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The Return of Godzilla or Godzilla 1984 is one hour and forty – four mins long and was released in theaters on December 15th, 1984. The main story is Daikoku Island erupts and don’t you just know it to your amazement a fresh Godzilla appears. As usual the creature heads to Japan for some fast nourishment and its traditional rampage of what ever town it is near. This Godzilla is meaner looking then the past Godzilla of years gone by. At least with the old ver you could bring that one home to the folks and maybe go out on a dinner date. Also, this is the first Godzilla film in nine years. The latest Godzilla film was the Terror of Mechagodzilla which was released in March 15, 1975. The unique effects of this film are amazing for the era of that time. Finally, this is the first Godzilla film since the original back in 1954, that the huge guy does not do war with another monster. The Return of Godzilla or Godzilla 1984 gets an AAAA++++.DVD ExtrasA. Play MovieB. Languagesa. Englishb. Japanese with English SubtitlesC. Stage SelectionsD. Theatrical Promo 2 minutesE. Also Available from Kraken Releasinga. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 2 minutesb. Godzilla vs. Gigan 2 minutesc. Godzilla vs. Hedora 2 minutes
I don't know what's up with the reviews on this CD, seems as if there was some confusion in the beginning. This is a review for Colleen Duffy's devil il Doll is a marinade of unbelievable styles. I love the torch song/rockabilly/Punk/Country e seductive torch like crooning mixed with the straightforward upright bass thumping rockabilly sound and razor sharp punk-like lyrics is a feast for the ears!My fav tracks are "Fever", "Queen of the road" and especially "y".While this is a GREAT CD it has a huge country flavor to it,I still like the first CD "Queen Of Pain" better. It has more torch song influences which I prefer.Queen of Pain
I devoured this book (and have re-read the entire series multiple times). It is worth savoring over and 's the tale of the amazing Mede invasion that's been promised since Book 1 in a way. Gen is utterly perfectly Gen. I was so afraid for him throughout and also greatly happy to have so much of him in this book. I couldn't love him more.I really really hope there's more books -- as amazing as the conclusion is I am almost desperate to spend more time with the characters. And a MAP!! I am hard pressed to see where the M. mountains are and the river L in Roa. And who were involved in the treason (that the discovery of them would create Gen rue the day).All I can say is that this book (this series) deserve more than 5 stars. Brillantly crafted and am so grateful for its unbelievable conclusion that didn't break my heart to pieces -- though it cracked in places. Thank you, MWT!
when you listen to WPFW's Cowboy Fred, you obtain an introduction or immersement into Zydeco's classic artists. Mr. Broussard is one of them. I'm from Ohio and this melody drives me wild in ways that funk can't touch. I'd recommend you not listen to this behind the wheel as your foot might obtain massive or your head may bob back and forth. Well, that's what I do, avoid behind the wheel playing. It's safer and more fun.
The first season was a metaphor for a single father having to take care of his son, trying to be a amazing role model and taking on a job to meet responsibilities, at least that is how I saw it. Genos sees Saitama as a father figure which explains the overpowering admiration of Genos towards Saitama as how kids often see their e second season is an absolute trainwreck with hero introductions that lead nowhere and creatures appears that create the aliens from the first season look weak when they start wreaking havoc on all the Class S heroes. Saitama actually enters a martial arts competition because he is bored. The competition is not unlike the tournaments in DragonBall. Lots of commentator observations but no true action and hero interaction. This shows a serious lack of writing skill and effort which is really unfortunate. The lackadaisical writing is directed towards Genos and Saitama but interestingly enough and at the same time sadly the other characters obtain more depth and hero development. Saitama is continually portrayed as a oblivious buffoon with no ambition other than to have "fun". Oddly enough there is small interaction between Saitama and Genos and unfortunately Saitama becomes a secondary hero in his own series. If Saitama wasn't in it you wouldn't miss him except for the One Punch at the end of the latest appears the writers of this watched Bleach a few too a lot of times and then used DragonBall as their inspiration for a plot and tried to combine the two shows into one. I have to protect my mates while fighting in tournaments with overly lengthy explanations from characters about what is happening. Newer weapons and upgrades but no development of any kind for Saitama. Both the writers and the director should be blackballed over this garbage. Season 2 was a complete disappointment. By the fourth episode I seriously regretted spending cash on ere was no true story arc for anybody. Genos: "I must become stronger". Saitama: "I'm bored". Silver Fang:" I must conquer my former student". The second season for One Punch Man is just a setup for Season 3 which looks to be a remake of Season 1.Just plain disappointing.
Hard to follow season one of One Punch Man. Season two was one disappointment after another. Feels like they just didn't have their hearts in it. Saitama with no heart = no is is still a amazing set as far as trinkets go if you're a collector, I suppose. Maybe you know something I don't.
I rarely take the time to review any multi-media, but I had to speak out on this one. When I saw there was a fresh Nip album out I was hyped for a minute. I was involved with Nip and a lot of other locals in the late 80's/early 90's (rip WD). This rapper was a pioneer in his time, 1992 - "South Park Psycho" and 1993 - "Psychic Thoughts" are masterpieces. I took a possibility and shelled out the high price for "Return Of The Psychopath", LOW AND BEHOLD this cd is not good quality all around (come on it's 2004!)....it sounds like it is just a compilation of unreleased boring filler tracks (maybe because it is) from Nip's post 1996 "Psychotic Genius" album. As much as it hurts every Nip fan to acknowledge and accept that he fell off huge time and shouldn't be in the android game at all. This type of album is not only embarassing, it's losing him (and or his label) cash for unmoved troops of a product that is sub-par to most regional cookie cutter rappers. Not one song stands out, beats are plain and boring, lyrics are so cliched and played out (I swear I should have known this when I saw the album cover). The cd has Black Shop Records listed as Nip's label...which makes sense and goes hand in hand with this soon to be $1.98 throw-away discount rack cd (Black Shop went bankrupt and is now a ghost label, and the Singletons are amazing at throwing around little ammounts of cash to buy (or steal as they did to Lynch) artist's b-side tracks and compile them into poorly mastered "new albums". What really got me mad the most was the price of this cd, it should be sold for a quarter of the list price....as a matter of fact mine is going up for sale NOW for $1.98! Stick with Nip's "South Park Psycho" and "Psychic Thoughts", they are overpriced as well (due to being long out of print), but worth every cent. STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE AT ALL COSTS! RTS Nip...see you soon
I was very very excited to keep this disc. Godzilla 1985 was the first Godzilla film I ever saw, I was about 6 years old at the time and it blew me away. Now some 32 years later I finally obtain to see the original Non Raymond Burr added, non english dubbed, unedited, and non story altered Japanese original. Most of the film is unchanged but its really obvious where the story was changed to create it more palatable to American audiences in the mid 80s. And the film is so much better with the original dialog and english subtitles. While modern Kaiju films are amazing with their abundance of CGI there is always something amazing about a guy in a suit stomping on models and fighting with toys. Practical effects are always going to have a realism that CGI will never match. Although there are a few shots of a giant robot godzilla foot that were kinda laughable and its beautiful obvious why those were never tried before, never tried again, and edited from the US e video and audio quality are really amazing for an old Godzilla movie. I'm thoroughly impressed with this disc. The ONLY thing I would like is for one day the American Godzilla 1985 to be available to watch as well just because it was my first movie. But if I had to choose between the two, I'd take this one any day.
Koji Hashimoto's "The Return of Godzilla" (1984) rebooted the Toho franchise, beginning the Heisei period, which lasted from 1984 to 1995. The story follows Hiroshi Okumura, who survives Godzilla's attack on a ship, his sister Naoko, his teacher, Professor Hayashida, and reporter Goro Maki as they attempt to explore what motivates Godzilla and how they can use that to trap him in a volcano. Along the way, the Prime Minister faces pressure from Soviet and American diplomats to use nuclear weapons to combat the monster. He refuses, but the Soviets had brought a missile just in case. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force uses their fresh Super X weapon (a flying weapons platform) to attack Godzilla and has moderate success, but the Soviet missile accidentally launches. The Americans begin a missile and destroy it, but the ensuing EMP revives Godzilla and disables Super X. In the end, Professor Hayashida's plan proves e movie serves as a direct sequel to the original 1954 Gojira and ignores the subsequent Shōwa period of movies (1954–1975). Viewers need only watch the original to understand the plot of "Return of Godzilla," but this movie provides enough background and is relatively self-contained so it may be viewed on its own. While the original Gojira served as an allegory for nuclear power, "Return of Godzilla" amplifies this notice to a level befitting the heightened Cold Battle tensions of the mid-1980s. In this, it resembles the original Godzilla sequel, 1955's "Godzilla Raids Again." As both serve as direct sequels to the original, there are a few comparisons beyond the message. In the earlier film, Godzilla returns after being encapsulated in ice, while here he was freed by a volcano. Both had their anti-nuclear messages heavily edited when they premiered in the U.S. And both present the triumph of scientists over the is DVD contains both the original Japanese movie with English subtitles and the English dub. The default setting is the English dub, which is rather jarring, especially when the Japanese actors' voices are replaced with Midwestern American accents. Create sure you adjust the audio settings prior to watching it.
