NOW, for a book i really enjoyed. World War Z: an oral history of the zombie war
Max brooks, author of the Zombie Survival Guide (2003), nailed this booNOW, for a book i really enjoyed. World War Z: an oral history of the zombie war
Max brooks, author of the Zombie Survival Guide (2003), nailed this book down with the fervor of an angry UK chimp beating a kitten to death. this book was emotional and in some parts, difficult to read with your mouth closed. the level of graphic descriptions varies depending on the section you are reading. it is as stated, an oral history, stories told by those who experienced the horror.
The book opens with an author note advising the background on the book. in this world, the author worked for a world organization, and after the “war” was over was asked to tour affected areas (globally in essence) and collect data on the human population impact. all of the stories were then included in an all point status report, where the human element of each story was “black lined” down to just the bare statistics.
the report’s author felt that the stories themselves only mattered when the human element was kept in tact, and got governmental go ahead to write a documentary book with all the omitted details.
this is the culmination of that work. stories from around the world. stories of hope, sadness, death, decay, glory, and cynical humor. as each story is presented as interview form, the first person accounts carry more weight and feel more realistic. as the book chronicles the war from beginning to end,you are left with more than just a collection of short stories, instead, a full fledged recollection detailing the experiences of humans faced with one of the largest survival issues ever encountered.
i would recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys humanitarian documentaries and horror stories.
**spoiler alert** Children of Men, PD James (with Spoilers)
PD James… cant say i am a fan.. i have read one or two of her novels, and they are all very**spoiler alert** Children of Men, PD James (with Spoilers)
PD James… cant say i am a fan.. i have read one or two of her novels, and they are all very interesting, but not a style i enjoy reading. In her mystery novels, investigator Adam Dalgliesh is an excellent character, and the plot lines are excellent, but i find her writing style tiresome and very “unexcellent”. typically, getting 50 pages into one of her novels is a challenge for me. by page 50 i have enough of the plot in view that i can slog through the rest of it. as a result of these past experiences, i put off reading this a great number of times.
The Children of Men was greatly different. Throughout the initial 50 pages, I was accosted by over abundance of internal monologue and ultra descriptive scenery that i had virtually no interest in. right around page 50, characters start intermingling and talking. as soon as James starts mixing in dialogue, children of men blossoms as a novel.
I really hate comparing books to movies.. i think it is unfair to the author, the story, and the experience in general. I cant help it in this instance. Both the movie and the book moved me for starkly different reasons. the movie was only loosely based on the novel. there are stolen aspects which translate over well.
When i compare the two, here are the things i liked more about the movie than i did the 1995 book.
1. King Crimson on a soundtrack?? AWESOME!, thank you for being only the second movie to ever do that. it was a pleasant and welcome surprise.
yup, that’s right, only one item made the movie list and it was not even related to the book. The reality is that they are two completely different beasts. just because you liked the one, doesn’t mean the other falls directly in line. the core detail of the plot is the same. Man kind can no longer procreate, no one knows why. some of the characters are definitely designed after those in the book, but past that the comparison should end.
things i liked more about the book than i did the 2006 movie.
1. Men are sterile, as opposed to women in the movie. there is no need for the insertion of a virgin mary construct. i found the emasculation of the world to be quite a nice change. Why does infertility always need to be woman-centric in films?
2. Big brother was actually a fairly good guy, though a bit of a dick. sure, Xan’s plans were not always the most ethical, the methods were not always the best choices, individuals often reflected badly on the whole system. in the end though, Xan and the Council’s intent was distraction in the face of a world ending epidemic. the intent was to please the majority and keep them safe. people fell by the wayside, bad things occurred, but i cant throw blame on any one character, more on the society that drove his decisions.one man with power wanting more power, but ultimately, not a bad fellow. I was reminded of Castro, good ideas and intent, taken too far.When reading, pay special attention to the conversation about power between Rolf (leader of the dissidents) and Theo
3. Theo is a fucking dick, must be in the blood. he is a selfish and a hermit. the death of his child is caused by an accident at his hand, not a random roadside event. he has fault and has to carry it with him. the blame is part of what makes his character believable.
4. Omegas, the final generation of humans. given special rights and privileges, they are both impressive and sad. carrying out life like the bastard children of Olympic gods and lepers, both revered and feared, their world is one of hopelessness. they pretend that this is not the case, though in some places, the truth leaks out during the plot.
