Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Must See TV: Black Lightning

Okay, who will be watching Black Lightning tonight? This is a show I'm actually really excited to see. I just hate that it's on at the same time as Schitt's Creek (CBC) so perhaps I'll tape one and watch the other.

As a fan, I'm so glad that Black Lightning has finally got a TV series because in the comics Black Lightning and Thunder are awesome. I'm interested in seeing how the first episode will be and how the characters will be portrayed.

I can't wait to see this.

Black Lightning                              9:00 pm EST                              CW Network

Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life and his family on the line, he left his Super Hero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

The Death Cure Movie Poster #1

There's only ten days until the premiere of The Death Cure and here is one of the amazing posters that have been released.

I love this image of the maze, it's absolutely impressive to look at. Which makes it even more amazing that they were courageous enough to even try to escape.

Art of the Day: Iron Man

Artwork: Iron Man by Hallpen

New Book Purchase: The Gauntlet

With my To-Read list already exceedingly long you would think I wouldn't buy anymore books. But there are so many really cool books that are being released. And I really couldn't pass on getting The Gauntlet, it's a middle grade, fantasy-adventure.

This is why I love reading children/middle grade books because I find the stories have more creativity to them. I'm so looking forward to reading this but I have so many other books on my list that it's going to be a while before I even get this one.

Book: The Gauntlet (The Gauntlet book #1) by Karuna Riazi

Edition: Hardcover


A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Art of the Day: Mulan, Mushu and Cri-Kee

Artwork: Mulan by Maxie Perlberg

Book of Interest: Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

I'm a huge fan of Gilmore Girls and not only because Rory is a legendary book nerd but because it's a great heartwarming show. It features the wonderfully dynamic mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in the slightly kooky small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Before I started watching the show, I used to make fun of my mother's love for this show (it's one of her favorites). But once I started watching it, I was totally hooked, I saw why she enjoyed the show so much. There's family and romance drama, crazy town problems and so much more.

I love the novelty of fandom cookbooks because who wouldn't want to make food inspired by their favorite TV or movie. I'm going to have to look into getting this cookbook because I'm interested in seeing which recipes are in it.

Book: Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson


The infamous appetites of the Gilmore Girls are given their due in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show. Fans will eat up the delicious recipes honoring the chefs who fuel the science-defying metabolisms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Whether you’re a diehard fan or new to the scene, author Kristi Carlson invites you to pull up a chair and dig in. Luke’s diner menu, Sookie’s eclectic inn fare, Emily’s fancy Friday Night Dinners, and town favorites are the key influences behind these tempting dishes. One hundred recipes, covering all the bases from appetizers and cocktails to entrĂ©es and desserts, invoke key episodes and daily scenes in the Gilmores’ lives. Prepare yourself for:

- Salmon Puffs

- Risotto

- Pumpkin Pancakes

- Rocky Road Cookies

- The Birthday Girl Cocktail

- And many more!

With beautiful photos, helpful kitchen tips, and fun tidbits about the show, Eat Like a Gilmore is a must-have for any Gilmore Girls fan. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook and eat your way through Stars Hollow. So don your apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. It’s time to Eat Like a Gilmore!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought to make a difference in the world and although he was murdered in pursuit of that. His legacy continues in all of the things that we do in trying to make this a better world.

I believe being kind and caring is not a weakness but being hateful and mean are.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiples violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction...the chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Art of the Day: Ghostbusters

Artwork: Ghostbusters by Sephiramy

Currently Reading: Doctor Sleep and iZombie vol #3

After reading a middle grade, a mystery and a literature book I wanted something different. I haven't read anything from the horror genre in a while and I figured I couldn't go wrong with a Stephen King book. I can't believe I had this book for nearly five years and I'm only now reading it.

As for the second book, I loved reading the first two volume of iZombie, it's a fun take on the supernatural with a dash of mystery thrown in. I wish there was more than only four volumes in this series because it's so hilarious to read.

Book: Doctor Sleep (The Shining book #2) by Stephen King

Edition: Digital


On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon.

Book: iZombie vol #3: Six Feet Under and Rising (issues #13-18) by Chris Roberson with illustrations by Michael Allred, color by Laura Allred and letters by todd klein

Guest Artist: Jay Stephens for "Vampire Queen of the Amazon"

Edition: Trade Paperback


Gwen's a zombie (the good kind). When she eats the brains of the bodies at the cemetery where she works, she absorbs their memories too. Solving their mysteries, righting their wrongs, and fulfilling their dying wishes are just her way of saying "thanks for dinner." But her immortal friend Amon says that unless she starts eating the living, her life (or y'know, whatever) is in grave danger...

Gwen's not the only zombie in town -- or under it. Deep beneath the dive bars and diners of Eugene, Oregon, sprawls an endless maze of catacombs, crawling with mindless undead hungry for human flesh. When Gwen's ghost friend Ellie and were-terrier buddy Spot stumble into the zombie tunnels, only her monster-hunter boyfriend Horatio can help. But that risks blowing Gwen's cover -- and it puts them all in the crosshairs of a secret government monster squad, the Dead Presidents.

Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O'Brien at the "The Death Cure" Premiere

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Dylan O'Brien at the South Korea premiere of The Death Cure.

I think Dylan O'Brien's suit looks good, it's very traditional. But I love that Thomas Brodie-Sangster's shiny jacket and Ki Hong Lee's pattern shirt added a little something eye catching to their looks. I wonder if its their personal style or if their stylist perhaps suggested adding something different. Either way it makes them standout.

I really like this current fashion movement of guys wearing non-traditional suits for the red carpet.

Weekend Film: Proud Mary

I love this poster and the trailer looks great. I know there are quite a few assassin/hitman movies: John Wick, American Assassin, Kingsman, etc. already out there but there is always room for more. I can't wait to see Taraji P. Henson as Mary.

Are you guys going to see this movie? If you do, I want to know what you think of it.

Proud Mary

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Neal McDonough and more

Director: Babak Najafi


Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary's life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Gal Gadot (Critics' Choice Awards)

I didn't watch the Critics' Choice Awards but I did watch the video of the speech Gal Gadot gave when she received the #SeeHer Award for being an inspiration. I think that is so cool.

Weekend Film: Freak Show

There is something about an underdog that you can't help rooting for them which is why I want to see Freak Show. The independent film is based on a the young adult book Freak Show by James St. James. I have not read the book but I did add it to my wishlist. The movie which is out today will be in limited theatres but it's also available On Demand.

I wish more movie studios would look into using On Demand for releasing new movies because I'm sure there are others like myself who don't always have time to go out and see a movie when it's in theatres.

Freak Show

Starring: Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Laverne Cox, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Larry Pine and more

Director: Trudie Styler


Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only his by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Larry Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen. This proudly offbeat comedy is an irresistible ode to outsiders and nonconformists of all stripes.