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    Avengers West Coast: Along Came a Spider-Woman (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    A lot of people talk trash about the Avengers West Coast, I search them a small more relatable. They have human problems, and experience loss. And I share a first name with Hawkeye. Hawkeye got me into comics when I was around 11 yrs old. Found an problem of Avengers West Coast on a shelf in my fresh bedroom of a house we had just moved into. It had a small dust on it, and it was a small dog-eared. This book has 367 pages.

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    Avengers West Coast: Along Came a Spider-Woman (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Brings back memories.

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    Avengers West Coast: Along Came a Spider-Woman (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    When John Byrne unexpectedly left "Avengers West Coast" with problem 57, he left several plot threads up in the air such as the Scarlet Witch going evil and Immortus up to some sort of android game involving alternate timelines. The fresh creative squad of Dann and Roy Thomas, aided by penciler Paul Ryan, had some major shoes to fill but did a amazing job with it. While the Bryne plots were wrapped up in "Darker Than Scarlet," this collection brings together the team's later run which helped reestablish the Whackos as just as amazing as their East Coast counterparts. First, a couple of fill-in problems by Fabian Niceza and Danny Fingeroth where the squad tangles with an earthquake-causing foe and Hydo-Man. We pick up the follow-up to "Darker Than Scarlet" as problem 63 has the Human Torch revived to tangle with a fresh ver of villain the Living Lightning. Problem 64 is filler as the Torch is manipulated into fighting Captain America. Things pick up with the four part "The Reaper and the Robot" as Wonder Man's brother, the Grim Reaper, is resurrected into an undead foe who has to absorb a life a day to survive. To create matters worse, Ultron is back with a plot to turn humanity into robots, doing it to several Avengers as the two inhuman opponents forge an alliance the squad has to war off. The finale of the Rose Bowl Parade may seem silly but still amazing showing the threat of Ultron. Then, a one-issue set-up has the squad getting a fresh lineup as U.S. Agent learns the U.S. government no longer makes his presence mandatory, setting up the long-overdue Agent versus Hawkeye fight. Then we obtain to the "Pacific Overlords" storyline as Julia Carpenter (aka Spider-Woman) arrives seeking support to face a gang of opponents from the fire-wielding Pele to the magical tattoed Irezumi, all led by Dr. Demonicus. The formerly third-rate villain does a amazing job elevating himself with plans to make his own island nation and the squad joining with some fresh members to test and stop him It's a amazing story with action extending from L.A. to Hawaii and Japan, showing the influence the Avengers have. The characters are amazing with Hawkeye leading, Iron Man trying to hold control, Scarlet Witch regaining both her powers and confidence and Wonder Man showcased dealing with his evil brother. It's interesting seeing Henry Pym as just the scientist, not a super-hero, which seems to suit him better. The finale is a amazing twist as well as the Avengers don't exactly save the day although they give it a amazing try. The final problem of the collection, #75, has the squad and the Unbelievable Four sent on an other-dimensional quest that pits old Marvel fighter characters Akron and Thundra on a collision course in more ways than one. The special L.A. nature, a tad more laid-back and not as frentic as the regular "Avengers" title continues to place "AWC" apart and is why the book remains so loved. Plus, fans of Carpenter will have fun the hero brought to fresh prominence, all done to amazing art by Ryan and amazing writing as well. It's a amazing collection to remind you how amazing the AWC series was and deserving of a put on the shelf of any Avengers fan.

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    Avengers: West Coast Avengers - Sins of the Past (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Solid buy

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    Avengers: West Coast Avengers - Sins of the Past (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Englehart was the best. The whole WCA run is awesome, and this is the best storyline of them all.Mind you: this is just about story. Al Milgrom's artwork is pathetic. Englehart's scripts are so amazing that they shine through anyway.

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    Avengers: West Coast Avengers - Sins of the Past (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    The West Coast Avengers (I still don't like the switch to calling them "Avengers West") was the first squad book I ever read. It was my book from when I was about 8 years old or so, til it ended when I was graduating from high school. And this was the first storyline of theirs that I read and got hooked on. I ordered this to see if it was as amazing as I remembered...and I wasn't disappointed. It was even better. Not only does it feature some truly magnificent battles/fight sequences, but this is where Henry Pym finally began to redeem himself, the definitive Mockingbird story that set up everything that happened/went down with her and Hawkeye and still has ramifications today, Moon Knight becoming an Avenger, the change of Firebird to Espirita, and so much more. The whole spread throughout time result is done brilliantly by Englehart, the art pops in what-to me-is the best method to do comic art-detailed clean lines in colors that truly pop. I loved this book and am very grateful they finally collected it. And while I appreciate them putting in the FF and Doctor Strange stories that take put during it, showing how they effected the Avengers and the Avengers effected them, I want they had also included WCA #25 so we can see how Wonder Man realizes that he truly needs to stay in the WCA. But that's a little quibble. This book to me, shows everything that was amazing about Marvel in the 80s. The West Coast Avengers is the most underrated book in the Marvel canon to me. Things that happened in that series result the Marvel Universe even today. Having this collection is truly a joy.

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    Avengers: West Coast Avengers - Sins of the Past (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Just a amazing book. This was when it was firing on all cylinders. I know they're putting them back out because Hawkeye is key to the squad (hey, he finally gets to be a true leader) and he was in The Avengers film and I don't care. I'm just glad to obtain some amazing stories in an perfect format and amazing price.

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    Avengers: West Coast Avengers - Sins of the Past (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    This brought back so a lot of amazing memories. WCA was one of the first comics I got sucked back into in adolescence, right in the middle of this storyline, actually.Having the whole thing in hardcover has created my day.

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    Avengers: West Coast Avengers - Sins of the Past (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    It has been a long time since I read these issues, but at the time of this writing, there are no other customer reviews for this book, so I'll tell you what I can recall.Englehart is at the top of his android game here. He spreads the Whackos all over time and zone until, at the height of the story, there are six or seven separate timelines going. Somehow he keeps it all simple to follow. Milgrom's artwork is clean and beautiful throughout, as is was the story in which Mockingbird created a choice that condemned her hero for a lot of years. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that it was a very "adult" situation at a time when mainstream comics all had to be extremely kid-safe.I recommend this to anyone who likes the West Coast Avengers (singly or as a group), anyone who likes time-related stories, and anyone who enjoys an exciting superhero epic in the Mighty Marvel Manner.

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    Avengers: Avengers West Coast - Zodiac Attack (Avengers West Coast (1985-1994)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

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    Coast to Coast review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:47

    Empty nesters decide it’s time to sell the house and drive across country to their son’s wedding prior to their own divorce. Along the way, they stop and collect memories, meeting up with old friends, lovers, and a daughter who’s pregnant. She’s involved with a former NBA star who is not the father. Seems like everyone they’ve ever known is in a non-traditional relationship, which makes the would-be divorcees look beautiful normal. I’m an admitted fan of Richard Dreyfuss (and it’s not just because I’ve been told I look a bit like him). The method this movie was directed created it feel like an off-Broadway play. It was fun to watch. Don’t expect anything profound, just light entertainment.

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    West Coast University review [App]  2018-2-14 13:8

    Love my schedule all laid out

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    Avengers Epic Collection: The Avengers/Defenders War (Avengers (1963-1996)) review [Book]  2018-4-16 18:0

    Written in the 70's by a Steve Englehart, this saga has everything! Life, death, career and life changes. This was one of the best story arcs of the 70's Buy it! You won't be sorry!

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    The Avengers review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:47

    With a film like this you wonder how all of the otherwise, main characters will work together and help the story. No issues here. While as might be expected, R. Downey Jr. comes across largely central, it is still a amazing mix and IMHO the best scenes in the film involve the generated Hulk character. With that kind of successful melding of characters, Hollywood-scale egos and even computer generated characters; you have to give it up to the writers and director to create this the successful movie that it is.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    After the happenings of avengers disassembled, the avengers are no more. This takes put awhile after that, with a breakout at a super prison in the middle of Fresh York for some reason. For different reasons, some better than others, there are super heroes in or near the prison and these people become the titular fresh avengers.I rather liked this volume, the action is amazing and the writing works for the best part. It is a bendis book, so be prepared for all the self-interruptions and repeated lines that implies. The art is also nice, although it isn't my favorite David finch work. The male necks are all really thick, and his noses seem method too sharp almost. Those issues, combines with his really pronounced cheekbones create his captain America and Peter Parker look almost identical beside the hair color.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    This story involves the formation of fresh avengers after a large-scale prison breakout at the raft prison facility. The first 3 problems set up the situation where the heroes are forced to war the villains who escaped as soon as electro causes the security systems to malfunction. The remaining 3 problems is formation of this roster of heroes: Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    I was really disappointed when this ver of this book ended because it had all my favorite characters in it and hadn't happened before or after. Luke's squad was a really amazing mix of characters with a lot of amazing stories to tell. Thing, Spidey, Wolverine and Carol Danvers on the same squad was a nice break from the "Big Three" Avengers. Also, it was cool to see a "street level" ver of Avengers. This is probably my favorite incarnation of The Avengers. Hopefully, after Secret Wars, we'll see a reasonable facsimile of this squad again someday!

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    I have always wanted to read this series, and have finally gotten around to it with this 1st volume. Amazing story, phenomenal art, well worth the waiting. Loved it. Starting volume 2 now....

