Review of Korean Drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity”

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Genre:  Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes:  20

Story Premise:  Four 40-year-old “Playboys” experience love and friendship in modern day Seoul.


Synopsis:
  While there are four stories happening at once, the main story line centers around the hero, Kim Do Jin, and his romantic interest, Seo Yi Soo.  Do Jin considers himself a “Bachelor Playboy” who can pretty much get any woman he wants.  He is a successful architect who neither wants love nor is looking for it and he is content with his life the way it is.

Enter Seo Yi Soo.  Yi Soo is a high school teacher at an all-boys school during the week and an umpire on the weekends.  She has a crush on Do Jin’s business partner, who also happens to be dating her roommate.  She is also content with her life and is fine with having a “one-sided love” that will never go anywhere.

From the moment that Do Jin first sees Yi Soo, he is infatuated with her.  When he quickly discovers that she has a crush on his friend, he uses the information against her as only a true stinker can do.  From confessions of love to buying him dinner, Do Jin acts very much like a high school boy with his first crush – keeping her off guard so her attention stays focused on him.

Yi Soo, on the other hand, is used to dealing with high school boys and she is not impressed by Do Jin one little bit.  She is more than willing to give into Do Jin’s childish extortion in order to keep her crush a secret.  But with each joke and prank that Do Jin pulls, she finds herself becoming more and more intrigued by the man that just doesn’t seem to want to grow up.

So basically, you have the “Naughty Man” hero and the “Tomboy Teacher” heroine having a battle of the wits as they fall in love.  Add to the mix three more men who keep reverting to their 18-year-old personas, one wife who is determined to catch her husband cheating on her, the 24-year-old girl who is determined to win one of the gentleman, and the roommate and business partner who have just as much fun fighting as loving, and you have a story that is hysterically funny.

What I like about this K-Drama:  This is without a doubt one of my new favorite K-Dramas and if I could give it more than 5 stars, I definitely would.  Every single episode has something that will make you laugh until your sides hurt.  I loved loved loved the hero because he was such a stinker, and yet also incredibly clever.  The way he kept trying to win the heroine’s heart was truly touching.  I also really liked the heroine because she was “without wiles” and honestly had no idea what to make of the hero.  She also had no intention of gaining her one-sided crush by destroying her friend’s relationship, which made her seem honorable in my opinion.  Plus, whenever she was in a scene with the hero, the sparks really seemed to fly.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama (SPOILER ALERT):  There were two things I didn’t like about this Drama.  One was when the hero found out he had a kid.  Suddenly, both he and the heroine acted as if his life were over.  Now, I don’t know if that is how it really is in Korea or not, but their view of how an unknown child could destroy love was unrealistic to me…but then again, I’m an American and the culture here is different.

The other thing that bothered me was the way the heroine would occasionally wiggle her body and whine when she was frustrated.  Most of the time it was funny, but when she was truly upset, she would even flop down on the bed and cry and whine.  I just found that really irritating in some scenes.

But other than those two things, I still loved this show.

Favorite Scene(s): There are so many scenes to choose from it is hard to pick just one.  Literally, there was something that would make me laugh hysterically in every episode.  However, I will pick out two – one between the four male friends and one between the hero and the heroine.

  1. Between the four friends, there is a flashback scene where they are supposed to be back in high school and about 18 years old.  They got into trouble together and they start the scene by making a mutual decision to take the blame and get a beating instead of having their parents called in.  However, when they finally stand before the teacher together, three of the friends cleverly set up the fourth to take the beating since throughout their friendship, he is always the one getting them in trouble.  (This is the first five minutes of Episode 4 and is SO FUNNY to watch.)
  2. Between the hero and heroine, I liked pretty much all of Episode 3, but especially the scene where the heroine steals the hero’s car.  As usual, he is being a stinker and he has finagled their situation so that the heroine was forced to ride in the car with the hero to get to a baseball game she is supposed to umpire for.  He then decides to take a side trip when she falls asleep, and he does so without giving her notice.  When he gets out of the car despite her protests, gives his keys to the valet, and goes into a hotel to meet a friend, she then takes the car and leaves him behind.  When he catches up to her, he gets his revenge (also in true stinker fashion) and blackmails her into behaving in a way that makes him look like hot stuff.  From the moment he picks her up for their road trip to the moment where he returns her to Seoul is absolutely hysterical.  (Episode 3 – From the 23-minute mark to the 51-minute mark.)