Things i didnt like?
1. The quietus is a repeating mass suicide that is not discussed in the film. they only lightly touch on the topic of suicide. i think it is too touchy a subject for the general populace to be able to deal with (in the film). My opinion is that James was entirely too heavy handed when she brought a known character into the quietus. it was okay to reference it against a character, but to bring one into the plot? c’mon… that aspect of the story made suspension of disbelief difficult.
in closing, a great book, and a great film.. dont try to make any comparison.. just enjoy them both for what they are. 99% different from beginning to end, and enjoyable, with the exception of a standardized 50 page ramp up time :)
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this is a book review.. seriously…
this is a topic i never thought i would write about. i have never been one for reading on the toilet. i am an in and out man. run in, drop a deuce, flush, wash hands, run away before the smell melts your face off. there is a reason that people i am friends with have always referred to trips to the gas chamber as “fighting a brown demon” or a “holy war”. who ever comes out alive, is obviously in the good graces of their creator and not yet ready for the after life.
unfortunately, i have been sick for a couple days. i spent my whole weekend coughing, fighting off headaches, nausea, dizziness, cold sweats, hot sweats, acid stomach, sniffles, congestion, and poor judgment on movies to watch while ill… well, with the weekend gone and my work being direly short on people, i went into the office today, sick or not, i had to be there. loaded up on tylenol cold and sinus, my numb fingers and cloudy brain plowed through the day. nothing made much sense but i was a warm body where a warm body was needed. tylenol is my friend.. i know it is likely cancerous or will cause me to grow a third testicle on my forehead but hey, it did the trick when i needed it to.
fast forward to getting home after work.
it is now after 10pm. i have not been coughing for a while and i feel phenomenally better… GURGLE… what the hell was that… GURGLE….. ooooh, shit.. literally. tylenol is not my friend.. i think it is the cause of my adverse butt reaction. i hate you tylenol
into the bathroom i go.. i have no idea how long i am going to be in there. every time i think i will be able to escape the horror of it i find that i must stay. as i sat there preparing to cry and give up all hope on a life with a sense of smell, i realize that someone has left a book on the back of the toilet. i noticed it a couple days ago and it caught me off guard. i know people with stacks of magazines, books, even book shelves, let alone those little “bathroom readers”. never has something like this been in MY bathroom to stave off crying, i reached back and picked it up.
Laurie Notaro’s I Love Everybody (and other atrocious lies), True tales of a loud mouthed girl. henceforth to be referred to as ILE.
Laurie, she saved me from wallowing in the fear of my face twisting and dripping into a raiders of the lost ark “i am defying god and paying for it” panic attack. i opened her book and started picking through the pages. i have read it before, about a month and a half ago. i even meant to post something up here about it as it was truly hilarious and made me laugh out loud on the bus a couple times (to the dismay of all those around me).
ILE was a great read. no wonder it caught my attention again in times of great need. Laurie has written many other books, but this one was handed to me and saved me from having to buy it. of course, having loved it, not buying her books is out of the question.. that was a double not positive.
ILE is a collection of stories starting with her getting back into the work force after writing nothing but painfully dry descriptions of kitchen appliances. it details her trials she goes through when she decides to pay the homeless drunk guy to rip out trees from her yard and her inability to get rid of him. you get to learn about babies. you get to learn about crappy emails her sister sends her all the time, bosses who pull guns on you, kidney stones, addiction to pain meds, and blowing snot bubbles out of her nose
my favorite favorite favorite part of the book was the chapter about when she began to play”The Sims” on her computer. she is warned by a sales person to never ever play the game. when she buys it anyway, she is warned never ever to make a digital spouse to go with herself in the game. whew, she straight up ignores the advice and the 11 pages that follow detail all the glory of destroying a husbands self image, wasting hours of her life, fires, pee, fire, pee, job loss, fire, hatred, rotting food, crying, scolding, and death. all in a digital realm and not likely in that order.
so i put down the book when my bowels subsided from their desire to leave my liver and lungs in the toilet bowl, and i ran from the bathroom (hand washing would wait for the kitchen sink tonight). lightning did not pass through my eye sockets and other organs.. all in all my organs are safe.
