Showing posts from June, 2014

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…

Rimas (Rhymes) by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (♦♦♦♦♦)

This collection of poetry was my first exposure to the genre, starting when I was eleven years old. My subsequent dabbling in poetry was heavily influenced, in the beginnings, by Bécquer, and still today he remains one of my favorite poets alongside Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges.
I really like Rima X, incorrectly labeled in this edition as IX. It is about the strange vibrations in the air when Cupid is passing by. Rima XII is my favorite of them all. It is about a young woman who has green eyes and would like them in a different color. The poet tries to convince her of how pretty they are, mentioning all the examples in nature of the color green. Unfortunately, this rhyme (rima) is incomplete in this collection.
Porque son, niña, tus ojos
verdes como el mar, te quejas;
verdes los tienen las náyades,
verdes los tuvo Minerva,
y verdes son las pupilas
de las huríes del Profeta.

El verde es gala y ornato
del bosque en la primavera;
entre sus siete colores
brillante el Iris lo ostenta,

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (♦♦♦)

Eva Ward has recently lost her famous sister Katrina to a devastating disease. When Eva receives Katrina’s ashes, she is left wondering the best place to scatter them: the place where her sister belonged, where she was most happy. That leads Eva on a quest across the Tamar River in Cornwall to the place where her family used to vacation when both she and Katrina were kids.
Trelowarth mansion is the home of happy memories. Now, as adults, siblings Mark and Susan welcome Eva as if no time had passed since the last time they saw each other. Eva wants to revive those childhood summers, but before the season is over, she realizes that time gone cannot be recaptured.
As days pass by, Eva starts experiencing odd occurrences at Trelowarth: she hears whispering voices in the room next to hers and she also sees an alternative (non-existent) path in the adjacent woods. Before she realizes it, she starts seeing a man from another era in the house, and then she travels in time to the Trelowarth of 1…

Giveaway of “Beach House No. 9” by Christie Ridgway

Carmen’s Books and Movies Reviews is hosting a giveaway. Read the book blurb below if you’re interested in participating. Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway When Jane Pearson arrives at Griffin Lowell's beach house, she expects a brooding loner. After all, his agent hired her to help the reclusive war journalist write his stalled memoir. Instead, Jane finds a tanned, ocean-blue-eyed man in a Hawaiian shirt, hosting a beach party and surrounded by beauties. Faster than he can untie a bikini top, Griffin lets Jane know he doesn't want her. But she desperately needs this job and digs her toes in the sand. Griffin intends to spend the coming weeks at Beach House No. 9 taking refuge from his painful memories—and from the primly sexy Jane, who wants to bare his soul. But warm nights, moonlit walks and sultry kisses just may unlock both their guarded hearts. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway of (1) new paperback copy of “Three Little Words” by Susan Mallery

Carmen’s Books and Movies Reviews is hosting a giveaway. Read the book blurb below if you’re interested in participating.

Can first love turn into the real deal? Anything can happen in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story fromNew York Timesbestselling author Susan Mallery.
Isabel Beebe thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again… Seeing Isabel all grown-up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can't take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool's Gold foreve…