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Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 11/18/18

Morning!

I fell off the planet and will most likely fall off again next week.

I had a gallstone attack a couple of weeks ago. First time I've had one! At least to where I knew something was wrong. I had some scans, and they found the stones. Now I am going to have my gallbladder removed. Whee! (Thus the reason I'll be falling off the planet again.)  Wish me luck!

Virtual Tourist

Witcher 3

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Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 10/21/18

Morning!

Weird week. All the rain and cold were trying super hard to make me sick. I muddled through - yay! But somehow though we thought we had Fan Days this weekend, we did not actually have a booth. Boo! But it's given me time to fight against catching a cold. Yay! But I didn't get much done this weekend. Boo! Lol.

Mini Movie Reviews

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Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 10/14/18

Morning!

Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

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Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Morning, ya'll!

I figured I'd go for something a little different this week. Give life some variety and what not. :) So this week is:

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Mini Movie Review

KIN - This is a family drama with super cool effects and science fiction elements. Eli's adopted mom has died. He and his father are trying to cope. Then his brother Jimmy is released from jail. He's been gone six years. To compound the problem, we find Jimmy owes a lot of money for protection in prison. Eli, who's been stripping wire from old buildings, comes across a bloodbath in one of them. He also finds a strange weapon.

Matters escalate quickly on multiple fronts, and it's just a question of when the train wreck will happen.

Gorgeous cinematography, great effects, great acting, and mystery bits leading us towards the finale. It's about family, belonging, getting past the things that pull you down. Definitely open for a sequel! Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Bag Man - Sci-Fi Short Film - This 10+ minute short film is what the movie KIN is based on. Several elements made it from here to the movie. (The owl!) A little abrupt and with 0 explanations, but it was fun seeing the correlations.

https://youtu.be/7rbdnUZ6UcY

Cool new song (to me!) I thought I'd share. Would be a lovely fit with the boys from Supernatural. :) No Roots by Alice Merton. Super catchy!

https://youtu.be/PUdyuKaGQd4

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Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning, all!

I am going to go in a different direction this week. Since my SF novel "Alien Redemption" will be getting published in 2019, I need to start now in getting the word out and doing things to promote it. (With my lack of time, this will be tough! They always say you should start at least nine months in advance. Oi!)

So I figured I would occasionally share what I'm doing to prep for that. Before that though, let's do our weekly Mini Movie Review! :P

Mini Movie Review

The Meg The MEG - The beginning of the film was really well done. They set up the hero, give us a glimpse into what has scarred him and then we start five years later. The Mana One and the mini-subs and our descent below the frost level are fantastic. Seeing the first view of this hidden underwater world was great! The whole section there, including the rescue, etc. was well worth it. It's only once that's over that it goes into what you initially expected, contrived situations to get people in the water. :P Meiying (Sophia Cai) was super adorable! She also adds much to the film. There are loads of familiar faces. Red herrings, weirdness, and more abound. It also has loads of JAWS in-jokes/homage. A million times better than Sharknado. :P Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Alien Redemption - Getting pieces for the Book Trailer pt 1

(And realizing I have not made a page at the website for this one yet. DOH! Something else for the To-Do List! :P)

So the first thing you have to do is try to find photos that somewhat resemble your vision. This could mean hours trolling through the different photo sites to locate those you can purchase rights on to use. I got pretty lucky yesterday and found a lot of what I needed at Adobe Stock.

I will need to do a lot of work on the pics I found, but it's one step closer to getting the book trailer done. :)

Here's the original I decided to use for the Holiday (Captain Ricardo Bennet's ship - and the location where many things happen in the first half of the book).

spaceship

I was looking for something that looked like a merchant class ship, and this one filled the need famously.

I needed to add stars and the name of the ship to the photo. Luckily I was able to find a tutorial for how to add a starry sky! Yay!

The Holiday - merchant class

You can't see the stars on this one. Too shrunk down. You should be able to click on it to get a bigger view. Let me get a different cut as well.

