Currently browsing tag

review

The Floating Islands: Book Review

The Floating Islands Rachel Neumeier Alfred A. Knopf division of Random House (2011) The Floating Islands may be held aloft by the magic of the air dragons, but their story is held aloft by Neumeier’s lyrical prose and deft storytelling. Newly orphaned Trei comes to the Floating Islands to live …

Book Cover

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book Review

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy N. K. Jemisin Hachette Book Group, Inc (2010) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a tight, closely casted tale despite the scope of its title or the premise from the back cover: Yeine Darr is the daughter of an outcast princess …

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon II

The return to Berk tells a story that is a bit more adult than the first adventures of Hiccup and his marvelous dragon, Toothless. The tale is a little darker, with themes of parental death, abandonment, war, cruelty and enslavement. Though it lacks some of the light-hearted charm of the …

Maleficent Movie Poster

Movie Review: Maleficent

Maleficent is a beautiful and moving reimagining of the tale of Sleeping Beauty – particularly Disney’s animated version from 1959, which gave the name Maleficent to the “bad” fairy who curses the baby princess. The narrator of this new retelling informs us that we might think we know the story, …

Production Still from Arabian Nights

Theater Review: The Arabian Nights

Mary Zimmerman is a skilled adapter of mythological material into evocative stage productions, and The Arabian Nights is no exception. Blending the tragic with the comic, the farcical with the meditative, Zimmerman’s language has Shakespearean qualities without becoming ridiculous or self-conscious. The production playing at the University of Washington’s Jones …

Photo of Archetypes from Fantasy Exhibit

Imagination Salon: Worlds of Fantasy

For the January Imagination Salon I went back to the Worlds of Fantasy exhibit at the EMP. I’ve wanted to go back ever since I went to the opening, which was fun but very crowded. I particularly wanted to see the manuscript pages of The Hobbit again and I found …

Hobbit Poster

Movie Review: The Desolation of Smaug

I had a lot of fun going to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Before we went, we watched the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as some of the special features. I am particularly glad I watched the features on creating the dwarves and the process by …

Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer is silly and fairly predictable, but for all that I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was. One of its best features is that it didn’t try to hide the fact that it was silly behind some beleaguered message of “honor above all” or “true …

Amaluna Poster

Review: Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna

As the ingénue is lifted away from the stage by the moon, extras bring on a pole and affix it to the center of the stage. Her lover attempts to reach her, climbing the pole as if it were a ladder only to flip, fall and stop himself six inches …

Hobbit Movie Poster

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins is the center of The Hobbit and Martian Freeman, Peter Jackson and the script writers nailed his paradoxical combination of bravery and cowardice, adventuring spirit and homebody tendencies. While the movie may have overemphasized those moments when Bilbo and hobbit-spirit triumphed, I found I didn’t mind the music …