Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 Episode 1 First Impressions

Summary: After being presumed dead, Danny Rand returns home to New York after fifteen years, only to find things aren’t as they were.

Director: John Dahl (for this episode)

Writers: Roy Thomas (based on the Marvel comics by), Gil Kane (based on the Marvel comics by), Roy Thomas (creator and writer for this episode)

Stars: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, and more.

   Netflix and Marvel have been pouring out superhero shows for quite some time now. Every character introduced added a whole new story that hinted to a bigger and unknown enemy that would emerge from its darkness when the time will come. Just like the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Justice League in the DC Extended Universe or the Legends of Tomorrow in the DC TV shows, these Netflix shows have been preparing fans for the arrival of the Defenders, a neighbourhood-level team of superheroes built around the four heroes that have so far gotten their first seasons out on Netflix: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

    Hold on to your hats, my friends, The Night Circus is coming to town and it has brought its magic along with it. I started this book without the slightest clue of what I was dipping my toe into. It didn’t take me long to realize that my whole mind was submerged in a star-filled mystical world where anything is possible if you hold your arms wide open and let the enchantment embrace your mind and body. Erin Morgenstern’s novel is a visual experience that will haunt your imagination like none other books have done so yet. Its intricate attention to details stimulates your senses into believing you’re a rêveur who’s been up all night until the arrival of Le Cirque des Rêves. It holds onto your gaze like a star-filled night and bestows upon you the desire to smile, to discover, to vow your life to a circus that took form through written words. The Night Circus is the story of Celia and Marco. These two individuals who have been bound to a challenge forced upon them by their masters since a very young age, will soon go face to face as the circus serve as their venue, their battlefield. It is their ignorance of how the victor is decided that the tale shifts from a competition to a collaboration, one that will lead them into an unexpected love story set in a magical ambience.
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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

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“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”

— Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

    If I told you that Invisible Monsters was supposed to be Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel, before Fight Club were to ever happen, but was rejected by publishers for being too disturbing, would you believe me? Countless people have found themselves falling head over heals in love with this novel to the point of calling it Palahniuk’s best work of fiction and their own favourite book of all time. While Fight Club became a world-wide classic piece of literature and one of the most critically-acclaimed masterpiece in cinema, Invisible Monsters has all the ingredients necessary to blow your minds away just as effortlessly. The story is told by an unnamed narrator who’s had a freak accident on the highway that left her face horribly disfigured (goodbye jaw). Once a fashion model that caught the eye of every individual that crossed paths with her, now she struggles to be seen and loses sight of her own purpose in life. It’s upon meeting Brandy Alexander, also known as the Queen Supreme, a woman who undergoes more surgeries than you could count on your fingers to become the most beautiful woman alive, that the narrator learns some of the most valuable lessons regarding identity and love. Invisible Monsters is not your ordinary novel. It is one of the most artistic and unorthodox work of fiction that you’ll ever come across in a sea of books.
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One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel | Read-Along

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    Narrated by a twelve-year old boy, One of the Boys is the story of a shattered family. Emotional and absolutely riveting, Daniel Magariel’s debut novel immerses you into the mind of a child who simply wants to join his father and older brother on their plan of starting a new life away from their mother. There’s nothing more important for our unnamed narrator than to be one of the boys. Winning the war was only the first step to starting over in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Things however are not what they seem when the psychological and physical abuse by the father are about to become a routine ordeal for these children. The story presents us the evolution of two kids as they try to adapt to their new situation, overcome the new challenges of a motherless life and please a father who’s habits become much more evident and destructive. Buddy-read with Trang, One of the Boys has become one of those short yet mesmerizing books of the year. With an ending that had us in awe, we can definitely say that this novel is one that should be read with caution.
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Cinedote Review – Logan (2017)

Summary: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold (story and screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay), and Michael Green (screenplay)

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and more!

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   One last time. If this news hasn’t spread fast enough, let me be the bearer of bad news, my friend. Logan (2017) is Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine. Some will see this as a source of pleasure and a reason to throw a party, while others will find sadness and great depression at the thought of losing the only Wolverine they had ever known and loved throughout all of the 20th Century Fox X-Men movies. After 17 years of claw action and shining moments, Logan brings fans the third and final installment in the Wolverine spin-off movies. While Logan (2017) might be the last chapter, it can easily be watched as a stand-alone creation. However, I’d strongly recommend going through all the adventures that Wolverine has been through to be able to truly understand his background, to feel the weight of the history of a character who has had his mind and body ravaged, and to share the heavy emotions that submerges Logan (2017). As disappointing as X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013) were, fans should not stay clear of the third movie as Hugh Jackman brings out one of his best career performances in one of the most astonishing superhero movie released yet.
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Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1) Rise of the Batmen (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

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“Welcome to boot camp. Keep up if you can.”

— James Tynion IV, Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1) Rise of the Batmen

    James Tynion IV did a great job in making this first volume in his Rebirth series worthwhile. While Rise of the Batmen wasn’t the most brilliant and never-before-seen story, it still managed to deliver something that made some sense and shows a creative team that wisely utilizes the quicker release of these shorter Rebirth comic issues. Containing issues #934 to #940, this volume sets things clear regarding its direction. It is far from being focused on just Batman, it is the story of a whole new Batman family while putting the spotlight on a specific character for each volume. I felt like this first volume was essentially more focused on Batwoman by relaying a sort-of origin story for the character. In fact, the story explored her character a lot more and solidified her position in the squad. Having plenty of occasions to shine, her character is set as the new leader to a group of individuals that will trained under her wings in order to face an enemy that they have yet to uncover.
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

— J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

    Everyone is a goddamn phony. It’s almost impossible to finish this book without having that sentence engraved in your thoughts, forever. The Catcher in the Rye was one of my most surprising reading experiences yet. It’s not your conventional young adult story. It is a book that has known censorship before embracing immense fame. It’s popularity grew at an exponential speed and ended up getting incredible praise among teenagers. How? It was all in Holden Caufield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, and how so many adolescents were able to relate with him. This story is a glimpse into the life of Holden Caufield. He narrates the events, one after the other, and puts forth his entire thought process in black and white. After learning that he once again got kicked out of high school, Holden Caufield decides to follow his gut feeling and takes a trip to New York City. Through these events, readers uncover a child who’s simply falling into adulthood. In this story marinating in a theme of coming of age, Holden Caufield is an elegy for adolescents. It’s through his confusion, his angst, his pain, his pleasures and his desires that we see his struggle to remain a child, yet swimming in a world of adults.
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Batman (Volume 2) I Am Suicide by Tom King (Rebirth)

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“You are happy. You are brave. You can always stop.”

— Tom King, Batman Rebirth (Volume 2) I Am Suicide

    Following the events of I Am Gotham, this volume builds itself around the formation of a Suicide Squad and its task of capturing a certain person of interest that can save Gotham Girl from her predicament. The last two issues also features a special two-part story that embarks in the love-hate, and very complex, relationship between Batman and Catwoman. I solemnly swear that this is a step-up from Tom King’s first volume, but I still feel like the story had issues at several moments, hence dragging my overall enjoyment downhill. Although every official website indicates that issues 9 to 15 are the only ones included in this volume, I thought I might as well throw in the Annual #1 that was released midway throughout this storyarc. I’ll rectify this, if it ends up being wrong, when Annual #1 gets integrated in a future collection (if ever).
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

— John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

    We’re all bound to hear about Mr. Steinbeck and his famous and critically acclaimed novels at least once in our lives. Of Mice and Men figures among his most popular works of fiction and there’s no denying that the praise it has received over time is very well deserved. This story follows the search for labour of both George Milton and Lennie Small. While George is a small, but smart individual who’s patience is always tested by his huge, loyal, but simple-minded friend Lennie, George’s continued support and friendship puts him in a tight spot far more often than he would have wished for. It’s upon arriving at a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley that their luck had changed and a job for both of them was offered. However, things are not as simple as it seems since Lennie’s inability to control his inhuman strength and to adapt and comprehend people and his surrounding is liable to wreak havoc. Of Mice and Men is a relatively short story that contains countless themes ready to assault every reader’s conscience and leave them bewildered and saddened by the end of the story.
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Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

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    Imagine parachuting off an airplane. From the moment the doors are opened till your two feet touch the ground, there simply isn’t an instant where you can stop to take a breath or pause to embrace the excitement. Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri delivers a just as electrifying read with his first American debut. This page-turner is a chunk of enthralling police procedural. Translated by Anthony Shugaar, Kill the Father gives any crime novel enthusiast exactly what they crave for. The story follows two individuals carrying completely different backgrounds that still affect their present day in so many ways. First, we have Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli who is currently still on leave after surviving a horrible disaster and, second, we have Dante Torre, a man who was trapped inside a concrete silo by a person who proclaimed himself as The Father during more than a decade of his childhood. Dante Torre has since then become a consultant with hypersensory perception for countless specialists. After the discovery of a horrendous crime scene, these two individuals are brought together on a mystery that will soon expand into a disaster of a much grander scale.
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Q&A With Sandrone Dazieri

If you haven’t already. Check out my review of Sandrone Dazieri’s Kill The Father!

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  1. Hello Sandrone. For those who don’t know you already, could you tell us about yourself and your background?

I was born in ’64 in Cremona, a small town of fifty thousand inhabitants in the heart of Northern Italy, surrounded by grain fields, the same city that I put into the darkest chapters of Kill the Father. At fourteen, I decided that I wanted to know better the world and I began to travel the country working as a cook helper. After I stopped being a chef in 1994, I changed many trades (electrician, bouncers, porter …) until I landed in a magazine as a proofreader. After a few years I became a redactor and I started writing reviews of detective novels and science fiction. In 1999 I published my first novel.

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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

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“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

— Stephen King, The Gunslinger

    This is my first experience of Stephen King’s work. I am myself surprised that it isn’t one of his pure horror stories, but I also had a feeling I was going to end up exploring the Dark Tower universe before anything else. With an adaptation in the work, starring both Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba—two formidable actors, might I add—I vowed I’d get my hands on this series before indulging the movie. The first book in this series, The Gunslinger, introduces us to two mysterious figures. While their motives and their personalities remain ambiguous right from the beginning, you quickly get a grasp of who you’re dealing with as you tag along in their cruel and enchanted adventure. One thing ultimately drives this story forward and it all lies in the gunslinger pursuing the man in black through a desolate universe. Poetic and enigmatic, the first book in the Dark Tower series is a character-driven story that lays out a world that has yet to be fully understood.
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The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe

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“Well, well, Claudia. Can I call you Claudia? I’ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you’re honest, as honest as any reporter… You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past. I want a peek into yours. It is only fair, isn’t it?”

— Kendall Francois

    The Spider and the Fly is a blend of memoir and true crime. You can’t help but wonder how it could be possible. Maybe the writer is the criminal? That would definitely would be interesting, but this book has something just as bewitching. This piece of literature is journalist Claudia Rowe’s first book in which she chronicles her connection with serial killer Kendall Francois. Working for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, Claudia Rowe’s fascination for the mystery behind the discovery of a serial killer who is arrested for the murder of eight prostitutes stashed in the attic and the basement of his home has brought her to embark on an ambitious and dangerous adventure. In fact, her curiosity brings her to maintain a four year mail correspondence with a serial killer behind bars. While her decision to decipher a serial killer’s motive to take lives also brings ruin to her own life, The Spider and the Fly discloses a journalist’s road to self-discovery and her attempt to understanding her deepest pains and passions.
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Cinedote Review – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)

Summary: Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane (Batman Creator), Bill Finger (Batman Creator), Jerry Siegel (Superman Creator) and Joe Schuster (Superman Creator)

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot and so many more!

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   This was one of the most controversial movies of 2016. Of all the things that could stir a crowd up, this superhero movie managed to surface to the top and create a splendid furry among the masses. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was the most anticipated movie that was hyped up like nothing before to propel the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) in a beautiful and graceful forward momentum. Taking place after the events of Man of Steel, this movie explores the chaotic aftershock among individuals upon realizing that Gods walk among Men. Integrating the city of Gotham into the equation, another God is also fitted into the puzzle as a nemesis that will do whatever it takes to keep the threats away from his people. While the story dives simultaneously into multiple oceans, it also manages to interweave all the storylines together and deliver a dark and riveting tale filled with dazzling destruction.
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Justice League (Volume 1) Origin by Geoff Johns

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“Too many people believe that. That’s the problem here. The world belongs to no one. And everyone.”

— Geoff Johns, Justice League (Volume 1) Origin

    The birth of the Justice League. Who wouldn’t want to check out one of, if not THE most epic superhero team out there? Who am I kidding, as a DC fanboy, the Justice League will always remain the BEST superhero team ever. Of course, with Batman among the club, that’s a no-brainer. As part of the New 52 reboot by DC Comics, fans are served with a brand new and completely modern take of this superhero team. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee, these two legends bring together a blockbuster retelling with one of DC’s most powerful villain soon to appear on the big screen. Collecting issues 1 to 6, Justice League (Volume 1) Origin glues together seven of the most powerful heroes on Earth (and from beyond?) and delivers a brilliant introduction to DC’s almighty squad. It kicks things of with the arrival of some new and mysterious creatures lurking around the shadows, preparing something that could potentially leave a nasty scar on the world. As matters get out of hands, a series of events lead our heroes to cross paths and unite to smooth out the chaos.
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Bookidote’s Dream Crate

