Falling Skies Tonight on TNT

TNT’s new hit scifi drama Falling Skies has already been renewed for a second season. Tonight’s all new episode “What Hides Beneath” holds some shocking revelations and is one of the most exciting yet this season. Action-packed, thrilling suspense, and heart-wrenching drama makes this one of the best shows on tv right now. Fringe’s Blair Brown guest stars as a survivor that Tom stumbles upon while on an information-gathering mission. Don’t miss it!

Book Review: Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead

Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead, by Jason Henderson

Alex Van Helsing is the descendant of the legendary vampire slayer himself. Only fourteen, Alex attends school full time and works for the Polidorium tracking and taking down vampires. After an attack, Alex has to deal with the outcome of a fire at the boarding school, and being forced to move in to the neighboring girls’ school. Meanwhile, the vampire Elle is back, and wants revenge. And the Polidorium discovers that a powerful vampire named Ultravox is coming to town, with his own deadly agenda.

Alex Van Helsing carries on his ancestor’s legacy in a new fashion with high tech gadgets, talented friends, and an uncanny ability to sense the undead around him. Henderson’s characters are vivid and intriguing. After the events in the previous novel, Alex’s friends now know about the vampire situation. And a developing relationship between two of them leads to some jealousy. While Elle is fairly straight-forward and bent on revenge, Ultravox is a unique villain with a dangerous ability.

As the complex story unfolds, the intensity increases. Fast-paced and action-packed, this sequel is completely engaging. There are plenty of surprises and twists leading to a climactic and dramatic ending. A few mysteries still linger that will leave readers wanting more. Full of mystery, adventure, and teenage angst, this fantasy series for young adults is exceptional.

Movie Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens

A man awakens in the desert to complete memory loss. The only clue to his past is a picture of a young woman and a metal contraption locked around his forearm. When he arrives in a nearby town of Absolution, trouble isn’t far behind. But when strange lights from the sky arrive and begin shooting up the town and abducting its residents, the survivors decide to risk all to hunt the kidnappers and find their loved ones.

Daniel Craig plays the amnesiac who comes to be known as Jake Lonergan. Craig is a stoic, hard man with a soft heart. When his past is revealed it’s a bit of a shock, since it seemed to be against his nature. Harrison Ford also stars as Woodrow Dolarhyde, a tough war veteran, now rich and feared by the town and his employees. Sam Rockwell is Doc, a saloon owner who tries to toughen up to save his wife from abduction. And Olivia Wilde is the mysterious and beautiful Ella who seems to know something about Jake. The acting is solid and believable. Each character stands out and made the film worth watching.

The characters and their stories are really what made the film. While the men had rough and tough exteriors, there was still plenty of heart. The feel was definitely a Western meets Alien, with plenty of violence and intense suspense and action. Clever one-liners throughout gave the film some much-needed laughs and light-hearted moments. Fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat excitement from beginning to end, Cowboys & Aliens certainly lives up to the hype.

The story is only roughly based on the original graphic novel. This is a different story, yet still has riveting characters, a mystery, and non-stop adventure. This was the film I was looking forward to most this summer. And I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. The Old West setting was charming yet gritty. And the aliens are brutal and extremely powerful, but underestimate humans, so it’s not a completely hopeless situation, nor silly. Both genres are treated with respect. Flawlessly blending Western action and gun-slinging with a high-tech alien invasion, this summer blockbuster is completely unique and altogether fantastic.

Book Review: Ghost Story

Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher

Chicago’s resident Wizard is back for another adventure. But this time Harry Dresden doesn’t have access to his magic. He’s dead. And he only has a short time to find his killer and save his friends left behind. Now just a ghost, Harry must find a way to communicate with his friends, keep away from memory-eating wraiths, and take down an impossibly powerful enemy.

This is the thirteenth installment in the Dresden Files series. Characters have changed considerably over the years. And Harry as a ghost is still the same person – with emotions and vulnerabilities, just without the powers. Butcher’s world of magic in a modern day has evolved and taken on a life of its own, setting it apart from others in the genre. The Dresden Files has certainly earned its reputation and popularity.

Harry’s latest adventure takes him on a whirlwind of drama, heartache, suspense, and mystery. The longest novel in the series at 496 pages, it still has doesn’t feel long or drawn-out save for the times Dresden reminisces about years past. After culminating events lead to an exciting conclusion, shocking surprises are revealed. I was blown away by this latest fantastic and gripping story. Butcher never disappoints. Just because Dresden doesn’t have a body doesn’t mean the story has ended. Don’t miss this Ghost Story and this incredible series.

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