Thursday, 17 August 2017

Game of Thrones: Who Will Sit On The Iron Throne?














The big question on the minds of every Game of Thrones fan watching season seven is who will eventually sit victorious on the Iron Throne? Basically there are four houses in the running for this and I'm going to take a look at their prospects of winning.

House Stark:

PROS-If Jon Snow leads the north and anyone else who fights to victory over the White Walkers then his stock will be pretty high among nobles and poor alike. He has the bloodline of Stark and Targaryen, which could unite people in the north and south, especially former supporters of The Mad King. Jon ended the war between the wildlings and the Night's Watch and will have them fight with northmen to defend the Seven Kingdoms. Varys might well come to see him as a better option and if Dany turns mad, Tyrion could desert her too with Jon as a viable option.

CONS-Jon doesn't want to be King in the North never mind sit on the Iron Throne. I feel he would be happy to live at Winterfell with Ghost and Arya! Never mind Sansa, she sucks! He is still thought of as a bastard son of convicted traitor Ned Stark in King's Landing so until his real roots are declared, he would have no chance. As a Targaryen son, he would be in direct conflict with Dany if he wanted the throne and does not have an army to match the Dothraki or dragons if things turn hostile between them. He is untested as a ruler in the type of political environment that Lannisters thrive in and I can't see Ghost at King's Landing.

House Targaryen:

PROS-Dany has a large army of Dothraki, Unsullied and dragons to make most people bend the knee to her. She is a proven leader of people and the day to day running of things as seen in Meereen. The Targaryen name may still command some respect in Westeros and she really does want to change Westeros for the better so the people could grow to love her as the former slaves have. If she can show the people that she is changing things for the better for them, they would probably follow her.

CONS-The people of Westeros are more likely to fear her than love her, comparing her to her father who burned people with wildfire. Nobody will welcome Dothraki hoardes and Unsullied into King's Landing and will see her as the foreign invader that Cersei had labelled her. Her desire to burn her enemies will always be an issue and if another option came along, the people might turn on her.

House Baratheon:

PROS-Gendry is the son of Robert Baratheon and though he is a bastard he is Robert's son which Joffrey never was. The current Queen murdered House Tyrell, sleeps with her brother and may wed a Greyjoy so the people wouldn't bother much about a bastard ruling if he was a good King. The poorer people in Flea Bottom might have high hopes for a ruler of their own as that is where Gendry was born, and he would want to see things get better for them. Perhaps he could get the backing of those who were loyal to any of the Baratheon brothers, especially if they see him on a horse with his hammer like Robert in his prime. He would be a good bet to marry into power-Sansa, Dany, Arya.

CONS-Gendry wouldn't want to rule the country. He has no leadership skills, battle experience  or sense of politics and how to rule. He would need excellent advisors around him but would the rich be loyal to him after deposing Cersei? He has no rich or powerful allies so he would be a very long shot.

House Lannister:

PROS-Cersei currently resides on the Iron Throne behind the protection of the King's Landing walls. I expect that her pyromaster has been hard at work making more wildfire in case Dany's ships come to the bay, having learned from Tyrion's tricks. She has The Mountain as her personal bodyguard so it will be tough for anyone to kill or capture her. She has ruthlessly dealt with her enemies and has a sharp mind and intinct for how to play the game and win. Qyburn is also a master of tricks with a good spy network and Cersei has survived one battle for King's Landing, defeating Stannis. She has the naval backing of Euron Greyjoy.

CONS-Cersei is not well liked in Westeros and if Dany convinces the people and soldiers that her way is better, they may fight for her. She has already lost a portion of her army to Dany and lost the supplies they took from Highgarden so a long siege could be a problem. Tyrion knows King's Landing and it's strengths and weaknesses even better than she does. If it looks like they are losing the war, very few would stay loyal to her.

PROS-Tyrion is the other option. He is intelligent, politically minded and knows how to play the game. He is not cruel and he did save King's Landing from Stannis. Varys would be invaluable to him. If something happens to Dany, he would be able to control the dragons but would be less likely to use them the way Dany does. There is still a possibility that he is of Targaryen blood which would make him Dany's older brother and a better claim than she has.

CONS-He may have problems with loyalty as he is still accused of killing Joffrey and did murder Tywin. Would men trust a man who killed his family? As a dwarf he does not have the respect of people and lacks the ruthless nature of his sister. If he is actually Targaryen his claim is better than Dany's but Jon's is better than both of them. He is more cautious and less ruthless so would he make a better leader or a less effective one? His decisions are not always the best.
Who do you think will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the series? Who do you WANT to see sit on the Iron Throne? Who would you hate to see on The Iron Throne?

