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65 – A Dino-Filled Adventure with a Touching Story: #SciFi #MovieReview

 

This movie isn’t perfect, but it is fun. Especially if you like dinosaurs.

 

Yay! Dinosaurs! 65 is a thrilling journey back in time, blending elements of science fiction and adventure with the allure of dinosaurs. As a fan of movies featuring these prehistoric creatures, I found 65 to be a satisfying and enjoyable experience, despite a few flaws.

The film introduces us to pilot Mills, who embarks on a two-year space expedition to earn money for his daughter Nevine’s treatment. The story takes an unexpected turn when Mills’ spaceship crash-lands on an alien planet, later revealed to be Earth, 65 million years in the past. The narrative kicks into high gear when Mills discovers a lone survivor, Koa, a young girl with whom he must navigate communication challenges due to language differences and a broken translator.

One notable aspect of 65 is the bond that forms between Mills and Koa as they navigate the dangers of the alien planet, now inhabited by Earth’s dinosaurs. The film effectively blends action with moments of emotional depth, especially as Koa watches video messages from Nevine, adding a layer of poignancy to their journey.

The film’s flaw, as you mentioned, lies in the communication barrier between the two main characters. While it adds an element of realism to their predicament, it occasionally hinders the flow of the story.  The action sequences, particularly the encounters with various dinosaurs, are visually stunning . The filmmakers successfully capture the awe and danger associated with these ancient creatures, making them a central and captivating element of the film.

As the story progresses, the revelation of Mills’ personal tragedy and the impending asteroid strike add urgency and depth to the plot. The climax, featuring a creative and intense showdown with a hybrid dinosaur, is a highlight of the film. The combination of strategy, resourcefulness, and teamwork makes for a satisfying resolution to the characters’ journey.

The ending, showcasing the evolution of Earth from the point where Mills and Koa left, provides a poignant and reflective touch to the film. It connects the adventure with the broader context of Earth’s history.

Despite its minor flaws, 65 delivers an entertaining and heartfelt experience. I enjoyed it. I forgave it for not having dinosaurs eat more people since there were only two people in the story. The story would have been mighty short if they had gotten eaten. I give it a one beer rating.

 

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#ScienceFiction Worth Reading: Prime Deceptions #BookReview #scifi #scifibooks #sciencefictionbooks #BookLover

 

Another uproarious journey through space with the lovably flawed crew of La Sirena Negra.

science fiction worth reading Prime Deceptions

This fast-paced sequel to the critically acclaimed Chilling Effect delivers a perfect blend of humor, heart, and intergalactic mayhem.

Captain Eva Innocente, accompanied by her eclectic crew and their psychic cats, once again finds herself entangled in the chaos of a covert war at the outer edges of inhabited space. The story kicks off when Eva’s sister seeks her help in locating a missing scientist, promising not only a hefty payday but also a cause worthy of their attention. Despite lingering trust issues, Eva decides to embark on the mission, setting the stage for a wild adventure across the cosmos.

What makes Prime Deceptions shine is the ensemble cast of characters, each with their unique quirks and lovable flaws. Valdes masterfully captures the camaraderie of the La Sirena Negra crew, making them feel like a dysfunctional yet endearing family. The humor is a constant companion throughout the narrative, providing moments of levity even in the face of danger.

The plot takes the crew from a convention filled with eccentric costumes to a perilous bot-fighting arena, showcasing Valdes’ skill in creating diverse and vibrant settings. The narrative crescendos with a return to Garilia, a place evoking Eva’s past failures and haunting memories. This backdrop adds depth to the story, as Eva must confront her own demons while navigating a rebellion in paradise.

Eva’s journey is not just a space romp but a compelling exploration of redemption and growth. The author weaves Eva’s personal struggles seamlessly into the overarching plot, allowing readers to connect with her on a more profound level.

While Prime Deceptions is undeniably a fun and entertaining read, it also touches on themes of trust, forgiveness, and the consequences of one’s actions. The world-building remains stellar, with Valdes painting a vivid picture of the universe, complete with psychic creatures, surveillance technology, and lush landscapes.