Product came as advertised and in mint condition. Overall, very happy and would purchase again from this seller. A word of caution: this ver does NOT contain the American ver of the film, only the Japanese version. I did have fun the movie that was received, but for anyone looking for a pack that contains both versions of the movie be advised this is not it. As of the time of this review it is my understanding that the American ver is still in legal limbo, so there is no telling when that one will be available to the public again.
As far as rebooting Godzilla for a generation less likely to accept the goofiness of the later Showa Series movies goes, this is beautiful good. Godzilla looks menacing as opposed to toy-like, and the suit is much more like a monster and less like a guy in a suit. Effects are a lot better, not the classic suits & miniatures didn't have its own charm. The overtone of menace was also a nice change, starting with the nasty sea ings were going beautiful well until we got to the farfetched Godzilla-homes-in-on-birds bit. I know they required something to go on in order to create the plot work, but seriously? Why on earth would a solitary monster have a herding/flocking instinct programmed into it? Even if Godzilla were sensitive to Earth's magnetic fields, he certainly wouldn't need a flock of birds to prompt him. Sure, it can be fun to speculate about things sometimes, but this is just silly, and I thought part of the goal for the entire reboot was to dispense with the n't obtain me wrong, I really have fun this film and I like what it did to bring Godzilla to a larger audience, but it would have been nice to have a small less eye-rolling.
After getting into Imelda May from the items she did with Jeff Beck, was looking for more related rockabilly melody with female singers with attitude. Devil Doll fits the bill. First picked up Queen of Pain, both my wife and i love that cd. So we picked up this one on digital download. No disappointment. A torch singer with attitude and kicks some [email protected]#$%. If your into this sort of thing, check out either Queen of Pain or Return of Eve. Along with Imelda May and Hillbilly Moon Explosion, some of the best items thats out there. Vocals are kick ass..and the musicianship and song writing are superior.
This artist has a special style that looks back to the 30s or 40s for inspiration. It's amazing melody but I'd definitely suggest listening to a few of the tracks first before you actually commit to buying the album as it could easily become a case of buyers remorse if you don't know what you are getting into.
Thankful to have the story completed and with a amazing ending. But this book doesn't measure up to the first three. Love does, though, permeate through the story like gold through granite. The hero of Pheris adds a certain charm, but the unnecessary references to same lovers, the multitude of names and the references to obscure happenings and people subtract from the enjoyment of the story. I sometimes wonder if publishers are now requiring all fresh books to include same references and/or scenes.
At last, one of my childhood series comes to a satisfying end. Starting with The Thief, the storyline has matured so much like its audience. This isn't a mere children's series the other reviewer wrote, this novel (as were the other 4 previous novels) is written Pheros POV. He's a fresh hero and attendant to our favorite thief. However, I think unlike Cotis, we see more of Gen (and Attolia's) actions. Interestingly enough, it seems Pheros is also favored but the gods as we see there presence here in the latest so, the series ends with the Mede battle that the latest 5 novels had been building up to. Some deaths in this novel hit hard.
A small over 6 years since Prodigy dropped his solo debut album he is back with another amazing one (not as amazing as "H.N.I.C" - borderline 5 stars). As a lot of thought the Mobb sounded various and sold out signing with G-Unit (me not being one of those haters), Prodigy remains real to his grimy dark road rap on here as he always does. Not as a lot of guests as his latest one (only on 2 songs) but also somewhat shorter, with 13 songs (if you got a copy from Best Buy it has 3 gift songs or else you'd only obtain 10 songs), you obtain 1 almost classic, 1 ok song, and the other 11 are amazing ones, a few being true good. ALChemist did all the production (one was co-produced by DJ Muro), so I was slightly disappointed no Havoc beats, but ALChemist beats are definitely some of the best. One of the better albums out thus far in 2007 and one I'd reccommend for fans of the M-O-B-B.#2 - 8#3 - 9 (nice beat)#4 - 8#6 - 8#8 - 7.5#10 - 9 (f/ Un Pacino -- nice beat)#11 - 8.5#12 - 9.5 (tight beat)#13 - 9#14 - 9#15 - 8.5 (also on "Welcome to 6 Blocks & 96 Buildings" compilation)#16 - 8.5 (f/ alchemsit & Havoc)#17 - 8 (f/ Kokane)Albert Johnson -- b. 11/2/74 -- b. Hempstead, Long Island, NYcheck all my reviews
If your reading this you must be familiar with nip's melody which is quite selective. I thought interview with a killa was as amazing as nip's first which is some achievment considering wut happened to nas! While maybe not as consistent as either of those two this still offers up some memorable tracks, noteably Born genius,originator,purchase a ticket, insect warground...do you wish some more homie.
I was excited about this book coming out, and I’m not sure what I was hoping for, but this wasn’t really it. The narrator of the story is disabled, and it’s beautiful uncomfortable to read about the treatment he receives. And there is a lot of battle and loss of life. Honestly I was hoping the thief would come up with some clever method to prevent heavy loss of life, and I guess in some ways that happened, but not how I hoped. Then there was a prominent same- relationship (it was not graphic) but it seemed unnecessary. There were a lot of threads to this story and it seemed chaotic at times, but there was beautiful amazing resolution.
I was really nervous about reading this because and (1) didn't wish the series to end and (2) was worried that this latest book might not be able to do justice to what the previous ones have been building up. Well, I started this book four hours ago, read it all in one sitting (and forgot to eat dinner), and am embarrassed that I ever for one second doubted the author's abilities. This book 100% gives the series the conclusion it deserves. I won't go into info because it would really be a crime to spoil any of this for anyone. But if you are a long-time fan of these awesome books like I am, read it now. You won't be note: if you are fresh to these books, I would highly recommend starting with the first (The Thief) and working your method through to this latest one. Although I agree that these novels can all be read independently, I think you will have a much richer experience if you've read the previous entries in the series before starting this one. Plus the other books are all awesome in their own right -- this is probably the most consistently perfect fantasy series I have ever read (and I've read more than I care to count). Sad to see it end, but couldn't have asked for a better ending.
When I saw this in film theaters in the US as GODZILLA 1985, I thought it was an entertaining, if sluggish in the middle, film - and I thought, "Oh, Cool! The Japanese know most of the West knows the original GODZILLA as being the edit with famous Huge Guy Tv Star Raymond Burr (PERRY MASON, IRONSIDE) splicedin, so they hired Burr to shoot some scenes for this one, too!" Turns out I was so wrong on that - the US ver only has Burr in it.With that said, the Japanese original ver is a much richer, more powerful, and more consistently watchable movie. There's no sluggish items here, and everything that seemed weird in the US ver makes excellent sense - because they didn't chop out important hero and story development to add Raymond Burr staring at projection screens of Godzilla in action and saying oracular things.I got the Blu-Ray on Amazon for less than $6 - and if you like Godzilla at all, I recommend this ver highly.
Ganxsta NIP is back with "The Return of The Psychopath" his first release since 1998. There is something for all NIP fans on this fresh offering as NIP blends his Psycho Thug style with the Psychopath of old...There are a few songs from his earlier work "Psycho Thug" included and the rest are all fresh NIP for the fresh millenium. If your a Ganxsta NIP fan this is a must have. Although I prefer his forst 2 cd's to any other, this is another solid effort by the King of Horrorcore rap!
