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Denver Comic Con 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Another year, another comic con.  Every year I say I'm not going back to the Denver Comic Con but the geek in me always brings me back. There was nothing there I was really looking forward to but it ended up being a fun time.  My legs hurt from all the walking. Denver Comic Con always sells out.. so it is jammed packed.  Since there was nothing my husband and I were dying to see we didn't go there and line up before they opened, we were able to just breeze right in.  Which was really great since we are getting so much rain here and it's cold out.  (This is actually the second time I am going to type of this post because it didn't save when I switched profiles).

We started our day walking the convention floor, which was jam packed.  So Saturday we really couldn't get very close to the booths that day.  We attended the Gwendoline Christie panel which was so fun.  She is from Game of Thrones and plays Brienne of Tarth.   During her panel she stated that when she was in acting school in London she was told that she probably wasn't going to get an acting jobs because of how she looks... HA!  The way she looks actually got her some work.   She talked about Star Wars a little.. not much.  I am excited to see her in that role!!  The audience wasn't allowed to ask any questions, probably because they would've only asked about what is going to happen on Game of Thrones and what is her role in Star Wars.

Gwendoline Christie

Next up we got to meet Jim Butcher... who is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series.  He was so cool.  Took a picture with each fan and actually talked to each person.  All the book signings I've been to I was rushed through the line but this particular book signing was really personal.  Butcher was all dressed up for the con... I wish I could find a picture on the internet of him walking around the con dressed up. My husband even had Butcher sign his badge to get into the Denver Comic Con.

Jim Butcher

Next up we got to see Manu Bennett who is known from the show Arrow, Hobbit and Spartacus. This panel was just so fun.  He is an amazing speaker.  He talked about his nudity scene in Spartacus which was hilarious... to his role as Slade Wilson on Arrow. It was really interesting when he start talking about playing Azog in the Hobbit.  He had to use motion capture for this role so he never actually got to act with the other actors. Manu got up on this chair during the panel and acted out how it was like to be on a Warg during motion capture.  We also got to hear him talk about his role in the upcoming show on MTV called Shannara based off the book with the same name by Terry Brooks.  I am excite about this show.. though it is on MTV so we'll see.

Manu Bennett

The last panel we got to see was Sean Astin.  Many of you know him as Samwise Gamgee and Mikey from the Goonies.  He was pretty talkative.  Though for some reason Denver Comic Con couldn't get the lights turned down even though he aske multiple time for them to be turned down.  He simply wanted to see his fans.. how hard was it to just turn off the spotlights.  At the very end of this panel Astin had us  stand up repeat the Goonie promise... so now I am an official Goonie!! 

My favorite part about the con was that I was able to sit in the Iron Throne.  We has a chance to sit in the Iron Throne before at San Diego Comic Con but never got in line for it because the wait was 4 to 5 hours.  So when we saw the Iron Throne at the Denver Comic Con we had to wait in line to sit on it.  Highlight of the trip for me!


Dragon Age Inquisition - Video Game Review

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 20, 2015

OK.. I must apologize to my readers... I have not really been reading books.  I have been putting a ton of hours into this game, Dragon Age Inquisition.  And by a ton of hours, I'm talking like 60 hours.  EEK!  I know.  I didn't really have time for anything else.  This game is sooo fun.  I just loved it so much.  I have played the other two Dragon Age games.  The first one was a really great game too.  The second game called Dragon Age Origins was only so so.  Very short.  Let's be honest.. after that game I didn't want to pay Dragon Age again.  Then I kept hearing things about this game so I had to play it.   This game on the other hand is clearly long and just totally worth my free time.  So glad I gave the series another chance.

The beginning of the game is not good.  When I started playing I thought... um... what is even going on.  It took about 2-3 hours to really even get going.   It starts with my character (who I get to create and I picked a mage/elf) going along with some sort of mark on her hand.  No one knows how it got there and I find out this mark closes portals that demons come through. Terrible introduction Bioware!  Then boom the whole world opens up and it becomes one of the best RPGs I've played in a long time. 

The side quests are totally worth it.  You unlock new conversations and plot points.  I enjoy that each character has a tarot card that you see and as the game progresses and your relationships change the tarot cards change as well. I did feel that the collecting of plants and items sorta became a waste.  By the end of the game I had a TON of stuff that I did nothing with.  Perhaps I just didn't know how to do that part right.   I wasn't able to play the multiplayer because I don't know anyone who owns the game and would play it with me.  I did want to try it out though. 

Well... now that I am done with this game I should get back to plenty of reading!