Side Cut of the Holiday

You can see the name and the stars.  It was bizarre how the artist had tapes with H's on different areas of the hull. Almost like this was destined. No? :P

Next is Turbic Station:

space station

Not the exact vision in the book, but close is good! It will give you an idea of the place. Turbic Station is at the edge of the Dominion in what is called the Fringes. The last bastion of civilized/charted space. They know it too, and you pay for the privilege. :P

Currently, I've only added stars to the background. May add some neon for the upper area where the exclusive part of the station serves rich clientele wanting to get away from all the restrictions of the civilized worlds.

Turbic Station at the Fringes

Lovely, no? :)

I have a ways to go! Had hoped to have a gif ready of the Holiday dashing across the screen, but I need to work on the angles. Maybe next time. :P

Next week ChibiChains and I will be at Animefest! If you are there, please come to the Dealers Room and say "Hi!".

Have a great week!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Virtual Tourist - Wolfenstein II 7/29/18

Morning!

Mini Movie Review

Mission Impossible: FalloutMission Impossible: Fallout - the film is a rollercoaster of non-stop action. They also throw in nostalgic bits which were excellent. Loved the mission recorder, which was a mix of super new tech (DNA matching) and original TV show (tape wheels and smoke!). Twists and red herrings abound. They also added things going wrong, annoyances to the protagonist, and other bits making this feel more like real life. Many things come back full circle. Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Paying Full Price to See Again.)

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

Yeppers, finally playing the third installment. Hubby finished it way back, but I'd not gotten to play. I bit more dizzying than the previous two, which is why I stayed away for a bit.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Blazkowicz Mom

Blazkowicz's Mom - he's having a dream/nightmare. Not a good family life as it turns out.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Save Blazkowicz

The game picks up moments after the end of Wolfenstein The New Order. Blazkowicz is messed up. It's a miracle he's alive at all!

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Resistance Leader

Our ragtag team's leader. The suit allows her to walk and fight.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - doctor

Blaskowicz wakes up fully when the stolen ship gets boarded. Finally finds one of the others. B has mad skills with his wheelchair. Lol. This boat is not made for the disabled.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

The Doc has setup some nasty traps for the soldiers. Very nasty traps. :P

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - posters

They always have such lovely details! B pics up bits of info about Nazi America as he wheels himself through the sub.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Anya

A bittersweet reunion with Anya!

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

B isn't doing good. Half hitpoints are the best he gets! But he's still tougher than anything out there. :P

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Anya 2

She has so much faith in him. Got to cling to what you can.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Kissing

Love in the midst of carnage. :) Pregnant she still kicks buns! Heh heh.

Hope your weekend has been fab! Next week I will be at ArmadilloCon! Hope to see you there. :)

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Mini Movie Review Catch Up 7/22/18

Greetings!

Yep, I once more fell off the face of the planet. This is never intentional, but sometimes life's plans don't match mine. (Busted pipes, rabid bat and consequent pet quarantine, vet bills from quarantine fallout, back muscle issues, tons of day job work, etc. Life has been interesting. Not always a good thing!) :P Money is tight right now, which hasn't helped matters any.

Figured I would try to catch up on mini movie reviews since it's summer and it's movie watching time! Lots out there to see right now. (Had to do some catching up on that too!) These are in order of older to newer.

Mini Movie Reviews

Incredibles 2Incredibles 2 - after a super long hiatus, the Incredibles are back! And we get theme songs! Lol. Yes, the older superheroes had theme songs, and we get to hear them. You have to wait for  Elastigirl's in the end credits, but worth the wait. :P

Befriended by a brother and sister who want to bring back the old days when superheroes were free to do what they do best, everyone has to deal with changing roles in the household as Helen become the focus of the hero campaign.

Lots of family issues to deal with as Bob tries not to be jealous and works at being a stay at home Dad. Nefarious forces are at work, however. In that respect, the new film repeats some of the plot complications of the first movie. Still, it was a fun ride. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Jurrasic World: Fallen KingdomJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - The advertisements give a wrong impression of what the film is actually about. Yes, there is a volcano about to explode and destroy the island, but that whole segment is only the beginning of the film leading to the main section.

