[DVD] Movie Review -The Man in the Iron Mask

First, I would like to point out that this is the very first DVD I’ve ever purchased for myself, and probably the first I ever owned. And, after a bit of research, it is based on a story by Alexandre Dumas (wiki). There are also quite a few well known actors here, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, even a young Hugh Laurie makes an appearance.

With that said, and my personal bias explained, let’s get to the movie. This movie takes place after the events of the The Three Musketeers story line. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis have all retired and D’Artagnon is now guarding the king. Well, the king isn’t really reigning all that well, and starts courting the wrong woman. There really is more to this plot, but it’s so complicated and involved that I could hardly do it justice.

Anyway, the man in the iron mask is the key to France’s salvation, and Aramis works to this end, an end to the tyranny of the king. Now, this does not follow the exact plot of Dumas’ work, as some of the characters do not appear in the movie, and not everyone dies at the end.

Obviously, I like this movie. I like the very full plot, but it’s still easy to follow, and continues the adventures of The Three Musketeers.

C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is back working out the kinks from what happened in the last book. I like this subtle continuation of the series, it links back to the previous book without need to explain or read the entire previous book.

I was also happy to see that no new love interests inserted themselves into Kinsey’s life, a nice break from the previous two books. But! Someone else who is a staple in this series has a brief interlude with love. We also meet more of the neighbors, which I liked.

This plot line kept me guessing until the very end. I kept trying to put two and two together and kept coming up with three. I like these kinds of books too, that way the ending is a surprise!

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Little Wizard Stories by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz Series)Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Different book representatives put this book as either #15 in the series, or #7.5. Either way the 6 short stories in this book do not have a place in the events of the full story books. My collection of Oz stories has this book as #15, so it’s the last book in my series.

The six short stories are all less than 10 pages long and my copy has a lot of pictures as well. So these would almost be flash fiction stories. Each story follows a different set of characters through a mini adventure in Oz.

The Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger get tired of being docile, Dorothy and Toto go exploring, Tik-Tok has a run-in with the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard check on their subjects, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse go on a rescue mission, and Scarecrow and Tin Woodman have an accident.

They’re quick, they’re cute, and I liked reading them.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Gothika

“A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.”

I really don’t know why I don’t have this movie on DVD. Every time I find it on TV or Netflix I watch it. It has slowly become a favorite movie of mine. It stars Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., and Penelope Cruz.

I love how everything starts out seemingly normal, well normal for a mental asylum? I’m not sure what the PC nomenclature for such places are at the moment. It’s a home for the criminally insane. There that’s what it is. Anyway.

I love how it starts normal, goes completely insane(!), and then finally the end brings a sense of “everything happens for a reason”.

It’s a creepy, dark movie, and I happen to love creepy, dark movies.

Series Review: The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Colville

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The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville is quite possibly my favorite book series of all time. There is a ton of nostalgia here for me as Into the Land of the Unicorns was the first “adult” book that captured my attention and kept me up all night reading it from cover to cover.

As an adult I took the time to search out the rest of the series and was very much rewarded for my efforts. I love this series.

What do you think about the series overall?

Overall, this series is definitely targeted to adolescent girls, pre-teens. The characters are creative (there’s not just unicorns in the land of Luster!), and the books create a cohesive plot that ends with a battle between good and evil.

What was your favorite book in the series?

It has to be the first book, hands down. The introduction to the unicorns, the land of Luster, and the beginning of a marvelous adventure, all rolled into one. Also, it is the book I stayed up all night with. It can’t compare to the others, though they are good books too.

Would you reread the entire series or just one book from the series?

Actually, I think I would do both. I have reread the first book several times, as it was the only book of the series I had for decades (2). When I finally got my hands on the rest of the series I read through the whole thing. And now that I’m typing this up I want to reread them all again.

Final Thoughts

This series is now my all-time favorite series. I do have a few others I really like, but this one takes the cake.

Keep reading little book worms!

Individual Book Reviews for The Unicorn Chronicles:
Book One: Into the Land of the Unicorns
Book Two: Song of the Wanderer
Book Three: Dark Whispers
Book Four: The Last Hunt

Meet Me at the Library

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Back to the Library to continue more series! That reminds me. Would you lovely little book worms like a list of Christine Feehan books and where I’m at with them (since I’m reading them entirely out of order)? Let me know in the comments. Onto the books I borrowed!

Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan

Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives—a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.

Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man—or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.

In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them—their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.

C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C IS FOR CALCULATED

How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It’s one of Kinsey’s toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can’t shake the feeling it was no random accident and that he’s still in danger…

C IS FOR CRIME

The only clues Kinsey has to go on are a little red address book and the name “Blackman.” Bobby can’t remember who he gave the address book to for safekeeping. And any chances of Bobby regaining his memory are dashed when he’s killed in another automobile accident just three days after he hires Kinsey.

C IS FOR CORPSE

As Kinsey digs deeper into her investigation, she discovers Bobby had a secret worth killing for―and unearthing that secret could send Kinsey to her own early death…

What have you been reading lately?

 

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen King is firmly lodged in the section marked “Sarah’s All Time Favorite Authors”, but what lured me to this short story collection was the fact that two of the short stories have been made into Netflix Originals; 1922 and Good Marriage.

I will also admit to watching 1922 before reading 1922. And…the movie follows the book closely. Like, really closely. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t in the book that isn’t in the movie (did that make sense?).

The other short stories are easily just as good even if they weren’t made into Netflix Originals (thought they probably could be). I related to “Big Driver”, as I try my hand at writing every now and again and have cats myself. Fair Extension is an interesting read, and I’m slapping myself for missing Good Marriage while it was on Netflix. I think I would have enjoyed it too.

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