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    What did I like.....? The structure , the story. The meta back story, the art, the layout and the hero growth. I've been reading Marvel since the early 1960s and always felt there was some kinship with the works offered, the zeitgeist of the Twighlight Location and the best of Science Fiction of that decade. This takes all of that and everything that Marvel did after and marches it into a future along all fronts I took note of and probably a lot of more with passion, craft, a quantum scope of style and depth of story that does the Old Masters proud from Kirby and Ditko, through Steranko, Heinlein, Asimov and Sturgeon. Maybe I read too much into Marvel Comics but I grew up in my pre teen years reading classical strains of European mythology. It informed the globe views of those peoples. This is the mythology of our fresh age. Nuff Said.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    Fresh Avengers is an necessary title for the Marvel Universe, and it starts here. The premise: after the original Avengers disassembled, a fresh handful of heroes have gotten together to carry on the legacy. I don't wish to ruin any of the surprises behind "Breakout" (which there are a couple) but merely comment on the importance of the book and the series itself. By this point, if you did not know that Brian Michael Bendis has taken almost complete control of every major Marvel Universe Happening since Avengers Dissassembled, you are a small behind. He's an author that you either love or hate for his directions. While two main stories happened prior to the begin of Fresh Avengers (Disassembled and Secret War), this is really where the Marvel Universe begins to see its change. The story behind "Breakout" to place it simply is that there is, you guessed it, a breakout, and many, nearly 50 villains from a wide array of comic series escape. This event, which gathers the Fresh Avengers initially, affects the Marvel Universe as a whole for a amazing while into Bendis' Marvel timeline.(Punisher Battle Journal which started about the time of the Civil Battle created numerous references to this breakout during its run, just to give you an idea) Fresh Avengers does not do a BAD job on anything. The dialogue isnt terrible, the action is solid, and the art doesn't leave you wanting more. That said, Fresh Avengers is not a continuously amazing title. I thoroughly enjoyed "Breakout" and would recommend it to anyone who likes comics. The series afterward i found to be very off and on good...one thing i give Bendis credit for is his overall consistancy (ultimate spiderman comes to mind in that same respect). The importance of the Fresh Avengers (and later the Mighty Avengers) is mostly as a companion to the main happenings in the Marvel Universe, and the MU is certainly full of happenings that are worth having additional info for. Although Bendis takes too much advantage of this during Secret Invasion (which is almost completely unreadable without the Avengers titles), Fresh Avengers is a solid read that doesn't always leave you wanting more, but leaves you happy enough to continue reading if you have the time

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    A graphic novel collection of problems 1 through 6. The Avengers broke up after the Scarlet Witch had a breakdown that resulted in the death of several Avengers. But fate brings together a fresh squad when there is a breakout at the Raft, a prison of super powered criminals. They decide to stay together to test and recapture the criminals who got is is a fresh mix of heroes with a fresh mission. It is interesting to see a squad with an actual mission beyond just catching the recent villain to pop out of the woodwork. The heroes have a amazing chemistry from the very beginning. Finally the artwork is very nice comic book artwork.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    I read it and I liked it.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    This is a amazing Avengers team. It features Netflix heros Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist. Spider-man, Wolverine, the Thing from the Unbelievable Four, Ms Or as she's called today Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, And Hawkeyes ex wife Mokinbird. This book has a lot humor and action. I loved it.

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    New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:2

    This is what comics like the Avengers, X-men, Justice League etc. are supposed to be about. Cool action cool story. It's nice to see a comic finally obtain away from all of the political drama and conspiracy stories that in the end just dragged on and on. I am so tired of buying collections like all of the Siege books that had virtually no action and were more just tiring dialogue. When I wish drama I will watch Smallville. When I pick up the Avengers this is what I expect to see, Luke Cage knocking something out, Spidey being in method over his head, Wolverine cutting crap up. The addition of the Thing was beautiful cool s nice seeing the writers getting away from the older up-tight Avenger model squads from back in the 80's and putting some attitude into the team.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    This trade includes two annuals and problems 31-34 of the Avengers. At the end of the collection, there is a three page letter from Bendis to the readers. In it, he informs us that he is ending his time on the Avengers to go and write the X-Men. I was surprised when I read it (I don't go to comic book stores anymore (all Amazon) and I don't hold up on comic news), but after thinking about it for a few minutes, it makes ndis wrote 232 Avengers comics -- a record. His 2004 to 2009 run was inspired. I'm a heavy fan of Civil Battle and the Skrull Invasion. Bendis is a master at characterization and dialogue. Unfortunately, the latest couple of years have been weak -- Fear Itself and the Avengers vs. X-Men storylines were forced, bulky and too massive on is trade reads well and is a amazing book. I do recommend it. It's just not up to par with his other Avengers o problems: (1) Simon Williams attacks the Avengers in the Annuals that kick off the trade (something that Benids foreshadowed 2 years ago). He blames them for a dozens of issues (Civil War, Scarlet Witch, Ultron) and says the Avengers should not exist. A few problems later, he returns and is semi-easily accepted back into the fold. Not cool (I'm still having a hard time accepting the Cap-Iron Man peace).(2) The Wasp is alive. She was killed during the Skrull Invasion, and then brought back 5 years later in this trade. It seemed like Bendis was bold when he took over the book and killed off Hawkeye, Antman (Scott Lang, not Pym), the Wasp, and a few other characters, but none of the iconic (or semi-iconic) characters remained dead. Ah, the issues with having to sell a comic forever (see Jason Todd).Bendis is great. I love his writing. He's my favorite author that works for the huge 2, and it's not really close. That said, he created a amazing choice in leaving the Avengers when he did. It's time to move on.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    I liked a lot of things about this collection, but there were some major elements I didn't like much, such as the method they reintroduced Hawkeye by having him take over the Ronin identity from Echo (not exactly a spoiler as it happens early on in this collection). The first problem here, which involves Hawkeye's journey back into the world, was very well done, however. I'd absolutely recommend this for fans of that character.We also obtain the Fresh Avengers coming into conflict with the Hand, which would eventually lead directly into the Secret Invasion story. Overall some amazing items here, though the art wasn't my favorite. One thing I enjoyed about this squad of established heroes coming together is when some characters are familiar with some things in the Marvel Universe and others are not, such as Spider-Man and Iron Man knowing Brother Voodoo when Wolverine and Ms. Marvel had no idea who he was. Bendis has always been amazing at that sort of thing.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    The fifth volume of the otherwise amazing Fresh Avengers series is just average. Essentially a collection of one shots, the volume touches base with most of the major Fresh Avenger characters to obtain a feel for how they are reacting to the overall Civil Battle plotline. We obtain glimpses of characters like Luke Cage and Captain America dealing with the fallout and fracturing of the team. If you love Civil Battle or the Fresh Avengers this is worth picking up to see the private touches the main happening has on the characters, but there isn't a Fresh Avengers-specific storyline that connects each issue.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    Writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Steve McNiven and the production squad have fashioned a sharp, entertaining story around one of Marvel's more unusual characters, the Sentry. Advancing the larger Fresh Avengers story arc, while at the same time including some unbelievable hero beats, this surprisingly moving storyline is an interesting take on the themes of mental illness, guilt, isolation and the importance of reaching out and asking for help.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    I sometimes wonder if Bendis was given the task of writing this book while being told by the higher-ups at Marvel that it had to contain certain characters like Wolverine and Spider-Man. That can be a tough task, but Bendis does a amazing job getting the individual personalities right and giving each hero a role to play in the overall ough that is a highlight, the downside here is that there seem to be a few random things going on here (such as an apparent symbiote infestation?) that never really obtain explained but only present up to further some other purpose in the arc. Maybe they were happenings from other titles crossing over. I don't e main focus in the second half of this collection is decent, however, as the Hood makes his move with his assembled villains, though the only ones other than Hood who obtain much face time are the Wrecking Squad and, to a lesser extent, is is worth reading if you wish the lead-up to Secret Invasion or if you wish to complete the collection of this run. Not essential reading to the huge picture though.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    Be warned: This collection doesn't actually feature a lot of Avengers for about half the book, fresh or otherwise. It is a amazing story though if you enjoyed the main Secret Invasion story and wish a more complete background on how the Skrulls infiltrated Earth. It also has a amazing chapter in which we see the Skrulls' reaction to the House of M, which I thought was a amazing touch, since the main story revealed Skrulls had been here for a while, and it created sense to see them reacting to happenings we had already seen from a more straightforward at makes up about half of this collection. The rest are pieces best read alongside the main story, as they pick up in the middle of other scenes taking put in the main is was easily better than Book 1, simply because it at least told a continuous story for much of the volume. Definitely pick this up if you liked Secret Invasion.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    Showed up on time in beautiful amazing condition mild wear and tear. This Fresh Avengers story is an absolute must for any Marvel fan.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    The Fresh Avengers can't catch a break. As if the Civil Battle wasn't enough. Or the fact that they're wanted criminals, and with their former teammates hunting them down. As if it's not enough that they've just faced off versus Electra and her deadly group of ninja assassins, the Hand. Now the fit really hits the shan. In the latest problem (see New Avengers Vol. 6: Revolution) it's revealed that Electra is actually a shape-shifting Skrull. This causes a big, huge issue as these outlaw Avengers now suspect that a secret invasion is in the works. But how long have the Skrulls been skulking around? And how huge the conspiracy, how deep the infiltration? Could the Skrulls have been somehow responsible for the Civil War? So, these renegade heroes now don't even know if they can trust each other ("Do you feel Skrully?" asks one Avenger to another). Paranoia sows its seed and quickly threatens to shatter the group. In fact, one member promptly skedaddles.On top of it all, a demon-ridden villain calling himself the Hood ('cause, y'know, he has a hood) is scheming to take over Fresh York's criminal underworld. And he's making fast headway. The Hood is a thinking criminal, and he espouses organization and cooperation amongst Fresh York's criminal element. It also strikes him that, with the Superhuman Registration Act lending ready access to the identities of a lot of in the superhero community, one method to build up instant credibility is to create an example of a superhero. To quote the Hood: "One by one. We obtain them where they live. All of them. No one is safe. Not the icons, not the up-and-comers." His actions place him and his superpowered crime syndicate on a collision course with Luke Cage and his crumbling outlaw band. So far Dr. Strange's mystical dwelling had provided a foolproof sanctuary for these fugitive Avengers. But not anymore.Oh, and there's also some nonsense about all of Fresh York Town being transformed into symbiotes (like Venom). This might've been interesting except that amongst the infected are the Fresh Avengers, so that's no fun. Plus, it was told in broad-stroked flashback by Luke Cage, one of the two who didn't obtain infected (him because of his invulnerable skin, Wolverine because of his healing factor). Apparently, this symbiote storyline is told in full in an problem of Mighty Avengers. But since I don't follow that series much ("bleccch!" to the Mighty Avengers), I guess I won't obtain the full lowdown on what is is THE NEW AVENGERS Vol. 7: THE TRUST and it collects problems #32-37 and The Fresh Avengers Annual #2. I figure, as long as Brian Michael Bendis keeps churning out Fresh Avengers stuff, I'll hold reading 'em. To be honest, though, I was getting beautiful tired of the Hand story arc, so I'm glad Bendis has (for now) moved on. This fresh arc paves the method for the next huge Marvel Comics event, Secret Invasion, which is an 8-issue limited series. In an IGN interview, Bendis allow out that he'd been planning this thing for years and that there's been a tip of the Skrull invasion even as far back as Fresh Avengers #1. Color me though the suspicions and hostility stemming from the Electra Skrull debacle continue to nag our team, the Hood proves to be a hell of a distraction. Yup, I've read Brian K. Vaughan's gritty limited series The Hood (New Avengers). I liked Parker Robbins as a fractured, small-time thug who kind of had the best intentions; I never thought he had it in him to become a formidable crime boss. Obviously the demon in the cloak is influencing the crap out of him. How tough is the Hood? Well, he busted Wolverine up beautiful good. In fact, what he did to old Wolvie created me cringe a lot.I can't say much for the Hood's super-powered yoyos. They're mostly lower-tiered villains (Madame Masque, the Wizard, Chemistro, etc.), and I'm beautiful sure even Howard the Duck could wipe the floor with them. The only respectable bunch in the Hood's group is the Wrecking Crew. Let's face it, it's beautiful much the Hood's intelligence and planning (and a bit of that brimstone mojo) which create him a force to be reckoned a private way, the splitting of the Avengers into two very various squads is a amazing thing. The Mighty Avengers took away the characters I didn't really care for (Iron Man, the Sentry), while the Fresh Avengers stuck with the cool set (Luke Cage, Wolverine & Spidey). The Fresh Avengers have recently welcomed Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, and a resurrected Clint Barton into their ranks, and two of 'em are still around by the end of this collection. It's disappointing, though, that Fist and Luke haven't interacted more in these pages. On the other hand, I'm definitely digging Luke's marital relationship with Jessica Jones. Luke and Jessica just feel like a true couple. Currently, their relationship is bordering on rocky, what with the fugitive status and that Skrull thingie. Come to think of it, the method the final problem here ends, it's guaranteed to tick the hell out of Luke ere's really nothing more to say about Brian Michael Bendis, except that the dude is gold. Leinil Yu provides the brunt of the artwork, which tends to come rough and rugged. Nevertheless, it definitely has its own energy and raw appeal. Meanwhile, Carlo Pagulayan's more polished looking items is showcased in The Fresh Avengers Annual #2, the website of the no-holds-barred rumble between the Fresh Avengers and the Hood & his supervillain crew. This collection guest-stars Tigra, the Night Nurse, Deathlok (kind of), and the government-sponsored Mighty Avengers (who might actually boast a conscience after all, underneath all that self-righteous bluster).Oh, and in problem #37, Spidey makes Wolverine laugh.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    No action. No plot. Just running dialogue that is boring. I liked this book when it first started but now it seemed the writer has lose interest in it and is phoning it in.

