Wednesday, September 26, 2012

An Anime Series Review: Noein To Your Other Self (2005-2006)


                
Director: Kazuki Akane and Kenji Yasuda

Anime News Network  Overview: Fifteen years in the future, by high-level scientific power, a violent battle takes place between Lacrima, that protects humanity, and Shangri-La, that plans the annihilation of all space-time. The key to stopping Shangri-La's invasion is a mysterious object known as "the Dragon's Torque." A group known as the Dragon Cavalry is being sent through space and time to find it. In the present, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they meet a member of the Dragon Cavalry named Karasu (Crow). He believes that Haruka has the Dragon's Torque and claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future.



A  Noein: To Your Other Self Review
Noein: To Your Other Self  Episode Count:  24 episodes

Noein: To Your Self is one unique science fiction anime series watch. The charater designs are rather funny-looking because they can appear almost comics-like but much more bright and colorful. The anime series is driven by alternate realities. Haruka Kaminogi the lead character is a girl that has died in many of her realities and in a present reality that diverges in the endless flow of parallel dimensions , Yuu Gotō 
 , a friend of has decided he wont be like the other him's and letting her die. He'll try evrything, so she survives and lives.


The animation of Noein: To Your Other Self was such a surprise from the beginning. It's a styles that greatly differs from many animes out there and would be a big plus for any anime fan. Then the story itself is a strong one and actually with Noein: To Your Other Self was first introduced to the concept of parallel: alternate realities in this anime.



       See: Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku (a Book)


Noein: To Your Other Self has a lot of twists and turns in reference to its story. A lot of what appears one way omes out not being what it is. This anime is very serious and full of the feel of urgency. Even so like in most animes it does contain small moments of humor. Really a recommended watch overall. For those anime fans who like Science Fiction.

Overall: Amazing Watch!

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Topics: Parallel/Alternate Realities



Anime Soundtrack Side-note: The Opening Theme song is  "Idea" by eufonius  has to be one of the biggest melodic and most beautiful opening songs in anime out there. Really would cause you to become speechless. Wonderful!



The Ending Theme is "Yoake no Ashioto" by solua which find has a playful sound to it and almost surreal. Goes well with Noein: To Your Other Self.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Night Beat Online Book Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway of The Night Beat (The Necropolis Enforcement Files#1) by Gini Koch

Thanks for stopping by on the Necropolis Enforcement Blog Tour of 2012! If you haven't read the first chapter of The Night Beat, hit Deathless Prose over at my website (http://www.ginikoch.com/deathlessprose.htm) and check it out. Then, hit each stop along the way to get more of the story. Missed a stop? Check the website for the Tour Page http://www.ginikoch.com/blogtour.htmand get caught up.
And don't forget to get entered to win a copy of The Night Beat at EVERY blog tour stop along the way! Plus, follow the Tour util the end and get entered for a mega-prize! So, grab your badge -- it's time to join Necropolis Enforcement!
-A few words from Gini Koch

The Night Beat (The Necropolis Enforcement Files#1) by Gini Koch
The majority of Prosaic City's residents don't know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don't, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless.

Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She's an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police's Night Beat. Victoria's comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn't like other girls.

It's hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, its going to take more than just Victoria's special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness.

Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement's Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince's Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it's Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.
In other words, it's just another day on the Night Beat.