“Godzilla 1984” ushered in what came to be known in Godzilla fandom as the Heisei series of films, most of which came out in the 1990s (the Heisei era began in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito to the throne but “Godzilla 1984” was connected to the following Godzilla movies through 1995’s “Godzilla Vs Destroyah”, all of which took put in the Heisei era, so “Godzilla 1984” with its connections to the following movies was retroactively included in this era). The previous grouping of movies which began with the original “Gojira” and carried through to 1975’s “Terror of Mechagodzilla” came to be known as the Showa series. The Heisei series was marked by a Godzilla that was no mate to mankind, though neither was he a purposeful enemy. He was a force of raw nuclear power propelled by often animalistic instincts. This is real of “Godzilla 1984” whose Godzilla is driven by his need to feed, and his meal is nuclear power. He is a plodding menace because he creates swaths of destruction as he travels overland in Japan to nuclear power plants. He’s also a bit grumpy and he’s none too concerned about how he is disrupting the lives of the little bugs (the humans) that he steps on until they sting him with military missiles and heat rays from fancy flying vehicles. This intelligent reboot of the franchise seems to fall into three parts. The first is one that I had forgotten as a reporter finds and explores the creepy sea wreckage of a Japanese fishing vessel and finds the squad dead and scavenged by giant, icky sea lice. This portion of the movie turned out to be too intense for my 8-year-old son who has seen a few other Godzilla features. It was truly creepy and filled with a nice amount of scary tension, almost “Alien” in its presentation. Anyway, the reporter is attacked by the sea lice but saved by the sole injured but living passenger who recognizes that their vessel was attacked by a fresh Godzilla. As this mystery unfolds over the first act, the second act establishes Godzilla and his threat to Japan as he comes ashore and wreaks destruction and they are helpless to stop him test as they might. There are some very convincing, and some not so convincing, spfx shots herein but on the whole they are beautiful amazing and the Godzilla suit (sometimes animatronic) was both fierce and much more anthropomorphic in his unusually huge head and eyes. In the third act of the movie the Japanese Self Defense Force unleashes their super weapon, the flying Super X which includes a reflective mirror and cadmium missiles, the one not just deflecting Godzilla’s atomic breath but redirecting it back at him and the other freezing the beast. The Super X puts up a amazing war as it faces off in the heart of Tokyo and Godzilla is nearly finished off after a giant skyscraper is toppled on top of him. There are some true nicely staged war and effects sequences in this stand-off, especially as Godzilla wades through the town and is dwarfed by the skyscrapers even as his reflection ripples across their glassy windows. What is unfortunately distracting, though, are the air and eyes holes that can be easily and frequently seen in the front of the Godzilla suit at his neckline throughout these scenes. In the end Godzilla isn’t defeated by the military but by the manipulation of his instincts, in this case a scientist has recognized Godzilla’s sensitivity toward bird calls that act like a beacon for him, and they use this sound to draw him into a volcano where he presumably meets his end. This is a Godzilla film where the monster himself takes center stage. The human characters support to fill in the story but aside from the shipwreck survivor, his sister, and the reporter the audience has small human contact to care for. There is some political subtext to the film as Japan is caught between the two nuclear titans of the (then) USSR and the USA. While I don’t remember for sure I wish to say that the original Japanese release paints the USA in not good favor to some degree though they are still Japan’s ally. In this release (altered? I’m not sure) it is the USSR that is the aggressor that puts Japan in more peril and they use a nuclear missile, versus Japan’s wishes, to test and eradicate Godzilla and it is America’s military intervention (!—quite the turn of happenings there) that staves off another nuclear disaster (Godzilla not included) from striking Japan. “Godzilla 1984” is a much better kaiju movie in the Godzilla mythos from what I had remembered. It’s well worth a watch, even for a non-Godzilla fan I think. But, as my small child can attest, the first act of this movie may be too frightening for younger viewers.
I have this on VHS and had been looking for the DVD ver in stores at a reasonable price for several years. So I was very happy to search it here at Amazon for the price asked! PLUS, I like finally having the original Japanese ver of this movie!!! I have just about EVERY Godzilla film ever created that is available in the public domain. I passed on my love for the Godzilla genre to my two (now adult children) and my daughter has "passed on" the passion for Godzilla films to her 8 year old son (our grandson)!!!
Finally, after all these years, one of the best Godzilla movies has created it to the high definition format! This release, while short on unique features, presents a amazing transfer of the original, uncut ver of the film. The movie itself is a return to the series darker, somber side with a fairly well integrated human story line for a Godzilla film. This movie features no other creature for Godzilla to war with only the Japanese government with the support of the scientific community trying to curb Godzilla's path of destruction. Featuring amazing model work, a amazing suit and some decent animatronics, the unique effects deliver. The score is also a highlight with a amazing opening credits overture and a poignant requiem for the movies final moments. Finally, while far from great, it would have been fun for Kraken to have included the American, Raymond Burr cut. But all things considered, I'm just grateful for what we got here in the States!
I don't like being late to the party, but I am me time ago, I was doing a find of projects associated with one of the backing musicians here. Either John Lisi, Tag Stuart, Gabe Witcher, or one of the other massive hitters handling instrumental duties on this amazing album. I don't remember which, and it doesn't matter anymore. Devil Doll stuck in my head, but I didn't obtain around to getting the album until recently. Mostly, I'm just not a fan of rockabilly/psychobilly type stuff. It was clear that there was more going on here than with a lot of that genre, so I kept Devil Doll in mind, but just didn't obtain The Return of Eve until recently. Silly e Return of Eve is method beyond those silly rockabilly revival acts that just throw in a few punk sneers and so on. It was the instrumentalists on board that brought me here, and kept her in my mind anyway. Devil Doll brings some barrelhouse/burlesque attitude, which isn't far from what you'd normally expect. "Lord's Prayer" is just hilarious in its modern country attitude, sure to irritate the religious sensibilities of traditional country fans everywhere, and closing with Fever dips back further in time than a lot of rockabilly revival acts go. The point is that there is a bit more breadth here than the one-note acts that don't impress e attitude, though, will satisfy anyone into that whole rockabilly/psychobilly scene, and with musicians like John Lisi on board to back up a truly impressive vocalist, the musicianship never fails to impress. The effect is an album in a genre that doesn't generally draw my attention, but that will remain in my collection. If there's a flaw here, it's that Danny Gatton wasn't playing guitar here. A few years too late. Oh, well. Now, THAT would have been perfection.
I like Devil Doll, I first heard her on Pandora and was so impressed that I bought her album 'Queen of Pain' which I think is an perfect album. 'The Return of Eve', for me was not quite as good, it was not a disappointment, just that the melody was various and not quite what I expected. Having said that there really is not a poor tune here. Just my expectations were probably a bit higher than they should have been. If you are a fan of Torch Singers 'Devil Doll' is someone you should listen to.
So I originally picked this up telling myself I would read a chapter or two before bed and... What a lie that was I just stayed up till I starts with the perspective of Pheris, who we are introduced to as Erondites heir. And I loved him. Pheris was a amazing narrator and we even obtain bits and pieces from other points of view as well, which was nice in comparison to the more restrictive viewpoint of Costis in TKofA. It really ties things together in the latest book, to see from Eugenides' eyes otting wise, I won't spoil anything but what's there really to say? MWT nails it again and Eugenides' political machinations are behind the scenes yet again. There was a certain bit that I was confused on at the end but that's probably due to it being 1am in the morning when I read it haha.Otherwise, there are deaths in this book. And some of the deaths really hit unexpectedly hard. :( MWT has this method with characters that just pulls you advice? Don't read like I did in the middle of the night and savor every latest word. That said, I can't really blame you. I'll be doing a re-read soon on a lazy Sunday when I can leisurely take my time and pick through the is was a very amazing conclusion to a series that holds a unique put in my heart since childhood. I remember the agonizing wait for the fresh book to come in at my local library haha. The King of Attolia is still my absolute favorite book, and I remember reading it without even knowing this was a series and being gobsmacked at the ending. I actually like the reading order 3,1,2,4,5,6 the , I am very sad to see this globe go. It certainly does feel like Pheris has a tale or three he could tell. But I can't say that I would feel unhappy if MWT completely ended it here (which I'm assuming is her intention)It's not the ending that I wanted, but the one that I required and the one that this book deserved. A+ and I hope the Thief of Eddis stays blessed in his endeavors
This was a satisfying conclusion to the The Queen’s Thief series. The audiobook narrator Steve West is such a pro, delivering an emotional and lyrical performance that enhanced the author’s writing style. Both the narrator and the author’s narrative produced a rich, compelling, and totally immersive globe inhabited by unforgettable characters, whose life stories were influenced and perhaps manipulated by a larger than life hero and his is novel didn’t disappoint. In the previous books, following the King of Attolia, I wanted more of Eugenides. Though Return of the Thief was narrated by a seemingly minor character, the mute and disabled heir to the traitor Baron Erondites, Pheris became an attendant to and found favor with the king. In fact, he was essential to Eugenides’s destiny. Pheris became the witness to Eugenides’s trials and victories, as well as his joys and is novels portrays all the best and worst sides of the king and thief. All the things that create him legendary. His exploits and clever mind, his audacious and reckless machinations that somehow work out in the end, and all the struggles and pain that he wars through. His mischievousness that created him even more lovable. Throughout the novel I worried about whether he would live or die because there were so a lot of close calls. I worried about his health and his wife’s health. And my heart broke every time their dreams were shattered.But I knew their story could only obtain better, that the arc of their story would pay off. It started in a poor place, in a dark place, and the plot twists along the method I could never have predicted, and sometimes it felt as if the odds were insurmountable. Every decision had consequences, sometimes brutal and terrifying and painful. I grieved along with Pheris, the witness and storyteller. Sometimes, the consequences were awe-inspiring, such as when humility and kindness were rewarded.And in the end, when I thought there weren’t any surprises left, the author gifted us with one latest story, providing yet another insight into Eugenides’s character. That the most necessary thing in his life was his Queen, that perhaps this really was a love story, about a man that loved a woman, stole, fought and won battles for her and to hold her and all those he loved the end, the novel showed how Eugenides became a wise man and a wiser king. But he couldn’t have gotten there without the powerful women in his life reminding him that he actually wasn’t everything and couldn’t be everything, that he couldn’t actually dictate their lives, that he had to do better, that he couldn’t betray the gods whose amazing favor he prayed for. Eugenides believed in his gods, and he was justly is book was just so good, it created me wish to read the series all over again, or experience the previous stories in audiobook as well. Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series is a commendable achievement. She is a brilliant writer, and Eugenides is a truly unbelievable character, whom I’ll never forget and forever love.*I received an audiobook review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was really getting a lot of vibes that there were some aspects that were a bit forced, and while I always help hero growth, this really felt like, well, lets be honest. It felt like there were about to allow slip a reference and quote TFS and had Genos say "So... Goku then?" or one of the villains say "Maybe you should do what everyone else does, and wait for Goku."Maybe even begin up a "Genos owned counter" for the season.Either way, this doesn't feel like an animator issue, but a writer problem. While the philosophical side of it was there, perhaps not on point, but there, it felt like the other parts of the hero growth and development were astutely lacking. There was even just an extensive fan service femdom portion of one of the episodes which, don't obtain me wrong, it is very appreciated, but it just isn't the meaty meat I was hoping l in all, it's a definite three star season. Not perfection, but you'll be missing out if you decide to avoid it, as there was some hero growth and plot setup that I think we'll see resolve in season O, in the end, I think the largest problem is the whole villain being given the treatment of a character thing which is dragging it down. It's just an overused trope these days if you ask me. Sorry if folks view that as a spoiler, but I think it gives an approximate gist without giving away the specifics of the plot.
I'm tired of death - It keeps on following me. Return of the Gunfighter is directed by James Neilson and adapted to screenplay by Robert Buckner from a story by Burt Kennedy. It stars Robert Taylor, Chad Everett, Ana Martín, Mort Mills, Lyle Bettger, John Davis Chandler and Michael Pate. Melody is by Hans Salter and the Metrocolor cinematography is by Ellsworth Fredericks. Aging gunfighter Ben Wyatt (Taylor) receives a request to go aid an old mate who's in trouble. Upon arrival at the family ranch he finds that both his mate and his wife have been killed. Locating the surviving daughter, he squads up with hot headed drifter Lee Sutton (Everett) and sets about avenging the murder of his mate and the girls parents. By this time Robert Taylor was winding down his career and his life, 1967 would see him depart from the Western genre of film, how splendid to search he doesn't in the slightest disgrace himself here. His hero is weather worn, a gunfighter tired of all the killing, of looking over his shoulder all the time. This proves to be excellent for Taylor, who gives the role a believable sense of pathos, the passing of time and that fate will not leave him alone hangs heavy. Breaking it down it's a straight forward narrative, where the one time poor guy is called on to use his deadly skills for some good, to rid the plains of some nasty sorts. The relationship with the young upstart (Everett the whitest teeth in the West) builds nicely, leading to a finale that attacks the emotions of the major players. There's a healthy quotient of action, decently staged by the tech crew, the Old Tuscon areas are nicely photographed, while help players impact with credit on the story. It's not all plain sailing, Salter's score is sometimes well in keeping with the era, but at other times it comes off like a Sccoby-Doo piece. Suspension of disbelief is of course required, none more so than when Ana Martín goes about the city pretending to be a boy and everyone falls for it - she is simply too beautiful to remotely pass as male, and the appearance of Butch and Sundance in the plot is most odd. Yet it's a lovely Oater this, feeling more like one from the 1950s than from the tail end of the 60s. Highly recommended to Taylor fans and fans of traditional Western fare. 8/10
It's hard to believe nip could come with another wack,weak effort but it's real this is a step up from psycho thug which was his worst album by far the quality of this one is better he did use a few songs from psycho thug the beats,sound and overall album is clearer and sound like an album should soundwise but this album is so average with alot of songs I give a 2 rating to making this album a powerful 1 1/2 to 2 outta 5 if your looking just to add to your collection obtain it but if your on the fence and really looking to save cash pass on this one you wont regret it you could live without this one, it's better than psycho thug which is a horrible album and this one is a not good album ,the cover looks awsome but that's it
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This review is for the Blu-Ray edition of 'The Return of Godzilla' released by Kraken Releasing in 2016This film is also called 'Godzilla 1984'. The 'Godzilla 1985' edition is not shown on this is film was created in 1984 on the 30th anniversary of the original Godzilla movie. Previously there had been 15 Godzilla movies, the latest of which had been filmed in 1975. That era was knows as the 'Showa' era. The fresh era that begins with this film and has a total of 7 films which ended in 1995 is called the 'Hesei' is film assumes that all 14 of the Godzilla sequels from the 'Showa' era did not take place. This is an alternate universe in which only the first film is film was release in theaters in the United States in 1985. More on this below.BLU-RAY: The picture is not that great. Honestly some of the standard edition DVD's from the Toho Master Collection have better picture quality than this movie. I'm not saying it's terrible. There aren't any spots, rips or tears or anything like that. The colors just aren't that vibrant and the picture is soft WAS THE DUBBING?: The international dubbing for Toho films is almost never good. This film is no exception. The Soviet ambassador sounds just awful. A lot of of the other's sound not good also. The leads aren't too bad, but that's to say that they are average.EXTRA'S: You obtain some previews from other films by Kraken Releasing and you obtain the trailer for this movie. That's it for extra's.WHAT ABOUT THE SUBTITLES? You don't obtain subtitles which annoys me especially in a film like this. With these films that are originally in the Japanese language, the subtitles are usually various than what is being spoken. The reason for this is that when being dubbed, the voice actors test to use words that match the movements of the actor's mouth's. So they aren't always giving you a direct translation.*****LOTS OF SPOILERS BELOW THIS POINT*****PLOT/SUMMARY: At the begin of the film we see what is footage of a volcano and/or earthquake that ultimately is waking up on afterward, a reporter, Goro is out sailing and he comes across a deserted fishing ship. He finds one survivor, Hiroshi, on board along with a giant sea louse which together they kill.Goro writes a story but is forced to hold it secret. He then visits Professor Hayashida who parents were killed in Godzilla's appearance in 1954. Coincidentally, Hiroshi's sister, Naoko is working for the professor. She does not know that Hiroshi is still alive. Hiroshi is a witness to Godzilla and the government doesn't wish to begin a panic so they are suppressing the truth. Goro tells Naoko the truth and she rushes to the hospital to be with her ortly thereafter, a Soviet submarine is sunk by Godzilla. The Soviet's blame the United States for the sinking. Both sides prepare for nuclear war. The Japanese Prime Minister intervenes and lets the globe know that it was Godzilla that sank the submarine. Both the Soviet's and the Americans wish to use a nuclear bomb to stop Godzilla. The Japanese Prime Minister refuses to let this. The Soviet's end up accidentally launching a missile and the Americans shoot it down before it can do any damage.Godzilla ends up attacking a nuclear power plant. He uses the reactor to feed off of. When a flock of birds takes off, Godzilla becomes distracted and follows them. Professor Hayashida believes that Godzilla instinctively follows the homing signal given off by the birds. He believes that they can use that to their advantage to trick Godzilla into following the signal to a volcano and then detonating an explosive device at the volcano and trap Godzilla in anwhile, the Japanese self defense force has revealed it's recent weapon, the Super X. Godzilla attacks Tokyo and the JSDF can't stop him. The Super X fires cadmium shells into Godzilla's mouth. This slows down his heart enough to render him unconscious. Unfortunately, a storm caused by the exploding missile's causes an electrical storm that revives Godzilla. Godzilla wars Super X and destroys it. Godzilla follows the homing signal toward the volcano that Professor Hayashida has UCTION: As stated about this is the first film from the 'Hesei' era which lasted from 1984 to ter the 'Hesei' era ended, Toho handed off Godzilla to the Americans and every fan of Godzilla knows how that turned out. It lasted one film and they took Godzilla back. Toho released 'Godzilla 2000' in 1999.-Toho used a life sized foot for Godzilla in some of the scenes. Most of these scenes were deleted in the American release, Godzilla 1985. I think they should have left those scenes in but I can understand why they didn't. The foot doesn't look very amazing in most of the scenes.-The 'Godzilla 1985' ver barely created $4,000,000 in it's U.S. release but it was ultimately enough for a minor profit for the distributor, Roger Corman's Fresh World.-The giant sea louses were and idea left over from a 1950's script called, believe it or not, 'Bride of Godzilla'.-This film also borrowed idea's from a script from a 1983 Godzilla 3D script. Those idea's involved the satellite and the Russian DOES THIS VERSION DIFFER FROM GODZILLA 1985?: Godzilla 1985 is shorter by about 16 minutes. Considering all the added footage, there is almost a half hour chop from the Japanese version.-Raymond Burr reprises his role as Steve Martin (He is called Mr. Martin because at this time the comedian Steve Martin was very popular). He basically sits and watches a monitor for his scenes. He was enthusiastic about the role and wrote a lot of his lines himself. He wanted the film take seriously. There was thought of turning this film into a comedy.-A bunch of changes had to due with the fact that the United States was still involved with the 'Cold War' with the Soviet Union when this movie was made.-The meeting with the Japanese prime minister and the American representative and the Russian representative was shortened.-The stage in which the Russian tries to stop the begin of the nuclear missile is changed so that he actually presses the button to begin the missile.-Some of the scenes are rearranged in a various order. Godzilla's attack on the nuclear power plant along with the appearance of the Super X and others are rearranged.-There are some name changes.-There are a few sound effects that are either added or deleted.Other scenes added:-Any scenes with Raymond Burr and his narration are only in 'Godzilla 1985'. There is about 10 mins of footage added of Raymond Burr at the Pentagon.-There is some stock footage of 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters' from 1954 added in.Other scenes removed: Most of the scenes with the life-size replica of Godzilla's foot were removed. I think there were at least 4. In 'Godzilla 1985' there is only one.-The American satellite in zone is deleted.-The stage of the Professor showing the photographs of Godzilla's attack in 1954 is deleted.-Goro's phone call to the editor while on the island is ere are different other changes that I didn't list MENTS: This is my least favorite film from the 'Hesei' era. I have one film from each era that stands out above (or below) the rest as my least favorite. My least favorite from the 'Showa' era is 'Godzilla vs. Megalon' and from the millennial era it's Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. and of the two American films it's obviously Godzilla (1998).-There is nothing I dislike more than watching a film with a giant creature (kaiju) fighting the troops or in this case the Japanese Self Defense Force (JDSF). This is just so played out. It's OK if it's a classic film but in this case this had been done a lot of times by the time this film was made. Of course this happens yet again in 2016 with 'Shin Godzilla'!-I didn't really like the Godzilla suit in this movie. It improved in the upcoming movies. I thought it was ugly and Godzilla's eyes looked especially fake. Even so, I guess it was an improvement over the 'Showa' era. They should have stuck with more distance shots. At least they slowed him down which was also an improvement over 'Showa' era.-I've always loved the Japanese miniature sets they use, especially the cities when they are detailed. Even though it always looks fake, there is just something about them that I love. The cars don't always look good, especially when moving but they are still nicely detailed. I guess I look at the miniatures as art. Don't obtain me wrong, I love CGI, but there is a part of me that will miss these miniatures.-I know that Toho was looking for a fresh method for Godzilla to be stopped but I don't love the way chosen. It's not the worst idea, there have been far worse idea's for Godzilla movies. Godzilla following birds just seems too far fetched to be believable. The logic was OK. If they had used a various monster it might have worked better. Bird's are now classified as dinosaurs. I don't know if that theory had been thought of yet in 1984. Perhaps that was what they were going with.-As always with old films transferred to Blu-Ray, unique effects take a bit of a hit. You can see more things than you could originally see. For example, you can see the wires that the jet warriors are using as they crash into the ocean.-I have a few other minor complaints about the movie. The train that stopped should have kept going. It stops right in front of Godzilla. Had Godzilla been directly in front of it instead of on the side this would have created sense. Instead the conductor just doomed everyone by slamming on the brakes. The other stage I didn't like was when the helicopter was doing the rescue. The whole bit about the winds being too powerful was too contrived.I HATE WHEN GODZILLA LOSES: I rarely watch films in which Godzilla loses. That contains this film along with 'Godzilla vs. Mothra' (either one) and of course the original Godzilla. It also contains the American remake that everyone hates along with the Mechagodzilla wars in the Millennial Era. I'll watch 'King Kong vs. Godzilla' up until the beginning of the second battle. Nothing more disappointing than losing to King Kong (even though he really doesn't lose, it's actually a draw but the film makes you think King Kong won). Funny thing is that I've never actually known anybody who rooted for King Kong to victory other than my brother but that doesn't count because he just wanted him to victory because I wanted Godzilla to win).DO I WATCH ANY MOVIES THAT GODZILLA LOSES THE BATTLE OR DIES? Exceptions to my Godzilla loses rule is 'Godzilla vs. Destroyah' (because we know he is going to die from the obtain go) and 'GMK: Giant Creatures all out Attack' (I stop watching this after the latest creature battle. I think I've seen the ending once!). Also, I will watch Godzilla Raids Again because like in 'GMK' he wins the war and I've been known to chop off the ending on that one too. It has two various versions so there is more incentive to watch it. Same goes with 'Godzilla vs. Megaguirus'. I just chop it off before the final scene. I watch parts of a few others but I will go into more detail in those movie's NCLUSIONS: The value is amazing since you are only paying ten dollars for this release.I'm giving the Blu-Ray picture 2.5 stars or 5 out of 10The plot of the film gets only 2 stars or 4/10The production values are actually very amazing for a film of this type and they obtain 8/10 or 4 stars.Overall I'm giving this release 3 anks to Kraken Releasing for this release.
Chris McFarland?? What the hey...The Return of Eve is a really really amazing disc. Impossible to categorize as she covers a lot of styles. A small smoultry R&B; a small rockabilly; some alt-country. "y" sounds like punk met 1940's noir. "The Method You Do" has a ZZ Top boogie feel to it (reminds me a bit of La Grange musically). Colleen Duffy (aka devil doll) has amazing style, think Neko Case with a more retro style. Quite a chanteuse. Her band is very very tight. Not a poor track on the disc - and the gift chop "Fever", a song which I am fairly tired of, swings nicely. If you like the short samples Amazon provides, you'll love this disc. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars...
And a special point of view… Pheris is considered a monster, a freak. He is bullied, belittled, and betrayed by his own family. But the gods have plans for him and the changes he makes in the life of Eugenides, ex-Queen’s thief, high king over Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia. Or is it the changes that Eugenides makes in Pheris’s life? Before it’s over, they’ll be betrayed by allies, saved by enemies, and visited by gods. Their fates will entwine more tightly than e time has come. The kings, queens, and their armies are marching off to repel the Mede invasion and it’s going to take every resource at their disposal to win. The thief must balance the warnings and the blessings. Do not offend the gods. Do not overreach. He’ll need every trick at his disposal, every friend, and every former y familiar characters reappear in The Return of the Thief, from the battle minister to the magus to Kamet. Not to mention Eddis, Sounis, and Attolia. It is a story of those brave enough to stand, those brave enough to fall, and twined through it all with overlapping intrigues and plan-within-plans is our favorite thief. Behind him stand the gods. They might also dance with him at gan Whalen Turner is at her twisty best. Everything we love about the Queen’s Thief series is here and in play again. We are immersed in Eugenides’ globe in a unbelievable read that I will immediately re-read along with the rest of the series. The characters are engaging and believable, the globe is immersive, and the storylines just hold getting better. There is so much to see, touch, and savor here in the Thief’s ere’s also much about the human spirit, prejudice, respect, and friendship in this book. It’s all cleverly hidden in a story that I admit to reading in one long binge while my family slept. (Yay for quiet time!) Megan Whalen Turner is an wonderful writer and every bit of that talent is invested in the intricacies of this story. The Queen’s thief series will remain one of my top re-read book series due to its timeless themes, original epic story, and fantastically engrossing writing. I just wish her to write more books!Two extra thoughts as I leave this book:1) The Queen’s Thief series is finished. After all this time, there are no more books to anxiously await. I can only hope Eugenides might pop up in more short stories. This is a major reason that I am immediately going to reread the entire series. I’m not ready to leave yet!2) It’s stated in the description that the Queen’s Thief series are standalone books. I think you will lose out on a lot of the overall arc of the story if you don’t read these in order. You will also lose the history behind a lot of of the characters, their families, and their relationships. I personally would recommend starting out with The Thief and reading the books in publishing order. You will never regret reading every book in the series! I only want I had room for all the exclamation points that I would like to append to that sentence.
Endings are hard things to obtain right, and this book is an ending 20 years in the making. MWT's fans have read and re-read the books before this one in the series many, a lot of times (I can personally attest to that), so expectations were bound to be high. That that were met, and even exceeded, is a tremendous testament to MWT's superb skill with plot, hero development, and worldbuilding. I can't wait to re-read it!
I loved this book, and I think it resolved all the large and intricate plot threads in a satisfying way. I've read all the previous books with varying degrees of enjoyment--I mean, they were all great, but in general I preferred the books written from the third person point-of-view to those written from the first person. This was written in an unusual and unexpectedly successful hybrid of both; the first person narrator was introduced as a chronicler who, occasionally, would narrate happenings for which he was not show in the third person. It worked well. And the viewpoint character, SO unique! I've never encountered another like him. I really can't say much about what created him so impressive without spoilers, except that he was a person born crippled and seriously abused, neglected and despised, by his family and everyone else in the world. His hero and private honor survived in surprisingly amazing e only even slightly negative comment I might create is that the story was massive on the front-loading, and then it seemed to wrap up super fast. I'm fine with it. It's been a long street for these characters, they deserve to finish up and rest!
I preordered this item because I thought it would have the OVA included because the item they had mentioned 6 OVA and they were not present. I am not satisfied that they excluded it from the DVD without mentioning it. It is strange to realize they only left it for blu ray only and the cost is only $4 difference. Also I was expecting it to have some amazing features but, they are no good.
The Return on the Blob is everything you wish in a sci-fi, horror story without the length and beat-around-the-bush info of a normal horror novel... Audrey Swindon captures the most alluring essences of this horror story and writes an old story in a more nuanced and charming manner. A must read if you are looking for a book to snuggle up with inside on a cold day, and read it all in one sitting. A true page turner!
Hardy is brilliant and a pleasure to read. The reading on this audio CD is surprisingly amazing and smart, however, the character, Eustacia Vye, on the page is dangerously alluring, but as read aloud by the British actor -- and he tries! -- it is diminished. How could it be otherwise. In the long run that's a problem. Other than that -- terrific?(You can understand Holden Caulfield’s interest in Eustacia Vye — he mentions her in Catcher in the Rye.)
Life goes back to -seemingly-normal for the O'Connells but changes are afoot and the secrets of the past still largely affect the show life of the family.What I love most about Lorhainne's writing is her spot-on portrayal of the dynamics of family life, which always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling and book 11 in the series is no e characters are well fleshed out and feel real to life, the issues and tragedies, huge and small, they are dealing with respectively, like the homeless camp,the miscarriage, are realistic, emotional and touching. This book has not much in terms of action, but is a rather quiet read, which deals with the daily business of a tight-knit family- except for a turn of happenings that left me breathless.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Wow. Marcus and Charlotte are having a baby. Luke brings his girlfriend, Rosemary, to meet the family which doesn't go too well. Marcus might lose his job when the council votes this time. All hell breaks loose when the family is told just who Rosemary is similar to. Kate and Jack are having problems. A poor vehicle accident. The parents come home for a visit. This book is full of O'Connell drama and I loved it of course. The whole series is fantastic.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Thomas Hardy is not well known among most American readers; however, he represents the best of British literary tradition in the 19th century.His most famous novels deal with matters of love, hard work and the forced honesty of the inhabitants of Hardy's globe in South West England. Hardy is a master of plot and well defined characters, who for the most part are not from the English nobility, they are working people who nevertheless encounter a lot of of the same issues in life as the rich, maybe even more because of their lower station. Usually, he depicts strong-willed women who war the prejudices of their era, sometimes they triumph, others times they lose. All in all, it's hard to place down a novel one is reading because every page has an immediacy that pulls you on to the next page, and the next until you search yourself at the end of the book.
Oy, Thomas Hardy, he is so, so dark. In The Return of the Native, I thought the subplots required more development. It was extremely challenging to determine the motivations driving a lot of of the characters. Here is one novel that would benefit interpretation, although the one offered on Netflix got beautiful poor reviews. This is a difficult story, and it doesn't surprise me that the BBC hasn't popped up with a serialized version.
Warning: MiscarriageShort review: read itLorhainne Eckhart is a must buy, must read author. This stand-alone is simple to follow and difficult to place down. Minor formatting errors, no gratuitous violence or drag-you-down is storyline covers a wide range of subjects in a short period of time. Descriptive, at times lyrical writing that draws the reader into each scene. Realistic procedures, politics, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and memorable dialogue.‘But secrets had a method of slipping out explosively, scandalously, and never without repercussions. That left the kinds of war scars the average person couldn’t see.’I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
Multiple family issues. Mom and Jake aka dad returned to city because Mom missed the family. Charlotte was due to deliver the baby. Brady was still unsettled and Luke decided to bring Rosemary to meet the family. Karen and Jack deal with the damage of a miscarriage while Marcus a Charlotte ave a baby boy. Interesting characters
Here we have another unbelievable read which still includes lies and secrets among some family members. Luke has a secret he was kept from his family, something Having to do with Rosemary, a woman he’s fallen in love with. He knows what will happen if his family finds out who she’s similar to, something that will cause most of his family to turn versus him. Karen has a secret that she doesn’t wish her family and Jack to search out about which has her pushing Jack away and causing a lot of tension between them. Marcus has something he just found out about that pertains to Charlotte, which makes him super angry. He doesn’t wish her to search out about it before she delivers their baby. Raymond and Iris have come back home. Iris wants to be back with her family and be their for Charlotte when she delivers the baby. And of course, Raymond knows what all is going on with his family. How he seems to search out beats me. He has yet to obtain things straightened out between he and Brady. Iris told him he required to do that before they leave again. Homelessness was brought into the story. The author did a amazing job writing it into It. Add an accident that had me sitting on the edge of my chair. So a lot of twists and turns. There were the various emotions and heartfelt moments. So much going on which the author did a unbelievable job putting everything together, making it a well written, smooth reading story. It definitely is well worth reading. It’s one you won’t wish to miss. I highly recommend it!I was given an ARC of this book. I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
This series continues to weave these family members in to our hearts. Raymond and Iris have returned to city as it is time for Charlotte’s baby to be born. Marcus is dealing with problems at the sheriff’s office including the uncertainty of his wife’s position. In the meantime, it is time for Jack to pay up for the assistance he received from his family. This is a unbelievable series, full of family members that each deal with their own wars while having each other’s back. A family that is not perfect, but dealing with a lot of things that we have dealt with in our own lives. I would suggest you read the series in order to know the family and the different trials they have gone through. An exceptional read. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation from the author. (by paytonpuppy)
This book is filled with info about a lot of various paths of the Sacred which Andrew personally experienced first hand that anyone reading the book will have a first class education on the subject. Pope Francis is trying to contain Mary and her energies in the Trinity right now at this moment in time. Thank you Andrew for all of your hard work this lifetime for all of us living on the Planet with you.
In Thomas Hardy's novels, natural settings are always important. However, in 'The Return of the Native' Egdon Heath, located near the south coast of Hardy's fictional Wes area, is a brutal, abiding reminder of the harshness of the landscape and the magnetism, extending beyond its mere gravitational pull, that it exerts on its inhabitants. We obtain the sense that these occupants, even the ones who claim to love it, are consigned to reside on it and, to a certain extent, do its bidding. In the preface he wrote to the 1895 edition (it was originally published in 1878), Hardy imagines that this landscape might be the zone roamed by that unyielding Shakespearean character, King e social level of the novel is propelled by a drama of conflicted motives and passions and, like a lot of of his novels, involves at least one, sometimes two, romantic triangles. At the natural level, however, the characters contend with the landscape and burn bonfires to ward off the darkness. Although the culture is ostensibly Christian, the residents still observe certain seasonal rituals such as harvest festivals and maypole dances of their pagan ancestors:'The instincts of merry England lingered on here with exceptional vitality, and the symbolic customs which tradition has attached to each season of the year were yet a reality on Egdon. Indeed, the impulses of all such hamlets are pagan still: in these spots homage to nature, self-adoration, frantic gaieties, fragments of Teutonic rites to divinities whose names are forgotten, have in some method or other survived medieval doctrine.'There is no utter villain in this story. At the center is the raven-haired beauty Eustacia Vye, who has come to live with her grandfather on the heath after the death of her parents, with whom she grew up in the slightly more cosmopolitan port of Budmouth. She yearns for passion, excitement, melody and culture exemplified in her fantasy of life in Paris. The 'native' of the title, Clym Yeobright, returns from Paris where he has apprenticed as a jeweler. While she romanticizes Clym and his association with her beloved Paris, he has had his fill of the foreign capital and returned to his home location to begin a school and elevate the minds of the Egdon youth. Previously, Eustacia had been romantically attached to the local innkeeper Damon Wildeve, who procrastinated in his engagement to Clym's cousin Thomasin largely because he was so entranced by Eustacia. Clym's mother, Thomasin's aunt, feels that what was set in motion must continue to proceed and encourages Thomasin to marry Damon as soon as possible to eliminate the gossip that arose among the townspeople after Thomasin returned from a nearby city where she and Wildeve had planned to marry but were prevented from it when an irregularity was detected with the the wake of the marriage of Thomasin and Wildeve, Clym and Eustacia marry despite the objections of Clym's mother, who distrusts Eustacia and to a certain extent shares the perception of some of the more superstitious residents that Eustacia is a witch who schemes to ensnare men that are caught in the spell of her beauty. One of them even creates a wax sculpture of her, punctures it with pins and burns it in the fireplace. Eustacia roams the hillside at night and she does burn bonfires and stands in their light by herself but they are signal fires for Wildeve to meet e mutual judgments and resentments between Clym's overprotective mother, who refuses to acknowledge Eustacia or attend their wedding, and Eustacia, who feels justifiably threatened by his mother's possessive keep on Clym, escalate through a series of meetings and near-meetings. Just as one of them is willing to create peace with the other, happenings occur that make tragedies of ym is oblivious to his wife's needs and ignores her ever show but unspoken hope that he will abandon the plans for a school and take her back to Paris with him. Caught between losing the help of his mother and the happiness of his marriage, he is further impaired by the onset of blindness. He reads entirely too much, resulting in the neglect of his wife and the onset of an optical illness that is not helped by the fact that he reads by the insufficient light of candles. Physiologically, I don't think reading in dim lights causes even occasional blindness although it does contribute to eye strain. Clym's intermittent blindness serves more of a symbolic function that a plausibly realistic anwhile, despite their desires to be faithful to their legal spouses, Eustacia and Wildeve are drawn persistently to each other. They have slightly differing romanticized visions of each other but each of them wants deliverance from the mundanity of life on the heath. Feeling judged, scorned and misunderstood, Eustacia, like Shakespeare's Lear, goes out on the heath in the middle of a torrential storm and rails versus the elemental fates:'I can't go, I can't go!' she moaned. 'No money: I can't go! And if I could, what comfort to me? I must drag on next year as I have dragged on this year, and the year after that as before. How I have tried and tried to be a splendid woman, and how destiny has been versus me!...I do not deserve my lot!' she cried in a frenzy of bitter revolt. 'O the cruelty of putting me into this imperfect, ill-conceived world! I was capable of much; but I have been injured and blighted and crushed by things beyond my control! O how hard it is of Heaven to devise such tortures for me, who have done no hurt to Heaven at all!'Although Eustacia has been compared with two other passionate, doomed 19th century heroines, Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary, I see her as more of a forerunner to Edith Wharton's Lily Bart from 'The House of Mirth', who shares Eustacia's inflexible pride and (as she sees it) integrity but feels that doors have been shut in her face at every turn. The tragic hammer of Fate does seem to bear down on her with more indifference even then it does with the other doomed characters in the novel and is the only hero that could be considered a tragic ere is another integral hero in the novel, the reddleman turned dairy farmer Diggory Venn. I had never heard the term 'reddleman' until I read this novel. A reddleman makes and sells reddle or red chalk created from red clay, who roves the countryside selling it to farmers for marking their sheep. Due to the constant contact with the reddle, Diggory's skin has acquired a reddish complexion, lending him a devilish appearance to the superstitious rural folk. Despite his Mephistophelian appearance, Diggory is noble, a force for amazing in the lives of those around him. It should come as no surprise that at the conclusion he and Thomasin form the satisfied couple that lives as happily ever after as one can ever live in a Hardy metimes it seems as though Hardy is a sadistic, vengeful Old Testament god to his characters, piling one disaster on top of another. His characters often seem like a cast of Jobs who, unlike the original Biblical figure, sucb to the despair that is everywhere apparent around them. In 'The Return of the Native' these disasters may be mountains created from molehills, only if one concedes that they are comprised of billions of molehills. He is an occasionally merciful god, allowing some characters such as Diggory and Thomasin to continue on past the boundaries of the novel to live relatively peaceful, satisfied lives. One of the redeeming features of Hardy's fiction is that his narrative skill always makes the bleakness of the unfolding happenings palatable and even, to this reader, powerfully moving and enjoyable.
The characters were well-written and seemed like living persons. The passions and desires are universal. Wild behavior is punished and penance paid by Clem the rest of his life. The weather and heath constitutes other personalities in the book. Highly recommended book
In this recent installment of the O’Connell family, once again, this talented author gives us a story that is filled with family dynamics, as well as very thought provoking moments.Raymond, the father, is back with the family, though with a various identity. Marcus is still dealing with the town council, Charlotte’s pregnancy has moments of uncertainties that will hold you on the edge of your seat, and Brady is still finding his put in the d to that, what happens when the family meets the woman Luke brings home?Not only was the story engaging, and the characters complex, reminding us that life is not black and white , but rather shades of gray, the author also brings up another necessary issue. That of homelessness. Not only as individuals but also as a society and a nation, we need to do more for these individuals. Who are we to judge them? One never knows what has brought them to that point. A situation that could easily occur to any of us. Kudos to the author for that is is another champion in this series. Leaving the reader wondering what else is in shop for this family.I was entrusted a copy of this book . The opinions expressed are solely my own.
I absolutely love this book. Something I've always respected about Andrew Harvey: he's so articulate, so astute, so brilliant.... AND so infused with soulful passion and light. That combination is exceptionally apparent in this book. Not only is there abundant info about the Divine Mother and how she takes form in different religious traditions, but Harvey contains his own lived experiences and observations, as well as poetry he composed in response to a dozens of awakenings throughout his life. I'm only halfway done with the book at this point, but I'm purposefully taking my time and reading it as a meditation, reflecting upon the attractive insights, and integrating the knowledge into my life as best I can. I will be using this book in a college-level course I'm teaching this fall (where we also read Rumi, "Awakening Shakti" by Sally Kempton, and we discuss eco-feminism.) I think this book will be an amazing addition to the syllabus because Harvey discusses Rumi, Shakti, and eco-feminist subjects with such ardor and eloquence. Read this book!!!
For the past year or so, I've been longing for Mother God. It's lead me to read a wide dozens of works on the subject--from Sue Monk Kidd's "Dance of the Dissident Daughter," Joseph Campbell's "In All Her Names," Patricia Monaghan's "The Goddess Path," Monica Sjoo's "The Amazing Cosmic Mother," Timothy Freke's "Jesus and the Lost Goddess," and others. Hands down, Andrew Harvey's book is the one that resonated with me and spoke to my soul.I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the Hindu masters Ramakrishna or Aurobindo--and yet, it didn't matter. I really appreciate how Harvey looks at Hinduism, Islam (Sufism), Christianity, and Buddhism to understand Mother God as well as to point out that the need for her is universal. I'm not sure why he left out Judaism, but perhaps he is simply not as familiar with the use of Shekinah to represent the divine feminism in e bits about his breaking with Mother Meera really didn't mean a lot to me--and honestly, I didn't search they detracted from the book. My guess is as this book was written soon after the break, it was a very painful time for him. I'm not familiar with her, so it didn't really matter to me--although I do know of people who have been damage by gurus and other religious leaders, so simply pray that he has healed and moved on.
Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors of English literature, a love that developed from my first encounter with "Jude the Obscure" in high school back in Malaysia. I soon devoured most of his books and found Hardy's unflinching portrayal of human relationships with all of its flaws and triumphs to be credibly written and compelling. Another reason I love Hardy's works is because of the atmospheric setting where the landscape itself becomes almost a hero in the different novels."The Return of the Native" was controversial for its time because it dealt with the theme of illicit relationships. One of the novel's central character, the darkly attractive Eustacia Vye, is deeply flawed, always yearning for something more beyond the heath she so despises. This constant clamoring for a better, more adventurous life leads her to create disastrous choices that have tragic consequences for her and several other characters in the story. It can be a depressing read but it also has its redeeming features and I would definitely recommend it as one of Hardy's best is 1978 Easton Press edition comes in a handsome dark green genuine leather binding, with a satin ribbon page marker, gilt edging, 22-karat gold info on the cover, spine, and back, and moire endpapers. It is also illustrated with wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. This is an heirloom quality edition that will enhance any collector's library.
"The Return Of The Native" starts out slowly, but progresses nicely. What really brings this story to life is the narration on audio CD by acclaimed actor Alan Rickman. His talents are well used in this instance, and the old adage that, "If velvet could speak, it would sound like Alan Rickman" is proven to be true. It almost feels like you are listening to a play being acted out, as each hero is given his own "voice", be it a man or a woman, and the various accents and dialects add to this feeling. The reading is given much feeling and emotion. Mr. Rickman even gets the possibility to sing a little, in both English and French, what a treat to the Alan Rickman fan! I can't tell you what a treat is has been to settle in after a long hard day, slipping on the headphones, and laying down before sleep in the darkness with Alan Rickman speaking softly and close in my ears.... Ahhh... such SWEET dreams!
