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Gnome Sweet Gnome(a Pixie and Brutus comic) Review

I am so glad I got this! I missed the original Kickstarter campaign so I was ecstatic when I learned that there was another way to get it. And man am I extremely happy that I did, it is totally worth buying just to have a physical Pixie and Brutus story.

Now, this is going to be a short post because everyone needs to get a copy and I don’t want to spoil anything. But this is classic Pixie and Brutus, a lighthearted fun adventure with the occasional touch of seriousness. Not only was the story adorable but the art was top-notch(which isn’t a surprise since anyone with half a brain knows Ben’s art is amazing). More than that I loved how you can tell how much effort went into every little detail. I’ve already wanted them so much, but somehow this book makes me want to see the other full-length stories Ben has been talking about even more now than I did before. So, as you might have guessed I 100% give this comic a 10 out of 10.

The one minor spoiler I will say was WHO THE FUCK WAS WRINKLES TALKING TO?

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John Wick: Chapter 4 Review

Before I start I want to make it clear that I enjoy watching every John Wick movie but completely love the entire saga as a whole. That being said this last chapter definitely wasn’t my favorite. I still had a bunch of fun watching it but there were a few aspects that left something to be desired. Most of that is due to some of the fight choreography. I know I’m not an expert on creating fight scenes but there were a few moments that just felt off to me. There were times when the extras seemed like they were actually waiting for their cue to do something and not “actually fighting” which kind of ruined my immersion into the world of the movie. Another problem with the extras revolves around the crowd scenes, especially the club and Arc de Triomphe scenes. I know it looked awesome and made things more exciting having the huge crowd and a lot of cars around but it felt super weird to me that there were almost zero reactions to all the violence going around. The only reactions happened at the end of the fights which gave it a very choreographed vibe, which I think gave the movie an off feel.

But even though this one isn’t my favorite John Wick I would still give it a 7 out of 10 because I can’t get enough of John being a badass. P.S. I really hope this isn’t the end of this franchise I wasn’t emotionally prepared for if it is the last one.

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Dragon Thief (The Skystone Chronicles Book 1) Review

Are you looking for a book with dragons, magic, and a flirty main character who constantly does stupid risky things? Then Dragon Thief is for you! I loved everything thing about this book but there are a few things specifically that I want to talk about. First off are the maps and guides!!!! Any book that includes a map immediately becomes ten times better but Dragon Thief also includes guides about the magic and other creatures which is AMAZING. It’s a perfect and unique way to teach the readers about important details in the book without actually talking about them in the book.

The second thing that I really enjoyed was the actual writing of the book. Normally I only really pay attention to the plot and characters but the writing really stuck out to me in this book. Three things stuck out to me in this book the setup of chapters vs. visions vs. fragments, the switching from different characters’ POV, and how Asher’s POV was unique to everyone else’s. I thought the distinction between chapters/visions/fragments was a nice way to make things very clear and precise. Now I recently read a different book that really annoyed me with how they balanced the POV switches so I was extremely happy with this book. Dragon Thief not only had the primary POV be Asher’s(the clear main character) it also made his POV even more distinct by having it be the only one that used “I”. As much as I love getting different point of views from different characters I love it even more when there is a very obvious main character.

Now, I love everything about this book but I do have one complaint… I wanted Asher to be even more special!!! From the beginning, I was predicting and hoping he would bond with the true dragon, so I was pretty disappointed when it wasn’t him. I was a little sad because by the end of the book, he’s not the only Astromancer and he’s not the only one with a dragon bond. The only thing that makes him stand out at that point is that he’s a half-blood which is not enough for me! I want my mc to be the bestest most specialist awesomest character ever! So I hope by the end he becomes even more awesome than he already is.

Oh, I almost forgot, but I of course give this book a 9 out of 10.

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BattleBots S07 E14: Predictions

Time for another weeks predictions!

Starchild vs. Huge

I’m not sure how but I definitely think Huge will win this one.

Ominous vs. Shatter!

