Tag Archives: that’s how it should be done

Movie review: Moana (2016) by Ron Clements, John Musker

Product info: The seas are calling. More specifically, they call to a girl named Moana. Nonsense, you say? Well, her father, Chief Tu, would agree with you. His strictest rule forbids anyone—especially his daughter—from sailing beyond their island’s Motunui surrounding reef. … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Shape of Water (2017) directed by Guillermo del Toro

Product info: 1962, Baltimore. Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled, … Continue reading

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A duology review: The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood 01 and 02) by Nora K. Jemisin

Products info (from Goodreads): The Killing Moon In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of … Continue reading

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The Thief (The Queen’s Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects a youth called Gen from the king’s prison. He … Continue reading

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Madam Tulip and Knave of Hearts by David Ahern

I was sent a complimentary copy of this one by the author in return for an honest review – thank you very much! Synopsis: What should you do if you are an actress and your theater all of a sudden … Continue reading

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Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 01) by Dan Simmons

Oh, my lovely Melfka, what would I do without your recommendations?   Synopsis (from Goodreads): On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship … Continue reading

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Olympos (Ilium 02) by Dan Simmons

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer’s timeless narrative, but that was before twenty-first century scholar Thomas … Continue reading

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Ilium (Ilium 01) by Dan Simmons

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars—observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family—and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private … Continue reading

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Blindsight (Firefall 01) by Peter Watts

Lovely Melfka featured this one on her blog – thank you, I owe you a lot! Synopsis (from Goodreads): It’s been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have … Continue reading

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Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

Product description (shortened version from Goodreads): Byzantium. The name evokes grandeur and exoticism–gold, cunning, and complexity. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire’s millennium–long … Continue reading

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