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Book Review: Overcoming Adolescence (Growing Beyond Childhood into Maturity)

18 Mar 2018 00:27

Title: Overcoming Adolescence: Growing Beyond Childhood into MaturityAuthor: Marion D. AldridgePublisher: Smyth & Helwys PublishingPublication date: 6/21/2011Pages: 158ASIN: B0057B058OType: NonFiction, Self-Help > Personal TransformationRay's rating: 4 stars“The greatest challenge of maturity is overcoming adolescence, and for some of us, it lasts far beyond our teenage years.” So says Marion D. Aldridge in the early chapters of his self-help book, Overcoming Adolescence: Gro [...]

The Ray-Views Manifesto

10 Mar 2018 22:06

Ray-Views: From Your Correspondent ExperiencerStorytelling is an innately human thing to do. Maybe it comes from the evolutionary need to pass on information as a survival strategy. LIke when a hunting party tells the tribe where they found the mammoths grazing, or how exactly they were able to isolate a young bison from the herd and kill it without being killed. Those listeners most attentive would tend to benefit from the information and survive to pass on traits of storytelling and of desiri [...]

Movie Review: Black Panther

3 Mar 2018 13:28

Title: Black PantherPG-13 | 2h 14min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 16 February 2018 (USA)Director: Ryan CooglerWriters: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert ColeCast: Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa), Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger), Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke (M’Baku), Sterling K. Brown (N’Jobu), Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis (Ulyssess Klaue)Ray View Rating: 5The Marvel Studios superhero movie, Black Panther, has gleaned a lot of hype and pr [...]

Book Review: Ten Predictions 2018: Plus the US Midterm Election Forecast

24 Feb 2018 12:30

Title: Ten Predictions 2018: Plus the US Midterm Election ForecastAuthor: John HoguePublisher: HogueProphecy PublishingPublication date: 2/10/2018Pages: 118ASIN: B079R55NWBType: NonFiction, Religion & Spirituality > New Age & Spirituality > Divination > ProphecyRay's rating: 5 starsThere are more than ten predictions in this book. I noted nineteen specific statements of what will happen in 2018 (and a few years beyond). So think of the Ten as topics of current events or current [...]

Book Review: An Unexpected Afterlife: The Dry Bones Society 1

17 Feb 2018 15:09

Title: An Unexpected Afterlife: The Dry Bones Society 1​Author: Dan SoferPublisher: Amazon Digital Services LLCPublication date: 3/26/2017Pages: 285ASIN: B06XRWDJ96Type: Fiction, Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Jewish > FantasyCharacters: Moshe Karlin, Rabbi Yosef Lev, Irina, Samira, Galit KarlinRay's rating: 3 starsI have problems with this book, yet it doesn’t suck. It is a technically well-crafted story in that dramatic arcs keep the tension building in all 68 [...]

Book Review: Station Eleven

27 Jan 2018 12:41

Title: Station ElevenAuthor: Emily St. John MandelPublisher: VintagePublication date: 9/9/2014Pages: 354ASIN: B00J1IQUYMType: Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > DystopianCharacters: Miranda Carroll, Clark Thompson, Kirsten Raymonde, Jeevan Chaudhary, Arthur Leander, Sayid, Elizabeth Colton, Dieter, August, Gil Harris, Tyler Leander, Frank ChaudharyRay's rating: 4 starsStation Eleven is a post-apocalypse, science fiction story that tells its tale by alternating [...]

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

31 Dec 2017 13:47

Title: Star Wars: The Last JediPG-13 | 2h 32min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 15 December 2017 (USA)Director: Rian JohnsonWriters: Rian JohnsonMusic: John WilliamsCast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura DernRay View Rating: 4IMDB Rating: 7Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is full of space battles done with quality special effects, nostalgic moments with characters from the original trilog [...]

Movie Review: The Shape of Water

24 Dec 2017 21:53

Title: The Shape of WaterR | 2h 3min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 8 December 2017 (Canada)Director: Guillermo del ToroWriters: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa TaylorCast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones (Amphibian man)Ray View Rating: 4The Shape of Water is another fantasy-morality drama from Guillermo del Toro with the imagination and ambiguity of his Pan’s Labyrinth, though with less engrossing storytelling. As a movie, I see [...]

Book Review: A Spiritual Rebel’s Manifesto

9 Dec 2017 13:15

Title: A Spiritual Rebel's Manifesto: Climb Aboard the Noah's Ark of ConsciousnessAuthor: John HoguePublisher: HogueProphecy PublishingPublication date: 11/26/2017Pages: 106ASIN: B077RP4DCCType: NonFiction, Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Personal Growth > MysticismRay's rating: 5 stars​This may be the most important of John Hogue’s books. It is certainly the most autobiographical one that I’ve read—even more so than his recent, Beyond Alt-Right and [...]

Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express

2 Dec 2017 19:46

Murder on the Orient ExpressPG-13 | 1h 54min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 10 November 2017 (USA)Director: Kenneth BranaghExec Producer: James PrichardWriters: Michael GreenCast: Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penelope CruzRay View Rating: 3I have never read Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express, or seen any of the earlier movies, so I entered Kenneth Branagh’s version with a clean s [...]

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