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“Give an inch, give any single man any single inch and the next thing you hear will be, “One more, Jorg, one more.” And in the end what you love will burn.” –Jorg Ancrath
King of Thorns is the second book of the brilliant series ‘The Broken Empire’ by Mark Lawrence. The first book left me awestruck, and this one made me a superfan of Jorg and the series. I was cursing Jorg for being an evil sociopath into the first few chapters of Prince of Thorns, and I became a raving fan before I read half of King of Thorns. Mark Lawrence is that good of a storyteller. I have read a lot of fantasy books and I can safely say that I haven’t seen a character quite like Jorg. Elric and Raistlin come somewhat close, that’s about it.
In this book we get to see into Jorg’s mind…
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This is pretty good, courtesy of artist Damon Hellandbrand. I’m rather biased towards this one:
Check out the rest along with some insight into his creative process at the link below.
Another wuxia epic tale based upon the life of Wong Fei-Hung- who was a real person but whose life has taken on an almost mythic quality in Chinese culture.
(Apologies for the stupid DC rider; it’s already attached to the trailer)
In this film, Wong is the son of a humanitarian doctor (Tony Leung) who administers to the poor and shelters orphans. He becomes close friends with three of the children, including one boy whom he helped his father to save- his best friend, Fiery. Even so he can’t always protect the ones he cares about and one of them, Little Fa, is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. After an act of sabotage destroys the orphanage and kills Wong’s father, Wong and Fiery swear revenge. Fate intervenes as a monk takes in Wong and Fiery, training them and helping them understand what it is they truly mean to accomplish.
Years later, Wong (Eddie Peng Yuyan) is brought in along with several other fighters to hunt down and kill the leader of the rival gang on the docks; whoever does so gets promoted to an Underboss under Master Liu (Sammo Hung)- adopted as his Fourth Son. Having done so, Wong and his friends set in motion their plans to bring down the Black Tiger Gang. Wong plays them against each other, preying upon their insecurities and vices in order to destroy them from within. But being heroes means there’s always a heavy price to pay- especially in Chinese cinema.
The plot unfolds in typical Chinese cinema fashion- flashbacks interlaced with current events, revealing the entire story in pieces. One thing I’ll add is I really liked the cinematograpy. A few things that stood out about it were the use of a POV angle during the early fight scenes- later abandoned, don’t know why- which was an interesting change of pace. Another was the waves of Chi energy emanating from some of the moves and weapons used during fights. Third was the CGI during the climax inside a burning warehouse. Even though it was really fake looking at times, I still kinda liked it and the way it affected the battle. Nice touch. And it’s always fun to see Sammo Hung flying through the air with the greatest of ease! He brings gravitas to the proceedings but you can’t help but think inside he’s smiling the whole time.
It’s not a very original movie, and it’s stuffed full of tropes, clichés and pop culture references- you can’t help but notice the Bruce Wayne/Batman similarities in the story arc as well as the Hunger Games style music cue- but it’s also a lot of fun! It’s great entertainment, if a little hard to follow sometimes. Definitely worth watching.
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Hey JazzFoodies Wake Up For March Madness ~Wellness in Mind~Body~Spirit is the Thing! Most of you hip folks want it but figure it’s a hassle to make it a natural part of every day. I know I did. Mindfulness eating means choosing foods that balance nutrition suited for your unique body filled with enticing flavors to create an indulgent way to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Breast Cancer motivated me to listen to my body and to feel good and strong despite the limitations it has imposed in my life. Nutritious sustainability is one of the secret habits of jazz living. Coming up with mack dishes on a budget. To wit: Here is a super nutritious EZ PZ Rawsome Vegan Lasagna Recipe and finish off with a Rawsome Red Velvet Beet Cake. Bon Apétit! Peace & Out! JBC 8-) & <3
And the Pié de résistance Red Velvet Beet Cake!…
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“Wicked Intentions” 7 bone chilling paranormal tales filled with mystery, lust, and danger
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Welcome to the first interview in this blog. Today I am proud and happy to introduce Charlene Baker, who is a versatile blogger, online marketer, entrepreneur and mentor. She is currently the owner of Charlenebakerspeaks.com
1.Can you please introduce yourself in case some of my readers don’t know you?
Certainly. First and foremost I am a wife and mom of two beautiful toddler boys. I love God and seek to live a fulfilled and purposeful life while inspiring others to do the same! I am a Professional Blogger and Internet Marketer as well as a consultant in a popular network marketing opportunity. I truly love what I do because I know that I am making a difference by educating and training others how to build a business online through blogging and online marketing techniques. It’s awesome to be able to work from home, be there for your family, do what…
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