Author name: M Pax

A Fun Underwater Adventure with The Meg 2: #MovieReview

If you’re looking for a popcorn movie with giant sea creatures and a good dose of action, this film delivers just that.

If you’ve visited here before, you may know I love my shark movies. The original Meg disappointed me, so I didn’t have high hopes for The Meg2. But you know what? This one was better. Lots better. There was more shark and it did fun stuff.

While it may not have been a cinematic masterpiece, it certainly delivered on the promise of entertainment. The film took me on an underwater adventure filled with a giant shark, dinosaurs, and even the unleashing of a Kraken. The combination of creatures added a thrilling element to the storyline. While some may argue that the science behind the plot was far from accurate (I’m one of those), it’s essential to remember that this film is meant for pure enjoyment rather than scientific accuracy.

Comparing it to its predecessor, I found The Meg 2 to be an improvement. The pacing seemed tighter, and the addition of the dinosaurs added an extra layer of fun. I love dinosaurs in movies as much as sharks. It’s evident that the filmmakers aimed to elevate the stakes and deliver a more exhilarating experience, and in that regard, they succeeded.

The Meg 2 knows its strengths and plays to them. Sometimes, all you need is a bit of escapism, and The Meg 2 provides it in spades. For the addition of dinosaurs, dinosaurs eating people, and a kraken, I give The Meg 2 a one beer rating.

 

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Temerity’s Journey: From Estrangement to Reconciliation #sciencefiction #scifi #spaceopera

from the best-selling space opera series Temerity

At the heart of Temerity’s story is her relationship with her brother, Craze. Despite their father’s harsh decision to exile Craze from their home planet, Temerity’s fond memories of her brother’s kindness—symbolized by the sweet treats he brought her—anchor a deep-seated affection for him. However, the upheaval faced by the Verkinns, their race, casts a shadow over this bond. The tragic loss of their mother and sister ignites a fierce wrath in Temerity, leading her down a path of vengeance. The path Craze vowed against their father.

The Turning Point: War and Reconciliation

The outbreak of war with the Quassers serves as a critical turning point for Temerity, forcing her into a truce with Craze. This uneasy alliance paves the way for her remarkable transformation from a vengeful sister to a key figure in the war’s resolution. Temerity’s journey is not just one of reconciliation with Craze but also of personal growth, as she learns to navigate the complexities of leadership and diplomacy.

Temerity as Planetlord: A Vision for Peace

Craze’s decision to appoint Temerity as planetlord of Jix is a testament to her capabilities and their mended relationship. In this role, Temerity emerges as a formidable leader, working tirelessly to forge peace between the Verkinns and the Jixes, as well as between the Backworld and Foreworld governments. Her efforts to manage the threat of the Trausser Vines further demonstrate her commitment to her people’s safety and prosperity.

Temerity’s story is a vibrant thread in the intricate tapestry of the Backworlds series, inviting readers to explore the depths of character and the possibilities of a universe where hope and determination can overcome darkness and division.

 

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#Fantasy Worth Reading: A Starlet’s Secret to a Senstational Afterlife #BookReview #fantasybooks #Booklover

 

Looking for a fun and fantastic read with a bit of the supernatural and a little romance? A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife by Kendall Kulper is the novel you need.

fantasy worth reading A Starlet's Secret to a Sensational Afterlife

A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife is a mesmerizing tale that effortlessly blends the unglamourous side of Hollywood with a touch of mystery and a sprinkle of romance.

Set during the golden age of Hollywood, the novel introduces us to the charismatic protagonist, Henrietta. She announces to her family over dinner once evening that she’s going to be a star and leaves Chicago. As a newcomer to Hollywood, Henrietta finds it’s not so easy to get into pictures. Then she starts seeing dead starlets. Wha??

This mystery of the many, many dead girls gets entwined with her shot at stardom. What’s a girl to do?

Then she meets Declan, who has his own secrets. He can’t die. At first this serves him well as a stuntman. Then, it becomes a problem when there’s an accident where he should have died and he’s not even injured. He had a hard life and came to Hollywood hoping to find his mother. She had run off to try her hand at stardom when he was a boy.

The pacing is well-balanced, keeping the reader engaged with a combination of suspenseful revelations and heartfelt moments.

I loved the balance of supernatural, mystery, history, and romance. I highly recommend this book.

Here’s the blurb:

A budding starlet and her handsome-but-moody co-star go from bitter enemies to reluctant partners when they get tangled up in the disappearance of a beautiful young actress in 1930s Hollywood.

Eighteen-year-old Henrietta arrives in Los Angeles in 1934 with dreams of trading her boring life for stardom.

She’s determined to make it as an actress, despite her family’s doubts and rumors of would-be starlets gone missing. And by the skin of her teeth, she pulls it off! A serendipitous job offer arrives and Henrietta finds herself on a whirlwind publicity tour for a major film role—with a vexingly unpleasant actor tapped by the studio to be her fake boyfriend.

But fierce Henrietta has more in common with brooding Declan than she realizes. They both have gifts that they are hiding, for fear of being labeled strange: he is immune to injury and she can speak to ghosts. When the co-stars get tangled up in the disappearance of a beautiful young actress, they go from bitter enemies and pretend lovers to reluctant partners—and possibly even friends.

Together, they might be the only people in Hollywood who can do something about these poor missing girls. And in doing so . . . they might just fall in love for real.

This whip smart, seductive caper by the author of Murder for the Modern Girl has the perfect combination of romance, vengeance, and a hint of the supernatural, set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 

Exploring the Cosmos: Alien Double Feature Takes Readers on an Interstellar Journey #scifi #sciencefiction #bookrecommendation

 

An exhilarating voyage through the cosmos!  Alien Double Feature is a captivating collection eager to explore worlds beyond imagination.

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Two stories of first contact told from the alien point of view.

Aftermath: A Tale of Sacrifice and Courage

Noret, who is unaccustomed to the horrors of war, grapples with the aftermath of a devastating attack one of her world’s moons. She must navigate the complexities of duty and sacrifice to protect everything she holds dear. The narrative unfolds with gripping intensity, exploring themes of courage, resilience, and the true cost of war.

Wings of the Guiding Suns: A Hero’s Quest

Amidst the solar winds, Sita, a member of the dragonkind, embarks on a mission of unparalleled importance: to save a dying world from certain destructionrace of people from extinction. The narrative unfolds with epic proportions, as Sita confronts impossible odds and races against time to fulfill her destiny. Themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the interconnectedness of all life resonate throughout this enthralling adventure, drawing readers into a world where the fate of an entire civilization hangs in the balance.

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Valentina Tereshkova: Breaking the Cosmic Ceiling as the First Woman in Space #WomensHistoryMonth #Space

In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova etched her name into history books as the first woman to journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

Tereshkova’s iconic mission aboard Vostok 6 marked a monumental leap forward for women in space exploration.

Born in 1937 in the Soviet Union, Tereshkova’s humble beginnings did not deter her from dreaming of the stars.

Selected from a pool of skilled parachutists, Tereshkova’s fearless spirit and determination propelled her into space.

During her three-day solo mission, Tereshkova orbited the Earth 48 times, conducting experiments and gathering crucial data.

Her historic flight shattered gender barriers and inspired generations of women to reach for the cosmos.

Tereshkova’s legacy as a space pioneer paved the way for future female astronauts to venture into the unknown.

Decades later, her indelible mark on space exploration continues to inspire humanity’s quest for discovery.

Valentina Tereshkova’s journey into space serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment, proving that the sky is no limit for those with the courage to reach for the stars.

Look at this tiny little thing she traveled in! Wow! Vostok 6 capsule (flown 1963). Photographed at the Science Museum, London, March 2016

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#SciFi Worth Reading: Saturn Run #BookReview

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctien

I love a great space mystery. This one starts with an alien space vessel spotted entering orbit around Saturn.

The race begins. The US and China compete to get to Saturn first, to be the first to meet the aliens, to be the first to gain new technologies. Then, the ship leaves. But the race is no less intense.

What did the alien ship do at Saturn? Did it leave something there? Is there something there we can’t see by telescope?

Well, I really wanted to know. So I kept reading.

The character interactions are really captivating, and the characters have layers that get peeled away as the story goes on. I thought a really, really long time was spent on how the engines and propulsion worked. Too much time. However, that didn’t take away from me enjoying the story.

Once the ship finally gets to Saturn, the thrills and twists keep going. I wish more time had been spent at Saturn and the mysteries there. But again, I still really liked this book. A lot.

A lot of the plot was pretty intense, pushed along by the race with the Chinese, the politics, and the issues with building a vessel that could get to Saturn in a relatively short time frame. Very well done.

Here’s the official description:

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope – something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do.

A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out.

The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins – an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect – and everything you could want from one of the world’s greatest masters of suspense.

 

 

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