Now Watching: Cabin in the Woods

Thanks to my husband, I had become a movie fanatic, getting all the latest and greatest in the movies that come out. We didn’t just go with the popular and well known series either; we also went with some of the more old school movies.

Over the next day or so I’ll be putting together a detailed review of “Cabin in the Woods”.

I would do it now, but it’s been a while since I’ve watched it and I plan on re-watching it with a notebook and pencil so I can take down notes.

Until then, please check back! Thanks again!

P.S. If any of you have a movie suggestion, please don’t hesitate to ask! I have a broad collection. Anything from the great Pixar movies, to awesome action and popular movies. If I don’t have it, I can certainly get it!

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Now Reading: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Hi everyone! So A friend of mine recently gave me a bunch of books (Much, much love for that, my home library is next to nothing -_-) and among them was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

I had heard of this title a little while ago when the movie came out, and to be honest, it sounded a bit well, stupid. I mean come on, the idea of one of our founding forefathers, being a vampire hunter, even if it is a work of fiction? Just a bit strange, to be honest.

I started reading the book, and It was a little bit out-there at first. However, the author is a fantastic writer (I’m a bit of a critic when it comes to other writers, ha!), so I decided to keep reading it. That, and with the advice of my friend who gave me the book also told me she loved it.

I’m only in the beginning of it, so it may be a bit presumptuous of me to say anything that I just did, but I felt as if I had to get it off my chest.

And honestly? The book is actually starting to grow on me a bit, mostly due to the author’s way of storytelling and writing. His skill level is something that I would love to be at one day.

I am also planning on watching the movie of it once I finish the book, so I can do a comparison. I’ve heard it’s bleh, but I still want to see how they did.

What are your thoughts om the concept of this book? (without giving away any spoilers!)

Deadly Curiosities Book review

Hi everybody! Here is another review for you guys, and this one has a special author interview!

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First off, I loved “Deadly Curiosities”. There were a few times during the book where it was a bit boring because of the details involved with the possessed objects and cases, but after a while those details, I found, were quite interesting. I was never a history buff, so it took a little bit for me to get used to.

Here is the summary of “Deadly Curiosities”,, to give you all an idea of what the story is about:

“Welcome to Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670 – acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history.

Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up”.

 

I haven’t read a book in a long time due to real life hassles, and when I finally got down to reading this, I was not disappointed in the least. I was a little taken aback since it is written in first person, (something I usually don’t read) but I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by the obvious experience from the author,, Gail Z. Martin, has.

The book starts out a bit on the cool side, not too much activity going on. Slowly at first, then it starts accelerating in activity that leads up to the climax, which is nothing short of spectacular.

Now I’m not going to go into any specific details just in case there may be some of you who haven’t read the book.

It is set in Modern times, essentially present day, but with the idea of supernatural beings such as vampires, being on the scene.

And now without further ado, here is the interview I had with the author, Gail Z. Martin:

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Q: I appreciate you taking the time for this interview!  How did you come up with the title for the book? Did you have any inspiration for it?

A: “Deadly Curiosities” seemed to cover the whole concept of the book—“Curiosities” as in a “curiosity shop” (antique/collectibles store) and the fact that these curios are indeed dangerous and deadly. (I credit my husband with coming up with the name, since he suggested it!)

Q: The idea of a supernatural book is quite common. What were your inspirations for thinking of these ghouls that were attached to objects?

A: I wrote several of the Deadly Curiosities Adventures short stories while I was handling my dad’s estate after he passed away. He was a collector and hoarder, and having to go through all his stuff made me think long and hard about why we keep so many things we never use. We keep stuff because it’s got an emotional connection for us—and to me, that’s one step away from being haunted.

Q: Did you base any of the places in the book on actual towns/cities?

A: Deadly Curiosities is set in historic, haunted Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is one of the most popular tourist cities in the US and also one of the most haunted. Lots of ante-bellum architecture, plus a history of pirates, duels, shady dealings and ladies of the night, all covered up with propriety that hangs as heavy as the humidity. I take a few liberties with the places and historic events, but I try to keep the short stories and the books grounded in the city itself.

Q:  I love the fact that Teag and Anthony are partners! Did you go through any adversity or objections from the publishers or readers about it?

A: Teag Logan, one of the major characters is romantically involved with Anthony, who is a lawyer in Charleston. At the moment, he’s the only one of the main characters in a relationship, since Sorren, who is a nearly 600 year-old vampire, is not involved with anyone and neither is Cassidy Kincaide, the main character. My publishers never said a word about it, but I didn’t really expect them to.

Q: Were the characters inspired from someone, like somebody you knew personally?

A:  No. I people-watch a lot when I’m in busy places, which is where I get ideas for what characters may look or act like, but what’s the point of fiction if you are just changing names and describing people you know?  I did draw from the kinds of professions, stores and activities that are very common in Charleston when I populated the book with Cassidy’s friends and colleagues. It was important for them to belong in the city and feel like they were part of the neighborhood.

Q: I usually like third person narrative, but the way you write in first person is great! Do you have a preference about the perspective you like to write in?

A:  Thank you! I write my epic fantasy books (most recently, Reign of Ash from Orbit Books) in third-person. It just fits epic fantasy better because the scope is so large you need more than one point of view character.  Urban fantasy has a tradition of being written in first-person, and it helps to keep the scope narrowed to what the main character knows, which adds to the suspense.