Battle of the Omi-wheels! As much as I like Ominous and want them to get a nice win Shatter’s in my top 5 bots so I have to root for them.

Triton vs. Horizon

Got to go with Triton with this one.

Bloodsport vs. Beta

This is a tough tough choice but I have to choose Beta. Although I can definitely see Bloodsport winning but I like Beta more.

Mammoth vs. Kraken

As much as I want Kraken to win I just can’t see them actually winning so I have to pick Mammoth in this fight.(but my heart will be rooting for Kraken)

Valkyrie vs. Glitch

With how iffy Valkyrie has been this season I definitely have to go with Glitch winning.

Black Dragon vs. Riptide

Now I have no idea who will win in this fight but I am 100% rooting for Black Dragon to win since Riptides has done some jerkish things this season. Plus I love when a team includes dragon in their name!

Well, here are my predictions. Maybe with the end of the qualifying round coming up I will finally get lucky and get that elusive 7 out of 7 this week?

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Disney Live-Action Remakes : Thoughts

Before I get into my thoughts on all of their remakes I first want to give my mini opinions on the ones I’ve seen so far.

  • The Jungle Book= I kind of forgot about this one but it was a good remake.
  • Beauty and the Beast= I enjoyed it.
  • Aladdin= I loved it.
  • The Lion King= I was a little disappointed but I was still pretty okay with it.
  • Lady and the Tramp= This one was surprisingly good.
  • Mulan= Complete shit! I was so angry with this one.
  • Cruella= I quite liked this one.

With that out of the way time to get into the nitty-gritty. I am both semi-annoyed and kind of happy about the never-ending influx of live-action remakes. But recently I’ve started to think more along the lines of “Hey the original still exists so why not make a live-action and if it’s good that amazing and if not I can just never watch the new one again.” I was a little shocked when I heard they already want to do Moana(I definitely think it’s waaaaaay too soon for that one) but honestly, I don’t mind if they make more live actions especially if that means they’ll eventually make live actions of Treasure Plant and Atlantis! I would die for those to be remade! If they remade those two and they were on the level of Lion King I would be so happy. Now If they were on the level of Mulan that would be an entirely different story. But all of this is to basically say that I have gotten to the point of hating the thought of Disney doing another live-action.

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Dead Mount Death Play Review So Far

Dude, it’s only been 2 episodes but I am in love with this show! Which is kind of surprising since like a lot of people I too am tired of the isekai genre, especially the ones with the super ridiculous long titles. But I discovered I’m not tired of a reverse isekai, even less tired of reverse isekai with the “villain” as the protagonist, and even less less tired of a reverse isekai with the “villain” MC who can still do magic! Plus this show is the perfect example of how anime isn’t “just for kids” and I always appreciate a mature anime.

Oh, I also forgot to mention white hair! I am always a sucker for a white-haired protagonist. Another thing I can’t get enough of is the characters’ style. I really really enjoy Misaki’s outfit but I absolutely love Polka/Corpse Gods style even though I haven’t even seen it in the show yet! I’m super excited to see it next episode hopefully. Basically, I’m already giving this show a 10 out of 10 and will be hugely disappointed if it doesn’t live up to my expectations.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Review

This movie is another one for the short list of successful video game movie adaptations. It was successful due to 2 details the animation and its overall simplicity. The animation was the type that is simple but has the depth and details that are able to make it look just plain cool. While I like super duper realistic animation sometimes it’s nice to have something more simple. And that simplicity is why I think Super Mario Bros was able to succeed.

First, they kept the character designs simple they didn’t add unnecessary details or stray from the source. While that’s all fine and dandy for other more realistic video game movies it’s completely unnecessary for a Mario movie. Besides the characters, they also kept the world-building simple too. They didn’t bother adding any complicated explanation for stuff like how the pipes, power-ups, or even the whole other world works. By ignoring explanations for this stuff it basically gives the watcher permission to just enjoy watching Mario and company on the big screen without having to learn a whole new world system. They also made the plot simple as in it’s not really different from the games.

