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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Hi everyone! How are you doing? Today I’m going to write about a movie I saw a couple of days ago: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

For some reason I waited a long time before seeing this movie, I kept reading around that the sequel wasn’t as good as the first movie, and since I loved the first Guardians so much I didn’t want to spoil it, I guess. After seeing the sequel the only question I have left is: What the hell was I thinking?

I thought it was amazing, and yes, it’s different from the first one, honestly, I don’t know which of the two I like best.

I love them both because they use a very particular sense of irony that never turns vulgar.

So yes, it was amazing seeing these incredibly fun characters back together again. The soundtrack was amazing, like in the previous movie. All the jokes were incredibly funny, I don’t remember the last time I laugh this hard during a movie.

As for the plot, the movie revolves around Quill this time around. I don’t want to reveal too much if you haven’t seen it yet, but we find out more about his character and his origins, let’s leave it at that. As for the other characters, my absolute favorites are Rocket, Drax and Groot, they are hilarious, I just love them so much, especially Drax.

Okay now let me tell what I have found particularly fascinating: in this age of visual effects, I always love when a character has special powers, or if those powers are represented in an interesting visual way. Now even in the last movie, there is a scene at the end where we see Yondu’s abilities and I loved that scene. In this movie there is even a bigger scene where we see him using his arrow and I freaking loved it, I just loved how they visually represented his powers.

The only character I like a little less than the others is Gamora, I find her incredibly annoying, and I don’t mean the actress because I like her, I guess I just can’t stand the character.

Well, anyway I really enjoyed it, I highly suggest you watch it, after seeing it I don’t know why I waited this long.

Now I can’t wait to see all of them back again for the next Avengers Movie. I have to say that I believe all those Marvel Movies that are coming out are always entertaining, some are better than others but they are always interesting. One movie that I have been looking forward to seeing is Thor Ragnarok. I can’t wait to see it.

Okay, so this is it for my review, have you guys seen this movie? What did you think about it? As always let me know in the comments your opinions.

Book Review: Teutoburgo by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

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Hi everyone! I hope you guys are doing all right. Today I want to talk about a book I just finished reading. The book is called “Teutoburgo” and it’s from the Italian author Valerio Massimo Manfredi, I don’t know if the book has already been translated into English yet, I read the Italian version.

Overall I liked this book, I had never read anything by this author before and I enjoyed his style. This is a historical book that revolves around the famous Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, an event in Roman history that has always interested me. For those of you who don’t know what it was, basically, it was one of Rome’s greatest defeat. Three entire legions were destroyed by an anti-roman alliance, made up of different German tribes and led by Arminius, a prince from the Cherusci Tribe who was taken hostage in his youth and served in the Roman Army after receiving military education and the Roman citizenship.

Since I have found out about Arminius, a few years ago, I have always been fascinated by him. In fact, he fascinates me so much that I decided to use him as a character from in of my books. So, when I saw this book about the Teutoburg Battle at the library I immediately decided to pick it up.

The book is a fictionalized version of the events, it starts with Arminius and his brother getting captured by the Romans, as young boys, and it basically ends with (spoiler alert) Arminius death.

It basically covers that part of the story which led to this incredible battle, and then, of course, it covers the battle and the aftermath. The writer is also a historian and archeologist so his fictionalized version is pretty accurate historically. I saw that he has written a lot of other novels so I might check them out in the future, some of them look particularly interesting.

How about you guys? Have you heard of this battle before? Does anyone have some suggestions about books from this author? What do you think of him? And what do you think about historical book? As always, let me know in the comments.

Right now I just started another book by Pushkin and then I have a few more by other Russian authors but I’m always open to suggestions if you have some let me know in the comments below, until next time.

Who would be on my dream panel of authors?

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Hi everyone! For this blog post I’m writing about something that was brought to my attention thanks to Eventbrite, an event planning software company that helps people find and plan events. If you want to check out their website here’s their online event registration page.

So the idea is very simple: Who would be on my dream panel of authors?

Let me just say that it’s hard to choose only a few authors because I’m such a bookworm and there are just too many authors that I love and admire. I chose to make a list with only living authors because otherwise, it would be too long to fit into one blog post XD… Okay so let’s get right to it, here’s my list:

  1. NEIL GAIMAN

Neil Gaiman is probably my favorite author, I’ve had the honor of listening to him speak live in Mantova, nearly ten years ago, and to this day I still remember vividly the night I went to listen to him. Hearing him read his words is a unique experience, I just love his dark and twisted imagination. He is a very inspiring artist, I could listen to him speak for hours.

  1. GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

George R.R. Maring is probably “the author” of the moment, so I definitely would love to have him on my dream panel. He is very wise and clever, nothing he does or says is accidental. I love how rich his characters are, so I would ask him lots of question about how he builds characters.

