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**Ray Harryhausen's best work** Forget the patches of swinging sixties dialogue and the questionable acting prowess of Gila Golan and allow us instead consider Harryhausen's superb animation, the beauty of Erwin Hillier's Technicolor photography and Jerome Moross' unbeatable western musical score - definitely the best soundtrack for a western ever recorded. Yes, indeed, _even better_ than his score for The Huge Country. James Franciscus (star of Beneath the Planet of the Apes) is the character here and although two dimensional - the old Franciscus charm saves the day. Franciscus gives us a likeable character to root for here. Able help comes in the form of Richard Carlson ( Monster from the Black Lagoon) and Laurence Naismith as a wily professor. A surprisingly violent movie with two people ending up screaming and kicking about in the titular Gwangi's jaws - a circus midget and a mouthy Mexican - but both of them had it coming, _so that's okay._ - Potential Kermode
The Western fantasy movie boosted by some Harryhausen genius. Shot in Technicolor by Erwin Hillier and in Dynamation, The Valley Of Gwangi sees Tuck Kirby (James Franciscus) and a squad of cowboys obtain more than they bargained for when they enter a hidden valley in Mexico. For here, prehistoric monsters reside and the cowboys come up with the idea of capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex to become the chief attraction in the circus they work at. The makers of Gwangi never hid their motivations or homages, from the off they wanted to nod towards King Kong whilst pairing the Western and Fantasy genres in the process. The effect of which is an enjoyable if unfulfilled film that again sees Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion creations save the day. Directed by Jim O'Connolly with a screenplay by William Bast, The Valley Of Gwangi suffers not because of its bonkers plot (this is after all why we watch this type of genre offering), but more because of the slow first half that threatens to place the viewer into torpor. Thankfully the movie is saved by the afore mentioned Harryhausen who unleashes prehistoric joys on the B film cast (tho Laurence Naismith is considerably better than the material given him). While the ending raises the adrenaline sufficiently enough to have created the wait worth while. Jerome Moross lifts from his brilliant score for The Huge Country with mixed results; it just feels out of put here, even if it's stirring and pleasing to the ears. And the Almería, Andalucía zone work in Spain is at one with the material to hand. Saturday afternoon creature fun to be enjoyed with either popcorn or something stronger from the drinks cupboard. 6/10
What a delight. Everything has already been eloquently expressed by people, and it's all true. This android game is such a delight. I am not a gamer, being of the older persuasion with my brain not geared for that sort of thing, and it is taking me more than these 2 hours that someone mentioned to play. But I am not frustrated when I obtain stuck, I test again later and suddenly it becomes clear, I cry out in delight for it is so smooth, so attractive so surprisingly simple. I love it. I bought the additional levels as well and am eagerly awaiting the sequel. Thank you for the loving design and gameplay. A real jewel.
What this android game lacks in length, it has in depth. Every aspect is thoroughly designed and it shows. The artwork is stunning, filled with detail and lovingly crafted. The video test is so smooth that you almos don't realize how complex are the puzzles; manipulating this strange globe with bizarre geometry becomes second nature right from the start. And the sound design is just perfect. Every interaction with the globe highlighted with attractive sounds that don't feel out of place. Every part of the android game comes together in a lovely whole.
I think this is a amazing game! Yeah I paid 4.99 for the main android game and 1.99 for the extra levels, but it's well worth it. All 18 levels for less than 50¢ each is a steal compared to most free to play android games out there that at some point require you to purchase in-game items. I feel if the developers for this android game continue to produce quality levels at an affordable price, then it's a android game worth keeping and replaying. Almost like how you bought a console android game and would replay it for time or out of nostalgia.
This android game is one of the most attractive android games I've ever played. It's simplistic design & stunning colors transport you into another world. The story was easy yet attractive as well. I never had any issues with the android game freezing or skipping. It's very fluid. Very addictive game. Played through Ida's dream and expansion the day they came out. My only criticism for this android game would be there aren't enough levels. I want they were going to continue making more. :( def worth every penny.
MARSH's VALLEY has such attractive characters, so full of life and personality that just undead themselves to your heart. It almost feels like you really know them. Both are what some would consider damaged people, but their special hero does come shining through. Their journey is one that I will read time and again. This makes book #28 that I own from this author, and he just gets better and better with each fresh book. I always look forward to fixing each fresh book as soon as it comes out. Please hold writing such attractive material for people like me who needs to take mental and emotional travels through the books that we read. BRAVO 👏👏 BRAVO!!!!!
An orphan who was left on the steps, never knowing who her parents were. Aged out of the orphanage, started working as a waitress where she was humiliated by the antics of the male customers, who physically pinched her and who created lurid remarks without SHAME..Bad marriages, domestic violence perpetrated by the Stanley Brothers, women living during those days had absolutely no rights, could be murdered without any repercussions. This young girl, Rachel married older wealthy men which wasn't unusual, and these men weren't nice all of C.J Petit stories they begin out sad, but doggone it everyone lives happily ever after. I love these stories, they are quick moving stories...Love them and so will you..Yippee..Yippee
CJP has written another enjoyable western about a man and woman who meet over a Grizzly Bear. From that point on they felt loved by each other even though they faced a lot of trials and tribulations. They faced these together and survived. This is an perfect read for the genre.....ER
Well what do you expect? Another amazing and interesting novel. Love the turns and twists of this one. Still had a hard time putting my Kindle down. I love to read a novel that has something to keep your interest. Hold writing!!! Thanks for the enjoyment.
I grab every book by it as soon as I see it. I am 80, so I remember some of the things in the books. I have fun almost everything in the stories. Some times there are small mistakes created with names, and in an earlier story, mention was created of castrating a female cow. But overall I love the books Gordon.
I too am an Amy Tan fan and I too am very disappointed by this tediously long book. As I trudged through it, I kept wondering if Ms Tan had begun it before she hit her stride as a writer. It is romance novel, with all of the swooning and silly rescues and ill fated silliness of that genre. I wanted to smack Violet frequently, especially when she lost Small Flora and then hardly bothered to mention her lost kid again. When things seemed to finally be winding up with Violet climbing that mysterious mountain (which, sorry to say, seemed like an incredibly contrived device that I never could quite understand), the blasted book didn't end but started a whole fresh episode of the boring Lucia and her love nest in the tower and her over wrought reaction to the painting of that other contrived device, The Valley of Amazement. I am so sorry that I disliked this endless book so much and that I finally gave up about the time Lucia was traveling to Shanghai. I simply couldn't read any more and I suggest you skip this one altogether and hope for something better next time from this usually unbelievable author.
Tan writes exquisite books about the Chinese life and culture, but this book went into explicit detail and then quickly ended and attempted to tie loose ends, but left a lot of strands floating in the breeze. Tan spends numerous pages on Violet, a sizable time on Lulu, and a fleeting conversation on Flora. I felt stranded in thought about the outcomes of different characters in the story. The hardships constantly plagued Violet, and just when the route seems even, another boulder lands in her path. Lulu and Flora retreat to the background and only reappear towards the end of the saga. Rich language and colourful descriptions enhance the story about the life of a courtesan in China in the 1910's. I enjoyed the book, but found the book includes too small narrative on Lulu and Flora and other minor characters.
Amy Tan's "The Valley of Amazement" was written in a style related to her International Best Seller "The Joy Luck Club." The story is set in the early 1900's in Shanghai, China and follows the lives of an American mother, Lulu, and her half American- half Chinese daughter, Violet. Tan, as always writes with a keen descriptive flare, making even the most ordinary come alive. Lulu is the madam of the Hidden Jade Path, a first class courtesan house. The narrator is Violet, an eight year old American, or so she thinks, growing up in this unusual world. It's a globe of insincerity, deception, and selfishness. A globe where everyone is doing whatever they can to survive. Violets only mates are her cherished cat, Carlotta; a courtesan, Magic Gourd; and her mother's business partner, Golden Dove. Violet is sold to be a courtesan, when her selfish mother, Lulu, is tricked by her lover Fairweather. His name seemed to be a pun, like a fair weather sports fan. I too, search myself as a fair weather fan of Tan's "Amazement." I enjoyed Tan's ability to make believable and lively characters. I also saw a deeper notice about the abuse of women and the sex trade that is still event today. The story development was slow, and the bawdy language Tan uses to describe the lives of the courtesans, was to me distasteful and didn't add any depth to the story. While this wasn't her best work of fiction, if you like Amy Tan's other books, you'll have fun this one as well.
I started this book over 3 years ago and place it aside as I found it too slow going and not nearly as captivating as Amy Tan's earlier books. I finally decided to [email protected]#$%! (I had read about 40% of it) and pushed through the final 60%. Amy's female characters seems so intelligent but their total trust in male characters makes the plot seem weak and unbelievable. Fortunately the final 10% seem to go by quickly as Amy seems in a rush to finish up this book. Too poor she didn't edit a bit better in other stages of the book where things dragged on method too the way, didn't like how the story of Teddy is left hanging . . . that was confusing.
**Whiners beware of Major Spoilers**I was expecting more from Amy Tan since she figures among my favorite writers. This book started out promising but once Violet was sold into the globe of courtesans (a fancy word for Prostitutes) the book started going downhill. She meets an American man whom she has a kid with, a girl named Flora. Flora is taken away from her and once more she is left with nothing and goes back into the tawdry globe of courtesans. This time she meets a creepy man named Perpetual who fools her into thinking he comes from a wealthy family of scholars and takes her to a backwater village in the middle of nowhere called Moon Pond. Turns out Perpetual was a conniving liar and cruel abuser. The story then changes to the time when Violet's mother met her father Lu Shing and what allow her to leave San Francisco for Shanghai. The ending was disappointing and I'm truly sorry I wasted two weeks reading this book. I could have finished the book a lot sooner but I could not hold myself interested enough to read for long periods. I love Amy Tan's old books but I DO NOT recommend this one.
Got to be the worst book I have ever read. And I read a lot. Cannot believe it had any amazing reviews. The characters are so unappealing, I couldn't care less what happened to them. And the gratuitous sexual descriptions I could totally do without. Not one redeeming quality. I ended up just reading a paragraph here and there only to obtain an idea of what it all came to at the end. Not sure why I even bothered with that. I really didn't expect something this cheap and shallow from Amy Tan. I guess her first couple of books were a fluke. Or maybe she has a ghost writer now/ Will never bother to buy any other of her books.
In the past Amy Tan has written beautiful, lyrical stories about the complex relationships of mothers and daughters. In this story, there really aren't any relationships. Perhaps that is her focus. All three generations of women--Lulu, Violet, and Flora, are love-starved shells of women. All three have been reared in homes without love, with parents severely lacking in parental instincts. I have to qualify that somewhat. Although Lulu claims to love her daughter, Violet, she cannot present it--thus that amounts to the same thing as no love Violet has a brief three years with her own daughter, Flora, but Flora is taken from her (as Violet is stolen from Lulu. sigh.) Perhaps we can feel sympathy at various times for the three of them, once we break through the hard shell that each of them builds around herself. All three are survivors; all three are rebels. It takes a while to interpret their characters, however, because Tan's concentration on courtesan houses, sexual proclivities, and techniques, and sexual abuse dominate the book. While prurient sex passages certainly have their put in literature, it seemed to me that Tan was filling over 500 pages of shallow-characterization with boudoir scenes and bedroom language. I certainly did learn some fresh euphemisms for the male fact, Tan departs from her story for perhaps 50 pages with a very detailed instructional manual on how to be a courtesan. While it was interesting, I felt she dwelt on the non-story too long. At a certain point, the sexual passages seemed to serve more a purpose of titillation rather than story telling. Toward the end of the novel, the passages of sadistic and brutal sex, for me, were uncomfortable and disturbing. Perhaps Tan wanted to assure us that such maltreatment exists. We already know that. Perhaps that gives justification for the unrealistic escape of the heroine and two others from this hellish ere are minor characters in the novel who may be more interesting, in the long run, than the major characters: Golden Dove and Magic Cloud, both attendants to e men in the story are all weak and spineless. Tan makes them somewhat likable in some segments of the novel, but for the most part, they are lead gilded with a shiny covering Not even gold. Some are despicable. It would be interesting to think about who was mores, the ones who sometimes seem likable or the ones who are despicable from the beginning. In some ways they are more interesting than the women, for Tan seems to be weighing them in her mind, herself. They all come out lacking, though. Even so--these so called smart women hold falling for them. Perhaps that is her point. We women are fools for the charlatan. You would think that they would ultimately learn There is only one powerful man in the story, only one decent, open, and loving relationship. It doesn't latest long.I cannot recommend this book for several reasons: a long, unevenly told, and segmented plot, undeveloped and unlikeable characters, and an unbalanced emphasis on 'romance novel' sex. I must disclaim here, that I am not a prude. There was just too much, thus sacrificing Tan's opportunity for hero ch of the description of Shanghai, and then the backwaters of An-hei, is vivid and engrossing. That's all I can say about that, because Tan doesn't say much. Her word-craft, as always is beautiful. In fact, there are four brief (100 - 200 words) passages in the book about love or its lack, that moved me deeply. In them I could search beauty and truth, a deep and inspirational understanding of what love, or lack of it, is. (pp 247, 279, 280, 538). For those four passages, I am grateful for the book, not enough for me to hold on my shelf. But I will type those passages into my file of attractive writings.I want I could have loved the entire book as I loved these passages.
