Book Review: Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison, by Brandon Mull is the 5th and final book in the Fablehaven series.

Kendra and Seth’s parents have been kidnapped by the duplicitous Sphinx, head of the Society of the Evening Star. And the Sphinx now has control of most of the keys to the demon prison Zzyzx, which he wants to open. But opening the demon prison means the means the end of the world.

In this final installment of the Fablehaven series, siblings Kendra and Seth are separated throughout most of the book. Both face their own epic quests as they try to stop the opening of Zzyzx by any means possible. Along the way, they are reunited with old friends and confidants as well as new mysterious characters. Because of their past experience, neither sibling is quick to trust strangers anymore. But the side of good needs all the help they can get in this seemingly unwinnable war.

Fablehaven has continued to be one of my all-time favorite children’s fantasy series. And this final book finally reveals mysteries and questions that fans have been waiting for. I am a little disappointed that the series has ended, but am very pleased with the way Mull has wrapped up the story. Kendra and Seth have been extremely enjoyable characters. And the world of Fablehaven appeals to people of all ages. With more fantastic creatures, far off lands, and dangerous quests, Keys to the Demon Prison leads up to an action-packed final battle with a satisfying ending to an incredible series.

Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

The original Clash of the Titans is now available on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/Clash_SFC
And for a limited time, customers who purchase the original version on iTunes will also be able to view a special behind-the-scenes look at the new film.

When Zeus transforms the cruel and violent Calibos into an ugly mutant, Calibos’ mother Thetis is furious. Thetis decides that if her son cannot marry the beautiful princess Andromeda of Joppa, than no one can. And jealous of Zeus’ love for his son Perseus, Thetis abandons Perseus in Joppa. But Perseus discovers Joppa’s curse and risks everything to rescue Andromeda and free Joppa.

Clash of the Titans is a complex story of Greek mythology and magical creatures. As with ancient Greek mythology, the gods are cruel and fallible. And the hero Perseus is a virtuous and noble character. The story lags at times, while the characters deliver long monologues. But this seems necessary to deliver the intricate plot and explain the backstory.

The special effects are done via stop motion animation, so it is quite a bit dated and comical at times. But I did enjoy the picture quality, even from my iPhone. And the download was fairly quick and very easy from iTunes.

This epic tale of drama, heroism, evil, and love was a treat. It’s not surprising that they decided to remake it, updating the special effects. By the previews, it certainly looks like they’re doing the story justice. After a fun look at the original, I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming release of the new Clash of the Titans even more than I was before.

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Box Office Bombs?

These are my predictions for this summer’s biggest box office bombs.

MacGruber
Really?

A 2-minute spoof of McGuyver is cute on SNL. And only funny for about the first minute. Don’t waste millions on a movie. Oh Val Kilmer, what happened to your career that you would stoop to this?

The Expendables
“A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.”

Sly is past his prime, though I actually liked Rocky for the story. Stallone, together with Jason Stratham and Jet Li actually sounds like a good idea. Until I read that Stallone is the director. And the plot sounds exactly like his last Rambo movie.
Action-packed disappointment.

Catch Up On FlashForward

FlashForward returns this Thursday night with new episodes. But because of its extremely long hiatus, viewers can catch up on the show or refresh memories tonight on ABC! The recap will highlight the first 10 episodes, leading up to the cliffhanger ending.

And don’t miss my exclusive interview with stars from the show, John Cho and Sonya Walger here!

What did you see?

http://abc.go.com/watch/clip/flashforward/SH011579400000/207941/253676?&clipId=253676&playlistId=207941&cid=siteplayer

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