  1. STEPHEN KING

I cannot have a dream panel of authors and not invite Mr. King. He is an amazing writer that I respect and adore. Unfortunately, I haven’t read a lot of his writings but what I would love to see is him interact with both Gaiman and Martin, that would be awesome.

  1. J.K. ROWLING

Yes, I am a Potterhead and of course, I would have J.K. Rowling on my dream panel. She is such a great writer. She is so inspiring and also very witty, I just love reading her replies on twitter. I’d love to ask her what is she working on right now, and if there are any other stories, not set in the Harry Potter world, that she would like to tell.

  1. MARGARET ATWOOD

I discovered Margaret Atwood only recently actually, and I really like her. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is such an interesting novel. But I think I would rather ask her about her life and her view on things, what does she think about our society and stuff like that.

  1. CHUCK PALAHNIUK

I’d love to have also Chuck Palahniuk on my panel, he is a unique author and I love him, and even if I’m not that familiar with his writings I would just love to hear his point to view on things.

  1. KHALED HOSSEINI

I’d like to have Khaled Hosseini just because I love his books so much, they are very sophisticated in my opinion. I have to hand it to him that he was able to completely change my point of view on something, and trust me, make me change my mind about something is not easy… I think I would ask him about Afghanistan and how it was before the war.

  1. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Last but not least I would have Neil deGrasse Tyson as a moderator, and I would just let him talk about the stars and the universe. It’s just amazing listening to him speak about those subjects.

This is it. What an exciting panel this one would be. What do you guys think? What would be your dream panel? Which author would you choose? Let me know in the comments below.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×07

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Hi everyone! Here I am with my weekly Game of Thrones Season 7 episode review.

This week episode was the epic season finale: “The dragon and the wolf”. I’m still processing it actually. There were a lot of things happening and it was an amazing episode in my humble opinion.

I don’t know how they can always top the previous episode, but this was one of the best seasons for me, all the episodes were amazing, and yes there is a feeling of speeding up a little because the show is coming to an end but nevertheless it was amazing.

There were just too many cool moments that it was hard for me to choose only a few, but I tried my best. As always this part may contain spoilers so read it after you have seen the episode. So for the last time, this year let’s get right to it. Here are my favorite moments:

– Brienne and The Hound

There were a few reunions in the first couple of scenes, there was Podrik and Tyrion’s for instance, but my favorite one was, of course, the one that involved The Hound. Now Brienne is the one that starts the conversation, she wants to apologize for nearly killing him, and the interaction was fun to watch, I loved how The Hound was proud of Arya and smiled when she told him that Arya didn’t need protection. I love the character development for Sandor Clegane, as I said before he is one of my favorite characters, even if he is kind of a minor character, I just love him. Brienne and Sandor are the official Stark-Girls Co-Parenting Team

– Now that’s an entrance

Of course, Dany had to come riding Drogon and make an entrance. I have to admit it was pretty awesome.

– The Dragonpit 

This scene was so cool to watch, all these major characters together, some for the first time ever. All the interactions were entertaining. Sandor confronting his brother, Euron being a pain in the ass, Jon refusing to lie, the look on Cersei’s face when she saw the wight. There was just a lot going on and I loved every minute of it.

– Lannister Family Reunion

Now I liked this scene because it was so full of emotions. The scenes with Tyrion and his family are always good, mostly thanks to Peter Dinklage who is an amazing actor and to all the other actors who play the Lannisters. You can tell that Jamie and Tyrion still love each other, and now that Jamie knows Tyrion didn’t kill Joffrey, I think he has forgiven him for killing Tywin. The scene with Cersei and Tyrion was very powerful, and I can’t help but wonder what has Tyrion promised Cersei in order to convince her.

– “How do you plead, Lord Baelish?”

Okay, this was one of my favorite moments of the episode, as I said last week I didn’t understand the direction things were going back in Winterfell, and this week we finally saw the storyline wrapping up. Finally, someone confronted Littefinger, and I was so glad that is was Sansa doing it, my baby is all grown up, and I also loved that it was a Stark Kids Team combined action, with both Arya and Bran helping and somehow avenging what happened to their parents. I also loved the Ned Stark quote from the books: “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

– The ship has sailed!

Another major moment was Dany and Jon steamy boat scene, Jonerys is finally here guys. It was a bit weird with Bran’s voice explaining how they are actually related but hey…. it’s Game of Thrones. And yeah I ship it. Also Rhaegar and Lyanna ❤ ❤ ❤

– Ice dragon

The ending was just a freaking epic moment. One of the things I love about this show it’s how it can alternate epic scene, such as this one, to more quiet scene where there is only dialogue, without ever appearing boring. So, in the end, you care about all the characters because you become invested in them. This scene with the dragon breathing freaking blue fire and tearing down the wall was epic. OMG, I’m dying to know what will happen I cannot wait.

This is the end of my Game of Thrones weekly review. I hope you have enjoyed it, and I hope you have loved this season such as I did. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts about it what you think will happen next.