However, since I couldn’t find either of those scenes on YouTube, here is a video clip someone made up took three really great romantically-tense scenes from the show and put them together.  I especially loved the second scene.  In that clip, Yi Soo ends up at the hotel with Do Jin when the guy she likes shows up at the hotel.  (Basically, Do Jin and his partner rent the hotel room all year long for guests or when they want a night away.)  Yi Soo ends up running into the bathroom to hide from the guy she likes (because she doesn’t want him to know that she went to a hotel with Do Jin) and Do Jin was already in there.  Since he’s a stinker, he obviously has to take full advantage of the situation.  It’s an awesome scene…

Unfortunately, this video tends to clip the tops of their heads a bit, but it was the best I could find.

 

And here’s one more great scene between Yi Soo and Do Jin.  Basically, Do Jin has a pen recorder that records everything about his day.  Yi Soo ends up taking it home without knowing it right after Do Jin kissed her, and she ended up saying things to herself that she never would have wanted Do Jin to know.  However, Do Jin gets it back and listens to everything.  When Yi Soo finds out, she runs over to Do Jin’s house to get the recorder back.  It’s another great romantic scene between the two.

 

Overall Opinion:  I loved this show so much, I watched many of the scenes several times before I actually ever finished the show.  I then had to watch it again immediately because I couldn’t believe how funny and clever the show was.  This show is a definite “must watch” and then a “must watch it again” show.

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Review of Korean Drama “SungKyunKwan Scandal”

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 Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Historical

Number of Episodes:  20

 

Story Premise:  A young woman in the Joseon period disguises herself as a young man and attends the prestigious all-male Sungkyunkwan University at the risk of her own life.   


Synopsis:
Kim Yoon Hee first disguised herself as her brother (Kim Yoon Shik) when she was 12 years old in order to support her mother and sick brother.  To make ends meet, she takes a job copying books and making cheat sheets for the local college students.  When she creates a cheat sheet and ends up giving it to the wrong person, she draws the attention of Lee Seon Joon, the super smart and uptight son of one of the country’s most powerful ministers.  Believing Yoon Hee is a boy, Lee Seon Joon tricks her into applying to the prestigious male-only university, then ensures that she has no choice but to attend (thanks to the King’s Command).  Yoon Hee is horrified at having to attend the university because she knows that if she is caught, she will be executed for breaking the laws that treat women differently than men.  On the flip side, attending the university means free room and board, that the school will pay for her family’s medical bills, and that she will receive a monthly stipend which she can give to her family.  With all those benefits, Yoon Hee decides to stick it out at college for as long as she can.

Lee Seon Joon is on the fast track to a getting a high-ranking government position thanks to his father and the fact that he has always been the smartest student wherever he attended school. All he really wants, however, is to learn how to make friends, to learn, and to live an upstanding life.  When Yoon Hee is assigned to be his roommate, Lee Seon Joon believes he may have made his first friend ever and he becomes determined to nurture that friendship at any cost.  But when he starts finding himself attracted to Yoon Hee, he is horrified and begins to question everything that he knows about himself.

Add to the mix the fact that the university is in political upheaval.  There are two main dorms – one for Northerners and one for Southerners (Norons vs. Sorons) – and the students from each dorm are constantly trying to prove which side is the best.  While Lee Seon Joon is a Noron and Yoon Hee is “Neutral” (since she comes from the town where the university is), there third roommate (Moon Jae Shin aka Goel Oh or “Crazy Horse”) is a hardcore Soron who is furious to find out his roommate is a Noron.  Moonlighting as the “Red Bandit,” Goel Oh’s goal in life is to get people to rise up against the Norons and force them to stop their corrupting ways.  Also add to the mix Gu Yong Ha, the playful son of a wealthy family who thrives on fashion on loose women.  When he meets Yoon Hee, he is convinced she is a girl and he makes it his goal to “out” her in any way he can…preferably “out” of her clothes.

 

What I like about this K-Drama:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this drama.  From the first episode, you can’t help but laugh at all the sticky situations that Yoon Hee gets herself into.  They are natural disasters and not something that seems or feels forced.  While it seems ludicrous that she would be “tricked” into going the school, the writers actually made it happen in a way where you couldn’t help but think, “Oh crap… if she doesn’t go, she could die.  If she is found out, she could die.  If she runs and hides, her family could die…what’s a girl to do?”

Add to the fact her awkwardness when she finds herself sharing a room with two men, and not just the room but the blankets.  Even better, Goel Oh refuses to sleep next to Seon Joon, so Yoon Hee ends up becoming the buffer that has to sleep between them.  The sleeping arrangements become a sticky and hysterical situation several times throughout the show, especially when Goel Oh and then Seon Joon finds out she is a girl.

What I also love about this show is  Gu Yong Ha.  He is one of the best characters I have ever seen because he is such a stinker.  He acts like he’s bored all the time and he prefers to go wherever entertaining things are happening – like the Gisaeng House (i.e. Brothel).  Watching him try to get Yoon Hee naked again and again is also really funny because he is just such a stinker about it.

In actuality, I love ALL of the characters in the show.  You can’t help but cheer for the hero and heroine as they find their footing around each other and eventually fall in love.  I love how Goel Oh and Gu Yong Ha are best friends and protect each other and eventually Seon Joon and Yoon Hee.  I also love the University feeling to the movie, which starts with a Hazing and continues on to old-fashioned sporting competitions.  This is SO a “Must-Watch” Series if you ever watch Korean Dramas.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama:

Honestly…nothing.  I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about this show.  Everything was easy to believe and highly amusing.

Favorite Scene(s):

There are too many to count, but if I had to choose, I would narrow it down to three:

1)      The scene where Yoon Hee passes the Hazing to get accepted into the college.  Each of the “freshmen” is given a difficult task to accomplish in order to be accepted into the University.  If a student fails, they must strip naked and jump into the nearby river with everyone watching.  Gu Yong Ha, who is one of the upperclassman and who has already decided Yoon Hee is a woman, is determined to see her strip naked so he assigns her the most difficult task of all – to bring back the underwear of the most coveted Gisaeng in the country.  To make her mission even more impossible, Gu Yong Ha promises a monetary reward to whichever Gisaeng can strip Yoon Hee down and give her a hickey on her chest.  Believing she would fail, everyone is astonished when Yoon Hee returns – hickey free and wildly successful – and thus she ends up earning the nickname Taemul, i.e. “Big Shot”.  (End of Episode 2 to Beginning of Episode 3)

2)      For a “You Can Conquer the World” type of scene, I would choose the Archery Competition, where Yoon Hee has to compete against the class president. The most coveted Gisaeng in the country gives her a little strategic help which is hysterical to watch, and Seon Joon gives her some advice which shows just how special their friendship really is.  (Episode 7 – 35 minutes to 46 minutes)

 3)      Finally, for romantic scenes, I love all of them but I especially love when Lee Seon Joon finds out that Yoon Hee is a girl.  He brings her back to his house to make her explain and his too-pushy servant locks them into Lee Seon Joon’s bedroom for the night.  Both try to go to sleep, but neither can so they both decide to read.  While Lee Seon Joon studies his school books, Yoon Hee searches his bookshelves and finds a “dirty” book that Gu Yong Ha had given to Seon Joon.  What ensues is a feisty little wrestling match that is both funny and “awkward.”  (Episode 16 – 12 minutes to 15 minutes)

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Korean Drama Review of Arang and the Magistrate

 

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Genre:  Historical, Romance

Number of Episodes:  20

At the time that I am writing this review, the series is only halfway through.  In other words, I am currently watching it, and I am liking it so much, I couldn’t help but review it. 

 

Story Premise:  Set in the Joseon period, a Virgin Ghost with amnesia shanghaies an apathetic Magistrate into helping her solve the mystery of her murder.

Synopsis:  Arang is a virgin ghost that died three years before the story begins.  She has no idea how she died, but she suspects it was murder since her ghostly body has a stab wound in her side.  Having escaped from the Death Chasers the night she died, she has wondered the hills and forests around her hometown trying to figure out who she is, if she has a family, and – most importantly – how she died.

