High Arts: A Midsummer Night’s Dream- In British Sign Language

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Dream- In British Sign Language
Performed by: Deafinitely Theatre
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: The Globe Theatre, England
When: 3 June 2014

“Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: A unique experience that is great for those open minded people, regardless of whether you can understand British Sign Language or not!

For the full review of this performance, click the title.

Movie Review: Maleficent (2014)

Movie Title: Maleficent (2014)
Director: Robert Stromberg

“Princess Aurora: “All the other fairies fly, why don’t you?”
Maleficent: “I had wings once, and they were strong. But they were stolen from me.
Maleficent (2014)

Final Verdict: A brilliant reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (1959) that is nostalgic because of the nods toward the original, but with new modern twists that update the tale for modern times.

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

We have now added the link to our secret content for Maleficent that you can access through the Maleficent review. In the secret post we discuss our thoughts on the ending and other spoilers!

Book Review: Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)

Book Title: Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Emery cut in impatiently, ‘For crying out loud. Who do you think you are, Nancy Drew?’
‘Hey,’ I snapped, because no one sniped at my sister but me, and Mark echoed with a stern ‘Chill, dude.’
Phin was unperturbed. ‘Those books were highly unrealistic. Do you have any idea how much brain damage a person would have if she were hit on the head and drugged with chloroform that often?’”
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Final Verdict: If you like the Nancy Drew, you’ll enjoy Texas Gothic. Think of Amy as the modern day Nancy Drew, but where the mysteries include actual ghosts!

For the full review, click the name of the book.

Book Review: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

Book Title: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner

Shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby.
“Go ahead” Newt replied.
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly.
“Don’t die.”
“Great. We’re all bloody inspired.” Newt said.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Final Verdict: An enjoyable read that’s plot-driven. If you like books that have strong characters that draw you in, this isn’t the book for you.

For the full review and the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation, click the name of the book.

Random News: Love in Literature for Valentine’s Day part 3

Hello Lovely Readers,

For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Valentine’s Day, for everyone else, Happy Day Before the Chocolate Goes on Sale Day! Thankfully we no longer celebrate Lupercalia, as animal sacrifices, nudity, and whipping with strips of sacrificed animal skins just isn’t the sort of party I enjoy (honestly if you are unfamiliar with the older traditions before Valentine’s Day I highly recommend you go look it up!). With all the sugary sweet posts about romance, it is sometimes easy to forget that there is a darker side to romance; heartbreak. Today I will share a find about heartbreak, and two finds about why books are better dates anyway!

The first is about heartbreak, with 15 Profound Quotes About Heartbreak From Famous Authors. I thing this may be my favorite find for these three Valentine’s Day posts. I was not familiar with most of these quotes, and I really liked many of them. I think my favorite is from James Baldwin, who I had not heard of before.

Now to move on to why books are a much better date than real people. The first is a collection of 11 Reasons Why Books are Better Boyfriends, but I would argue they are better girlfriend/partners as well! So for the rest of the single readers, I hope you plan a date with a book like I am, as I think it will be an excellent way to celebrate (maybe with some chocolate as well).
Lastly is a great song from Carrie Fletcher called, Boys in Books are Better (if you are unfamiliar with her on Youtube, I suggest you check her out, she sings in Les Mis currently and has a number of posts about books!). I love the song and the sentiment, however, I do not share all her views on who is a good match. It is a fun song, and I think one most avid readers can at least understand.

So how will you guys be spending today? Anyone else going on a date with a book, if so any good ones? I haven’t quiet figured out which book I will be spending the night with!

Until next time,

Book Review: Spirit and Dust (Goodnight Family #2)

Book Title: Spirit and Dust (Goodnight Family #2)
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore

It didn’t matter, because he was an employee of a criminal enterprise and I was an FBI consultant and, oh yeah, technically kidnapped and probably in the throes of some kind of Stockholm syndrome.” Daisy Goodnight, Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Cement-Moore

 

Final Verdict: Overall, an enjoyable paranormal mystery. The paranormal world and characters are interesting and are what make this book enjoyable. The mystery, however, may leave you disappointed in the end.

High Arts Corner: Much Ado About Nothing- Old Vic

Title: Much Ado About Nothing
Written by: William Shakespeare
Where: Old Vic, London, England
When: 26 October 2013

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare

Final Verdict: A disappointment all around and the only saving grace is the script that is over 400 years old. Watch a better version on DVD.

For the full review of this performance, click the title.

Book Review: The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper #1)

Book Title: The Reluctant Reaper
Author: Gina X. Grant

“Dead or alive or somewhere in between, I could still kick a guy in the brimstones. Dante dropped to the ground, clutching what was probably his crotch under that stupid Snuggie he’d no doubt bought from a late-night infomercial.” Kirsty, The Reluctant Reaper by Gina X. Grant

Final Verdict: The Reluctant Reaper is okay; not awe inspiring brilliance or excruciating torture.

For the full review, click the book title.

Movie Review: R.I.P.D.

Movie Title: R.I.P.D.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Notable Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, and Mary-Louise Parker

Roy: “I’m what they used to call a lawman. Marshall Roysephus Pulsipher.”
Nick: “Roysephus?”
Roy: “It was considered a very sexy name at the time.”
Nick: “Sounds like an STD.”
R.I.P.D.

Final Verdict: If you can push through the first 30 minutes there are some really funny scenes.

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

Book Review: Warm Bodies (a second look)

Book Title: Warm Bodies: A Second Look (Scroll down to the second review for my thoughts on the book).
Author: Isaac Marion

“My friend “M” says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can’t smile, because your lips have rotted off” R, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Final Verdict: Overall a page turner that suffers from a few issues with pacing.

For the full review, click the book title.