Books, Movies, Television

I Will Always Ship It!

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Valentine’s Day is coming and though I’m not the most romantic of people I can occasionally ship with the best of them 🙂 So I thought I’d share the ones that have stayed with me through the years that I’ve never really stopped shipping that have always held a place in my heart.

I’m leaving out any ships along the lines of “Sookie and anyone but Bill,” from True Blood and obviously the ones I’ve let go of (Carol and Daryl from the Walking Dead), together from the beginning (Zoe/Wash from Firefly) or like Harley and Ivy where I could take them either way. Obviously I’d recommend all the assorted books, shows and films* and some spoilers below!

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Movies

Logan

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Logan

Directed By: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen

Grade: A

I saw Logan a week ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Definitely my favorite movie so far this year. The movie takes place in the future where Logan is worn down, sick, tired and desperately trying to make ends meet and care for an elderly and even sicker Professor Xavier when he’s enlisted to help a young girl whose a lot like him.

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Books

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Book 2

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Age of Apocalypse #2

Author: Scott Lobdell, John Francis Moore…

Genre: Graphic/ Going to be a Movie

Grade: C

I decided to read Age of Apocalypse for the Great Imaginations (details here) challenge. It fulfills the movie square for me and I’m big into the X-Men movies and wanted to get an idea of where the next one was going since I had heard so much about the character of Apocalypse specifically.

In this storyline Charles Xavier is dead and Magneto has kept his promise to him and taken over his beloved X-Men leading them in a post-apocalyptic world in which Apocalypse and his cronies are killing human and mutant alike. Not just killing them but torturing them and experimenting on them to boot!

One big thing: a lot of the reviews will tell you start with two because the first book is all background and filler and if you are familiar with the characters you don’t need it. I’m not really sure that I agree with that because there are a lot of bloody X-Men, many of them only get name dropped in the movies. So yeah, I was a little confused. My own fault.

But also this is an alternative universe so I had to get a handle on who the bad guys are now and who Magento’s team is and Magneto and his wife. (His wife!)

Also I feel like I shouldn’t admit this but I pretty much despise the pairing of Logan and Jean in any world and yep, they even annoyed me in this one. I like him with anybody else besides Jean. I like him with Scott better!

Biggest problem was that everything was so chaotic I didn’t really get to understand Apocalypse and he felt kind of… jokey. Without getting into too many spoilers there were other things going on and other mutants that I actually thought were far more frightening and could be better villains. Even the art was just too much. Maybe the story gets streamlined as it goes on but it looks like there’s going to be big changes in the movie anyway and I’m likely not going to keep reading this one.

Recommend: Not really. I am taking into account that I was just dipping my toes in but neither the story or the art really did anything for me at all. Still looking forward to the movie though! 

Books

The Girl in the Steel Corset

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross has been sitting unread on my Kindle for a while. Steampunk is a whole new thing to me- the last one I read was only okay. There’s a short story at the start of this one and I figured I’ll read that and then move onto something else and come back to the book proper when I feel like it.

Well, the good thing about the short story? I figured I’d read the first chapter of the book and I was pretty much hooked. It moves fast and I knew getting into it that it’s another series so the ending while not a huge cliffhanger didn’t bother me too much. Too me this book seemed like proper Steampunk. Automatons, men who are part machines, top secret sciences experiments, the ability to commune with the dead and steal souls… Ass-kicking women who are both smart and funny and can really do this without the men. Even an appearance by the Queen herself.

Finley has a way of walking into trouble. She definitely has a dark side and one night after kicking the hind quarters of her would be rapist she runs into Griff and Sam and we become involved with their live (which of course is connected to Finley) to Queen Victoria and to this catch all substance that can change a person at the DNA level and make living automatons. Yeah, it’s a little out there for the time period and what I’m used to. The Steel Corset is a beautiful made corset with moving parts to protect Finley.

The main story moves fast and I liked Finley well enough. I especially liked her relationship with Emily- the brilliant young girl who does all the science for Griff and Sam. It was nice to see them become friends and to really appreciate the other for what they were. Finley admired Emily’s brains and Emily Finley’s strength but both recognized the other had the same thing in return.

There were some downsides the characters all sound so bloody old I kept forgetting they’re supposed to be teenagers! It’s pretty obvious what Sam’s mysterious friend is up to from the beginning. Okay, it kind of bugged me that Finley on the cover looks a little bit like Megan Fox. But all in all those things were secondary. I liked the story. I liked the treatment of the female characters. I’ll go forward with the series eventually. I’d recommend this one if you’re into the Steampunk weirdness the author herself describes it as X-Men in Victorian times. So if that’s your thing you’re going to love this book.