I definitely recommend this one. Here’s the blurb:

The lovably flawed crew of La Sirena Negra and their psychic cats return in this fast-paced and outrageously fun science fiction novel, in which they confront past failures and face new threats in the far reaches of space from the author of the critically acclaimed Chilling Effect.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra find themselves once again on the fringe of populated space – and at the center of a raging covert war. When Eva’s sister asks for help locating a missing scientist, promises of a big paycheck and a noble cause convince Eva to take the job despite lingering trust issues.

With reluctant assistance from her estranged mother, Eva and her crew follow the missing scientist’s trail across the universe, from the costume-filled halls of a never-ending convention to a dangerous bot-fighting arena. They ultimately find themselves at the last place Eva wants to see again – Garilia – where she experienced her most shameful and haunting failure. To complete her mission and get paid, Eva must navigate a paradise embroiled in a rebellion, where massive forests and pristine beaches hide psychic creatures and pervasive surveillance technology. Can she find her quarry while avoiding the oppressive local regime, or will she be doomed to repeat past mistakes when her dark deeds come to light?

 

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#Fantasy Worth Reading: Fourth Wing #BookReview #fantasybooks #booklover

 

This book gave me a book hangover… because I had to finish it! Just had to!

fantasy worth reading Fourth Wing

Set within the confines of Basgiath War College, this gripping tale unfolds against the backdrop of a brutal war and the high-stakes competition to become the elite dragon riders of Navarre.

At the center of the narrative is twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail, originally destined for the Scribe Quadrant, where a quiet life among books awaited her. However, her mother, the commanding general, redirects her fate, compelling Violet to join the intense competition for dragon riders. The catch? Dragons don’t bond with “fragile” humans, and Violet’s size and physical fragility make her an unlikely candidate, facing not only the challenge of mastering the art of dragon riding but also the constant threat of being incinerated.

Yarros masterfully crafts a world where danger lurks at every corner, and the competition for survival is as fierce as the dragons themselves. The tension is palpable, especially given Violet’s physical vulnerabilities and the cutthroat nature of her fellow cadets, led by the powerful and ruthless wingleader, Xaden Riorson.

The character development is noteworthy, with Violet emerging as a resilient and intelligent protagonist. The dynamics between characters, whether friends, enemies, or potential lovers, add layers of complexity to the narrative. Each individual at Basgiath War College harbors their own agenda, creating an atmosphere where trust is scarce and alliances are fragile.

The world-building is immersive, painting a vivid picture of the war-torn kingdom, the majestic dragons, and the elite training grounds of the war college. Yarros skillfully balances the thrilling action sequences with moments of introspection, giving readers a chance to connect with the characters on a deeper level.

As the war outside escalates and the protective wards of the kingdom falter, Violet begins to unravel a dark secret. The overarching mystery adds an extra layer of intrigue to the plot, keeping me hooked until the final page.

There was something very addictive about Fourth Wing. It had some flaws… mostly some scenes were a bit verbose. Like I get it. But it was easy to flip past those to the more exciting parts. And there were lots of exciting parts. I highly recommend.

Here’s the blurb:
Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom’s protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

 

 

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Tales of Adventure, Intrigue, and Resilience: The Rogue Element #scifi #sciencefiction #fantasy #darkfantasy #BookTwitter

 

Rogue versus world. Who will win?

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New planets, hidden lands, and places no one would dare dream of arise from the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Visions of the future where we verge on extinction and only daring can forge hope. Alternative realms on Earth lead to darkness. The Rogue Element is: “Patchworker 2.0”, “Corrosive”, “The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton”, and “The Wallows.”

Patchworker 2.0: Humanity is forced to live in domed cities as foul as the Earth we destroyed. Artificial Intelligence holds the remains of society together, and a special team of patchworkers keep the AI functioning at peak performance. Patchworker Evalyn Shore leads the investigation of a homicidal AI. The AI is taking over minds and leaving patchworkers as sacks of bio matter ready for recycling. Can Evalyn create the patch to repair the AI? Or will it kill her first?