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I hope everyone’s having a wonderful day. Already a week into 2017! Time continues to beat new records; who would have thought that was even possible? Today I have a special post to share with everyone concerning one of the most popular subscription boxes out there in the wild, wild world! Yes. That’s right. It’s none other than Loot Crate. This is the ultimate monthly subscription box for geeks and gamers. I mean, the content they offer pretty much touches upon the interests of every fandom and enthusiast group! With exclusive items (figurines, t-shirts, home goods, etc.), Loot Crate is a box that will bring out your inner geek in a matter of milliseconds! Continue reading

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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    After checking out Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood and appreciating the patent Agatha Christie inspiration in her stories, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to read her second book, The Woman in Cabin 10This time, the story essentially takes place on a luxurious cruise ship. How is that possible? Leave it to Ruth Ware to bring readers a closed-room whodunit mystery. If the setting isn’t enough to convince you of its potential, then watch a fascinating protagonist hinder your ability to trust the narrative. In the end, you’re bound to find a great mystery with Ruth Ware. The story kicks off with Laura Blacklock, a travel journalist who’s been lurking in the shadows of her coworkers and waiting for a golden opportunity to prove her worth for quite some time. After experiencing one of the most traumatic experiences in her own home and coming out of it unharmed, she’s propelled onto an assignment to cover a cruise on the Aurora because of her coworker’s sudden and unfortunate unavailability. In front of a grand number of sketchy high-profile figures, a couple of journalists with hyena-like personalities, an ex-boyfriend and a mysterious cruise ship staff, Laura Blacklock will come across something terrible by being at the wrong place, at the wrong time. A desperate need to find out the truth then takes her over.
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The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

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    Psychological thrillers are growing in popularity nowadays. Everywhere you go, you’re bound to see a new one ready to become the next big thing. The appeal behind this genre is however far from being superficial. The narrator, the characters, the pacing and the twists all come together to form a truly enthralling story. From the bestselling author of The Good Neighbor, A.J. Banner now dives into the story of a marine biologist who, after a dangerous diving expedition that resulted in a traumatic head injury, is now confronted with a severe case of amnesia that took away four long years from her memory. Under the care of her dear husband on a remote island, Kyra Winthrop starts to get flashes of past events, bringing her not only to doubt herself, but to doubt everyone around her. The Twilight Wife takes readers by the hand and carries them along with Kyra as she slowly uncovers her past. While doubt remains her biggest enemy during these tough times, it also transpires as her greatest ally in distinguishing fact from fiction.
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Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo

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“’Cuz for this story to make sense… for it to mean anything… you have to believe in something. Something very important. You have to believe people can change.”

— Lee Bermejo, Batman: Noël

    This is a gift dropped off by Santa when no comic book fan expected it under their trees. With a foreword by the great Jim Lee—another artist whose reputation precedes him—we quickly find out that Lee Bermejo’s Gotham City Christmas Carol is a tale that will go down—I’d say it has—as a classic in Batman’s universe. Batman: Noël is by far one of the best takes on the original Christmas story written by Charles Dickens. While billions of adaptations were done on Scrooge’s famous story, there’s nothing like A Christmas Carol perfectly knitted around the dark and gloomy Gotham City. Written and drawn by Lee Bermejo himself, this exquisite artistic creation presents fans with an opportunity to visit Batman’s most famous villains and friends on one of his darkest days. Struggling with his own health condition, Batman wanders building by building to capture a criminal has as escaped the grasps of the law.
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Cracking The Quebec Code by Jean-Marc Léger

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    Thanks to over 30 years of data collected by the Leger survey firm, a mission to paint a portrait of Quebec was commenced. Four major surveys, thirty complementary interviews with Quebec leaders and an interesting semiometry analysis later, Jean-Marc Léger and his colleagues Jacques Nantel and Pierre Duhamel have published a book that unveils the subtleties that characterizes Quebecers. It’s no secret that Quebec has a lot of particularities and remains one of most fascinating places to discover in the world. Its history is rich and its culture has evolved over centuries. To this date, a lot of those two elements transpires through its landscape and its people. Cracking The Quebec Code is an attempt to pinpoint traits that distinguishes Quebecers from the rest of Canada (ROC) and Americans. It’s only after discovering that 71 percent of the attitudes and behaviors they’ve analyzed where similar between Quebecers and the ROC that the focus was turned towards the precious 29 percent. It’s within those percentages that the authors have concluded having discovered what makes Quebecers different from the rest of the population.
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