Dusk (Tales of Noreela #1) Review

Dusk (Tales of Noreela #1) is a 2006 dark fantasy horror novel written by Tim Lebbon, published by Spectra.  Book one of the Tales of Noreela series, the story follows Kosar the thief who enlist the aid of his ex-lover and Shantasi warrior A’Meer, and their band of unexpected allies as he embarks on a journey to protect a special boy from the dark forces closing in on him. Positives: Great characterization Worldbuilding is impressive Great characters Good, descriptive writing Good story Good character development Brutal and gory violence Negatives:…

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Witchling (Overworld/Sisters of the Moon #1) Review

Witchling (Sisters of the Moon #1) is a 2006 paranormal fantasy romance thriller novel written by Yasmine Galenorn and published by Berkley.  Set as the first book in the Sisters of the Moon series the book follows the D’Artigo Sisters, operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, who are tasked with keeping the mysterious Shadow Wing and his minions at bay. Positives: Great characters Witty dialogue Interesting story Good writing Negatives: Lackluster writing Main three feel like troupes Plot:  The story follows the D’Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, who are operatives for…

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Bandidas Review

Bandidas is a 2006 Western action comedy film directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), starring Salma Hayek (Everly), Penelope Cruz (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Steve Zahn (The Ridiculous 6), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), Dwight Yoakam (Crank), and Ismael ‘East’ Carlo (Eraser).  In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town. Plot: The story revolves around Sara and Maria who  attempt to exact revenge…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a 2006 fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Tom Hollander, and Bill Nighy.  The second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series and sequel to The Curse of the Black Pearl, and follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) who discovers his debt to the supernatural Captain Davy Jones (Nighy) is due. Positives: Great performances Great visuals Good humor Great cast Great characters Great use of practical and make-up effects Great soundtrack Good story Negatives:…

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Underworld: Evolution Review

Underworld: Evolution is a 2006 supernatural action horror film directed by Len Wiseman, starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran, and Derek Jacobi.  The film is a direct sequel to the 2003 film, Underworld and the second installment in the Underworld franchise, and the film traces the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire heroine, and her love Michael (Scott Speedman), the vampire-lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines while trying to stop the Vampire Elder Markus (Tony Curran). Positives:…

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Review

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a 2006 action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo, released for the Wii, Wii U (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD), and GameCube.  Serving as the thirteenth installment in The Legend of Zelda series and the story focuses on Link, who tries to prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by a corrupted parallel dimension known as the Twilight Realm assisted by a mysterious creature named Midna. Positives: Great graphics Great characters Great soundtrack Vast open world Fun, challenging gameplay Negatives: Lack of…

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X-Men: The Last Stand Review

 X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film directed by Brett Ratner, starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romjin, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Stewart, and Dania Ramirez.  Serving as the sequel to 2003’s X2: X-Men United and the third installment in the X-Men film series, the plot revolves around a “mutant cure” that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans, and on the resurrection of Jean Grey. Positives: Good performances Good use of CGI, make up,…

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Gears of War Review

Gears of War is a 2006 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and The Coalition, published by Microsoft Game Studios released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.  It is the first installment of the Gears of War series and set on the fictional planet Sera, focuses on a soldier named Marcus Fenix and the troops of Delta Squad as they attempt to save the remaining human inhabitants from a genocidal subterranean race known as the Locust Horde. Positives: Great story Great score…

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