Whatever It Takes: Reviewing Avengers: Endgame, directed by the Russo Brothers

Hi everyone! In case you weren’t aware, I am a diehard superhero nerd and an especially bigger Marvel nerd. This weekend, the final installment in the Avengers series was released. I actually got out of the movie about an hour ago as I am typing this. This weekend is particularly eventful as a very important episode of Game of Thrones is coming up on Sunday, Gotham has officially ended after five seasons, and Supernatural is coming up on its final season. Since I am emotionally overwhelmed, I decided to do my first movie review on this blog. Maybe I’ll even go back and review the past Marvel movies. SPOILER WARNING RIGHT NOW!! TURN BACK IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED. However, if you either don’t care about spoilers, have seen the movie, or are not planning on seeing the movie, then feel free to continue onwards in this review.

It’s been four years since Thanos wiped out half the universe. The remaining Avengers have all gone their separate ways and are finding ways to cope with their losses. When Scott Lang (aka Ant Man) returns from a quantum realm, he brings with him the possibility of being able to save everyone they lost. It’s up to the Avengers to continue the fight to bring back what they lost or lose everything in the process.

I have been following the MCU for the last decade now. I knew that this would be the last movie featuring the original six Avengers and, I have to say, I was pretty pleased with how certain storylines were wrapped up. I will say that not all of the Avengers survived this movie, but that doesn’t mean that their ends weren’t satisfying. It was definitely a lot of my worst fears come true. The movie, however, doesn’t forget to have heart and humor. Chris Hemsworth probably had the most fun as, in the movie, Thor lets himself go in order to cope with his losses. Seeing the famously ripped Hemsworth with a beer gut is pretty hilarious. Another aspect of the movie I liked was all of the callbacks to the previous movies and some carrying over of aspects from past movies. The humorous aspects of the Ant Man movies, Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and the Thor movies were easy to be seen. They also kept the serious aspects that came from the Captain America and Iron Man movies. It also made the movie feel a little meta. The end battle is absolutely fantastic. Many a fan theory was confirmed during this portion of the movie and it made my little fangirl heart flutter. Soon after, my heart was absolutely crushed. I am so glad that I have gotten to enjoy these movies and can’t wait for future movies. It hardly felt like three hours. My fellow Avengers fans: absolutely go see this movie. You will regret it if you see it but you will also regret it if you don’t see it. Bring tissues and don’t drink any water.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Steal: Reviewing Artemis by Andy Weir

You don’t even know how excited I was to finally get this book. I had been patiently waiting for the longest time for the release date. I don’t know how a bunch of you got a copy ahead of time but I’m glad that I can finally enjoy this novel with the rest of you. I’ve gushed over The Martian enough so it’s time to gush about another book. I will now give you my review of Artemis, Andy Weir’s second ever novel.

Life on the moon is great if you’re rich. If you’re not rich, then it sucks. Jazz Bashara has spent most of her life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, making a living meager living as a porter for the wealthy eccentric businesspeople. When one eccentric businessman offers her an opportunity to get rich quick, Jazz decides to take matters into her own hands in order to escape her crappy life. Soon, Jazz realizes that she is caught up in a much larger conspiracy that puts the entirety of Artemis at risk. Jazz must use her quick wit and tech knowledge in order to save her city and defeat the criminals who seek to control it.

Like I said before, I was so excited to finally read this novel and I was happy with what I had read. Weir incorporates his signature wit and humor into each character he created. It is not a fantastically futuristic book but it is founded in real science, much like The Martian was. I think what makes the setting more interesting is that it does have real science. I’m not a science person by any manes but I was fascinated with Weir’s realistic world he created. Jazz is a funny, sarcastic, and realistic heroine who definitely stands apart. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it for any of you sci-fi lovers out there. Andy Weir’s second novel is a fantastic and hilarious space thriller that will keep you turning the pages.

The Intergalactic Book Tag

Guess who’s back with another book tag? It’s me because I’m bored and haven’t read anything new lately. I don’t know why but I keep getting myself into books that take me forever to finish. How about we kill some time with a book tag? I got this one from Comma Hangover

Space – Name a book that is out of this world, or that takes place in a world from its own

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The Martian takes place on Mars, so you can’t get much out of this world then that. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series takes place in a topsy-turvy world that exists on the back of a turtle. Neverwhere is set in a magical world located under London that completely different from the London we know.

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Black Hole – a book that completely sucked you in

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I will continue to peddle American Gods as I could not put that book down when I first read it. The Night Circus was also a intriguing book that I quickly fell into.

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Lightspeed – a book that you are anticipating so much that you wish you could use light speed to get to it.

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I realize that these authors are very decisive but I’m excited for these books regardless.

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Nebula – A book with a beautiful cover

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All of the books in the 50th anniversary series of Doctor Who books are gorgeous. I should note that I own all of these and they are great books.

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Multiverse – Name a companion series or spinoff  that you love

Heroes of Olympus

I absolutely loved The Heroes of Olympus series. It was the perfect add on for the Percy Jackson series and I loved the addition of Roman mythology

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Gravity – Name your favorite romantic pairing that seem to have a gravitational pull to each other.

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Achilles and Patroclus from The Song of Achilles are a wonderful couple that are so dedicated to each other. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy also have an undeniable attraction to each other without it being sappy.

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The Big Bang – A book that got you started on reading.

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Let’s just get Harry Potter out of the way because most of us got started with reading. I do remember absolutely loving Cornelia Funke and I loved The Dragon Rider in particular.

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Asteroid – Name a short story or novella that you love

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Poe and Gaiman have written some of my all-time favorite short stories.

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Galaxy – Name a book with multiple POVs

draculaGame of Thronesthe girl on the train.

These book all use multiple POVs beautifully and I definitely recommend them all.

Spaceship – Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship

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Not The Odyssey but I think a ship called The Odysseus would be cool.

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That’s the end of this particular tag. I hope at least a few of you enjoyed this and wish to do this tag as well. Have a good day!

 

 

Houston, I Have Many Problems: Reviewing The Martian by Andy Weir

Andy Weir basically lived a Cinderella story for writers. His self-published book was noticed by Hollywood and turned into Oscar-nominated movie by the legendary director, Ridley Scott. His debut novel started out as curiosity that snowballed into a best-selling book. It stands on its own for its simple premise and new take on a survival story. I also may have mentioned the movie in my article about movie adaptations and, in case I didn’t mention it, I definitely recommend the movie as well.

It began with a freak dust storm on the surface of Mars. Mark Watney was lost in the dust and his crew had no choice but to leave him behind, thinking he was dead. When Watney awakes and is still very alive, he must do whatever he can to survive on the infamous red planet until the people of Earth realizes that he is still alive. With his engineering expertise, botany knowledge, and a quick sense of humor, Watney records his epic struggle to stay alive as the only human on Mars.

I’ve never been a science fanatic so I was a little wary when I first started reading this novel but I soon realized that this math and science was not out of my reach. Weir uses Watney’s sarcastic and knowledgable voice to explain how he utilizes his resources to endure the surface of Mars in a way that anyone can understand. It’s a funny and exhilarating narrative that takes the classic survival story to the next level. Though it is not necessarily a science fiction novel, The Martian is still a suspenseful journey nonetheless that will have you turning the pages to desperately find out Watney’s fate.