Excerpt

“There’s no way Vic can go back to human right now,” Ken said briskly. “She can barely stand upright.”
“But I’m supposed to be one of the detectives on the scene.”
“I’ll handle it,” Jack said. “I’d like one of the vampires to stay with me, though, just in case.”
“I will,” Ken offered. “Maurice, you take Vic back to Headquarters and get her taken care of. Amanda, can you carry the others?”
“Monty’s done with cleanup and he’s taking Dirt Corps back the way they came,” Amanda said. “So I’ll only have to worry about H.P.”
Ken shook his head. “Nope. We have a new succubus and zombie that need to go with you.”
Amanda sighed. “No problem.” Vamps were strong and Amanda worked out. Not that she was the vampire equivalent of a body builder or something, but she was stronger than the average vamp. She was at least as strong as Monty.
“I’d take one, but Vicki squirms,” Maurice said. Sadly, he was right. Werewolves don’t like to fly all that much. And Maurice loved to fly fast and wild. It was all I could do to not claw him and jump for the illusion of safety when I wasn’t hurt. When I was it took all my concentration and his to keep me from freaking out, even if he flew slowly. 
“You need to get moving,” Ken said. 
“I’ll see you later, partner,” Jack said as he handed me to Maurice. “Behave and don’t bite someone’s head off.”
“Funny. See you later.” 
Maurice snorted, Amanda picked up H.P., our new zombie and our new succubus, and we all took off.
“Slow down!”
“Vicki, Vic, Vicster, Vicarino…you freak at granddaddy speeds, you freak at NASCAR speeds. I’m a formula vehicle and since it makes no difference, I’m going to get us there faster so I get clawed less.”
Maurice had a point. I shut up, closed my eyes, and tried to relax. 
Didn’t help. I could feel the air moving past us, smell everything we whizzed by, hear the noises that showed me our speed. 
“What happened?” This question came from the succubus.
“Well, an ancient Sumerian demon manifested and they always come out hungry,” H.P. began. I could recognize a lecture starting. I opened my eyes, did my best to drown out the lecture by humming “Werewolves of London”, and tried to enjoy the view.
All things considered, Prosaic City looked pretty good from the air. Like all big American cities it had a variety of business and high-rise sections, older stately buildings surrounded by newer, sleeker ones, scattered suburban sections filled with every kind of tract home from simple to McMansion, a lot of streets and highways, an old downtown nice people didn’t want to be in after dark, a newer downtown where they did, and a variety of uptown and other higher class, hot spot, and trendy areas. Unlike many cities, it had a variety of rivers running through it and an impressive bridge system. 
And unlike every other city in this hemisphere, it had an underground like you wouldn’t believe.


 
Gini Koch lives in Hell?s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine ?Kitty? Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series for Night Shade Books. She also writes under a variety of other pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to rock music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com


 
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Big Fan! Author Interview with Morgan Gallagher

Morgan Gallagher is the author of The Dreyfuss Trilogy. And Fragments.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Angry Woman Suite Online Book Tour: Review of The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright


The Angry Woman Online Book Tour is brought to you by Novel Publicity


When overbearing former big band star Francis Grayson mentions the “murdering bitches” who supposedly ruined his life, his resentful stepdaughter Elyse—always on the lookout for simple dirt on Francis—takes note. Intertwining narrative with Francis, Elyse stumbles across glimmers of big murder instead of simple dirt, while Francis moves perspective of his “bitches” back to the 1930s, to his childhood in Pennsylvania. His coming-of-age story centers on a mysterious painting and search for the artist who he believes can fix his feuding family. Aiding him in his quest is his mother’s lover, Aidan Madsen, who not only mentors Francis’ big band music career, but knows everything about two murders implicating the women in Francis’ family. The three narrators of The Angry Woman Suite—Elyse, Francis, and Aidan—weave together a picture of two disturbed families who meet their match in the young, determined to survive Elyse Grayson, and human to a fault hero, Aidan Madsen.
A superb debut that exposes the consequences of the choices we make and legacy’s sometimes excruciating embrace.—Kirkus Reviews
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Recommended: You must read!


About The Angry Woman Suite
Available as:  Paperback $9.99 from Amazon.com,  E-book $2.99 from Amazon.com Kindle's Edition  
                                                  Recommended Ages: 17 and Up

                                                                Paperback: 378 pgs.
PublishedMarch 10th 2012 by Telemachus


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Seventh Star Press Announced on their Website a while back, A New Anthology Project With James R. Tuck!

James R. Tuck, author of the highly acclaimed Deacon Chalk stories released by Kensington Publishing. 

There is a open call for submissions regarding the new anthology, Thunder on the Battlefield (will come out for release in the 2nd quarter of 2013 in both print and eBook editions!) which will take the reader on many adventures within the realms of Sword and Sorcery.

This will give writers a chance to collaborate if interested.


See Full Seventh Star Press Article-Seventh Star Press Announces New Anthology Project With James R. Tuck!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ARSON by Estevan Vega IS FREE NOW!

Arson (Arson, #1)Estevan Vega has now made it Free for the Amazon Kindle.

ARSON is the first book in a Young Adult Paranormal series. Book two, ASHES, is also available now. 

ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN'T SHUT IT OFF.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Catch the Sun Online Book Tour: Giveaway of Catch the Sun by Lee Zamloch



Marilyn Monroe begins appearing on Amanda Grace’s patio dancing, laughing at the moon and gazing at Amanda through the glass doors. Is it possible that Marilyn, against all reason, has somehow transported herself through time and space to contemporary Los Angeles? And why does she haunt Amanda, a model whose beauty is undeniable, but whose talent is questionable?
  
 The visitations begin when Amanda’s mother, Edith, commits suicide, an event that shakes Amanda to her foundation. For, while she has been a successful model, she has always measured herself against her mother, a well-known artist who has overcome severe obstacles. But unlike Edith and her accomplished sister, Joanne, Amanda Grace has not distinguished herself intellectually or artistically, nor even managed to marry and have children. In her eyes, she has failed to live up to her mother’s expectations. Now, with Edith’s death, she has forever lost her chance to prove herself. In her grief, she forgets to eat, sleep, or carry on with life’s simplest tasks. The final blow comes when Amanda accidentally learns she was adopted. With the loss of her family as a touchstone, her foundation crumbles, and her fragile sense of self dissolves completely.


CATCH THE SUN is a story about how an obsession with a celebrity can impact the life of an ordinary woman. It explores our endless fascination with Marilyn Monroe’s fragility, beauty and dazzling rise and fall.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Seventh Star Press's First Kickstarter Campaign of The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy


Bram Stoker award-winning editor Michael Knost having a spark of inspiration  for a new project The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy which is a collection of essays and interviews with some of the most influential names in the industry; each article covering a specific element of the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy. Michael sought out Seventh Star Press for its supportive atmosphere toward authors, book cover artists, and small presses. They bring their own innovative style to the table.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Exclusive Author Interview with Camille Picott

Author Interview for: Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

Camille Picott

Camille Picott has been writing books since the age of twelve. She specializes in science fiction and fantasy stories with Asian-inspired settings and Asian main characters. She is the author of two middle grade fantasy books, Raggedy Chan and Nine-Tail Fox.

In her spare time, Camille loves to read books and write reviews. Her reviews are written from a writer's perspective, highlighting various aspects of craft found in the books she reads.

To visit Camille, and to read her book reviews, go to www.camillepicott.com.




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Thursday, September 13, 2012

{Guest Post} How Seventh Star Press Stacks Up in R.J. Sullivan's Haunting Obsession Online Book Tour

Welcome to the official home stretch of the Haunting Obsession Blog tour, the second of four consecutive new posts by yours truly. Thanks to the Book and Movie Dimension for hosting today, and to Seventh Star Press as always for setting this up.



This Online Book Tour is Brought to You by Seventh Star Press!


So today's topic: Book and Movie Dimension asks, point-blank, how is Seventh Star treating you and how would you compare them to other publishers?

To which I say--

 Oboy, look at the time, I have that thing with those people at that place.

Confronted with the ultimate author Awkward Moment, I want to go on record about Damnation Books. You may know them by reputation--which is not necessarily sparkling if you do a Google search. 

I had Google then, too, and I had that information available. I really have nothing to contribute to that conversation. The facts are there to be reviewed. 

Sulan Online Book Tour: Review and Giveaway of Sulan (Episode 1: The League) by Camille Picott

Overview 
Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children. 

Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. 

Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. 

When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?



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About Sulan
                                                  Recommended Ages: 15 and Up
                                                            Paperback: 296 pgs.
                             PublishedJune 2012 by Pixiu Press

                                  For This Review: *Paperback Book Copy Provided by Premier Virtual Author Tours *

R.J. Sullivan's Haunting Obsession Online Book Tour: Review of Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan

 

“She wants to be loved by you…alone!”

Daryl Beasley collects all things Maxine Marie, whose famous curves and fast lifestyle made her a Hollywood icon for decades after her tragic death. Daryl’s girlfriend, Loretta Stevens, knew about his geeky lifestyle when they started dating, but she loves him, quirks and all.


Then one day Daryl chooses to buy a particularly tacky piece of memorabilia instead of Loretta’s birthday present. Daryl ends up in the doghouse, not only with Loretta, but with Maxine Marie herself. The legendary blonde returns from the dead to give Daryl a piece of her mind—and a haunting obsession he’ll never forget.


Recommended: Yes, you need to check it out!


About Haunting Obsession
Available as: Paperback $14.95 from Amazon.com,  E-book $3.99 from Amazon.com Kindle's Edition  
                                          Recommended Ages: 17 and Up
                                              Paperback: 114 pgs.
PublishedAugust 11th 2012 by Seventh Star Press, LLC

For This Review: *Book Copy Provided by Publisher For Review *

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 and Day 3 which is the Final Day for This Blogger


This year marks the fifth Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I can hardly believe it, but I am so thankful to know that in five years of doing this book blogs haven’t gone away, but they’ve grown and become even more interesting, diverse, and meaningful. We have etched out a place on the landscape of literary discussion, and we are not going away!- Amy, the creator of BBAW


Today will be the last day that participate in BBAW 2012. Starting tomorrow the blog will be busy with Online Book Tours.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 and Day 2


This year marks the fifth Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I can hardly believe it, but I am so thankful to know that in five years of doing this book blogs haven’t gone away, but they’ve grown and become even more interesting, diverse, and meaningful. We have etched out a place on the landscape of literary discussion, and we are not going away!- Amy, the creator of BBAW

It is Tueday and therefore Day 2 of BBAW. Wednesday will be my last day I'll be blogging, so that's tomorrow since Thursday-Friday have two Online Book Tour Events going on the blog here at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog.

Until then here's a fun interview with Beth from Too Fond who's a fellow book blogger. We sort of just met and you can have a look at our interview.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 and Day 1

This year marks the fifth Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I can hardly believe it, but I am so thankful to know that in five years of doing this book blogs haven’t gone away, but they’ve grown and become even more interesting, diverse, and meaningful. We have etched out a place on the landscape of literary discussion, and we are not going away!- Amy, the creator of BBAW


What will be happening @ Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

Monday: Appreciation! There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy reading daily and why.
Tuesday: Interview Swap (sign up here)
Wednesday: What does book blogging mean to you?
Thursday: One of the best parts about book blogging is the exposure to books and authors you might never have heard of before. Pimp the book you think needs more recognition on this day. Get creative! Maybe share snippets from other bloggers who have reviewed it or make some fun art to get your message across.
Friday: Share a highlight of this year’s BBAW. Whether it’s a blog you discovered or a book you’re going to read or a way you felt refreshed, this is the day to celebrate the week!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Off-Site Giveaway Mention for Books and Beyond: Unwholly by Neal Shusterman {Review} & {Giveaway}


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Books and Beyond: Unwholly by Neal Shusterman {Review} & {Giveaway}:                                 Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no...

Unholly by Neal Shusterman
Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.


Review of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Overview
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


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