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GOT’s Jason Mamoa as Drax the Destroyer? February 17, 2013

Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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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, 2013

Posted 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)

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