*-This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the movie.
The reviews X-Men Days Of Future Past have been nothing but glowing.
I can happily report that this movie is amazing.
In the future, a war has killed millions, both mutant and humans. To prevent this future from happening, Professor Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to the early 1970’s. Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) is creating Sentinels that are targeting mutants. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is going to kill Dr. Trask, starting the war. If Wolverine can prevent Dr. Trask’s assassination, the war will not happen.
This movie is everything everyone has said and more. All of the characters from the X-Men universe are included, even those that had been killed off in previous films. It’s funny, it’s gut wrenching, it is truly the best comic book movie ever.
Hugh Jackson does the full monty (backside only) for a few moments. I’m not ashamed to say that it was a very enjoyable few moments.
Stay after the credits, there is a very interesting scene.
This movie is a must see.
Two weeks ago, I reviewed Exodus, the second book by Deborah Feldman. Yesterday, I finished reading Unorthodox, Ms. Feldman first book.
Deborah Feldman was raised in the insular ultra-religious Jewish Satmar community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After her parent’s marriage ended, she was raised by her grandparents. Feeling trapped by the endless series of rules and traditions, she rebels by reading secular books and finding kinship with the characters within the novels.
As is tradition within this community, her husband is chosen for her. By the time she is 20, she has been married for two years and has a son. The internal tension of Ms. Feldman’s personal desire for freedom, while trying to be the good girl that she is expected be, forces her to make a decision that will forever alter her fate and her son’s fate.
I liked this book. Having now read both books, I understand her. The ultra-religious Jews are no different than any other ultra-religious community. There is a fear of the secular, outside world. The traditions provide comfort, simplicity and a barrier to the outside world that is very different from their own world.
I recommend this book.
Fairy tales are very often a child’s first book and first story. The beauty of fairy tales lies in their simplicity. This simplicity allows these very basic and simple stories to be re told time again, to be re-written and re-adapted in many different ways. Cinderella, one of the most common fairy tales is a perfect example of this.
Malinda Lo’s 2009 book, Ash is Cinderella with a LGBT twist, a concept that in my opinion is long overdue.
Aisling, or Ash as she is referred to, like the heroine in the original tale is an orphan. Her mother dies early in the book, her father re-marries. Her new stepmother tolerates the girl, but only until her father dies and it is discovered that he was in debt. Ash must now work as a servant for her stepmother to pay off her father’s debt.
Ash lives in a land where there are tales of fairies who steal mortals and take them to the fairy kingdom. When she meets Sidhean, a dark and dangerous fairy, she is ready to join in him in the fairy kingdom. Then she meets, Kaisa, the King’s huntress and begins to learn how to hunt, her starts to change in unexpected ways.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. I found it to be original, fun to read and very easy to read. Lo keeps the basic story and characters of Cinderella intact while adding a new layer with the fairies and her heroine falling in love with a woman.
I recommend this book.