What would you do if you were suddenly taken back in time 200 years?
Such is the dilemma for Claire Randall, the main character in Diana Gabaldon's epic novel, Outlander, published in 1991 and recently adapted into a TV mini-series. Claire is a WWII nurse in England who reunites with her husband, post-war, for a second honeymoon in Scotland. While visiting a historic hilltop, Claire is mysteriously transported back to 1743, where she must worry for her life, find the secret to her journey into the past, and somehow overcome immense odds to return to her husband, who is determinedly searching for her in 1945.
This series is well-written, keeping true to Gabaldon's suspenseful plot. The scenery is breathtaking and the soundtrack perfectly underscores the drama of the period. This series should be the first choice you make for date night with that someone who is special. It has a little bit of everything: action, romance, humor, history, and grown men in kilts!
If you enjoy watching, make sure to place a hold on Outlander Season 1 / Volume 2.
This first-in-a-series book takes place in England during the beginning of WWII. A special, British intelligence team, reporting directly to Churchill, are covertly assigned to Benchley (where great minds are tying to break the Nazi Enigma codes). This team grows from a staff of 3 to 5 after strange flying objects are tracked using RADAR and more strange nonhuman life-forms are resurrected from Nazi secret anthropology digs around the world. Historical fiction, of sorts, meets Sci-Fi. Good characters that a reader can relate. Good cliff-hanger leaves us wanting the sequel ASAP!
Charlie Wolfe is a gun-for-hire. He is cocky, arrogant, and self-indulgent. In this newly released black comedy, Wolfe also is in-the-mix for 3 different murders. Peg appears to be trying to change his screen image from sad-sack to the more macho-type man. It seems to help when he is armed to the teeth. If you like him, you'll like this film.
Jermaine Clement, formerly from the musical duet team of "Flight of the Conchords" is one of several vampires that agree to let a film crew into their flat to capture their day-to-day escapades . . . or rather their night-to-night ones. 85 minutes long, but could be a little shorter. Petyr is 8,000 years old. Vladislav is over 800. The "youngster" of the roommates is around 160 yrs old. The vampire jokes are unlike any I've seen in this genre before. I never stopped to think about just how hard it is for a vampire to groom himself, when he cannot see his reflection. Watch till the end of the credits for the last joke.
In the world there are a lot of lonely people. In the "Bad City" all the characters shown fit this description. One is a young man who has a father that is a junkie. They live together in sometimes subtle desolation. Where will this young man turn for comfort and companionship? If he plays his cards right, he might be able to hook-up with a vampire that is daily picking off the city's population. Shot in B&W. There is not much action and very little horror. What there is is a great deal of isolation and a glimmer of hope.