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Friday, November 24, 2017

Thundercats: The Return - Ford Gilmore

Lion-O leaves his comrades to rebuild Thundera while he enters the Book of Omens to pursue further training, hoping to protect his home planet from any future invasions. Unfortunately his worst fear takes place during his absence. For five years the Thunderians have lived under the cruel rule of Mumm-Ra with the mutants happy to do his bidding to exact revenge upon the cats.

When Lion-O returns he is devastated when he learns the fate of his fellow Thunderians and especially his comrades, the Thundercats.
Lion-O must journey across the entire planet to free his comrades from their slavery and also regain their trust after his betrayal in leaving them undefended against Mumm-Ra.

Mumm-Ra's power has grown exponentially. Despite their misgivings, the Thundercats are determined to defeat him once again and bring peace to their land.

This addition to the Thundercats franchise is much darker than the original children's television series. Torture, slavery, and rape all make an appearance as the reader learns the fate of each Thundercat. As a long-time fan I struggled as I read how deeply these experiences had effected each of the characters. The illustrations are full of expression during emotional scenes and the action is visualized beautifully.

For those who would rather leave Thundera as a happy memory this is better left alone, but for those who want to read a dark what-if this is a fantastic read.

Books in the Series:
Return to Thundera
Dogs of War
Hammerhand's Revenge

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chariots of the Gods - Erich von Daniken

Back in the 70s, von Daniken released a book that would change the world and open people up to new possibilities in history. It became an immediate best seller and was translated into several languages. Who built the pyramids? Who made fascinatingly accurate maps of the world? And also, how were they able to do it?

According to von Daniken it may have been alien visitors. That's right! He claims that within archaeology are hidden proofs if we are willing to open our minds and look beyond what we've been taught.

Chariots of the Gods spawned a new genre of speculation and imagination. History Channel's popular Ancient Aliens television series is based on his works and contains many interview pieces with the author.

With the advances in technology and a better understanding of archaeology, many of von Daniken's theories have been disproven. Many more will certainly fall out of favor as we learn more. Even so, it's fun to read the theories of such a creative mind.

More by the Author:
Return to the Stars
Gold of the Gods
In Search of Ancient Gods

Similar Books:
Forbidden Archaeology - Michael Cremo
Technology of the Gods - David Hatcher Childress
Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock

Related Television Series:
Ancient Aliens - Season 1
Ancient Aliens - Season 2
Ancient Aliens - Season 3

Friday, November 10, 2017

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Long ago Midgard, earth, was populated by fantastic peoples and creatures. Gods, giants, elves, and humans all lived together in this realm. Thor's hot temper is exemplified in the retellings of Loki taking Sif's hair and his massive appetite during the feast at his unexpected wedding. Loki's mischief shines as he lies, cheats, and steals through the stories. Tyr's bravery and sacrifice in the capture of Fenrir shines. And at the end, the tale of Baldr's death and Ragnorak's final coming is just as terrifying in this version as it is in the original work.

Gaiman's dry wit adds a perfect amount of humor to these stories and his nonchalant storytelling voice in the audiobook version has fantastic flow. Those already familiar with these stories will be satisfied with his accuracy in adapting these stories while adding his own voice. Those who may be new to Norse mythos may find certain parts uncomfortable, particularly some of the stories involving Loki.

Source Material:
Poetic/Elder Edda
Prose Edda
Prose Edda (modern translation) - Jesse Byock

Friday, November 3, 2017

The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene

After learning to use the forty-eight laws of power, Greene suggests a person will lead a successful life. These laws apply in a variety of situations including business deal, social interactions, and personal relations.

Each Law titled and numbered. It's followed by a Judgment, a brief explanation of what the Law means. The section titled Transgression of the Law gives a historical account or mythological occurrence of violating the law and is followed by an Interpretation to further explain how or why the violation caused bad results. Observance of the Law gives a positive use of the law in the same format and is also followed by an Interpretation to further the reader's understanding. Keys to Power is written in the second person, telling the reader directly how to use the law and what to be wary of. Reversal presents situations in which the reader may want to use the opposite side of the law.

Concealing Your Intention, Makeing Other People Come To You, and Never Appearing Too Perfect are certainly not new ideas. Many of these Laws are found in other texts, such as the Art of War or The Prince, but the concrete examples and explanations of those situations makes the material much easier to grasp and understand.

Like many books of this manner, it is best taken in sections to absorb the lessons and feel confident in applying them to situations. Anybody who wants to learn self-mastery, how to relate to the world, and how to turn the world around them to their favor will benefit from reading this work.

More by the Author:
The 33 Strategies of War
The Art of Seduction

Recommended Reads:
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi