Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore [Book-to-Movie Staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson] Came to the Movies on July 25, 2014.
Uncategorized / June 29, 2014

This is the cover image for the graphic novel, Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore [cardstock ed.]. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      He had seduced the woman through trickery, taking on the likeness of her husband; he slowed time…to further enjoy his debauchery with her. Then, the woman’s husband returned catching the two in the act. The seducer, Zeus, fled, leaving the hapless woman, Alcmene, pregnant and alone, to face the wrath of her husband. Hera, Zeus’s wife, became furious at Zeus’s infidelity, and she took her revenge out on Hercules, the son born from Zeus’s trickery with Alcmene, when Hercules had grown into a man.        Hera caused all manner of trouble for Hercules while he was yet a mortal. Probably the worst thing she did was to make Hercules crazy for a while–confused and angry, Hercules killed his own wife and children. After he awoke from the “temporary insanity,” Hercules was devastated and prayed to Apollo for guidance. Apollo’s oracle told Hercules to serve King Eurystheus for twelve years, which included the twelve labors he would have to perform. These twelve impossible tasks were appointed to Hercules by King Eurystheus. [3]      Hercules…

A Long Way Down: A Novel by Nick Hornby–This Book-to-Movie Comes to the Big Screen in U.S. 07-11-14 [Limited Release]!
Uncategorized / June 24, 2014

This is the paperback edition of Nick Hornby’s, A Long Way Down. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. NOTICE: THIS BOOK AND BOOK REVIEW DEALS WITH THE TOPIC OF SUICIDE.      Phil and Rita are sitting in the diner at their regular table. They have a discussion about death and life and Phil tells Rita that he has just survived a horrible car wreck and that he is a supernatural being.      Phil is a famous weatherman and on-screen personage who goes to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day and gets stuck in a time loop living the same day, the exact same day, over and over again. Phil moves through various emotions, at first disbelief of his situation, then he feels elation, and finally despair and weariness and dread. They drive him to attempt to commit suicide but he always wakes up the next morning exactly as he did the day before. [3]    Back at the table in the diner, Phil tells Rita that he’s survived more than just a car wreck. He says, “‘I’ve been run over, drowned, crushed, stabbed, shot, electrocuted, poisoned, frozen, burned, and asphyxiated. [RITA says] ‘Really?’ [And the waiter looks at him like he’s…

The City: A Novel by Dean Koontz…This Brand New Novel NOW Released (07-01-14)! [BONUS: “The Neighbor,” The Short Story Prequel Review Included!]
Uncategorized / June 19, 2014

The City: A Novel, by Dean Koontz is available for purchase on July 1, 2014 from most book vendors. Amazon.com has the title in Kindle (e-book), hard- cover, and audio (or Audible) formats. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      My first Dean Koontz novel was a borrowed paperback edition of One Door Away From Heaven. My daughter insisted I read Dean Koontz and told me how much she loved him as an author and that if I read his books, I, too, would come to love him. She thrust the paperback into my hands. I turned it over, read the back cover, looked at the front, then, accepting the fact that I’d never hear the end of it if I didn’t give the book a try, sat down to read. [2]      I finished the book the next day (May 26, 2009) and had to admit I enjoyed the read. I decided that I would like to read other Dean Koontz books, if they were as good as One Door Away From Heaven (I gave it 4.0 stars out of 5, recording it in my own personal Reading Journal as I always do when I finish reading a book.). [4]      Today, I checked…

Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia–Released July 1, 2014–Now Available!
Uncategorized / June 12, 2014

Monster Hunter Nemesis, Book 5, by Larry Correia. RELEASE DATE 07-01-14. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.   “I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel.”  (Chapter 10, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley,  quoting Milton’s Paradise Lost.)     “I knew his secret. The thing that we all knew as Agent Franks had been the inspiration for the fictional Frankenstein’s monster, and had been around for a very long time. His creator, the alchemist Konrad Dippel, had died in the seventeen-hundreds, so Franks had to have been first stitched together sometime before that. His very existence piqued my curiosity, but it was all for naught…[for every question I asked him, I got the same response,] ‘Classified’” (The speaker is Owen Pitt, from Monster Hunter Le- gion by Larry Correia, Kindle loc. 1733].      Agent Franks is peppered throughout the Monster Hunter International Series. In Monster Hunter Legion, we learned a good deal more about Agent Franks than we had in all the previous books. If you look, you can see how Larry Correia is already setting up the Nemesis book that will be the next foray into the Monster Hunter International world. In Correia’s previous books we learned that Agent Franks was not…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman in Movie Development–Read the Book Before it Comes to the Big Screen!
Uncategorized / June 7, 2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman is available in a variety of for- mats, get your book, now, before the movie! [1] Amazon has the first three chapters available for FREE to download onto your Kindle/e-book read- er. To get your free chapters, click the link, here. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      He had delivered the eulogy, wearing clothes that were oddly comforting, white shirt, black tie, suit and shiny shoes. They were, he thought the right clothes for a very “hard day.” He had “spoken the words…[meaning] them as he spoke them…” and then had left–gotten into his car and drove away. He found that the little country road he had chosen to drive down, the one he had chosen to get lost upon, had been covered in blacktop and, now, “served as a buffer between two sprawling housing estates.”      So begins The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel, by Neil Gaiman. The unnamed speaker takes us back to where he lived as a child. He travels there and, as an adult looking back, delivers a sincere eulogy.      A eulogy, in this case,…

Shaman Rises: The Walker Papers by C.E. Murphy–The Highly Anticipated Book That Concludes this Exciting Series–Released 06-24-14!
Uncategorized / June 1, 2014

Shaman Rises: The Walker Papers by C.E. Mur- phy, is to be released on June 24, 2014. You can preorder your copy now. If you haven’t, yet, read the other books, there is still time, if you hurry along. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “Carrie Little Turtle, moving at lightning speed, came out of nowhere and tried to rip my face off…The only thing that saved me was the sheerly instinctive flight reaction of falling over backward because something was in my face….I was surrounded and… instead of kicking ass, I was slowly wearing down….I reined in the magic and even drew it out of the sword, so it was just me and a silver rapier against seven wights on a mountainside. It was the moment they’d been waiting for. They moved as one, so fast I could barely see them….”        “[A] wight’s blank face curdled into a hideous smile, and beyond it I saw the others, including Carrie, coming toward me for a final time…My vision got woozy, way faster than I’d have thought possible, and I had the utterly childish thought ‘This is not fair!’ before I dropped to my knees, wondering faintly how…