Thor: The Dark World Prelude (A Graphic Novel) by Marvel Comics; Illustrator: Lan Medina
Uncategorized / October 29, 2013

The Dark World Prelude; A precursor to the movie (Thor: The Dark World,  movie release date: Nov. 8, 2013). Book Review by: Sharon Powers.     Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude (Graphic Novel) was released on October 29, 2013. So, why am I reviewing a graphic novel? First, because I love all sorts of books, everything from hardbound, paperback, electronic books, CDs and audio books, to comic books and graphic novels. To me the actual form is unimportant (I LOVE what’s on the inside!). OK, folks, you can help me out with the answer to why I am reviewing a graphic novel. I know you can. All together now, “Sharon . . . LOVES . . . BOOKS!” Yeah! You did it…thanks for your help.     I know it’s silly, but really, with the subject matter at hand, I’d really love to have fun today reviewing the graphic novel. So, I invite you to take a little fun excursion with me in reviewing the book. The second reason for reviewing this graphic novel is that I see a real opportunity to review for you a story that will soon be on the big screen. Thor: The Dark World is to be released to theaters…

2013 Hugo Award Winner: Redshirts by John Scalzi
Uncategorized / October 27, 2013

Red Shirts by John Scalzi is the 2013 Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel! Book review by: Sharon Powers.     I am pleased to be reviewing for you today, a novel that recently won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2013. The Hugo Awards took place on August 29th through September 2, 2013 at LoneStarCon3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas. At that time, the Best Novel Award went to John Scalzi for Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas.    Also at that time Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications) won the award for Best Novella for a wonderful novella entitled, The Emperor’s Soul. I recently reviewed that novella for you and posted it on September 28, 2013.      Other awards were given, so for more information about the work that garnered those awards (the Hugo Awards) here is a link to the official website: http://www.thehugoawards.org/ . OK, since I’m not doing a posting today, about the Hugo Awards, in general, let’s get going with the review of Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas! John Scalzi with his Hugo Award. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Scalzi won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer in 2005. He also…

The Last Dark: The Climax of the Entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephen R. Donaldson
Uncategorized / October 19, 2013

The Last Dark: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, by Stephen R. Donaldson, hardcover edition. I believe the person on the cover is “Manethrall Mahrtiir” (who is blind, hence the wrapped eyes). The scene on the cover,  taken from the book, appears at close to half way through  the book–no spoilers about what the scene is about,  though. You have to read it to find out! Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Stephen Donaldson begins each of his books with, “What Has Gone Before.” A short synopsis of each of the books before the current book. So, if you haven’t read the other books, but want to read, The Last Dark, you can get up to speed on what has come before by reading the introduction.       The short synopsis of each book is also good for those of us who have read the books, to use as a reminder, a refresher, of the earlier foundational part of the series. I do recommend that you read the other books, but I can understand the excitement of finding out just how the series will be concluded.      Donaldson does a good job of relating all the important parts of the…

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Tom Clancy and The Hunt For Red October. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Blu-ray/DVD Now Available for Purchase!
Uncategorized / October 12, 2013

UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 06-10-14: Today the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is now available for purchase. I am so excited, as I have already purchased my copy and really look forward to watching it on our big screen TV. I hope everyone is having a good day today. My love to you all. Sharon. ________________________________________________________ UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 05-27-14: This update is just to let you know that for all those interested in purchasing the movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, on Blu-ray/DVD, it is slated for release on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. ________________________________________________________ UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 01-18-14: This update is strictly about the movie. I just got back from seeing the movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I absolutely LOVED! the movie. Chris Pine and Kevin Costner work wonderfully together to save the U.S. from national economic and terrorist disaster. The major villain, Kenneth Branagh, is delightfully awful as the bad guy, and Keira Knightly is beautiful, but still manages to get in on the action scenes, too. Chris Pine has left his arrogant “Captain Kirk,” Star Trek role behind and is very successful in adopting the new persona of a young Jack Ryan. I really loved that the writers…

Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny and the American Dream
Uncategorized / October 5, 2013

by Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra Book Review by Sharon Powers.    Two brothers. Two doctors. Two immigrants. Two countries. Two husbands and fathers. Two newly-minted Americans. Two shared stories about their lives.      In the “To the Reader” forward part of the book the authors explain that the goal in writing the book was not to look at the work the other brother wrote; hence, no arguments about being right or wrong could occur. So, as the author’s state, it was with “separate voices” that they each spoke. General map of India with surrounding countries.     This book is ambitious–ambitious because it covers so much ground. It is a memoir about two people, not one, it covers multiple themes: Brotherhood, and how it impacts and is impacted by “Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.” Although ambitious, the two intelligent men have cleverly woven a compelling story about growing up in India, the struggle to become doctors, their emigration to America, and how their familial and cultural values shaped them on their path of duty and during their struggle for moral transformation. And…the two brothers show us how they came to love America.     So, a lot is…