Corrosive: Which seeds will aid Bex in saving her world? On an Earth ruined by long-forgotten ancestors, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her ideal man. The fact he’s a robot and has to do everything she says is a dream. For a day. When she arrives at the plot of land, where she and her dreambot will nurture the precious seeds she’s been entrusted with, it’s already occupied. By a man. With radical ideas as corrosive as the air.

The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton: Lucy’s family disappeared when she was a child, lost in a world of mirror. At every turn, she is confronted by images of her family in mirrors and panes of glass. Her experiments to bring them home continue to fail… until tonight. On the verge of at last being reunited, Lucy meets the woman who stands as the barrier between the two realms and the real battle begins.

The Wallows: Ever wish for a new life? Evernee Weems wants to escape in this world in the worst way. Her daughter needs everything, the rent is being raised, Evernee’s job barely pays minimum wage, and she has little hope for better. Inside a puddle is a different reality, and she jumps in, happy to trade her problems for a life in which worries don’t exist. Will it turn out to be better?

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#Fantasy Worth Reading: Assassin’s Apprentice #BookReview #BookLover #Fantasybooks

 

Here’s a great fantasy book worth your time to read!

fantasy worth reading Assassin's Apprentice

Meet Fitz, often called Boy

The story follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer, an illegitimate son of a prince, who is thrust into the cutthroat world of the royal court. Born with the magical ability known as the Skill, Fitz becomes entangled in political machinations and secrets that shape the fate of the Six Duchies. As he navigates the complexities of court life and hones his skills under the guidance of the enigmatic Chade, Fitz transforms from an abandoned child into a trained assassin.

Fantastic World Building

One of the novel’s standout features is Hobb’s ability to create a rich and immersive world. The Six Duchies come alive with vivid descriptions, and the intricate details of court politics and the magic system add depth to the narrative. The author’s prose is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into a world filled with both wonder and danger.

Great Character Development

Fitz’s character development is nothing short of remarkable. As readers follow him from childhood to adolescence, Hobb skillfully explores the complexities of identity, loyalty, and the burdens of power. Fitz is a deeply relatable protagonist, and his struggles resonate with the reader on an emotional level. The supporting cast is equally well-drawn, with each character contributing to the intricate tapestry of the story.

Pacing, Twists and Turns

The pacing of Assassin’s Apprentice is deliberate and builds tension gradually. Hobb weaves a web of suspense, leaving readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate political intrigues and hidden agendas. The plot twists and turns, keeping the narrative unpredictable and engaging until the very end.

Often Kept me up Late

In addition to its compelling characters and plot, Assassin’s Apprentice delves into themes of destiny, sacrifice, and the consequences of power. Hobb seamlessly integrates these themes into the narrative, elevating the story beyond a mere fantasy adventure. This book often kept me up late reading. I wanted just one more chapter… Definitely worth reading.

Here’s the blurb:

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

 

 

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Unveiling the Unseen: The enchanting world of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear #Fantasy #Adventure #scifi #booktwitter #booklover

 

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The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear beckons readers into the seemingly ordinary life of Hetty Locklear, a young woman whose daily life takes place amid the interplay of fantasy, fate, and the unseen.

At the outset, Hetty clutches her hard-earned diploma from community college like a ticket to a new beginning. Yet, the transition into adulthood proves to not be what she expected. Trapped in a dead-end job at a convenience store, Hetty’s aspirations seem distant and her dreams deferred.

However, beneath the veneer of daily drudgery lies a rich inner world—a sanctuary where Hetty reigns as the heroine of her own cosmic saga. In her imagination, she navigates the stars as the savior of an ancient galactic race,. Yet, reality intrudes. Her parents, absent but for the occasional missive, extend an invitation to join them on the Renaissance Faire circuit for the summer. Initially hesitant, Hetty’s decision takes a quick U-turn when a ghost begins to stalk her.

A seance tells her she’s in peril, so she runs as far from it as she can. This begins a journey of self-discovery and adventure, where the lines between reality and fantasy blur.

The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is a masterful blend of genres, seamlessly weaving elements of fantasy, mystery, and coming-of-age narrative into a tapestry of intrigue and wonder. Through Hetty’s eyes, readers are transported into a realm where the mundane and the magical coalesce, inviting reflection on the nature of identity, destiny, and the power of imagination.

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