The Wars of the Roses – Review

The Wars of the Roses by Desmond Seward

Illustrations by Frances Button

Published in 1995; 2011 Edition by The Folio Society – Third printing 2013

Pages: 372

Genre: History, nonfiction, English history

 

Disclaimer: This review will be different from the norm in that it is split into two parts: a standard, albeit shorter, book review and a specific review of this Folio Society edition. I am endorsing this product through my own volition and belief in its high quality.

 

Part I: The Story

“During the last years of the fifteenth century, on a morning in late summer, a small man stood alone by himself in a meadow in the English Midlands.”

The Wars of the Roses, by Desmond Seward, tells the story of one of the most politically intriguing and ruthless stretches of time in the history of England. Brother fought brother and nobles were slandered in the pursuit of power and control of the nation. This book, reproduced by The Folio Society, dives into the gritty details of the conflict and creates a story by following the threads of five people who played integral parts during the decades of death and deliverance. Continue reading “The Wars of the Roses – Review”

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Music Monday: “’39” by Queen

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “‘39”
Artist: Queen
Album: A Night At The Opera (1975)

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Hot Fuzz (2007) – Review

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Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Rafe Spall, Kenneth Cranham, and Peter Wight

Length: 2 hours and 1 minute

Genre: Action, comedy

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that’s harbouring a dark secret.”

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Eragon – Review

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Illustrations by John Jude Palencar

Published in 2003

Pages: 503

Genre: Fantasy, young adult

“Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.”

Though it may initially look like a typo because the story focuses on a dragon and the boy who rides her in battle, Eragon by Christopher Paolini actually refers to the book’s main character. A story of swordplay, waiting, meandering, and possible narcolepsy, Eragon fails to deliver on the promise of interesting dragon action and instead finds itself bogged down by indecision and onerous world-building. Buckle into your dragon saddles, kids; this isn’t gonna be pretty. Continue reading “Eragon – Review”

Music Monday: Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade

Album: Pink Lemonade by Closure in Moscow

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Pink Lemonade

Released: May 19th, 2014

Band Info:
Closure in Moscow is an Australian progressive rock band from Melbourne, Victoria that formed in 2006. Comprised of guitarist-singer Mansur Zennelli, guitarist Michael Barrett, drummer Salvatore Aidone, bassist Duncan Millar, and lead singer Christopher De Cinque, Closure in Moscow are noted for their vivacious live performances and eclectic use of differing styles of music. They have released two studio albums and their most recent, Pink Lemonade, was released in 2014.

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Closure in Moscow circa 2014.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) – Review

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Directed by Taika Waititi

Written by Taika Waititi and Te Arepa Kahi; based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump

Cast: Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Sam Neill, Rachel House, and Oscar Knightley.

Length: 1 hour and 41 minutes

Genre: Adventure, comedy, drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Description from IMDB:
“A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.” Continue reading “Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) – Review”

Norse Gods – Review

Norse Gods by Johan Egerkrans

Illustrations by Johan Egerkrans

Published as Nordiska gudar in 2016; English translation published in 2017

Susan Beard Translation

Pages: 160

Genre: Mythology, Norse mythology

“In the beginning – before the world existed, before men and before the gods themselves – there was only fire, ice, and nothingness.”

There are few characters as provocative, intimidating, and fascinating as the gods that reside within Norse mythology. Many books retelling the myths that survived the oral tradition have been written, but none so beautifully realized as Norse Gods by Swedish illustrator, Johan Egerkrans. In the first English edition of his book, translated by Susan Beard, Egerkrans leads the reader into the halls of Asgard, the depths of the sea surrounding Midgard, and through dwarven holds in a book that maintains its fidelity to the old tales while injecting a refreshing visual translation of the old gods and their tales.

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