Dr. Wu (played by BD Wong) is a fortunate and resilient man, and the character connects the latest two films back to the original. The scientist has been a very busy and he has a new patron.  They want to build upon the success of their last creation and use the older animals to finance their ambitions.

Gorgeous film, loads of actions, quirky comedy, and more. The whole volcano problem is a little contrived, but if you can look past that, there's definite fun to be had. I find it funny how the old T-Rex is used much like Godzilla now. A very dangerous creature that still comes to your aid when you least expect. :) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Ant-Man and the WaspAnt-Man and the Wasp - Scott Lang is suffering the consequences of his actions when he went to the aid of Captain America in Captain America: Civil War. He's been under house arrest for two years as a result. His relationship with Hope and Dr. Pym lie in tatters.  His decision to help Cap had many consequences he'd not expected.

A few days before his house arrest is complete; however, he has a strangely vivid dream about Hope's mother and a little girl. So he leaves them a message, not sure how to explain it or even if it means anything.

It is this message that gets him kidnapped by Dr. Pym. Due to the things Scott saw during the first film when he shrunk himself into the subatomic levels, Dr. Pym and Hope have been working on a way to try to free his wife from there. They believe Scott is connected to Janet due to quantum entanglement.

But there are others interested in what Pym is working on. So Scott finds himself jeopardizing his freedom as they fight to bring Janet Pym back while keeping the tech out of other hands.

Everything I loved about Ant-Man comes back to the second film. Scott's relationship with his daughter (the maze adventure was awesome!), Luis and his dense but adorable childlike spirit, Hope and Scott's clashing denial of their feelings, and just all the fun of making things big and small! (Not sure you really could shrink and move a building around and have it work once you made it big again. All the power infrastructure and underground parts would not be there. But the concept is so cool! They could have easily explained it if they'd just taken a few moments!) :P Oh and the way they use the wheel-shaped Matchbox car carrying case is genius! Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Skyscraper

Skyscraper - weird as it may sound, the biggest reason I wanted to see this film was because the protagonist had a disability. This problem added such a neat wrinkle to the plot. After reading the three book mystery series by J.K. Rowling and her hard-boiled P.I. and his issues with part of a missing leg, I wanted to see what they did with it here. Overall, I thought they did a good job!

The building was gorgeous! I wish they'd shown us more of it before the destruction began. The special effects were fantastic. The company logo was awesome! Loved how they used it in the company video. (Yes, I love dragons!)

Once you find out what the tower owner is hiding, the reasons behind the actions of the bad guy make sense, but not Mr. Ji's. If you have copies of the data, leave the original in the safe. It will either keep it or destroy it, but you still have what you need. Henry, Will's son, also disappears conveniently from the film when they need Will's wife, Sarah to be more involved. Loved that she helped, so the movie wasn't just one-sided, but... Another issue was the wiring needed for the final move at the end of the film to work. Most of that would have melted off so wouldn't have worked. If they'd spent a little more time on the building introduction, they could have covered that, but they didn't.

Overall though, it was a fun ride and worth watching for all the action and just the darn cool building!!!!  :P Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Price of Admission.)

Hotel Transylvania 3

Hotel Transylvania 2: Summer Vacation - These are always so cute! Great for families to see together. They always cover different aspects of being a family. This one is multi-pronged in that aspect as we see issues from multiple families being highlighted.

The writers had a lot of fun writing this one. A lot of the details and bits definitely came from people with kids. Lol. They also take some expectations and give you something entirely different. Loved what they did with the Bermuda Triangle and the lost city of Atlantis. I would go on this cruise! :)

Loads of family topics - tradition, loneliness, obsession, letting go, embarrassment caused by family members, and more. Ericka ended up being a much more faceted character than I expected. I loved what they did with her. I even guessed the song that was used to save the day! Bwahahahaha! Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

That should keep you all busy for a bit. :P

Here's hoping for a steady blog posting schedule!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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