I hate to see good things come to an end. Simultaneously, I feel that a well crafted conclusion to a great series is one of the highlights to reading.I hate to see good things come to an end. Simultaneously, I feel that a well crafted conclusion to a great series is one of the highlights to reading. There was no disappointment to the Hyperion Cantos.
Warning to readers, this book is far more dense than others in the series. You have to expect as much considering that there is so much to discuss. The religious, technological, and philosophical merge in this novel.
The far flung planet of Hyperion has been left behind. The palindromic character Aenea and her partner Endymion begin on Old Earth. Rise of Endymion (book 4) picks up a few years after the close of Endymion (book 3). With the death of The Architect, the crew is forced to leave the relative safety of this Magellanic Cloud which hides the stolen planet earth from the Catholic Pax monstrosity.
What is the Shrike? What’s the real purpose driving the Techno-Core? What are the lions, tigers, and bears? etc.
To avoid spoilers, I will just advise that your questions will be answered. Everything that you have wondered about from the prior 3 novels will be addressed with very few exceptions. Sci-fi aficionados who fail to read this series are doing themselves a horrible injustice.
When i was a kid, i spent a lot of time at the library. every week or so, we would head to the local branch and walk out with armloads and tote bags fWhen i was a kid, i spent a lot of time at the library. every week or so, we would head to the local branch and walk out with armloads and tote bags full of books. i remember my parents forced us impose a personal book limit on what we could check out.
this maximum limit was a real pain in the ass, but it did force us to expand our horizons and read outside the comfort bubble we were in. this expansion was the only way we could ensure that we would not run out of stuff to read.
i remember that one week, i had already reached my maximum. my dad walked over and handed me a copy of William Sleator’s Interstellar Pig. it pushed me over my limit for the week but no one gave me any crap over it.
my dad had never read the book before, but he had a good feel for the bizarre nature of his kid and it was a good call. i ahve never forgotten the name of this book, nor it’s plotline. at one point, i was even found sleep walking and describing of of the characters as having been in the house.
after reading interstellar pig, i became a bit obsessed with sleator. another book of his, house of stairs (about mind control experiments on children), also has stayed with me and influenced many of my thought processes over the years.
Interstellar Pig, covers a 3-4 day period in the life of Barney. Barney is an average kid who is dragged to the beach with his parents for vacation. he has ultra sensitive skin and has to stay out of the sun for the most part. his plans for the vacation can be summarized as books book books and waiting for the day they are leaving.
things get a bit more interesting when the neighbors in the next rental house over arrive. they are goodlooking, very tan, and excitable. they are also obsessed with the house barney is staying in, attempting to gain access in a variety of ways.
this is not their only obsession. they also are enamored with a board game, interstellar pig. the board game covers a short span of time in which races from different planets must track down and keep a galactic artifact. whichever has it when time runs out wins. all others die, meanwhile, the planets they come from are simultaneously blown up.
after playing the game and learning that the bedroom he sleeps in was once the cell of a lunatic keelhauled murdering sailor, barney becomes obsessed himself. his only goal is to find out the truth about his neighbors and beat them at whatever ploy they are keeping under wraps.
i had to pick up a copy of this book recently. whilst perusing powells books i found that THERE IS A SEQUEL. before i can buy the sequel, i needed to reread the original in order to determine if i would even still enjoy it. you never can tell with kids books right? the sequel is titled “Parasite Pig” and is supposed to pick up with Barney only a couple years after book 1.
Interstellar Pig was still an excellent book. it was fairly shallow and the plot line is spoon fed to the reader, but for a kids book, it was enjoyable and hits the mark.
First, i should mention that discussing two Jenn’s (Jenn and Jen) in one post is really rough.. excuse me if i come across a bit more grammar-retardedFirst, i should mention that discussing two Jenn’s (Jenn and Jen) in one post is really rough.. excuse me if i come across a bit more grammar-retarded than normal.
Lets begin with the title:
Bitter is the new black: Confessions of a condescending, ego-maniacal, self-centered smart ass or Why you should never carry a Prada bag to the Unemployment Office
how could you NOT want to read this book?
before we get started, to the male readers out there, no worries, you will likely enjoy this. Jen Lancaster is like the sarcastic best friend you had in high-school that loved her fashion but doesn’t make you feel like a fool for not knowing the difference between Prada, Coach, and Juicy Couture handbags, she would just roll her eyes then school you with something heavy, and likely blunt ended.. she would be the friend that drank you under the table, mocked you, stole the bacon from your burger, and in the end, you were pleased to let her do it all.
that said, this is NOT a chick book, it is a golden humorous godsend.
