Penny Dreadful Review

Penny Dreadful is a 2014 supernatural dark fantasy horror drama thriller television series created by John Logan, starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale, Patti LuPone, and Wes Studi.   The series follows explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Positives: Great performances Deep, compelling characters Awesome soundtrack Engaging story Very violent Terrific special effects Clever writing Negatives: Stories don’t…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Review

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is a 2000 fantasy adventure Japanese animated series directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, starring Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum, Greg Abbey, Megan Hollingshead, and Eric Stuart.  Based on the manga written by Kazuki Takahashi, the series revolves around a boy named Yugi Mutou who battles opponents in the Duel Monsters card game. Positives: Great, well-written characters Awesome English dubbing Great score Interesting story Awesome dialogue Good art style Negatives: Useless characters Plot: The show revolves around a young teen named Yugi Mutou and friends who engage in…

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Naruto Review

Naruto is a 1999 adventure, comedy, martial arts, fantasy Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series follows a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who leaves in Konohagakure village as an outcast. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes. Positives: Well-written, original story Well-written characters Great art style Rich setting Good humor Awesome…

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Naruto Review

Naruto is a 2002 martial arts action fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Hayato Date, based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series details the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja searching for recognition and dreaming of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. Positives: Terrific characters Great humor Good score Great voice performances Good animation style Great, original story Great antagonist Good writing Intense action Good setting Negatives: Lengthy fights Follows some anime troupes Plot:  The show’s premise is…

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Fallen (Fallen Series #1) Review

Fallen (Fallen Series #1) is a 2009 fantasy young adult supernatural romance novel written by Lauren Kate, published by Delacorte Press.  Set as the first installment in the Fallen series and centers on main protagonist, Luce Price, who is sent to Sword & Cross boarding school after being involved in a mysterious fire, her attention is captured by the strangely familiar Daniel Grigori. Positives: Premise is interesting Some good writing Great antagonists Negatives: Poorly written Frustrating main protagonists Poorly written characters Uninteresting story Unbelievably forced romance Plot:   The novel revolves…

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The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) Review

The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) is a 1990 fantasy adventure novel written by Robert Jordan, published by Tor Books and Orbit Books, serving as the second installment in The Wheel of Time series.  For centuries, gleeman have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of…Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages. And…

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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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Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) Review

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) is a 1990 fantasy adventure novel written by Robert Jordan and published by tor Books.  Set as the book of The Wheel of Time series the story picks up when The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts–five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light. Positives: Good characters Good story Terrific world building Good dialogue Good writing Negatives: Unlikable characters Unoriginal plot Overly…

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Pan Review

Pan is a 2015 fantasy adventure family film directed by Joe Wright starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Amanda Seyfried. The film is a set as an origin story to the Peter Pan franchise in which it follows Peter Pan who is an orphan who gets abducted by Blackbeard’s pirates to work as a slave but befriends James Hook and Tiger Lily.  

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Seventh Son Review

Seventh Son is a 2014 3D epic fantasy action film directed by Sergei Bodrov, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, and Julianne Moore.  Based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice written by Joseph Delaney, the story centers on Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes), a seventh son of a seventh son, and his adventures as the apprentice of the Spook.

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