Loved the family! Luke and Rosemary has a rough time of it! Charlotte has her baby and Karen is really torn up about a issue she considered her fault. Lots of angst, it’s an another insightful look into the family. Love this family, please hold them coming! Recommend!
First of all, the book itself came in amazing condition. The review is for the story t Hardy's best. It just lacked.....depth. I felt there wasn't much depth to the characters. I didn't feel attached to them, or even sad at the tragedy. The story was very forgettable, in my opinion. If you ask me, his best stories are "The Woodlanders" and "Far from the Madding Crowd".
This story is set in Egdon Heath in the mid-1800s. It opens with a reddleman (reddle is a chalk infused with iron ore, making it and those who handle it red, and used to tag sheep) giving a ride home to Thomasina, who had gone to marry Mr. Wildeve, but been unable to do so, because their marriage license was for a city various from that to which they went. It is the story of Mr. Wildeve's attraction to Eustacia, who is in turn trying to attract the attention of Thomasina's cousin Clem, recently returned from Paris for a visit; the story of the unrequited love the reddleman, Diggory Venn, has for Thomasina, and of the lives of those who live in this little town. It's well written and quick paced, moreso than a lot of books of that era. I read this with my high school senior son, for whom this was needed summer reading, and we both enjoyed it (although he probably would only give it 3 stars instead of my 4)
The conflict for the O’Connells comes from within in this enticing episode of their saga. Luke creates quite an uproar when he decides to share a part of his life he’s been hiding from his siblings. Marcus and Charlotte’s lives are about to be turned upside down with the arrival of the newest family member. Karen and Jack are faced with some private sacrifices that may prove to be too great. And Iris and Raymond have decisions to make, and fences to mend, that could have a lasting effect.Just when things should be settling down in their lives the O’Connells are faced with more challenges. This time may just be the breaking point for some. It’s an exciting and intriguing tale that may have you on the edge of your seat at times. It definitely will hold you glued to your favorite reading spot, turning pages from beginning to end. Luckily for us there’s still more to come for this multi-faceted family which is bound to continue to hold us thoroughly entertained.
Another amazing story in the O'Connells series! This story has a lot going on, but Lorhainne Eckhart create them all come together in a well written story. First, in this story, it is time for Charlotte and Marcus to welcome their fresh baby into the world, but things do not go as smoothly as they expected. Second, Karen has found out that she is pregnant, but has lost the baby and she tries to push away Jack. This was a very touching part of the story for me, as I've suffered 4 miscarriages of my own. Next, Luke has brought Rosemary home to meet his family, but things obtain out of hand really quick when they learn who her brother was. This story also explores the subject of homelessness. This subject is handled in a compassionate way, and makes some of the O'Connells rethink how they feel about the topic. I really enjoyed this story! I could not wait to keep my advanced copy to read. I am freely and honestly reviewing this story.
I havent been listening alot to Sunny Day True Estate before I bought this CD. So LP2 is my only CD by SDRE so I don't have much to compare styles too. All I know is that this is a very special and trippy CD to listen too. It has attractive harmonies, strange lyrics, haunting vocals that shout and whisper with subtle change and vigor. Its truly like nothing else in your CD Collection. My fav song is Explain. Jeremy Enigk is surely one of my generations gifted musical artists, I hope to hear more work from him (since SUnny day broke up again) I just want more people could appreciate this kind of music.Other amazing Singer/Songwriters to check out.Dashboard Confessionals&Aaron Sprinkle
This is one of those albums that just stays with me- I've often said and I truly think this- some works of art are like a nexus- they are steeped a private connotation that not only makes them unique for the individual listener, they work brings out the listener's (or the reader's/watcher's- what have you) sense of his or her self as distinct and unrepeatable. This CD does that for me. It's magical. But all amazing art 's a short album. Nine songs clocking in at 29'27". The tone is definitely not what one would expect from the singer and guitarist from one of the more powerful, under-rated and viscerally enchanting bands of the 90's- Sunny Day True Estate. If you were there in '94 or '95 and you heard them- well, then you know what I'm talking about here. Stylistically this sounds like something Syd Barrett might have done if it had occurred to him. The songs are mostly acoustic fare with Enigk's plaintively strained vocals (a caveat- his voice either pulls you into the room stroking your chin or sends you out, ears cupped to your head, agog) and strange lyrics. There are string sections and chimes- at times it sounds like he's the pied piper leading kids away to a various world... Most of the songs are upbeat, major key fare (the appropriately titled `Carnival,' being the one overtly dark song). Don't think them satisfied though... The emotions conveyed are hard to pin down, like Proteus, like Silenus...I rarely do this but here- track by track...Abegail Anne: album opens with two chords strummed and a droning noise. Jeremy's vocals slip in the backdoor and murmur away... This song builds and builds fantastically... And was used incredibly well in the film, `Dream with the Fishes,' the director or whomever structured the film's climactic stage to this brief and gorgeous song that sounds like dawning epiphany and madness... I love it. Succinct opener to this- about 3 mins turn of the Frog Queen: Dreamy and sleepy song, sounds sorta like a western lullaby at first, with J's hushed vox but then the bridge adds some danger... Beautiful and evocative.Lewis Hollow: Sounds related to track one. Just Jeremy and his guitar, strumming the same harmonic progression, repeatedly which PERFECTLY segues into-Lizard: also starts out with a circular, chime-like acoustic line. But other instruments begin creeping in like lizards, settling on leaves around Jeremy. The wind instruments are lovely. As the tension mounts J's vocals become harsher and harsher- the song ends with a easy guitar/violin line that is nival: The centerpiece of the album. Starts off darkly, a clean-tone electric guitar plays softly, Drums and bass come in with J's voice. The song lives up to its name with the sweeping string section. J's vocals are jagged and strained, alternately soft/loud, this one is like a sudden nightmare in the middle of an exquisite daydream. The strings whirl and keen, and the propulsive urgency builds and builds. And then stops. Right around the 4 min Me Steam: My favorite, and another dreamlike, lullaby beginning, with strings that weepingly surround J's vocals, buttressing the music line. The `rise and shine,' lyric calls to mind that he sang it almost the exact method on SDRE's LP 2. This one is so understatedly attractive it just kills me. Later on, J's doubles his vocals and harmonizes with himself. This song is so pure and tender it calls to mind Dostoevsky's `The Idiot.' I want someone had sung this to me as a baby.Explain: what is it with those circular (reminds me of SDRE's `In Circles,') guitar parts, this one builds quickly to a unbelievable chorus (how can I explain dear, you've been gone for some time, but I still believe you'll be here oh no again). Every time I hear it I smile. There's so much yearning and joy in this small song. More strings that luminously wrap around the guitar vocals. Ties with the next song as my second ade and the Black hat: Now it's the piano playing a circular piece, with a hastily strummed guitar and urgently delivered vocals. Drums on this one and it quickly builds and builds, like a man dashing up a mountain to save something dear to him, the strings tempestuously rising and falling around. Around the 2 and half tag the whole song just ecstatically explodes for the next min and a half...Fallen Heart: starts with the orchestra tuning up and getting on key, but this is just a ruse- the song is beautiful much a guitar loop played backwards, Jeremy sings over top of it, like a strange child. Occasionally an instrument adds a dash of flavor to the mix, but mostly its just the loop and J's soft voice. You obtain a little bassline around 1:45, then the song just ends abruptly with the orchestra.And that's it. I've been known to place this on repeat (especially around finals week in college) and sit at computer and type away for hours. Amazing melody for any occasion.Whoever said that melody is the `soundtrack to your life,' he is a simplistic moron- a frikkin' engineer and a damn salesman. Melody is so much more than that. My whole sense of life, all the restless wistfulness, the impotence, the alternating currents of youth- wonder and anguish for me, all those feelings rise to the surface of my mind when I listen to this gem. If you dig Brian Eno, SDRE, Syd Barrett, Leonard Cohen, Tom waits, or strange gorgeous melody in general I recommend this to you.
I enjoyed reading the book. The book gave me a feel of the Hogwarts campus. Sometimes I wanted my commute to be longer so I could finish a chapter. The suspense throughout the book was great! SPOILER ALERT: The whole time I'm wishing for Tristan to obtain his powers. Every stage I said OK it's going to happen now and it doesn't. When he survives the plane crash I'm like that's it, his powers are he can't die but that doesn't happen either. When they couldn't search Christian I was thinking oh no he's the traitor. When Tristan finally gets his powers I was excited and talking to myself saying I knew he had powers!Can't wait for the second book!
Started on Monday, finished on Tuesday, and ordered book 2 Wednesday!! I couldn't place the book down! I completely bought into the characters and the story line. It is reminiscent of Harry Potter (but with super heroes instead of magic) and Hunger Android games (but without the graphic violence). I loved the suspense as Tristan's hero struggles and develops! Thanks, Yuri, for an perfect read! I can't wait to see what happens next!