I was turned onto Jen Lancaster’s brand of kickassery by my wife (also a Jenn) just over a year ago. I thought now would be the appropriate time to finally put up my review, it languished in my drafts folder for a long time. i kep t meaning to finish it, but life gets in the way sometimes.. oh yeah, and i am lazy, that should be mentioned for sure…
Why post it now you ask? Because Lancaster just released a new book titled “My Fair Lazy” and though i have only read the first of her five books, i know based on the laughter coming from Jenn’s person and my enjoyment of book 1 that i need to get off my ass and get caught up :). the reading list just gets so long that sometimes knowing it is already in the house is enough to make it a lower priority.. it will still bet there when i get to it after all, right? well, enough excuses, time to get to reading the rest of them.
Bitter is a series of memoirs in pseudo-essay format. They detail Lancaster’s demise in the corporate world as she loses her job when the dot-com “bubble” bursts. she is left with a crap ton of bills and not a whole lot to do with herself.
Lancaster wallows in her own panic for a while and then starts looking for a job… which doesn’t go very well as she has very high expectations of what is appropriate for her. The book follows her as she over spends, panics, sells all things of worth in her home, moves to a smaller place, panics, pesters her husband Fletch (yes, just like the Chevy Chase character), panics, gets a dog, panics, remodels her new house, panics, and eventually gets a new job.
she does this all while wearing a string of pearls, because real women ALWAYS wear pearls.
To Jen Lancaster: my wife, forgives you for being a Republican and really wants to be your BFF. you should give her a call :)
To the publisher, New American Library:
fantastic work all the way around. love the cover art (on all her books), format is spot on. keep up the good job and give the person who finalized the layout a big fat raise.
Author Robert Hamburger really let one loose here. The book is written from the perspective of a 13 year oReal Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book
Author Robert Hamburger really let one loose here. The book is written from the perspective of a 13 year old boy, though never really described fully. Robert is completely obsessed with Ninjas. They are as he describes “The SWEETEST mammals ever”. James Novy, illustrates all of the ninja magic and awesomeness.
Robert Hamburger himself exists and is not 13 years old. He runs a ninja homepage over at http://realultimatepower.net under the 13 year old persona he created.
This book changed my life. when i grow up i want to kill someone!
-Cindy, age 7.5
i hated to love this book. i loved to hate it. every 2 or three pages i would want to put it down. i wanted to rip out the pages and leave it behind for someone to tape together and torture themselves with later. generally, with in seconds of this feeling i was bowled over with a complete attitude overhaul as Robert filled my brain with violence and bizarre childish humor. moments later i would be back in a cyclone of regret as i trudged another page waiting for another nugget of joyous banter.
Dealing with Ninjas on a personal level, page 113-114
If a ninja wants to kill you there’s pretty much nothing you can do. You can tell all your family that you hate them before you go, but that’s about it. But if you think you’re lucky, you could try putting a bowl of chili outside your window. If a ninja is about to kill you and he’s sneaking through your window, he might see the chili, eat it, and come inside your room and hug you while you’re sleeping, holding you in his arms, rocking you back and forth, wishing for a better life for you, somewhere far away from here. If this happens, then just lie there and enjoy it. And don’t move either, because I heard that there was this one kid who woke up and the ninja was really embarrassed and it got pretty weird for everyone involved.
wow.. i mean wow. Robert is a messed up kid in this book. he equates killing and destruction with cuddling and the manly figures that play ball with young boys. he describes the hatred his family has for him and the torture and loneliness he has from school. it is all rolled up into a never ending run on sentence with the words sweet and boner used as often as physically possible.
a few “chapters” in, we started seeing foot notes which are used to introduce Robert’s babysitter. John edits the book, adds additional information to clarify and strengthen Roberts points. as you read the book you see their relationship dissipate and die. it is all in the name of good humor and joyous introspective teenage looks at what is cool and what is “bullshit”
Robert is obsessive, dirty minded, semi-illiterate, suicidal, a run-away risk, and overall one of the most fucked up characters i have ever read a book by/about.
screw you Robert Hamburger. you got what you deserve, and yet.. i hope that your father really is a ninja.. i think you deserve that too.. scrap that.. i loved the laugh.. and the book.. but still it lurks in my subconscious that i should hire a nija to kill the author.. it would serve him right, prove his point, and partially make up for unleashing this shitty awesome book on the world..
i want to read it again… and again.. then burn it and make robert hamburger eat the ashes through his ass…great.. now i am thinking like a 13 year old…
The Ice Dragon is a nice companion story to the standard Song of Ice and Fire world. First published as a short story in a compendium titled Dragons oThe Ice Dragon is a nice companion story to the standard Song of Ice and Fire world. First published as a short story in a compendium titled Dragons of Light, this 1980′s tale was given a new treatment in the 2006 Tor rerelease.
Featuring illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, The Ice Dragon is the story of a young girl born in the winter of the cold north. She is emotionless and awkward. Her skin is as cold as her personality. She is very reminiscent of a wight from the core series, but alive and obviously human. She is frequently and secretly visited by an ice dragon, whose breath can freeze and kill in seconds, and who cannot be tamed or touched by humans.. Except for her.
Martin fans should take thirty minutes out to read this. It occurs in the years before the ice and fire series, and there is no mention of the ruling families or even of a wall to the north.. So how far in the past I couldn’t say, but far enough that there are armies of dragon riders in the war.
I would be curious after reading this how the wights fit in, are all of them truly undead or are they (similar to cold hands) something else, perhaps joyless emotionless humans like the girl in this tale.
I digress into theory though. This was excellent. Good for adults or children alike.
‘An Abundance of Katherines’, written by John Green
(sneak attack!) Surprise! This book was awesome! I bought it on the cheap at a thrift shop, and did‘An Abundance of Katherines’, written by John Green
(sneak attack!) Surprise! This book was awesome! I bought it on the cheap at a thrift shop, and didn’t read the back of it. I liked the cover, the title, and the fact that it cost a whole glorious dollar… So I bought it.
Turns out, I would have paid full price for this book. Mr Green’s novel is distributed as teen fiction, but reads more like an “easy” adult novel with late teen characters.
Essentially, Colin the ex-child prodigy main character gets dumped by his girlfriend Katherine. She was the last in nearly 20 girls/women he has dated who all shared this name (not Kate, Kat, or Catherine.. always Katherine with a K). His best friend decides to take him on a Post-Graduation road trip to get his moping ridiculously crushed and infatuated self out of the house.
While on the road, Colin decides to write a mathematical equation which will assist him in determining how long a relationship with the next Katherine will last, or better, if the last Katherine will ever take him back. Oh, and I SUPPOSE I should mention he doing it while while avoiding being punched to death by angry jealous redneck boys and interviewing small town old folks who used to work in a tampon string factory…
I found myself grinning wide and laughing out loud as I read this book.
The characters were well thought out, believable, and people I would high five if they shot past on a summertime slip and slide my the front yard.
I found myself especially enjoying the faux-math explanations, the description of equations as art/beauty, the footnotes, and the absolutely constant Norman Mailer references.
Suggested for teens and adults. This is no crappy teen angsty vampire novel. It is a well thought out fiction worth ready.
I have never been one who fancied Ray Bradbury’s mystery novels. Reading “Let’s all kill Constance”, third in this particular series, I was kind of loI have never been one who fancied Ray Bradbury’s mystery novels. Reading “Let’s all kill Constance”, third in this particular series, I was kind of lost.
Essentially, an unnamed protagonist is pulled to his front door on a dark and stormy night by Constance, a wayward movie star who lives just down the beach. She is distraught, pushed over the edge by two “books of the dead”. The dead and nearly dead in these books are all know by her and seem to be harbingers of her own impending doom. the protagonist, along with a detective pal of his begin an informal investigation to help save her life, leading them to a priest, a psychic, a tomb and the ghosts of hollywood past.
all in all it was a decent story. I would suggest it to others and found that it was very enjoyable. The problem was the delay I experienced putting myself in the storyline. The clumsy (yet precise) speech and the conversations the characters had were the problem. The characters are all witty and seem to share constant inside jokes, without the courtesy of letting the reader in.
Once I picked up on the groove of their interactions, I was sitting in a much more comfortable position. Unfortunately, even as I neared the end of the book, I found I was reading and rereading passages to pick up the important details.
