And There Were None ★★★★★
Genre(s) | Mystery, Classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.23
Humpo Show Rating | 5.00
Published | 1939
Publisher | Harper
First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion. Continue reading
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Humpo Show Rating | 5.6
IMDb Rating | 6.2
Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt
Director: Steven Spielberg
Plot Summary: Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. is called back into action, when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. (IMDb)
The second post as part of the blogathon hosted by Thoughts All Sorts and Weegiemidget Reviews, following on from my post about Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. This time the focus is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which was released 27 years after his debut in the Indiana Jones role.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 9.5
IMDb Rating | 8.5
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Denholm Elliott, Wolf Kahler
Director: Steven Spielberg
Plot Summary: Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (IMDb)
This classic film needs no introduction…but I’m going to give one anyway! Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first film of the Indiana Jones franchise that has spawned 3 sequels and has raked in over a billion dollars at the box office. This film received 5 Academy Awards and it also solidified Harrison Ford as a leading action actor following on from his success as Han Solo in the Star Wars films. Harrison Ford is my subject topic for my entry in Thoughts All Sorts and Weegiemidget’s blogathon Then and Now. This film was released in 1981 and my second entry in the Now and Then post is Ford’s film Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull which was released 27 years after.
Harrison Ford is at his swashbuckling best as the adventurous archaeologist as he travels to Nepal, Egypt and an Aegean island in an exciting battle with the Nazis for the Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis believe that if they possess the item, their armies will become invincible. The US Government employ Jones to prevent the Nazis from obtaining the Ark and thus the story begins, and it becomes one of Ford’s defining films, as well as one of the most popular action films of all time. Continue reading
The Book of Dust (La Belle Sauvage: Volume 1) ★★★☆☆
Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating | 4.34
Humpo Show Rating | 3.4
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua. He is thrust into the position of protector for Lyra following a biblical flood. Accompanied by headstrong Alice, they both do their best to protect her from the all-powerful Magesterium- who see her as dangerous and important- to navigate the flood and deliver Lyra to her father in London. Continue reading
Emma Stone Tribute
Today is my birthday… but it is also Emma Stone’s! The Academy Award-winning actress is one of the highest paid actresses in the world, and despite being under 30 she has amassed 61 nominations including 31 wins. She won her Best Actress Oscar for her role as Mia in critically acclaimed La La Land having been nominated in the same category two years earlier for her role in Birdman. Along with her Oscar, Emma has won a BAFTA and Golden Globe (all for La La Land), as well as receiving a variety of nominations and awards for a mixture of films from ceremonies such as; Venice Film Festival, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Scream Awards, The Comedy Awards and Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards. Her films have varied from the hilarious Superbad, to the surprisingly brilliant Easy A, the comedy-horror Zombieland, a superhero franchise film in the shape of The Amazing Spiderman, and of course a modern musical, La La Land. Continue reading
Why do YA books matter?
As a twenty-four-year-old guy, it is perhaps surprising to some that one of my favourite genres is Young Adult Fiction. For many people who dislike the YA genre for whatever reason, that statement goes against what they envisage the typical reader to be (a teenage girl who reads Twilight). The genre is brimming with excellent stories- most I have not had the pleasure of reading yet- but it is also a shining beacon in the publishing industry that seems to be frozen in time with regards to the workforce, and the stories that are published. Here is a blog post that talks about the many plus points of the YA industry.
The YA genre has become the leading light in regards to representation of people from all backgrounds and identities. They are leading the way with more books concerning racial diversity, LGBT characters, mental health issues, female heroines and sexuality than any other genre at the moment. It is undoubtedly the genre that is the most diverse and that discusses real issues that are not given much coverage in other genres.
The genre, as viewed from the outside, receives a snobbish response by some adults who seem to have the viewpoint that every YA author is trying to write the next Harry Potter or Twilight series, and that the readers are teenagers that they view as ‘millennial snowflakes’.
One example of someone with this shared opinion is as follows: “‘Young Adult’ – it says ‘wannabe JK Rowling’, it means ‘born in an iPod world so I don’t understand music (and life) is for sharing'” Continue reading
The People Vs. Alex Cross ★★★★☆
Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 4.3
Humpo Show Rating | 4.0
Published | 2017
Publisher | Arrow
James Patterson is the master of the thriller. He, again flexes his storytelling muscles in his latest Alex Cross mystery. This time Alex is on trial for murder as he becomes the victim of a witch-hunt among the public, media and government that are trying to put away a high-profile cop who has killed in the line of duty, which they are portraying as a unnecessary show of force. Alongside his trial, his former work partner Sampson asks Cross for help in his investigation into a string of young, blonde women that have gone missing and have appeared in depraved videos on the Dark Web. Cross attempts to prove his innocence at the same time as risking his career and life while helping to uncover where these missing girls are. Continue reading