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Feature & Follow #48

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

What New Years Blogging or Writing resolution have you placed on yourself?
Strangely enough, I haven’t really thought about what goals I have for this year. Give me a sec…

Ok! NaNoWriMo got me started on something that I never thought I would enjoy so much. I now have a book that has grown into a trilogy and a menagerie of characters I have fallen in love with. I pray I stay inspired and am able to finish the first book and draft out the second. It’s been one hell of a journey so far!

Blogging wise, I would like to see my little corner of the internet grow. Especially over at LiteraryCO. Me and Jen @BookandLatte are doing our darndest to connect the Colorado book community and create a professional networking and support system for authors, writers, readers and bloggers. I expect awesome things there!

On the Blog this week!

[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #50

[Feature]: Oh, the places books took me in 2012

BY - January 3rd, 2013 - Follow Friday - 1 comment

I Want it Wednesday #50

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

The first WoW of the year and already I am behind. Not gonna lie it took me far too long to find an upcoming book that I hadn’t already listed. There are also those I can’t wait to list but are currently cover-less *cough* Outlander, Lux, Psy-Changling, Lords of the Underworld, Divergent, Slammed, Fever *cough*

Going into the new year I am finding myself swinging back from the paranormal and into the contemporary. Though not just contemporary but mind-numbing, emotionally charged, new adult reads. God help me. To balance this out I found a read that looks fun, young and with a whiff of sci-fi.

Abby Barnes had a plan. Get into a great college, major in journalism, and land a dream job at a major newspaper. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, she is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. A cosmic collision of parallel universes has left Abby living a new reality every time parallel Abby makes a decision. Now Abby must race against time to take control of her fate without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally in reach.

This reminds me of Sliding Doors, the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow from way back when.

World War Z

Marc Forster

A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

Look, more zombies! I am thoroughly enjoying this trend. There are so many great iterations of the genre. I have to say the zombies in this flick are by far the scariest I have ever seen. It’s like lemming zombies, but much much faster… and in very large scary hordes.

What new goodies are you looking forward to in the New Year?

BY - January 2nd, 2013 - WoW - 4 comments

Oh, the places books took me in 2012

The Places Books Took Me in 2012
It’s here. The last day of the year. Yep, kind of freaking out about that and not just because January is typically a total cluster of work and new projects. (Nervous laughter).

Thank God for books! They take me away to far away places and do a fine job of getting me out of my own head. This year I went as far as Beijing and India. Read of the countryside in Devonshire and took in the Cabinet Wilderness of Montana. A few times I even stayed close to home, enjoying descriptions of Denver and Boulder.

Below is a map of all the places books took me this year. Sadly the imaginary worlds of the Graceling series, Scorpio Races, Legend, The Name of the Wind, and a few others couldn’t be included. Then there were the books like A Million Suns, that were completely out of this world. But I was glad to go there all the same. I learned a few things along the way too; that most of John Green’s books took place in Florida and major cities like New York and Paris will always be author favorites. The best part about books is there will never be a lack of places to go.


View Where Books Took Me 2012 in a larger map

As 2012 goes, it was a good year for books. I blew past my personal record and read 117 books for the year. That doesn’t even include the dozens and dozens of comics I read.

A Short List of 2012 Stand Outs (in no particular order):
The Fault in Our Stars
Ready Player One
Slammed
Obsidian (and the entire Lux series)
Once Burned
Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

I can’t wait for 2013 and all the book possibilities it’s going to bring, including sequels to many of the above listed. I’m also looking forward to conventions, author signings and a few more rounds of NaNoWriMo!

Happy New Year! – Jessi

BY - December 31st, 2012 - Features - Leave a comment

Feature & Follow #47

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

WHAT BOOK DO YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ? IF YOU COULD GIFT THE ENTIRE POPULATION WITH ONE BOOK?

There are so many books that should be read for inspirational, educational and socially important reasons. And equally as many from simply an entertainment standpoint. It would be hard to pick just one!

The Lord of the RingsMaybe it has just been going through the head. maybe it’s because I’ve just seen the Hobbit. However, as a literary work and as a story, there are few that compare. As a note though, I do view the trilogy as one complete work. There is something for everyone in these characters and stories, with universal themes that can apply to anything. But even in the end, it’s a damn good story.

On the Blog this Week:
[Movie Review]: Les Misérables
[Feature]: A Christmas Note from Jessi
[Movie Review]: This is 40

BY - December 27th, 2012 - Follow Friday - 10 comments

Les Misérables

Les Misérables (2012)

Tom Hooper

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

After months of tearing up through the trailers, it was a blessed relief to finally see this movie last night. As is our family’s tradition, after opening presents we hit the theaters. Last year it was Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. This year it was, of course, Les Misérables. 

I haven’t seen the stage musical, though I am very familiar with the music and the story. I am also well versed in the behind the scenes action. The fact that they sang every line for every take, live on camera is practically unheard of. This allowed such depth of emotion that I’ve never seen before on-screen whether musical or not. Tom Hooper did an amazing job showcasing the immense talent of these actors, letting the music take them to completely unheard of heights. This is especially seen in Anne Hathaway’s amazing rendition of I Dream a Dream, which is done in a single shot, no edits. Just her and the music. Breathtaking.

Every character was perfectly cast, each having their time in the spotlight, each grabbing your attention and heart instantly. That being said there is no doubt that Hugh Jackman carried and supported this movie throughout. This is not only his best work, it’s some of the best work I’ve seen any actor do. To say he deserves all the accolades is a massive understatement.