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    New Avengers Vol. 2: The Sentry (The New Avengers) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:3

    Showed up earlier than expected. The Fresh Avengers is a amazing series and a must read for any Marvel fan.

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Thanks...now I wish breakfast for every meal! Lots of fun recipes and amazing pics!

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Cindy Lou from Cindy Lou's Cookies is featured in this book as having the best Morning Glory muffin in the US. She also has the most delicious cookies you've ever tasted. She's based in Miami FL. Her www service is

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Amazing recipes

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Just so-so. I was hoping for more "normal people" items. These are kind of fancy for my Midwestern taste.

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Very useful and interesting

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    This is simply fun to read and makes me wish to take a street trip! Probably easier to repeat the recipes in my own kitchen, but I like to dream.

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Readers, I'm a breakfast person. But not breakfast for breakfast most of the time. I like breakfast all day! And I love trying recommended breakfast locations when we travel. Like the San Diego put with the mammoth biscuits we couldn't even finish, or the meal truck breakfast tacos we had on our latest trip to Houston... It's always been this method for me: midnight trips to the local 24-hour diner in my college and post-college years were a heaven of fried eggs and gravy fries, Corned Beef Hash with Dill Hollandaise was kind of a life-changing discovery when we found our favorite brunch put after moving to Colorado, and the fabulous Cajun Benedict concoction I had for lunch on my latest trip to Lafayette is the items of dreams! And I haven't even mentioned some of our other local favorites we take visitors to l that's to say that I think (or thought) America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast would be the absolute excellent cookbook for me. In their newest book Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman highlight some of the best breakfasts from around the country and provide readers with the recipes to create them in their very own kitchens. Yum!But there are two things I don't love about this book. First, the title and premise are a bit misleading. The authors don't highlight ALL of the states. In fact, they hop skip and jump straight from LA, San Francisco, and Portland over to Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Ohio with nothing in between. That's a whole lot of states not covered by even one highlighted breakfast spot! Now I don't know the reason for this and (most of you don't know this) considering I once wrote cookbooks that needed locations to agree to have their submitted recipes printed in a book, it could simply be that the authors intended to highlight ALL of the states and had problems getting recipes. I don't know. But there are sections highlighting locations without recipes in the book as well, so that still doesn't explain why so a lot of states aren't represented at second problem with this book is that in perusing the recipes I noticed a lot of them require quite a bit of prep for multiple components, some of which have to be created a day ahead of time. Now, like I said I'm not hellbent on breakfast for breakfast but when I went to create the "Caramelized Grapefruit with Basil Sugar," for example, I was not prepared to have to allow the grapefruit chill for at least an hour before I could eat it. It's broiled grapefruit with sugar! And considering it's got olive oil on it, it was essentially cold, greasy grapefruit...Not all of the recipes were overly complicated or unappealing, though. The "Bacon, Egg, and Cheese 'Paco'" (a brilliant creation courtesy of the Meal on a Roll Truck in Miama) is a breakfast wrapped in a pancake (why did I never think to do this?!). "Marlene Schrager's German Breakfast (For Dinner)" is a tasty and simple scramble as is the slightly more time consuming (only slightly) "Devil's Mess" from Richmond, VA's Millie's spite of my above issues, the dozens and types of recipes is actually quite nice. There are omelets, crêpes, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and even pop tart recipes included. There are a number of regional and ethnic dishes as well - "Pozole" (from San Jalisco of San Francisco), "Koko Moco" with a homemade mushroom gravy (from Koko Head Cafe in Honolulu), "Pho Bo" (courtesy of Dông Phuong in Fresh Orleans), Ingrid Hoffman's "Yuca Buns" and an Avena Breakfast Smoothie, and even a Scrapple recipe from DC's Birch & Barley.And while the "Morning Glory Muffins" (Panther Coffee and Cindy Kruse's Baked Goods in Miami) may have created me dirty every dish in my kitchen to create them and Lambert's (Austin) "Frito Pie" requires the forethought (and self control) of keeping additional brisket on hand after a BBQ meal, the argument could be created that there is enough dozens and enough recipes like Versailles' (Miami) "Tortilla de Papas" and Miss Lily's (New York) "Coconut Pancakes" to appease even someone like me who doesn't wish to think about breakfast a day ahead of time.I do still want there had been more representation of the other states, though.

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Satisfied to search this!

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    Nice book. Left me wanting more.

