Terms of Enlistment: Frontline Series, Book 1, by Marko Kloos–Read This Military Sci-Fi For Free From Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library!
Uncategorized / March 30, 2014

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I found this wonderful book on Amazon in their Kindle Owners’ Free Lending Library! The Amazon Lending Library is one of my regular places that I go to get free reading material. I love to save money, so getting a free book every month adds up. Terms of Enlistment lists at $3.99 on Amazon; at $3.99 per month I’d be saving $47.88 a year–but we all know that many books cost far more than $3.99.      One month, for example (January 2012), I chose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for my free read of the month. The next month (February), I read Catching Fire (book 2). The following month (March), I read The Mockingjay (book 3)–all borrowed for free from the Lending Library. [2]      There are so many books from which to select. I wanted a science-fiction book for my free pick for this month, and when I looked at some of the many titles, I liked the synopsis and premise for this book and picked it out for my March 2014, selection.      After I read the book by Marko Kloos, Terms of…

Noah (Darren Aronofsky’s) Brand New Book Comes to The Big Screen, March 28, 2014!
Uncategorized / March 27, 2014

Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s (Available in hardcover from Amazon.com).[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Darren Aronofsky’s book, Noah, by Darren Aronofsky, was released on March 25, 2014. And, with the film’s debut to the big screen scheduled for release in U.S. markets on March 28, 2014, the time between book and big screen was only three short days. WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THIS BOOK AND MOVIE? [2]      Some people who are religious will applaud the making of this film. Some atheist or Islamic peoples might condemn it. We might even see some Christians condemn the movie because it is too liberal, or political, or even because it pushes an environmental message instead of a more main stream Christian theme. Some people, undoubtedly, will think it antiquated and boring because it is a story of the past, and some will want to see the movie only because Emma Watson or Russell Crow is starring in it. Perspective depends on where you are standing (or sitting)! [3]      Perspective is a very curious thing. Everyone who reads the book or watches the movie will have his or her own perspective of things. They will bring a particular attitude, they will…

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros–This Brand New Book is the Best Pop-Up Book I’ve Ever Seen!
Uncategorized / March 21, 2014

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide To Westeros Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      The Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide To Westeros, is a newly-released pop-up book by Illustrator, Michael Ko- marck and Designer (Paper Engineer), Matthew Christian Reinhart; this book was released on March 11, 2014, just over a week ago. So, it is a brand-new entry into the pop-up book realm.      When I saw the promotional photos of this book, I preordered it so I could get it on its day of release. I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival, and since this book is already a rock star in the world of pop-up books, I wanted to bring it to you today so you could see just what all the fuss is about. Insight Editions can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InsightEditions and on Twitter at: @insighteditions THE BOOK:    The cover is hardcover; the jewels, artifacts, clasps and title are embossed, the edges treated with faux stitching around the edges. The book measures 11.3 x 9.6 x 2.5 (unopened). The book can be viewed one page/pop-up at a time, or it can be unhinged and folded out to about 46″ x 30″ displaying…

Captain America: Winter Soldier–The New Book is Now Out! Winter Soldier Comes to Theaters in U.S., April 4, 2014!
Uncategorized / March 15, 2014

Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker, Illustrators: Charles Epting, Mike Perkins and Michael Lark. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Tuesday, March 11, 2014, I received my hardcover book, Captain America: Winter Soldier that I had previously preordered from Amazon.com. Thankfully, I was able to get the book on the day of its release–I eagerly devoured its long-awaited pages.      Today’s review of the new publication is in large part due to the fact that the movie, Captain America: Winter Soldier, which is loosely based on the book, is slated to be released to theaters on Friday, April 4, 2014 (Just three short weeks from now!).       Movie Premise: According to Hit Fix, the premise of the movie, loosely, is one in which Captain America is trying to adjust to modern life after the Avengers did battle in New York, against the forces of evil. Now, Steve Rogers struggles to make sense of his life in a modern world. Steve is soon entangled in an intrigue after a fellow member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is attacked; this intrigue is one in which Steve finds himself exposed to professional assassins, and one in which even the world is at risk. Eventually Captain America and The Black…

Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 1, by Dean Koontz–RELEASED TO BLU-RAY & DVD 03-25-14!
Uncategorized / March 12, 2014

Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel,Book 1, by Dean Koontz. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Hi, Folks. I’m happy to be back with you, today, reviewing one of Dean Koontz’s most-loved books, the first book in his Odd Thomas series, called, aptly enough, Odd Thomas. This book sparked a love in readers for the strange hero, propelling the series forward through six books, so far. I selected the Odd Thomas book because a movie has been filmed by the same name–it is being released to Blu-ray and DVD on March 25th! We really have a lot to talk about, so let’s get started.      First, I’ll bet you’d like to know why we are seeing the movie be released to DVD without having seen it in theaters. Would you? Well, I wanted to know, so I went and did some research on “Oddie’s” movie. Here’s what I found out. Originally, the film was slated to open in theaters in September of 2013. That never happened. What did happen to prevent the release sounds like a horror movie all on its own.      According to The Hollywood Reporter (Hollywood Esq.), two production companies related to the film project filed a…

Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2, by Brandon Sanderson
Uncategorized / March 8, 2014

Words of Radiance, Stormlight Archive, Book 2, by Brandon Sanderson. [1] HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, Saturday, March 8, 2014! Book Review by: Sharon Powers. UPDATE: 07-09-14: References converted to numerical format for ease of finding sources.      Last week, I reviewed Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings, Stormlight Archive, Book 1. I also reported that book 2 of the Stormlight Archive, Words of Radiance was to be released to book stands on Tuesday, March 04, 2014. I promised to try and get the book read and the blog post written for this week’s review–well, I am happy to tell you that I made it. Here it is.      Way of Kings was a best seller, and an award winner, and obviously well-loved by many, many readers. Words of Radiance, its sequel, has been long awaited by many readers of this brand new and very popular series. My blog post book review of Way of Kings was quite extensive, and I included many, many spoilers. I did this because the book had been out for so long (3 1/2 years), and, of course, the plot and substance of the book were already widely-known.       For my review of this book, don’t expect major spoilers. I…

The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive, Book 1, by Brandon Sanderson [Dedication to Paco de Lucia]
Uncategorized / March 1, 2014

This blog post is dedicated to Paco de Lucia, famed Spanish flamenco guitarist. Please see full Dedication, below. The Way of Kings: The StormlightArchive, Book 1, by Brandon Sanderson. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of The Stormlight Archives. Sanderson’s book first appeared in August of 2010. Soon after, it became wildly popular with epic fantasy readers. It was so popular that in In 2011, The Way of Kings was nominated, and then won the prestigious David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Novel.  Other awards garnered by the novel include the Whitney Awards for Best Speculative Fiction, 2010 and Whitney Awards for the Best Novel of the Year, 2010. The Way of Kings was also nominated in 2010 for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Additionally, The Way of Kings opening week sales placed it as number 7 on the New York Time’s Best Seller List (in subsequent weeks it remained in the top twenty-five as a best seller). The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive, Book 1, won The David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Novel, 2011.[2]      Back in 2010, I saw the promotional ads for the book, read the synopsis for it,…