Godzilla: King of the Special Effects (A Review)

So yesterday, not having planned on it, I accidentally got to see the new Godzilla movie and I didn’t even have to pay for it!

In fact, I don’t know how interested I was in paying for it because of how long and boring and dark I thought the last one was…

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String Boys: Amy Lane Hits A Home Run Again! (a book review)

I have liked Amy’s stories, as with Clear Water. And I have loved her stories, as with Sidecar. And I have adored Amy’s stories, as with Keeping Promise Rock. But I have never disliked anything I’ve read by her. With String Boys, we have another winner. And any time a cover blurb says something like, “Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz,” I knew I am was in for some heart-soaring myself.

Amy is one of those women who “gets it” when it comes to gay men. I read her and think there must be something akin to reincarnation and she was a gay man in a dozen or so previous lives. She isn’t writing women with penises. She is writing men who love men. Men love differently than women. We’re unique and she “gets” us.

I fell in love with Seth from the get go. And Kelly! OMG! Totally. And as with Keeping Promise Rock, Amy makes us wait painfully and with much angst for the Happily Ever After. But I never doubt (although sometimes I have to stop and close my eyes and take a deep breath and remind myself, “It’s okay! It’s okay! We will get a happy ending) that she will give me an ending that will make my “soul soar.” And as with Keeping Promise Rock, there was some pain to get through and some periods where the lovers are kept apart—and, Aaarrgghhh!—but of course, this wouldn’t be Amy Lane if it wasn’t worth the wait of the lover’s finally getting what they long for. That’s no spoiler, this is Romance after all!

There were some parts where I had to put the book down and go watch some episodes of Friends or Fraiser to lighten me. But I had to do the same thing every time I watched an episode of Chernobyl this week! I am not a fast reader and thankfully an injury at work gave me time off to be able to just sit and read. I do like rom coms and light-hearted books, but they don’t feed me. This book fed me. And the characters came to feel like family and I know in a year or so, I’ll want to return to this family again.

Amy Lane is not only one of my favorite MM writers, but also one of my favorite authors period. With String Boys, she stays on my list. Thank you, Amy! Even though you killed me too!

Here is the COVER BLURB:

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

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THE MEG: Movie Review

As a kid I would have waited with great anticipation for this movie, probably having to beg my mom to let me go. And when I got there, I would not have been disappointed. Fourteen-year-old Ben would have dearly loved the movie The Meg. Adult Ben?

First , here is what Wikipedia says about the film: The Meg is a … thriller film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, (very) loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and follows a group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long … megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

Disney originally purchased the film rights to the book in the 1990s, but after several years in development hell, the rights landed at Warner Bros….  Continue reading

“Avengers: Infinity War” ~~ A short review

This movie was everything I’ve hoped for nearly ten years. WOW! Finally, the Avengers battle Thanos, the mad Titan. And there was butt to be kicked!

How do you make a movie with dozens and dozens of characters and not short shrift any of them? Can it be done?

Well in this case, I shout a resounding, “Yes!” It can be, and it was.

For those who have been living in a cave, were trapped in an alternate universe, or have just recently woken from a coma, the plot (in very little detail) is this: In an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, the powerful Thanos on the verge of raining destruction upon the universe, the Avengers and their superhero allies risk everything in the ultimate showdown of all time. brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time,

I totally loved this movie. I love how it opened and grew and grew and encompassed each and nearly every Marvel character. The timing was terrific. At two and a half hours, it flew by…and yet didn’t. The story unwound at what I thought was the perfect pace. It never got cumbersome or boring and never had that, “Is this movie ever going to end” feel.

I was impressed that—in the midst of so much action—there was such a complex story and so much characterization. Rarely have I seen such an awesome balance for an ensemble cast that wasn’t written by Joss Whedon! The Critics Consensus at Rotten Tomatoes is, Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions. And Owen Gleiberman of Variety says, A brashly entertaining jamboree, structured to show off each hero or heroine and give them just enough to do, and to update their mythologies without making it all feel like homework.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

I will say this…. I think I agree that if you are not a big fan of the Marvel movies, you very well might get lost. It is plot and character heavy, and depends on you knowing who these people are and the events of previous movies. Michael Ordona from Common Sense Media said, “…the sheer number of characters and storylines might make it a little challenging for non-hardcore fans.” I do have to give him that.

But if you are a Marvel fan…I don’t see how you can not love this movie.

Josh Brolin as Thanos was terrific. I think I was a bit worried that he might turn out to be over-the-top, but I agree with Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times who said that, “Rarely has the seemingly unstoppable evil force in a comic-book superhero film been given such a richly dramatic background and so many scenes in which there’s actual dialogue and not just CGI-laden battle sequences.” I couldn’t agree more.

And as for all those rumors over the last year that there will be deaths? Well, come on! It is the Infinity War with a man Titan capturing the six infinity stones which give him the ability to do anything he wants with a snap of his fingers! So…ah…yeah! But also there is a part two. And one of those stones is the Reality Stone allowing him to change reality any way he wants, and another is the Time Stone, and you saw what Doctor Strange did with that. So, keep calm. We will know how it all really turns out in a year.

And before you say…a year? What? We have to wait a year?

Just remember the days we had to wait three years for the next Star Wars film. A year is going to go by very fast. And in the meantime, we have Ant-Man and the Wasp as well as a host of non-Marvel Marvel movies to tide us over. I think it will be a delight!

Reviews for “Do You Trust Me?”

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I am pretty joyful about the 5 Star review by Kenna at Joyfully Jay! She says, “I highly recommend this book. It will make you run the gamut of emotions and by the time you finish, you’ll feel so happy.”

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Wow! I have two reviews for Do You Trust Me? at Gay Book Reviews! I didn’t know blogs did that, but I’m tickled as can be!

First a “solid 4 stars” from Crabby Patty! Thank you. Especially for this: “I trusted that B.G. Thomas would deliver a heartfelt story and he did, with a wonderful HEA ending and epilogue that just felt right.” What a great day! To read this review, Click Right Here

Then 5 stars from Natosha! “This book truly was an amazing read. I am so glad that I gave it a chance.” To read this review, Click Right Here

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Over at TTC Books and More, Cat gave “Do You Trust Me?” Five Stars. Thank you Cat! Amoung other nice things she says, “When I saw B.G. Thomas and Cowboys, I jumped up and down! One of my favorite authors and a favorite in the genre. I wasn’t let down!”

To read more (plus my guest blog post), then Click Right Here

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I was blown away by the review by Jay over at Reviews by Tammy and Kim and Rachael and Jay! 4.5 stars. Great review, with a terrific balance of good and bad, weighing heavy on good (whew!). “…a solid read with a compelling point-of-view character…”

I had never heard of this blog before, but with such a well thought-out and very well written review like I received, I know I will be reading them in the future!

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Next, at Love Bytes, Danielle has given Do You Trust Me? 4.5 stars and says, “…I am so incredibly happy I picked up this story and recommend it highly for anyone who is looking for a contemporary story with a serious message, a life story and a romance to top it off.” Thank you, Danielle!

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