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23 May 19
mcu stan

Reasons why Tony Stark deserves the world but the world doesn’t deserve him. “I am Iron Man.” Tony Stark Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark is the first born of Howard and Maria Stark. Be who he is, he became the CEO of Stark Industries until 2008 where he first became Iron Man. Tony has no powers […]

23 May 19
The Mercury News
[dfm_iframe src=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/32554a27-b2a5-486d-a548-eb5f002b3415?ptvads=block&playthrough=false” width=”100%” height=”400px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] By Ron Charles | Washington Post Gourmand serial killer Hannibal Lecter may be off the menu, but now his creator, Thomas Harris, has added a new dish of terror. “Cari Mora” is Harris’s first novel since “Hannibal Rising” appeared 13 years ago. Fans of his earlier best-selling books – and the movies and TV shows wrung from them – will taste familiar ingredients in “Cari Mora,” along with a touch of Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and even a dash of Carl Hiaasen’s Florida zaniness. But the whole thing would definitely go better with some fava beans. The story is mostly a snooze: not so much “The Silence of the Lambs” as The Counting of the Sheep. It opens in Biscayne Bay at a mansion once owned by the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. After passing through the hands of playboys, filmmakers and speculators, this fabled house now sits unused, filled with monster mannequins, slasher-movie props, an electric chair from Sing Sing and something called “sex furniture,” which I must ask about the next time I go to Ikea. Only one person has the nerve to work as a caretaker of this old house of horrors: a beautiful immigrant named Cari Mora. At the age of 11, Cari was captured by rebel guerrillas and used as a child soldier. But “she was quick and dexterous and strong,” Harris tells us, and managed to escape, though she remains deeply scarred. Now, she can make a mean rat soup, dispatch a muscled thug with her crucifix pendant and touch up her makeup on the fly. Maybe she’s born with it (maybe it’s Maybelline), but she’s certainly gunning to be the next Lisbeth Salander. Cari Mora, by Thomas Harris. As Cari hides from U.S. immigration agents, nothing about Escobar’s creepy house frightens her. In fact, aside from passing tourists, the only people still interested in the building are a bunch of dopey gangsters who suspect a safe in the basement holds a thousand pounds of gold. While the novel plods along with a hodgepodge of macabre silliness, various crooks try to figure out how to open the safe without blowing themselves to kingdom come. All Cari has to do is stay out of their way. Despite a few shootouts, beheadings and a hungry saltwater crocodile, most of this is about as suspenseful as watching Geraldo Rivera knock on Al Capone’s vault. The real terror at the center of “Cari Mora” is supposed to be a “totally hairless” German named Hans-Peter Schneider who is determined to get the gold (BEGIN ITAL)and(END ITAL) Cari. He is definitely a nasty guy. As a kid, he locked his parents alive in a walk-in freezer until he could shatter them with an ax. Now, his specialty is amputating women according to the sexual fetishes of his deranged clients around the world. (He does a little side business in organ trafficking, too, because apparently there are still Hannibal Lecters out there looking for snacks.) But once a rival notes that Hans-Peter looks like a penis wearing glasses, it is hard to reclaim the dark side. Which is the central problem with “Cari Mora.” Despite all its ghastly goings-on, this creaky thriller constantly slips on banana peels of its own unintentional comedy – as though it craves to be “Nosferatu” but ends up like “What We Do in the Shadows.” With his usual subtly, Harris notes that Hans-Peter gives off “a whiff of brimstone.” And early in the novel, Hans-Peter extols the convenience of his most prized possession: a liquid cremation machine, which, he brags, is so much more ecologically friendly than those dirty burning crematories. “The liquid method left no carbon footprint, or print of any kind,” Harris says like he is channeling Mel Brooks. “If a girl did not work out, Hans-Peter could just pour her down the loo in liquid form – and with no harmful effect on the groundwater.” Even Anthony Hopkins would strain to make this gory goofiness frightening, particularly when Han-Peter breaks into a little jingle: “Call Hans-Peter – that’s the name! – and away go troubles down the drain!”If he ever gets arrested, this criminal mastermind can always plead criminal inanity. A couple of sentimental side stories eventually lead off to nowhere, but we finally get a climactic confrontation between Hans-Peter and Cari Mora that suggests just how exciting the rest of this story could have been. In the same way, every so often, there is a passage of real stylistic richness like this description of one victim “sitting against the tree, buzzards on both his shoulders like the dark angels of his nature, mantling him with their black wings while they ate the soft parts of his face, his silvered canine teeth gleaming, getting the light all the time now.” I was hungry for much more of (BEGIN ITAL)that(END ITAL) lavish, gothic prose. Toward the end of the novel, a man-eating crocodile in Biscayne Bay suffers a small bout of indigestion while passing one of the gangsters he ate. Readers of “Cari Mora” are likely to suffer similar but wholly temporary discomfort. Ron Charles writes about books for The Washington Post and hosts TotallyHipVideoBookReview.com. Cari Mora By Thomas Harris Grand Central. 311 pp. $29
23 May 19
East Bay Times
[dfm_iframe src=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/32554a27-b2a5-486d-a548-eb5f002b3415?ptvads=block&playthrough=false” width=”100%” height=”400px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] By Ron Charles | Washington Post Gourmand serial killer Hannibal Lecter may be off the menu, but now his creator, Thomas Harris, has added a new dish of terror. “Cari Mora” is Harris’s first novel since “Hannibal Rising” appeared 13 years ago. Fans of his earlier best-selling books – and the movies and TV shows wrung from them – will taste familiar ingredients in “Cari Mora,” along with a touch of Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and even a dash of Carl Hiaasen’s Florida zaniness. But the whole thing would definitely go better with some fava beans. The story is mostly a snooze: not so much “The Silence of the Lambs” as The Counting of the Sheep. It opens in Biscayne Bay at a mansion once owned by the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. After passing through the hands of playboys, filmmakers and speculators, this fabled house now sits unused, filled with monster mannequins, slasher-movie props, an electric chair from Sing Sing and something called “sex furniture,” which I must ask about the next time I go to Ikea. Only one person has the nerve to work as a caretaker of this old house of horrors: a beautiful immigrant named Cari Mora. At the age of 11, Cari was captured by rebel guerrillas and used as a child soldier. But “she was quick and dexterous and strong,” Harris tells us, and managed to escape, though she remains deeply scarred. Now, she can make a mean rat soup, dispatch a muscled thug with her crucifix pendant and touch up her makeup on the fly. Maybe she’s born with it (maybe it’s Maybelline), but she’s certainly gunning to be the next Lisbeth Salander. Cari Mora, by Thomas Harris. As Cari hides from U.S. immigration agents, nothing about Escobar’s creepy house frightens her. In fact, aside from passing tourists, the only people still interested in the building are a bunch of dopey gangsters who suspect a safe in the basement holds a thousand pounds of gold. While the novel plods along with a hodgepodge of macabre silliness, various crooks try to figure out how to open the safe without blowing themselves to kingdom come. All Cari has to do is stay out of their way. Despite a few shootouts, beheadings and a hungry saltwater crocodile, most of this is about as suspenseful as watching Geraldo Rivera knock on Al Capone’s vault. The real terror at the center of “Cari Mora” is supposed to be a “totally hairless” German named Hans-Peter Schneider who is determined to get the gold (BEGIN ITAL)and(END ITAL) Cari. He is definitely a nasty guy. As a kid, he locked his parents alive in a walk-in freezer until he could shatter them with an ax. Now, his specialty is amputating women according to the sexual fetishes of his deranged clients around the world. (He does a little side business in organ trafficking, too, because apparently there are still Hannibal Lecters out there looking for snacks.) But once a rival notes that Hans-Peter looks like a penis wearing glasses, it is hard to reclaim the dark side. Which is the central problem with “Cari Mora.” Despite all its ghastly goings-on, this creaky thriller constantly slips on banana peels of its own unintentional comedy – as though it craves to be “Nosferatu” but ends up like “What We Do in the Shadows.” With his usual subtly, Harris notes that Hans-Peter gives off “a whiff of brimstone.” And early in the novel, Hans-Peter extols the convenience of his most prized possession: a liquid cremation machine, which, he brags, is so much more ecologically friendly than those dirty burning crematories. “The liquid method left no carbon footprint, or print of any kind,” Harris says like he is channeling Mel Brooks. “If a girl did not work out, Hans-Peter could just pour her down the loo in liquid form – and with no harmful effect on the groundwater.” Even Anthony Hopkins would strain to make this gory goofiness frightening, particularly when Han-Peter breaks into a little jingle: “Call Hans-Peter – that’s the name! – and away go troubles down the drain!”If he ever gets arrested, this criminal mastermind can always plead criminal inanity. A couple of sentimental side stories eventually lead off to nowhere, but we finally get a climactic confrontation between Hans-Peter and Cari Mora that suggests just how exciting the rest of this story could have been. In the same way, every so often, there is a passage of real stylistic richness like this description of one victim “sitting against the tree, buzzards on both his shoulders like the dark angels of his nature, mantling him with their black wings while they ate the soft parts of his face, his silvered canine teeth gleaming, getting the light all the time now.” I was hungry for much more of (BEGIN ITAL)that(END ITAL) lavish, gothic prose. Toward the end of the novel, a man-eating crocodile in Biscayne Bay suffers a small bout of indigestion while passing one of the gangsters he ate. Readers of “Cari Mora” are likely to suffer similar but wholly temporary discomfort. Ron Charles writes about books for The Washington Post and hosts TotallyHipVideoBookReview.com. Cari Mora By Thomas Harris Grand Central. 311 pp. $29
23 May 19
Reads & Reels

I know as book bloggers we all have two different TBRs, It’s okay, you can admit it, we’re all friends here. The first one is full of obligatory books, ie. submissions, blog tours, etc… But then we have TBR #2, the one that’s just for us, with all the books we wish we had the time to read. You know what I’m talking about, the books we read for our own pleasure!

Without further ado, here is a sample of my personal TBR!

23 May 19
BroBible

The internet is a very big place. Sure, it makes the world smaller, but the internet itself is gigantic. There is no way for anyone to be able to navigate it and see all of the content that is produced on a daily basis. Heck, we can’t cover every story on the internet that we […]

23 May 19
News Directory

President U. Donald Trump asked a federal judge Monday the film actor Stormy Daniels to be dismissed giving a $ 130,000 cash agreement challenge over a thryst that she claimed was more than a decade ago. In filing with US District Court in Los Angeles, Trump lawyer said that the prosecution by Daniels, whose name […]

23 May 19
Reviews and Promos by Nyx

✰✯✰✰✯✰Silence Series Cover Reveal!✰✯✰✰✯✰ Natasha Preston’s much loved Silence Series now has all new gorgeous covers! Check them out below. The first book ‘Silence’ is FREE and the second book ‘Broken Silence’ is on SALE for 0.99! ✰✯Silence✯✰ Eleven years Oakley has been silent, hiding a truth that could rip her world apart. Refusing to […]

23 May 19
Vinyl Record Collector's Information and blog

Atomic Playboys is the first album released by guitar virtuoso and songwriter Steve Stevens, best known for playing for Billy Idol for several years. The style of the songs varies widely, between the Rock tunes of the anthemic title track and guitar riffs typical of Billy Idol’s hits like Rebel Yell, a cover of the […]

23 May 19
SpaceWhales Anime Blog

“This is old-school operatic”

23 May 19
Daily Republic

CHICAGO _ As 258 passengers filed on to American Airlines Flight 191 at O’Hare International Airport the Friday before Memorial Day in 1979, nothing suggested that they would never reach Los Angeles. They would have listened to the flight attendant instruct them how to buckle the seat belt and where to find the emergency exits. […]

23 May 19
K T Robson

I am so excited to be a part of this cover reveal and following blog tour, I am a HUGE Natasha Preston fan, and the Silence series is a fantastic read. So naturally when I saw they were looking for bloggers to help out with the reveal of the all-new covers for the series, I […]

23 May 19
Good records at reasonable prices

Please COMMENT with artist AND ALBUM TITLE and the word SOLD to buy. I will reply comment to confirm and then message or email you later to finalise the sale. M = Media, S = Sleeve. Postage $10 for 1 (including record mailer), whatever Australia Post charges for more to your location from 2043, or […]

23 May 19
RIELPOLITIK

Source – paranoiamagazine.com – “…Crowley may have influenced the band’s lifestyle, most evident during their post 1965 “experimental” phase. Crowley was a notorious drug addict, indulging in alcohol, heroin, cocaine and psychedelic drugs. Coupled with his libertine views on sexuality, Crowley could be viewed as the quintessential rock star, decades before such creatures roamed the […]