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    America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast review [Book]  2018-2-27 18:2

    amazing

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 1 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    These stories are Avengers at their core, nothing fresh or various but just the base characters doing what you would expect. All solid stories throughout, it’s just not groundbreaking or innovative work.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 1 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Perfect read.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 1 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    This is a collection of short stories. I love Geoff Johns' work with the DC Justice League and wanted to see what he would do with the Avengers. Overall it was boring and bland. I've read more exciting Avengers books. I'd pass if given the opportunity.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 1 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Johns starts his run on Avengers with a clear voice. Those who liked the clear, positive days of Busiek will experience a shock as Johns drifts toward the dark end of the e art is ever the story lines at times meander.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 1 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Geoff Johns is fabulous. If you have not already read his stuff, do so now. Very enjoyable. Not just this volume but everthing written by him.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 1 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Geoff Johns snuck up on us at the time and rocked our globe with these energizing and compelling Avengers om the Standoff to the Find for She-hulk,Johns stripped the existing squad down to the bare bones in regards to action adventure and plotting while taking some bold creative risks and creating a tad of controversy along the way.His bonus for characterization shone thru as he wasn't afraid to shake the squad to its core,and this was pre-disassembled mind you.He is also responsible for my all time favorite Captain America moment as Cap smashes thru the window telling the Red Skull "Dont you DARE salute that flag!" Melodramatic? Definitely, but Johns could weave in melodrama,shock value and perfect dialogue like few before or after him.I hated to see his run end so abruptly but this collection is a real gem of any Avenger fans collection.Excellent piece of Marvel history and an amazing take on Earths Mightiest Heores.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 2 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Geoff Johns does a amazing job with the Avengers in this second volume. While nothing is necessarily ground breaking for most of the characters used in these stories they are still unbelievable representations and moments. Jack of Hearts is the true exception to this and Johns does more in his time with the hero than anyone before or since. All the art throughout is amazing items form top tier artists. This run likely isn’t at the top of anyone’s list of greatest Avenger’s stories due to them mostly being forgettable but still worth the time for people who have fun solid storytelling and amazing superhero art.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 2 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Very enjoyable. Geoff Johns has worked his magic on one of my favorite franchises in only the method he knows how. He shed more light on how being a hulk would be like, and makes the characters feel human. Vision for example, sees something dramatizing, but he (even though is only an android) feels something, and Geoff Johns shows that beautifully. As always he has a amazing emotional and serious touch on whatever he can obtain his hands on. I am limited in my review, because I do not like giving out spoilers. But I can say, if you are a fan of Geoff Johns' work, or the avengers, then this will NOT disappoint. My cash well spent. I hope you guys give this classic a possibility :D

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 2 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    The first half of this volume deserves five stars. The second half deserves four. Johns faced enormous difficulty with marvel editorial, and his finale shows that. Unlike Busiek who ended his run upbeat, Johns writes a somewhat sad farewell. A lingering want that he could have done more. The art is stellar, Marvel and Johns both have amazing lists of artists.What ultimately earns this collection three instead four stars is the absence of any extra material. No commentary from Johns. Nothing but a handful of hero sketches from the artists. Marvel may as well have just duck tapped the trades together.

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    Avengers: The Complete Collection by Geoff Johns Vol. 2 (Avengers (1998-2004)) review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:1

    Comics are a graphic medium so to me, the quality of the art is just as important, (if not more so at times), than the quality of the writing. Amazing art can create a story shine, poor art can destroy it, regardless of how powerful or mediocre the writing is. For me, this book is split right down the e first story features a solo Falcon, (Avengers #64). The story is kind of mediocre but the art by Ivan Reis (inked by Oclair Albert) is truly breathtaking in spots. There's several huge cash shots of the Falcon in flight that are really incredible. For that alone I search myself flipping back through this story a e next six, from Avengers #65-70, feature the Red Location story arc. A poisonous, red, death cloud is unleashed over Mt Rushmore and the Avengers have to include it and figure out who is responsible. This arc has plenty of action, crisp dialogue and the return of a classic villain. The art by Olivier Copiel, (inks by Andy Lanning) is top notch all the method through showing lots of detail and a amazing sense of drama.And then the decline starts. Avengers #71 is penciled by Steve Sadowski with inks by Andrew Currie. It features Yellowjacket and the Wasp in a solo story set in Vegas. Whirlwind shows up, the war ensues and we close. There's some nice hero development between Wasp and Yellowjacket as they reach an agreement about where the level of their relationship is going to continue at. The art is serviceable but noting to write home about. It's your primary fill-in issue. Sadowski returns for Avengers #76, the latest story in the book. This features Ant-Man and Jack of Hearts and shows some major turning points for both characters. There's some amazing action but from more of a domestic angle. No supervillains here but you could easily argue the one involved is even more vile.Avengers #72-75 is the four part, "The Find For The She-Hulk." She-Hulk was severley damaged in the Red Location arc so the Avengers now have to track her down. This story was the weakest of the book so the only thing that could save it was some really explosive art. Instead we obtain Scott Kollins which forces this mediocre tale to tank. Kollins seems to think he's illustrating a coloring book with wide linework and no shading causing it to look very flat without any sense of weight or drama. He relies heavily on the colorist to pull this thing together and unfortunately, that doesn't happen. On the other hand, you will obtain to see the She-Hulk with a lion's mane sized pile of hair on top of her head and the Scarlet Witch with a tightly wound perm so there is , this book is half great, half so-so. 50-50. I got this for less than it's original cover price so for me, the amazing items was worth the cost.

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    Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude (Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude (2018)) review [Book]  2018-3-27 18:1

    This book has a lot of various parts including when of course everyone's favorite part, when thanks gets the INFINITY GAUNTLET I really liked it

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    Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude (Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude (2018)) review [Book]  2018-3-27 18:1

    I have always seen these Marvel film preludes at the comic book store, but I never bought any because I figured they would just essentially be money grabs. But I bought this one because, well I'll be honest, the kindle edition was dirt cheap at $0.99, and Infinity Battle is a bit of a unique circumstance, so I figured I'd give it try. This is basically split into two parts, the first part being the actual problems that tie into the MCU, and the second half which includes some past comics about Thanos. The tie-in to Infinity Battle is the whole reason anyone would buy this collection, and it wasn't great, it's basically a previously on segment. The first problem copies the entire end of Civil Battle including the mid and end credit scenes, with only a few fresh inclusions, most notably more items about Black Panther, I did really like how T'Challa's sister was included though, that was one of my favorite parts of this comic. And the second problem just information dumps the areas of the infinity stones from every other Marvel movie. So I guess if you haven't watched most of the MCU films in a while and don't wish to re-watch some 11 out of 18 films to obtain all the relevant information, this would probably be a somewhat helpful shortcut, but that's not really enough to carry this comic to being something that people really need to buy. The other two problems are the first problem of “Infinity” one of, if not the most latest “Thanos is attempting to defeat the universe huge squad up events” and a far more interesting annual problem from a latest time when Thanos had his own title. The Infinity problem was okay, I was actually somewhat interested in what would have happened next, but that is a read for another day. The annual problem goes into a lot of background on Thanos' history within the Marvel universe, all within the context of a future ver of Thanos coming to talk to a past ver of himself. I thought that was kind of cool and several past happenings from a lot of the huge Infinity titles are covered, and I actually really liked this issue, it gives a amazing amount of background to the hero and it would probably be a amazing read for people who don't really know much about the character.Overall this was a semi-decent comic, there were some amazing enjoyable moments, but really unless you obtain an awesome deal on it, like I said $0.99, there isn't a whole lot of value to this, and unless you obtain it specifically for the recap of the MCU until this point, and more background for Thanos, it doesn't add anything worth much more than that.

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    Avengers vs. Thanos (Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two (2014-2016)) review [Book]  2018-4-11 18:1

    I saw the cartoon. The comic which features shots from about six episodes of the cartoon is interesting. It is a departure from the continuity of the marvel universe. The obsidian order is fresh ,I think.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the fresh one. I hold wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what created him various from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice versus someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his child wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This fresh book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional porn! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the war scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    (enough said)