Game of Thrones Gossip #29 Jorah Mormont

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 


Jorah is the son of Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He became Lord of Bear Island when his father bdicated his titles to his son by joining the Night's Watch. He became a knight for his bravery in battle during the Greyjoy rebellion, fighting for Robert Baratheon. Jorah was married to Lynesse Hightower and struggled to give her the kind of lifestyle she expected, resorted to selling poachers on his land to slave traders. After being caught, he fled Westeros to avoid being beheaded by Ned Stark, fleeing to the Free Cities and his wife left him for a richer man. Jeor was shamed by his son's disgrace, telling Jon Snow that he did have the decency not to take the family sword Longclaw with him, a sword that Jeor gave to Jon as a surrogate son. Father and son never had a chance to be reunited before Jeor was murdered by his own men.

When we first meet Jorah, he has pledged his service to Prince Viserys, and has a very good relationship with the dothraki and Khal Drogo. They call him Jorah the Andal, although in reality the Mormonts, like the Starks are northern, descended from the First Men. He speaks to Dany at her wedding, giving her books about Westeros. However Jorah has a dark secret. In order to gain a royal pardon and return to Westeros, he has agreed to spy on the Targaryens for King Robert, passing information back through Varys and his spies. We see the first evidence of this when Irri tells of dany's pregnancy. Jorah looks unhappy and excuses himself, obviously to get a message to Varys.

The problem Jorah seems to keep having is making poor choices that come back to bite him. He is supposed to be spying on Viserys and Dany but very quickly forms a dislike of the former and respect for the latter. He makes no move to help Viserys when Rakharo attacks him for striking Dany, and obviously does not see him as a real contender for the throne. I think he was able to fully justify his spying mission when Viserys was the heir but when he is killed by Drogo, it is much harder to keep betraying Dany. He saved her dragon eggs from being stolen by her brother and faithfully obeys her and advises her where he can. Jorah begins to fall in love with her and sees her as more of a potential ruler than Viserys ever was. The royal parden arrives which is all Jorah ever wanted but it alerts him that there is a reason why he is no longer needed to spy on Dany. He disregards the pardon, and steps in to save Dany's life when the wine merchant goes to poison her. His choice has been made.

When Drogo becomes seriously ill, Jorah becomes more important than ever to Dany's welfare, and is stunned when he sees her reborn from the funeral pyre of Drogo with her three dragons. He proclaims himself to follow her, and does so through the Red Waste to Qarth. He advises her not to marry Xaro though whether this is purely professional tactics or jealousy at the thought of her with another man is open to question. He advises her to let him find her a ship and not rely on the financial aid of others, but while he is doing this, Irri is killed and Dany's dragons are stolen. He berates himself for not being there and agrees to find out what happened. Quaithe asks him if he will betray her again and is satisfied with his reply of 'never', telling him where to find the thief. He arrives in time to help Dany escape from Xaro and guides her to the House of the Undying to get her dragons back and punish those who betrayed her. 

Jorah has made many mistakes but I believe him to be a good man at heart, who truly loves Dany. There is going to be a difficult road ahead for Jorah in seasons to come.

Film Review: 5 Headed Shark Attack


My first Deep Blue Terror weekend was a huge success with 7 films watched so far and 3 books! Here I share with you my thoughts on another one I looked at.

A mutant shark with five heads attacks tourists and locals around the coast of Puerto Rico.

Starring Chris Bruno, Nikki Howard, Jeffrey Holsman
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6719524/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

Two cops are investigating a shark attack on a boat and the recorded camera footage shows a shark with multiple heads. After making enquiries at the Aquarium, the staff there are railroaded into going out on a boat to capture the shark to put on display and study.

Yeah like THAT was ever going to be a good idea! This shark ate a pile of people ON a boat and a bunch of interns and their bosses are going to be able to catch ot? Sure, why not. The good news is that the acting was decent again with some good characters to root for and of course there are plenty of people out on the water to be violently eaten, which is why we watch the films in the first place. The story itself was ok and the special effects were decent. It takes place following the police boat and the teams boat as they try to track and catch the shark. I prefer 3 Headed Shark Attack but this is worth a watch if you like these trashy shark films on a cold wet weekend! 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Book Review: Fall Of Night by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #14)


Claire thought she'd never get to leave Morganville, but she can't pass up the chance to finally attend her dream school, MIT. After all, getting to invent anti-vamp devices with Professor Anderson - a Morganville exile herself - sounds like a dream come true... until Claire realizes there are sinister forces at play, and she's not the only one with a vampire-related agenda.

Without her friends Shane, Eve, and Michael, Claire finds that surviving a killer schedule may be hard... but with them, it might turn out to be impossible


My Review:
Claire has been given permission to go to MIT, her longtime goal but saying goodbye to her friends and Myrnin turns out to be harder than she thought. Her special class with Irene, former resident of Morganville turns out to be different from what she expected and she didn't think there would be vampires like Jesse around. Who are the mysterious people who keep breaking into her house and turning up at Irene's lab? Is Elizabeth's stalker dangerous? And why is there a guy who looks like Shane near her house?

Shane's definition of 'give me space' is to follow Claire to MIT and skulk around the town and her house to keep an eye on her. While I realise that nobody has a talent for trouble quite like Claire, it is stalkerism at its worst, not letting her have the true freedom he promised her. He also gets bitten by a hellhound before he leaves but doesn't think it important to get the bite checked out. You just know that is going to create all kinds of problems. What annoyed me about this part of the plot is that Shane's POV was moping about Claire, stalking Claire and watching Elizabeth's stalker. Oh and getting drunk and beaten up. At the end of the book we find out that something big is happening in Morganville and I'd have preferred POVs from Eve, Oliver or Myrnin about the trouble starting there instead of a Shane mopefest.

Claire bugs me in this book, she really does. First she wants to sneak away for a whole college term without saying goodbye to Eve, Shane and Michael, which is cowardly and mean! She doesn't like her housemate Elizabeth anymore and dislikes her controlling nature and demands. So what does she do about it? Moans to Eve back in Morganville and says nothing. Claire should have been saying no to the spoiled brat that is Elizabeth and moving onto campus to get away from the silly cow. I mean seriously, being summoned to dinner with the old lech professor that her friend plans to sleep with? Such a jellyfish! And of course there is this device of hers to control vampire behaviour that she just hands over to her Professor with no questions. Not really her finest moments.

Don't even get me started on Elizabeth. Her petty house rules, the desire to control everything right down to how Claire makes the pasta. Failing to mention the stalker boyfriend until he scares Claire on the doorstep. Ordering Claire about. Forcing her to dinner with you and Professor Pervy Pants. Telling Claire you intend to sleep with him for a good grade then wailing the next day aboyut being used and expecting Claire to miss classes to give you sympathy. What a useless piece of bimbo idiot this character is. I rolled my eyes every time we met her and I hated her.

The one good bit was when everyone suddenly arrives in town and the plot is uncovered. This final part of the book was quite interesting but sadly what led up to it bored me. I hope we never see Elizabeth again. One more book to read in the series and I hope to get to that in September or later this month.


Read August 2017.
2 stars.

Book Review: Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #13)


For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.


My Review: 
With the draug defeated, the vampires no longer have anything or anyone to fear and Amelie starts clamping down on the human population, issuing alarming ID cards which include the human's blood group. She is also giving vampires dangerous new rights including one legal kill per year. With more vampires on the council, new mayor Hannah has no say in the new set up. Human opposition to Amelie is rising and Captain Obvious is back in the shape of a different leader who could unite the angry people. With new mayor elections to find someone more sympathetic to the vampires coming, Myrnin is suggesting that Claire finds a candidate to back. Just as things are as bad as it could get, a paranormal TV show decides to set up in Morganville.

Eve and Michael are getting death threats over their relationship and Eve soon becomes the target of Captain Obvious and their allies, leaving her hurt in more ways than one. Claire and Shane are facing hate just for being friends with the couple and Shane's bubbling jealousy may will destroy his relationship with Claire and their friendship with Eve. Monica is pleased at the prospect of running for mayor with Claire and Shane running the campaign and she is also looking for self defence lessons to avoid being a victim. Oliver's new romance with Amelie is what he has always wanted but she is unaware that he and other vampires are being controlled by Naomi in her power grab. Myrnin senses trouble and goes into hiding as Naomi orders his death and Claire feels guilty over his goodbye kiss. Miranda decides to try and leave the house after realising she is the reason Eve and Michael are considering moving out.

You do get uber pissed at Amelie here. It was Shane who first came up with a way to stop the draug and Claire's group were fighting with the vampires to save everyone. What thanks do they get? They are now living in a state run by Nazis with pointy teeth and treated like meat on feet. Amelie then sets a mad vampire on Eve. What is wrong with the ungrateful bitch??? Myrnin is supposed to be mad but he is the only one who senses that trouble is about to hit Morganville in a vampire civil war between themselves and with the humans. Naomi should just be staked and left out to tan in the sun. I hate that bitch and wish Shane had left her to the draug in the swimming pool.

Shane himself drives me bloody mad in this book. He doesn't trust Claire around Myrnin and Michael at the best of times but his behaviour in this book is stupid and pigheaded. Claire is just a total doormat every time he does this to her and it's certainly time she grew a backbone and stops letting him get away with it. Eve is also facing the possible end of her relationship with Michael and is left alone to recover from her attack. There is a lot of relationship angst and in-fighting between former allies in this book which not everyone will enjoy.

A decent book but the ghostbusters plot seemed to be kind of pointless really and I'd rather it wasn't there. It didn't add anything to the book at all. I still liked it but I now have deep reservations about the plot of the next book moving outside Morganville again as Claire gets ready to go to MIT.
 

Read June 2017.
3 stars.

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 


While traveling through West Virginia on a camping trip, the Bakers and the Riveras—two close-knit families—have the misfortune of running into a peculiar hitchhiker. After ditching the hitchhiker, the families set up camp and begin their vacation. However, they soon find themselves stalked by a group of feral, cannibalistic people lurking in the woods...

The author of Butcher Road and Camp Blaze invites you to experience another brutal slasher inspired by classic horror movies. Can you handle a visit to Cannibal Creek?

WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence, including some sexualized violence. This book is not intended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.


My thoughts: 
Yes to slasher books! Yes to cannibals lurking in the woods! Yes to strange hitchhikers! Mega yes to graphic violence and being appalled! I already want to see it as a film...

Released August 31st 2017.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Book Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #12)

 

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…


My Review: 
Michael, Eve, Claire and Shane have joined some surviving residents and vampires at Amelie's residence in Founder's Square while others hide in their homes to escape the draug. With Amelie seriously ill, a mission to find Theo in town is top of the list, as is turning several houses around town into weapons stores in case they have to fight on the move. Everyone must work together to defeat their common enemy but can they overcome the divisions between themselves?

Eve is realising the danger of being involved with a vampire and is flinching every time Michael comes near her. Michael is guilt ridden over what he did to her but is it going to be too late for them to repair their relationship? Eve is also furious to learn that Naomi is biting Jason and that he wants to be a vampire, so she cuts a deal with the vampire to provide her with information, wondering if she just made a deal with the devil. Naomi is determined to rule instead of Oliver when Amelie dies and needs to know why Magnus wants Claire.

Myrnin has been spending every moment in his new lab, trying to find something that will destroy the draug but without success. Instead, he thinks that disabling the water treatment plant will stop the draug using the sewers to move around, buying them some time. But who is going to join him on the mad trip to the plant, and who will get out alive? A rescue mission is planned to rescue their fallen colleague and they are shocked when Monica insists on joining Richard and Hannah in helping them, feeling that she needs to make up for something in her past.

Shane comes up with an idea on how they might be able to defeat the draug which means another dangerous mission in town. Claire is very worried about his health, especially his current mental condition as he struggles to seperate reality from dreams. The anti vampire resistance are about to make themselves known to the draug and Morganville is about to lose one of it's resistance members to the enemy...

There is plenty of action in this book as they try to battle the draug and save their town. I liked the two raids on the water treatment plant and the one on the maintenance shed. I liked that it was Shane who came up with the idea that just might save the town. I could also hit Eve for her stupidity over the Jason plot and hit Claire for blaming Myrnin for everything that goes wrong. Give a vampire a break, y'know??!!

Read June 2017.
3.5 stars


 

Film Review: 3 Headed Shark Attack


My first Deep Blue Terror weekend was a huge success with 7 films watched so far and 3 books! Here I share with you my thoughts on another one I looked at.

A 3 Headed Shark attacks a research facility causing the survivors to flee on a damaged boat, putting them and everyone else on the water at risk.

Starring: Danny Trejo, Rob Van Dam, Karrueche Tran
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4685096/?ref_=nv_sr_1

A group of eco activists and interns are going to work in a research station underwater to study the effects of pollution but a 3 headed shark has been causing carnage in the area and attacks the facility. The survivors of the destruction flee into the water to get to a nearby boat but this is the start of their problems as the shark pursues them and everyone else on the river.

This was a ton better than 2 Headed shark attack and the acting on the whole was pretty good. Danny Trejo is one of the supporting guys in the film, on a boat trying to come to our survivors rescue and I do love his cameo appearances in these films. I also very much liked the female MC Karrueche Tran and Rob Van Dam, the wresting star. There were a few shaky performances from minor supporting actors but nothing to bother a shark fan.

The quality of the shark effects are much better and clearer than the last film and of course the body count is higher with all the extra people and boats in and on the water. The pollution causing the mutations and making the shark more aggresive was an interesting plot as was the way they decided to try and kill the shark. The one thing for me is that I had to yell at the tv over dumbass moves like getting in the water too much, not planning ahead...but you do expect that in these kinds of films. Overall this is a pretty good film for those who like shark bloodbath plots!

Have you seen this film? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!  http://www.brokeandbookish.com/   

This week TTT is back from hiatus and the topic is Top Ten Recommended. I'm going with Top Ten Recommended Books That Are Films or TV Series. 


1) George RR Martin-A Song Of Ice And Fire (Game of Thrones)
The books are beautifully written without being over descriptive, the switching POV between characters moves it along at a fast pace and you get right into characters heads, plus it delves into the history of Westeros and gives more details on thinks like Robb's war and Arya's training. I've read and loved the first two and want to read the rest!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20873804-a-game-of-thrones 

2) JK Rowling-Harry Potter 
The world of Harry Potter is so rich and varied! There is much more humour than in the films, great detail of places like Diagon Alley, action, sad scenes, and so much world building like Quidditch! The characters are so diverse and fun to read about plus the dark danger lurking as the books progress. I love the books and they are my comfort read. For adults and kids.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21523103-harry-potter-and-the-philosopher-s-stone 

3) Suzanne Collins-The Hunger Games 
Katniss is a real heroine, smart, brave and resourceful, and the other characters are all interesting. The Games themselves are brutal and deadly and I loved the tension as the chosen contestants battle each other to survive and win. I've got all the films but I've only seen the first one. I wish they'd bring out a set with better covers though.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6053292-the-hunger-games 


4) Michael Crichton-Jurassic Park
Lex was a lot more annoying but I forgive that because there was more dinosaur mayhem, more death and more tension, like the brilliant river rafting scene. Some book scenes ended up in the third film so that gives an idea how jam packed this is. I enjoyed the science and the island. I do love my dinosaurs! Haven't read this book in a decade or more so need to reread. 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12596223-jurassic-park 

5) Stephen King-It 
I fell in love with this book when I first read it and it's still my favourite! I loved the way the past is mixed with the present, the way the characters change from kid to adult and the many faces of the shapeshifting clown monster as it takes the form of everything you fear. I liked the previous film/mini series and can't wait to see the new film!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/830502.It 

6) Keith RA DeCandido-Resident Evil 
The book gives a little more depth to the characters and delves into why Matt and his sister are taking on Umbrella. Other than that it is identical to the film and that is why I really enjoyed it. This is one of my favourite horror films and I was pleased that the book was well written. The same author wrote a few sequels based on the films and I'm liking them so far.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/221274.Resident_Evil 


7) JRR Tolkien-Lord of the Rings
When Bilbo retires to write his memoirs, Frodo takes ownership of the Ring and flees his home with dark forces in pursuit of it. A dangerous journey to Rivendell finishes but a deadly quest to Mordor begins. I enjoy these books but I love what Peter Jackson did with them on the big screen. I've lost count of how many times I've watched them.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1451516.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring 

8) Jeffery Deaver-The Bone Collector 
Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic forensic expert who uses a young officer as his eyes and ears at a crime scene in a race against time to solve the clue and save the next kidnapped victim. I loved this book, the plot and characters so it is a bit of a puzzle as to why I haven't watched the film yet. I like Angelina and Denzel as actors so it seems strange! Fast paced novel.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4279659-the-bone-collector

9) John Marsden-Tomorrow When The War Began
A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to discover that Australia has been invaded by foreign soldiers. With family and friends held in a prison camp, it is up to the teenagers to fight back. Very much like Red Dawnbut the film was better quality. Loved the book and film but sadly they haven't made any more in the film series which is really annoying!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/71865.Tomorrow_When_the_War_Began 

10) Mario Puzo-The Godfather
The soldier son of a mafia boss who rejected violence and the family way has to become the new Godfather when his father and brother are targeted by rival groups. This is the ultimate novel of backstabbing, betrayal and violence! I don't generally like mafia things but I loved the book and it is also one of my favourite ever films.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22034.The_Godfather





















Monday, 14 August 2017

Film Review: 2 Headed Shark Attack


My first Deep Blue Terror weekend was a huge success with 7 films watched so far and 3 books! Here I share with you my thoughts on the firstone I looked at.

2 Headed Shark Attack

Survivors from a damaged ship escape to a nearby atoll, after their boat is hit by a two-headed shark. The atoll then begins to flood leaving everyone at the mercy of the sharks. 

Starring: Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan, Charlie O'Connell
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2043757/?ref_=rvi_tt

An educational boat for students looking to learn something develops a problem when it hits a big shark. The students are ferried to a nearby atoll to look for scrap metal as it might be useful (for what purpose nobody knows when the damage to the boat is welded shut). With a two headed shark in the water, the atoll then starts to sink and somebody needs to finish the boat repairs so they can escape.