Kim Eun Oh is a “Young Lord” who almost died as a child and has been able to see ghosts ever since.  As a child, he helped the ghosts around him resolve their grudges, but when people began to call him “the haunted child,” he decided he would no longer get involved with ghostly business – or even human business – ever again.  All he wants is to find his mother who abandoned him three years earlier because she did not want him to be raised as the child of a slave.  (In other words, his mother was a slave and his father was a lord.)  And yet, Eun Oh is determined to find her and spend the rest of his life living with her instead of his father.

However, when Arang finds out that Eun Oh can see ghosts, she continually badgers him about helping her find out who she is.  When Eun Oh makes a reckless promise to her that he would help her only if he ever became the Magistrate of the local town, Arang manages to maneuver things in the human world just enough to shanghai Eun Oh into becoming the Magistrate.  Still, even as the appointed Magistrate, Eun Oh has no intention of helping Arang, until he discovers that her death has a mysterious connection to his mother’s disappearance.  Together, the two work to find out Arang’s identity, how she died, and what mysterious connection it all has to his mother’s disappearance.

 

What I like about this K-Drama:  This has to be one of the most fascinating Korean Dramas I have ever seen.  The story is a really interesting blend of the Korean beliefs of life, death and the afterlife.  While I am not incredibly familiar with what Koreans believe, I have seen enough Korean Dramas to notice certain cultural rituals – like the way Koreans serve food to the dead on the day of their Death Anniversary – and this show explains a lot of the beliefs behind those rituals.  There are so many elements of the different beliefs (or mythology) mixed into the story that you can’t help but be fascinated by the whole tale in general.

For example, this story has explanations for Death Chasers (i.e. the Korean version of Grim Reapers), Ghouls, Ghosts, Shamans, Talismans, Yin and Yang and even the River Styx.  It goes into the belief of Heaven and Hell (or the nine rooms of Hell) and the two Gods pulling the strings on everything – The Great King Jade and the Great King Yeom La.  It is a really fascinating blend of a lot of supernatural elements, so if you like any of that kind of stuff, this is a great drama to watch.

Plus, there is a lot of GREAT Romantic Tension between Arang and the Magistrate.  

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama:  So far, there isn’t anything I don’t like about this drama.  It can be a little nerve-racking at times since it does get into the supernatural, but it is still mild on the “Scary Scale” in comparison to American shows.  If I had to say I didn’t like something, it would be how overprotective the character of Dol Sue is to his “Young Master” Eun Oh.  He treats his “Young Master” like a son when he is supposed to be a servant, and it can be a bit irritating at times.  But all in all, the character of Dol Sue does have an interesting subplot going on with a female Shaman, so it’s nothing bad enough to avoid the show.

Favorite Scene(s): There are a lot of scenes I like from this show, but without a doubt, one of my favorites happens right in the very first episode.  According to this story, ghosts are just like humans and they can be hungry or get rained on just like any ordinary person.  The scene I like is where Arang takes shelter in the same hut that Eun Oh and Dol Sue are taking shelter in, and she begins to take off her wet clothes, only to see Eun Oh staring at her in shock.  When she tries to test if he can see her, he pretends he can’t see and silently begs her to leave him alone.  It’s hysterical.  Click the Play Button below to watch.  (The scene starts ant 16 minutes and 19 seconds into Episode 1.)  

What Other Reviewers Are Saying: 

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Video Book Review of “Mine Till Midnight”

 

 

 

    • I could definitely read this book over and over again.

 

 

 

Description from Amazon:

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship–but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter….

 

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Video Book Review of “Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2)”

 

 

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    • I Could Read This Book Over and Over

 

 

 

Our Review:

This happens to be one of my all-time personally favorite historical romances and one of my all-time favorite romance authors.  But this in particular is one of my favorites of hers.  You have the story of Winifred Hathaway and Kev Merripen.  It is the second book in Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaway series.

Basically, Kev Merripen was a Gypsy boy who was treated like less than a dog by his Gypsy tribe, and was left for dead.  The Hathaway family took him in at a young age, and he was very angry and wanted to leave before he hurt them or made their lives miserable.  However, when he met Win Hathaway, he felt like she was his soul mate.  But he didn’t want to hurt her, so he always kept himself at a distance.  Still, he made the decision that would never leave her side.  Win basically became the center of his life.

This book in the series jumps back in time to when they meet and then travels forward to the current day of the story where Win is going away to get better because she’s been sick for a couple of years.  Merripen does not want her to go, but she does anyway and then comes back two years later finally healthy.  She wants to have relationship with Merripen and she wants him to finally admit that he’s in love with her so they can get married.  He refuses to do it because he is convinced that all he is going to do it is hurt her.

What I Like About This Book:

The reason I love this book is because a third of this book has all this wonderful teen angst that we forget about as we grow older – that feeling that just seeing the other person is enough to make you happy.  It’s got these two teenagers hovering around each other that don’t feel like they can be together, but they both want too.  They’re a perfect match in so many ways but they’re also complete opposites.

What I Don’t Like About This Book:

The only thing I did not like about this book is the fact that it had to end because the whole story is fantastic.  The whole story is filled with passion and Sizzle.  The sex scenes are great, so if you don’t like sex scenes, don’t read the book.  I personally don’t mind.  And the ending is fantastic.  Thankfully, since it is the second book in the series, you get to see some of their story before and you get to see their story after. But to put this book down with just them is probably the worst part of the book.

So – easy read.  Great passion.  Great sizzle.  I highly recommend it.  Five stars all the way.  Definitely read this one if you like Historicals.

Book Description by Amazon

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

 

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Korean Drama Review of: To the Beautiful You

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes: 16

Story Premise: A female track star travels from America to Korea and disguises herself as a boy in order to attend an all-boys high school and help her idol – a Gold-Medal Olympian high jumper – start jumping again after an injury.

Synopsis: Gu Jae Hee is a girl that felt like she never fit in at her school in America. She was constantly picked on for being different and just wished that some miracle would happen and make her like everyone else. Then one day, she was watching the Olympics on TV and she saw a high jumper (Kang Tae Joon) win the Gold Medal. After winning, Kang Jae Toon said into the camera, “A Miracle is another name for Hard Work.” That simple phrase was enough to give Jae Hee the courage to change her life. Soon after, she joined the track team at her school and began making friends who were different, yet still liked her for her.

Meanwhile, back in Korea, Kang Tae Joon suffers a great loss when his mother dies. On top of it, he gets injured and begins to question whether he should ever jump again. Returning to his high school, he finds he’s been relegated to “superstar athlete-jumper” and yet he doesn’t want to jump anymore.

And this is where story begins.Gu Jae Hee chops off her hair and binds her breasts, then shows up at Kang Tae Joon’s door as his new roommate. While she hadn’t expected to be his roommate, she quickly takes advantage of the situation and begins doing anything she can to help Tae Joon get his desire for jumping back. At first, Tae Joon resists Jae Hee’s attempts to inspire him, but when he finds out she’s a girl and how much she gave up to help him, he pretends he doesn’t know she’s a girl and uses her story as a reason to do what he loves once again.

That’s the basic storyline. However, there are a lot of little interesting subplots going on as well. Firstly, you have Eun Gyul who is a talented soccer player and who quickly becomes Jae Hee’s best friend. When he finds he starts having feelings for Jae Hee, it shakes him as he starts to believe he is gay. There is also a character who was Eun Gyul’s best friend before Jae Hee and who had an actual crush on Eun Gyul. He doesn’t like Jae Hee and begins to pick on him in hopes of making him look foolish. You also have a Gold Medal gymnast named Hana who has been in love with Tae Joon since they were both little and who is practically psychotic in her obsession with being Tae Joon’s girlfriend. Another high jumper who desperately wants to beat Tae Joon.

All of this takes place at All-Boys Athletics school, so there is a whole bunch of Immature Testosterone thrown into the mix (which is always just fun).

What I like about this K-Drama: I find myself watching episodes from this series over and over again even though the story is not yet done. While the hero does not show a lot of emotional depth and tends to keep his emotions deeply under wraps (since he is always in the lime light and ending up in the news), the viewers do get to see what he is thinking and you can’t help but like him despite his standoffish mannerisms to everyone. On top of that (and despite what other descriptions of this show says), Gu Jae Hee is not a girl who is actively out to win Tae Joon’s heart. She just honestly wants to see him get back on his feet, and that emotional support spreads to anyone in her circle. Plus, Eun Gyul is just adorable and you can’t help but love how freaking cute he is.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama: While Eun Gyul is one of my favorite characters, I don’t like how much he likes Jae Hee. It’s not because I don’t want to see a love triangle…it’s because I can’t stand the thought of this really sweet character getting his heart broken. Also, the character of Hana is a little too hardcore-obsessive for my taste, but it does add conflict to the story. Those are the only things I don’t like about the show…which pretty much means I like everythingabout the show.

Favorite Scene(s): There are so many fantastic scenes in this show that I find at least one scene I love in every episode. So here’s a quick rundown of ALL my favorite scenes so far and which episodes they are in… (You’ll know if you see them.)

Episode 1: The fencing match with the plunger. Ep. 2: The marathon race with the sprained ankle. Ep. 3: The falling umbrella in the rain. Ep. 4: The Fight Scene with the rapist. Ep. 5: The near drowning experience. Ep. 6: The “Who is the Prettiest AS a Girl” competition (all the competitors are boys except for Jae Hee – who loses). Ep. 7: Searching for the Lost Ring. Ep. 8: The “Crazy” Paintball Commando scene AND the Tent Scene. Ep. 9: Tae Joon finds out who Jae Hee’s “First Kiss” was. Ep 10: The first “Non-Date” Date scenes.

What Other People Are Saying About “To The Beautiful You”:

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Video Book Review of “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”

 

 

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    • I Could Read This Book Over and Over

 

 

Our Book Review of “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” by Veronica Scott

 

Story Premise:

Titanic in Space meets The Fifth Element

Review:

This is a science fiction book and normally I don’t like science fiction books, but the author asked me to review this book, and so I went ahead and read it.

As the book started, it reminded me of the Fifth Element.  You have a military hero named Nick Jameson who is Traveling on a shuttle to a cruise ship.  The ship is called the Nebula Dream, thus the title “Wreck of the Nebula Dream.”  The first nineteen percent of the book, the author doesn’t really tell you what the Plot is.  She doesn’t ever come out with it.  So you’re kind of going through it thinking, “What is going on?  He’s walking around this cruise ship.  He’s seeing people.  He’s observing, but he’s not really talking or interacting with people.”  So you kind of think, “I don’t know if I like this.”

Then at the twenty percent mark – according to my Kindle – this Nebula Dream, which is on its maiden voyage trying to get to a destination faster than any ship has ever gone before, runs into a meteor shower.  Then, you’ve got a shift that is breaking apart.  You’ve got passengers fleeing in the lifeboats and you’ve got Nick Jameson trying to help people get off the ship.  He’s the only one that’s realizing that the ship is in serious trouble because the Captain has basically left them all for dead so he can save face with the company.  When the hero realizes this, he knows he needs to do something to get somebody to come rescue these people because the captain had a problem with the engine. When he had a problem with the engine, in order to still make his destination on time, he took a shortcut through enemy territory.

So we’ve gone from “The Fifth Element” to “Titanic” to enemy territory, and the enemies that I imagine or something like the Reavers from “Firefly” or “Serenity.” They’re very violent.  They like to eat and torture people.

As the book goes on, the hero picks up a very strange group of people that are wandering around trying to save people.

All in all, I really liked the book.  I really did. I gave it five stars because I’d read it again. Once you get past that twenty percent mark, it’s an adrenaline rush ride all the way to the end.  It’s action.  It’s adventure.  It’s tension.  It’s just a little bit of romance – not a whole lot – and it’s a satisfying ending.  The writing is excellent and it’s easy to read.  If you can just get past the first twenty percent, you’ll enjoy it a whole lot.

So definite read.  Five stars all the way.

Book Description from Amazon

A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars… Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets. All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction. But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

 

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Video Book Review of “The Hunger Games”

 

 

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    • I Could Read This Book Over and Over

 

 

Book and Movie Review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

Story Premise

A 16-year-old girl volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a battle to the death between 24 randomly selected teenagers.

Our Review

I waited until after I saw The Hunger Games movie to do this review just so I could tell you the difference between the movie and the book to give you a general idea of the story.  The story is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who is sixteen years old and she lives in a country called PanemPanem is divided into twelve districts, which are basically like large cities that fenced in by electrical fencing in order to “protect” the people that live there. These twelve districts are ruled by a Capital.  Seventy-four years before the book, there was a thirteenth district that revolted and tried to free itself from Panem.  And Panem wiped it off the face of the Earth.

Now in order to keep the other twelve districts inline, what they do is every year, they have the televised Hunger Games and they make each district sacrifice up one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to come to their Hunger Games and fight to the death.  Katniss’s sister is picked to be the tribute for her district and Katniss is so horrified by this that she volunteers to take her sister’s place.

So basically Katniss’s sent off to the Hunger Games where she is to compete to the death.  That’s the general premise of the story.

The movie stayed as close to the book as they possibly could. The main difference between the book and the movie is that you get more time in district twelve in the book.  In the movie, they kind of gloss over the beginning and they gloss over the end, and they stick to the battle between the teenagers – the fight to the death, which is great.  It’s detailed; it’s interesting; it’s fantastic to watch.  It just as good to read.  But there is stuff that is set up in the beginning of the book that makes more sense in the story then in the movie.  Then again in the end of the movie, they glossed over that as well and they cut out a lot of stuff to wrap it up.  They sped through the beginning and they sped through the end in the movie, so I recommend definitely reading the book.  It’s an easy read.

What I did not like is that there wasn’t a whole lot of romance in the book.  Suzanne Collins definitely could have done more on the romance side.

All in all, I give it five stars because I could (and have) read this book again and again.  I love this book.  This one is so well done and it’s so interesting that I’m definitely keeping it and I’m definitely reading it again.

The Hunger Games Movie Description from Amazon

Book Description from Amazon

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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Review of KDrama: Faith (aka The Great Doctor)

faith-the-great-doctor-aka-faith-32024424-1280-720At the moment, I am currently watching “Faith” (also known as “The Great Doctor”). It is a Korean Drama that is still airing, and it is too good to wait til the end to watch. If you are thinking about watching a KDrama, this is a great one to start with.  It airs on Mondays and Tuesdays in Korea, so you can usually see it by Tuesday and Wednesday in America.

Here’s the stats:

Genre: Historical, Romantic Comedy
Number of Episodes: 24 (but at this point in time, 10 have aired)

Story Premise: A Young Warrior General from the Goryeo era travels through a time portal, kidnaps a modern-day female plastic surgeon, and drags her back to his time to save his Queen’s life.

Synopsis: Lee Min Ho (one of my favorite Delicious Korean actors) plays General Choi Young from the Goryeo period.  He has been a personal guard to the past several kings and he has always obeyed the current ruler no matter what his personal feelings were about that person.  However, there is a new young king in power and it is Choi Young’s hope that the king will release him from his duties so he can live the rest of his life as a normal man.  Unfortunately, the new king has no intentions of letting him go, and so Choi Young serves the king grudgingly, but with all the honor he has learned as a warrior.  When he’s not fighting to protect the king, his favorite thing to do is sleep.  (I kid you not…the man LOVES to sleep.)

Yoo Eun Soo is the doctor that is dragged into the past.  All she wants is to marry a rich man who will take care of her and she basically doesn’t even practice medicine anymore.  When she first meets Choi Young, she thinks he is some kind of terrorist and she doesn’t believe that he actually dragged her into the past; instead, she thinks she’s on some fancy movie set.  Yet as her life is put in danger again and again, she soon comes to realize that she has gone back into the past.  When everyone around her seems to believe that she is a doctor sent from the actual heavens (and she gets the nickname “The Heaven’s Doctor”), she soon finds herself being used as a pawn between the new King and the Villain who wants to dethrone him.

What I like about this K-Drama:  This is not your usual Historical Drama.  It is a blend of contradictory principals that makes the show absolutely fascinating.  For example, there is a really good blend of the Past and the Present.  The show also seamlessly blends together Magic and Medicine.  The fighting scenes are also fantastic; they are fast-paced with a very interesting use of “Magical Energy.”  For example, Choi Young is able to harnass electricity and use it as a weapon.  Another character uses music to kill, another uses fire as her weapon, and yet another can use energy to freeze things.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama:  So far, the only thing I am not liking about the show is the Heroine’s character.  She goes from being a whining, crying gold digger to a competent doctor, to a woman who will stand up to the Villain and tell him “F– You” in her modern day language.  At times, you really want to smack her, but then you also find yourself cheering her on.  My only wish is that the writers would have made her strong from the beginning and not so greedy about money.  But then again, it seems the K-Drama way to create an unlikable character and then eventually make them lovable.  They are doing an excellent job with that over this heroine.

Favorite Scene(s):  So far, I am fascinated by all the Martial Arts scenes (and pretty much any scene with Lee Min Ho).  Choi Young’s character is awesome, but watching him do Martial Arts with some magic mixed in is truly intriguing.  I can’t help but watch the scenes again and again.  Plus, his character is so calm and controlled, and he just has no idea what to make of the heroine.

If I had to pick a scene so far, it would have to be when they are walking in the forest after Choi Young has just told the Villain that he is in love with the Heroine.  Choi Young was lying in order to save her from the villain, but Eun Soo thinks he was serious, so she keeps teasing him about it.  The way she teases him drives Choi Young absolutely crazy, but as much as he obviously wants to strangle her, he just grits his teeth and bears it.

There is also a great scene where the Eun Soo offers to “watch over” Choi Young so he can sleep.  At first, he just thinks she’s crazy, but then you see a bit of a turning point between them as he gives in.

Rating:  I definitely give this one five stars all the way and I wait for it with a lot of anticipation each week.  It is a total Must-Watch if you like Korean Dramas at all.

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Review of Korean Drama “Personal Taste”

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes: 16

Story Premise: A woman accepts a male roommate into her home under the mistaken assumption that he is gay.

Synopsis: Park Kae In is a woman who has just been dumped in the worst possible way. She finds out her boyfriend is about to marry her long-time friend and roommate on the day she attends the actual wedding. Desperate for money, Kae In has to find a roommate immediately in order to pay back a loan her employee borrowed against her house and under her name.

Enter Jeon Jin Ho. Jin Ho is an architect who is bidding on a big construction project that could make or break his company. The man who is awarding the project just happens to be a huge fan of an old eccentric architect – an architect who happens to be Kae In’s father and who happens to have designed the house Kae In lives in. Jin Ho wants to move into Kae In’s house so he can search the house for the old blueprints and find out why his client likes this house so much.

Through a series of misunderstandings, Kae In comes to believe that Jin Ho is gay and so she agrees to let him be her roommate. While at first Jin Ho tries to tell Kae In he is not gay, she assumes he must be “in the closet” and she tries to soothe his pride by saying she understands and will keep his secret. Eventually, Jin Ho stops trying to convince her and begins to build a friendship with her that soon turns into romance.

What I like about this K-Drama: Lee Min Ho as Kae In…period. He is so yummy and so good in everything he does. Even acting as an uptight architect, Lee Min Ho is still delicious to watch.

But other than my little crush on Lee Min Ho, I did like the way his character was developed. When he gets “out-ed” by the heroine as gay, he is horrified, until his business partner convinces him it’s for the best to go along with the act. Throughout the story, I truly felt like the character’s actions were true to the part and not forced or altered in order to make him look good.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama: The Heroine’s character was often difficult to stomach. In the first episode, her ex-boyfriend describes her as a soaking wet puppy and that is exactly what the character is throughout the entire story. Even when she is kicked around and humiliated, she still remains steadfast and loyal to her friends. In many places, it was admirable, but more often than not, I found myself wanting to shake the heroine and say “grow a pair.”

Favorite Scene(s): Without a doubt, my favorite scene was the first night that Jin Ho moved into the house. He was exploring the house late at night and looking for the blueprints when he ends up in the father’s office. Earlier that day, the heroine had warned him about wandering through the house and that she would “chop it off,” so he is doing it secretly without the lights on when the heroine discovers him. I don’t want to spoil the scene, but let’s just say, she scares the crap out of him in a big way that sends him running while screaming like a little girl. It was hysterical. (Episode 2 – 57-minute mark to the 59-minute mark)

However, I could not find that on YouTube to show, so here is my second favorite scene.  It is where Lee Min Ho’s character is first thought to be gay and it is hysterical.  The hero’s friend and business partner (the guy with the glasses) totally eggs on people’s belief that the hero is gay just because he thinks it’s funny.  Enjoy.

Why I Gave It 4 Stars: While I do love watching Lee Min Ho in action, and while the chemistry between the actors seemed genuine, there are only a couple of scenes that I could watch several times. For me, if I can’t watch the story over and over again, but I could watch it at least once more or watch certain scenes several times, than it is a 4 star show. This is one of the shows that I could watch certain scenes over and over again, but not the whole story more than twice.

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