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I wish to begin this by saying that I am a large Harry Potter fan. I grew up with Harry, I went to midnight premiers of the books and movies. I was so excited for this play. I wanted to like it. I really really did. If you are a fan I would say read it and form your own opinion. Here is what I thought:- Where was George?- Where was Teddy? Because he was in the station in th epilogue.- Where was Hugo? You know the other kid Ron and Hermione have.- Lily and James Potter… MIA for most of the play. Like James? Was he even in it?- Why was Ron running the joke shop? He is an Auror. WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE? WHY WASN’T HE RUNNING THE SHOP?!- Let’s talk about Ron. Why was he so non-Ron like? His character, all jokes no supporting and listening to Harry and Hermione. Also he is hardly in the play.- Harry’s relationship with Albus. Everything about this is upsetting.o In the latest book when they are dropping off the kids at the Hogwarts express, the children are genuinely confused as to why everyone is looking at them and Ron makes a joke saying “I’m famous”. It is deduced that the children do not know the extent of everything their parents went through to save the world. Yet Albus feel the weight of his dad’s legacy. Huh.o Then we have Harry SEPARATING Albus and Scorpious. Let’s go back to that epilogue where they all see Draco with his family and a joke gets created about not playing with his son. Which then Hermione corrects and Ron says to beat him on try but not to obtain too cozy and marry him. Again, making it seem that everything in the past is in the past. Then there is Harry’s history of mates at Hogwarts. He knows. He would not separate his son from his ONLY friend.- Albus choosing Slytherin for a friend? Awesome.- The rumors of Voldemort having a kid and that not being stopped by the ministry? Stupid. The ministry would have stopped panic about an heir being possible. Also Voldemort was conceived without love. He never cared about having an heir because he wanted to be in power. An heir would have been tournament for him.- More on that point. Bellatrix pregnant. She would have loved to mother the Dark Lords child; there would have been no greater honor. But. This does not work with the original time line. Bella is never pregnant, she wars at the battle. And then the gang goes to Malfoy manor there is no baby in sight. And if. IF. Voldemort would have wanted an heir; wouldn’t he have created it a horcrux and offered it more protection?- Sexual tension between Scorpious and Albus. Yet Albus has a crush on Delphi and Scorpious on Lily. I feel as though either they should have been opened about their romantic feels towards each other or this should have not been included.- The flashbacks/dreams Harry has. When Dudley is mentioned (yay!) and you search out petunia is dead. I know she was horrible but I do think Harry would have deep feelings about his mother’s sister passing. I liked the blanket part.- Bellatrix husband somehow got out of Azkaban and raised Delphi. How did he escape Azkaban? Because there is no method he got pardoned. So how did he escape? And after escaping how was there no alarm over him escaping. Sirius Black escapes and the freaking muggle minister is alerted! Then there is a heavy breakout and it is all over the everyday prophet. But hey, this guy who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity he escapes and it’s cool. Yeah, sounds legit.- The fresh prophecy. First of all: how did it happen with no one knowing about it except Delphi. Who created it? It’s sounding more and more as if this witch convinced herself that she is the heir of the dark lord.- Cedric. Cedric a hero who was noble and amazing and died oh so tragically. This hero who was loyal and kind and helped Harry turns DARK SIDE?!?! BECAUSE HE LOSES THE CUP. WHAT?!?! CEDRIC A DEAD EATER HAHAHAHA NOPE NOT FUNNY. Thank you for turning a amazing hero and completely changing him for the worse. Thank goodness you did not contain Sirius Black in your play.- On that same characters changing note. The trolley lady…. Hm. I will just leave it at that.- Polyjuice potion. That s*** takes a month to make. I read the chamber of secrets. A lot of times. It takes an effing month. And you need a piece of the person you are changing into. But wait not, here I got some polyjuice potion here in my back pocket and I just happen to carry my dad and his best mates hairs at all times. So let’s change into them and break into the ministry.- Btw that potion is not important because you can transfigure a HUMAN. Seven books and that never came out. Must be very dark magic.- On the dark magic note. Harry duels Delphi (a eighteen year old) and she is stronger? Um. Do we not recall Harry being a teenager and he beat Voldemort. His wand is the s***. So yeah how does this even create sense?- The no sugar diet. WHAT. Sounds like something film Ginny would do, not book Ginny.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    First and foremost, I was well aware that this was a play, not a novel; but even by those standards this is a disgrace. If it was possible I would give 0 stars. I am horrifically obsessed with these books, for the past 19 years (tattoos, pet names, my adult apartment covered in maps and memorabilia - you obtain the point). Every Christmas and July 31st I have my own HP marathon - movies, and books, respectively. After re-reading the entire series just a day before reading this I was almost in a HP PTSD shock. I have read awful, poorly written, fanfiction that was lightyears better than this tragedy of a story (even calling it that seems overly kind).The characters you love and adore to abhore are completely missing - just their names remain, and little fragments of what seems to be a stolen history of their lives. I sighed, scowled, and groaned mercilessly while reading, and eventually completely gave up trying to understand even a semblance of what was going on in this is is NOT cannon, nor something I can physically or mentally endure sitting on my bookshelves next to what was the light of my childhood (and early adulthood if I'm honest). I will rightly say that I had a heavy nerd freak-out, and actually tore the book to pieces to prevent myself from re-reading it, as I knew I would as a sadistic form of torture - and it was cathartic as hell.If you only watched the movies, you may be able to endure this story; but the Potterheads who live and die for these books are just testing their patience, never-questioning love of all things HP, and the sainthood of Rowling by reading this story. (I am aware it is not her writing, and that with the play coming out she was in bind to publish, but that does not excuse this abortion of a story. Even as a play the plot alone is only a modicum of what anyone truly in love with these characters and globe would be expecting.)**SPOILER WARNING** So a lot of issues: the timeturner now apparently having the ability to go back decades, and make butterfly result implications; Hermione's visage as a cold, cruel, DADA professor; Harry's Hermione-like myopic focus on his work, above his family; Ron - as a whole; too a lot of others to list without losing my cool once ter waiting 9 years for another story, this is truly heartbreaking, and worthy of tears!**And yes, that's my cat, Albus, looking on approvingly of the tattered remains of my sanity that night.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I'm just so disappointed. I'm finding it difficult to search the words.Obligatory remarks: I have loved Harry Potter for 20 years. I'm reading the books to my daughter, I have read the 7 books more times than I can count, I have led my students in countless discussions and debates about the books over the latest 15 years. I also read more Harry Potter fan fiction than is normal or healthy. I've read every possible scenario of what happens to these characters after the canon books.I was so excited about the Cursed Kid that I could barely sleep this week. I knew it was a script, I knew Jo didn't write it. But I was excited. Now, I'm bummed.******I WILL NOW BE SUPER SPOILERY:SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSThings I liked:-Albus is a Slytherin! Yay!! This was my one want for this book, along with hoping Scorpius wasn't the antagonist.-Scorpius. I'm a large fan of all things Malfoy. Seriously, Draco Malfoy is my favorite character. I'm happy with how Scorpius was written in the play. The rumor that he is Voldy's son? Brilliant.-There were times when I could really see the original Ron and Ginny in their characters here. Not often, but occasionally.-Who wouldn't like to see Snape again?-I'm glad to see that Harry is struggling with his experiences. Let's face it, with all he's been through, he would definitely have PTSD. The epilogue in Deathly Hallows always struck me as a small too "shiny happy."The disappointments:-Time moves too quickly, and we obtain almost superficial glimpses of why both Albus and Scorpius are struggling in school. I would have much preferred for the story to focus more on their experiences at Hogwarts. With Rose as the antagonist with a Malfoy prejudice? That would have been great. Truly great. And unexpected.-Slytherin. On a deep, gut level, I've required Albus to be a Slytherin. I've always been troubled by the portrayal of Slytherin House in both the books and the movies. They are the Evil House. Why, WHY would Hogwarts condone the sorting of a quarter of the school into Death Eater training grounds? If Salazar Slytherin was so evil and essentially a racist, why does Hogwarts still have a Slytherin House? And what is the notice to the students who are sorted into Slytherin? "You're evil, kid. Have fun being a Death Eater!"Wasn't the takeaway in Books 1-7 that we shouldn't judge Slytherins unfairly? Draco actually saved Harry by not "recognizing" him at the Manor. Narcissa saved Harry by being brave enough to lie to Voldemort. Snape is by far the bravest, most extraordinary hero in the series. And let's not forget Regulus Black, who knowingly sacrificed his life at a young age in order to destroy ONE Horcux and give others a possibility to finish the job. Slytherin more than redeemed itself in the series. And the epilogue reinforces this when Harry tells Albus that it's okay to be in Slytherin. I knew in 2007 that Albus HAD to be a Slytherin. Surely the House system has changed by the time he goes to school? Surely Hogwarts is sorting students on their qualities and recognizing that all four Houses are valid and none are evil? Surely Hogwarts would rather abandon the House system than continue to train dark wizards in Slytherin?Yes, in The Cursed Child, my dream came real and Albus was sorted into Slytherin. And he became best of mates with Scorpius, just like I had hoped. But there is no redemption for Slytherin to be found. The Slytherin children continue to be [email protected]#$%!&, even to "their own." They bully Albus and Scorpius. We are never for a second shown that Albus possesses Slytherin qualities, nor are we shown that a lot of people can possess the Slytherin traits (cunning, shrewdness, leadership skills) and still be a amazing person. This play just reinforces the same old Slytherin prejudices. There was an opportunity to redeem Slytherin, and it was lost. Spectacularly.-Everyone else has said it and I will say it, too: Time-Turners. No. Just...no. There was plenty of material possible without having to revisit the "greatest hits" dates of the original series. How convenient that the play ends on October 31, 1981. It's Back to the Future. And not in a amazing way. I actually groaned when I saw the date. And again, not in a amazing way. Not to mention that Time-Turners have always been self-fulfilling; they are a closed loop, if you will. We've never seen them change anything. Going back in time always happened. Essentially, when you go back in time, you're only doing what you've ALREADY done. In Azkaban, Harry and Hermione always were there- they didn't change anything. They didn't change time. They just repeated what they had already done. We also have never seen anyone "go back" with a Time-Turner. They just catch up with the e you telling me that there are no other stories to tell? There are- fanfic is full of better ideas that don't involve traveling through time (and don't obtain me started on the fact that a canon Time-Turner can't travel that far back.) I was hoping this would be a Hogwarts fic, maybe interspersed with Harry dealing with his issues. Maybe even Snape wasn't dead. In canon, we never see a body after the fact, not a grave, or a funeral. A find for Snape would have created my heart so happy. But maybe I read too much fanfic. There are logical ways to create that happen, too. Draught of Living Death, always carrying Nagini's antivenin with him, etc. Or, barring that, what if Snape's portrait was included instead? Albus befriending the portrait at Hogwarts? Portrait Snape as Albus's mentor and advisor? Sign me up.-Cedric. Where do I begin with Cedric? I'll begin here: how convoluted is it to imagine that Cedric living would have resulted in Harry's death and Voldy's success? There is no possibility that this is where Delphi would have started, prophecy or no. No chance. If I had the ability to travel through time, and I wanted Voldemort to win, I would not begin with Cedric Diggory. I would have started with convincing V not to attempt to slay Harry. (I know she gets there eventually, but it's a Plan B.) I would have traveled to another time and killed Harry. Or prevented the destruction of a Horcrux. Or talked V into changing a Horcrux into something less obvious. Or talked him out of taking Nagini to the final battle. Or corrupted Harry into joining V instead. The possibilities are endless. But saving Cedric is not on that list. It's not. It can't be defended. It's a HUGE coincidence that saving Cedric would cause him to become a Death Eater. And logically, Delphi would have not known this or even considered the possibility. The "prophecy" was a ridiculous, clearly last-minute addition in order to lend some credibility to going back to the Triwizard Tournament. But we know Cedric. There's not a possibility that he would become a Death Eater. He's the most loyal, fair-minded hero in the entire series. It's not even slightly believable.-There's a second Time-Turner? What?? It's like the second begin device in Contact. I know I'm mentioning too much fanfic, but seriously, there are better amateur stories. And better HP time travel stories out there. JK destroyed all the Time-Turners for a reason during Order of the Phoenix. So they wouldn't ex machina the entire story. Are there really no other ideas?? Here's one: Harry being the Master of Death creates some interesting possibilities. I know he destroys the Elder Wand, but maybe he still is the Master of Death as the latest owner of the Hallows? Wouldn't that be a better story? Harry discovering he can't die? Or maybe gifted with unique powers from Death?-We come to the worst of all. Voldemort has a child. Voldemort. Has. A. Child. It's hard to write that, because that's ridiculous. It's dumber than what most 12-year-old fanfic authors would come up with. It's rehashing the same old tired storylines, a issue that plagues most sequels. "But this time, Voldy's a hot chick!" Not to mention, the logistics of her birth are impossible to believe. This means that Bellatrix was heavily pregnant at Easter, when she tortured Hermione at the Manor. Also, who would have returned to the Manor after the final war to search a baby? Well, logically, the Malfoys would have. So Draco should know, at the very least. If we insist on this storyline of V's baby, I would have preferred (by a LOT) that Scorpius really was Voldemort's kid. We all knew from the beginning that he wasn't, because we all just knew the story wouldn't have gone that way. What an amazing shock it might be to have Draco produce the second Time-Turner and explain that the rumors are true! And how does Scorpius deal with that? How would his friendship with Albus have progressed? How would Harry feel about his son in any kind of relationship with Voldy's kid? See? It's a more intriguing story than what we were given.-Lack of complexity. Books 1-7 were brilliantly constructed, with tips of what was to come almost from the beginning. The Cursed Kid is not complex. There is no challenge. I love reading to my 7-year-old and exploring those complexities in the first 7 books. It's work for her, but ultimately worth it. TCC is formulaic and lacking the depth and cleverness of the originals. Hermione puts easy riddles on her bookshelf to hide the Time-Turner? Really? That's only one example!-I know that this next point is the ultimate fanfic reader hang-up. Let's face it: everyone's gay in fanfic. But I believe I know why, or at least why I have fun it. Fanfic is the best possibility to see how small changes might affect a well-known story and well-known characters. What if Harry were sorted into Slytherin? What if Voldemort didn't bring Nagini to the final battle? What if Lily died but James didn't? What if Sirius didn't go after Peter in '81 and had the possibility to raise Harry? These sorts of hypothetical situations are the cornerstone of amazing fanfic. And they are why fanfic exists, to be honest- to see the ripples in the pond that small changes can make. I think this is why everyone is gay in fanfic. It brings up some interesting ideas: If Harry had a crush on Draco, how would that have affected Sixth Year? Or if Harry had been in a relationship with Cedric, how would that have changed the Triwizard Tournament? Would he have personally tried to save Cedric after the fact? Love and relationships are the big, pivotal plot points in most stories on the planet. Changing relationships up helps us see various possibilities in a well-worn story. It's a fun exercise!I say the above because I wish you all to be aware that I am not some fanfic-crazy woman who wants all the characters to be gay. I just like the mental exercise of imagining how small changes affect the entire story. When I heard that the Cursed Kid would be about Albus, and then I saw the pictures of Scorpius, I beautiful instantly hoped first that they would be friends, and then I wondered how them being more than mates could affect the characters (Harry and Draco can handle being civil, but could they be in-laws?) And I almost got my wish. Scorpius seemed to have deeper feelings. It is expressly written that he has problems with Albus flirting with Delphi. That he was jealous. I know Dumbledore is gay. But come on- they can't be afraid to insinuate that at least a few people in the wizarding globe are gay. Statistically, a lot of of them should be. At least leave it ambiguous, like with Dumbledore. Instead, they have to contain at the very end that Scorpius likes Rose. Rose, the least interesting hero in the whole damn play. And that's saying Thoughts:I suspect that the play itself is spectacular. The acting, the costumes, the sets, the unique effects, all of them are most likely breathtaking and divert from the plot issues. But reading just the script exposes all the issues. We have no opportunity to be distracted by the spectacle. That's why I think releasing this was a large mistake.I'm worried that this has tainted the first books for me. I don't wish to read Goblet of Fire and picture Albus and Scorpius (and Scorpius 2) there during all three tasks. Ultimately, this story adds nothing, only subtracts. There must be literally thousands of stories in the wizarding globe to tell. I'm so disappointed that JK signed off on a story that included Time-Turners, happenings from Books 1-7, and Voldemort 2. It's poorly-constructed fanfic that we now are forced to accept as canon.I want this all hadn't happened. I was enjoying picturing what the whole gang was doing now. Now that I know, I want I didn't know. I'm going to go back to better stories. I'm going to eat my feelings and pretend it didn't end like this.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I should say, I'm a heavy Harry Potter fan. I'm such a fan of the novels that, at times, I can't watch the movies because they are nothing like the books. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this script, and hoped that it would continue the story in a method that left me longing for more. I was severely 'll read it in the other reviews, I'm sure, but the plot holes and characterization of this story were just horrendous. There is no other word for it. You might search yourself, as I did, occasionally swept along in the story, but that doesn't create it a amazing story. It certainly doesn't excuse the not good writing which is filled to the brim with trope after trope, cliche after cliche, corny phrase after corny phrase. That JK Rowling would lend her help to a script of such not good quality is inconceivable. Perhaps she was confunded?By page 42 I was ready to be done, by page 242 I was laughing hysterically. This script is pure tripe. I don't have a issue reading it in script form. I would rather read it in a script than be distracted from its flaws by flashing lights and (what I'm sure is) amazing n't pay to read this book. Rent it from the library, or borrow a copy if your curiosity is that insatiable.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    So, I just finished reading Cursed Kid and...I'm incredibly disappointed. I knew full well that this was merely a script and not a full-blown story. I'm totally fine with that..except for the fact that it's terrible.*possible spoilers*The initial excitement of holding a fresh HP book wore off incredibly quickly. The characters in CC have almost no semblance whatsoever to their real HP counterparts. They are flat and dull in so a lot of ways.And what's with the relationship between Scorpius and Albus? I fully expected this to turn into a full-blown romantic relationship because they reiterate their feelings for one another over...and over...and over...But it doesn't really add anything to the plot when they do!Speaking of plot...this one is terrible! Time travel, angsty teenage drama, more time travel, random daughter of Voldemort, more time travel...There are more holes in this plot than a cheese grater!Ugh..I have read the original HP series through a lot of times, and will continue to do so. But this book will never be reread. I will likely give it away or give it to Goodwill as soon as my wife finishes reading it..o stars because I can't 'hate' anything HP, but this is cutting it incredibly close.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I too am a large Harry Potter fan. I have read every book and watched every films multiple times. I was so disappointed with this play. I love reading plays so that wasn't the problem. The story itself was awful, boring, and so predictable. I knew the min the hero was introduced that she was going to be the person who caused all the mess and it really wasn't even an interesting mess. It was just not up to JK Rowling's writing standards -- I was quite shocked frankly that her name is on this.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Read this as a library copy before deciding to buy it. It's that e play format isn't obnoxious; it's simple to read. That's the only thing going for this book; you'll obtain through it quickly, provided you don't hurt it too badly throwing it across the room in disgust every time you encounter another badly-written passage. Everything other reviewers are saying about this being a fanfiction is true. The characters are underdeveloped; after everything we saw in the first books, there was a lot they could have drawn on for who these characters are. They also don't seem to be very British anymore, which is odd. The interaction between characters is wooden and in locations just ridiculous. The plot... I won't give spoilers, but let's just say that there's so much deus ex machina that it's downright disturbing. Rather than inventing a fresh plot, they contrived a method to retread the old plots, which feels cheap and e teenagers don't act like teenagers. Too a lot of of the conversations are exposition tools, and in stilted language that children don't use. It's as if they didn't actually know any teenagers when they wrote this. The adults, however, DO sound like teenagers. They simultaneously kept the teenage mannerisms of the main HP characters, without keeping their inherent deeper personalities.I don't believe in poor books. But... this is a poor book. Even on its own, it would be a brutal read; as part of the HP universe, it's a bitter disappointment.

