Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

Josephine by Leslie Micone (♦♦♦)

Thirty-five year-old Betty Morrison, a native of New Jersey, lost her father ten years ago. Her mother, still reeling from the loss of her husband, has moved to Florida. Furthermore, her maternal grandmother has moved to New England and lost touch.

One night, Betty roams the streets of her hometown and ends up in Maple Tree Lane, an unknown street where she sees the ruins of a mansion that appear to have a strange effect on her. In her home’s attic, Betty discovers a photograph of her maternal great-grandmother Josephine, about whom she knows nothing. Henceforth, Betty starts digging in her family history--to uncover Josephine’s life story and final resting place--with the help of friends and people who knew her family from way back.

Helped by Limbcruck, a man with supernatural powers, Betty has glimpses of Josephine’s life, both awake and while asleep. Ultimately, Limbcruck recruits Ethan, a smooth talking ghost, to tell Betty the story of Josephine, starting from the time she married Jonathan McCarthy, her first husband, passing through Jonathan’s untimely and well-deserved death, and how she knew true love when she met Ethan Cambridge, an English gent.

I liked this book, but I didn’t finish it all at once; I put it aside before starting part II and picked up and finished it a few days later. This book is part suspense, part love story. It is well written, free-flowing, and engaging particularly in the parts concerning Josephine. However, once the mystery of Josephine’s life and death is solved, the story loses steam. In comparison, Betty’s life is less interesting than her great-grandmother’s. I do like ghost stories, though not the scary ones. Fortunately, the ghosts here are refreshing and likeable.

Recommended for people who like mystery and romance.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Josephine by Leslie Micone as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

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