Chewing Up “The Renegade Star” by J. N. Chaney

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Typically, you can get a decent feel for a new book from the first few lines. The Renegade Star begins:

‘”I’ll fucking kill you!” screamed William Emmerson as he ordered his security personnel to fire in my direction.

“Good luck with that!” I returned, running as fast as my feet would carry me.’

Now, I don’t know about you, dear reader, but this screams pedal to the metal to me.

Clearly inspired by Firefly, Chaney’s The Renegade Star is super charged action with intelligence to back it up. Spoilers abound.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story – Likely an Unpopular Opinion

From the beginning, I had my reservations. Sadly, they were well founded.

Ehrenreich’s hair was that of someone in a boy band, and looked too styled to be a scruffy nerfhearder.

His voice to high pitched and whiny.

His smile lacking too much boy like charm.

But it went further than that. The character had no real connection; there was no earned relationships. What should have been moments of “oh my lord what did I just see?!” were played way to casually “oh you again”.

I don’t want to say too much – I know I am in the minority and worry I will ruin it for others, so I will just say this:

This is a good movie to watch on USA Network when they get the eventual rights and you have nothing else to watch on a Saturday afternoon.

Quote of the Day 9-Apr-2018: On Self Worth

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“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Fred Rogers

Avengers Assemble

Well, that time is almost here. In just a few short weeks, we will be watching as the Avengers (and Guardians of the Galaxy) try to stop Thanos from killing half of all living beings in the universe in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

If you are considering watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies leading up to this event, there are two options: watching all of the films, or just the ones that reference an Infinity Stone.

For your convenience, here is a list of both viewing options, with times for each movie. Additionally, they are ordered in chronological time, not original release order.

Enjoy!

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Tomb Raider: Strength

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Lara Croft is strong. 

Lara Croft is a problem solver.

Lara Croft is what we all want to be.

This week, Square Enix’s video game Tomb Raider saw a new iteration born on the big screen, and unlike the last time we her on the big screen, this time we got a woman we actually care about.

Minor spoilers ahead.

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Quote of the Day 16-Mar-2018: On Strength

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Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

Marie Curie

Chewing Up “The Armored Saint” by Myke Cole

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About a year or so ago I happened upon this thing called “Book Bub”. This is an e-mail subscription where I get notified daily of e-books on sale for very low cost and in some case at no charge. It’s pretty damn awesome, if you ask me. The biggest drawback: I keep ordering these free books because they look interesting! 

Now, because of this, I have a plethora of options to read digitally that I never get around to reading. Well, last week, I was caught at work without a book to reed during my breaks and lunch. As a result, I opened my Kindle to see what magic I had downloaded previously due to Book Bub. I found “The Armored Saint” by Myke Cole. This book, dear reader, is why you read. This book: amazing. A quote:

“It is a person you love. Not a name. Not a she or a he. A person in all their shining glory. There is a thing in us, Heloise. A seed. It makes us who we are. It is our core. That is the think that we love. It alone exists. It alone is holy. It has a home, no name. It is neither male nor female. It is greater than that.”

As always, possible spoilers ahead, though I try to avoid major revelations.

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Chewing Up “Molly’s Game” by Molly Bloom

This was an interesting choice for me to read. I am not a poker guy. I am not a non-fiction guy. 

Ms. Bloom is an intelligent woman – she is great at reading an audience and then delivering what they want. In the case of this book, she gives the audience a portrait of an All-American girl made good. It’s a compelling tale of a strong woman dating influential people. I just wish I could believe it all. 

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