Comic Adventures Issue #22

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I read a lot of comics and rarely review them here on the blog. That's because I really don't have a lot to say for an entire post.  So I thought I would review several comics on one post.  I will still review graphic novels on their own now and then, but this is where I will talk about super-hero type comics (DC/Marvel) or sequels to some that I have already reviewed.

This issue I talk about Fables Vol. 19 Snow WhiteCatwoman Race of Thieves DC, Fables Vol. 20 Camelot, and Batman Vol 6 Graveyard Shift.

I am still sad that Fables is coming to an end.  In Volume 19 we get a wrap up on many characters and the story starts to lead to what will happen to these characters when the season ends.  One of the main characters of the series is killed off in this issue!  I don't even know why.  Ughh... I suppose someone big had to die again before the end of the series.  I did feel like this character's death was kind of... blah.  The death should've been epic and out of this world. The OZ chapters that have been happening in this series are off to me a little.  Like they don't fit in.  OZ is odd... so of course these story arcs are odd.  Just not my favorite but I think we are done with this part of the Fables stories now. 3 out of 5

 Yeesh! You can tell that Catwoman comics are not doing well when there are no other reviews on goodreads for it except mine! A new writer took over and so the comic is all over the place now. Half the time when comics have different story arcs through out I always wonder if there is a comic out there I missed that had the story ahead of this one. For example, there is a story in here about Catwoman's fall from the head of the crime family in Gotham. When did she even become in charge of it???? I wasn't even sure if there was going to be a vol. 6 but I googled it and apparently there will be one. I think I am done with the Catwoman comics now though which is really too bad. 2 out of 5

Typically I don't review two of the same comics in a blog post. But Fables vol 20 came into the library and I had to read it.  This comic really brings back what I love about Fables.  A very good story!!  The name of this comic is Camelot.  I was super excited when I read that name!  Though... it turns out the comic wasn't exactly about Camelot.  It was about Rose Red trying to bring together Fables who needed second chances.  These Fables would become the Knights of the Round Table.   I am not exactly sure where that story line is going for the final issue.  I just can't wait for that issue, though I am sad these comics are ending.  It is just crazy to me! I like that this issue allows us to re-visit with some characters we haven't seen mentioned in the comics for a while now.  I'll admit I skipped a short comic at the end.. all about music.  I guess I am kind of tired of these little spin off stories (like the OZ one in the previous volume).  I just want to read the main story line.  Check out the cover on this issue!  Great art work 5 out of 5

Finally let's chat about Batman Vol 6, Graveyard Shift.  I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. So this issue follows up what is going on with Batman after Damien dies.  I didn't realize I hadn't read Vol 5 yet.. but I only have a few more days to read this on Edelweiss so I went ahead and read it.  Vol. 5 I have on hold at the library and it is more about Batman's past so I think it was OK to read this one without reading Vol. 5 first. I think Volume 6 is a collection of stories from other comics.  Including Batman Eternal.  I had stopped reading all the Batman comics, I just felt like there were too many going on.  So I am missing some of the story ARCs.  We did get a story with Clayfact, and one with Superman.  I liked the one with Superman because he is trying to help Batman deal with the death of Damien.  Also... we are introduced to a new Robin.. a SHE! She called herself Bluebird.  Which I liked.  4 out of 5. 

This counts for 16 comics towards my 2015 Graphic Novels Challenge!!


Dewey 24 Hour Readathon

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Saturday, April 25, 2015

I am excited to be participating for the second time in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  This is going to be quite an adventure. There are all kinds of fun things happening today. .  I will update here all day so if you want to see how I am doing click on this blog post.  I just don't want to spam everyone all day... but who knows.. maybe I will??  Let me be honest... I slept in today.  I am more of a night owl so I would prefer to read late and sleep late.  I was supposed to start at 6 am!!  This time around I am also a cheerleader so I need to get started stopping by all your blogs and twitter accounts cheering you on.  I am team JO so be on the lookout.

Update 1:
Currently Reading

Currently Reading:  Dust Lands by Moria Young
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: 60
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 1 hour
Snacks: None yet
Where are you reading:  In my favorite recliner!

I will  be updating a lot on Twitter.  My Twitter handler is @Kingmod

So far participating in the opening meme:

 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  In reading from Colorado!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Honestly I am most looking forward to getting through a few of the ARC comics I have from Netgally. 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Cheetos Puffs.  Yum so Yum!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  My name is Angie.. I have been blogging here for almost five years now!!  I love it. This is actually my second time participating in this readathon.  Surprising.  I just never thought there would be any way that I could read for 24 hours.  We will see right? 
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?    I think I would like to meet a few more bloggers this time around going through the same thing.  I remember last time I was still reading at 1 am and a cheerleader stopped by and kept me going even thought I wanted to sleep.