The Point: Les Misérables sweeps you up in the music from frame one, taking you through the heart ache of the French Revolution, and keeps you captive long past the credits.

A Few Notes from the Men: I saw this with my parents, husband and brother. My dad loves the story and while he could appreciate the music, it’s a long show. My brother, who is a musician himself, had a hard time with all the dialogue being sung as well, but again he could appreciate it. My husband was speechless, I don’t he, nor anyone else in the theater dared to move the last half of the movie.

One last note: Bring a box of tissue, or two.

BY - December 26th, 2012 - Movie Reviews - 2 comments

A Christmas Note from Jessi

Merry Christmas from Otherwhere.Co
If you told me it was Christmas 2012, I would tell you, you’re bloody crazy. The Bermuda triangle has been creeping closer to Colorado since this year has ceased to exist. Totally disappeared on me.

I hope you holidays are full of family, fun, food, and possibly fermented beverages. It’s been a blessfully quiet holiday around here and thanks to a total weather spoof we will actually have a white Christmas. For those of you who get your information on Colorado from South Park, it doesn’t actually have snow year round. In fact it was fifty-six degrees yesterday. Now for only the second time in my entire life, we are having a white christmas.

Tis’ the season for top ten lists as well. And while I am sure I won’t be able to resist the urge for long, today I simply wish you a Happy Christmas to you and yours.

– Jessi

BY - December 24th, 2012 - News - Leave a comment

This is 40

This is 40 (2012)

Judd Apatow

A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up.

There is something to be said for making movies with your wife and kids. Especially if there are bits based on said life with wife and kids. Apatow has an eye for life’s absurdities. Marriage may become a function of routine, a constant source of annoyance and the end of your sanity. However it is also fighting for each other, realizing you married that person for a reason and recognizing the ridiculousness of lifes’ many situations.

Unlike past movies, Apatow did a fantastic job of balancing out the awkward scenes with genuine humor. The funny parts were absolutely hilarious and perfect commentary against the reality of what having and being a family means. Megan Fox was exactly what she needed to be and no more while Jason Segel and company were in top form.

The pacing was a bit all over the place and he slow moments that Apatow typically falls victim to are here as well. However they’re not nearly as prevalent as past works. Probably could have used about another ten minutes on the cutting room floor, but overall it was everything you want it to be.

The Point: This is 40, shows perfectly the importance of fighting for each other and recognizing the absurdities of life with a sense of humor.

BY - December 23rd, 2012 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

Feature & Follow Friday #46

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM BOOK BLOGGING THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW BEFORE ABOUT THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY?
How completely changed it is. Though I have always felt it was a very exclusive club to be published and have your works be well known, thanks to technology those rules are changing. So many great authors that may otherwise be sadly missed are getting the opportunity to get their work out there and read. More and more I am finding great self-published and indie reads.

Without the blogging community and social networking today I don’t think this would be possible. Yay technology!

On the Blog (extended slacker edition):

[Movie Review]: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #49
[Movie Review]: Warm Bodies – SNEAK PEEK!
[Movie Review]: Wreck-It Ralph
[ComicCo Sundays]: The Walking Dead Vol. 7-9: A Brief Review
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #48
[Book Review]: Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel (Fever#6)
[Movie Review]: Argo
[ComicCo Sundays]: Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha
[Book Review]: Warm Bodies

 

BY - December 20th, 2012 - Follow Friday - 3 comments

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Peter Jackson

½

A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

Lord of the Rings, has been a long time favorite. A year rarely goes by that I don’t spend some time reading the book and going through the movies. I cannot believe it’s been a decade since Return of the King came out. Blows my mind! Watching the opening scenes of The Hobbit and hearing that amazing score practically brought tears to my eyes, it was like we never left Middle Earth.

The Hobbit as a book is decidedly different in tone than the trilogy though when it comes to the movies, they are very similar in feel, look, tone, etc… Even with the masses of dwarves and their accompanying shenanigans, there was still plenty of Middle Earth goodness. Annnnddd more orcs and goblins than you could shake a stick at.

Side note: After the blobby orc in Return of the King, I didn’t think it would be possible to make a more disgusting, uglier creature. Peter Jackson proved me wrong. There are some seriously hideous creatures in this movie. Yuck! I saw this in 2D and I can’t imagine experiencing that grossness in three dimensions.

The way the story flowed was very reminiscent of Fellowship of the Ring. Lots of different locations, a single storyline and many familiar faces. There wasn’t any rehashing of previous story lines and even more fascinating creatures to fill the screen. While they didn’t get through quite half of the book, and are setting it up for another two movies, there was a lot to keep you entertained and it was just awesome being back in the Shire.

I can’t wait for the next two movies, call me crazy but sitting in the theater for almost three hours watching Hobbits, and wizards prance around the screen seems like awesomesauce to me!

BY - December 19th, 2012 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

I Want it Wednesday #49

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

Walking Disaster is Travis' POV.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

There is honestly a part of me that doesn’t even want to start this book. Beautiful Disaster is like reading a bloody train wreck. But, see, that’s the thing about train wrecks. You can’t NOT look. Travis is an electrifying character on the page, and while I couldn’t stand him real life, I totally want to get into his brain.

Promised Land

Gus Van Sant

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

This gem was written The Office’s John Krasinski who then teamed up with Matt Damon after John’s wife Emily Blunt worked with him on The Adjustment Bureau. I’m sure you’re thinking ‘Why would I want to see a movie about oil fracking?’ Or not! Check out the trailer and let me know your thoughts. I know I’ll be seeing it, because it’s stories like these that rarely get the chance to be told.

BY - December 18th, 2012 - WoW - 5 comments