Saturday, November 17, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Review with spoliers way at the bottom

Non-spoiler thoughts:

Saw the last Twilight. OK, I'll admit it. That was a good one. Not surprised, seeing as that was my favorite half of the book and favorite whole part of the series. Great way to go out! And Nessie is nothing like Annabelle. Guess I was being silly, getting worried and all.

I own the books. I own the movies. I'm not a Twihard but I do have my favorite characters. I feel this movie did a wonderful job of portraying everything in the last book. This was the one I was looking forward to.

Years ago, back when I was fixing my first manuscript (what is now Dark Birth) and meeting other authors, I met Aprilynne Pike. She's the author of Wings. While helping guide me to prepare a better book, she mentioned her friend Stephenie Meyers and her Twilight books. I think the first two Twilight books were published and the third one was coming out. Aprilynne suggested I read them.

Now I'll be the first to admit different stroke for different folks. I'm not a "romance guy". I want more action and thrills. I could not identify with Bella or Edward either. I did however enjoy the Cullens, thew wolf pack and the Volturi. I read all four books but really didn't get super excited until Bella became a vampire. From that point on I enjoyed everything.

After four movies we're finally to the part of the series that I like. And after seeing it I feel they've treated it perfectly.

Bigger Spoilerific thoughts:

so beware

Serious. Want to be spoiled? Read on.

Bella's senses becoming heightened? Perfect! We zoom into sights, sounds and smells and can experience everything she can. In the book this gave me new insight on what Annabelle and Roland would feel. We see this on the big screen with great effect.

Bella getting mad at Jacob? Bella's arm wrestling with Emmett? Jacob's joke about the Romanian vampires? All of it and the other funny parts from the book were all delivered expertly.

We get to see Jacob showing Charlie what he is. We get to see the Cullen's recruiting the others. It's wonderful to see these scenes that we couldn't see in the book.

Ever since I read the book I was completely engrossed in the new vampires. My favs? Garret the Revolutionary vampire. He's wonderful in the film complete with his fledgling relationship with Kate is cute. Benjamin from the Egypt coven. The actor from Night at the Museum did a great job of capturing Benjamin's wide eyed curiosity. The Romanian vampires. Let's face facts. They're both Dracula and this is clear here. The actors play them perfectly and they even get some fun with the new fledgling werewolves. We got the Amazonian ones, the Irish ones and so on. All the new vampires and the various relationships were dead on.

When I met Renesmee in the book I was instantly conflicted. I love her character and she became my favorite but she scared me. I was still working on Annabelle's first book. My own vampire child was hunting deer in the woods and acting older than her physical appearance, behaving like any innocent yet immortal night child. I was worried after she got on the big screen, people would read my Ann and think "Oh, this is just Nessie." I shouldn't have worried.

Nessie starts out as computer animated because no baby could pull it off. We see her grow and fly to catch a snow flake but no speed or hunting or anything like that. Nothing remotely like Annabelle.

The more important thing, however, is that Mackenzie Foy plays her tenderly.

At the end of the film we see all the actors/characters from the entire series and many wonderful tributes to the fact that this came from a book series. Kinda wish the Potter films did that.

Now for the real spoiler. One more thing that will really spoil the film.  I read this spoiler so I was prepared. I waited for the change from the book to happen and then watched the scene and my freaked out daughters (who have read all the books) at the same time so I'm going to have to re watch this scene again. This is different than the book so if you want to feel the shock and awe, don't read below this next pic...

Alice realises she cant convince Aro. She's about to be killed. Carlisle tries to rescue her. He's beheaded. The heroes attack, everyone gets all funky with full on battle. Jane kills Jasper. Edward (I think) kills Alec. Jane kills Seth. Alice drags Jane to Sam who kills her. And so on and so on.  Beloved characters die left and right and the theatre was freaking out! My daughters were rocking back and forth mumbling about how wrong it all was.

And then we discover it was Alice's vision and when Aro bites it by the tag team effort of Bella and Edward, well let's just say he's OK not to press matters. So no one died after all! The audience cheers and laughed and the movie finished accurately complete with a vision showing grown up Nessie with Jacob and Bella and Edward. Happy ending.

So this was a great way to end it! Worth every penny.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The 3rd Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop!

And the winner is A'lina!  Thanks to everyone for commenting and following! More hops to follow!

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Hello gentle beings and welcome to my part of I Am A Reader Not A Writer's 3rd Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop!