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    The Mosquito Coast review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:49

    **Disney for Anarchists** Before there was a McConaissance there was a Harrisance, That's right, you heard right: Harrisance. Within a few years in the 1980's Harrison da Chicago lead what was arguably the greatest adventure film ever mounted, and possibly the best science fiction film ever launched. He was also featured in that adorable small _Star Wars_ trilogy. Not to mention a slew of fine films like _Presumed Innocent_, _Frantic_, _the Fugitive_, and two thrillers as Jack Ryan. Among my favourite films from the Harrisance period (if I hold saying it, it will be a thing) were two directed by Peter Weir, an Aussie who never met a cultural clash he didn't wish to shoot. Weir directed a couple of American movies and chose the right man to lead them. _Witness_ was well-liked and had a righteously tough Harrison cop defending the Amish. But in my opinion, _Mosquito Coast_ was better. Look at the headliners. Harrison Ford , Helen Mirren, River Pheonix, from a story by Paul Theroux, scripted by Paul (_Taxi Driver_, _Raging Bull_) Schrader. The jaded Movie Critics at the time weren't exactly blown away by the movie's ambitious scope but liked the method Harrison could play an anti-hero. What's so anti about him? He was great! I want he was my dad. I would have loved to go on an escapist adventure with a genius inventor father who had grand visions of erecting a fresh utopia in the forests of Belize by manufacturing ice in the tropics. Okay, maybe he went too far. Got a bit swollen-headed and delirious. Became the patriarchal tyrant he was running away from. But that was from the rage he felt when realizing that while (in the 1980's) he might be able to elude multinational greed, he can't escape human avarice. O the tragedy of humans

