Books

“Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard

Publish date: 05/01/2016

Genre: Fantasy

Safiya is a Truthwitch, Iseult is a Threadwitch and they are both best friends who want to live a free life. They are drawn into an intrigue to maintain a truce, and because of that, they must run away. They have a couple of allies, such us Prince Merik, his aunt Evrane Nihar or Leopold fon Cartorra, who help them with the escape. They are chased by Bloodwitch and the Empress of another country: Marstok.

I liked this book. It was nicely written, however at the beginning it was a little bit hard to dig in. After a while, everything becomes more clear. Slowly I could get to know the characters and history of the created world. Once everything was clear, it was a pleasure to read it.

A lot of adventures described in this book made me not want to stop reading.
I will be happy to read the next book in the series.

My rate: 7/10

Movies

Aquaman

Directed by: James Wan

Starring: Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren and much more

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The story of Arthur Curry, half human half from Atlantis. As his half-brother threats the world, Arthur decides to go to Atlantis to claim his rights to the throne.

There was a lot of bad things in this movie, such us the scenario, dialogues and even jokes.  But despite that, I really enjoyed this movie. Maybe, because I went to the cinema with the ‘it cannot be a good movie’ attitude.

What was good in this movie: fight scenes and the fact, that it was really hard to tell when the CGI was used (of course you would know during the obvious moments, but apart of the logic it was hard to tell;) ). The great chase scene in Sicily.

I must admit that I had a lot of fun finding motives from other movies within this one, like The Little Mermaid (not only the obvious main female character ;)), The  Goonies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Assasin’s Creed.

Despite all the bad things, I really enjoyed it.

My rate: 7/10

Books

“Troy” by David Gemmell

This time I will write about the whole series. The trilogy consists of:

  • Troy: The Lord of the Silver Bow, (Publish date: 2005)
  • Troy: Shield of Thunder, (Publish date: 2006)
  • Troy: Fall of Kings, (Publish date: 2007)

The story adapts the events of the Trojan War known from Greek mythology. It is said from the perspective of a couple of main characters, such as Helikaon, Andromache, Argurios, Gershom, Xander and much more. You can even find the Odysseus.

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I LOVE this trilogy. The story itself is amazing. Characters are very well presented. Descriptions are fascinating.

It gave me the most fun to connect events and the characters from this series with those from the original story. Those small pearls that make everything even more amazing.
I regret that I finished the trilogy so fast. But once I started reading these books, I couldn’t stop. Even after I read the last book,  I couldn’t start any new book for a couple of weeks. And I think that it speaks for itself.

Kudos to you, David Gemmell.

My rate: 10/10

 

Books

“The Man in the Brown Suit” by Agatha Christie

Publish date: 22 August 1924
Genre: Crime

The story of Anne Beddingfield, young and ready for adventures girl from the UK. After being a witness of an accidental death of a man on a metro station, she decides to investigate the case on her own. The investigation leads her to South Africa. The mysterious murder, diamonds and beautiful landscapes, that’s all what Anne is going to experience.
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It was nice to read this book. Once again Agatha Christie shows that she knows how to write a good book.
The story is being told from two perspectives: Anne Beddingfield (the main character) and Sir Eustace Pedler (via his diary).
The characters, plot twist and scenes are well presented. I could easily imagine what is going on there.
Also, the landscapes descriptions are well written. They made me more interested in the described places.

A lot of adventures, interesting plot twist and a bit of romance make this book worth reading. I wish there were more books with Anne Beddingfield.

My rate: 8/10

Books

“Dark Tower” by Stephen King

I’ve decided to write about the whole series in one post. The series consists of following books:

  1. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
  2. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
  3. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
  4. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
  5. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
  6. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
  7. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Books tell a story of Roland, the last Gunslinger on his way to the Dark Tower. Roland lives in a different world and there are doors to our world. Using these doors, he brings down to his world three people from New York from different times: Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean and Jake Chambers. They soon become friends and follow Roland on his journey to Dark Tower.

During the way, they have a lot of adventures and they learn to trust each other. Whenever they meet other people who need their help, they always act accordingly to Gunslinger’s code and fight with the evil.

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King has described the series as his magnum opus. And I must admit it is amazing. The series absorbed me completely. I couldn’t wait to see what will happen next. Everything is well composed and I could see that authors spent a lot of time thinking everything through.

My least favourite book of the series was “Wizard and Glass”. The book tells a story of young Roland on his first mission as a Gunslinger. It is still a very good book, but comparing it to other in series it is a little bit ‘pale’.

My favourite book of the series was “Wolves of the Calla”.

The ending of the series is very surprising and left me a little bit sad. These books will remain with me for a long time and for sure I will re-read them.

My rate: 10/10

Movies

Spotlight

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and more.

A movie based on facts. The story of Boston Globe reporters working on a story about pedophile abuse in Catholic Church.

Tom McCarthy decided to show really difficult matter, and what he did was great. Everything in the movie is outstanding – acting performance, the way true events were shown and production. Bows to Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo for their outstanding performance. Bows to Tom McCarthy for great directing.

The movie is well produced and it kept me interested to the very end.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rate: 9/10

Books

“The Strangled Queen” by Maurice Druon

Publish date: 1955

Genre: Historical fiction

The second book from a series “The Accursed Kings”.  King Phillip is dead, and now his son Louis X sits on the throne. His wife is imprisoned in the Chateau Gaillard for her adultery.  Seeking to remarry and father a male heir, Louis puts his own plan in motion.

I enjoyed this book. Maurice Druon once again did an incredible job.  The storyline is well thought.  It is easy to read and characters are nicely presented. I could easily imagine them and think about what would they do. The story caught my attention and left me interested until the very end. I can’t wait to read next part of the series.

My rate: 8/10