GOT’s Jason Mamoa as Drax the Destroyer? February 17, 2013Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
Tags: Drax the Destroyer, Game of Thrones, Jason Mamoa, Khal Drogo
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Been reading on several websites that actor Jason Mamoa, who played Khal Drogo on the first season on GAME OF THRONES, has been cast as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. According to several reports (this one from Examiner.com): “Mamoa was called in to screen test for James Gunn’s upcoming superhero film and delivered such a positive performance that the studio went ahead and offered him the part.”
The film is due out in August 2014. (Photos courtesy of HBO and Wikipedia)
KMM’s ‘Iced’ not as hot as ‘Fever’ series but a page turner February 10, 2013Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
ICED is intriguing but I will say there is a kind of “ick” factor to it that I hope will smooth out as Dani grows up.
Dani’s story takes place right after SHADOWFEVER and so we know:
- Cruce is imprisoned under the Abbey.
- Mac has found out Dani’s part in her sister Alina’s murder.
- Christian is turning into an Unseelie Prince.
- The walls between the human world and the Fae have come down.
Dani is still as fearless as ever. She carries the Sword of Light, one of the only two weapons that can kill the Fae. And she’s still a super fast sidhe-seer. None of this goes unnoticed by Ryodan, the owner of Chester’s. Yes, he is one of Barron’s men — or whatever they are. Ryodan forces Dani to work for him after a hoarfrost monster “ices” part of his club. The same monster is icing parts of the city, killing both humans and Fae. And that forms the basis for the plot — who or what is freezing the hell out of everything — that brings Dani. Ryo and Christian together.
In the Fever books, Dani annoyed me because she — well — just seemed to always be bugging Mac. Here she sort of still bugs me with her constant jabbering and eating — to keep up her super fast speed — but I like her a lot better because she just tries so hard to do the right thing and protect not just humans but those she loves.
One thing that is throwing me for a loop? Dani’s age. She’s 14. But she’s got two older beings after her. Both Ryodan and Christian see her potential and know she’ll grow up to be an amazing woman. And it’s kind of creepy to see them either directly going after her (Christian) or making weird comments that obviously have a double meaning (Ryodan). And Ryodan’s extracurricular behavior — even if he really does care about Dani — is gross. Blech. Won’t even go there. (Suffice to say I feel really sorry for Jo.) Dani seems kind of clueless right now about these affections. She knows somethings going on but because she’s a confused teen can’t figure it out. It would work better if she weren’t confused about guys — whatever they are — who are tons older than she is. (Thank goodness for Dancer. He balances things out but does he stand a chance?)
Mac and Barrons are definitely in the book. And if you’re like me and usually turn to the last page of the book first — don’t do it. (I actually didn’t do it this time so avoided what I kind of figured was coming!)
Fever fans will want to pick this up to keep up with the weird world KMM continues to create.
I also want to see where KMM takes Dancer. He’s always there for Dani and is the sexy smart nerd boy who might grow up to be something else?
The next book in the Dani trilogy is titled BURNED. No clue on when that’s due out. Hoping this fall.
(Sorry this has taken me so long to post. Been swamped with the day job but am back vamp blogging now! — Diana)
‘Dead Ever After’ description revealed November 20, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: charlaine harris, Dead Ever After, Sookie
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THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie — and could destroy her heart….
Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…
KMM’s ‘Fever Moon’ has some interesting deets but characters look too old! September 23, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
Tags: Barrons, Dani, Fear Dorcha, Fever Moon, karen marie moning, Mac
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I wasn’t going to buy Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER MOON because I’m just not a big fan of book series I’ve read being turned into graphic novels. But my friends over at SookieStackhouse.com liked the novel so I thought I’d read it.
I should have trusted my gut. Didn’t care for it. Here’s the book blurb:
In Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.
Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them.
With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.
The cool thing about the novel is you get the back story on the Fear Dorcha. But that’s it for me. The rest is — as billed — a retelling of some events that occur during SHADOWFEVER. And that’s OK.
But my biggest complaint? The characters are — well — drawn way out of character. Both Mac and Dani look too old. Mac looks like she’s a hard-bitten 30-something. And Dani — who is supposed to be a teen — looks like a 20-something. And I know graphic novels like to sex things up but some of the outfits they put Mac into — they are not Mac. Oh — and big continuity problem in one chapter. Mac sets off going to Chester’s in a green dress — and then we switch to a flashback scene — but when we return to the present Chester’s scene, she’s not wearing the green dress. She’s wearing a red dress. Maybe I missed something but it’s more likely someone missed something in editing this?
As for Barrons? Not a thing like I pictured. He sort of looks Asian at times. I was perfectly happy with his monster appearance though! I thought Inspector Jayne was handsome and I didn’t think of him as good-looking in the novels.
The artwork isn’t bad. It’s just that most of the characters looked too harsh and hard bitten. Even the Fae who are supposed to look shiny and gorgeous look like oafs.
Not sure I’d recommend it. I suppose diehard fans will go out and read it anyway! I did. Maybe you’ll like it. (Of course — these graphic novels are super fast reads. A plus!)
Here’s hoping Dani’s story — ICED – which comes out Oct. 30 — will be a more satisfying read!