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Monday, 8 January 2018

Book Review Press Release for my festive short story The Tiniest Elf

Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Adventure book "The Tiniest Elf" by Laurentiu M. Badea, currently available
at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077KBWRJ2.

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
"Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
It is the day before Christmas and Lilly is waiting for her mother to arrive so that she can spend Christmas together with her parents. Her mother works in another city and she was unable to make it on the first day of Christmas because it was snowing way too much. In The Tiniest Elf by Laurentiu M. Badea, Lilly decides to write another letter to Santa Claus, apart from the earlier one she wrote, because she realized she should ask Santa for something else. In the northernmost realm of Lapland, inside Santa’s workshop, Santa’s elves are working to finish the last touches of Santa’s departure. Like every year, Santa’s five trusted elf friends are going with him to share gifts to children all over the world. Lilly is wondering how she can get her letter to Santa Claus. Will Santa get Lilly’s letter on time?

I like the concept and the underlying message of the story which will awaken the child inside all of us. It is such a magical and heartwarming story, and the innocent girl and her wish to be with both her parents for Christmas is tangible. It is a good book to read out to youngsters during the Christmas season as it captures the essence and spirit of the season beautifully. Many children will be able to relate to Lilly’s feelings. It is a good storybook for both read aloud sessions in classrooms and also bedtime story-telling as it conveys a beautiful message to young readers."
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Friday, 17 November 2017

Movie Idea #2: Tools

The story is centered around a group of robbers specialized in stealing tools and auto parts directly from the manufacturing factories and selling these to under the counter shops. But as some of the members become increasingly ambitious, the group starts making mistakes and gradually falling apart. Their leader is an aging veteran who's only motivation turns from profit to escape.
A new and young security chief gets appointed at a large tool factory, which also happens to be the robbers' "last big hit", but it all goes awry at night when the group divides between the murderous side and the ones who just want to abort and leave.
It culminates with the young security guard fighting the good guy robber (in the latter's attempt to buy time for his friends to escape), after they both work together to take down the gun totting bad guys. They both try to strangle one another with electrical wires, and when the robber gets the upper hand, he gives up, not going through with it, proving he can't be a murderer even when his life depends on it.
The story epilogues with the security guard letting the robber go and, some time later, one cold morning, in an almost empty parking lot, the security guard is waiting for the now-retired robber, sitting on the trunk of his car, with a hard to pass proposition: come work as a security analyst.

(By the way, I'm aware of the light drama between the two actors shown above. The image is purely referential. And I'm also aware of the bad choice for the article title.)

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Video Games Featuring Black Protagonists (Part 2)

This is a continuation from a previous article I wrote (read it here!), when Mafia III was still fresh. Maybe Mafia III wasn't what we all hoped it'll be, but one of the best elements of that game is still Lincoln Clay, the protagonist. In the first part, I list the specific rules by which I choose these names. Among the most important rules, as an abbreviation, the games must have some semblance of a story, the character needs to be a protagonist and playable at least one chapter, and the character must be obviously black. Again, I repeat from my previous article, I do not have an agenda, this is for informational purposes only. I am aware of the fact that there are too few games to give people of black heritage a proper representation and a major role. In fact, that's why I took upon myself to make this list, otherwise it would be too much to handle. Well, I also initially thought this would be a simple endeavor, but it is not easy at all. I missed a few games, and thus ruined the alphabetical order a bit, but I knew that from the start and wanted to take a bit more time on the second part to make sure I wont bobble it again. There will also be a third part, maybe even a fourth part. I will not be reprising the games I missed this time around. I will leave those for the very end. All this being said, let's get on with it!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales AKA Salazar's Revenge

For those who don't know, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are based on Disneyland's theme ride of the same name, one of the oldest and longest lasting attractions in the original park, and subsequently incorporated in each Disneyland park in the world. Obviously, after the success of the first movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, the ride became even more famous and included characters from the movies too. The first three movies were directed by Gore Verbinski, made famous until then by his horror remake The Ring. He didn't return for the fourth and this, the fifth installment in the series, but not because his overarching two sequels didn't do as well, but because he started working alongside Johnny Depp on Nikelodeon's Rango, for which he received a directorial Oscar, while producer Jerry Bruckheimer went around saying the Pirates series was a trilogy and was over. As we all now know, it is not over.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Crazy Movie Idea #1 - Carol of the Bells

'Tis the future. Humanity has made immense progress. There is no other civilization on this side of the Galaxy, but we have managed to colonize hundreds of planets, some even terraformed. These terraformed ones are a stain on our history and those who stay there have dealt with much shunning. No longer. Humans are well beyond malice and spite. We're so far into the utopic reach, there is no sense of begrudging inequality or discrimination, there's no logic for superstition or religion. But far on an old home, our planet Earth enjoys a blissful ice age and the longest lasting pagan tradition mankind has ever celebrated: Christmas.