Showing posts from September, 2015

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…

Blog Tour for A PLACE WE KNEW WELL by Susan McCarthy

Susan McCarthy, author of the award-winning Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands, is back with a new historical fiction novel, A PLACE WE KNEW WELL, set against the backdrop of Cold War panic, and she will be touring the blogsphere between September 29 and October 8.

For the Avery family, the dark days of the Cuban Missile Crisis mark a turning point in their lives which will shape and forever change them. McCarthy captures pitch-perfectly the panic, tension, insanity and innocence of the time. The Avery family forms the emotional center of the novel, as their world starts to unravel during the heart-stopping buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Susan McCarthy let her creative juices flow while listening to the music of that era. Here is what McCarthy tells about the writing process:

The Story of A PLACE WE KNEW WELL—set in central Florida during the very scary week of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962—is told from multiple perspectives. Wes and Sarah Avery are in their early 40s and gra…

Angels at the Gate by T.K. Thorne (♦♦♦♦)

Adira—daughter of Zakiti, a caravan chief relative of Abram—is fifteen years old and all her life she has posed as a boy in front of her people based on a promise her father made to Adira’s dying mother. Already on the brink of womanhood, her way of life seems in jeopardy because Sarai, Abram’s wife, who knows their secret, wants to arrange a suitable marriage for Adira with Zakiti’s consent.
Meanwhile, three giant strangers have joined the caravan. It is rumored they are El’s angels who bring tidings for Abram and Sarai. Adira falls in love with one of the strangers, but when desert people kill her father and kidnap her beloved, she will leave the safety she knows to avenge her father and rescue El’s angel. In her quest, she will cross the desert and will arrive at the very gates of Babylon. Little does she know that through twists of fate she will end up becoming Lot’s wife and the famous pillar of salt on her escape from the burning city of Sodom.
I have quite a history with Angels a…

The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth (♦♦♦♦)

To a story as complex as The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth, I wouldn’t have done enough justice had I attempted to retell the plot. Thus I submitted to Barnes & Noble from which I extracted the official book blurb:
"It is a time of political unrest in Great Britain. And behind the Iron Curtain an insidious plot  is being hatched, a plan so incendiary that even  the KGB is ignorant of its  existence—Aurora, the sinister brainchild of two of the  world's most dangerous men: the general secretary of the Soviet Union and master spy Kim Philby.
The wheels are in motion, the pawns are in place, and the countdown has begun toward an “accident” that could change the face of British politics forever and trigger the collapse of the Western alliance.
Only British agent John Preston stands any chance of breaching the conspiracy. Through plot and counterplot, from bloody back streets to polished halls of power both East and West, his desperate investigation is relentlessly blocked…