In review, it was a fantastic novel but not very accessible, even to an avid reader such as myself. The tongue in cheek humor, and self serving references to Fahrenheit 451 were enough to make the novel worth reading. Pick it up if you find interest in it.
This book caught me off guard. it was loaned to me by Jenn as one of her favorite books/authors. I tend not to read the backs of books or movies thatThis book caught me off guard. it was loaned to me by Jenn as one of her favorite books/authors. I tend not to read the backs of books or movies that i will be consuming immediately. reading the summary or teaser will give away too much information. i find myself remembering bits and pieces of the blurb and wondering when they are going to happen. It isnt as bad as when a DVD menu shows all the good parts in the background, but it is enough that it makes aspects of reading a bit uncomfortable, and often times frustrating. i cracked this book open on recommendation alone and was immediately laughing and sucked into the pages.
Frisco Pigeon Mambo is the story of three pigeons (robin, honky, and petey). They are part of a study in a laboratory in which they are “volunteers” for test group C. Test group C spends all day eating Organic Pigeon Chow, drinking Sherry from beakers, and smoking cigarettes from the “smoke-o-matic”. each of them believe themselves to be doing the great work of helping out other humans as part of the volunteer study. thats right, i said other humans… these pigeons believe they are people, and look down on the pigeon world they have heard so much about.
one chapter in, whilst they are being read the “Maltese Falcon” by Maryanne, a lab tech, members of the animal rights group ARF burst into the room and decide to free all of the animals, even the ones who are perfectly content smoking and drinking sherry all day.
The book really picks up from there, showing how these miniaturized humans fight to survive in a city they dont understand. stealing cigarettes and booze they become hated and feared city wide as “the killer pigeons”, though this is confusing to them as they are people, not pigeons. Their only true hope is to find Sam Spade, the detective from the Maltese Falcon story, as he could help guide them back to the lab where they can continue working for the greater good, and have all the smokes and sherry they can ingest again… ahhh, the good ol’ days.
i suggest listening to Sinatra and other similar music while reading this.
I have long been told that Terry Brooks was a writer i would enjoy, but i really had no strong desire to start reading his mammoth Shannara series. 19I have long been told that Terry Brooks was a writer i would enjoy, but i really had no strong desire to start reading his mammoth Shannara series. 19 books is quite a commitment to a single author, as such, i just never got around to reading any of them.
About six months ago, i ran across a copy of Armageddon's Children on the cheap. I read the inside cover and it was pretty clear that this was a standalone book, and a nice introduction into Brooks, with out having to commit myself to a mass reading project. i picked up the book and read it, enjoying the whole plot. Unfortunately, the book ended up not being a standalone. Instead, it was the first book in a standalone TRILOGY. the prequels to the Shannara series... damn you publishing house.. damn you. The other two books are "The Elves of Cintra" and "They Gypsy Morph"
I searched out and found matching hardback copies of the rest of the trilogy and got sucked into the story with absolutely no effort.
The series is pretty solid. it details the journey of a band of children living in the pac nw after the world has essentially ended. radiation has created waves of mutation in humans. healthy people are holing up in fortresses for safety, often times made out of the largest populace centers available, stadiums.
One band of children, led by a boy named Hawk, live in the pioneer square area of seattle. they are fending for themselves and eking out a moderate existence as a surrogate family.
Hawk has a dream that he will lead the children to a safe world where they can thrive in safety. the children follow him almost like a father figure.
From an alternate location, Logan Tom, is a Knight of the Word. he hunts demons that roam the planet, seeking to destroy all that exists, seeking dominance over the world. Logan Tom is sent by the essence of existence, the "Word" to find Hawk and help him achieve his goals. He must do this before the world in engulfed in a flaming apocalypse which will destroy everything.
There are a lot of sub plots and a large number of characters i do not make mention of. I would highly suggest this series. even if you have no desire to read the whole Shannara series, this prequel set is a solid read and is written in a way that you are never forced to moe on. Shannara is not even mentioned by name.
funny, i finally get why people spout off at the mouth about Terry Brooks. Perhaps i will pick up his novelizations of Hook and The Phantom Menace and read those soon.
The movie Wrath of Khan has been ruined forever. All hail the Wrath of Khan (book)! Let me explain, because Vonda McIntyre owned this.
For father's dayThe movie Wrath of Khan has been ruined forever. All hail the Wrath of Khan (book)! Let me explain, because Vonda McIntyre owned this.