Hmm. This is a dreadful film for bad acting! The plot is of course wafer thin with vacant bimbos and oversexed morons. Carmen Electra sways about the whole time wiggling her arse and doing little else, Charlie O'Connell is more wooden than a forest and a few of the background characters with their hysterical screaming and panic get on your nerves after about a minute. There were decent performances from Brooke Hogan, Christina Bach and David Gallegos though.

The worst thing visually was the lack of continuity. For example there are two speedboats in the water a distance apart, next frame they are a metre apart, then back to a distance. Prof notices the atoll sinking...then takes the survivors from the speedboats back to the atoll to be told they are sinking and he frowns and says you might be right. Deary me! The shark effects are a bit strange and the clarity of it is weird, like looking through filters or something. The script is appalling though.

On the bright side however, the shark has plenty students to chomp and mutilate so it was still strangely watchable for shark film fans and you can just laugh at the acting!  

Has anyone seen this? What are your thoughts on the film?

Game of Thrones Review: Season 7 Episode 5


Welcome to my Game of Thrones reviews posts which are an episode by episode guide of season 7. The entire post will be nothing but spoilers so don't read it if you intend to watch it! The format will be done as a house by house analysis, not a minute by minute report. 


Bronn pulls Jaime out of the water and is furious with him. Jaime explains that he wanted to end the war by killing Dany and Bronn sarcastically asks him if he noticed the big dragon. He tells Jaime he doesn't get to die until Bronn gets paid. A distraught Tyrion surveys the battlefield and when Dany tells the survivors to bend the knee and live, he tries to persuade her not to kill those like Randyll Tarly who refuse. Later he tries to convince himself that Dany had no other choice but Varys is not convinced and tells Tyrion that he must make her listen. When The Mad King burned people, Varys would convince himself that he was not responsible for any of it happening either. Jaime tells Cersei that they cannot defeat the dothraki or dragons and she wonders if Tyrion will try to make amends by having them spared. Jaime tells Cersei about Olenna's confession and why she killed Joffrey-so Margaery could control Tommen. Jaime tells Cersei about his secret meeting which she knew about and thinks she can use this truce to find a plan to beat Dany. She tells Jaime she is pregnant and not to betray her again.


Randyll and Dickon Tarly are amongst the prisoners after the battle and they stand firm when others agree to kneel and live. Tyrion reminds Randyll that he betrayed Olenna Tyrell to fight for Cersei and swapping sides again is not an issue. Randyll declares that Cersei lived her whole life in Westeros and was not backed by savages. He refuses to take the black when Tyrion offers him a way out. Dickon steps forward to stand with his father and  Tyrion watches in horror as Drogon burns them. The other men kneel. Sam is listening to the maester's council meeting and they don't believe Bran's warning. Sam tries to persuade them that this is all real and they must warn people. The Archmaester relents a little and says they will seek confirmation from Winterfell. Gilly is reading about a maester annulling the marriage of Rhaegar Targaryen so he could marry another woman. Sam isn't really listening and decides to take what he needs from the library and leave the Citadel to join the war.



Jon watches in awe as Dany lands Drogon in front of him and to her surprise, Drogon is taken with Jon and allows him him to stroke him. Jorah arrives on Dragonstone to a warm reception from Dany and asks to serve her again. Bran sends ravens north to track the Army of the Dead and finds them bearing down on Eastwatch. Jon receives the message from Bran in which he finds out Bran and Arya are alive, and that the dead are close. He asks Dany for help but she is concerned about letting Cersei take control again. Tyrion thinks if they catch a wight and show it to Cersei, that she might fight with them for now. He wants Davos to smuggle him into King's Landing and persuade Jaime to talk to her. Jorah offers to lead the trip north and Jon says he will go with him and get wildling support. 

The Northern men are getting restless with Royce and Glover hinting that they would follow Sansa. Sansa insists to her sister that she is trying to hold things together but Arya thinks she wants to take the power for herself. Arya starts spying on Littlefinger's meetings with Royce, Glover and Maester Wolkan. She breaks into a room to look for the message Littlefinger hid which was the message Sansa sent from King's Landing asking Robb to bend the knee to Joffrey, unaware that he is watching her. 


With Tyrion meeting Jaime in a set up arranged by Tyrion and Bronn, Davos goes into Flea Bottom looking for Gendry. Gendry has been ready for something happening and is happy to go with Davos and get away from the Queen who killed his father. He proves his worth back on the beach when two guards see Tyrion and he kills them with his hammer. Despite being told to be 'Clovis', Gendry tells Jon his true identity and they bond over their father's friendship.






