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    How the West Was Won review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:50

    Bound for the promised land, indeed. One of the latest amazing epic films to come out of MGM that was a roaring success, How the West Was Won still has enough quality about it to warrant high praise. The story that drives the movie on was suggested by the series of the same name that featured in "Life" magazine 1959. Narrative is formed around one family, the Prescott's, who set out on a journey West in 1839. They and their offspring fill out five segments of movie that are directed by three various men, "The Rivers", "The Plains" & "The Outlaws" is under the guidance of Henry Hathaway, and "The Civil War" by John Ford and "The Railroad" by George Marshall. Filmed in the special Cinerama format, which in a nutshell is three cameras filming at once to project a fully formed experience for the human eye, the production has an all star cast and four supreme cinematographers aiding the story. To name all the cast would take forever, but in the main all of the major parts were filled by stars who had already headlined a film previously. The cinematographers are naturally key since such a sprawling story inevitably has sprawling vistas, they come up trumps with some truly unique work: William H. Daniels, Milton Krasner, Charles Lang Jr. & Joseph LaShelle, four amazing names who support to create the movie a poetic beauty. As a whole it's undeniably far from flawless, complaints such as it running out of steam towards the end (the irony of it since a steam train features prominently), and the plot contrivances, are fair enough. However, when the movie is good, it's true good: raft in the rapids, Cheyene attack, buffalo stampede and train robbery, each of them are amazing enough to be a highlight in separate movies. Even the songs are pleasant, particularly when they revolve around the effervescent Debbie Reynolds, while home format transfers are now finally up to a standard worthy of investment, time and money wise. Hard to dislike for a Western fan, and carrying enough about it to lure in the casual viewer, How the West Was Won really is a case of they don't create them like they used to. 8/10

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    Man of the West review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:50

    Another Smart Western from Anthony Mann. Link Jones is on his method to Fort Worth to hire a schoolteacher, having left his wife and kids behind, Link appears to be the epitome of the easy honest man. However, the train he is on is robbed by outlaws, thus meaning that Link's past and his dubious family ties are all careering towards a day of reckoning. This was Anthony Mann's second to latest foray into the Western genre, and perhaps his most clinical as regards a structured tale of men as complicated as they are conflicted? I always search with Mann's Westerns that a sense of doom hangs heavy, there are very few directors in Western cinema history who have this knack of filling the viewer with such a pervading feeling of unease. Here we have Gary Cooper as Link, on the surface an amiable man, but the sequence of happenings see him thrust back into a life he thought had long since gone, the term that a leopard never changes its spots sits rather well, but here we search Mann fleshing out his lead hero with an acknowledgement that a former life has passed, with Cooper perfectly transcending this well scripted arc. What strikes me mainly about this piece is that Mann's characters are not the quintessential amazing versus poor characters, these are just men with their own individual hang ups, they all are fallible human beings, and that is something that surely we all can identity with? The acting across the board here is top notch, Cooper is excellent, replacing Mann's stock Western muse, James Stewart, he cements his earthy and identifiable worth wholesale. Lee J. Cobb actually is the glue that holds the movie together, his portrayal of Dock Tobin perfectly plays alongside Cooper's emotive showing of Link Jones's confliction. Sadly a negative to me is that we are asked to believe that Gary Cooper is Lee J. Cobb's nephew, a difference of ten years has to be a casting error one feels. Still, the movie comes highly recommended, because the intelligence and dark atmosphere of the piece makes it well worth emotional investment, whilst Cooper's two main wars (both different) are seriously amazing cinema. 8.5/10

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    Escort West review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:50

    They thought the battle was over... Escort West is directed by Francis D. Lyon and adapted to screenplay by Leo Gordon and Fred Hartsook from a story by Steven Hayes. It stars Victor Mature, Elaine Stewart, Faith Domergue, Reba Waters, Noah Beery Jr., Leo Gordon, Rex Ingram, John Hubbard, Harry Carey Jr. and Slim Pickens. Melody is by Henry Vars and CinemaScope cinematography by William H. Clothier. Set in Nevada 1865 at the end of The Civil War, Escort West follows ex- Confederate soldier Ben Lassiter (Mature) as he travels West with his young daughter Abbey (Waters). Still meeting hostile reactions from Union cavalry officers and supporters in the area, things take a dramatic turn when Ben and Abbey happen upon the aftermath of a Modoc Indian attack that has left a troop of Union cavalrymen dead. However, there are three survivors, sisters Beth (Stewart) and Martha (Domergue), and injured Nelson Walker (Ingram). The Lassiter's test to escort the survivors to safety, but with the Modocs and rouge Union cavalrymen interested in a payroll in Ben's possession a constant threat out in the terrain, it's going to be tough. It's beautiful predictable in formula, complete with an uninteresting burgeoning romance, but it's a movie that's never dull and it's always compelling as a hero driven travelogue. The left over attitudes born out by the battle add some spice into the narrative, with Domergue portraying a bile strewn @#$%! from hell and Mature a contemplative father of substance, and there are a amazing number of action sequences that are thrillingly executed. Cast performances are powerful enough for the material, where it's nice to see Mature and Waters' father and daughter relationship play out as tender and believable, and ace cinematographer Clothier's Scope photography is attractive and keeps the picture consistently airy. 6.5/10

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    Horizons West review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:51

    You are leaving Texas at your own peril. You are about to enter Zona Libre. Horizons West is directed by Budd Boetticher with a story written by Louis Stevens. It stars Robert Ryan, Rock Hudson, Julia Adams, John McIntire, Raymond Burr & Dennis Weaver. It's a Technicolor production with Charles P. Boyle on photography. It's the end of the Civil Battle and the Hammond brothers Neal (Hudson) and Dan (Ryan) return to the family ranch in Texas. Neal is satisfied to graft away on the ranch but Dan wants considerably more. But Dan's plans are altered after an encounter with Cord Hardin (Burr), an encounter that sees Dan switch to the wrong side of the law. A switch that drives a wedge thru the Hammond family, particularly since Neal has decided to don a badge and become a Marshal of Austin. Interesting and watchable early Western effort from Budd Boetticher. It has some psychological aspects that tag it out as being above average. Themes of greed and family strife are of course nothing fresh in the grand scheme of the Western movie, but Boetticher and his cast knit them together here with some conviction, notably Ryan who was in the middle of a amazing run of films that included On Risky Ground, Beware, My Lovely and The Naked Spur. There's no true complexities to the characters, but they are well formed, and the finale has the courage of its convictions. There's also some very neat period costuming from Rosemary Odell, with the quite ravishing Adams benefiting greatly there. The main problematic problems outside of some narrative familiarity come with being asked to believe that Ryan and Hudson (whose limp) are brothers, and that McIntire is Ryan's father (there's only two years between them in reality). Whilst there's sadly a lack of impacting outdoor photography; even if that's off set a touch by the simple on the eye set designs for the city by Russell A. Gausman & Joseph Kish. A more than adequate time filler for the discerning Western fan. 6/10

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    Station West review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:51

    A Stranger in Rock Pass. Station West is directed by Sidney Lanfield and adapted to screenplay by Frank Fenton and Winston Miller from the novel written by Luke Short. It stars @#$% Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Raymond Burr, Tom Powers, Guinn Williams, Gordon Oliver and Burl Ives. Melody is by Heinz Roemheld and cinematography by Harry J. Wild. Powell plays an undercover troops agent sent into Rock Pass to search out who robbed and murdered two soldiers who were guarding a gold shipment. There has always – and always will be – debates about what constitutes movie noir, but undoubtedly it is a line of movie making that positively thrives on a style that cloaks a number of characterisations. Thus we have the a lot of off-shoots of movie noir, such as the Noir Western. Noir Westerns in all actuality don’t number more than 20, and even some of those that obtain place forward are tenuous additions. Where the likes of Pursued, Ramrod and Blood on the Moon are confidently held up as the leading lights of Noir Westerns, it actually pays to look towards a rarer picture like Raton Pass or this here under seen treasure, Station West, for unseen sub-noir rewards. Station West has it all so as to earn its noir badge. It’s got Powell doing a Western ver of Phillip Marlowe, complete with swagger, sarcasm and the ability to nonchalantly smile in the face of peril. Then there’s Greer, new from Out of the Past the previous year, Greer is in full tilt femme fatale mode, marrying up her hard beauty with feminist strength. Both Powell and Greer are wonderful, their respective characters constantly jostling for domination, trading quips and glib asides, the sexual tension consistently palpable. The city of Rock Pass is in the process of booming, but with that comes corruption, and it is rife, with unlikely sources pulling the crooked strings. Greed and betrayal are words that hover over the smart screenplay, even as the script snaps with delightful one liners and sarcastic wit, there’s a moody ambiance snuggling on up with the fun side of things, these bed fellows are meant to be. While the man himself, Haven (Powell), has a reputation for not towing the party line, he’s clearly in the right put then! Filmed out of attractive Sedona in Arizona, Harry Wild’s photography is gorgeous for the exterior areas (those rock formations are just visual orgasms), and movie noir nirvana for everything else as he brings expressionistic touches to all the key sequences. In the help acting ranks we have Burr as a twitchy lawyer, Moorehead as a stoic wealthy widow, Williams as poor boy muscle, Oliver as the smarm, Powers as the grumpy un-cooperative troops captain and Ives as a hotel clerk – cum – balladeer who has a morbid hobby on the side. All of them contribute amazing characterisations. I can’t say that Roemheld’s score is particularly memorable, and a huge fist-fight between Williams and Powell is ferocious but tainted by the over dramatics that were indicative of the time, but from begining to sombre end this is a cracker and it deserves to be better known and loved. 9/10

