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Friday, February 5, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 38
The Coffee Legacy by Katharina Bordet


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In this 38th episode I review The Coffee Legacy by Katharina Bordet. I loved this book. It has awesome fantasy elements in a modern setting. That modern setting is also in traditional Viennese cafe culture, so for a coffee lover I was totally in from page one. Listen to hear why I gave this great book with rich characters 5/5 stars.

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The Coffee Legacy (A Wiener Blut Novel)

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman | Book Review

This was a really fun book. A man who makes a living transporting dead bodies, who sometimes seem to talk to him, discovers there is a whole other world filled with dark magical creatures. He also discovers that he is part of their world as much as he'd like to remain just a lonely body mover who lives in his van. This book was an amazing page turner. I was hooked from page one and was not disappointed until I finished the last chapter. Oh man was this book awesome.


I loved the main character. His attitude when facing off against the supernatural creatures in the book was surprising and awesome. He was often understandably scared of them but would also sometimes get angry at them and give it right back to them after they kept threatening him simply because he was a human.

The story world of this book is really cool. It's modern day but all of the dark creatures of myths and legends exist. Discovering this dark magic underground world with the main character was really cool. 

There were tons of awesome fight scenes in this book and they could get pretty gruesome. They were really exciting and the author always did a good job of having the good guys leave a fight with a lot of damage that many times really slowed them down or even took them out of commission for a while. Everything cost a lot in this book. Nothing was easy for the characters. I think that's one of the reasons the book was so good. It was a blast cheering for the characters as they fought a very dark evil.

I loved the way the magic worked in this book. It was amazing and could do incredible things, but it always took a lot out of the characters and once they used their magic a little bit it was all they had and their "spark" was spent until they recharged it. That part made the magic feel so much more real than if the characters would of had an unending supply of magic to wield. Then everything would have been easy for them and the way everything went down in the story would have been much less believable or the way they could have accomplished their goals would have been a lot more boring to read because it would have been so easy for them.

The author did a great job of making everything hard for the characters. They had to push themselves to their limits to achieve their goals. They had to get creative and think on their feet. They got beat up, really bad, lots of times. All these things and the wonder of all the cool magical world made for one thrilling read. I can't wait to see what these crazy characters are up to in the next book. I'm so glad I picked this one up.

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Wrong Side of Hell (The DeathSpeaker Codex Book 1)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gardening For Beginners by Dahlia Rose | Book Review

I had the pleasure of narrating the audiobook version of this book. It's clear prose made for an easy job. I learned a lot and for anyone looking to dip their toes into gardening, or should I say green their thumb, this is a great book. I loved the energy and positive fun attitude in the writing. You can tell the author has a love for gardening herself. Great enjoyable read packed with tons of great info to get you started in the world of gardening.

Friday, January 29, 2016

6 Goals Podcast - Episode 33

On another website I run a little podcast that's kind of for me. I don't even publish it to iTunes, but you can subscribe to it in your iTunes app. It's called 6 Goals and I just share how I've been doing on 6 Goals I set up for myself. Those 6 goals are:

  1. Six miles run
  2. Six short work outs
  3. Six thousand words written
  4. Six chapters of the bible read
  5. Six water bottles consumed a day
  6. Six sketches drawn in my sketch book
Below I've reposted the latest episode's blog post if you're curious have a listen. Thanks to Kevin MacLeod's music it's very calm and relaxing to listen to. Thanks for stopping by!




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I went on a few runs. Two I've posted below, the one before that is in the last post. I recorded a podcast too! Wow has it been a long time since I've done that! I tried adding some more chill music instead of the hard rock in the background. I like it a lot more. Kind of new age and weird but I like it. Makes for an interesting sound.


Here's the stats:
2.0 miles in 20:11 minutes - 1/29/16 
2.0 miles in 24 minutes - 1/22/16

Attributions:
Music by Kevin MacLeod at www.incompetech.com

Cover to Sword and Urn I mentioned:





Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Overpopulation, Poverty, and Energy: How Soylent Green is Still Relevant Today | Guest Post by Maria Jane

When Soylent Green first premiered in 1973, it received mixed reviews from the critics and was beaten at the box office by Charlotte's Web. However, despite this unimpressive debut, it has become a cult classic and is as relevant today as it was during its original release. Though on the surface it appears to be a straightforward science fiction movie, complete with beautiful women and fast moving action scenes, it is the underlying environmental and moral message that has led to its staying power.

The film opens with a photo montage that demonstrates wordlessly the increasingly crowded nature of our living conditions. The early photos are of small groups of people in idyllic natural settings, while by the end all that is shown is a crowded city landscape with nary a blade of grass or tree in sight. This powerful visual sets the tone for the rest of the movie, while also broadcasting a real-life warning to those watching.

The rest of the film continues this juxtaposition between reality and fiction. In this Richard Fleischer directed film, the lack of natural resources has led to extreme income inequality and most residents need government rations to even survive. Women are bought and sold like pieces of furniture and the government protects the wealthy rather than the vulnerable. Though fictional, the portrait this world paints is one that has been found throughout human history when income inequality becomes severe.

The central conflict in the film begins when a wealthy resident is killed and Detective Frank Thorn, played expertly by Charlton Heston, is assigned to the case. In the course of tracking down the man's killer, the audience is shown how degraded this alternate world's society has become. While most people barely escape starvation, the murder victim had every possible luxury at his disposal, including a young concubine named Shirl, played by Leigh Taylor-Young who is seen as just another beautiful object.

Nor does the corruption end there. The real horror uncovered by Thorn is that the rations being handed out by the government, and the only thing keeping poorer citizens from starving, are actually made out of processed human flesh. Though this product, called “Soylent Green,” was originally produced with seaweed, the plant-based ingredient has run out. While the wealthy hoard resources, the poor are being tricked into cannibalism.
At the same time that Thorn and his roommate Roth, played by Edward G. Robinson, are uncovering this horrific conspiracy, starving people are rioting at Soylent Green factories and demanding more food. Roth is so horrified by the information they've uncovered that he commits suicide, a particularly hard scene to watch as the actor himself died only days later. Thorn's final battle is to try to let the population know what is happening while avoiding assassins determined to silence him.

While certainly set in an alternate universe, the film reflected real fears about what could happen if population growth continued unchecked. At the time the film was being made, Americans were becoming increasingly aware of environmental concerns. The Clean Air Act was passed in the beginning of the 1970's and the Water Pollution Control Act was completely updated a couple years later. In fact, a laundry list of environmental laws were passed during this time, many of which are still around today. The Environment Protection Agency also came into being during this decade. One reason the film still resonates so strongly is that despite these laws environmental damage and climate change are still hugely relevant issues. According to Ohio Gas, 25 percent of greenhouse gases are emitted by the United States alone, demonstrating that despite our heightened awareness, we have not changed our behavior.

Films like Soylent Green succeed because they are able to present real issues as entertainment. Global warming has brought the dangers of fossil fuels and overpopulation back into the forefront of both political conversation and everyday concern. Though seemingly impossible now, a society like that shown in the film is in fact not so farfetched. Water shortages, food riots, and extreme income inequality are already real problems. While government sanctioned cannibalism has thus far been avoided, it may not be out of the question in a future where people have overwhelmed the planet.





This awesome article was written by Maria Jane. Click on the label Maria Jane below to find more articles on this website written by her.