The Giver by Lois Lowry–Book-to-Movie Opened in Theaters 08-15-14! Read the Book–See the Movie!
Uncategorized / July 29, 2014

Lois Lowry’s, The Giver. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      No sooner had my daughter arrived home from sixth grade telling me that her teacher was very mad at her because the book she had taken to read during the “free reading period,” wasn’t acceptable, then the phone rang. Answering it, I was surprised that my daughter’s teacher was the one calling. She expressed great disapproval at my daughter’s book saying it was inappropriate for a sixth grader to be reading a book that was beyond her grade level.       I asked her to please hold for a minute and then spoke to my daughter asking her to show me the book she was reading. I was somewhat surprised when she showed me the book and again asked her if she was sure this was the book the teacher was unhappy with her having. She assured me that it was the book. Going back to the phone the teacher again asked why I let her read a book inappropriate for her grade level. For a moment, I was dumbfounded at her disapproval of my daughter’s book and my parenting. I composed myself, and told her I approved…

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais–See the Book-to-Movie in Theaters 08-08-14!
Uncategorized / July 22, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      My mom was always trying to teach me something. She took all four of us kids to the grocery story every week to do the shopping–every trip she’d give us a lesson like unit pricing, how to pick a sweet, ripe watermelon, or how to check the expiration date on milk. Her lessons about food changed one day when she came home with a cookbook for kids. She had me sit with her and we looked through the pages at all the things an eight-year-old could learn to cook.       I saw something wonderful! It was a recipe for “Framed Eggs.” I had never seen anything like it before and was entranced by its uniqueness. I told my mother I wanted to make the Framed Egg recipe, and she quickly agreed, showing the enthusiasm I felt inside, too. Saturday morning arrived and we sat down to look at the recipe book. She told me that, “Even if you don’t know how to cook something, a recipe can tell you how to do it. All you have to do is read it carefully…before you do…

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Now in Theaters!
Uncategorized / July 17, 2014

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Paperback from Amazon.com. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Everyone knows who Superman is. Likewise, we all know Batman, The Avengers, and, of course, the X-Men. But I’ve been asked, “Who the heck are the Guardians of the Galaxy?” It seems only fans of these comic book heroes have any idea who this bunch of miscreants are.      The Guardians of the Galaxy have come to the center of the entertainment arena for the very good reason that their story is being brought to the big screen. Even after seeing the trailer(s) for the upcoming movie, people seem to know very little about the group.      IMDb tells us that Guardians of the Galaxy “…expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.” [2] In the trailer we see Peter Quill (AKA “Starlord”) stealing the “mysterious orb.” But the orb is not the only thing that is mysterious. All the characters seem to be unknown…

Skin Game: The Dresden Files, Book No. 15, by Jim Butcher–Now Out on Bookstands!
Uncategorized / July 10, 2014

Jim Butcher’s brand new book, number 15 in the Dresden Files Series, is available in various formats: Kindle (e-book), Audio (Audiobook), CD, and Hardcover editions. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Myths and Biblical stories abound about the fall of the mighty angels from heaven, and from God’s grace. The stories go that Lucifer had threatened to overthrow God; not succeeding, God cast Lucifer and his minions out of heaven. Then, bitter and resentful, poisoned by his own anger and contempt, Lucifer decided that he would punish God by wreaking vengeance on God’s children, Adam and Eve.       Adam and Eve, tempted by Lucifer (disguised as a serpent), gave in and sinned against God…then, too, man was cast out of Paradise. The stories all say that Lucifer and his companions have continued to wander the earth seeking the ruin of the souls of the children of Adam and Eve.  So, what do the fallen angels have to do with Jim Butcher’s new book, Skin Game? Before we talk about that, let’s take a quick look at the book’s synopsis. SOME SPOILERS (LIMITED) WITHIN: SHORT BOOK SYNOPSIS: Mab, The Winter Queen. [2]      In previous books we learned…

A Most Wanted Man by John Le CarrĂ© [Book-to-Movie Edition]–Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Film Role! Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!
Uncategorized / July 6, 2014

“A Most Wanted Man” by John Le CarrĂ©. This is the book-to-movie paperback edition from Amazon.com. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Philip Seymour Hoffman. In one of his last films before his death, we were privileged to see him portray Mickey Scarpatto in God’s Pocket. (Click here to see my book-to-movie review and trailer.) God’s Pocket, by Pete Dexter, came to the big screen May 9, 2014, in limited release. God’s Pocket by Pete Dexter. [2]      When the movie came out, it didn’t come to the area where I live, so I rented the movie from Amazon to see one of his last performances. Though the film was a little dark and a bit grainy, I am happy I was able to view that film.  Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith [4]      In another film, Hoffman had been cast in the book-to-movie best-seller, Child 44, by Rob Tom Smith; Hoffman has since been replaced. Since filming started in June, producers needed a last minute fill-in–Hoffman’s part in the movie will be filled by Vincent Cassel (of Black Swan, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen fame). It is our great loss that we will not see Hoffman in the role in which…