While I was watching The Purge, it never even crossed my mind, Modern Philosophers, that the film might have been made by time travelers who came back to warn Americans about the Presidency of Donald Trump!
Now that I’ve had some time to form Deep Thoughts on the subject, I’m beginning to think that this theory holds a lot of water.
And even if the flick wasn’t made for by Hollywood time travelers seeking to rewrite history, don’t you think there’s at least the possibility that President Trump would make The Purge a reality?
The man’s platform seems to be solidly built on hate speech, the vilifying of foreigners, and the promise of taking extreme measures to make this country great again. Plus, we know that he takes great pride in his Reality TV accomplishments.
The America depicted in The Purge was supposedly set in the 2020s. That would make…
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I live in a very poor area. Most of the people around me are of an age where we would expect them to be retired, and many others are living on disability payments after years of working in the lumber industry. It’s an area of small houses, low rent apartments, and lots of social service assistance.
Fourteen months ago at Christmas we were a bit low on cash, and decided to use one of the social service supports that are available for Christmas presents for children in low income families.
To do so, I had to do the following:
On one day, I had to drive in my car about a mile from the nearest bus stop, park, find an unmarked pop up canopy on the roadside, and pick up a numbered ticket. Based on the number on the ticket, the worker told me approximately what time my number group…
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THE GREAT DEATH by dr. ish ism (dystopia/space opera novel)
Eighteen-year-old Phoh Weaver was abandoned in the former United States as a baby. Now she lives with her adoptive tribe along the Great Michigan Desert. Living with her friends and adoptive human family, Phoh negotiates being an alien while trying to hide her supernatural gifts.
The enigmatic Woman in White enters Phoh’s life—bringing a mission. One task. But few tasks are as daunting as hunting—and stopping—the immortal world-killing monster known as the Great Death.
When the survival of Phoh’s tribe is put at risk, she is forced to step into a frightening new world of wealth, lies, and monsters—a new Earth where Shangri-La China is the center of government, finance, and power. “Are you afraid to die?” In Shangri-La, even death has lost its sting thanks to advances in medicine and technology.
Lurking behind it all is the mysterious destroyer of worlds called The Great Death.
With the survival of billions of people forced upon Phoh’s young shoulders, finding out what the Woman in White knows is crucial.
The Great Death is an 86,000-word speculative fiction novel.
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Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult, Space Opera, Dystopia, Cyberpunk Girl, Afrofuturism, Blerd
Burned by Magic: a New Adult Fantasy Novel (The Baine Chronicles Book 1) by Jasmine Walt
The first book in the hot new adult fantasy series readers are comparing to Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs.
In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second-class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution.
Sunaya Baine, a shifter-mage hybrid, has managed to keep her unruly magic under wraps for the last twenty-four years. But while chasing down a shifter-hunting serial killer, she loses control of her magic in front of witnesses, drawing the attention of the dangerous and enigmatic Chief Mage.
Locked up in the Chief Mage’s castle and reduced to little more than a lab rat, Sunaya resists his attempts to analyze and control her at every turn. But she soon realizes that to regain her freedom and catch the killer, she must overcome her hatred of mages and win the most powerful mage in the city to her side.
Get it here on Kindle: ($2.99 / Free on Kindle Unlimited)
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult and College, Science Fiction, Mythology
Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.
Get it here on Kindle: ($13.99)
Advance praise for Morning Star
“Multilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert’s Dune . . . an ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Pierce Brown and the Red Rising Trilogy
“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today
“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post
“Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next.”—NPR
“In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.”—Tor.com
“The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown’s wholly original, completely thrilling saga.”—Booklist (starred review)
Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
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Greetings, and welcome to the list of The Top 10 Animated Mice. How does a mouse get on this list? Various ways, although no computer animated mouse was even considered. The mouse can be funny. Perhaps the mouse has a lot of depth in terms of character & emotion. Was the mouse a trailblazer? Originality is also important. Who will be the number one mouse?
NUMBER TEN… we begin our countdown with…
Jaq and Gus are two of the tiny heroes in Cinderella, and Gus certainly is the comic relief. Gus is second from the left, short, with the green hat. Gus is from a long, loooong time ago. And he makes the list not just because he is awesome, but he is one of the first animal sidekicks featured in a Disney movie. Gus’ comedic timing and heroic charm ring true today as much as they did decades ago. In addition, being a trailblazer for Disney carries a lot of weight… even for a little mouse.
The mechanical genius and love interest of Chip and Dale (Rescue Rangers). Gadget presented a female role model who was intelligent and a mechanic. Sure, not all of her creations work perfectly… but she’s still a genius… and a pretty cool inspiration for little girls.
8. Minnie Mouse
She’s dating Mickey Mouse, the most iconic mouse in the history of animation. So, yeah, she made the list. If Mickey is the king of the Magic Kingdom, then she is the queen.
Although, the last I heard… they were still only dating. I’m not putting pressure on Mickey to pop the question… but 90-something years is a long courtship little dude.
7. Mighty Mouse
“what a mouse…”
“WHAT A MOUSE!!”
A tiny version of Superman who can certainly bring the thunder of justice, Mighty Mouse protected mice everywhere from the feline terrors lurking in the night. How many mice can pick up a car? See, little guys really can make a difference.
In 2000, Time named Tom and Jerry one of the greatest television shows of all time. Tom chases Jerry. A simple formula with some unexpected comedic timing that made it a very fun show. In addition, they later became friends and worked together against common enemies.
NUMBER FIVE & NUMBER FOUR
4. Brain (a.k.a., the Brain)
THE BRAIN: Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
PINKY: I think so, Brain, but if they called them “sad meals” no one would buy them.
THE BRAIN: Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
PINKY: I think so Brain… but do I really need 2 tongues?
Pinky and the Brain, forever on the cusp of world domination yet just missing every single time. If Mighty Mouse was a tiny Superman, Pinky and the Brain are a tiny Igor and Lex Luthor… but with more charm and wit. Sometimes I would watch Animaniacs HOPING to see a Pinky and the Brain short. These two genetically altered lab mice are two of the most interesting cartoon characters ever created, and became so popular on Animaniacs that they got their own show. With Steven Spielberg producing, Pinky and the Brain are a dynamic duo!
*Side note, Pinky and the Brain are my favorite mice on this list!*
3. Mrs. Brisby
Mrs. Brisby, the widowed spouse of the late Jonathan Brisby, who was killed while attempting to drug Dragon, the cat that belongs to Farmer Fitzgibbons and his family. Mrs. Brisby is a brown-tan colored field mouse, she has blue eyes and wears a red cloak which is tied around her neck. She lives in a partially underground cinder block on the Ftizgibbon’s farm with her four children Martin, Teresa, Cynthia and Timothy. Mrs. Brisby has a heart of pure gold. She is extrremely loving and kind, even to those who are annoying and treat her with hostility, not even Jenner can fade her modesty.
Mrs. Brisby has no super powers but does have a tremendous amount of will and courage for such a small animal. She faces creatures and obstacles that would normally get a regular mouse killed, even knowing this, she still pursues any solution to save her family from certain death. Mrs. Brisby is a very believable character, she gets injured, extremely frightened and becomes very stressed at times. She puts so much emotional fatigue upon herself out of love, just to save her family, to her, love is and will always be the key. —Source: IMDB
NUMBER TWO, OUR RUNNER-UP FOR TOP MOUSE IS…
2. Mickey Mouse
Mickey is not the most dynamic mouse on this list. He is dating Minnie Mouse and he plays fetch with his dog Pluto. He has been the leading star of many remakes of stories such as “Jack and the Beanstalk” or “The Prince and the Pauper.” But way back when… he was THE star when it came to animation. Mickey is a trailblazer and an animation legend.
Let’s face it, Mickey is the cornerstone of the Disney Franchise. From the Mickey Mouse Club to Disney World, Mickey was the building block for the Disney Empire.
No, he does not have the comic genius or emotional depth as other mice… but he’s Mickey Mouse. Seriously… He’s the iconic logo for Disney.
… AND THE NUMBER ONE ANIMATED MOUSE IS…
Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-of-the-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Washing ashore in New York Harbor, Fievel braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in a thrilling quest to find his family. Don Bluth did an excellent job in bringing Fievel to life.
Make arguments for other mice if you want, none will be as cute or have as much depth as Fievel.
So what do you think? Who was ranked higher than you think they should be? Who is missing from the top ten? Who should not be in the top ten? Leave comments below and share with others!
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