 
Jon, Gendry, Davos and Jorah arrive at Eastwatch where Tormund is ready for the enemy. He tells Davos he is meant to stop Jon doing crazy things like, passing comment on the Queens that need convincing. He expresses disappointment that Brienne isn't with them. A surprise is waiting in the dungeons as Tormund has captured the Brotherhood. Gendry is furious about them selling him to the witch that tried to kill him, Tormund is unhappy that a Mormont is amomgst them but Beric and Jon persuade that they are all on the same side. They head out north in a blizzard.  

My thoughts:

It is difficult to know what to think of Dany this season, ruling by fear instead of respect. I get what she is saying about being a better ruler than Cersei and caring more about the people but burning those who refuse to fight for her just makes her like previous rulers and will not get the people to love her in Westeros. We saw a bit more of the old Dany in this episode after the murder of the Tarlys. Is it wrong to feel sorry for Randyll? I know he was terrible to Sam but in that moment where he tries to save Dickon then grabs his son's arm as they face death together, I got a lump in my throat that I wasn't expecting. I felt for Tyrion who did everything he could to save the Tarlys.

Drogon! I LOVED watching his reaction to Jon which ends all doubt that Jon is a Targaryen and it seems Drogon did this by smell. Now lets think back to that episode when Tyrion got close to the other two dragons without harm. Does this mean he is also a Targaryen? Exciting times are coming here! If you want to see more on my theory about Tyrion, check out this post: http://chucklesbookcave.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/game-of-thrones-tyrion-lannister-or.html    
And Gilly dropped the bombshell that we were expecting and SAM WASN'T LISTENING!!! Yes she found evidence that Prince Rhaegar annulled his marriage to Elia Martell to marry Lyanna Stark! Jon is a legitimate Stark/Targaryen! But yes to Sam for leaving the Citadel to join the war!

Relief that Jaime and Bronn are still alive but now Cersei has her claws even deeper into Jaime than ever with the pregnancy thing. Gah, I just want to see Jaime get away from her. Maybe when proof about the dead comes and she ignores it, Jaime will ride north to battle! Loved Davos with his attempts to bribe the guards. Loved Jorah coming home. Hey Dany you just killed the family of the man who saved Jorah! Loved Tormund hoping that Brienne had come to Eastwatch! Poor boy!

Littlefinger is plotting again. Arya is sure that Sansa wants to rule and will stab Jon in the back so her obvious suspect is Littlefinger. I don't think Littlefinger planted the real message he was asking for. His glance behind him after talking to the serving girl indicates he knew Arya had been there and I think he has played her, as we see her being watched by him. This message was planted to stir up more trouble between the sisters. Is Arya going to realise this? And what was the real message? Perhaps Littlefinger knows about Jon's real mother and hopes this will sway Sansa into taking control herself as Ned's true child. As for the northern lords, the North might Remember but they aren't very bloody loyal!

Ok, niggle time. Firstly, do the Lannisters have any men left in their army outside King's Landing? Greyworm killed everyone at Casterly Rock, Dany killed or recruited most near Highgarden. So who would Cersei send to join the fight? Is this dangerous trip north really worth it? Not sure about that but it is going to be heartstopping anyway. But they have set off, the seven like the Fellowship in LOTR!

Around The Blogs With Chuckles


We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out.

This week!

1) Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War
Greg at Book Haven looks at episode four of season seven.

http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/game-of-thrones-spoils-of-war.html 

2) Game of Thrones Review: Season 7 Episode 4
Check out the latest post on Dragons & Zombies blog!

https://dragonsandzombies.com/2017/08/09/game-of-thrones-review-season-7-episode-4/

3) Are You A Bookish Risk Taker?
Kristen at Metaphors & Moonlight asks what risks you take on your reading and invites you to take part in a quick booky poll!

http://blog.kristenburns.com/are-you-a-bookish-risk-taker/ 

4) 5 Things Bookworms Never Want To Hear
Amy Nikita voices our pain for us!

http://amagicalworldofwords.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/5-things-bookworms-never-want-to-hear.html 

5) Book Review: Silent Child by Sarah A Denzil 
Jenea looks at a book where a drowned child assumed dead comes home ten years later.

https://jeneasbookobsession.com/2017/08/11/review-for-silent-child-by-sarah-a-denzil/

6) Book Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine 
Mogsy takes a look at a thriller this week from bestselling author Rachal Caine.

https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/10/book-review-stillhouse-lake-by-rachel-caine/ 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Chuckles Cover Love #38


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

This Week: Zoe Marriott! I haven't read the books but I do like the covers! I think my favourite is book three as I love the dragon!



