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…

One Lovely Blog Award

I was just nominated by Lynn @ Lynn’s Book Blog for the One Lovely Book Award. Off course I felt honored because I love to hang out at Lynn’s blog and take parts in the discussions she sparks with her wit, and because I’ve never been nominated for a blog award. Here are the rules:
  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

 Here are 7 facts about me:
  •  I have been a reader practically since I learned to read. My mother used to work at a library so I had a great deal of books at my disposal.
  •  My two favorite authors are Daniel Silva and Susanna Kearsley.
  • Growing up I wanted to be an author; I used to write short stories, poetry, and essays; now I just blog about books and movies, and occasionally I voice my opinions on politics.
  •  I’m a scientist by training; I have several artsy hobbies, and politics is my only and favorite sport.
  • I’m a couch potato. I love to sleep. I read in bed.
  • I eat less than it seems and virtually no junk food. Rarely any soda either.
  • If I could afford it, I would take a year off and travel the world over, in style, off course.

And now I nominate 8 fellow bloggers I follow and admire:

I hope to see all your answers soon. Regards.


  1. Thank you again for the nomination Carmen :-)

    1. You're welcome! I would like to read your answers if you decide to post them.

  2. I would definitely take a year off and travel. Although we do manage to fit in a few breaks at the moment - I love seeing other places. Maybe that's why I like to read fantasy so much - I feel like I'm visiting somewhere different all the time.
    I'm definitely a couch potato and I love reading in bed!
    I have read a couple by Susanna Kearsley but not read any Silva - is there a particularly good book that you recommend???
    Lynn :D
    Lynn :D

    1. Thanks again for nominating me, Lynn. I know what you mean about reading fantasy; it is like visiting other lands.
      Of Daniel Silva I have only read the Gabriel Allon series, whose genre is political thriller, not quite your taste, but one never knows, so you could start with The Kill Artist the first installment in the saga.

  3. Thanks for the nomination, Carmen!

    1. You're welcome! I try to keep up with what's happening in your blog most times.

  4. Carmen, thanks for the nomination. I'll answer the challenge here though because my blog has a no awards policy. Sorry

    Seven facts
    1 I used to be a lawyer but have now recovered
    2 I moved house this year and am still recovering
    3 I suffer from digestive issues - which are mostly under control now thanks to having done the Low FODMAP diet
    4 I don't really like shopping
    5 I like doing electronic jigsaws even though they chew up time
    6 Ditto for the game Megapolis
    7 I like cooking but am constitutionally unable to follow a recipe

    Cheers and thanks again!

    1. No problem, Carole. Thanks for the answers.

  5. Thank you so much for the nomination, Carmen! I will try to get something posted but I'm not sure if I can. I have crazy busy deadlines all week. I wanted to make sure to say a big "thank you" here though so you would know I truly appreciate it!

    1. You're welcome, Rhiannon. No pressure if you can't post it.

  6. Thanks much Carmen, quite an honor to get a nomination from you for my site. I'm shy about facts about me, however I will think about it. In the meanwhile I wonder which is your favorite Kearsley novel and I will see to it that I read it. thanks!

    1. I love your site, so what better way to honor it? No pressure if you decide not to post the answers.
      My favorite SK's novel is The Winter Sea, a historical fiction. If you decide to read it, I would like to know/read your opinion of it.


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