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review 2017-11-22 14:39
Reality and Illusion: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny

The one faithful film adaptation of a PKD story I'm aware of was the Linklater version of A Scanner Darkly. All the others take a major conceptual element of the story's basic premise, but then seriously alter the narrative in ways that often make them very different thematically. I really liked the Linklater film, too, because I think the "slavish" recreation of the story does a far better job of presenting the ideas that Dick had in their full nuance and depth than any other film version of his work ever has.) Most other adaptations of his work (there are some I haven't seen) tend to fall far short of that, which is really a shame. I mean, Blade Runner (the 1982 version) is a great movie. I like it a lot, but the novel has layers of philosophical depth that the film just doesn't get anywhere near. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” is one of Dick's many explorations of what was clearly his favorite philosophical topic, namely "what is the difference between reality and an illusion?" The movie is reasonably accurate in its representation of the basic plot points (a police officer hunts for escaped androids from space colonies, who are illegally living on Earth and posing as humans) but doesn't even attempt to probe the weirder, but more thought-provoking elements of the story--e.g. that the human race is actually going extinct, and that the robots' brains are distinguishable from those of humans by the robots' inability to feel empathy toward living things.

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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review 2017-11-11 21:37
Loved the setting
Dream Island - Josie Litton

They stood in the silence that descended, looking at one another. Alex saw a woman of courage and honor who stirred his blood even as she won his admiration. Were he to have no concern beyond his own wishes, he would not hesitate to claim the right to both possess and protect her. For her part, Joanna saw a man who seemed to have stepped directly from a legend into her dreams. Were the world a different place, it would have been so easy to forget all else and yield to the soul-deep hunger he ignited within her.

 

I was a big fan of the heroine Joanna but the setting won my attention for best "character". This is set in Regency times but the author creates a fictional island and people called Akora (maybe Atlantis survivors?) and delivers big time on the descriptions. I was lost into the world the author created with such lush and detailed descriptions of the islands and their culture. 

 

The clash of cultures between Joanna and Alex provided for some fun back and forth but what made it really fantastic was how they both respected each other, even when Alex was stating that Joanna needed to be subservient, he was admiring her strength providing a look into his true character. 

 

There is a slight other worldly feel, the island atmosphere but also the "gifts" that Joanna and Alex's sister possess. I thought the traitor storyline could have been flushed out more and the beginning had a bit of a slow start but I think I'm too used to newer releases jumping right in instead of setting the atmosphere, which this one did. 

 

If you're looking for something set in the 1800s but widely different, a magical feel, and two leads who challenge each, you'll want to hunt for this one. I'll definitely be continuing on in the series to see Joanna's brother and perhaps Alex's sister join in on the HEA.

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text 2017-11-06 22:58
My dream cast for ACCEPTING THE UNEXPECTED

Get ready for my dream cast line up and character introduction for my romance book Accepting the Unexpected. How do you like it??? :D

 

 

Leila Pierce, Creative Director Sleek magazine:

 

 

Blake Collins, Actor/Model 

 

 

Richard Speal , former NFL player:

 

James Higgins, RAF engineer.

 

 

Jessie , Receptionist at Sleek Magazine.

 

 

Miranda Cain, Editor and chef Sleek Magazine.

 

 

Jasper Sharratt, Fashion Designer.

 

Accepting the Unexpected - Mollie Jo JosephWhoever said love hurts... was not lying! When Leila Pierce, a creative director for a magazine named "Sleek" got brutally ditched by the man she thought she was going to end up with, that was just the start of her life being turned upside down. After the heartbreaking betrayal, she then found herself in a dark emotional tunnel, veering towards depression.
She finds herself packing her bags and leaving Cornwall, England and heading to New York to help Sleek international magazine make it big in the US. Leila is great at her job, and this means she can quell any anxiety over this amazing opportunity, and when she somehow gets introduced to Blake Collins, an actor and model, things start to look up. 
To add more drama to the mix, she also meets the mysterious Richard Speal, a retired NFL player with a drinking problem and some pretty big emotional baggage of his own. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to Richard—could they be kindred spirits?
How could she possibly fall for another man when she's still broken from the last one? And the bigger question is: which man? 
The one that is too good to be true?
 The mysterious one? 


OR
 The one she thought she was supposed to be with in the first place?
Too many questions and not enough answers. She needs to work all this out and impress her boss, Miranda Cain, editor and chief at Sleek NY by making the magazine a success. That's a lot for anyone to deal with right?
 

 

 

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review 2017-11-05 02:14
Children's Review
To Dream of Dancing: Desdemona's Dreams,... To Dream of Dancing: Desdemona's Dreams, Volume 1 - Aaron Damon Porter,Z.W. Mohr

We received this book to give an honest review.

 

This was an interesting book. We are introduced to Desdemona who lives with her aunts in a different kind of house where she has vivid dreams. She also daydreams a lot in school and finds herself in trouble. Yet what she is dreaming about is Maestro and a ballerina who has to keep dancing so he can finish his song yet Desdemona knows that it won't be good if the ballerina keeps dancing and dancing. Somehow it is up to Desdemona to put a stop to what he has planned. 

When Desdemona enters the dream world we do get a bit of song that the Maestro is trying to finish. 

I was kind of surprised at the ending and I don't want to go into any other details as I may give it away. 

As far as pictures go K mentioned that they looked kind of scary and he didn't really like them. I think I can agree with him on that one. 

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