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Chuckles Weekend Roundup


Welcome to my new feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
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I started to get back on track with my reading this week which is a relief. I found that a nice apocalypse is enough to break a minor reading slump followed by a nice sea monster horror! Yes Deep Blue Terror has hit the Book Cave and for the rest of the month I'll be tackling books and films about sharks, sea monsters, cannibal fish, krakens, crocodiles and other nasties! I started by reading Hunter Shea's 'They Rise', re-watched Deep Blue Sea, and watched the somewhat appalling 2 Headed Shark Attack! Jeez the acting was painful, script dreadful, continuity non existant but plenty people get eaten so that was ok. Today I start 'Loch Ness Revenge' by the same author and watch 3 Headed Shark Attack and Five Headed Shark Attack! Oh dear!  

On the book side of things I ordered 2 this week which have arrived, both being new books in series I'm following. I did download a few books to fit my Deep Blue Terror though so I'll share those with you. We also bought a Sodastream and Ice Cream Maker last weekend. I had to order the Soda Stream concentrates from Amazon as Argos as usual never have anything in stock. I'm still trying to get the food processor and deep fat fryer but they stay stubbornly out of stock too! Useless mob. What use are they if things are never in stock???

DOWNLOADS:







Chuckles Blogging World:
Apologies to everyone who left a comment this week as I didn't get to answer most of them until yesterday which is really sloppy of me. I had it in my head that I had answered everyone so it was a shock to realise that wasn't true! However, I'm caught up now, except for comments left yesterday which I'll answer as soon as I do this post. As always, a link is provided for each blog post from last week to take you straight to anything you missed. Comments are moderated so it might take a day or two to see it on the blog! Check out my Next Week section to see what is coming next at the Book Cave...

Book Reviews: 
I got a few book reviews done this week but I still can't seem to get ahead on the blasted things! New plan is to get the rest of the Morganville Vampires reviews done from May so I can get on to reviews for standalone books. Maybe that will motivate me more! 

Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction End #5

Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Aftermath #6

Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Lost #6.5

Rachel Caine-Bite Club (Morganville Vampires #10)

Rachel Caine-Last Breath (Morganville Vampires #11)

Regular Features:
This week on Cover Love I featured Deborah Blake, I brought you the best of the bloggyverse in Around The Blogs With Chuckles-featuring Game of Thrones, Peanut Butter Prison escapes, Racists looking dumb and the Texas Butthole Tickling Bandit! Top Ten Tuesday continued my look at the Urban Fantasy Series I want to read, Can't Wait Wednesday I featured a new Sookie Stackhouse anthology!  I also continued with my new feature where I share a few thoughts on book samples I've downloaded, called Chuckles Goes Sampling. In that I looked at Fire Sorcerer, A Thousand Yesteryears (Mothman), and Cities on Fire.

Chuckles Cover Love-Deborah Blake

Chuckles Goes Sampling

Around The Blogs With Chuckles

Top Ten Tuesday-UF Series I Want To Read

Can't Wait Wednesday-Sookie Stackhouse anthology

Discussion Posts: 
Chuckles Chat this week looked at the ups and downs of Authors Replying Back, while  my Game of Thrones Gossip looked at the Battle of the Blackwater! I also reviewed episode four of my Game of Thrones Season 7 analysis.

Chuckles Chat-Authors Replying Back

Game of Thrones Review Season 7 Episode 4

Game of Thrones Gossip-Battle of the Blackwater

Special Features: 

Deep Blue Terror! 
http://chucklesbookcave.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/deep-blue-terror-at-book-cave.html 

Book Tags: 
none this week

Book Challenge Updates:
My Goodreads Challenge total currently stands at 161/250. I read and finished five books, DNFed one which was boring me plus I read more book samples.

TBR total of books I own but haven't read yet stands at 802. *grimaces* I hope the sampling for the second half of the year instead of impulse buying helps. My total hasn't gone up in four weeks which is something!

Currently Reading/Next Up:
 I deviated from the planned books as I wasn't feeling vampirey this week. I read the last two books in the apocalypse series about the Blaine Family by David Nelson, then I read Hunter Shea's 'They Rise'. I'm currently reading the same author's 'Loch Ness Revenge' which I'll finish today. These are next up!


Next Week On The Blog? 
Chuckles Cover Love features Zoe Marriott, Top Ten Tuesday features Top Ten books made into films/TV series, Can't Wait Wednesday features some cannibals, Game of Thrones Gossip features Jorah Mormont, Chuckles Chat looks at Favourite TV as a kid. There will also be a Game of Thrones special post on S7 Ep 5 to enjoy and some more blog posts I've enjoyed this week online!

That's all for this week! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and leave comments. You guys are great!