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  • To have and have not. by Hemingway, Ernest,
    ★★★★★

    Wonderful Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film which does a marvelous job of giving you a feel for Hemingway if you are not acquainted with Hemingways works they are timeless and he was captivated by the sea. This is cutting edge 1940s action and acting at it's finest back when the takes were long and actors became heavily imbued by their role choices.

    During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

    Classic Hemingway.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 20, 2019

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  • Moana
    ★★★★★

    Here is a refreshing new Disney movie and the first one to be based on indigenous Hawaiian mythology. Fast paced, full of the requisite song and dance numbers and some less involved sidekick characters here is the story of a tribal chiefs daughter who must complete a coming of age ritual before she can take her place as ruler of her people. This is the island movie you have been waiting for, Dwayne Johnsons influence is unmistakable and it's got that laid back beach vibe to even the dangerous scenes making it very universally viewable by the youngest and oldest audience members. You might even pick up some Hawaiian beyond Aloha and Mahalo. Try; Maui no ka oi !

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 20, 2019

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  • Beloved by Morrison, Toni.
    ★★★★★

    In Tony Morrison's Beloved based on the true story of Margaret Garner a mother is so agrieved at the world as she knows it and the slavery her family has been entrenched in that she does what only one other classical character throughout history has done: murder her own child to spare it the pain of the world. Euripides, the Greek writer from the 5th century BC writes this via his character Medea in one of his plays. Here, Toni Morrison has given us an African-American spiritual version which is a classic which echos an ancient classic which calls for an end to the destruction of slavery across all history. Beloved is haunting and is the Novel which won her the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Humanity owes her a huge hat tip for documenting tragic crimes against humanity in a such epic dialogue (through which she will be immortalized). Rest In Peace. 2019.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Aug 10, 2019

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  • The black elfstone : the fall of Shannara by Brooks, Terry,
    ★★★★★

    All is not well for the High Druid of Paranor. Forces within seek his position, forces without seek his life. Exile seems the easiest alternative. At least Drisker Arc can stay alive.

    Tavo and Tarsha Kaynin were born gifted with the Wish Song’s magic. In Tavo, the gift has taken a dangerious turn, while for Tarsha, the gift brings the ability to heal.

    Their parents have shielded Tavo for as long as they could, but he’s gone from killing the neighbors pets to a bully in the village. Sending him to their uncle's farm is making bad matters worse for Tavo. 

    Tarsha knows she can save her brother, but only with the skill of a trained Druid. She set out to find a teacher before its too late to help Tavo.

    Can Drisker be the answer to Tarsha’s search; and can Tarsha be the motivation Drisker needs to get back all he has lost?

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Aug 2, 2019

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  • The savior by Ward, J. R.,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    If you have been following the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the name Murhder will give you chills. His life is the stuff of nightmares. Held in a cold, lightless cell by the male who fathered him; the male responsible for the death of his mother... Murder's one goal in existence is get his hands around his Sire's throat and end him.

    Sara's brother has one chance to survive. All she has to do recover "the beloved" for a powerful male and he will release her brother - at least that's what he promised. The tool he's leaning her for the job just isn’t what she expected either.

    Together, Murhder and Sara find they have more in common than a mission of rescue or revenge.

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Aug 2, 2019

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  • African samurai : the true story of Yasuke, a… by Lockley, Thomas,
    ★★★★★

    Yasuke has seen more the world than most. He has learned to speak fluently in most languages used for commerce. His current employer sees that he has the best of everything in exchange for the shield Yasuke’s skills provide.

    The Jesuit Order has sent its highest ranking official to Japan to “convert the heathens” to Christianity, and advance Mother Church. The methods he will employ would be viewed as coercion by today’s standards, but in 1590, Jesuits controlled the Black Ships. The Black ships were not just conveyers of Silk from China. The Black Ship Captains were gun dealers whose cannons could tip the balance of power between feuding Lords. In the game of politics, one wrong move killed thousands.

    Against this backdrop, Yasuke’s story reads like a stranger in a strange land that learns to embrace his differences and celebrate his deadly skills.

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Aug 2, 2019

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