Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pop Culture--SIS Style

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Welcome to Café Chaos. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (we prefer coffee) and join us for a chat. Every Saturday we celebrate Pop Culture. Movies, TV, books, music, games, trends in style... you get picture. Feel free to comment on our picks or to throw in a few of your own. We’re listening!

I have started reading a series of books from a historian and archaeologist husband and wife team W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. It is the North America's Forgotten Past Series. The first of 18 books is People of the Wolf.

From the back cover:
In the dawn of history, a valiant people forged a path from the old world into a new one through what is now Alaska and the Canadian Norhtwest Territories. Led by a dreamer who followed the spirit of the wolf, a handful of courageous men and women dared to cross the frozen wastes to find an un touched, unspoiled continent.

The authors give you a sense of what it would be like to live in those hard times struggling to save your family, your tribe from starvation and the end of their ways. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series People of the Fire.

My book pick of the Week: People of the Wolf
Authors: W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'neal Gear
SIS Beth says:
Speaking of spies…. I’ve been on a James Bond binge. Movie wise that is. I’m a long time fine of the Bond films… and the men who played them. Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are my top two favorites, followed by Pierce Brosnan, then Timothy Dalton. Roger Moore never really did it for me as Bond but I do like some of his Bond films. For instance, the other night I watched For Your Eyes Only. I hadn’t seen it in years. I really enjoyed it, although not near as much as the film I watched last night…

My Movie Pick of the Week: The Living Daylights (1987)

From IMDB: James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

There are a lot of exciting action sequences in this film, as well as fun moments with Q and his cool spy gadget inventions, but the thing I like most is the chemistry between Bond and the heroine of this flick, Kara. She’s a sweet, vibrant cellist and Bond is completely smitten with her. The way he looks at her makes me weak in the knees. And his tendency to protect her is dang sexy, too. As a fan of romantic adventure, The Living Daylights is a double-oh-swell!

SIS Barb says:
I have 2 recommendations this week. I thought of saving one until next week but why do that? I'd like to start with my book recommendation. I haven't finished it yet, nor am I even a third of the way through. But I'm recommending it anyway, pure;y on writing technique and style. This author has been a best seller for decades yet this is the first time I've read one of her works. A friend recommended that I try this book when I asked people to send me titles of books featuring witches. I'm so glad he did. This author is blowing me away. I hope to learn how to layer in description while still maintaining a flow. She does it beautifully.

My Book Recommendation: The Witching Hour
Author: Anne Rice

Now on to my movie pick. I'm a little late to the party on this one but better late than never. I've been dying to see this movie but my husband didn't want to see it in the theatre because of its length. That wasn't going to stop me. I almost went alone (which is fine with me) but then a friend said I absolutely had to see it and she was willing to go a 2nd time. Fantastic! Works for me. To say I have never seen anything like this is a complete understatement. I plan to blog in more depth about it over at Loud Whispers later today, but people, if you haven't, you must see this movie!
The world building blew me away. That was the main reason I wanted to see it. I need to create a world in my paranormal and this definitely inspired me to give it my all. No holding back. Let my imagination and creativity run wild.

My Movie Pick: Avatar in 3D


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