As you can see by her nice pic, it runs from November 15th to the 25th. It's a way to meet and greet other blogs and say "Happy Thanksgiving".

And what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving besides the wonderful smell of turkey, the sounds of the Macy's Parade and the image of Uncle Ralph stuffing his face with yams? Why vampire children!

OK, OK, I know. Vampires don't go with this holiday. But let's face it, I have a fun book to giveaway and while it may be my only giveaway book, it's still full of enough entertaining story that you'll wind up as full as a child of the night after a successful raccoon hunt (that's about 5 or 6 of the little critters. Raccoons, not vampire children).

Anyway, I digress. Here is your prize...

I can only give one copy away. I only ship to the US and Canada. Sorry!
Please follow this blog your favorite way, be that twitter, facebook, GFC, linky tools or email. Drop me a comment so I can keep track and on the 25th I'll announce the winner!

And don't forget to check my Breaking Dawn Part 2 Review

Bite of Story Thursday

Night Children: Dark Threats

Chapter Two: 1692 Witch Attack
Annabelle turned briefly toward where Thomas and Polly hid. “Tom, Polly, run home.  I won’t have you hurt in this mess.” 
“But we want to help!” 
“No, leave now.  Think of Polly’s safety, Tom.”  She only had time to lock eyes with Tom briefly, but it was enough.  The frustration on his face spoke volumes.
As her friends escaped through the trees, Annabelle turned back to the witches.  She hovered for a brief moment, ignoring her inner terror.  Her voice took on a dangerous edge.  “All right, you wanted to face us.  Here we are.” 
She flitted around Gertrude, dodging each hex blast as it lit up the dark trees with purple and red hues.
Roland smiled then sped around Penelope.  Gertrude gestured once more and sent forth a blast of eldritch energy that barely missed Annabelle. 
“Insolent child.” Gertrude said with malice.  “You think you’ll live forever.” 
Annabelle felt the air light up, like sharp needles jabbing her skin.  Her vision blurred with tears.  The blast hit Annabelle directly in the back, spinning her into the hard dirt.  She lay there, waiting for her vision to adjust.  Everything seemed to spin and her stomach threatened to give up her breakfast.
“Annabelle!”  Roland shouted.  Penelope caught him with a lucky shot and he cried out in pain. 
“There.  Do you see, Penelope?  That’s how to deal with upstarts.” 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Here's another thought on the Disney/Star Wars purchase by .

My Top Ten Sci Fi Heroes

In honor of the world shattering news last week that George Lucas sold all of his entire Star Wars/ Lucasfilm empire to Disney, I thought I'd present my top ten favorite Sci Fi heroes.

First though, my take on the news. I'm actually OK with it. I was worried after Disney bought Marvel but they seem to only want to bankroll Marvel, allowing the company to do more and stick with their own agendas.

I feel it will be the same with Lucasfilm. Besides, I've been waiting forever for episodes 7,8 and 9. Sure, I realise my favorite characters, Luke, Han and Leia, might be old and pass the baton to a new generation, but it still gets me excited.

I never cared for Anikin and cared less about how things wound up the way they did before episode four. I just wanted to see more of my favorites. Sure, that may not be the case but I'll remain optimistic.

Anyway, here are my top ten Sci Fi heroes...

#1 The Doctor

The immortal Time Lord from Gallifrey from the iconic show Doctor Who is my current favorite Sci Fi hero. Eleven men have played the role thanks to the fact that this character can regenerate into a new man once he's been severely wounded. The story has gotten better and better and I never know what's going to happen. The Doctor is completely alien, a child, yet a very mature senior. He's top of my list.

#2 Luke Skywalker

Sure, Luke was a whiny brat in episode four, but I've always enjoyed how he grew into the role. I like how he cares for his friends, never backs down in a fight, improvises in any sticky situation and always sees the best in others. I'm all for optimistic roll models and Luke has that in spades. Plus I've always kinda related with him. Mark Hamill played Luke well but I do find it ironic that I prefer his Joker over anyone else. Honourable mentions: Captain Jack Harkness and Donna Noble.

#3 Han Solo

There's something about the devil-may-care rouge ands no one plays one better than Harrison Ford. He may side with the enemy but you know deep down he's a hero, even when he's reluctant about it. Some of the best stories involve a character who only thinks for him or herself but gets involved in the challenge and then does the right thing. While I pretended to be Luke as a child, some of my friends wanted to be Han. Honorable mentions: Princess Leia and Chewbacca.