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    Way Out West review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:51

    The boys spoof the western with joyous results. Running at just over one hour long, this Laurel & Hardy movie is a none stop gag fest, both visually and orally. Perhaps more well known for being the movie that includes the popular "Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" sequence, it should be noted that that stage is merely a part of a structured romp. Stan & Ollie are asked to deliver a gold mine deed to a young lady by the name of Mary Roberts (Rosina Lawrence), naturally they obtain embroiled in some daft shenanigans as they are duped by the devious duo of Mickey Finn (a delightfully fiendish James Finlayson) & Lola Marcel (Sharon Lynne) into handing over the deed to them instead of the rightful heir. After learning they have been conned we then follow the chaotic attempts of Stan & Ollie to recover the deed and give it to the true Mary. Watch as the boys obtain maximum laughter out of a hole in Stan's shoe, see Ollie's neck stretched, you will believe that a mule can fly, and embrace the rib tickler that is a saloon chase sequence late in the piece. Throw in a delightful dance routine the guys do to "At The Ball, That's All," and you have a easy recipe brought to the boil with unbelievable results. End result? Comedy gold. 9/10

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    Christmas on the Coast review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    Seasonal book goes back and forth between events on Jersey Island when it was occupied by Germany in WWII and the show time. I enjoyed it very much. The people were interesting, old family storied that had repercussions toda'y

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    Christmas on the Coast review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    I liked the book. Story line flips between show day (main story) and the back story (WWII). It can be a bit confusing, if you're not used to that. It's a lot like the ABC series Once Upon A Time. I found I couldn't place it down, and read within a day.

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    Christmas on the Coast review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    A very amazing story about a young woman that is a mother and the wife of a vicar and thrashed reads.a.diarythat helps her mate and family

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    "So there are a lot of Africas. There are as a lot of Africas as there are books about Africa-and as a lot of books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime. Whoever writes a fresh one can afford a certain complacency in the knowledge that his is a fresh picture agreeing with no one else’s, but likely to be haughtily disagreed with by all those who believe in some other Africa." and "Africa is never the same to anyone who leaves it and returns again. It is not a land of change, but it is a land of moods and its moods are numberless. It is not fickle, but because it has mothered not only men, but races, and cradled not only cities, but civilizations-and seen them die, and seen fresh ones born again-Africa can be dispassionate, indifferent, warm, or cynical, replete with the weariness of too much wisdom." These quotes are just two of a number of beautifully written passages in a unbelievable book. Anyone who has been to Africa will know that Beryl Markham "gets" it even though the book is now 75 years past its' published date.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    I read both Paula McLain's book, Circling the Sun, & this book & hands down, this was the better book. While both author's are very "wordy", I found Beryl Markham's words intergal to the sentence. Whereas, I felt that Lain was stuffing sentences with excessive words in an attempt to sound like Ms. Markham. That being said, I'm satisfied that I read both books as they gave me more background knowledge of Kenya which seems to be popping up everywhere nowadays.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    I was in love within minutes. Not with Beryl Markum, but with the writing in West With The Night. One person with this wonderful writing talent should have written more books. I found myself reading a lot of passages several times over because of the author's ability to see the ordinary and mundane with extraordinary depth of thought and skill with words, turn it into something attractive and thought provoking. For example, starting with the latest paragraph on page 48 we are given a very lengthy and vivid description of silence as the author views it. "There is the silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is a silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt..." and it ends THREE PARAGRAPHS LATER with -- "a silence holding the spirit of wanton mischief, like the quiet smile of a vain woman exultant over a petty and vicious triumph." Wow! So much to say about the lack of noise. It's obvious this author is intelligent, perceptive, and a master wordsmith. I did search it awesome that a person with small formal schooling and also not known for being much of a reader could produce such a unbelievable piece of art using is is not a memoir. It is a series of individual, not necessarily related, stories that stand on their own, each one excellent. If you wish to learn about British East Africa in the early 1900's, or read exciting, heart-racing (yours) stories about near-death (and death) experiences, a small girl running with the natives killing lions, hunting wild boar, and later fly-scouting for elephants, a horse race that defies the law of physics, awesome feats in aeroplanes, or if you just wish to read a beautifully written book, this would be the one. I'm going to read it again because I liked it that much.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    ....but not a book I would have stuck with had it not been my book club selection. What has piqued my interest is the era, people Ms. Markham knew and especially Ms. Markham herself. The rest of the story so to speak. So I ordered a biography and will spend some time searching the internet.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    At the beginning the book is very descriptive of nature and people but hardly any action. Half method through it becomes my re interesting as the author refers to he adventures as a pilot. A very amazing description of the African spirit of natives and colonizers at the time (early 20th Century).

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    This beautifully written classic is a must-read, about a pioneer female aviator who was beautiful much a pioneer in everything else. I did have to skip ahead in some places, when her awesome descriptions of the African savannah and its attractive wildlife ended with the inevitable hunting scene. Attitudes were various in those days, but I'm not a hunting enthusiast. This book created me wish to read a biography of her.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    Amazing memoir of Kenya on the cusp of independence, beautifully written. Best chapters are about hunting and horse racing. Odd to leave out all mention of Kenya's struggles or of the difficult position of longtime Euro settlers. Very small about this amazing adventurer's heart, or her mother or what it felt like to be flying the Atlantic alone. Or WWII! Worthy read, could have used a couple of maps.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    Out of Africa is one of my all-time favorite books, and how unbelievable to have one of the "characters" step out and tell her own story. Some of the people from out of Africa are here too. Beryl is an awesome woman, and led an exciting life. The book tells the story of this remarkable woman. Beautifully written.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    After reading Circling the Sun by Paula McClain, I was intrigued to read the first hand ver of the happenings in the life of Beryl Markham. She did an awesome job of sharing her life in Africa without getting into all the private drama. She did not share any of her so called love affair with Denys Finch-Hatton or of her failed marriage which seemed a bit odd, but this book was more an acc of how she became obsessed with flying. She did share some of the scariest moments in her flying career. This woman was awesome and very brave in venturing out into the unknown without a radio, GPS or even a life raft. She was the only woman with a Type B pilots license that allowed her to do charter travel in a globe that barely knew what planes were. This book was an inspiration to read and allowed the reader a much better understanding of the life of this pioneer aviator.

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    West with the Night review [Book]  2017-10-24 18:0

    This book routinely tops my top ten list. Gorgeous prose, fabulous movement, engaging story from cover to cover. I read it at least once a year, give it as bonuses to everyone i know. It belongs permanently on your nightstand or better yet, in your hand.

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    Battle West review [App]  2018-3-15 13:0

    Fun android game ! Always plenty of people to play against. Score board looks a bit rushed. Well worth the 2.99 to obtain rid of the ads

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    Bank of the West review [App]  2018-3-4 13:10

    It works amazing for me

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    Bank of the West review [App]  2018-3-4 13:10

    Works for checking my balance and see if purchases have cleared

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    Bank of the West review [App]  2018-3-4 13:10

    Trying to obtain my bills paid but application not working. Need to know how much is in my acc to pay bills

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    Bank of the West review [App]  2018-3-4 13:10

    Only got this for the check deposit feature and it doesn't work! Kicks me out after submitting the back of the check galaxy note 4

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    Bank of the West review [App]  2018-3-4 13:10

    Best Ever!

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    Bank of the West review [App]  2018-3-4 13:10

    Ya

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    Battle West review [App]  2018-3-15 13:0

    Eat battery

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    ISC West review [App]  2018-4-2 13:10

    Leaks login information in cleartext

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    West Gunfighter review [App]  2018-4-21 13:0

    A rip off of sixguns but w/no bugs and it's under 20 mb!!!!??? Not like six guns like it's over 400 or 500 mb, but no bias, six guns is the best free roam android game for me but has a dozens of bugs!!!!!(six guns is overrated!!) Very good job team!!! Challenging missions and nice guns!!!! Sell some items, and make batter all of your weapons and even the capacity of your items. Underrated game!!!! Add multiplayer mode, going in your own house and I will give it you all 5 EASY STARS!!!! Those who wish to search some challenging, easy and less mb games, this is for you!!!! Thank u guys. :) Best android game for Candy Mobile and also the Modern Sniper!!! :)

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    West Gunfighter review [App]  2018-4-21 13:0

    Seriously? Admit it, this is a rip off of GAMELOFT SIX GUNS, most items are copied, hehe but the truth I did have fun this since its light and satisfactorily smooth on a low end android device phone. Downside is the aiming and targeting its dumb. Please create its atleast auto point or at least 80-90% probability to point on enemy.

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    West Gunfighter review [App]  2018-4-21 13:0

    Maybe alittle polishing it and add more quest, You guys are doing a large great job. Those who claim that this android game luks like six-guns they have to understand that they are various android game with the same concept (western games)

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    West Gunfighter review [App]  2018-4-21 13:0

    Considering the size of the game, I congratulate the developers. Unlike six guns, this android game allows you to loot what bandits have on them when you've killed them. Amazing job.

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