Archive | January, 2008

Matt-M-McElroy

New Reviews at Flames Rising!

Posted on January 21, 2008 by

We are still working on a few of the details behind-the scenes on the new site. However, here are a bunch of new Reviews to dig into! Neil Gaiman’s “Two Plays for Voices” Audiobook Doctor Strange Animated Movie Changeling: the Lost RPG In the Serpent’s Coils Novel 30 Days of Night Movie Kitty and the […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Welcome to the New Flames Rising!

Posted on January 17, 2008 by

Welcome to the redesign of Flames Rising! The last, few months has been an exciting time for us and we hope you’ll stick around. Over the next, few days we will be working behind-the-scenes to ensure all technical issues are resolved from transferring to this new site. So please, pardon our soot. We’re happy to […]

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Monica Valentinelli

Neil Gaiman’s “Two Plays for Voices” Audiobook Review

Posted on January 2, 2008 by

If you’re in your car on the way to work, you might do as I do and invest in audiobooks. This particular audiobook was a rare find; I managed to get my hands on a copy of two plays for voices without ever knowing it existed. In fact, when I picked this up I had no idea what it was about, I just bought it on blind faith, hoping that Gaiman’s work would not disappoint me. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Monica Valentinelli

Doctor Strange Movie Review

Posted on January 2, 2008 by

In Marvel’s continued Ultimates series, this particular feature is a re-imagining of Doctor Strange. This film focuses heavily on eastern philosophy and mythic influences, adding several characters that emphasize a larger setting.

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Monica Valentinelli

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale Book Review

Posted on January 2, 2008 by

Billed as a “young adult” novel, Ironside is the conclusion to a three-part series written in the modern fantasy genre. I’ve chosen to write this review without providing spoilers, for those of you who enjoy being surprised. Although this is officially a “YA” novel, with several awards to boot, there are a lot of adult themes that are appropriate for mature readers. For those that make the distinction between happy fairy tales and dark fantasy, Ironside definitely falls within the realm of dark fantasy and, at times, is full of horrific scenes. I feel that these distinctions are important to make, simply because as a reader you should know that this novel is not a light and airy tale, fraught with happy brownies and delightful pixies. The fae within this series are akin to the tales of old; beautiful yet cruel, terrifying yet bound by their own set of rules.

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Monica Valentinelli

The Dresden Files TV Series Review

Posted on January 2, 2008 by

The Dresden Files, a series of novels penned by Jim Butcher, came to the small screen in 2007 on the SciFi channel bringing with it some variations – both good and bad. This is a difficult review to write for two reasons. First, the series was canceled after only twelve episodes. In such a short period of time, there wasn’t a lot of ability for the directors to explore the setting in this format. As a result, the events in this series loosely resemble only a few, choice events from one or two books. Secondly, this television series didn’t feel like a literal translation from the novels and, as a result, could easily stand alone on its own merits.

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