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Monthly Archives: April 2016
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By Nina Schluntz
Genre: M/M Romance
Kale has spent years in a volatile relationship with his ex, Martin. Convinced he will come back, even after a conflict that results in Kale being incarcerated and suspended from his law firm, Kale begins a no-strings-attached relationship with the man he meets in jail.
Eli has always kept his romances with men temporary. He hasn’t always been honest about being gay and he prefers to keep the secrets of his past hidden. Kale’s obsessive nature makes it difficult though, and soon their relationship is edging toward something more.
Kale’s possessiveness appears to have no limits, nor do his fits of rage, and Eli worries, as Kale’s affection shifts from Martin to Eli, that he may become Kale’s next victim rather than his lover.
About the Author
Nina Schluntz is a native to rural Nebraska. In her youth, she often wrote short…
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Thanks for the feature!
By Nina Schluntz
Genre: M/M Romance
Kale has spent years in a volatile relationship with his ex, Martin. Convinced he will come
back, even after a conflict that results in Kale being incarcerated and suspended from his
law firm, Kale begins a no-strings- attached relationship with the man he meets in jail.
Eli has always kept his romances with men temporary. He hasn’t always been honest about
being gay and he prefers to keep the secrets of his past hidden. Kale’s obsessive nature
makes it difficult though, and soon their relationship is edging toward something more.
Kale’s possessiveness appears to have no limits, nor do his fits of rage, and Eli worries, as
Kale’s affection shifts from Martin to Eli, that he may become Kale’s next victim rather than
About the Author
Nina Schluntz is a native to rural…
View original post 123 more words
This film…was different. I thought it was going to be about a little boy who was the next messiah, or some such. Instead, well, he was an alien from an alternate world. I think. Really, they leave it vague. The feel of the movie reminded me of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. You are only given bits of info as the movie progresses. You aren’t spoonfed anything and by the end of the film you are still left with a lot of questions.
For those who are looking for an actual synopsis, here’s the basics, with moderate spoilers. There’s a ranch, one of those super religious camps, which surprisingly isn’t all that bad, just a bit misled. They think the 8 yr old is their messiah. The father of the boy rescues or kidnaps him (depending on your viewpoint) from the camp leader in an effort to take the boy to a specific location, where the boy can rejoin others like him which live on an alternate plane of existence. The FBI are involved because the boy can hear radio transmissions, including classified ones, and the preacher from camp has been including the info in his sermons. At one point the FBI get a hold of the boy, but the boy uses his super powers, which are never clearly defined and seem to change to be whatever is convenient, to escape.
The kid shoots light beams from his eyes, which if aimed into another person’s eyes, seems to give them a sense of bliss. This eyebeam thing only happens in the day, so he sleeps in the day. They avoid the sun and travel at night, hence the title of the movie. Later they figure out he gets power from the sun, or at least that’s what I took from what they showed, and he then is out and about all the time in the sun. Like I said, the rules change to suit the flow of the film.
Do I suggest seeing it? Meh, if you like the M. Night Shyamalan style movies, then sure, you’d probably like this one. The acting is amazing, special effects are spot on, overall the film was greatly done. The plot just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and leaves you with a lot of questions.
Most will say this was a nice film, but that doesn’t mean it was a “good” film. If that makes sense.
Right from the start, producer Jon Favreau does an intro thanking you for seeing his film, and automatically wanting anyone who has a harsh word to say, rethink whether they should. I haven’t seen the original movie in a while, so I won’t be comparing the two, but I will tell you of two striking differences: the boy is raised by wolves and he stays with the animals at the end of the film. Okay, so that last bit is tad spoiler-ish.
Where the movie doesn’t stay true to the original, it does stay true to nature. I loved the tiny facts that were sprinkled throughout the movie. Its a very creative way to get kids educated. Too few films do that anymore. There is also a great moral to the story line that I loved. The little boy wasn’t the one to learn a lesson in the end, it was the old stubborn animals who thought they knew everything.
The all star cast of voice actors are great and add a nice touch. The child actor did amazingly well, considering he was in a green room the entire time, reacting with nothing but props and direction. It took me a bit to accept the quality of CGI, it wasn’t done that well when you compare it to other movies, but considering the entire movie is CGI–it probably would have taken another ten years to finish it if they’d tried to make it to the level of the Hobbit movies.
In the end, yes, take your kids. They will love it. And if you are looking for a nice relaxing movie as an adult, this is a good one to see.
I had high expectations for this film, especially considering the all-star cast, and for the most part, it delivered. The trailer portrays the story line well–CIA operative gets killed and in an effort to recover information only he knew, they transplant his thoughts/memories, into someone who suffered brain damage as a child, which means he has the unused space in his brain for the memories to go in. Of course, the only candidate is a psychopath who is in jail for murder.
There are several layers to the story that unfolds, the growth of the psychopath as he experiences memories that stir emotions he could never feel before, due to his brain damage, and the CIA battle to recover a weapon that controls the US nuclear warheads. The action is constant, acting spot on, plot full of twists and puzzles. My only complaint is how the patient is treated after the memory implantation. The rough way they treated him was silly, and obvious to not stir any answers to the CIA’s questions for info. The quick way they gave up and wanted him to be killed when he didn’t provide answers in the first five minutes after waking from surgery was ridiculous. First, you’d think they’d give him some recovery time, and second, after working that hard, investing all that $$, I doubt they’d give up that fast.
Overall, if you like action movies, or government suspense type thrillers, this is a good one to see.
Scales is your typical heroine origins story. And like all good origin stories, the main character is an orphan girl, coming of age and wanting to avoid the life fate has in store for her. Instead of her becoming a vampire, like most of these stories seem to go, she is a shape shifting gargoyle. A bit of originality—I can’t say I’ve read any other books about that. However, the book does follow the normal recipe a reader of young adult fiction has come to expect.
I will give the author credit, she is writing about what she knows. The author traveled and studied abroad, so low and behold, so is her character. This means the books is trustworthy in its facts. Nothing worse than an author writing about a country they have never visited.
The book didn’t emotionally pull me in, but the plot twists, upcoming reveals and secrets, are sure to keep any reader flipping the pages. I would say this book is marketed more toward young adults who enjoy fantasy novels. The con-play crowd are sure to enjoy this tale. So if that’s your thing, then you should def spice up your reading life by taking a break from dragons, zombies, and vampires—and give some gargoyles a try in “Scales.”
I received “Scales” for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Scales (Fate and Fire Trilogy) by Amity Green