For father's day, I do not require much. Give me a hot meal, a warm cuddle, and a chilly blanket covered viewing of StarTrek: The Wrath of Khan. Family time at it's best. Unfortunately, this year my children are of an age where this movie would cause undue stress. Earworms, explosions, blind revenge and blood really dont jive too well with toddlers, so it is on pause for a couple years. We watched The Voyage Home instead, yes, the awesome time travel whale movie.
Why are you reading this?
The Lack of Khan meant my wonderful wife felt concern that my father's day would be lackluster. She searched out and located me a copy of the 1982 paperback edition Wrath of Khan. Giddy and sweaty palmed, I jigged in my seat when I opened my gift from her. Also included was a hardback copy of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but I can discuss that at a later date.
This geeky film will never be the same. The story of Wrath of Khan is no secret. Dumbed down- On Federation/Civilian research mission to a dead planet, Khan Noonien Singh is found, crazed and vengeful. He plots to find and punish James T Kirk, who he blames for the death of his wife and followers. In the process, he captures a starship and a device which can reorganize the structure of matter, destroying whatever previously existed and rebuilding habitable worlds from the blocks.
Kirk is in a fight to save his inexperienced trainee crew, while protecting innocent lives from the damage a deranged madman can wreck.
It has been thirty years since this movie and it's novelization were released. The geek in me picked out several elements requiring highlight.
First and most verbosely- In reading this, the Wrath if Khan has NOTHING to do with Khan or Kirk. Some aspects of this are displayed on the movie, but nowhere to the depth the novelization took it. This novel is about Savvik.
Savvik's backstory in the movies is rediculously thin. She is 'just' a Vulcan cadet on the path to becoming an officer. She 'just' questions human behavior and is 'just' under the tutelage of Spock. In the novelization, 'just' is a description which can never be.
Separate yourself from what you know from the film. The Wrath of Khan easily becomes Savvik's story. Born of a forbidden and potentially disturbing relationship between a Vulcan and a Romulan, she was orphaned and abandoned on a planet with all the other halflings. Spock, on a research mission, finds her feral and removed. He brings her back to society and treats her as an equal, almost like a daughter. She has warring genetics and culture, she has a desire for logic and an emotional flame that wants to burn the entire universe. It is Spock's assistance and training which allow her to control herself.
The story revolves entirely around her actions and reactions to her environment, people she meets, internal warring, and ultimately grief.
Having read this, Khan becomes irrelevant. He is a tool to harness a greater storyline. It is disappointing that Savvik in film is relegateted to the role of trainee and nothing more. In the follow up film, she takes on the role of mother and lover. Nothing literally nothing to the level of required character definition that she deserves based on this novelization. In film she exists as a plot tool to move action or set Kirk up for his lines.
Though not all perspectives were hers, hers were the most relevant and genuine feeling. STARTREK REBOOTers: pay attention to Savvik! She is more than she was allowed to be!
Second point- Wonderful backstory and characters fleshed out for scientists on the Genesis research station. Who are they? How did their roles lead them to being tortured to death in the name of Genesis.
Third- Through the same scientists, it is introduced that the building blocks of all matter are five subcomponents of quarks. In the novel they are named after the five elements of a Lewis Carrol poem. The timing of this reading could not be more properly timed. Only ten days before I began reading this, the Large Hadron Collider was able to prove PentaQuarks.. I was reading poetic references to the very same elements that we now are proud to have proven.
Fourth and lastly- Apparently a 50MB hard drive must be stored in a liquid nitrogen based cooling system in order to handle the data loads that Genesis algorythms require. Likewise reproggramming something would require OCR feeds of raw paper printouts, which would need mass QA to remove optical character recognition errors. To quote Sulu, "Oh, My!".
This book was amazing. Go find it nerds. It is worth shelling some bucks out for it.
Being a Firefly fan, i was very excited when, back in 2005, Dark Horse Comics announced and released Those Left Behind, the first of a possible seriesBeing a Firefly fan, i was very excited when, back in 2005, Dark Horse Comics announced and released Those Left Behind, the first of a possible series of Serenity comic books.