Using a cherished family image for inspiration, Amy Tan has produced a moving, beautifully constructed (and lengthy) novel. While researching a novel about Shanghai, Tan came across images taken in Shanghai in the early 1900's. Tan came across one image that was related to a image of her grandmother. In it, Tan's grandmother is dressed similarly to the early 20th century courtesans of Shanghai. While Tan had no idea if her grandmother was actually a courtesan or this was simply a image studio costume, it led her to imagine the lives of these women, most of whom had no other options for surviving on their us was born The Valley of Amazement. This is a complex tale of an American woman who operates a courtesan house in Shanghai in the early 20th century. Lulu Minturn is raising her daughter, Violet, in Hidden Jade Path, a first class courtesan house catering to both Chinese and westerners. Lulu is estranged from her San Francisco family. Lulu's not good decisions lead to Violet's becoming a Shanghai courtesan while Lulu returns to San st of this novel revolves around Violet's life. Violet struggles to survive as she becomes older, and less desirable. Also, the globe is changing rapidly and the courtesans are becoming less fashionable. While Violet adapts to what she views as her mother's abandonment, she is also searching for love and a permanent put in the world.About 3/4 of the method through the book, the focus turns to Lulu, and how she ended up a single mother in Shanghai. We learn of her struggles with her San Francisco family. We see how her impulsive decisions led her down a difficult path. Lulu's relationship with Violet's father is is troubled, and of course this complicates Violet's emotions and her dealings with spite its length, The Valley of Amazement was a fast read. As with Amy Tan's other novels, the compelling story and sympathetic characters created me wish to hold reading. I highly recommend this fine novel.
I have no idea why I slogged my method through this book. I have enjoyed other books by Amy Tan but this one never ended! I didn't care about any of the characters. Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my favorite books and I had high hopes that this book would reveal what the courtesan life was like. There is an entire chapter of the rules of the courtesan and it read like a high school student handbook. Dull. The long and boring descriptions took up more time than was needed. I ended up skimming the latest one third of the book. The poetry was the worst! Pages and pages of poor poetry that had nothing to do with the story. The entire plot of Violet and Perpetual was a waste of time. The book should have been a third of the length. There were times when I thought the story was wrapping up but then the next chapter would begin another long and tedious trip through the Valley of Boredom. I don't understand why the author felt that so much detail and repetition had to go into this book. The story was contrived and lacked any emotional impact. Don't waste your time.
I could not finish. Amy's writing is of course vivid and enticing. But the story is dreary and slow. By chapter 5, I actually went over to Wikipedia of all locations to search out what happens to see if I was willing to go on in spite of the bratty nature of the main hero and the total stupidity of the mother. Not going to add a spoiler, anyone can look it up, but since I like Amy Tan I intended to hold listening to the book until the end. However, than I got to chapter 6. You see, there are multiple narrators for the Audible book. And whoever narrates chapter 6 has such a slow, uninteresting, dragging reading style, I just could not go on. I have to say that I really enjoyed Memoir of a Geisha, but that had a main hero I could admire. I just pitied this one. If you decide to read it, read it, don't do the Audible version.
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