Edge of Tomorrow–Book to Movie From Original Book: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka [BONUS: Graphic Novel Review Included!]. Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!
Uncategorized / May 26, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. This is a paperback edition that was re-titled from the original book, All You Need Is Kill by Sakurazaka as a movie tie-in edition for the upcoming movie, Edge of Tomorrow.[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. The clock radio hits 6:00 a.m. and music comes over the speakers and Sonny and Cher sings, I’ve Got You, Babe.” [2] …then the music breaks and we hear the D.J say: ‘Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause its cooooold out there today.’ D.J. #2 says, ‘It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?’ D.J. #1 responds, ‘Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you, that, uh, that blizzard thing.’ D.J. #2: [mockingly says,] ‘That blizard – thing. That blizard – thing. Oh, well, here’s the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a “big blizzard thing!”‘ D.J. #1 says, ‘Yessss, they are. But you know, there’s another reason why today is especially exciting.’ D.J. #2 responds, ‘Especially cold!’ Then D.J. #1 reiterates, ‘Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody’s lips…’ D.J. #2 cuts him off, saying, ‘On their chapped lips…’ D.J. #1 answers back, ‘On their…

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green–Popular YA Novel Available on Blu-Ray & DVD Now!
Uncategorized / May 22, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is available in hardcover, paperback, CD and Audio. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” [Cassius speaking to Brutus in Julius Cesar, Act 1, Scene 2.] The stars. What have they to do with anything? Well, in Shakespeare’s era one’s life was said to be controlled by the stars…as in astrological stars. You didn’t control your life, the stars controlled your life, the stars controlled your destiny. You, therefore, were not responsible for your life. You were just along for the ride.      Cassius, however, when he speaks to Brutus, says that the fault is not in “our” stars, but in “ourselves.” This seems to imply that the individual is responsible for themselves. That we alone, not fate, not the stars, are responsible for our actions and choices.       Unfortunately, Cassius is using this seductive speech to Brutus to persuade him to join in the plot to assassinate Julius Cesar. Brutus is at war within himself. On the one hand, he has a deep friendship with Cesar, but on the other hand, he feels a…

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith–The New Book Available 06-03-14! New York Times Bestselling Author of The Child 44 Trilogy!
Uncategorized / May 17, 2014

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith. For a limited time, the first 25 pages are FREE for you to download to your Kindle or e-book reader to preview the book (from Amazon.com).       The full book will be available for purchase on June 3, 2014. You can pre-order the book from  your favorite book vendor, or from amazon.com. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “TRUE!–nervous–very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses–not destroyed–not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily–how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” The Tell-Tale Heart–Edgar Allen Poe. [2]      I love Edgar Allen Poe’s works, and probably none more so than, The Tell-Tale Heart. In this famous short story, Poe restricts other points of view by only permitting us to hear the story from the mouth and perspective of the narrator, told in first person, and who goes unnamed. And while Tom Rob Smith’s, The…

The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks–New Book Now Available!
Uncategorized / May 13, 2014

Pre-order this book now from your local book vendor. Release Date: 07-08-14! [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I remember during the first two weeks of school, I had headaches and, I had them often. I was being forced to think in ways I wasn’t use to thinking and reading case books hour upon hour, day after day. I hung in there, though, and after a few weeks the number of headaches tapered off and, eventually, went completely away. But the reading of cases continued over the course of my law school education–I read cases morning, noon, and night and after I read the cases I analyzed them to within an inch of their life. I had to, after all, to be prepared for the questions that would inevitably follow in class the next day when the teacher would begin his “Socratic” questioning. After graduation, I couldn’t even bare to look at a book–I was quite literally “burned out” on reading. To make matters worse, I had to start wearing glasses to read–yup, my vision just wasn’t what it had been. Six years went by without reading anything that wasn’t necessary for work, not one novel or even…

Don’t Die With Your Music Still in You: A Daughter’s Response to Her Father’s Wisdom–New Book Release Today, June 16, 2014!
Uncategorized / May 9, 2014

Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You:  My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents by Serena J. Dyer and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is available in paperback and Kindle (e-book) editions. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. [Inigo advances on Rugen…] Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. [Inigio advances and parries Rugen’s attack…] Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. [Count Rugen:] Stop saying that! [Rugen attacks, but Inigio parries Rugen and wounds him…] HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA! YOU KILLED MY FATHER! PREPARE TO DIE! [Inigo corners Rugen and disarms him…Inigo says:] Offer me money. [Rugen:] Yes! [Inigio:] Power, too, promise me that. [Rugen:] All that I have and more. Please… [Inigio:] Offer me anything I ask for. [Rugen:] Anything you want…[2]      In this scene from the movie, The Princess Bride, Inigio Montoya next says, “I want my father back, you son of a bitch!” and then he kills Rugen. But, in a real life imitation of that movie scene, without the blood, and definitely, funnier, my husband,…

God’s Pocket by Pete Dexter Comes to U.S. Theaters 05-09-14 [Limited Release]–One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Movies.
Uncategorized / May 3, 2014

God’s Pocket by Pete Dexter. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “Leon Hubbard had worried most everybody on the crew at one time or another, he’d even touched something in Peets. It wasn’t the razor–Peets had taken razors away from people, that was as simple as understanding you were going to get cut–it was something in the kid you didn’t want to listen to. The truth was, he didn’t believe the kid’s stepfather was connected. That was more bullshit, the same way the razor was. He kept it in his back pocket and brought it out twenty, thirty times a day. He used it to cut lunch meat and tell stories and shape his fingernails. Once they’d found a bat inside a cinder block and he’d used the razor to cut its head off. Then he’d wrung everything out of the body and said, ‘I seen that happen to a nun once.’” (p.4) This is a straight razor (a gunmetal titanium  straight  razor), probably similar to one Leon carries.  My father used one of these with which to shave.  My grandfather was a barber (for a while, in his long life) who also used this kind of razor (and…