House of Cards Season 2
Netflix , TV Show Review / December 31, 2014

Only a few days ago I blogged about House of Cards Season 1 here and just today I finished Season 2. Season 2 is considered to be darker than the first and I have to agree with that. As we know Frank has become the Vice President of the USA, but he won’t stop there. His final goal is to be the President, but for that to happen the current President has to be removed from office, of course without implementing Frank. So we see another season of playing people, breaking promised and doing things close to the thin line that is the law. Once again I have enjoyed this season very much and I can safely say anyone who liked Season 1 can see this one without thinking about it. The complete Season2 premiered on February 14, 2014 and has been praised all over the world as a great show, a must see. The second season of the American television drama series House of Cards began filming a set of 13 episodes on April 29, 2013 and concluded on November 8, occurring primarily in Baltimore. On December 4, 2013, Netflix announced that the season would be released in its entirety on February 14, 2014. Set…

Marco Polo
Netflix , TV Show Review / December 31, 2014

Marco Polo is another Netflix Original series that premiered on December 12, 2014. The show is of course about Marco Polo and the time he spent in the court of Kublai Khan, the great Khagan of the Mongolian Empire at the time. Marco visited the Khan with his father on a trading journey, but his father left him in the care of the Khan as a bargain for safe passage. Marco quickly adapted to life in the court and eventually played a major role in history. The series was written and created by John Fusco and stars Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role. The series is produced by The Weinstein Company. The series was first announced in January of 2014, so it took almost a year to arrive. But it was definitely worth the wait. Don’t expect major battle like Lord of the Rings, but a lot of political intrige, drama and almost soap like storylines. However, all are based in reality and great care was take to asure all things are as they were in the time. I greatly advice anyone to go and see this show if possible, you are sure to have a good time.  

Designing 007: 50 years of Bond style
Exhibition Review / December 30, 2014

Today I decided, together with my husband, to pay a visit to the exhibition “Designing 007: 50 years of Bond style” More than 500 items including costumes, gadgets, props, storyboards and original photographs are on show. Celebrating 50 years of the James Bond franchise, the exhibition focuses on Bond’s influence on art, music, lifestyle, automotive design, travel, technology and fashion over the course of the past five decades. We visited the exhibition at “De Kunsthal”  in Rotterdam, but it has been traveling worldwide so it can be seen in many places around the world. I have been a Bond fan for quite some time, so this show is one I definitely wanted to see. But was it worth the time and money? To be short, no it was not. The show was very small, it took us about 1 hour to get through the whole thing without rushing. There a lot of items on show and of course you can look at them one by one, but face it, I don’t have to see 10 drawings of the same set design to know what they look like. Also there were monitors with clips from movies showing. I noticed a lot…

House of Cards Season 1
Netflix , TV Show Review / December 27, 2014

As a recent Netflixer I started by watching the first Season of a show I heard a lot about already. House of Cards (US) is an adaptation of the original BBC miniseries by the same name that aired in 1990 and the novel by Michael Dobbs. It is an American political drama series created especially for the Netflix network and premiered on February 1 2013. The entire first season was placed on line at the same time and contains 13 episodes. It is the story of Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) a Democrat in office in Washington. After he is passed over for an important position, he decides to plan a revenge that will get him in a place of power in the end. He is assisted by his wife Claire Underwood (played by Robin Wright). She is the head of a organization called CWI (Clear Water Initiative). The series is primarily about ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, power, and doing bad things for the greater good. To get where he wants to go Frank doesn’t hold back and is not afraid to hurt or even kill people to get what he wants. He uses everyone and everything, sometimes even without them…

A Forbidden Rumspringa
Bookreview / December 23, 2014

A Forbidden Rumspringa is part 1 in the Gay Amish Romance series by Keira Andrews. Part 2 is to be published in the beginning of 2015, with part 3 to follow later on. In this book we meet Isaac Byler, an 18 year old boy who lives with his parents and sisters in the small town of Zebulon, an Amish town. Isaac has always known he is different, but doesn’t know why. At his age he will soon take a wife and start a life of his own, but does he really want that? In the Amish group he lives in, every rule is very strict. They believe other Amish are to worldly and they are determined to live according to the bible in every way. As such, the practice of Rumspringa is not allowed. Rumspringa refers to the period where Amish children are allowed to go out in to the world and explore. After a while they have to decide if they want to stay in the outside world or want to come back to the church forever. David Lantz takes on Isaac as an apprentice and starts teaching him everything he knows about carpentry. But pretty soon feelings…

Unwrapping Hank
Bookreview / December 23, 2014

This book should be placed in this time of year, with Christmas just around the corner. As you can see from the picture on the front, a little holiday cheer is in order here. The story is about Sloane, who finds himself at University with little or no friends. He decides to join a fraternity in order to get to know some people. One of the people he lives with is Hank Springfield, a tough guy to look at with lots of muscles, tattoos and a beard. He is also the brother of the frat captain Micah. Sloanes parents decide to cancel their plans for Christmas, leaving Sloane stranded. Micah invites him to come along to his parents for the holiday, which means Hank will also be there. Sloane feels very attracted to Hank, but is there any way a guy like Hank will feel the same about him? And even if he is gay, would he fall for a guy like Sloane? During the holiday, Sloane decides to unwrap the mystery that is called Hank. At first I didn’t like the story very much, but it kind of grows on you. Nothing really exciting happens and the story is…