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Review: The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick *light spoilers*

The Minority Report

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In the world of “The Minority Report,” Commissioner John Anderton is the one to thank for the lack of crime. He is the originator of the Precrime System, which uses “precogs”–people with the power to see into the future–to identify criminals before they can do any harm. Unfortunately for Anderton, his precogs perceive him as the next criminal. But Anderton knows he has never contemplated such a thing, and this knowledge proves the precogs are fallible. Now, whichever way he turns, Anderton is doomed–unless he can find the precogs’s “minority report”–the dissenting voice that represents his one hope of getting at the truth in time to save himself from his own system.

 

 

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this read. On one hand…the story has a pretty fast pace that makes it easy to read. On the other hand…the ending is rather abrupt and did not feel satisfying. I have to wonder if the fact that I saw the Tom Cruise Minority Report flick made the story “less-than” for me. The differences in the story vs the movie are pretty vast – you can see the framework of PKD’s “The Minority Report” in the movie but Minority Report has a drastically different storyline while still maintaining the same basic plot: Anderton being accused of murdering someone he doesn’t know.
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Movie Review: Lucy

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From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.

3.5 stars – Entertaining.

Wow. Look at me, this is the third movie of the summer! I’ve never seen this many movies this quickly before. Both hubby and I wanted to see this one and I’m glad I did. Lucy is a fast moving, high action movie with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

Lucy felt like a mixture of La Femme Nikita and Flowers for Algernon with a little bit of Lawnmower Man thrown in for good measure. I can’t quite put my finger on why Lucy reminds me of La Femme Nikita other than the director – Lucy does not fight or kill in the way the character from La Femme Nikita does.
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Review: Bone Rider by J. Fally *light spoilers*

Bone Rider

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Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

“A cowboy, an alien, and three hit men walk into a bar…”

O.M.G!

This was one wild ride and I love every single second of it!

This review is almost impossible to write, I just enjoyed it so much that my thoughts are just a jumble of squees, lol.

WOW. This book is crazy. It’s amazing. It’s got so much action and explosions in it that I could see it as a movie. It’s an m/m romance sci-fi action shoot-em-up mobster military flick…book. O_O And one of the most gripping books I’ve read all year – I spent most of the read on the edge of my seat…

From the very first chapter I could barely put Bone Rider down. I was instantly hooked as I met System Six – a prototype symbiotic intelligent armor and weapons system – while he discovered that he was considered a failure and possibly scheduled for dismantling. System Six was panicked – he hated his disgusting host with a passion and he didn’t want to die – he had no clue how the other prototypes felt or if they were even sentient at all. Desperate, System Six looked for a way to buy himself time so that he could locate a new host. Sadly, he accidentally crashed the space ship into Earth. This accident kills almost everyone aboard the ship. The following accident – causing the death of the remaining ship members – is caused when the US Army stumbles upon the wreckage and (in fear of aliens) shoots [first] at the survivors. All of the aliens are killed with the exception of System Six who manages to get away. Just our friendly little way of making First Contact. ^.^
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2014 Book Purchases: June

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

02-Jun-2014 Update: Sooo…. I totally busted my budget already! I found a new author – Julie James – and I completely blew my budget on the rest of the books in the FBI/US Attorney series. My goal now is to stop buying books for the rest of the (very long month).

08-Jun-2014 Update: Soooo, I bought another book: All You Need Is Kill. It’s the book that the movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on. I enjoyed the movie so… don’t judge me

13-Jun-2014 Update: Ok, so I have a purchasing problem. I recognize this. O_o

 
 
Something About YouBook: Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $7.13
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
A Lot like LoveBook: A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney #2)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $3.99
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
About That NightBook: About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $6.41
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
Love IrresistiblyBook: Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney #4)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $4.00
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
All You Need Is KillBook: All You Need Is Kill
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Cost: $8.46
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 08-Jun-2014
Notes: The movie Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from this book
 
 
Kowalski Series Bundle 1Book: Kowalski Series Bundle 1
Author: Shannon Stacey
Cost: $4.61
Format: eBook Omnibus
Date Purchased: 13-Jun-2014
Notes: Contains the full length novels: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours & Yours To Keep
 
 
All Through the NightBook: All Through the Night
Author: Connie Brockway
Cost: $3.49
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 13-Jun-2014
Notes: I have no will power. AND no shame.
 
