip filled read on how to make your selfies stand out.  Plus, it has the added bonus of introducing you to some awesome photographers you may not know about.

Super-cute Pincushions  by Kate Haxell.  I've been getting my craft on lately and I'm planning on making a hella cute pin cushion for my aunt, it's a felt cactus and I found some pretty heart shaped pins that I can use as red cactus fruit - I'll make sure I post a how-to when I finally finish it.  I think I saw this book in Homespun magazine maybe?  That's where the cactus is from,  I can't remember, but I'm looking forward to a cuppa and a sit down with this book.

That's it!  Checked out any gems from your library this week?  Have a recommendations?  Let me know below, you know how I love to talk books  :)

Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

WWW Wednesday 5 March

It is that time of the week again, where we talk all about our reading!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you just finish reading?
* What are you going to read next?
Then go and check out what everyone else who is participating is reading - I recommend you visit with pen at the ready, I always come away with new books to add to my Mt. TBR!  
What are you currently reading?
I'm still continuing with Blood Red Road by Moira Young.  I'm enjoying it more as I go along, it has a little Max Mad beyond the Thunderdome feel about it.  I also like that Saba is a strong character and Emmy isn't so annoying which is fantastic.  As I'm on the mobile library this week, I'm listening to Unleashed by Sarah Humphreys.  This is a paranormal romance about the Amoveo, which are shifter clans, Malcolm is an eagle shifter and Sam is half wolf shifter.  I am enjoying it but I have a thing about 'fated mates', sometimes the relationship can feel forced, although so far it doesn't seem like the case with Unleashed.
What did you just finish reading?
I finished the first book for March in this years #yearathon, which was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  I actually enjoyed this more than I remember, although I think my memories of the movie have clouded my enjoyment of the book.  But really - who am I kidding the movies were bigdumbfun.  I also finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, which I thought was lovely, beautiful words and illustrations.

What are you going to read next?

I still haven't started Possession by A.S. Byatt yet, but hopefully by next week I will have.  I also need to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which is my book groups pick for March.  I'm also waiting for a copy of A Wrinkle in Time to arrive as this is another 1001 kids group read.  I need to get a wriggle on!
Another week of reading gone, I wish I had more time to read, I miss the days of old where I could pretty much drop everything and read for as long as I wanted - growing up ruins everything!  Plus it doesn't help that I work in a library and I visit lots of book blogs :)  I see something and I immediately want to read it.  
Let me know what you're reading in the comments below.


Friday, 28 February 2014

Book Blogger Hop 28 Feb

Book Blogger Hop
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop - hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.  
Like to participate?  Here's how - answer the question below on your blog, then place a link to your answer here Once you've done that, visit the other participating blogs.

This weeks question, thanks to Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews is:  

 Q: Have you stopped accepting books from either authors or publishers to try to catch up? If not, do you think you would ever do that? 

A: I don't get a lot of books from publishers,  so at the moment I'm managing quite well with the books I review.  Although if I was getting books regularly it would be something I would consider.  I do try to make a point of only reading and reviewing books I want to read.  I think that makes the whole process more enjoyable.  I tend to get books in ebook format, often because it is easier for them to send me an ebook rather than print format.

Let me know what you think below, either by commenting or leaving me a link to your blog :)  Hope you have fun hopping around and happy #weekendreading


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