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Red Cliff review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 21 May 2010 02:36 (A review of Red Cliff)

I watched part I and part II. Most people would greatly enjoy the theatrical version (ok not me.). I absolutely loved Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang, so the more the better. He was also in House of the Flying Daggers. *drool*. So if you like, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragons, Hero, and House of the Flying Daggers then move this to the top of your list.


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The Battle of Red Cliff (First Print Edition) DVD review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 21 May 2010 02:31 (A review of The Battle of Red Cliff (First Print Edition) DVD)

I watched part I and part II. Most people would greatly enjoy the theatrical version (ok not me). I absolutely loved as Zhuge Liang, so the more the better. He was also in House of the Flying Daggers.*drool*. So if you like, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragons, Hero, and House of the Flying Daggers then move this to the top of your list.


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The Temple Dancer: A Novel of India review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 21 May 2010 01:44 (A review of The Temple Dancer: A Novel of India)

This wasn't to bad. I was up until the late night finishing this book, just had to get to the end.

The beginning moves along at a fast pace as we find ourselves drawn into the characters of the novel. I felt like I too was languishing on the howdah: the chatter of a thousand birds and the view of the dense overhanging trees so close I could touch them. India was in my soul.
Adventure was just around the corner - I could smell it.

So go the words flowing gracefully out before me. What exploration to be had, but by the middle of the book the pace turned somewhat slower. Was it plot development? Still moving, but more like a hot lazy summer day. I was hoping that maybe we could do without another scene on the wide platform swing as it flowed back and forth, but it was not to be.
Romance and intrigue were all around.

Unfortunately, one of the main character's personality changed midway through the book ; once being strong and courageous just seem to become weak and timid, did I miss the part where he became a eunuch, was it greed that drove him or just the author losing his way?
Would he redeem himself?

Nearing the end of the book, I was thinking about what new plots where to transpire between our characters, I hoped the journey would not stop, but for some reason part of the story just galloped in another direction. (No really, he went galloping in another direction)
Oh to be yearning for more.

The book was filled with some passionate people and deadly sins around every corner... I could hear there late night whispers amongst the grove of trees.

An exciting read if you don't mind some of the characters losing their way slightly in believability. I can't wait to continue my visit to India and the distance past in his next book.


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Doomsday Book review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 21 May 2010 01:13 (A review of Doomsday Book)

OMG I am finally finished! What a travel down a monotonous road. I will not attempt to say once again what has been so eloquently said many times before. But one thing that I had to mention was a phrase that has stuck in my mind for days. I found myself last week picking up the book so that I might be able to put closure on it. So there I am reading (ok skimming) this book as some say “Best time-travel novel I've ever read!” or “a study of people's behavior” what behavior, all the characters did the same things repeatedly over again throughout the novel. Ah but I digress… so there I am reading this when suddenly out of nowhere comes the words “I brought a locator” … ok on I read…. What! What the fuck a locator, so I went back and re-read it again , no that really can’t be. Kivrin the young historian who travels back in time and seems to have only one concern and that is to find the "DROP" which turns out to be a very tedious endeavor for her and me. Why wouldn’t she have taken a locator with her in the first place! Please if she can have a recorder (chip corder) and an interpreter then why wouldn’t she also be able to have a locator. Just think I would have been spared about 200 pages! At this point I was going to toss the book over the balcony, but then I realized this was an autographed book, just my luck.


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The Name of the Wind (KingKiller Chronicles) review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 21 May 2010 01:01 (A review of The Name of the Wind (KingKiller Chronicles))

This man really knows how to weave a tale. He makes you think, not all the answers are given to you right away. If you love fantasy, or a well thought out story, this book is the one. I had a tear after reading “The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard”. Definitely the best book I’ve read this year



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