Friday, November 27, 2009

Blogging Problems

Sorry for being away again.. but my internet connection seems kinda having a fight with blogger.com.
Besides, in my country, there's a problem about blogger, so many blogs in my country kinda shut down. It's lucky to be here and connect. Next day, I'm not sure.

I will be back soon, once blogger.com and the government deal with this problem.

Thanks for the understanding.

Next review:
Love Waits - Donald James Parker
Dirty Little Angels -Christopher Tusa

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

AMAZON SPIKE DAY - Color Me Jazzmyne by Marian L. Thomas


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Color Me Jazzmyne by Marian L. Thomas is a fictional story of a jazz singer named Naya Mona, who was raped by her father. In the tale, Naya recounts her life to her son whom she is meeting for the first time. How do you tell your son that your father is his?
Women will relate to the drama, romance, and struggles Naya Mona goes through as she takes on the stage name—Jazzmyne. She has a voice that commands your attention and takes you on a journey through the life of Naya Mona that is filled with the melodious tones that make Color Me Jazzmyne a true reading pleasure.
SNEAK PEAK : To read the first three chapters of Color Me Jazzmyne, visit the author’s website at www.marianlthomas.com or click here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marian L. Thomas is a native of Chicago with a passion for the words that reflect the issues that face women today. However, the concept of putting her thoughts into written form wasn’t realized until her second year in high school when she wrestled with the thought of writing a book she then called What Color is Jazzmyne. In fact, twenty years would pass before she finally debuted a more refined version of her original concept, calling it Color Me Jazzmyne. It was just a few years prior to this that she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Marian now resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their spoiled but playful dog. She enjoys writing short stories that have full impact and is currently working on her second novel.
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Color Me Jazzmyne is an unconventional, yet fascinating first novel by Marian L. Thomas. Thomas definitely cuts to the core of serious subject matter: rape and incest and the cutthroat world of the music business. The shocking reality of it all mixed with Jazzmyne’s relaxed and melodious voice makes Color Me Jazzmyne a true reading pleasure. The book is written in a kind of free flow, stream of consciousness style that one can hear her melody singing through the pages.” –Jeneke Lesak for RebeccasReads.com
Color Me Jazzmyne is a book that every woman ought to read at least once. Through the eyes and voice of Naya Mona, author Marian Thomas has given readers the opportunity to do some introspective thinking while reading about challenges that make us who we are today.” –Carol Hoyer, PhD for Reader Views

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Astroboy the Movie

Astroboy the Movie

Genre: Family/Animation/Superhero/Sci-fi/Action

Released: 2009

Language: English

Writer: Osamu Tezuka (comic), Timothy Harris David Bower (Screenplay)

Director: David Bower

Voice actors: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron

Rating:

Taken from the original Japanese comic of Osamu Tezuka, the US version of Astroboy sets the most sophisticated city of technology, called ‘Metro City’. The film brings us to the image when life run by robots.
In Metro City lives Toby (Freddie Highmore), an excellent boy with fantastic intelligence. His father, Prof. Tenma (Nicholas Cage), is well-known professor and the Minister of Science. Toby comes to his father’s office when he is going to release a robot with the powerful blue core, in order to help the president re-elected. With Prof. Elfun (Bill Nighy), Prof. Tenma put the blue core into the heart of a robot. But for the president’s ego, the opposite element of the blue core, the red core, is inserted to the robot, making it as a fighter. There, Toby is trapped with the fighter robot who comes out uncontrollable and fights back to the president and the scientists.
In one attack, Toby disappears forever. Prof. Tenma cannot save him. For his grief, he’s gone crazy re-making his beloved son to be alive again. He makes a new robot which looks like Toby and exported the memory of Toby to the robot, so the robot looks just like the old Toby. But the real old Toby cannot thoroughly come back to Tenma’s life.
Although the new Toby doesn’t know that he is a robot at first, he treats the robots like his friends---unlike other human beings do. When Toby finds out that he has superpower, Tenma rejects him. Dr. Elfun encourages him that there would be a place for his uniqueness. In Toby’s nomad, he is chased by the president’s robot soldiers as he finds out the blue core is inside Toby. 
Toby is succeeded to escape but he falls to the world called the surface. There he meets a ‘trashcan’---a robot in the form of trashcan---and other orphans (human beings). Through those children, he was taken to Hamegg, an abandoned scientist from Metro City who takes care of those children. For Hamegg, the children salvage old robots. By the power of Toby’s blue core, he reactivates the life of an old robot who before has killed Toby (the human) and names it Zog. 
But everything turns out that Hamegg is an imposter. He doesn’t love robots like he said, instead he used the robot to hold a gladiator event, battle the robots till death. For human, the robot has no heart and has no worth. He finds out that Astro (new name of Toby) is a robot and wants him to fight Zog, the robot that comes from Astro’s life. When the show is over, Astro is taken back to the Metro City by the President’s order. 
Tenma changes his mind about deactivating Toby and gets the blue core out. Later, the president is controlled by the evil robot of red core and ruins the city. It was the time that Astro realizes about why he is created for: To save the world.
My review: It’s a great adaption 3d animation film from 2d animation tv show. The orientation plot shows the changes very well, like playing a little of 2d animations as its past.
I love this story by the way, though I wasn’t really interested to watch the movie. It’s telling a quite simple thing on how we should treat our obsession and others, no matter human being or not. But the most important thing I learn that the film tries to share one major point about the changing of our humanity, in the world of technology that lead out practical things, and the forever bond of a family. We can see it through the relationship between Tenma and Toby (a.k.a Astro), where sometimes a soul is not the only the connector, but also memory---something we’d never considered before.
But I regret this story tells something that is in common with Transformers about the difference of robot and human being---that human is harsh and full of violence, rather than the robot they enslave.
The animation in 3d went out well. The image of the originality of 2d Astroboy is still there. Not to forget, the lesson of the story, there’s always a place for everyone’s uniquesness and kindness will be kindness in return.
Best moments: When Astro re-activates ZOG, the robot which killed him in the past live though he doesn’t know who it was. 
When Zog and Astro are forced to fight each other by Hamegg, they both refuse. Then ZOG tries to step on Hamegg, but Astro saves Hamegg’s life, making him wonder of what kind of robot Astro is.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another Book Giveaway

So, ... I'm here again. In the weekend, and in a short break netween my mid term test weeks.
I just wanna tell you guys, about another book giveaway that is hitting the cyber world...

It's from the Teens Read and Write. Another cool blog!
Please check it out... make your move...

Coz I did... ^^