I am not much of a comics reader, i go through phases where months of absorption will occur, but generally, i stick to 15-20 issues a year. i help off on reading the Serenity comics knowing that 3 issues would only wet my appetite, with months before more would be available.
after three years, DHC released the next installment (three years folks, that was NOT a typo). Better Days came out, and again, i said, “bottom of the pile..”. i was itching to read them, but at this point, my browncoat soul was “okay” with waiting. i figured, eventually, i would borrow them from the bunny, or SamuraiShy.. It was again, put off. buried at the bottom of the “to be read” pile.
finally, i broke down and located a copy for consumption. good, goddamn.. how disappointing could these have turned out?
both comics exist in the blanks plot canvas between the end of the Firefly Series and the Serenity movie. with the number of questions fans were left with after series “completion” i was expecting to have a bone thrown to me, but.. nope. didnt happen. one of the tri-part comics was decent, the other was, well.. read on to get my true opinion.
Better days, the second set to be released, happens before Those Left Behind. so far as i am concerned, Better days should be renamed “better never made”. characters were thrown in that had no frame of reference. the story was loose and thrown out with no real cohesion. i had to read it twice through, then jump online and consult wikipedia to figure out the remainder i could not muddle through. instead of plot closure, new info was tossed in that opened plot doors. it is in essence, nothing more than firefly porn, with all of us fans providing the money shot directly into Whedon’s pocketbook.
seriously, never should have been made. the only saving grace of the thing was a single page image of River Tam, which i am including at the bottom of this post (see FNORDinc for image) to save everyone the waste of time getting to it. do not let it fool you. one page is not worth suffering through the rest. a job goes better than expected, and everyone is rich. they are all describing what they will do with their cut. River’s description of the perfect life was a single page and the only one worth looking at.
Those Left behind, the first comic released, wasnt so bad,it was an enjoyable read. in all, it has a lot of the same issues Better Days had. there was no closure, new questions arise, but you do begin to understand why Inara and Book left Serenity and are separated in the film.. in the end though, it was a quick and mellow read with no real high or low points worth pointing out. it was almost like watching a well done episode, each character got some face time.
ultimately, nothing but geek porn, but enjoyable on a base level.
It was announced a few years back that there would be a new comic coming out focusing on Shepard Book and all of his mystery. this is yet to come to fruition after two years. to be fair though, if it ever comes out at all, following the above trend, it will be another year, and will not be worth picking up except to place on a shelf next to your firefly lunchbox and Mal Reynolds action figure.
it blows me away when i read about the things that some authors will do for/with their fans. Robert Kornwise was a first time author with unfinished ait blows me away when i read about the things that some authors will do for/with their fans. Robert Kornwise was a first time author with unfinished and unpublished book. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to finish his book. Robert died in a road accident in december 1987.
His friends and family, knowing about his book, reached out to his favorite author, Piers Anthony. They asked him to read his book and see if there is anything he could do to help get it published.
With a fair amount of uncertainty in what he should do, Anthony accepted the idea and read Kornwise’s book.
Apparently, Robert had finished the first 8 chapters and lost the fifth. Anthony, after reading the book, was able to determine a way to help finish the book with out straying from the original authors vision or writing style.
Anthony was able to accomplish this, filling in the gaps and minorly polishing the text. the prologue/authors notes at the end of the book gives a full description of the process as well as some writing samples comparing the original text and the edited text. it is fairly amazong how little work was put in, allowing for Kornwise’s style to shine through.
it is a shame that there will be no more books in this series. the characters deserve to live on in future tales. unfortunately, it would not be right to keep it going with out Kornwise around to oversee or straight up write the tales. you can tell that the main character was modelled directly after himself.
though juvenile in many aspects, there are a great deal of good ideas incorporated into the book. you can tell what is written completely by Anthony, and which were collaborative. fortunately, their writing styles complimented each other well.
Through the Ice, opens with Seth. when he is trapped underneath a sheet of ice, his death should be permanent. instead he finds that he is alive, but in an alternate world, on the beach. the winter snow of his life is somehow missing. immediately upon his arrival, seth is greeted by a talking tree (you can tell who his fav author was) and directed toward his destiny.
Taken to a castle, he is placed in a room with 3 others, all of whom seem to be in similar situations. with their past experiences, individual strengths, and a bit of luck, they will be able to traverse their new world and battle Nefarious (what a kick ass bad guy name). should evil win four interconnected worlds will become lifeless balls. the only choice left to them is to do battle with Nefarious, destroy him and save four worlds.. in return, they will be returned to their previous lives