Q: Where can people find your books?

A: Deadly Curiosities is available everywhere books are sold, in both ebook and paperback.

 

I’ll be celebrating the launch of my new books the whole week of June 22-29 with more than 30 different guest blog posts, a Facebook launch party featuring prizes, guest authors and surprises, podcasts, three different excerpts, a Reddit give-away/AskMeAnything and a Goodreads party/give-away. Get all the details at http://www.DeadlyCuriosities.com, follow me on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms or on Twitter @GailZMartin!  

 

And I’ll be signing Reign of Ash and Deadly Curiosities in major cities across the U.S. and in England, Wales and Scotland this summer—the full book tour schedule is on my website, so please stop by and say hello!

About the Author: Gail Z. Martin writes epic and urban fantasy, steampunk and short stories. She is the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle series and the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga series of epic fantasy books, as well as the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy world and coming in 2015, Iron and Blood, a Steampunk novel, co-written with Larry N. Martin. Gail is a frequently contributor to US and UK anthologies. She also writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures.  

 

Find her at http://www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com. She leads monthly conversations on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin and posts free excerpts of her work on Wattpad http://wattpad.com/GailZMartin.  An original novella set in the Deadly Curiosities universe, The Final Death, is available free on Wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/15334006-the-final-death

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I hope you all enjoyed this interview, and to check out her stuff, as she is an amazing writer. Thanks!

Kamigami no Asobi review

Hi everybody!

So I know its been a long time since I updated this, but I have been extremely busy with life, as I’m sure you all can relate to.

I have also been trying to keep up with the latest anime that’s being released, and one series that just finished, is called “Kamigami no Asobi”. Here’s the summary in my own words.

Gods from different regions/countries/religions have all been assembled at Zues’s garden that he had built. He also brought over a human representative. Why you ask? So that way the Gods can learn more about the ways of the human heart.

Sounds cheesy, I know, but that’s basically the entire show. The human, (Who ironically is from Japan, and a high school girl!) is supposed to teach them the ways of the humans so they can learn how the human heart (emotions, basically) work.

The gods and the girl are set in a classroom type setting for the majority of the show, with the Egyptian God of Knowledge (who’s name escapes me at the moment) as their teacher.

 

Ok, first off, I’m going to stop right here. This guy….I don’t know what’s up with this guy, but he has issues with the human girl, Kasanagi Yui. Every single time she talks back to him or tries to get his attention to do something to help, he corners her into a wall. Every. Single. Time. Down to the last episode. Example below:

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I will never understand why he does that, but he does it so much!

The story itself seemed like a decent concept, but it was a bit weak with the content. During the show, the gods’ powers are bound by ‘shackles’. Once they understand the human heart, it will break, and their god powers will return. I did highly enjoy the animation in this, it was very good.

To give you a little teaser, here’s a pic with all the gods they chose for the show

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From top left with the red hair going to the right:

Loki Laevatein: Norse god of Fire, Hades Aidoneus: Greek God of the Underworld. Takeru Toksuka – Japanese god of the Sea and Storms

Bottom row, left:

Balder Hringhorni: Norse God of Light (And Destruction). Apollon Agana Belea: Greek God of the Sun.  And finally, Tsukito Totsuka – The Japanese God of the moon.

 

There are a couple of gods in the show that aren’t in the picture. They are Dionysis, and Thor.

Aside from those two, there are the teachers/master. Of whom are Master Thoth, the Egyptian God of Knowledge, and Zues, the Greek God of sky and lightning. He is also the leader of the Mount Olympus.

Yes I know, they are all very, very pretty boys. Well….I can’t really blame them for creating them that way I mean, they are gods, right? Though Hades’s personality in this is a bit…weird. In this show, he isn’t evil, however if there are people around him then he will give them misfortune.

Honestly, I really did like the show. But when I saw and finished the very last episode earlier today, I was sorely disappointed at the ending. It was extremely rushed and it just ended well, abruptly. I would’ve preferred it if they had at least one more episode afterwards, that would make more sense.

I had to write about it here and now, just because of that ending. I won’t say exactly what, but I will tell you that it is disappointing.

Ah well, there are more series out there. For my next reviews, I will do “No Game No life”, “The Kawai Complex”, and the new Fairy Tail episodes.

I also have some regular book reviews coming up, including an author interview with a best selling author, so please check back! Thanks for reading, and comments are always appreciated! (NO flaming please!)

 

Update

So I’ll be updating more frequently now, since I’ve had quite a few ideas in regards to site content.

If any of you have suggestions, let me know. Here’s a list of some ideas I have so far:

-Cooking recipes

-Anime reviews

-Digital Painting discussions (both with Photoshop CS6 and Paint Tool Sai)

Overdue update

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated, but here I am.

These days are busy busy busy, and I find myself not having much time or energy to do much outside of cooking/cleaning.

I have been practicing drawing consistently for the past year, and I say I have improved some, but no where near where I want to be. My husband also bought me a Wacom intuos 5 medium tablet, so I’ve been using that. (I still sketch normally, usually for warming up)

I have also been watching a lot of anime recently, with my daughter when we eat. Quite a few series I have seen, and I will eventually post reviews on those.

No new artwork really. I have a few ideas I want to try out and post on here for some feedback, as well as deviantart. For those of you who have a deviantart account, feel free to check out my gallery, my username’s ZeroKrishna

Thanks!