 
Conan the BarbarianBook: Conan the Barbarian
Author: Robert E. Howard
Cost: $10.00
Format: Trade Paperback, Omnibus (includes 10 stories)
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: I have no willpower.
 
 
Rumble TumbleBook: Rumble Tumble
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
Cost: $0.50
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: No Comment
 
 
Code: VeronicaBook: Code: Veronica (Resident Evil #6)
Author: S.D. Perry
Cost: $0.50
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: No comment [series completion still in progress: 2/6]
 
 

 
 

June 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 10
Total Amount Spent: $49.09
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $49.09
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
June Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -($29.09)

Movie Review: Edge of Tommorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

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Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs. The executive producers are Doug Liman, David Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman, with Tim Lewis and Kim Winther serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (“Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”). The music is by Christophe Beck (“Frozen”).

3.5 stars – Entertaining

I’m not a big movie person, I like to read. My husband loves TV and movies but I avoid them as much as possible. So I find it a bit ironic that I ended up watching two movies in the last few weeks.

It’s really hard for me to review/rate movies as there are so few that really catch my fancy. This movie was one of the very few that I actually wanted to go see – and hubby was happy to oblige.

Edge of Tomorrow was [very] adapted from a Japanese military sci-fi novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, named All You Need is Kill. Of course, as soon as I learned it was a book adaptation, I ran out and bought the book (two copies: DTB for me and audio for hubby).
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Flights of Fantasy: July 2014 Books of the Month

The July 2014 Flights of Fantasy group reads and my early decision on reading them. I meant to have this posted early last week for those who are joining in on the reads. 😦

 

Red RisingYA/MG:
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1)
Decision: Maybe

The war begins…

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda…

 
 
Ancillary JusticeSci-Fi:
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
Decision: Maybe

From Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated debut author, Ann Leckie, comes Ancillary Justice, a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence.

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2014 Book Purchases: May

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

Update: I went over my book budget by $1.22. That’s not too bad. Not too bad at all… But I still need to work on my spending.

 
 
Cordelia's HonorBook: Cordelia’s Honor
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Cost: $0.58
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 07-May-2014
Notes: Omnibus Edition, FoF read Shards of Honor as a group for April 2014
 
 
Howl's Moving Castle (trade)Book: Howl’s Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Cost: $4.75
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 07-May-2014
Notes: Gift
 
 
FederationsBook: Federations
Author: John Joseph Adams (Editor)
Cost: $0.01
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 08-May-2014
Notes: Picked up on a whim from the library, discovered a short (sequel to The Ship Who Sang) in the Brainship series by McCaffery. HAD to purchase ASAP. Review Here
 
 
BounceBook: Bounce
Author: K.M. Jackson
Cost: $0.99
Format: ePub Ebook
Date Purchased: 12-May-2014
Notes: Dear Author strikes again…
 
 
Bone RiderBook: Bone Rider
Author: J. Fally
Cost: $1.10
Format: ePub Ebook
Date Purchased: 13-May-2014
Notes: Damn Dear Author review! Had to buy after reading the review.
 
 
Beast Master's PlanetBook: Beast Master’s Planet: Omnibus of Beast Master and Lord of Thunder
Author: Andre Norton
Cost: $0.21
Format: Hardback, Omnibus
Date Purchased: 16-May-2014
Notes: Andre Norton Collection
 
 
Blood SongBook: Blood Song (A Raven’s Shadow Novel)
Author:
Cost: $6.94
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 16-May-2014
Notes: FoF May 2014 Group Read, borrowed from library but decided to purchase
 
 
It Happened One WeddingBook: It Happened One Wedding
Author: Julie James
Cost: $6.64
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased:
Notes: OMG! LOVED IT. Found a new author! Review Here

 
 

 
 

May 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 8
Total Amount Spent: $21.22
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $21.22
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
May Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -(1.22)