Basically, this whole movie was simple in a very very good way. You never had to question anything or be confused as to why they chose to do something the way they did. Plus, it truly felt like a Mario movie, so I give it a 7 out of 10.

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Random mini thought #1: Schrödinger’s TV Show

Forget Schrödinger’s Cat, I’m petitioning we change it to Schrödinger’s TV Show. Now, if you are as obsessed with TV shows as I am you might be able to guess where I’m going with this but for those of you who are not let me explain. In Schrödinger’s TV Show, the cat is the tv show, being alive or dead is being renewed/canceled, and opening the box is obviously googling. So, if you never google what’s the fate of a beloved show then it is both canceled and renewed at the same time. Which then in turn makes you both hopeful and depressed at the same time, WooHoo.

But seriously, I’m going through this dilemma right now with the Lockwood & Co. show. Even though I’m preparing myself for a cancellation, I haven’t tried looking it up because I don’t want to confirm my fear. If I don’t google it I can still have hope that it will come back! As everyone knows “Ignorance is bliss” which is Schrödinger’s TV Show’s motto. So, with most TV shows I like I’ve taken the approach of “sit around and wait for the wind will blow the lid off the box” aka wait till the news of cancellation or renewal comes across my Twitter feed naturally.

This might not be as deep as the original thought experiment but I like the comparisons enough that I declare(with absolutely no authority) that Schrödinger’s Cat is now Schrödinger’s TV Show.

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BattleBots S07 E13: Predictions

I’m still sad about Sawblazes’ loss last week so maybe this week will make it up to me.

Emulsifier vs. Quantum

As much as I like Emulsifier I like Quantum more so I’ve got to root for them.

Gigabyte vs. End Game

Definitely End Game. If they don’t win it will be because of something crazy.

Shreddit Bro vs. Overhaul

I’m choosing Overhaul to win this fight.

Rotator vs. Fusion

This is this week’s tough one so I’m choosing randomly… Rotator.

Skorpios vs. Ribbot

I’ve obviously got to pick Skorpios since I’m a die-hard hammer saw bot fan.

Dragon King vs. Terrortops

Sorry Terrortops but I like dragons more then dinos so I’m choosing Dragon King.

Copperhead vs. Ripperoni

Ripperoni is pretty good but I think Copperhead has this in the bag.

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Wolf Hunt (Risen and Hunted Book 2) Review

This book goes into the I’m conflicted pile. As a whole, I’m pretty okay with the story especially how the werewolves and witches are done. But there were just too many things that I had a problem with for me to love this book. The most minor problem, which I didn’t mention in the review for the first book, was that there are way too many exclamation marks. I like to think that I’m like the average person and when I see an exclamation mark in a book I assume the speaker is yelling or is extremely excited. So, it messed with me a lot in this series when there were moments where there were exclamation marks but it made no sense why they’d be yelling or it was a pretty normal conversation. Now, this was an extremely minor issue compared to the problems I have with the balance of the POVs. Call me stickler but when I read a book that has switches between multiple POVs including a POV of the antagonist I prefer if the amount of switches leans heavily towards the main character/s. I especially don’t want what feels like 80% of the book to be solely from the bad guys’ point of view. I also don’t appreciate it we barely get any point of view from the person whose supposed to be 1/2 of the main focus of that book. Seriously, Alan’s struggle and the bad guys trying to find Alan was the whole point of this book but I felt like Alan barely got any “screen time” if you know what I mean.

The POV issue was my biggest issue but there was also another problem I had… the ending. If it wasn’t for the last page I would have been seriously pissed with the ending. I hate it when the main character loses what makes them special/different at the end, so this book was just able to avoid that. But on that same note, I can’t help thinking “Why bother curing Alan just to have him become a werewolf again when you could have just made the cure only half work?”. Basically, a bunch of stuff pissed me off in this book but it was semi-redeemed by my like of the premise of the book and the fact that Alan kinda still ends the book as a werewolf. All together I would give this book a 6 out of 10 not horrible but I’m definitely not going to reread it.