#4 Jack Carter

Colin Ferguson played an average guy Sheriff Jack Carter working in a world of wacky scientists in Sci Fy's Eureka. He presented the average Joe type whom I could truly identify with. I'm sure going to miss the show. Honorable mentions: Henry Deacon and Douglas Fargo.

#5 Doctor Emmett Brown

Christopher Lloyd is a man of a thousand faces but Doc Brown has to be my favorite. Wild eyed, crazy and never organised, Brown is the perfect mad scientist. I'd love to see him again, even if it's a cameo for a much needed Back to the Future sequel/reboot. Honorable mention: Mork from Ork (no connection to the good Doctor, but another man of a thousand faces and fav character).

#6 Crying Man Rembrandt Brown

The Crying Man, played by Cleavant Derricks, was a down on his luck singer who happened to get caught up in Quinn Mallory's sliding device on the show Sliders. Once again he provided the average man's point of view for all those strange alternate universes they traveled to. The show went down hill once they lost Professor Arturo (another favorite of mine). Thanks to bad writing and terrible show running, the Crying Man never did get a real break. I can only wish for a reboot to come along but I severely doubt it. Honorable mentions: Professor Arturo.

#7 Mr. Hikaru Sulu

Mr. Sulu also gave me the average guy feel, but when it comes to Star Trek, there are so many average guys and gals. There was something about his constant relaxed delivery, serious intensity and sometimes humorous flare that just made the guy stand out for me. Besides, actor George Takei is hilarious to follow on Twitter and Facebook. Honorable mentions:  Montgomery "Scotty" Scott,
Leonard McCoy and Nyota Uhura.
#8 Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Of all the wonderful stories shown in Star Trek the Next Generation, I'd have to say most of my favorites involved the good captain played by Sir Patrick Stewart,. And what a range he showed! From an out-of-place older man among children, to a violated person that was made to kill his friends, from someone who deeply sorrowed over great loss to someone who knew how to take charge. Maybe this is why "The Inner Light" is my fav episode? Honorable mentions: Geordi La Forge and Reginald Barclay.
#9 Agent Pete Lattimer
Eddie McClintock plays one of my new favorite Sci Fi heroes, Agent Pete Lattimer. He's cocky, wise cracking and fun. I swear I need to find a compilation video of Pete's best phrases because every episode of Warehouse 13 he comes up with several zingers. Honorable mentions: Agents Claudia Donovan, Myka Bering and Artie Nielsen.
#10 Al Calavicci
Al is a sometimes cranky, very superstitious everyman who appears as a hologram to time traveling Doctor Sam Beckett. Played by Dean Stockwell, He provides the comedy relief as he can see everything going on in the past but cannot touch anything or interact. He's fun and irreverent. Quantum Leap is another show I'd love a sequel/reboot to. Honorable mention: Doctor Sam Beckett.
Whew! So many! And I guess you can tell I'm a sucker for the average Joe type. Anyway, there's my personal favorite Sci Fi heroes. I left out comics because I could fill it up with the likes of the Green Lantern Corps, Legion of Super Heroes, Iron Man, the Metal Men and so on.
What's your favorites? Please let me know!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Who's Who in the Annabelle Universe? Apotamkin


No picture at this time. Hopefully that will change someday.

Physical characteristics:
They stand two and a half feet tall and are covered with long, scraggly hair. They have two sharp, pointed fangs protruded up past their top lips.

What they are:
Small tribal vampires known to various Native American tribes including the Malisseet, Passamaquoddy and Mohegan people of the Northeast.  As a tribal species, they are quick to obey their "god" Hobomock whom others know as Domi, the Lord of the vampires.

They communicate with grunts that they repeat back and forth, signifying various actions. They like to carry off children in the middle of the night. They feed on humans so they are considered Dark Creatures. Legend has it that they have been stopped more than once by he Makiawisug, or Little People of the Woodlands. Some say the Makiawisug resemble pale children with red eyes and sharp fangs.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Feeling better

Well the surgery was a success. I'm feeling better. Groggy, but better. They put a lot of packing in my nose and that will be removed tomorrow (Tuesday). I'm on pain meds and antibiotics. At the moment I'm feeling reeeeally good.

I must confess that I haven't done any writing or editing this last weekend. I had the surgery Friday. Saturday, Sunday and today have been recovery days. Just sleeping and resting. Tomorrow it the packing removal day.  I should be in tip top shape Wednesday or Thursday.

I plan to do some writing this time off. I need to match my personal deadline.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted.