Fans welcome two new Patterson thrillers

Books

The Lost - James Patterson and Emily Raymond (384 pages)

James Patterson brings the fifth and final book in the bestselling Witch & Wizard saga to a head by exposing the nature of power - and what it means for the heroes who have it. (JamesPatterson.com).

Gone - James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (416 pages)

Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the U.S. ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him (JamesPatterson.com).

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina - Misty Copeland (288 pages)

Misty Copeland makes history as the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious 13-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina (Amazon.com). Copeland's career as a ballerina was not without her share of adversity, and her story of starting ballet in her teens and what led her to ABT is worth reading for many, regardless of dancing background.

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale - Marina Warner (232 pages)

Professor Marina Warner has studied fairy tales throughout her career as a novelist, historian, and mythographer. In this non-fiction study, Warner attempts to define and evaluate this genre and explore how it has shifted throughout the ages, from classic stories such as "Red Riding Hood" to modern interpretations in film and media.

DVD/Blu-Ray

The Maze Runner (2014) - Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape (IMDb). For another teenager-trapped-in-an-oppressive-system movie, "The Maze Runner" wasn't that bad. The acting and dialogue is better than its "Hunger Games" counterpart, and while the plot is wholly predictable it is still entertaining and worth a viewing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) - Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner

Michael Bay and Co. bring the crime-fighting turtles back to the big screen, this time foregoing the live-action costumes from the 1990 film for CGI. Shredder and his cronies are wreaking havoc in New York City again, and it's up to the turtles to protect their home.

The Skeleton Twins (2014) - Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship. (IMDb). Wiig and Hader aren't necessarily regarded as dramatic actors, yet they take some risks in this film that revolves around suicide and depression.

The two have a chemistry that's hard to explain, and while the plot suffers at points the acting between the two is worth the admission.

Video Games

Elite: Dangerous (PC)

This game is the fourth installment in the long-running "Elite" series, which centers around space combat, trading, and exploration.

Players get a spaceship and a handful of credits and are sent into the galaxy to carve their own path. The game is a MMO set in a persistent 1:1 scale galaxy based around the Milky Way, with pilots able to orbit stars and planets that are massive in size and scale.

The game's Kickstarter set some very ambitious goals, including planetary exploration and more. If they deliver on even half of what they want to do, "Elite: Dangerous" will be well worth the price tag for those looking for the next big space simulator game.