Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Review: Far from you by Lisa Schroeder

Back cover talk:

The facts:  
Title: Far From You
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Pages: 355
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published in: January 2010
Category: YA

The back cover summary

Lost and alone, down the rabbit hole
Alice thought she knew what solitude was:
Her mother - gone
Her father - remarried with a newborn daughter
Now trapped in  the icy embrace of a deadly snowstorm Alice faces the true meaning of loneliness.
But hope may not be as far away as she thinks.

Go to: Summary on Goodreads.

Geek Girl Talk

I have had this book sitting on my shelves for quite some time now, and yesterday I came across it when reorganizing my bookcases. Yes yesterday, you read that correct.
That is how fast I devoured this book. Although I must say that by the unique way this book is written you will fly through the pages. No kidding.
It took a little getting used to the way Lisa Schroeder has written this book since it is as different from other "Normal" books like day and night. This book is written to what for me resembles a poem form or journal style most. If you look at the pages, they do not contain a whole lot of worlds like you will find in a "normal" book. A page packed with little word but the few words that do contain these pages are pure and hit home just as good as any normal page would. The chapters or poems/journal entries are sometimes a few pages long, and sometimes just a few lines. No matter how long or short they are, they all bring something special to this story.
Even though it took me a little getting used to, very soon I found that this story caught me and did not seemed to want to let me to. Nor did I want to let the book go. I had to. Since I had to get some sleep in sometime.
I confess I hardly ever cry when reading a book, but this book made me cry! Big watery tears down my cheeks, a box of tissues always near.
It a very relatable story. And I think that that is exactly where it's power of  this story really lies.
I found it very easy to connect with the main character Alice. And I found my own heart going out for this girl throughout the story.
I am not going to let any words out on how this book will end. I think that is something for the future reader to find out. All I will tell is that it is worth it.
Bind all of the things above together and you have yourself a must read.
I am sure about it.
A book you will pick up and will not put down until you have reached the end.
It sure made me curious towards the other books Lisa Schroeder has written. I am surely going to pick those up to.

The verdict

A beautiful relating story and a unique way of writing.

Total of Geek Stars: Out of 5

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Movie Review: The three musketiers (2011)

Movie Details

Numbers and facts

Name of movie: The three musketiers 2011
Released in: oktober 2011

Runtime: 110 min
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writing credits: Alex Litvak, Andrew Davies, Alexandre Dumas Pere

Actors and Roles

Matthew Macfadyen - Athos
Milla Jovovich - Milady de Winter
Luke Evans - Aramis
Ray Stevenson - Porthos
Til Schweiger - Cagliostro
Orlando Bloom -  Duke of Buckingham
Logan Lerman - D'Artagnan
Mads Mikkelsen - Rochefort
Christoph Waltz - Richelieu
Freddie Fox - King Lious XIII of France
Carsten Norgaard - Jussac
Gabriella Wilde - Constance
James Corden - Planchet
Juno Temple - Queen Anne


Geek Girl Talk

Ever since this movie was released I have been wanting to see it
But I never got to seeing it in the cinema's as it only showed in 3D and I am not a huge 3D fan.
But last week I discovered Film 1 was going to show the movie. I noted the date on my calander and yesterday me and The Male  posted out behind on the couch and watched it.
At first I though... Damn this movie looks a whole lot like the Three musketiers movie from 1993, only with other players. Link to 1993 movie: Click.
And I would know as I have seen the 1993 movie a thousand times. (Yes I like that movie)
So I was kind of confused about that. I was hoping for something new, as the trailers had promised.
But after that beginning part, the movie took on a total different story. Which I ofcourse liked.
I do must confess that some of the special effects, especially in the first few minutes of the movie, were a bit overdone, and looked so fake, it made me laugh. Later on in  the movie the effects did got better, and where less fake, but still you can easily point them out.
This movie was made out to be a steampunk movie. And since I am a steamer myself, I kind of was looking for that steam part in this movie. Yes there where some steampunk elements, which where at some points really awesome. So not real disappointments there. I especially loved how they mad ethe airships. They where just as I would have imagined airships whould have been if there really would have been a steampunk era. So, plus points for that.
Although I would more likely call it a movie with steampunk elements, instead of a Steampunk movie.
When looking at the story itself. I was quite an interesting story. I liked the plot. Which I think is something that has to be said. It kept me interested, kept me on the edge of my seat, I had not problems with staying concentrated on the movie itself, even when my kitty was being a pain in the behind.
Ofcourse a good movie is also is made possible by a great cast that did what they should do. Put down great characters and a great movie.
I found that being a adventure movie, it also has some hilarious moments. Which I always really like.
Come to think of it. I do not really have abything bad to say about it except for the somewhat irritatingly overdone special effects in the beginning of the movie.
Need I say more? ;)

Conclusion: A great fantasy adventure movie
Would I watch it again?: yes!
Who would I reccomend this movie to: Steampunk lovers and lovers of fantasy adventure movies

Geek Stars: out of 5

Monday, July 27, 2015

Re-posting old movie and book reviews

Geek Girl Updates

Most of you won't know this, and I can not blame you for it as it has been light years ago.
But I used to have a blog I dedicated to book and movie reviews. The blog (of which I can not really remember the name of anymore, it has been that long ago) is long gone and deleted. BUT! I did save all the reviews I did on a back up.
I think it's a shame they just sit there. 
Unshared and unloved and unread.
So that is why I decided to re-post them on this blog.

I will be doing some editing to the layout and how I present them as the layouts just do not fit this blog anymore. But slowly they will, one by one, find their way back onto the world wide web.

The old reviews will be combined with new ones, because I did not stop watching movies or reading books. And all of them deserve to be scrutinized by little geeky me. *Wink wink*

So keep an eye or a telescope, what ever suits you preferences, out for the reviews to come!

Geek-Gruzzels from yours truly

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Movies I want to see: Suicide Squad

Movie Trailer

IMDB page

Geek Girl Movie Talk
It is no lie that I am a girl that prefers Marvel over DC. I will never deny it. But there is one exception. One exception to this rule, the one exception that is overruling every Marvel hero there is.
And that is Batman. It is not persee Batman  that I love most. I love his villains very much as well. Sometimes even more so that I do the Batman. I just love the insane level of evil they have. With the emphasis on Insane.  So when They announced this movie I was over the moon. They trailer show so much promise without spoiling to much (which I find trailer as of late really do too much)
The feel of movie, the level of pure insanity and evil. I can't wait for this movie to hits the theaters.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Madame Tussauds

Geek Girl Talk
Madame Tussauds.
Never before in my 30 ear old life have I visited a Madame Tussauds museum. I have passed the ones in London en Amsterdam so many times. But never have I went inside.
That was....until last Wednesday.
A very close friend of mine and myself had received a discount voucher from another close friend for out birthday's.
And we decided to cash that voucher in at Madame Tussaud's because it was the one thing that was easy to reach for us both as we both do not have out drivers licence. And it was something we both never really visited before.
So armed with my SLR camera we went inside after having to wait 20 minutes outside in the sun. (ouch for me skin that was XD)
Ofcourse we made a whole lot of pictures with the wax celebrities. But one thing we did not do, was take normal "Say cheeese"pictures.
No, me and my friend kind of have the same level of happy crazy. And that kind of shows through in our pictures.
(for the people wondering, I'm the geek with the glasses ;) )