Fairest by Marissa Meyer-Review

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 272
Published: January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Library
Links: goodreads,

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told. Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
Eek! I love this series so much. So when I found out that Meyer was writing a short book that Takes place in between Cress and Winter I was super excited. We get to learn all about Queen Levana's back story.  We learn she grew up in a non-loving home with a crazy sister.  I almost wonder if there isn't too much inbreeding in the family.  I am most impressed with the fact that Meyer wrote this in National Writing Month.  Which is an event a lot of writers participate in, usually not big writers.  So it was surprising to me that she did this.

I like that the villain was evil through and through.  Levana may have been good as a little child but she was evil not too long after.  We learn why Levana wears her veil, where Winter came from, even Cinder's back story.  Really Levana's story is sad... the fire tragedy that gives her her scars is probably what set her to really the wrong direction.  The fact that she does practically the same thing to Cinder is shocking to me since you would think Levana would not want anyone else to go through something like that.

I don't think that you have to read the first three books in order to enjoy this story but you will be more familiar with the characters if you do read the other three books.  I just love Meyer's writing and world building.  The sad thing is I have actually recommended this series to two people and neither one of them liked it.  WHAT!   I am like.. is it just me who loves the series but then I see the love all over the blogs and goodreads. 

This is a must read if you love this series.

5 stars


Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Authors

Monday, April 20, 2015 Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is top then favorite authors.  I read such a variety of books that I really only have a few top ten authors.  Ones that I love sooo much that I would buy anything from them.    So let's get started:

1.  Stephen King is hands down my favorite author.  He got me into reading.  I've been to a book signing of his and it was such a great night

2.  Charlaine Harris.  This is another author who got me into reading.  The Sookie Stackhouse books are so fun to me.  Though I have to admit I haven't read any of Harris' other books.  Though I should!

3.  George RR Martin.  Even though I get very annoyed with the fact that it takes Martin forever to write a book... I love his writing.  I also love how involved he is with his fans.  His blog is fun to read.

4. Janet Evanovich.  I really enjoy her fun writing style.  I could probably read her book in one day, but I love how fun and carefree her writing is. I wish she would go on a book tour near me.  It would be so fun!

5. Marissa Meyer.  She is the author of the Lunar Chronicles and I really just love her writing so much.  After the Lunar Chronicles are complete I can't wait to read what book she has coming out next!

6. Rainbow Rowell.  I really like the books this author puts out.  So meaningful.  She writes books for the everyday person going through everyday problems.  I love her instagram account too!

7. Laini Taylor.  This is another author I have really grown to love. She only has one book series out right now but I can't wait to read more from her.  I am curious what she will write about.

8. The Oatmeal.  I love this comic and will read anything this man writes!! 

9. Jane Austen.  I really love her books.  They make me feel like I am in another time and place.  The romance, the way people talk and dress.  I sometimes wish I lived in this time.

10. RA Salvatore.  Such a great fantasy writer.  I just love love his work.  He builds a huge world around a few characters that I just grew to love.
Might as well add #11!  JK Rowling.  I have only read her Harry Potter books but they are amazing.

What about you this week??  Who are some of your favorite authors??


Trailer Madness!

Monday, April 20, 2015
As most of you know.. I watch a lot of movies.  Geeky movies really.  I get excited when summer movies come out. I get excited  about movie trailers (well not as excited as my husband who is going to IMAX tonight to check out the Batman vs Superman trailer on the big screen). I thought I would share some of the new trailers with you and see what you are most excited about that's coming out soon.

Fantastic Four:

Not sure how I feel about this one. I didn't like the original movies and I am just not that into their story. I haven't read a Fantastic Four comic so that might change my mind about being excited. Looks like a totally different take on the story then the previous movies and for that I am glad.

Jurassic World This looks interesting. Though I can tell it's going to be a loud movie and we will probably see it in IMAX. Perhaps I need ear plugs for this one. Apparently Chris Pratt is friends with the Rapters?????

 Batman VS Superman Super excited about this one. Please don't fail us DC! Marvel seems to have the movie market... while DC has a bunch of great TV shows. Hopefully this one will launch DC in the movie market with some better films.

Halo 5 (for my video game readers) Getting excited about this new game... though I am really into the game Destiny. So will this game give me something new to play??? We'll see. Halo 4's multiplayer really wasn't that great to me. Though the story line was perfect.

 Star Wars: The Force Awakens This is my favorite trailers that I have seen! I have loved Star Wars since I was a little girl. I am hoping this launches the franchise into something amazing.

There are plenty more trailers out there right now... Terminator, Ant Man... should be some good movies coming out.  What are you excited for???
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