[Alternatives] – Movie Review – Doctor Strange (2016)

Alternatives is the tagline to discuss entertainment outside of literature. It may encompass television, movies, games, and music.

Movie Review – Doctor Strange (2016)

Genre: Action, Superhero, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Duration: 115 Minutes
Directed By: Scott Derrickson

Screenplay By: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda, Swinton, Rachel McAdams,
Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.


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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #131 – Book Community Recommends Their Fave 2016 Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


This Week’s Theme:
Holiday Gift Guide:
Book Community Recommends
Their Fave 2016 Reads

Initial Thoughts:

You and I both know that I am le terrible at reviewing books with some semblance of positivity…so I will instead highlight other community members and their favourite books they’ve read this year that you should probably gift to all your buds instead.

I have linked all of their Twitter handles if you want to go stalk my dear friends.

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[Review] Scythe – Neal Shusterman


Book Title: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #01)
Author:     Neal Shusterman
Number of pages:  448


scythe - neal schusterman - book coverIn a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.

(re: Goodreads @ Scythe by Neal Shusterman)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Citra and Rowan are cinnamon rolls; the romance is a bit too spoon-fed for my tastes (e.g. lacks chemistry over and beyond friendship)
– World building is a bit on the thin side; remains thematically relevant to young readers re: philosophical/morality
– Third person alternating POVs separated by journal entries of Scythes; stylistic storytelling choice to encourage world-building
– Twists and turns are a hit/miss depending on reader’s skepticism

Initial Thoughts

Holy shit.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of SCYTHE from Simon and Schuster Canada.

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book rambling nonsense.

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