Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Talkie Tuesday: Spider-Man No Way Home


"With great power there must also come great responsibility."

Hello everyone!
Did you think I was done with Marvel?
I did too!
Especially since I haven't been overly impressed with the MCU's version of Spider-Man thus far, which I haven't kept a secret.
Listen, Tom Holland is great, I'm sure he is - but somehow the whole origins story when it's a teenager isn't something I go in for anymore, not at this point at least. Maybe it's because I don't feel like it? Or maybe it's just because a lot of it happens in a high school.
And I'm so over high school right now haha.
HOWEVER, that doesn't hold true for this last in the trilogy.
Because DAYUM, okay, everyone was correct! Everyone was definitely right about this one. So now you better make sure we can swing with our netting and communicate with Nick Fury.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming to your living room next.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Tome Thursday: Seeds of Sorrow

Hello everyone!
This week's story is something a little different that I haven't picked up in a while, which is, it's a re-telling.
Now if you know me, you'll know I will sometimes read re-tellings of my favourite stories, like Beauty and the Beast etc., which makes this one fairly obvious as well.
It's definitely one of those things that sort of sneaks up on you without you realizing!
It took me a second to sit down and read the book - even though I had it as an ARC, thanks to BookSirens, a platform I can't compliment and praise more than I already have thus far - but once I did, I think I read it through in one single sitting.
Yeah, it's THAT good.
Or at least, it's definitely good enough to warrant it!
So do you want to explore the realms of the Fae and some immortal love stories?
Then come with me into the magical world of Seeds of Sorrow.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Talkie Tuesday: Obi-Wan Kenobi

"The time of the Jedi is over."

Hello everyone!

How excited are you?


Beyond imagination???

I hope you are at least! Because the past month and a half has been ALL about Star Wars, baby, and I am SO here for it!

If any of you know me at all, you'll know that I've said before I enjoy the Prequel Trilogy quite a bit, and that's mostly because of two characters, Padmé Amidala ... and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

This is helped along immensely by Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, of course, but in general these are the stories I'm into the most.

So naturally, when Disney+ announced its limited series, I was stoked.

Let's dig those lightsabers out of the sand, everyone, because Obi-Wan Kenobi needs them!

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Tome Thursday: Of Heists and Hexes

Hello everyone!
This week on our book adventures, we tramp off into Sherwood forest!
Yup, you read that one right, we're going to rob from the rich and give to the poor, though maybe not quite in the way you'd be expecting to.
See every once in a while I run into some sort of retelling that I actually genuinely like, which means that I'm enjoying myself way too much while reading the book itself.
And because a lot of the books come from BookSirens, I can't help it okay!
They're all wonderful ARCs and all I have to do in return for reading them is review them.
I mean, what kind of awesome system is that, right?!
But anyway, I digress.
I was talking about heists and Robin Hood. So I suppose we should have a look at the book Of Heists and Hexes, by S. L. Prater.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Talkie Tuesday: Death on the Nile (2)


"It takes two.

Hello everyone!
You thought I was done with this, didn't you?
Think again!
Inevitably, it seems, whenever I end up watching one of Kenneth Branagh's remakes, I also end up digging out the good old David Suchet interpretations.
Now, I have nothing personally against Branagh - in fact, there are several movies of his which I thoroughly enjoy, Thor among them - but unfortunately he's trying to flex and take creative liberties in a canon setting where these liberties might in the end confuse people more than make the cases clear and presentable.
And after all, that's what Agatha Christie was all about, in the end.
Murder mysteries, or mysteries as a whole, and the rather psychological way our detective solves them.
So one last time then: we're on a trip to Egypt. Death on the Nile it is!

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Tome Thursday: Death on the Nile

Hello everyone!
As I spent my Tuesday blog post talking about the recent remake of Death on the Nile, I figured it's only fair and proper if I have a look at the original book that inspired all these adaptations.
I'm thinking of doing the same as I did with Murder on the Orient Express and also blogging about the David Suchet version, but we'll see.
For now, suffice to say that there are differences between the original book and the Kenneth Branagh remake.
However, the differences themselves aren't a glaring problem as far as I'm concerned - well, other than the case being presented poorly without REALLY asking the pertinent questions that might help move it along, but overall it isn't BAD.
The BAD part comes at the end and with Branagh's desire to change canon, so without further ado let's have a look at the ACTUAL story, shall we?
After all, Agatha Christie devoted her whole life to writing these things.
Death on the Nile is just one of her many successes.