Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review: Underworld: Awakening

Not the moive I hoped it would be  

     Let me begin by saying that I hate 3D movies. I don’t understand Hollywood’s love affair with the hokey (and yes, even with all the “advanced technology” it still feels hokey to me) film technique. I have yet to walk out of a 3D movie and think “WOW, that movie was soooo much better because of the 3D.” In fact, without exception I have walked out of every 3D moving bitching about how it wasn’t worth the higher ticket price and that the 3D crap was more distracting than enhancing. Plus the glasses SUCK!

Okay, on to the actual movie.

Yeah. It was no Underworld, or Underworld Evolution, or Underworld Rise of the Lycans. In fact, if you were hoping for the next installment in a series that you thought had been wrapped up and were happily surprised to hear might have more to tell…you’re likely to be very disappointed.
 Underworld: Awakening is a continuation of the Underworld series only in that the lead character, Selene is in it. Except for some flash back clips from the previous movies Awakening ignores all the old characters, the ancient vampires and werewolves and replaces them with watered down imitations, or in Michael’s case, fuzzy CGI and shots of where he’d just been…

*And movie guys…Believe me when I say as a woman and a movie go-er, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes bigger is just a huge waste of space.* (For those who’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about.)

The fight scenes are okay, the filming (except for the STUPID 3D!!) was up to the Underworld standard I was used to. But the plot is little more than a vehicle for the studio to launch a totally new storyline by riding on the coattails of the successfully wrapped Underworld series. Clearly they hoped the fan base would forgive the bait and switch technique. I think they would’ve done better just to start from scratch rather than sully a nice series with this filler movie.

For diehard Underworld fans, you can probably skip this movie and watch the next—which will no doubt follow—knowing it has NOTHING to do with the original storyline you enjoyed.

I'm giving Underworld: Awakening
Did you see this moive? What did you think? Agree, disagree?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Finds

It's Friday!!! And that means it's time for...

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted at Should Be Reading where bloggers share books that they have heard about or discovered.

I found 4 great new (to me) books this week...

Halflings by Heather Burch
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Unlovable by Sherry Gammon
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Find any new reads this week?  Leave a link in the comments and I'll stop by your blog and check them out!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: A Perfect Blood

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, Book 10) 
by Kim Harrison 
Publication Date: February 21
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the Hollows with the electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed Pale Demon!
Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.
She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

I love LoVe LOVE this series!!! I'm so sad it's coming to an end, but it's been an awesome ride!

Okay, so spill it, what book/ books are you drooling to get your hands on? Leave me a link in the comments, and I'll stop by and check it out!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dancing Robots

I feel the need to explain. (I hate that!)

Anyway I found this little guy at a Boarders book store a couple Christmases back. I cranked him up and let'im go. I think I laughed for the next two hours straight with only the occasional need to crank him up again.

I cannot explain why he makes me laugh, but he does. Still. The dancing robot has given me hours of joy. I hope he does the same for you.

So...with no further ado...I give you...

The Dancing Robot!!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Awesome Kindle Fire & $50 amazon card Giveaway!!

This giveaway is being sponsored by a very generous author who wished to remain anonymous... but please thank them... Its people like that, that keep giveaways like this one on the blog :)

Enter here to win a Brand New Kindle Fire and a $50 Gift card to get you started on your Kindle library!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted at Should Be Reading where bloggers share books that they have heard about or discovered.

So here's mine...

Tempest by Julie Cross
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Book of Giants: The Fallen Angels and their Giant Sons by W. B. Henning
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes

Find any new reads this week? Clue me in!

HELLSBANE Top Friggin Pick!!!

Okay, I know this is totally self serving but I...don'! hehehehe Hellsbane just got a Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews. YAY!!!!! I figure since almost no one is reading this blog yet I can brag about myself to myself as much as myself can stand it. Sound logic, right?
So looky, looky me!

Hellsbane, #1

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Tags: Urban Fantasy

A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW | Reviewed by: Missyb0103 "Loved, Loved this book!!!   ... Emma is such a strong female lead. ... He [Eli] is hot and deadly, but off limits. ... I loved Tommy as a character, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Overall, very entertaining and well worth the time!!!"

So does that friggin' ROCK or what? Seriously! What? Yeah!!! LOL (Is there an echo in here...hello...)
Whatever. If you (and you know who YOU are) want to check out the whole review you can find it here. post will be utterly useless, or totally gross. And soon....DANCING ROBOTS!!! Promise.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First time blogger long time lurker

So, here it is. My first blog post on my brand spankin' new blog. Isn't it purddy?
Yeah. Whatever.
I'd like to use this space to talk...mostly to myself... about books and writing and the oddities of life that piss me off, make me scratch my head or generally make me say, "Ewww..."
Whether I will actually do that remains to be seen.
If you're out there -- and you know who YOU are -- feel free to comment on any post, or y'know, lurk creepily. I like that.